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Weekly Update – December 10, 2015

Weekly Update – December 10, 2015

Weekly Update-December 10, 2015


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!

CANCELLED: Program Planning and Development Event Scheduled for Saturday morning, 12/12


Jingle BellaSutra Concert & Fundraiser December 19

A night of BellaSutra music with Melissa Keyes, Jenn Willsey and Lauren Carder!

Concert fundraiser to help them produce their first CD. Details in Plan Ahead for December 19.

Friday – December 11

Black Cat Café – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse, share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – December 12

Building The Dream Campus Plan Review Meeting – 9:00-10:30 am, Hiett Library

We have newly updated (and more detailed) plans and we’d like to share them with the congregation to get your feedback. Please see the plans here. We’ve set up multiple times that you can come and offer feedback, if you can’t make today’s session:

Sunday, Dec 13, 9:30-10:30 am and 12:15-1:15 pm, EC Room 18

Sunday, Dec 20, 12:30-1:30, Hiett Library (regular monthly update meeting)

If you can’t make any of these, feel free to send feedback to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org

Sunday – December 13

Building The Dream Campus Plan Review Meetings – 9:30-10:30 am and 12:15-1:15 pm, EC Room 18

We have newly updated (and more detailed) plans and we’d like to share them with the congregation to get your feedback. Please see the plans here. If you can’t make today’s session, there’s another opportunity to give feedback on Sunday, Dec 20, 12:30-1:30, Hiett Library (regular monthly update meeting). If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to send feedback to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

May the Force Be With You, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

In advance of the latest Star Wars release, we explore the concept of The Force, and the way it has spoken to many in our UU community.

Children’s Religious Education

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

9:30-10:30 am Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (EC Room 14)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in the sanctuary with their families and then go to the Enrichment Center after 15 minutes.

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children proceed to Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming. Teens will remain in the sanctuary for worship service this week.

If you have not registered your child please do so today. You may register before service in the RE Director’s office in the Enrichment Center.

Plan Ahead:

December 20 – All children are welcome to participate in the annual Christmas pageant.

December 27 – There will be no Children’s RE.

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

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

9:30 am in the Library: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis (learn more)

11:00 in the Library: Movie TalkSpotlight with Kathleen Smee

The true tale of journalists discovering and uncovering the breadth of child molestation in the Catholic Church. Starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, this story of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning investigation illuminates “a clear and responsible search for truth and meaning,” but can we find the worth and dignity in the unrepentant criminals? See the movie and join the UU movie discussion.

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy  – 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

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

Blue Christmas: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope 5:00 pm, Sanctuary & Gore Hall 

Join the Pastoral Associates for this special offering. While the holiday season is indeed joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity and memories overwhelming. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. A simple reception will follow the service.

Monday – December 14

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

Members and friends of the congregation are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, please contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, and immediate Past President.

Tuesday – December 15

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

Alliance members will meet at 1:00 at a member’s home for our Holiday  Pot Luck Luncheon. The home is at 10332 Yorkmere Court, Orlando 32817. Phone number: 407 678-2982. Some members will be working in Gore Hall until 12:30. If you wish to car pool, please be at Gore Hall by 12:15. Bring your side dish, salad or dessert and let’s party.

The Alliance  Holiday Boutique  will be open to the public this Friday and Saturday from 8:00 till 3:00. 1U Church members can also shop on Sunday. All proceeds will benefit Central Florida Charities that the Alliance chooses, as always.

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

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, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – December 16

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 17

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Other News

Winter Holiday Schedule

Sunday, December 20, 9:30 am No Service, Children Rehearse

11:00 am Intergenerational Pageant

12:00 pm Pot Luck Lunch

Monday, December 21, 7:00 pm Solstice Service & Vigil

Thursday, December 24, 5:30 pm Christmas Eve Service* (followed by light refreshment**)

7:30 pm Christmas Eve Service* (followed by light refreshment**)

Sunday, December 27, 9:30 am Worship with Childcare

11:00 am Worship with Childcare

Sunday, January 3 Regular Sunday Schedule Resumes

*Christmas Eve Services are intended to be family-friendly and children of all ages are welcome. While there is no nursery or childcare available (so our childcare workers can be with their families), the Wiggle Room is always available for those who would appreciate it.

** Following each of the Christmas Eve services there will be light refreshments in Gore Hall. You are invited to bring cookies to share. Just drop them in the kitchen when you arrive. Please keep it to finger food so no one needs to do dishes this evening. Thank you!

Building The Dream New Campus News


We have newly updated (and more detailed) plans and we’d like to share them with the congregation to get your feedback. Please see the plans here. We’ve set up multiple times that you can come and offer feedback.

