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Weekly Update – August 2, 2018

Weekly Update – August 2, 2018

News Flash!

New on Sunday: Hymn Sing at 10:15, Single Service at 10:30 am

Details in Sunday – August 5 listings

and,

Beloved Conversations and Covenant Groups Sign-ups Now Open

Details in Other News.

and,

August 12: Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food Coming to 1U!

Details in Other News.

 

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website 

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – August 3

BYO Craft Circle — 7:00 pm, Assembly Room

Looking for a low stress activity? Want to meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle! If you don’t have a project but want to help, we will be packing bead kits for kids and families for Orlando Pagan Pride Day. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/368843666853087/.

Saturday – August 4

Second Harvest Packing/Sorting Day — 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr., Orlando

This is our next packing and sorting day at Second Harvest Food Bank. There will be a brief training at the start and then we will work together to help our many hungry neighbors get what they need through Second Harvest Food Banks.  Please let me know if you are able to join the group foodbank@orlandouu.org  You must wear closed-toed shoes!  The location is 411 Mercy Drive in Orlando. We go every EVEN numbered month on the first Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm.

Celebrating the Kemetic New Year — 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

We will celebrate the end of the harvest season with an Osiris Grain Bed, tell the “How Beer Saved the World” story, and perform a red pot execration to clean out the bad things from the last year, and prepare for the start of the New Year. Ritual begins at 7:00 pm. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients.  Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/243164286436468/.

Tonight: UUUS’ Hold a Kirtan — 7:00-8:00 pm, 11648 McCullough Rd, Orlando, FL

Open to the public and free, Kirtan is the soul music of India. It’s a joyous process of opening the heart to the formless Infinite by singing mantras that invoke its many forms. You can sit quietly and let the music wash over you, or jump in and sing, or play an instrument if you’re so inclined. Any way you do it, it rocks! All are invited! Playlist is available at this link: Kirtan Playlist Orlando.  Musicians are invited to arrive a half hour early or so.  UUUS address:  11648 McCullough Rd, Orlando, FL.

Lead by Dean Sluyter, author of Natural Meditation, and leader of the August 5 Sunday Service and following workshop, Kiertan is a blast! Dean has happily sung Kirtan as part of his own spiritual practice since 1967, has trained with eminent contemporary Kirtan masters in India, California, and Hawaii, and has led sessions throughout the U.S.

Sunday – August 5

1U Blood Drive — 8:30 am-1:30 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Save a Life, Donate Blood! Have you ever considered giving the gift of blood? Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

1U Artist Exhibition “Emergence: Explore the Possibilities” Opens — Sanctuary

Enjoy art of all media centered around the theme of Emergence. A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis. A sprout emerges from the garden soil. A chick emerges from an egg. Nature is full of examples of emergence, and so are our lives. During our first worship series of the year we will explore the theme of emergence in our world, in our congregation, and in our personal lives. Art will be on display until October 20. Questions? Contact Suzanne Oberholtzer: art@orlandouu.org.

Hymn Sing — 10:15 am, Sanctuary

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary 

Emerging Opportunities, An Introduction to Our Six-week Worship Series, Rev. Kathy Schmitz 

Most of us don’t choose to live our lives in chaos, yet most of us sometimes find that’s where we are. We can rebel against it. Yet, chaos can be the birth place of new ideas and new ways of doing things. In the midst of the chaotic times in which we live, we explore what might emerge if we embrace attitude of creativity. The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-12:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s summer programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

Visitors and Guests:  While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Online registration is open – register your children today:  https://app3.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=528392.   Contact for more information: DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)

No Adult RE offering today.

ARE Plan Ahead: 

August 12 — 9:30 am in the Community Room:  Movie Talk – “Sorry to Bother You

A satire that tackles unionization, racism and poverty, “Sorry to Bother You” is a movie  that will toggle you between laughter and reflection. Are call centers the inverse of our first UU principle? Are any telemarketers treated with dignity or respect? See the movie and come discuss, at the NEW time of 9:30 am in the Community Room (located in far corner of the Enrichment Center).

Welcome Team Info Meeting — 11:45 am-12:30 pm, Assembly Room

At Sunday service, friendly Welcome Team members greet members and visitors at the door, distribute programs and collect the offering. The goal is to make everyone feel welcome and safe. If you are interested in learning more about how this team offers hospitality each week, consider attending one of the two training sessions listed below. No obligation to sign up! Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@OrlandoUU.org.  Repeat session on Sunday, August 12; 9:30 – 10:15 am in the Assembly Room.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at :https://wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/resources-2018.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting — 12:30 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPS. Rituals are volunteer-led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. 1st Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more.

Special for August: It’s membership month! Bring your $5 cash for annual dues!

We’re also picking out the blue for our group t-shirt.

Mary (Immediate Past Pres) is passing on the torch to Cat (new Senior Chair/Pres.) We’ll be having a short induction ceremony in the labyrinth after the meeting. Annual Group Photo to follow. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/509577429440582/.

