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Weekly Update – December 15, 2016

Weekly Update – December 15, 2016

News Flash! 

Sunday

Noon: Congregational Vote to Ordain Rachel Christensen

and,

12:45: Building The Dream Update Meeting

Details in Sunday – December 18 listings.

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



Friday – December 16

BYO Craft Circle – 6:30-8:30 pm, EC Room 9

A gathering for church members and friends to talk, sew, weave, share, philosophize and just generally enjoy the heck out of everyone’s company. All are welcome! For more information email mysticgrove@OrlandoUU.org

Saturday – December 17

Sunday – December 18

1U Blood Drive – Red Bus, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, 1U parking lot

All blood types are needed! Please contact for questions: Blooddrive@orlandouu.org

Alliance Holiday Boutique – Gore Hall Foyer

We have collected donated items all year for this annual event, so you can buy recycled gifts, decorations and treasures at bargain prices and support local causes. Open each Sunday in December for Unitarians. Open Fridays and Saturdays (Dec 9 – 17) to the public. Shop here before you go to the crowded retail stores…reuse, recycle, relax. Holiday items are still welcome if you have something you wish to donate.

Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary   (Children rehearse in the sanctuary at 9:30 am)

Holiday Pageant with our Children & Youth

Come learn about how Unitarian Universalists understand Christmas from the point of view of mice in the manger.

Today we’ll Share the Plate with Adriana’s Attic, a not-for-profit community outreach program that provides food, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical supplies, and assistance in obtaining permanent housing to those in need. Rita and Joe Marullo, who founded and run Adriana’s Attic, will present an Adult R.E. session at 9:30 am in the Hiett Library, and will speak briefly about their work at the 11:00 service. Please open your hearts and your wallets for this group that directly serves the homeless and displaced.

Share the Plate will also ask you to extend your holiday generosity for our special Christmas Eve collection to benefit the Zebra Coalition, which helps LGBT+ youth in Orlando.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

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)

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

9:30 am in the Library: Share The Plate with Adriana’s Attic

Plan Ahead:

January 29: Movie Talk – In our free and responsible search for truth and meaning, how can we differentiate between what is “selling out” and what is genuine? This is one of the essential questions in “La La Land,” a movie that explores the challenges inherent when love and career are in conflict. Join the discussion at 11:00 am in Gore Hall at our Monthly UU Movie talk.

Congregational Vote to Ordain Rachel Christensen – Noon, Sanctuary

Join our formal congregational meeting to vote to ordain Rachel Christensen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry, in conjunction with University Unitarian Universalist Society.

Noon  Pot Luck Lunch

Online enrollment is open so register your child today. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more CRE information: ECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Building The Dream Update Meeting – 12:45, Hiett Library

Please note the later start time – we’re giving folks a little more time to enjoy this Sunday’s pot luck lunch. We’re in the final stages of working with MPaul, the Board of Trustees, and the Endowment Board as plans, budget, and loan details come together. There’s excitement in the air as everyone works through the volume of tasks – we’re looking forward to provide updates this Sunday. We’re working towards noticing the congregation in early January with the intent to got to vote in early February. Hope to see you at the meeting! There will be many other opportunities to meet with the team between the notice and the vote, so stay tuned for more dates after the New Year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

Alliance Holiday Gift Baskets Raffle Prizes Awarded

Offered by the Alliance at both Unitarian Churches, these beautiful baskets raise money for the homeless men’s favorite gifts: underwear!!  $1 for one ticket or $5 for 6 tickets. These baskets are large and generously filled with goodies. Look for the ticket seller at 1U today or call an Alliance member. More info by emailing Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

Monday – December 19

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  Dayle Steakley facilitates. All are welcome!

Tuesday – December 20

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

Today the Holiday Boutique gets dismantled and transported to Goodwill in time for last minute shoppers there. The Alliance thanks all the members and friends who donated items for this event and those who shopped. In November we were able to award $300 to the Samaritan Center for men’s underwear and $70 worth of sandwiches to the Coalition for the Homeless.

Next week ( Dec 27) is our White Elephant Gift Exchange Party. Wrap and bring a mystery gift to Gore Hall at noon (Bring a bag lunch too!) Nobody knows who brought what. You are assigned a number. When your number is called you choose a gift from the table. You may steal one from someone with a lower number, or someone with a higher number might steal your choice. Please do not spend money, but re-purpose a gift you received in the past but cannot use. Goofy gifts are the best! There is no limit to the number of people involved, so the more the merrier!

