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Weekly Update – August 27, 2015

Weekly Update – August 27, 2015

Weekly Update-August 27, 2015

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.


News Flash!

Opportunities Fiesta! – After Sunday service, Gore Hall

Find the perfect ways to get more out of, and give more to, 1U. More details in Sunday listings.


Friday – August 28

Saturday –August 29

Sunday – August 30

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary   (Summer Schedule: One service thru 9/13/15)

May We Be Learners, by Ministerial Intern Rachel Christensen

Welkin will perform.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

9:30am-10:30am Childcare during ARE (Childrene ages 5-12 are welcome in the Nursery-EC Room 14)

11:00am-11:15am Children begin in Worship (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Childcare During Worship for children ages 4-14 (EC Assembly Room)              

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.’s RE program please join our Facebook group & stay informed

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)

No adult RE this Sunday and next due to the Opportunities Fiestas

The Adult RE full schedule can be found at here.

Opportunities Fiesta! – After 11:00 service, Gore Hall

Looking for new ways to be involved in the life of the larger 1U family? Wondering how you might can best help share the good news about Unitarian Universalism? Curious about what’s happening besides Sunday service? Looking for a way to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends? You need to be at our Opportunities Fiesta. Various program groups will have information tables set up and will be looking forward to meeting you and helping you find the perfect places to get more out of and/or give more to 1U.

Monday – August 31

Tuesday – September 1

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

The Alliance is all business this Tuesday. A Board meeting is planned for 11:00, then a general membership meeting at 12:15 in Gore Hall.
We are seeking a donation of an electric water kettle for heating 8 to 10 cups of water to make tea in the kitchen. If you can help, please contact alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

Come be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – September 2

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – September 3

RUUM (Retired Unitarian Universalist Men) – 11:30pm, Hiett Library

We meet the first Thursday of the month.  Bring your lunch and join us for lively conversation and fellowship!

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing meditation group offered free of charge each week. All are welcome, no registration required.


Other News

Dinner with Friends – September 12, Homes of 1U Members & Friends

Join members and friends, as they dine together, all over town. Sign up sheets are available in Gore Hall and included in the Order of Service, and you can also contact Alan Oberholzer for more information or to sign up at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org. These are especially congenial opportunities to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends over tasty pot luck meals and pleasant conversation.  Mark you calendar for now for 2016 dates: Jan 23, May 14, Sept 10.

Annual All-Church Rummage Sale – September 18 & 19 

Each year, 1U has a rummage sale as a fundraiser for the church.  It’s also one of the ways we live our UU Principles.  How?  By recycling & re-using!  This reduces the amount of “junque” sent to the dump.

How can you participate?  By donating items**!  We accept new and slightly used items–  clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books, luggage, kitchen items, children’s toys, small furniture, art, etc., etc. – that are in reasonably good shape, clean, and have all their parts. You can drop them off on Sundays (see Charlotte or Jean at the Alliance tables in Gore Hall during the 12:00 Social Hour) or drop them off during the week from  8 – 2pm (call the church office first to make sure that Amy is there to accept your items).  Unfortunately, there are some items we can’t accept (large furniture, large appliances, computers and printers).  We also need your help to host the sale:

To set-up the sale (unpacking items, sorting, displaying & pricing on Thurs., Sept. 17 from 8am – 4pm)
To help shoppers during the sale (cashiers, packers, general helpers on Fri. & Sat., Sept. 18 & 19)
To help packing up all leftover items after the sale (on Sat., Sept. 19 from 3–3:45/4:00pm).

These are short term commitments – a few hours or more will do!  Questions?  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Amy (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org or 407-898-3621).

Welcome Home Wednesday Fall 2015 Starts Sept. 23!

We create community with Welcome Home Wednesday, which runs for 6 weeks twice a year. Lots more details are coming soon in this space. Meanwhile volunteers are needed in a number of areas, so please sign up online  using SignUp Genius, or via email to whw@orlandouu.org to assist with making this a success.  The more involved we are the more fun, engaged and welcoming it will be.

“Your Money and Your Values” Workshop Slated for Sept. 26  (RSVP by Sept. 21)

This interactive presentation about combining your financial planning with your beliefs is hosted by 1U’s Endowment Board, and will run from 9:30-11:30am. Presenter Hal Reed is a semi-retired consultant in charitable fundraising and planned giving. He was an active member of 1U and worked as a planned giving director at UCF when he lived in Orlando.  He left Orlando to continue his work at the University of Connecticut. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be available, along with free child care. RSVP by Monday, Sept 21 to endowment@orlandouu.org.

2nd Annual Harvest Festival – September 27, 8:30am–1:30pm, Gore Hall

All are welcome to join us for this 1U fellowship event! The Harvest Festival will offer a pancake breakfast (pumpkin and non-pumpkin pancakes available), homemade goodies (featuring a harvest goodie –apple, pumpkin, corn, etc.), AND Unitarian Jeopardy!

Harvest Pancake Breakfast: 8:30am – 11:30am. We will have 2 primary breakfast service times:  8:30-9:20am and 10:15-10:50am. While breakfast will be available from 8:30am-11:30am, we encourage you to plan on eating during one of the two service times, so that the men of 1U (our chefs and servers) can also attend a worship service.  Tickets for the pancake breakfast are ($7/adults, $4/children 10 & younger ) and will be on sale in September in Gore Hall during the noon social hour as well as from the church office Monday–Friday.

