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Weekly Update – December 20, 2018

Weekly Update – December 20, 2018

News Flash!

Bridging Minister Rev. Janet Newman Announced

Details in  Other News

and,

Winter Solstice Service: Friday

Details in Friday – December 21

and,

Deep Conversations with the Board Continue on January 13

Details in Plan Ahead

 

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – December 21

Mystic Grove Winter Solstice Service, Coffee Hour & Annual Yule Bonfire Vigil  —  7:00 pm-7:00 am, Sanctuary and EC Courtyard

Join Mystic Grove as we celebrate the Winter Solstice in a lovely evening service in the Sanctuary and the annual Spiral Dance in the EC Courtyard. The biggest Mystic Grove ritual of the year! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season. Worship begins at 7:00 pm. Coffee Hour and potluck finger food snacks follow at 8:00 pm in the Assembly room and end at 9:00 pm when we light the Yule Log. Please drop off your snack in the Assembly room ahead of time.

Kindling needed for the Yule Log bonfire. Please bring a grocery bag full of pine cones, pine needles, small twigs and branches or newspaper, per instructions below. Lowe’s has bagged kindling for $4 for those who don’t have time to gather.

Service invitation and information can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/2101795063456830/.

Annual Yule Vigil — RE Courtyard, 8:45 pm- 7:00 am

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 and dish for Midnight Potluck! Some bring their sleeping bags and lawn chairs for napping.  The “Oak and Holly Cup Battle” game begins at 8:45 pm and the winning team lights the Yule Log at 9:00 to kick off the festivities. Bardic Circle carols immediately afterwards. Extra kindling welcome! Please start bringing your pine cones, pine needles, tree bark and small sticks to Room 1. See any Mystic Grove member.

Yule bonfire vigil information can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1940922075965831/.  

Saturday – December 22

Sunday – December 23

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary 

December Celebrations and A Family Christmas Homily, led by Worship Associate Dave Shine

Dave brings us thoughts from a sermon originally delivered by Rev. Dr. Forrest Church, who was a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Divinity School, and son of former U.S. Senator Frank Church. He was also a leading Unitarian Universalist minister, author, and theologian, serving as Senior Minister of the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York City, until late 2006 when he was appointed as Minister of Public Theology. Between 1985 and his death from cancer in 2009, he wrote or edited more than 20 books. These include technical studies of Christian and Gnostic literature, as well as over a dozen books addressing a wider audience.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

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. Contact for more information: DCYM@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, No offering today.

Plan Ahead:

January 6: 9:30 am in the Community Room, Movie Talk: Roma

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies.  The movie for January is Roma.  Is Roma the story of Alfonso Cuaron’s childhood in Mexico or is this the story of Cleo, the family maid?  See Roma (available on Netflix and soon in many theaters) and start the New Year with a discussion of this story of justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Join the discussion on Sunday, January 6 at 9:30 am in the Community Room. (the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center).

Inquirers Series — Every Sunday 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall Room A  (Childcare Available in the Nursery)

Today:      No session – holiday

The Inquirers Series is a rotation of 8 conversations about our congregation and Unitarian Universalist history and practices. The series is designed for visitors and newcomers who are looking for a general introduction, and yet the sessions are also appealing to veteran members who want more information about our church. New church members and inquirers are encouraged to attend. It’s best if you can commit to attending all 8 weekly sessions but the class is designed for you to pick up classes you miss in future rounds of the series. Join us!

·         12/30/18 No session – holiday

·         1/6/19 Faith Development +

·         1/13/19  Care & CG

·         1/20/19  Campus Tour

·         1/27/19  Membership 101

Monday – December 24

5:30 pm     Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider – Joe Donatone, Seminarian & Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

7:30 pm     Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider – Joe Donatone, Seminarian & Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Christmas Eve Share the Plate Update

Our Christmas Eve plate collection will be donated to the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC). FLIC is a statewide coalition of more than 65 member organizations and over 100 allies. Their mission is to empower immigrant communities by defending and protecting basic human rights, including the right to live without fear. Please extend the holiday spirit to our community partners and give generously!

