Home Weekly Update – August 31, 2017

Weekly Update – August 31, 2017

Weekly Update – August 31, 2017

News Flash!

Sept 4: Virginia Thayer Memorial Service

Details in Monday September 4 listing.

and,

Vote to Get 1U on the Radio (Deadline Sept. 7)

Beloved Conversations, Covenant Group Signups Open

Sept 8: Vigil for Peace and Unity 

Details for all in Other News.

**************************************************

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



Friday – September 1

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! You can bring any project you want to work on while chatting with others. If you do not have a project you can help make Pagan Pride give away bracelets.  Facebook RSVP; E-mail: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – September 2

Sunday – September 3

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

Reflections on Our Civil Rights Tour, 1U Youth Group

The 1U Youth Group spent four days in June exploring Alabama sites important to the Civil Rights movement. In this service they reflect on the experience. Welkin will perform.

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.

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 RoomFrancis David Café with Bob Leger. (The Community Room is in the northwest corner of the Enrichment Center just past the Assembly Room.)

Standing on the Side of Love Items to Buy

We have received replenishment on Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts; and have also added baseball caps and youth t-shirts (sizes S, M, L). Stop on by to 1U Central and get yours today! We currently accept only cash and check.

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 Room 1

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 September 4

Virginia Thayer Memorial Service – 10:00 am, 1U Sanctuary

A reception will follow in the Assembly Room.  All those who are so inclined may bring finger foods for the reception. Please drop off all reception foods in the Assembly Room before the service.  Donations in Virginia’s memory should be given to the First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Amnesty International.

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!

EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary  (No meeting due to holiday)

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

Tuesday – September 5

The Alliance — 10:30 am-1:00 pm, EC Assembly Roon

Alliance Board members meet at 10:45. All members meet for business at noon. We will share our bag lunches while we do business. For questions or more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Telemeeting (Note Date Change Due to Holiday)

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.

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 – September 6

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – September 7

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio

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


Other News

1U Could Be on the Radio   (Deadline Sept. 7)

Nicki Drumb’s t-shirt design is a finalist in 90.7 WMFE’s “Be Radio Active” T-shirt design contest. If this design wins, 1U will  receive eight 20-second spots on the air. Please vote for her design by clicking on the “like” button at https://tinyurl.com/y94zf8ru. And  spread the word – encourage your Facebook friends to “like” it,  too, now through Thursday. The design with the most fb likes wins!

Vigil for Peace and Unity Sept 8 – 5:30-7:00 pm Mead Botanical Gardens Amphitheater

Calling all to join the Racial Equality and Social Justice Group of the Women’s March of Central Florida in a vigil for Peace and Unity. In the face of hate speech, we want to come together to promote the best in all of us and spread love, compassion, tolerance and inclusion. We are also asking for faith leaders to join us and spread blessings of unity over our community. We will be led in songs and chants of positivity that highlight values that move us forward together. We will post song sheets because we want everyone to join in! Please bring percussion instruments if you have them! Battery-operated candles only. SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT. WE WILL NOT ALLOW HATE TO WIN!

Share the Plate (STP) Partner Nominations Open, Vote: Sept. 3

It’s that time of the year again! We are now soliciting organizations for STP next year. Organization and sponsor information will be collected this week and will be compiled for voting on September 3. We will select eight organizations and Rev. Kathy and Children’s RE select the other two. Follow the link or stop by at 1U Central on Sunday to submit a nomination form.

Fall Program Sign-Ups Available

Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity provides a supportive small group opportunity for participants to self-reflection and deepening understanding. The program will begin with a required opening retreat the evening of Friday, October 27 and all day October 28. Participants will then be in small groups that will meet (approximately) weekly for eight two-hour sessions. Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (aka Gaby’s Table) on Sundays. Deadline for sign-ups is Sunday 10/15/17 but earlier is appreciated for planning purposes. All members are encouraged to attend participate. Preference will be given those who have not previously participated.

Covenant Groups are a form of Small Group Ministry in which groups of approximately 10 people commit to meet monthly (October 2017-May 2018) 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 9/17/17.

Rev. Kathy Returns Next Week

Rev. Kathy has remained in NH for her mother’s memorial service on September 2 and to take care of affairs there. She will return to Orlando by the end of the week, in time for the Water Communion. She is deeply grateful to the congregation for its understanding and love. If you have questions before her return, please contact our Program Assistant Gaby Cabrera on Sunday morning or at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Themes for the 2017-2018 Program Year: Race, Democracy, & Economic Justice

It has been the custom in recent years to choose an annual Program Theme that helps to integrate some of the programming at 1U.  In addition, we have sub-themes which help to define the year. These themes have and may be used in worship in the sanctuary, in the children’s programming, in adult programming, in Covenant Group Sessions, and more. While program leaders had already been looking at the themes of Race, Democracy, & Economic Justice, events of the summer have made them even more timely. The year will be divide into three terms: Racism – An Introduction (October-November), Racism & Democracy (January-February), Racism & Economic Justice (March-April). Each term will have one major activity which all members will be encouraged to participate in. For the Fall, we encourage people to sign up for Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity (details elsewhere.) Other activities will be planned for those unable to make the commitment or who already participated. More info on themes will be shared as it evolves.

Building The Dream Update

Things are really coming together! Gutters are up at Gore Hall. Grinding of the terrazzo floor has been completed and there are just a few spots that will need to be touched up. Carpets are down in the new classrooms, interior painting is mostly done, and exterior painting continues. The big news is that we are 100% so far on passing major inspections – M Paul continues to deliver on so many levels! New photos aren’t available yet – you can see older photos here.  We’ll work towards getting new photos soon!