Breakfast menu: Pumpkin & non-pumpkin pancakes, eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee.  Gluten-free & vegan options will be available.  Plus, we will offer homemade baked goodies for sale, by donation.

At Noon, everyone is welcome to participate in a rousing game of Unitarian Jeopardy!

VOLUNTEERS are needed for various tasks now and on the day of the Festival!  Sign up during the Opportunity Fiesta or contact Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org)

Camping and Fun at Lake Louisa State Park – October 3

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one! Contact Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org and watch this space for more information about the event and how to sign up to be part of it. AND, hold these dates for next year’s camping trips: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15.

RUUM Hosts An Evening of Dinner, Music and Fun October 17

Come on out for “RUUM Wasn’t Built in a Day,” an evening of fellowship, laughter, music and fun in Olde Italy!  All proceeds will go to the 1U building fund. More details shortly in this space, and tickets on sale soon, but please mark your calendars!

Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help!

There is an increasing, urgent need for food at the pantry we support. Most-needed items:

canned goods, including: Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.)

pasta (whole wheat)

rice and beans

dry cereal

shelf stable milk

peanut butter

Items that are easy for children to open are preferred. No glass items, please. Please gather what you can and bring it with you on Sunday. The box is in Gore Hall. Thanks for your continued generosity.


Plan Ahead

September 12  – Dinner with Friends, 6:00pm-ish, Homes of 1U Members & Friends

Join members and friends as they dine together all over town. These are especially congenial opportunities to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends over tasty pot luck meals and pleasant conversation.  Mark you calendar for now for 2016 dates: Jan 23, May 14, Sept 10.

September 16 – RUUM Social Outing , Lou McFadin’s house 

We’ll hear about Lou’s latest efforts in International Space Station communication.  Details via email.

September 18 & 19 – Annual All-Church Rummage Sale, 8:00am-3:00pm, Gore Hall

Each year, 1U has a rummage sale in Gore Hall.  It’s a fundraiser for the church.  It’s also one of the ways we live our UU Principles.  How?  By recycling & re-using, reducing the amount of “junque” sent to the dump.

September 23 – Welcome Home Wednesday Fall 2015 Starts 

We create community with Welcome Home Wednesday, which runs for 6 weeks twice a year. Lots more details coming soon in this space.

September 26 – “Your Money and Your Values” Workshop, 9:30-11:30am, Gore Hall

This interactive presentation about combining your financial planning with your beliefs is hosted by 1U’s Endowment Board. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be available, along with free child care. More info via endowment@orlandouu.org.

September 27 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are able to donate, we hope you will do so — all blood types are urgently needed.

September 27 – 2nd Annual Harvest Festival, 8:30am–1:30pm, Gore Hall

All are welcome to join us for this 1U fellowship event! The Harvest Festival will offer a pancake breakfast (pumpkin and non-pumpkin pancakes available), homemade goodies (featuring a harvest goodie –apple, pumpkin, corn, etc.), AND Unitarian Jeopardy!

September 29 – Clean the World Needs Our Help, 1:30-3:30pm, 400A Pittman St.

Please join us as again we work to help this non-profit organization. Contact Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org so CTW can be alerted as to how many of us to expect. Closed toed shoes required.

October 3  – Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project, 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

October 3 – Game Night, 7:00-9:00pm, Gore Hall

Bring your favorite game, snacks, and playful spirit. And mark your calendar for these future Game Nights:
2016 Dates: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15. Questions: email Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

October 3 – Camping and Fun, Lake Louisa State Park

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one!  And, hold these dates for next year’s camping trips: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15.

October 17 – RUUM Hosts An Evening of Dinner, Music & Fun; Gore Hall  

Come on out for “RUUM Wasn’t Built in a Day,” an evening of fellowship, laughter, music and fun in Olde Italy!  All proceeds will go to the 1U building fund.

November 29 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond) that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email 1usjlist@gmail.com with your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

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 Jenny Lockington at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate.

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.

Become a Home Hospitality Host

On occasion, 1U has the opportunity to host other UUs for events like District Assembly, Choir Festival, District meetings, and other events. Some of our fellow UUs who come into town for a day or two to join us and/or use our facilities appreciate being welcomed into our homes for the night to cut down on hotel expense while getting to know us. If you have space in your home to host a guest or two, please consider joining in this Hospitality offering! Email 1uhomehospitality@gmail.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.

1U Thanksgiving Plans

Yes, we will have a community Thanksgiving here at 1U. Last year’s lead hosts will be taking on Community Thanksgiving 2015. They are Bonnie and Steve Rich who did a wonderful job! They plan to enjoy their summer before getting started on this big project Be watching in the fall for more information and how you can help.

1U Plans for Next Year

Recently, Rev. Kathy shared emerging plans for next year including key dates and information on themes we will be exploring. She also provided an organization chart for congregation programs. In addition, Dan Homblette shared an overview of plans in the specific areas of social justice and outreach. Take a look and mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of the ways you want to be involved.

Board Minutes Available

Approved Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes are available to members on the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT Minutes area, then scroll to the month you’re interested in. Minutes through April 2015 are now available.

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.

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.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/        


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