Sunday Service and Workshop at UUUS: Fear Less – Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger and Addiction

Lead by Dean Sluytor, author of the eponymous book, the service is open to all at no charge.  The workshop, “Reconnect with Your Inner Boundlessness,” will be $25/person, from 12:30-3:30 pm, preceded by a lite lunch for $3/person.  UUUS address:  11648 McCullough Rd, Orlando, FL.

First Sunday 1U Fellowship — 6:00 pm-ish, Various Locations Around Orlando

Today is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends”, groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact me if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area.  Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Monday – August 6

Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – August 7

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

This first Tuesday of the month is Alliance business meeting day. Your presence can make make the quorum  needed  to conduct business. Officers will  meet at 11:00, all members meet at 12:00 in Gore Hall. Bring a bag lunch and join us.

You are welcome to lunch at the Alliance this and every Tuesday. We are a group of Unitarians sharing an interest in the needs of at risk women, children and homeless in Central Florida. We bring bag lunches or have pot lucks at noon, mostly because most members are retired and available at noon.  Opportunities to share our mission depend on your talents and interests. The newest Alliance membership directory is available to members. You may pick one up on Sundays at the 1U information table in Gore Hall or contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Practice — 6:00-7:00 pm, Enrichment Center Studio

Are you seeking a respite to a busy week? Some time to unwind? Company as you improve your balance and flexibility? You are welcome to participate in yoga practice with our wonderful instructor, Melissa. We gather at 1U every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The suggested donation is $10; however, no one will be turned away. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Join us Tuesday evenings on the mats (bring your own or borrow one from us). For more information, email yoga@orlandouu.org.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – August 8

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS – 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd

All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – August 9

Meditation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center.)

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Led by Rev. Kathy. Drop in friendly.


Other News

Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food Coming to Gore Hall August 12!

On August 12 after the church service, members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food will have a table in Gore Hall.  Please stop by their table to welcome them and to hear about the progress they are making with the Wendy’s campaign and their plans for future actions.

At 2:00 pm the same day, CIW will hold a public witness at Wendy’s (4510 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822-2405). Join Orlando students, people of faith and community members in standing alongside farmworker women and men, as we, together, call on Wendy’s & Publix to ensure the end of sexual harassment and assault in the fields by joining the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program. For more details, check out the Facebook event page or contact Uriel Zelaya-Perez at 305-305-1212.

Q&A with the Minister August 12

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Q&A with the Minister, at 11:45 am in Gore Hall Room B.

Sign Ups for Fall Beloved Conversations Now Open

Over 40 members of the 1U community have participated in Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity, some twice. All members are encouraged to take part as their schedule permits. Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity is an experiential curriculum that provides a space to re-form/fuse the brokenness of racism into new patterns of thought and behavior ushering in social and spiritual healing. New ways of being are learned through the actions of conversation and probing dialogue. (More info)

The next series will take place this Fall, beginning with the required retreat on September 14 & 15 (Friday 6-9 pm & Saturday 9 am-5 pm). Participants will then be part of a facilitated small group that will meet weekly for eight weeks (two hours each session.) Sign up here (preferred) or with our Program Assistant, Gaby, (programassistant1u@gmail.com) on Sunday morning.

Sign Ups for 2018-2019 Covenant Groups Now Open (Signup deadline:  Sept. 16.)

Covenant Groups are a great way to get to know others and make connections. They are a form of Small Group Ministry in which groups of approximately 10 people commit to meet monthly (October 2018-May 2019). Gatherings are 90 minutes and are facilitated by a trained “anchor.” Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (aka Gaby’s Table) on Sundays. Deadline for sign-ups is Sunday 9/16/18.

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

Sunday evening service is on hiatus until further notice. Potential reboot being planned for September start.

Join us as we continue our six-week worship series exploring themes of emergence and becoming.

8/12 – Emerging Understanding, Service includes a Blessing of the Backpacks

As our children head back to school, we lift up our appreciation of a free and responsible search for truth and meaning and explore our sources of science and reason. (This is a congregation of Open Minds!)

8/19 – Emerging Love, First Opportunity Fiesta Follows

Opportunities abound for growth and for love if we are able to keep our hearts open and risk vulnerability. As we consider what might emerge in our lives this year we consider the ways we might cultivate a loving heart. (This is a congregation of Loving Hearts!)

8/26 – Emerging Service, Second Opportunity Fiesta Follows

Serving with Joy & Generosity is the theme for the coming program year at 1U (First Unitarian.) Today we explore ways to discover where our gifts and passions meet the needs of our congregation and the larger community. (This is a congregation of Helping Hands!)

9/2 – Emerging Justice, Labor Day Weekend

One this Labor Day weekend, we consider the ongoing movement for economic justice and what might emerge as this is achieved.

9/9 – Emerging Community, Water Communion

Share The Plate Nominations OPEN!

