Weekly Update – December 14, 2017
Saturday: Interfaith Yoga Event
Details in Saturday – December 16 listing.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – December 15
3rd Friday Craft Circle: Holiday Session — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room
This month’s topic is “Preparing for Yule.” It’s our annual Yule Log decorating and preparing the vigil candles. Extra red, white, or green ribbons or cotton fat quarters welcome for the log. We are also making new bonfire song booklets, rehearsing Words for All Ages, and some songs. Come as you are and help out at the table stations while getting to “preview” of bits of the service. Facebook RSVP.
Saturday – December 16
Interfaith Yoga Event — 10:00-11:45 am, Congregation of Reform Judaism
Namaste, friends! This Interfaith Yoga Project event is going to be extra-special and I hope that you can join! It will be led by Candace Martin and Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, who will sing liturgical prayers throughout our practice. The theme is “Celebrating Chanukah, A Celebration of Light” and is FREE and open to ALL! Location is Congregation of Reform Judaism, 928 Malone Drive, Orlando, FL 32810. Register here. If interested in Carpooling from 1U, contact Julia Chinnock to be added to the pool, leaving at 9:15 from the 1U parking lot. Learn more about the Interfaith Yoga Practice at these URLs:
Website and Blog
Huffington Post Article:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com /entry/yoga-serving-many-faith s_us_59498f60e4b0c24d29f47839
Recent article featured on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com /features/religion/religion- world/os-interfaith-yoga- 20170525-story.html
Sunday – December 17
The Alliance has transformed the ReSale Shop into the Holiday Boutique! Stop by on Sundays for your holiday shopping. We’ll be waiting for you.
Single Service – Worship at 11:00 am Only, Sanctuary
Holiday Pageant: The Last Straw, Children’s Religious Education Program
A Potluck Lunch follows. Bring your favorite dish to share.
Please give a warm welcome today to our Share-the-Plate guests, Earl Johnson and Robin Daily, of Zebra Coalition. They’ll be presenting an Adult R.E. session in the Community Room at 9:30 am, and then speaking from the pulpit at the 11 a.m. service. Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations that helps LGBT+ young people facing homelessness, bullying, abuse, and isolation from their families. Let’s open our hearts and give generously for this worthy cause!
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 6 years. (EC Nursery)
9:30-10:30 am No Service Children meet in Sanctuary for Holiday Pageant Rehearsal
11:00 am-Noon Holiday Pageant. Single service for all ages. (Sanctuary)
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.
Opportunities to Volunteer: please take a look at our Volunteer page and see if there is something that interests you. There are many options that don’t involve working with kids directly. Not listed are a million extra things due to construction – more opportunities to help
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! All are welcome! Learn more here)
9:30 am in the Community Room: Share the Plate information from Earl Johnson and Robin Daily from the Zebra Coalition. The Community Room is located in the Northwest corner of the Enrichment Center. Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations that helps LGBT+ young people facing homelessness, bullying, abuse, and isolation from their families.
January 7 – 11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk – The Last Jedi
Our first principle calls for us to value the inherent worth and dignity of all people but how do we achieve this with people who present as pure evil? Can a person be purely evil? Go see The Last Jedi – it opens December 15. If children and youth wish to join the discussion, they are always welcome!
Potluck Lunch — Noon, Gore Hall
We’ll celebrate the season and spend some time in community at our annual post-pageant pot luck lunch. Bring a dish to share! Appetizers, salads, main dishes, side dishes, and desserts are all welcome. Dishes may be dropped in the kitchen before service. No need to sign up in advance… it usually works out.
Monthly Social Justice Connection — 12:30-1:30 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A
In a time of many challenges locally, nationally, and globally, it is good to be together. Join us the third Sunday of each month to share what’s on your mind, make connections, and support one another. Michael Mataluni facilitates this month. Check out the pot luck lunch first and then join us… bringing your food with you is fine.
Monday – December 18
Tuesday – December 19
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
We gather to pack up the items remaining in our Gore Hall Holiday Boutique as we close it for 2017. Thanks to all who donated items and all who shopped. We will save some items for next year and give the rest to Goodwill in time for their customers to purchase before Christmas. On December 26 there will be no official meeting, but we will gather for fellowship and to restock the Resale Shop again. For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@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 – December 20
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 8:30am to 9am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – December 21
Winter Solstice Service and Yule Vigil — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Come to one event or both! The annual Mystic Grove Winter Solstice service is followed by punch and cookies in the Assembly Room. This year’s story tells about Joanna who has fallen down the well seeking her lost spindle. Will she meet all the tasks Mother Winter sets before her? At 8:45 the shenanigans begin as the “red and green villagers” have a mock battle on the lawn with a stacking cup game to see which side gets to light the Yule Log. Do you know what color team you want to play on this year?
