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Weekly Update – December 17, 2015

Weekly Update – December 17, 2015

Weekly Update-December 17, 2015

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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!

Sunday: Pot Luck Lunch after the Holiday Pageant

and,

Monday: Potluck Finger Foods after Solstice Service

and,

Thursday: Potluck Finger Foods after Christmas Eve Services

Come enjoy these services! Don’t forget to bring your favorite dish to share at each event.


Friday – 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!

Saturday – December 19

Jingle BellaSutra Concert & Fundraiser – 5:00 pm, Gardner/Drumb Back Yard 

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! $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.

Sunday – 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! Please see the plans here. If you can’t make the meeting, feel free to send feedback to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

Services – 11:00 am, Sanctuary    (Note: Single service today)

Jesus’ Christmas Party, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Intergenerational Holiday Pageant. The Chalice Choir will perform.  A potluck lunch will follow the Holiday Pageant. Please bring a dish to share and join the fun in Gore Hall!

Our shared plate will be given to IDignity, and IDignity’s Ann Taylor will be our guest. IDignity was created in 2008 to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida overcome the difficulties of obtaining the personal identification that is so crucial to becoming self-sufficient. Please extend your holiday generosity to include this worthy community partner and neighbor!

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 Rehearse for Intergenerational Pageant (Sanctuary)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children stay in the sanctuary for Intergenerational Pageant

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 27 – No children’s RE. Childcare is available.

January 3 – Regular Sunday Children’s RE schedule resumes.

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: Share the Plate with iDignity  (learn more)

Plan Ahead:

January 10 – Movie Talk: The Force Awakens

Does our fourth UU principle include a search for truth and meaning in discovering what is Evil? And if we identify a person as the personification of “evil,” say Darth Vader, does our first UU principle instruct us to dig deeper and locate his inherent worth? Are Wookiees and Droids included in that first principle?! See the film and join the discussion on Jan. 10.

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Monday – December 21

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group  (December session CANCELLED due to Solstice Celebration)

Next meeting will be Monday, January 18, 7:00 pm Library. Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome!

Solstice Service – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary/Courtyard/Assembly Room

Our Winter Solstice service is led by the Mystic Grove in the Sanctuary, followed by the annual spiral dance in the courtyard. This is the biggest Mystic Grove ritual of the year. Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season. Please join us after the service for wassail punch and nibbles in the Assembly Room, then the lighting of the Yule Log. We invite you to bring your favorite finger foods to share. Drop off at the Assembly Room before the service and volunteers will plate them. For those staying for the “All Night Yule Vigil” to watch the sunrise, there will be a later on-going potluck that night. Food to share then is also welcome. For more information, please contact MysticGrove@OrlandoUU.org.

Annual Yule Vigil – 9:00 pm to Dawn, EC Courtyard

After the Winter Solstice service ends, come join us for camaraderie around the Yule Log bonfire. Bring your conversation, movies, games, instruments and dish for Midnight Potluck! Some bring their sleeping bags, lawn chairs and tents for camping out on the green. Whether you take a short nap or stay up all night, we’ll keep watch over the longest night of the year and do our part to ensure the sun rises!

Tuesday – December 22

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

Meet at 10:00 am to pack up the Holiday Boutique for storage. We will share a bag lunch and get a report of the final earnings and who won the raffle gift baskets. Merry Christmas to all of our members and supporters! We look forward to 2016 and the opportunity to expand our charitable work from a new Continuing Bazaar shop in Gore Hall.

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 23

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 24

Christmas Eve Service – 5:30 pm, Sanctuary  (Note: Bring finger food to share in Gore Hall after service)

 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. The service will be followed by light refreshment 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!)

Our Christmas Eve shared plate will be given to the Zebra Coalition. The Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13 – 24, who are facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families. Please extend your holiday generosity to include this valuable community partner and neighbor!

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall  (Note: Cancelled tonight only due to Christmas Eve Service)

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

Christmas Eve Service – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary (Note: Bring finger food to share in Gore Hall after service)

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. The service will be followed by light refreshment 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!)

Our Christmas Eve shared plate will be given to the Zebra Coalition. The Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and all youth (LGBT+) ages 13 – 24, who are facing homelessness; bullying; physical, sexual and drug abuse; and isolation from their families. Please extend your holiday generosity to include this valuable community partner and neighbor!


Other News

Minister’s Schedule

Rev. Kathy will be working a light schedule from December 29 through January 7 to spend time with visiting family. She will be out of town for a class January 8-10.

Greetings from Lois Cole, former 1U Ministerial Intern

Hello, 1U-ers. I thought especially of you last week in historic Boston (our Unitarian Mecca), where I went before the Ministerial Fellowship Committee Saturday and was approved for ordination! Many thanks to Rev. Kathy, my internship committee, and all of you who have been so important to my formation. I miss you all.

Winter Holiday Schedule

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

                                 11:00 am Worship with Childcare

Sunday, January 3 Regular Sunday Schedule Resumes

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.​

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.


Plan Ahead

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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