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Weekly Update – December 22, 2016

Weekly Update – December 22, 2016

News Flash! 

Saturday: Christmas Eve Services, 5:30 & 7:30 pm

Details in Saturday – December 24 listing.

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Friday – December 23

Saturday – December 24

Christmas Eve at First Unitarian – 5:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Our two services are the same except for some of many musical offerings. Both services are followed by cookies & cider. While there is no Nursery or Child Care, all children are welcome in the Sanctuary, and the Wiggle Room is always available for those who need and little more space to wiggle and babble.

Sunday – December 25

Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary  

Christmas Sunday, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

A simple service and a time to be together. Rev. Kathy leads with Jamie providing the music. (Note: we will return to our normal two service schedule on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2017.)

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

11:00 am-Noon  Christmas Day Service Single service for all ages. (Sanctuary)

Please note that Childcare and Nursery are not available for this service. All children are welcome in the Sanctuary and the Wiggle Room will be available.

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

No Offering on Christmas Day

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.

Monday – December 26

Tuesday – December 27

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

As the year ends we will meet for a White Elephant gift exchange over our bag lunches in Gore Hall. Bring some wrapped gift to contribute and receive a mystery gift in exchange. Please recycle something you already own that you wish to pass on. We are famously “reduce, re-use, and recycle” people. Meetings start at 10:30 or whenever you arrive.

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, Sanctuary

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

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 9 – 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

Beloved Conversation: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity Starts January 27

Sign-ups are now available for the next offering of Beloved Conversation: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity.

As we seek to build beloved community and bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice, there is much that we can do to prepare ourselves for the work. Participation in Beloved Conversations is one thing we can do. The 22 First Unitarian members who completed the process last year were very moved. This included longtime activists as well as those new to the work. You can read a little about the program here (click on the first blue bar under the videos).

This year, as a way of reaching out, we are doing the program as a “cluster” with University UU Society (Triple U or UUUS) in East Orlando and the UU Fellowship of Marion County (UUFMC). Each congregation will have one group of 8-10 participants.

·        Alison Issen and Joe Donatone will be the facilitators for the 1U group (taking 2 of the 10 possible spots)

·        The facilitators will be supported by an organizing team made up of Patrice McFadin, Sandy Pollock, and Laura Smith, all of whom participated last year.

·        The opening retreat will be at UUFMC on Friday evening and most of Saturday, January 27 & 28. Attendance is required as part of participation. (It is about 1 hour 15 minutes away from 1U in Summerfield, near the Villages). UUFMC hopes to offer home hospitality for the 1U & UUUS.

·        Participants are expected to attend all sessions as they build on each other. We realize that emergencies or illness may intervene. If a person misses a second session, no matter how worthy the reason, they will be asked to wait and take the program again in the future.

·        The 8 weekly sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings January 31 through March 28 (skipping Valentine’s Day)

·        One session, to which speakers from the community are invited, will likely be scheduled as a joint sessions with UUUS.

Please let our Program Assistant, Gaby (programassistant@orlandouu.org) know if you would like to participate. If we have more interest than spots we will create a waiting list.

New Programs in the New Year

Issues & Actions

First session January 11. Join us the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month 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.

Share the Plate Update

Last Sunday, we collected $824.65 for Adriana’s Attic. Our Christmas Eve Shared Plate will be donated to Zebra Coalition. 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.

Building the Dream Dates to Save

Mark your calendar for these special Building the Dream events you can attend as we begin the new year:

January 15 – 12:15 pm, Gore Hall

Info Meeting presenting Building & Finance plans in advance of February 5 vote

February 5 – 12:15 pm, Gore Hall

Congregational Meeting to vote on Building & Finance plans. Formal notice to follow

February 12 – during or immediately follow 11:00 am service

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Guest at Your Table

Guest at Your Table Boxes and other contributions to support our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) will be collected on Sunday, January 15 during both services. The theme this year is Defying Hate and you can learn more about the UUSC and this initiative by clicking on the links.

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.

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.

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, 5:30 pm, Orlando City Hall

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. 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, 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.

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.

January 16 – Interfaith Yoga Class, 7:00-8:15 pm, First Unitarian Church Orlando

This adaptive and inclusive yoga class is for all levels. Please join us for healing breath, mindful movement and peaceful unity. Free and open to all, this month’s class theme is “MLK Day – Standing on the Side of Love.” Location: 901 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803. Prayers at 7:00 (all invited to observe). Food and chat to follow. Questions and RSVP: youngyogiprogram@gmail.com. Please let us know how many and if you will need a yoga mat.


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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