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Weekly Update – August 3, 2017

Weekly Update – August 3, 2017

News Flash!

Monday: Vegan Potluck

Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy delicious food! Details in Monday August 7 listing.


Black Cat Cafe August 11

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! Details in August 11 listing.


Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – August 4

1st Friday BYO Craft Circle – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC 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! Facebook RSVP; E-mail: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – August 5

Second Harvest Food Bank Packing and Sorting – 1:00-4:00 pm

The opportunity to help with sorting and packing at Second Harvest food bank is coming up once again!  Please contact Steph Garber at foodbank@orlandouu.org if you would like to join this enthusiastic group of volunteers. A short training is provided at the start of the session. Meet at 411 Mercy Rd  in Orlando—the corner of Mercy Rd and Old Winter Garden Road. You MUST wear closed-toed shoes.

Mystic Grove Celebrates Kemetic New Year 7 :00-9:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

This month’s ritual takes an Egyptian flavor as we 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 last year, and prepare for the start of the New Year. Ritual at 7:00 pm, potluck to follow at 8:00 pm. 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, E-mail: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – August 6

Parking Plan for Today and Other Busy Days

Grass parking north of the Enrichment Center is now allowed for those with special needs. Able-bodied members should continue to park off-site. Or you can walk, take the bus, car pool or ride a bike. (The bike rack is now located on the north side of the Enrichment Center near the office.) The parking map is on our website; get a copy and put it in your car. And put a flashlight in your car, too, in case you come to an evening event.

Summer Schedule – Single Service, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Defining Our Selves Ourselves, Neil Boris, 1U Member

In honor of 1U’s focus this year on Race and Racism 1U Member Neil Boris presents an extended meditation on privilege. Along the way, he considers social science research, terminology around privilege and how genes do and don’t determine who we are.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents. (Sanctuary)

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth may proceed to Children’s Activities (New EC Nursery)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the New EC Nursery

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.

Plan Ahead:

August 6 and 13, noon – Children’s Religious Education volunteer fair

Representatives from our Children’s Religious Education program will be on hand on Sunday, August 6th and Sunday, August 13th during social hour with information about all of the opportunities for volunteering with the Children’s program. Whether you have a little bit of time or a lot, there are many ways for you to connect with the wonderful children and youth of 1U. Come and speak with us about what we may have to offer each other

Online registration is open – register your children today!

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Community Room: Francis David Café with Bob Leger.

The Community Room is in the northwest corner of the Enrichment Center just past the Assembly Room.

Constitutional Study Group — 12:30 pm, Community Room (On hiatus during August)

Join this group in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights and be empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30 pm, EC Community Room

The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. 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. Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation. This is an open meeting, typically on the first Sunday of each month. Ellen Tetlow is the contact.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting – 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Counseling Room

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. 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. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. Facebook RSVP, more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

First Sunday Fellowship

The first Sunday of the month means there is a standing date:  a chance to socialize with 1U friends at a 1st Sunday Fellowship event. 1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Conway, Winter Park, East of the 417, Downtown/Delaney Park, West Orange County, and South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections on the first Sunday of the month. 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. To learn more or find a group near (or far from you), contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Monday August 7

Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00pm, EC Assembly Room

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!

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Telemeeting

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary 

Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – August 8

The Alliance — 10:30 am-1:00 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room  (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

Pot luck lunch today at noon. Please bring simple dishes that do not require an oven and can be enjoyed with plastic silverware. We will also hold a business meeting if a quorum is present.

This past month we awarded $1,000 to the Coalition for the Homeless to buy shoes for children there who will be returning to school in August. We also awarded $500 to New Image Youth Center for their summer program.

An outing is planned for Tuesday, August 29 to see the movie Dunkirk and have lunch at the Olive Garden restaurant. We welcome any friends who wish to come. Transportation will be available. Contact the Alliance anytime at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

Yoga Class — 6:00 pm, EC Studio

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

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin 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 9

Thursday – August 10

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio

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

Other News

August 13 Celebration of Jamie Sterrett’s Retirement: How You Can Participate

To acknowledge & celebrate Music Director Jamie Sterrett’s contributions to the music ministry at 1U, the August 13 service will be one of music and memories, followed by a “Happy Retirement” snacks reception in the Assembly Room, followed by cake and festivities in the Studio.