The Yule Vigil “officially” begins at 9:oo with the lighting of the Yule Log and finishes at 7:15 am the next day with a morning closing ritual. There will be a Midnight Potluck Buffet. You may bring games, instruments, movies, potluck dish, sleeping bags and tents if you want to camp out on the green. For more details or to Facebook RSVP please see: Winter Solstice and/or Yule Vigil. Limited bonfire booklets available to save paper. Digital access with smartphones and tablets for the 9:00 pm and 1:00 am Bardic Circles are at https://spiralwound.wordpress.com/yule-2017/. For more details or to Facebook RSVP please see:
Artwork for Sale with Half the Proceeds to be Donated to 1U
Tis the Season…Consider buying a gift for yourself, a loved one, or friend as well as helping to make a monetary gift to the church. The artwork on display in the 1U Sanctuary (by Bill Redfoot and Jeffri Moore) will be removed after services on December 17. Jeffri and Bill are offering their art for sale with half of the proceeds to be donated to 1U. Please refer to the individual pieces for price and contact information. You can also meet with Jeffri and Bill after the service on December 17 to make inquiries and/or to make your purchase.
12/21 7:00 pm Winter Solstice Service followed by Yule Vigil
12/24 11:00 am Single Service
5:30 pm Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider
7:30 pm Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider
Church Camping Trip February 23-24
We will be camping at Kelly Park group site A. We can have 25 people on the site. Pets are not allowed. There are sites for campers nearby but they cannot be reserved until Jan 9. The cost is $3/day per person. We have some extra tents and equipment if needed. Please let Alan Oberholzer know as soon as possible if you plan on attending. You can email him at dinnerwithfriends@orlandoUU.org or sign up on Sunday at Gaby’s table.
Help Share the Plate Partners at Holiday Time
Two of our Share the Plate charities are requesting a little help at the holidays.
The Zebra Coalition is asking for gift cards that they will be providing to all their youth during their Zebra Coalition Holiday Celebration in December. These can be in various denominations and to various store locations. If you are able to help, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following is the wish list for New Image Youth Center. If you can donate any, please contact Olyvya at New Image Youth Center to arrange delivery to 212 S. Parramore Ave. Orlando, FL 32805. She is the administrative assistant to Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs. Her phone number is 407-501-3503. See newimageyouth.org for more information.
Sports balls Jump rope Reusable water bottles Cutlery & Dishware Mixing bowls Cutting boards
Maps and Globes Educational books and games Construction Paper Flip chart paper Socks
Underwear Tissues Hand Sanitizer Clorox wipes Paper Towels Vacuum cleaners Cleaning gloves
Liquid soap and dispenser Art supplies of any kind iPad for use with those on the autism spectrum
Guest At Your Table
We continue the Guest at Your Table annual fundraiser program for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Those still wishing to pick up materials can stop by 1U Central (Gaby’s Table) in Gore Hall on Sunday morning. You can learn more about the program and the UUSC by clinking on the above links. You can make a direct donation on-line here. (Please list our full name, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, in the congregation field.)
UUSC Holiday Cards Now Available for Order Online
The cards that are perfect for holiday sending are now available online. Proceeds from sales of holiday cards and merchandise are a vital fundraiser for UUSC and help advance our human rights work and build justice in the name of Unitarian Universalist principles around the globe. You can view this year’s available holiday cards designs here. Note that there are several designs still available at discounted prices! If you order $60 or more, shipping is free! here are some lovely note cards available for $10 for 10 at The Good Buy: “Plant justice, Harvest peace.”
Rev. Kathy’s Blog
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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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
December 31 — Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration, 6:00 pm, Gore Hall
This event started 19 years ago as a way for 1Uers to ring in the new year in community and in a safe place for the night. Join fellow 1U members and friends for a Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration. Pot Luck food that lasts all night. Games. Music. Conversation. Gore Hall doors open at 6:00 pm Bring food and drinks to share – sodas and/or alcohol are ok. Bring breakfast food if you plan to spend the night. The kitchen will be available if you want to bake or heat something. Bring games to play. We also invite you to bring musical instruments for jamming and singing. Bring your latest craft project. This is an informal evening of fun, food, and fellowship. If any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you plan to spend the night, you’ll need bedding, etc. Event ends at 3:00 am if no overnighters; and 11:00 am on Monday if spending the night.
January 12 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
April 20-22, 2018 – CUUPS Convocation Ignite the Flame
This year’s convocation is in Ft. Meyers. Speakers include John Beckett and Jerrie Hildebrand. The event is about many earth- and nature-centered traditions. There will also be vendors and a table to purchase your chapter’s CUUPS materials. Rituals will be led by the CUUPS Chapter in Ft. Myers. Several Mystic Grove members are thinking about going. Would you also like to come? All are welcome to attend from CUUPS, to the UU universe to the local and regional earth/nature-centered and Pagan communities in Florida. Read more or register here.
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!
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 Steph Garber.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.
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 email@example.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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