Tuesday – December 25

The Alliance — NO MEETING TODAY DUE TO HOLIDAY

We will gather on Thursday, December 27  at 9:30 to pack up the Holiday Boutique and to set out regular merchandise which has been donated.  Merry Christmas to all!

Shop the Resale Shop for your holiday gifts and décor. It is now a magical Holiday Boutique of donated items.  All proceeds are given to Central Florida charities chosen by our members. Shop whenever you happen to be in Gore Hall. If no cashier is present, just pay the honor jar. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found

A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at minister@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 26

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 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuar

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 27

Meditation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center) 

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Drop in friendly.

R&D: Mystic Grove Ritual Book — 7:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends organize rituals for publication! Our hope for this long-term project is publication for our 20th anniversary. This month we work on coversheet templates for the rituals.  Info and RSVP at https://www.facebook.com/events/328283377905004/.


Other News

Board Welcomes Bridging Minister Rev. Janet Newman

The Board is very pleased to announce an agreement with our own Reverend Janet Newman. She has agreed to serve as our Bridging Minister until an Interim minister starts in August 2019. Reverend Janet has an excellent background for this role:  she was an Interim Minister for over 30 years, serving over a dozen congregations before retiring to Winter Park in 2016. At that time, she joined our congregation and has been a very involved and valuable member.  A brief bio of Janet can be found below. Janet will be working part time, so we will not be seeing her in the pulpit every Sunday. She will work with the Worship Committee to be sure we have an interesting and engaging speaker each week. Janet will serve as Chief of Staff and start in January to overlap with Reverend Kathy for a smooth transition. Please join us in welcoming Janet in this new role and thank her for stepping forward to offer her valuable experience and service to our community. With gratitude, Karen Ramberg, President-Board of Trustees.

Janet Newman Letter & Bio 

Dear 1U Members and Friends,

The Board has determined that ordained leadership is needed for a congregation as complex as 1U and has offered me the new half-time position of “Bridging Minister” for the next six months. I recently retired from the Unitarian Universalist ministry, and I have enjoyed being a congregant and member of 1U.  I plan to return to that status after my professional responsibilities end.  After the Bridging Ministry and after a period of Interim Ministry that will begin in the summer, you will call a settled minister to serve you.

 For now, perhaps you would like to know something about me.  I grew up in a small town in Ohio on the south shore of Lake Erie.  My parents emigrated from Ontario; my roots go deep into Canadian soil. I received my B.A. from Smith College in Hispanic studies, and my first career was in computer programming in Washington, DC.  It was there that I discovered Unitarian Universalism, became a lay leader, and felt the call to ministry.

After my husband’s death in a car accident in 1978, I realized it was time to respond to that call.  I earned the M.A. from the University of Chicago and the Doctor of Ministry degree from our UU seminary, Meadville Lombard Theological School. I served two congregations as a called minister, and then I caught the bug to serve congregations as an Interim Minister.  A few of you remember that I served 1U way back in 1987-88 as your Interim Minister; you were my first foray in that specialty.  Since then, I have served congregations as far north as Ottawa, as far east as the Boston area, as far west as Denver, and as far south as Fort Myers.

While in Orlando, I knew I would need a “base camp” as I moved around, and I found a modest condo in Winter Park.  There, I hung my mother’s paintings on the walls, kept the family piano mostly in tune, and enjoyed my down time, usually a week or two per year.   I often managed to attend church with you during those breaks.

My brothers, Dave Newman and Tom Newman, live in San Diego and Philadelphia, respectively, and I hope you will meet them during their visits. I will visit them as time permits.

Reverend Kathy Schmitz became an integral part of 1U during her 8 years with you, and we are all concerned for her health.  She cannot be replaced, and you and I will miss her greatly.  I hope my serving as our Bridging Minister will help on our journey towards healing and growth. Faithfully,  Janet Newman

Missing First Aid Kit

Does anyone know the whereabouts of the first aid kit that was in the Gore Hall kitchen? Perhaps you took it home for some tender loving replenishment? If that is the case, please return soon, otherwise we will purchase a new one for repairing those tiny “boo-boos.”    Thanks, Your LTME Team

Holiday Schedule & Upcoming Worship

Dec. 30     Regular Sunday Service – Worship Associate Neil Boris

Jan. 6   –  Saying Yes to Care – The Pastoral Associates

Jan. 13 –  A Journey, Not a Destination – Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

Jan. 20 – A Closing Prayer – Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Jan. 27 – Transition – Revs. Dr. Janet Newman & Kathy Schmitz

Deep Conversations with the Board Continue January 13

Join the Board on Sunday, January 13, at 11:45 am in Gore Hall for a Deep Conversation about the important and timely topic of Communications, within and beyond our congregation.