Saturday, Dec 12, 9:00-10:30 am, Hiett Library

Sunday, Dec 13, 9:30-10:30 am and 12:15-1:15 pm, EC Room 18

Sunday, Dec 20, 12:30-1:30, Hiett Library (regular monthly update meeting)

If you can’t make any of these, feel free to send feedback to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org

In other news, Capital Campaign 2.0 efforts are still underway – an additional $150,000 is still needed – so please consider ways you can help us meet this need. In this season filled with gratitude and generosity, the Building the Dream team wishes rich blessings to all within our beloved community. Thanks for your continued support!

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 this week’s offering here.​

Share the Plate Update

Our next shared plate will be December 20, and will be given to IDignity. Since 2008, IDignity has helped more than 15,000 people navigate the inherently complex process of obtaining various forms of legal identification documents such as social security cards, birth certificates, or government-issued Florida I.D.s. IDignity’s work is based on the premise that keeping vulnerable members of our community connected, employed, educated, fed and housed starts with identification. Not only does IDignity empower individuals, they also cultivate a more inclusive, productive and secure society. Learn more about the mission of IDignity and how you can be a part of it.

Blood Donor Appreciation

Thank you to those that kindly came to give blood this past Sunday. Your one unit can save up to 3 lives right here in Central Florida! Remember our upcoming drives for 2016 from 8:30 to 1:00 on:  Feb 7, April 10, June 12

Nursery Care Giver Sought

1U seeks a Nursery Caregiver to work 3 ½ hours each Sunday (9:00 am-12:30 pm) providing child care for children ages 1-4 years old in the toddler nursery. Preference will be given to those with childcare experience. Must be 18 years or older. Must be willing to complete CPR training. Background check required before hire. Pay rate: $10/hour. Further information about this job: https://www.orlandouu.org/nursery-caregiver-sought/.

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.

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!

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, excellent stocking stuffers!

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.

1U Cookbook On Sale

Created by a 1U New Member Class, it’s full of tasty recipes and cookery data: a wonderful addition to your kitchen or as a stocking stuffer for the holidays. Cost: $8 per single copy or $6 each for 2 or more. Available Sundays at the Fair Trade Good’s table in the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service (see Nancy Kellman), or email Karla Kizzort at 1UCookbooks@gmail.com.

Holiday Cards Now Available Online

It’s not too early to start thinking about getting your holiday cards! Support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) by purchasing your cards at http://www.thegoodbuy.com/collections/holidays. There are three new holiday packs available this year. While on the Web site, you may even find some gifts for the holiday season! Check out the items in the Fair Food and Home Goods sections. If you have questions, contact Steph at blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Plan Ahead

December 18 – Explore Henna Tattoos, 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

We have a group kit! So right before Yule, we’re going to explore henna tattoos. If you have never played with it, this is a good time to come try it out on your wrist with simple designs!

December 19  – Jingle BellaSutra Concert & Fundraiser

Join us for a fun night of BellaSutra music with Melissa Keyes, Jenn Willsey and Lauren Carder. This concert and fundraiser will help them produce their first CD. Be part of the journey with us, starting at 5:00 pm! $10 donation at the door includes one delicious beverage. Cash bar. Silent Auction. All your favorite peeps will be there. Hosted by Rachel Gardner and Nicki Drumb in their backyard, please park in the parking lot at First Unitarian Church. Everyone is welcome! Please RSVP to bekahkeyes@yahoo.com.

December 20 – Building The Dream New Campus Update Meeting, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Capital Campaign 2.0 news, as well as further info on our 50% drawings (now under review) and revisions. Please join us and share your thoughts – we want to hear from you!

December 26-January 1 – Come to SWIM 2015, Cloverleaf 4-H Camp

SWIM, the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami (sometimes), is delighted to invite you and yours to join us for a week of joy, adventure, and community from December 26 through January 1. SWIM is an intergenerational camp that will be gathering this year at Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid, Florida, a two-hour drive from Tampa. We have workshops, music, worship, trips, dancing, games, canoeing, teen and children programming, a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, all ending in a wonderful New Year’s Eve party. Details of all the wonderful activities, along with cost information, on our website or contact Candy Gale director@swimuu.org or Jerry Elsenrath registrar@swimuu.org.

December 29 – Rick Lathrop, Executive Director of Global Service Corps, 7:00 pm, Universiaty UU

Mark your calendars to hear Rick outline a new service learning opportunity to Cuba. All are welcome. More information: www.globalservicecorps.org.

February 7 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

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

April 10 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need of all blood types. 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.

Please Do Not Leave Packages of Any Kind Around the Campus Buildings

If you are bringing items for the Alliance or any other activity, please plan ahead. Make sure a staff person or other church member will already be at the church to take the package(s) and put them in the right place. Thanks for your cooperation.

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 Coordinator 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.

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.

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

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