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Weekly Update – August 9, 2018

Weekly Update – August 9, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: Students of all ages are invited to bring their backpacks for the “Blessing of the Backpacks” that will take place early in Sunday’s worship service


Sunday: Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food Coming to 1U & Wendy’s!

Details for both of the above in Sunday – August 12 listings


Beloved Conversations and Covenant Groups Sign-ups Now Open

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 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.

Saturday – August 11

Sunday – August 12

Welcome Team Info Meeting — 9:30-10:15 am, 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.

Hymn Sing — 10:15 am, Sanctuary

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Emerging Understanding, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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!)

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: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

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).

Meet the New Director of Children and Youth Ministries — 11:50 am, Gore Hall Room A

Come meet Jess Hunt, our new Director of Children and Youth Ministries (DCYM). Introduce yourself. Share your hopes and dreams. Let her know how you would like to support our young people in the year ahead. Help her get to know who we are as she settles into our wonderful community.

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.

Mabon Retreat Brainstorming  —  12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

Mabon is part of the harvest season. Those interested in helping to plan this year’s Mystic Grove Mabon Retreat — please join us for brainstorming as we plan out the activities, make the schedule, and create the new flier. This special day-long workshop is designed to help you prepare in mind, body, heart, and spirit to harvest insights from the year before and prepare yourself to meet the challenges in the upcoming year. Bring your ideas for a theme, party games we can play at “recess,” what we might like for a catered lunch, what sort of opening and closing ritual we want to have this time.

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1089771601187826/.

 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.

Public Witness at Wendy’s with CIW2:00 pm, 4510 S Semoran Blvd, Orlando, FL 32822-2405

CIW will hold a public witness at Wendy’s. 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.

Monday – August 13

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

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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – August 14

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Alliance members and friends meet in Gore Hall to share the work of the Resale Shop and to share news and views over a bag lunch. Please note that our monthly pot luck luncheon is now scheduled for the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

Thanks to you who donate goods in wonderful condition for resale! We will award $500 to IDignity this month for their work in obtaining ID for those who have lost that essential passport to dignity in Central Florida.

We invite you to visit our Resale Shop beside the library in Gore Hall. You might be surprised at the things you find there. This month all items with a red tag are half price!

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 15

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.

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – August 16

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

Meal Train for Julia Chinnock
Julia is scheduled to have her baby very soon. So exciting! Despite the fact that there will be time off from work after the baby is born, this will still be an exceedingly busy time for the family. Therefore, there is now a Meal Train setup starting August 20 and then every Monda, Wednesday and Friday through the end of September… and possibly longer. Please click this link to sign up to bring a meal to the family. Obviously the meal would be for two adults, as the baby will not quite be up to solid food by those dates.

Community Garden Action Day and Workshops

Mark your calendars! Our next garden work day is Sunday, August 19 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Come help us prepare for the Fall, or just stop by to say hi and learn about our new garden design. Wear work clothes and closed-toed shoes.

Also save the date for our Fall garden workshops, covering topics ranging from Intro to Permaculture to Environmentally-Conservative Crafts, held on Thursdays September 6, October 4, and November 8 from 7:00-8:30 pm. More details to come.

Thanks to Blood Donors!

This past Sunday we finished with 7 donations of blood to One Blood. Thank you so much for all your help and commitment with this critical need. With these 7 units of blood, those donors saved up to 21 lives. Our next blood drive at 1U will take place Oct 7. We need more donors to make it worth One Blood paying Sunday wages to have their van come out. Who can help shake up some interest for Oct 7? I need to hear from YOU! Foodbank@orlandouu.org.

Sign Ups for Fall Beloved Conversations Now Open (Signup deadline: Sept. 10)

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.

8/19 – 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

Everyone is invited to bring a bit of water to represent their summer travels or adventures to share on our community building ritual that starts the new program year.

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 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:



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/

August 19 — Opportunity Fiesta I, 11:30-12:30 pm, Gore Hall (Second chance August 26)

As the kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved…from one-shot service projects to on-going community service…from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series…from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others…come find your unique way to be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org. Note: If your group does not have plans to be involved and would like to, please contact Rev. Kathy.

August 19 — Community Garden Action Day, 5:00-7:00 pm, 1U Garden

Mark your calendars! Come help us prepare for the Fall, or just stop by to say hi and learn about our new garden design. Wear work clothes and closed-toed shoes.

August 26— Opportunity Fiesta II, 11:30-12:30 pm, Gore Hall

As the kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved…from one-shot service projects to on-going community service…from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series…from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others…come find your unique way to be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! Questions? Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org. Note: If your group does not have plans to be involved and would like to, please contact Rev. Kathy.

September 6 — Fall Garden Workshops Begin

Save the dates for our Fall garden workshops covering topics ranging from Intro to Permaculture to Environmentally-Conservative Crafts, held on Thursdays, September 6, October 4, and November 8 from 7:00-8:30 pm. More details to come.

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 this month is Jenny Lockington, 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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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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