Christine Dance Ordination at 1U January 26

1U joyfully announces the ordination of Christine Dance on Saturday, January 26, 2019. The service begins at 2:30 pm in the Sanctuary, with a reception to follow in Gore Hall. Donations for a congregational gift and reception costs will be gratefully accepted. See Gaby, 1U Program Assistant, after January 1, 2019, for more information. All 1U members are invited to attend. RSVP to Kim Holdridge. See invitation here. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/763482147325115/.

Linda Piantieri Assumes Leadership of the 1U Caring Circle

Beginning January 1, Linda Piantieri will be taking on leadership of the 1U Caring Circle team. We are so grateful that she has agreed to take on this important role, as our congregation takes care of one another. Whether you need assistance, or are able to offer help to others, contact Linda at Caringcircle@orlandouu.org.

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 Coordinators 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 Caring Circle members serve by providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and help with meals and/or pet care during a member’s period of recuperation.

“Hearts and Hands” Service Auction and More April 6: Save the Date

Get ready for a great party to raise funds for 1U on April 6, 2019 beginning at 5:00 pm! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by donating and bidding at the auction. Now is the time to dream up what you will donate. Will it be a dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? The donation form allows you to suggest pricing, and the auction team will take it from there. We are asking for individual items that will sell for at least $20 (or smaller items can be grouped in a basket). Tangible items must be delivered to the church by Friday April 5 or by appointment. Please:  items must be new or like new condition in order to have a successful auction. Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all welcome! Sorry, we can’t use clothing. The auction team will price and edit descriptions to sell! The auction is meant to be inclusive, so we need your lower-priced events as well as the BIG items that will be sold during the live auction. Already know what you plan to offer? Please complete the online form or a paper donation form available at Gaby’s table after services. Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions and Steph Garber for donations: auction@orlandouu.org.

Family-Friendly Intergenerational New Year’s Eve 20th Anniversary Celebration

This event started in 1998 as a way for 1Uers to ring in the new year in community and in a safe place for the night. Join fellow members and friends for a family-friendly intergenerational New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. Pot Luck food that lasts all night…Games…Music…Conversation. Gore Hall opens at 6:00 p.m.  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. For questions, send an email to folkensemble@orlandouu.org. If you plan to spend the night, you’ll need bedding, etc. Event ends at 3:00 am for non-overnighters or 11:00 am Tuesday if spending the night. Event hosts include: John Brockman, Chip & Toni Dockery, and Alex & Jeffri Moore  (i.e., Black Cat and The Folk Ensemble).

Missed a Sunday? 

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

Introducing the Congregational Ministry Committee (CMC)

This committee was established by the Board of Trustees to counsel with the minister about, review the effectiveness of, and generally promote the congregation’s ministry (worship, music, religious education, pastoral care, social justice). The CMC is the “process-observer” of the congregation and will stay in close touch with the Board of Trustees. We are here to listen and observe. While we do not intercede to solve issues directly, we do make recommendations to affected groups and encourage healthy communication. If you would like to share your joys or concerns regarding the ministries of the church, feel free to speak to any of our committee members. Though we expect that our role may evolve or change during the coming ministerial transition, we’re here to listen and to serve the congregation in this role right now. The members of the CMC are Charles Davis, Barbara Howe, Tim Wiley (BOT liaison), and Joanne Wojtyto.

Blood Drive Appreciation & Future Planning

To each of you who took time on December 9 to give blood at the Red Bus with OneBlood at 1U:  you are heroes!  It is because of each of you that up to three lives can be saved with each donation! I hope you know that the hour that you took to give the gift of life to others is one that truly is appreciated by so many. Our next drive is February 10, 2019, and we hope to see you then.  Same 1U parking lot, starting at 9:00 am. Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

UUSC Holiday Cards Now Available Online

This year the UUSC will be selling holiday cards thru The Good Buy site.  Holiday cards are online here:
https://www.thegoodbuy.com/collections/holiday-cards. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for sale cards!!)