It has been the custom of First Unitarian Church to Share the Plate once each month of the Program Year plus Christmas Eve (total of 10 each year). This means choosing an organization whose mission is in keeping with the values of this congregation and sending them 100% of the undesignated funds given to our offering plates on the chosen Sunday. When possible, we offer opportunities to know more about our selected group and their work. We are now soliciting organizations for the upcoming year!  Organization and sponsor information is gathered between now and August 18, 2018 with voting taking place during Opportunity Fiesta on August 19 & 26. If you know of a group that supports our community and has 501-C3 status, AND you are willing to be the sponsor for providing information to the eblast and hosting on the day of Adult RE when they come to 1U, use this form to submit the information, or check with Gaby on Sunday to fill out a form or fill out the online form. Looking forward to another great year for Share The Plate!

Leave 1U a Gift from Your Estate and Get a 10% Match Now

If you name 1U or certain other UU organizations as beneficiaries in your will, living trust, or IRA, and notify the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, the named beneficiary organization(s) could be eligible to receive a 10% match immediately. Shelter Rock, a very generous UU congregation, is currently providing up to $5 million in matching funds for this campaign with the goal of encouraging people to strengthen Unitarian Universalism through planned giving.

So, for example: If someone identifies their intention to leave $100,000 to 1U and files an application for the match, 1U could be eligible to receive $10,000 in matching funds now. One third of the $5 million is already committed, so it is important to act now, while the match is available. To learn how you can participate, visit www.wakenowourvision.org, or email Endowment@orlandouu.org.

Rev. Kathy’s Blog

Rev. Kathy writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

August 10 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

August 12 — Welcome Team Info Meeting — 11:45 am-12:30 pm, Assembly Room

At Sunday service, friendly Welcome Team members greet members and visitors at the door, distribute programs and collect the offering. The goal is to make everyone feel welcome and safe. If you are interested in learning more about how this team offers hospitality each week, consider attending this training session. No obligation to sign up! Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@OrlandoUU.org.

August 12 — Q&A with the Minister, 11:45 am, Gore Hall Room B

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Q&A with the Minister.

August 12 — Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food at 1U (then Wendy’s), 12:15 pm, Gore Hall

Today after the church service, members of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food will have a table in Gore Hall.  Please stop by their table to welcome them and to hear about the progress they are making with the Wendy’s campaign and their plans for future actions.

At 2:00 pm today, CIW will hold a public witness at Wendy’s (4510 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822-2405). Join Orlando students, people of faith and community members in standing alongside farmworker women and men, as we, together, call on Wendy’s & Publix to ensure the end of sexual harassment and assault in the fields by joining the CIW’s award-winning Fair Food Program. For more details, check out the Facebook event page or contact Uriel Zelaya-Perez at 305-305-1212.

August 17 — Teaching Craft Circle: Beginner Acrylic Painting, 7:00- 9:00 pm,  Assembly Room 

Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month’s topic is beginner friendly acrylic painting! We will base this craft circle on these two Art Sherpa tutorials:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjjO36l7gYo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gen55Se9png&t=275s

Supplies will be provided to make two 9×12 paintings on canvas paper. Please bring 2 large cardboards to tape your paper to and give them some support while you work on them. An empty cereal box you can open up or other cardboard that is roughly 12 x 15 would be good. $5 donation suggested to replenish supplies.

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1544518925677487/

October 7 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

December 9 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot

Is it your first, second, or third time visiting? Feel a bit out of the loop? Want to know what is going on within the congregation? Stop on by to 1U Central located in the EC Assembly Room and say hi to Gaby! She can fill you in on current actions, events, and groups. She can help you get signed up for the Weekly E-Blasts, get a nametag, or sign up for all the great things 1U offers!

Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?

A Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or Inherited IRA can cause a higher tax burden. Consider paying your pledge to the Church via a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older you can instruct your IRA or Inherited IRA custodian to send your QCD directly to the Church to pay your pledge. A QCD counts dollar-for-dollar toward fulfillment of an RMD (up to $100,000) but is excluded from taxable income. You can view or download a sample letter for instructing your IRA custodian here or contact Amy at the Church office to receive it by email. If you have questions contact Michael Cohen or any other member of the Church Endowment Board (Mike Haddad, Jean Siegfried, Diane P. Kerkhoff or Ken Lofgren). For specific tax advice contact a tax professional.

1U Maintenance Contact Info

We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use ltm@orlandouu.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond), join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

1U Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contact for July is Frances Roberson, who can each also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.

Pastoral Care Associates

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts.” – Fred Rogers

Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in the rest of 2018! The Mystic Grove 2018 Brochure and Calendar are now available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

Join the Flowers Team

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Spot the pretties bouquets at grocery stores and elsewhere? Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply purchased cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. No need to attend early services to participate! To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Join 1U A/V Team

Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

First Sunday Fellowship

1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Give By Text

You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $25). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! To text contribution to individual funds include the text code in your text message:

Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge) Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)

Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge) Donation (textingcode: generaldonation)

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – This Weekly Update

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

Board Minutes Available

You can read the minutes of the most recent meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees here. Previous minutes can be found in the Governance section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. Proceeds from the Good Buy underwrite human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase.


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Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com