RUUM Visits Orlando Wetland Park – 1:00 pm, Christmas, FL

Today RUUM, the Retired UU Mens’ group, will visit Orlando Wetlands Park in Christmas, FL.  The visit features an educational talk and a tram tour of the park, so walking is very limited. There is a $3/person charge for the tram ride and a reservation is needed by December 10, if possible. For information contact Jim Erwin at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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 21

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Room 3 (Note location change)

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

Winter Solstice Service – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Join us as we celebrate the Winter Solstice in a lovely evening service in the sanctuary and the annual spiral dance in the courtyard. Our biggest ritual of the year! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season. Worship begins at 7:00, Coffee Hour and potluck finger food snacks to follow at 8:00 in the Assembly room and ends at 9:00 when we have a cup challenge game and light the Yule Log. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. If you would like to continue the celebration, consider attending the “after party” — The Annual Yule Vigil! RSVP here.

Annual Yule Bonfire Vigil – 9:00 pm, RE Courtyard

Join us for camaraderie around the Yule Log bonfire as we keep watch over the longest night of the year and do our part to ensure the sun rises! Bring your conversation, games, instruments, movies, and dish for Midnight Potluck! Some bring their sleeping bags, lawn chairs and tents for camping out on the green. RSVP here.

Thursday – December 22

EMG Rehearsal– 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary  (Note: On hiatus until January 12)

Please enjoy your holiday time and give thought to a song you would be interested in working up. Bring it to our next meeting to share. For more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall  

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

Learning Tarot Series  Session 8 – 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 9 

Always wanted to learn to read Tarot? This 10-session Thursday series will include content on the Major Arcana and Court Cards presented by class leaders, discussion, exercises, tarot spreads, and homework you can do at your own pace. The class will be creating their personal Rider-Waite-Smith flashcard decks. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register. Cost: $30 for the series. If you need tuition help, please include that in the email. There will also be a Facebook study group for distance learners and/or those who cannot come to each class. We want to make this doable for you! For more details, click here.


Other News

Holiday Schedule

12/24    5:30 pm   Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

              7:30 pm   Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

12/25  11:00 am    Christmas Day Service (single service)

November Concert Photos on SmugMug

Check out Steve Simoneau’s extradinary photos of the “With Love From Us to 1U” concert on SmugMug. Steve kindly lugged his camera and enormous lens back and forth across the Sanctuary all night long, coping expertly with the technical challenge presented by the dimly lit Sanctuary, and his results are peerless. (Many thanks, Steve!!)  The gallery is in the first position on www.orlandouu.smugmug.com with public access.

New Programs in the New Year

Issues & Actions: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month. First session January 11. Join us for a light dinner, a time of centering, and a timely program. Each session will have two short presentations and an interactive session. Hear an informative update on a current issue. Examples might include Guns Safety, Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, LGBT+ Issues, Democracy, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, etc. Issues and actions will be announced in advance.

Hear a second representation on an advocacy tool. Examples might include Letters to the Editors, On Line Advocacy, Speaking at Public Hearings or Events, Marches, Rallies, Protests, Lobbying, etc.

Work in small groups to practice putting the action of the evening to use in service of the issue of the evening.

Free & open to the public. Donations welcome. More info to follow. Email programassistant@orlandouu.org or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer.

Constitution Study Group

The possibility of starting a Constitution Study group is being explored. If you are interested, please email our Program Assistant, Gaby and she will put you in touch with the organizers.

Pop Up Events – for a Vibrant Democracy

A vibrant democracy requires an educated and engaged citizenry. Throughout the Winter and Spring, activities will “pop up” that give participants a chance to deepen their understanding of issues in our world today. Examples might include Common Reads (Books or Articles) and Films & Discussions and more. Although events will be shared in the Weekly Update, let our Program Assistant, Gaby know if you would like to be on a special announcement email list.

Martin Luther King Service & Youth Choir January 8

It’s been a difficult year in central Florida, the nation, and the world. That makes this year’s annual interfaith/multicultural celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – coming up on Sunday evening, January 8, 2017 – all the more significant. With our community still raw from the attack on Pulse nightclub and an acrimonious and seemingly endless political campaign, working toward Dr. King’s vision of “a beloved community” is all the more urgent. In cooperation with the Orlando Mayor’s Commission on the Martin Luther King Holiday, ICCF coordinates a one-hour program at a downtown house of worship. As we do each year, we will gather at Orlando City Hall at 5:30 pm on January 8, then march in procession at 6:00 pm to First Presbyterian Church for the program, beginning at 6:30 pm. As part of the program, we are reviving “Everybody’s Children” a non-audition community chorus for middle school and high school children. Everyone in that age range is welcome to participate – no previous performance experience is necessary. There will be a one-hour orientation and rehearsal on Tuesday, December 27, at 7 pm at Congregation Ohev Shalom (613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland FL). On the evening of the MLK program, we’ll have a walk-through and quick rehearsal at First Presbyterian at about 5:00 pm, and our one-song performance between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Email Rev. Kathy for more information about participating in the Youth Choir.

