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Weekly Update 12/12/13

Weekly Update 12/12/13

Weekly Update-December 12, 2013 

We are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our regular website.  While we work to resolve the issues, information about what is going on at 1U is available in this Weekly Update which is emailed as an attachment to those whose email addresses we have.  Weekly Updates will also be posted to this  temporary website 1uweb.wordpress.com and there will be updates on our 1U facebook page. We apologize for the inconvenience.


To include your announcement 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.

Please take extra note of deadlines for our holiday toy and food drives listed in the Other News section!


Black Cat Café – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

Come out for this open-mic coffeehouse; share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: email or visit on the Web.


Campus Tenders Volunteer Work Day, 9:00am, 1U Parking Lot

Join us to tend to our new landscape garden and other maintenance and repairs on our Church campus until noon. If you can’t make it this time, we meet every second Saturday of the month.


Worship Service – Sanctuary, Two Services: 9:30 & 11:00am

Abiding Present, Abiding Presence, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

One precious gift we can give is that of being with people as they go through difficult times.  In this period of Advent, we explore our capacity for presence.  The Choir will perform.

 Children’s Religious Education

RE classroom holiday celebrations take place.

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery (EC Room 5)

9:30-10:30am Childcare during Worship or Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

10:45am-12:15pm High School OWL

11:15am-12:15pm Upper Elementary OWL

11:15am-12:15pm Children’s RE

1:00pm Coming of Age

Next week (12/22/13) Children will participate in the annual Intergenerational Pageant.

Further info on upcoming CRE Sessions here.

Adult Religious Education (Sessions are drop-in friendly)

9:30am in the Library – Francis David Café. Bring your burning questions on any subject and talk get answers from fellow UUs. Led by Bob Leger.

9:30am in EC Room 18 – Our 7th Principle. Discussion of Climate Change in the context of our inter-connected web of all existence.  Led by Charlie Behrens.

11:00am in the Library – Talking About UU Faith. The winter holidays are a particularly tricky time for UUs to talk about their faith. Join us for discussion of how our language can support our values. Led by Mary Ann Horne.

Info on upcoming ARE Sessions here.

Meet and Greet With Our Minister

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 a one-hour Meet and Greet With Our Minister (formerly called Newcomer Orientation) on Sunday, December 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

Campus Tour: Why We Want to Build, 12:20pm, Gore Hall Foyer

A campus tour of our 1U facility will be available. Meet Church Administrator, Amy Fairweather. This is a follow up to the November Congregational Meeting at which the Board shared its recommendation that we undertake a major building project. The tour will highlight challenges with the current facility that informed the Board in making this recommendation. There will be childcare available. Advance notice (to minister@orlandouu.org) of plans to use childcare are appreciate but not required. The tour is expected to last about 45 minutes. This is a repeat of previous tours.



The Alliance – 10:00am, Gore Hall

A month of constant activities! Don’t forget the Holiday Raffle: 2 lovely overflowing baskets are available for winning! University Unitarians can bid on their basket complete with champagne and other tasty goodies and 1U also has a similar basket bidding opportunity as well. Winning the Holiday Basket will mean that you won’t have to worry about holiday yummies this season–you will always be in a position to enjoy friends and relatives as you offer a beautiful arrangement of tasty items. Both baskets are full to the brim!  Tickets are 6 for $5 or $1 for 1 ticket. Tickets are available in Gore Hall throughout the Sunday morning hours. And….you don’t have to be present to win! That’s a 2-way winner for anyone!! And there’s more: There’s a silent auction available at the Holiday Boutique too: two deluxe tickets to the Orlando Ballet performing Romeo and Juliet on Feb. 16. What a wonderful Valentine gift! Seats 16 and 17 are in the Orchestra DD section–very prime tickets with a value of $140 and the bidding is only available until Dec. 22 at 12:45pm. You need not be present to win. In other more practical matters the Alliance will be preparing 250 Baloney and Cheese sandwiches for homeless men today. This activity is always a winner!!

 Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

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

 Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

 Religion 201, 7:00pm, Holocaust Center, Maitland

Until 8:30pm, an interfaith panel with representatives of Judaism, Hinduism, & Atheism takes on the question How Did We All Get Here, Anyway? How does your faith tradition or world view explain the origin of the world and human life? How do adherents to your faith or those who hold your world view harmonize spiritual understandings and current scientific understandings? What explanations of origins do you believe should and shouldn’t be taught in public schools? Contact Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org for carpools leaving 1U at 6:30pm. More info on series here.


 Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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


 Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Other News

Toy Drive for Farm Worker Families (Deadline: Dec. 15 – please share!)

1U is holding a toy drive Dec. 1 through Dec. 15 in support of the farm worker families in Florida. The collection box will be located on the stage in Gore Hall. Toys will be distributed to families through the Hope CommUnity Center Apopka, the Farm Worker Association of Florida and the Alliance of Active Women (Fellsmere, Homestead and Seville). Please bring unwrapped toys and books (Spanish) for children and teens.