The latest Contingency and Fundraising List can be found here – please considering helping us complete these items. You can donate on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Have questions or comments? Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

Community Garden Planning Meeting Sept. 19

Mark your calendar! Now that the remodeling and site work are nearly done we are restarting the 1U Community Garden. We have a clean slate on our new site so we have the chance to rethink our approach. We will likely still have a few traditional raised beds but are also exploring implementing permaculture, which is essentially dedicating a space to a garden ecosystem. It would include fruit trees, shrubs, vines and traditional plantings, all of which are edible. If you are interested, there will be a meeting on Tuesday September 19 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Room to be announced shortly. See you there.

“A Matter of Balance” Fall Prevention Program: New Session Sept. 13

“A Matter of Balance” helps you to protect yourself from falls and injury now and in the years to come. We exercise and address the many issues surrounding falls: our individual concerns, our fall-ty habits, how to accomplish events we will someday find challenging and how to protect ourselves in and after a fall at home/in public.  A new 8 week course will be held onWednesdays, from September 13 through November 1,  from 2-4 pm (with snacks) in 1U’s Studio (in the Enrichment Center). Class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED.  This class is FREE and open to all! Register with Claudia, movements4life@gmail.com.

Clean the World Needs

One of our previous Share the Plate Partners, Clean the World, has reached out with a new list of needs. If you can help, please email at info@cleantheworld.org if you are able to donate any of these items or call them directly at 407-574-8353.

Washer & Dryer, Batteries (AA and AAA), 2-way radio, Towels, 6ft ladder, Wall mount soap pumps
Wall mount trash receptacles, Cleaning supplies, Swifter mops, Paper towels, Baby changing stations
First aid kits, Crowd control posts w/ropes, Table umbrellas with base, Outdoor fans, Latex-free gloves
Box cutters, Tape guns, Packing tape, Dry erase markers (black), Sharpies (black), 8 ft. centerfold tables
Folding chairs, Anti-fatigue mats, USB Flash Drives, Hand Truck

Rev. Kathy Blogs While Away

Rev. Kathy is taking a break from writing for the Orlando Sentinel while she is away. She will however, still write to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.

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.

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

September 8 – Vigil for Peace and Unity, 5:30-7:00 pm, Mead Botanical Gardens Amphitheater

Calling all to join the Racial Equality and Social Justice Group of the Women’s March of Central Florida in a vigil for Peace and Unity. In the face of hate speech, we want to come together to promote the best in all of us and spread love, compassion, tolerance and inclusion. We are also asking for faith leaders to join us and spread blessings of unity over our community. We will be led in songs and chants of positivity that highlight values that move us forward together. We will post song sheets because we want everyone to join in! Please bring percussion instruments if you have them! Battery-operated candles only. SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT. WE WILL NOT ALLOW HATE TO WIN! This vigil takes place the evening before an Anti-Muslim hate group, ACT for America, holds a rally at Lake Eola. This is not a counter -protest although there will be one at Lake Eola the day of the rally.

September 8 – 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.

September 10 – Water Communion, Final Summer Single Worship Service

We celebrate our coming together as a community after a summer of travels and activities. Children will join adults in the sanctuary for the entire worship service. Everyone is invited to bring a bit of water representing their summer to add to our communal bowl symbolizing the way our individual lives flow together to create 1U.

September 17 – Return to Double Services

We return to our full schedule with services at both 9:30 and 11:00 am and kick off the new Children’s Religious Education year.

September 19 – Community Garden Planning Meeting, 5:30-7:00 pm, Location TBA

Mark your calendar! Now that the remodeling and site work are nearly done we are restarting the 1U Community Garden. We have a clean slate on our new site so we have the chance to rethink our approach. We will likely still have a few traditional raised beds but are also exploring implementing permaculture, which is essentially dedicating a space to a garden ecosystem. It would include fruit trees, shrubs, vines and traditional plantings, all of which are edible. Meeting room to be announced shortly. See you there.

September 24– Meet & Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:30 pm, Location TBA

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

September 29 & 30 – Fall Journey to Membership Workshop:

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@Orlandouu.org, or register in person at the information table – 1U Central — on a Sunday to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday 9/29 and 9:00 am to noon on Saturday 9/30 – location TBA). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, October 20, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, October 22.

September 30 –  Orlando Pagan Pride, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Westmonte Community Center 

Mystic Grove is a gold sponsor of Orlando Pagan Pride.  It will be in the community center at  Westmonte Park 624 Bills Ln, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714. We will have a table and will be promoting our group as well as Unitarian Universalism. If you want to help on the day for a 1 hour shift email us or come to the Sept 3 monthly meeting at 12:30 pm to sign up. You can also come by to visit and check out the event. Admission is free. Non-perishable food donations welcome to benefit food bank. Email: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org, Facebook Event info here.

October 7 – 1U Open House 

We celebrate our new space with our neighbors! Plan to spend the middle of the day celebrating and helping out with a 1U Open House. We will have food, music and activities. We will invite the neighbors and our community friends. More info to follow! Mark you calendar now!


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. Caring Circle contact for September is Ann Mount. For October the contact is Linda Piantieri.

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.


To be removed from this email list, reply to this message

with “REMOVE” in the subject line.

First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

Minister’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

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