Adopt a Rescue Mission Family for the Holidays

If you have already donated to the Hope CommUnity Center Christmas Toy Drive and want to do more, consider helping a family “adopted” for holiday time gift-giving through the Orlando Union Rescue Mission. Gift cards of all denominations are needed. Please contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org if you are willing to assist by purchasing a gift card or giving a check to have a card purchased. You will be helping a family in great need!

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 last Sunday’s offering here.

Order UUSC Holiday Cards Now!

Order your UUSC Holiday cards here. Many past year designs are vastly discounted!

Guest at Your Table – through January 15

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) oversees our annual intergenerational program, Guest at your Table. This is an opportunity to raise support and awareness about the work that UUSC does around the world to advance human rights. This year the theme is Defying Hate. More details will be coming shortly.

The UUSC identifies and works in many areas to defy hate every day of the year. That may be “When the unaccompanied minors are deported from the Dominican Republic simply because they are of Haitian descent,” or when “…US religious groups export discrimination against LBGTQ individuals to African nations” or “When loud voices assign blame to innocent people and fan the flames of fear, prejudice and xenophobia…” Read more about Guest at your Table at uusc.org/gayt.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

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!


Plan Ahead

January 8 – Martin Luther King Service & Youth Choir 

It’s been a difficult year in central Florida, the nation, and the world. That makes this year’s annual interfaith/multicultural celebration of the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – coming up on Sunday evening, January 8, 2017 – all the more significant. With our community still raw from the attack on Pulse nightclub and an acrimonious and seemingly endless political campaign, working toward Dr. King’s vision of “a beloved community” is all the more urgent. In cooperation with the Orlando Mayor’s Commission on the Martin Luther King Holiday, ICCF coordinates a one-hour program at a downtown house of worship. As we do each year, we will gather at Orlando City Hall at 5:30 pm on January 8, then march in procession at 6:00 pm to First Presbyterian Church for the program, beginning at 6:30 pm. As part of the program, we are reviving “Everybody’s Children” a non-audition community chorus for middle school and high school children. Everyone in that age range is welcome to participate – no previous performance experience is necessary. There will be a one-hour orientation and rehearsal on Tuesday, December 17, at 7 pm at Congregation Ohev Shalom (613 Concourse Parkway South, Maitland FL). On the evening of the MLK program, we’ll have a walk-through and quick rehearsal at First Presbyterian at about 5:00 pm, and our one-song performance between 6:30 and 7:30 pm. Email Rev. Kathy for more information about participating in the Youth Choir.

January 11 –  Issues & Actions Session 1

Join us for a light dinner, a time of centering, and a timely program. Taking place the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, each session will have two short presentations and an interactive session. Hear an informative update on a current issue. Examples might include Guns Safety, Reproductive Justice, Racial Justice, Environmental Justice, LGBT+ Issues, Democracy, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, etc. Issues and actions will be announced in advance.

Hear a second representation on an advocacy tool. Examples might include Letters to the Editors, On Line Advocacy, Speaking at Public Hearings or Events, Marches, Rallies, Protests, Lobbying, etc.

Work in small groups to practice putting the action of the evening to use in service of the issue of the evening.

Free & open to the public. Donations welcome. More info to follow. Email programassistant@orlandouu.org or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer.


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. The holiday season can also cause stress and painful emotions. 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.

T-Shirts on Sale — 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

1U Passports are Here! Get Yours Today!

We’ve created 1U “Passports” for you to keep track of your adventures this fall. Pick up yours at 1U Central any Sunday and play along.

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!

1U Smoking Policy

The First Unitarian Board of Trustees has adopted a new smoking policy effective January 1, 2017. It reads: No smoking of any kind, including the use of e-cigarettes, is allowed within any courtyard area on the First Unitarian Church of Orlando campus or within 25 feet of any building. This applies at all times and to all persons and groups making use of the campus.

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.

Minister’s Day Off

Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

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 Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:

                       November-Tommy & Elise Harrison        December-Tommy & Elise Harrison

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.

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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