We could use your help in these ways:

-Provide brief written remembrances of, and good wishes for, Jamie. These can be given to Gaby at the 1U Central table in the Assembly Room on Sundays. They can also be emailed to Karla at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org. These messages will be given to Jamie after the service.

-Provide digital copies of photos of Jamie.

-Bring finger foods for the reception. (Be mindful of the fact that we have no real kitchen facilities and very limited space.)

-Sign up to help with setup and/or cleanup for the reception.

-If you would like to offer a musical performance, or join in one that is already planned, please contact Karla at the above email address.

Rev. Kathy Away for all of August

Rev. Kathy is headed to NH for all of August to be with her mother who has recently begun a relationship with hospice. Plans are in place to ensure excellent worship and smooth congregational operations during her absence. If you have questions while she is away, please contact our Program Assistant Gaby Cabrera on Sunday morning or at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Summer Worship Leaders have been revised:

·   August 13      Music Service with Celebration of Jamie Sterrett

·   August 20      Rev. Bryan Fulwider

·   August 27      Christine Dance (formerly Haskins)

·   Sept 3            Plans Brewing, Intriguing Possibilities

·   Sept 10          Water Communion, Rev. Kathy back

Building The Dream Update

Lots of work is going on!  Gore Hall wall framing is in, AC duct is in, work has started on the roof, and electrical and data lines work continues.  Finishing touches continue in the Enrichment Center as well.  Check out the photos here.  In the background we’re having frequent meetings with MPaul to work through multitudes of decisions on FFE (Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment).

It’s worth noting again – some very generous donations have allowed us to fully meet our $10,000 Challenge Grant! We so appreciate the support – thank you! We still have several items on our Contingency and Fundraising List, including grinding our beautiful Gore Hall terrazzo floor and creating the kitchen pantry. A small area of the terrazzo floor has been completed as a sample to help us decide – it will be stunningly beautiful if we can raise the funds. Please consider donating to a specific item or to the general fund. You can donate on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

Rev. Kathy’s Weekly Contribution to the Central Florida 100

Each week Rev. Kathy is one of 100 Community Leaders in Central Florida commenting on the news of the day. Read last Sunday’s offering here.

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.

Adriana’s Attic Needs: Can You Help?

One of our Share the Plate Partners, Adriana’s Attic, has reached out with a new list of needs. If you can help, please contact them directly at

Adriana’s Attic, Inc.
Attn: Rita Marullo
13615 Cepheus Drive
Orlando, FL 32828
(407) 446-8585

Here are the needs:

Clothes and shoes for all ages

School supplies–backpacks (new or very gently used); 24 count crayons and pencils; #2 pencils; children’s scissors; 1 subject notebooks; black or blue pens (do you have some around you got free at a meeting?); pencil sharpeners; markers, and white lined paper.

Newborn baby clothes and supplies

Canned and boxed food for the emergency pantry

Toys, pots and pans, kitchen items, towels and sheets, craft supplies, socks, underwear, deodorant

Used magazines, plastic hangers, hotel-size soap, shampoo and lotion, toothbrushes and toothpaste from your dentist, gifts you do not want for bingo prizes, sample makeups, pads of paper from conferences, etc.

Thank you for all the generosity and kindness shown to Adriana’s Attic!

Food Drive on Hiatus

We want to thank everyone that has supported the on-going food drive, for helping with this important effort. While we are in transition between spaces during construction we are going to put this effort on hold. We will let you know when it will continue after re-settling back into Gore Hall this fall. Thanks!

Blood Donation During Construction

Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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!

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 11 – Black Cat Cafe,  7:30-10:30 pm, Sanctuary

The 2nd Friday of each month, 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.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. 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 Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Missed a Sunday?

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

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! 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 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. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

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, Assembly Room

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.

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.

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.

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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