Keeping the Food Pantry Shelves Stocked

Over the past several weeks, 1U members have been gracious in providing canned and dry goods food items for distribution to the Catholic Charities Semoran Food Pantry. They are able to package to the size of family and have special packs for the homeless who cannot cook their food. The food pantry served over 1000 individuals in November, but in December they slowed access hours for the needy because they were running out of food.  1U will continue this effort through the Christmas Holiday. Please bring your items to church and place them in the marked boxes in Gore Hall. Thanks for sharing what you can with other Central Floridians.

Got Change? Want to better understand life’s inevitable transitions?

Consider signing up for Rev. Kathy’s next Life Transitions class. More info here.

Two identical series will be offered. Choose either A or B:

A: The Second and Fourth Thursdays of January and February (1/9, 1/23, 2/13, 2/27);

B: The First and Third Wednesday of March and April (3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16);

Congregational Meeting Update

Information from the November 17 Congregational Meeting is available on the 1U website. Links to supporting information as well as input received are given.

Guest at Your Table Continues

The Guest at your table program continues until Sunday, January 12.  Details are here.

Share the Plate Update

Our next opportunity to Share the Plate will be Dec. 22, when our beneficiary will be Shepherd’s Hope. Shepherd’s Hope provides health care to the uninsured low-income population of Orlando and the surrounding area. This includes both primary healthcare and locating secondary services when required. First Unitarian also be making a special Christmas Eve collection on Dec. 24 for the Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provide services to LGBT+ youth ages 13 – 24. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

Monthly Program Report

Want to catch up on all that has been happening at 1U? Read the Program Report covering activities in October that Rev. Kathy, in her Chief-of-Staff role, submits to the Board of Trustees.

Join GoogleGroup 1U Justice: Share and Receive Justice Info

Join the 1U Justice GoogleGroup to quickly share and receive listings about Justice events (consistent with UU principles) in central Florida and beyond.Email  your request to join 1U Justice Google Group. Be sure to indicate the name and e-mail address that you want used to receive these email messages.

1U Gardens

Are you interested in learning to square foot garden? Plots are up for adoption! Would you like to help coordinate the community garden project? New leadership is also welcome! Contact Cat Rigby at greenteam@orlandouu.org .

October Board Minutes Available

Approved Minutes for the October 2013 meeting of your Board of Trustees are now available to members for viewing and download on the church website. Click here to access them directly with a member login, or log into the 1U website, click on Members, File Downloads, Governance, Board of Trustees, and then 2013, (10)_October_2013_Board_Meeting_Minutes_Packet (new).

Fair Trade Coffee

Available most Sundays at the table near the foyer in Gore Hall, the proceeds of these sales go to the small coffee growers, UU service committee and 1U. And the coffee is GOOD!

Typhoon Relief Fund

Those wishing to donate to storm relief efforts in the Philippines through our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee may do so at their website.

Children’s Religious Education Needs A Few More Volunteers

RE needs a few more volunteer teachers to put into the teaching rotation! Can you assist in an RE classroom for an hour (or two) a month? If so, join the RE team!  Email  or talk to Michelle for more info.

Sunday A/V Volunteers Needed

Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video in a Sunday Service? 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.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Plan Ahead

December 21 – Winter Solstice Service, 7:00pm

Our annual Winter Solstice Service will be followed by social hour in the Assembly Room and an all-night Yule vigil in the courtyard of the Enrichment Center. Email mystic grove@orlandouu.org for more information

December 22 – Intergenerational “Pageant,” 11:00am

Single service followed by potluck lunch in Gore Hall. Please bring a dish to share. Children rehearse at 9:30am, 3 options for Adults at 9:30am, no Adult programs at 11:00am.

December 24 – Christmas Eve Services at 5:30 & 7:30pm

Hot apple cider and coffee will be served in Gore Hall after each service. Please bring your favorite holiday finger foods to share.

December 25  – No Services on Christmas Day

December 29 – Regular schedule for Worship & Adult Religious Education

No Children’s classes, Childcare During Worship available for both services

More holiday schedule details available here.

January 10 & 11 – Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register at the Visitor table in Gore Hall during Social Hour or by email atMembers@OrlandoUU.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00pm on Friday 1/10/14 and 9:00am to noon on Saturday 1/11/14). In the workshop Rev. 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, Jan. 24, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, Jan. 26.

I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn. And we are led to those who help us most to grow if we let them and we help them in return. Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true, but I know I’m who I am today because I knew you…
Like a comet pulled from orbit, as it passes a sun, like a stream that meets a boulder halfway through the wood, Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better? But because I knew you I have been changed for good.

– Lyrics from “For Good,” from What Gifts We Bring, by Nicki Drumb, 12-8-2013 sermon

First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: www.facebook.com/orlandouu

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email:      minister@orlandouu.org      

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

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