Got a Talent with PowerPoint? Or Like to Research Excellent Books on Specific Topics?

If EITHER description fits you, the Words for All Ages Team can use your help. We’d love to include more people in the entertaining process of looking at books for young readers, taking photos of each, then dropping the photos into slide templates. As we prepare each book, we deliver it to Rev. Kathy for use in Sunday services.  The process is fascinating and amusing, standardized to the point of simplicity, and efficient. If you’ve ever wondered how those delightful and clever new stories turn up in each weekly service, here is your chance to not just find out, but be a part!  You DON’T have to be a parent–although people who regularly are on the lookout for outstanding books for children are going to especially enjoy this process. For questions about how this can put more smiles, giggles and moments of ROFL into your life with a tiny bit of effort, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@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 Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are:  dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

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

December 31 — Family-Friendly Intergenerational New Year’s Eve 20th Anniversary Celebration

This event started in 1998 as a way for 1Uers to ring in the new year in community and in a safe place for the night. Join fellow members and friends for a family-friendly intergenerational New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31. Pot Luck food that lasts all night…Games…Music…Conversation. Gore Hall opens at 6:00 p.m.  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. For questions, send an email to folkensemble@orlandouu.org. If you plan to spend the night, you’ll need bedding, etc. Event ends at 3:00 am for non-overnighters or 11:00 am Tuesday if spending the night. Event hosts include: John Brockman, Chip & Toni Dockery, and Alex & Jeffri Moore  (i.e., Black Cat and The Folk Ensemble).

January 3 — RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting, 11:30, 1U Assembly Room

January 7  — Monthly Vegan Potluck, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

January 11 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

January 14 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

January 21 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

February 9 — 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

April 5-7, 2019 — 9th Annual Florida Unitarian Universalist Women’s Retreat, Dayspring Episcopal Conference Center

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5  to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. (Cat Rigby and Christi Bass are going from 1U.) Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.

April 6 — Hearts and Hands Service Auction

Be part of a great party to raise funds for 1U beginning at 5:00 pm! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by bidding at the auction. Will it be a dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all are available! Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions at auction@orlandouu.org.


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 Gore Hall 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!

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 flowers@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.

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.

Fair Trade Coffee and Tea Schedule – 1st and 3rd Sundays, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available on the first and third Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the service. Sales of coffee and tea benefit small independent growers. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

Pastoral Care Associates

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts. – Fred Rogers

Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges. If you are in need, or even think you could possibly use a listening ear or caring heart, please contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

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.

Parking Notice

Since we moved to a single service, more folks are needing to find parking all at one time. This has resulted in a few folks parking on the sidewalk on the north side of the Enrichment Center. Please do not park in this area for two reasons. First: the sidewalk is just that, a sidewalk not a driveway. It was not built to support cars. The orange rumble strip is the edge of the drive and should not be crossed. Secondly: no one should park on the driveway in this area, because the drive was designed for the radius needed for fire trucks and they would not be able to pass through with cars. Thanks for your assistance with this. The solution (a reminder) is for those that can to park off campus on Hampton or elsewhere. With Love, Your LTME.

Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?

A Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or Inherited IRA can cause a higher tax burden. Consider paying your pledge to the Church via a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older you can instruct your IRA or Inherited IRA custodian to send your QCD directly to the Church to pay your pledge. A QCD counts dollar-for-dollar toward fulfillment of an RMD (up to $100,000) but is excluded from taxable income. You can view or download a sample letter for instructing your IRA custodian here or contact Amy at the Church office to receive it by email. If you have questions contact Michael Cohen or any other member of the Church Endowment Board (Mike Haddad, Jean Siegfried, Diane P. Kerkhoff or Ken Lofgren). For specific tax advice contact a tax professional.

1U Maintenance Contact Info

We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use ltm@orlandouu.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan for offerings that interest you in the rest of 2018! The Mystic Grove 2018 Brochure and Calendar are available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.

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.

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.

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.

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