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Weekly Update – December 24, 2015

Weekly Update – December 24, 2015

Weekly Update-December 24, 2015

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

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!

 Tonight: Share the Plate & Potluck Finger Foods along with Christmas Eve Services

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

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.

Please plan to give generously.


Friday – December 25

Saturday – December 26

Sunday – December 27

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary (Note: Back to double service schedule)

The Gift of Reflection, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

During this often busy time of year, we use this in-between Sunday as a time for reflection. (Note: Some of the gifts offered during last week’s pageant will make a reappearance.) Jamie Sterrett will perform.

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 during early Worship & Adult RE (EC Room 14)

11:00 am-11:15 am No Children’s RE – Children begin in the sanctuary with their families and then may go the Enrichment Center for Childcare after 15 minutes.

11:00 am-12:15 am Childcare during Worship (EC Assembly Room)

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:

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: Francis David Café, Special Edition with Bob Leger (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 28

Tuesday – December 29

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

We will be having a bag lunch together at noon in Gore Hall and sharing a “white elephant gift exchange.” Each member who wishes to play can bring a wrapped gift (something you may have received but want to pass on). No shopping required, just recycle. No one should know which gift you brought or what it is before unwrapping it.

Thank you to all who made the Holiday Boutique a resounding success, whether by shopping or by donating your wonderful items.

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.

Rick Lathrop, Executive Director of Global Service Corps – 7:00 pm, University UU

Mark your calendars to hear Rick outline a new service learning opportunity to Cuba. All are welcome. More information: www.globalservicecorps.org.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – December 30

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 31

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall (Note: Cancelled tonight due to New Year’s Eve Get Together)

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

19th Annual New Year’s Eve Get-Together, 6:00 pm 

Sponsored by the Black Cat Cafe and The Folk Ensemble, this party continues until 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 1, 2016. Join us in Gore Hall and stay for a few hours or to spend the night. Bring food and drinks to share. Bring Games to play. Crafts. Musical Instruments for jamming. Bring whatever you need to spend the night – sleeping bag, inflatable mattress, jammies, etc. Breakfast foods welcome as well. Family Friendly – All Ages Welcome.  No RSVP needed.


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.

Winter Holiday Schedule

Thursday, December 24    5:30 pm Christmas Eve Service* followed by light refreshment**

                                                7:30 pm Christmas Eve Service* followed by light refreshment**

Sunday, December 27       9:30 am Worship with Childcare

                                                11:00 am Worship with Childcare

Sunday, January 3              Regular Sunday Schedule Resumes

*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.

** Following each of the Christmas Eve services there will be light refreshments 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!

First Sunday Fellowship January 3

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 to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Dinner with Friends January 23

Join Members and Friends dining together all over town at the homes of various church members around 6:00 pm. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer, or fill out a registration form from the basket in Gore Hall foyer and drop it back into the basket for collection, or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Share the Plate Update

Congratulations! Last week, we collected $1100 for IDignity. In January, we will be sharing the plate with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF).

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.​

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.

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

January 3 – Mystic Grove Meeting, 12:30 pm, EC Room 9. 

Join 1U’s Pagan group after church as we plan upcoming rituals, classes, craft circles and more! Lunch to follow at a nearby restaurant for those interested in fellowship.

January 3 – 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 to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

January 5 – BYO Craft Circle, 7:00 pm, EC Room 9

Bring your own project and enjoy fellowship and conversation!

January 7 – Trancendentalists DVD Series Begins, 7:00 pm, EC Room 9

This 9-session class is based on DVDs from the Great Courses. Come for the ones you can attend or the whole series!

January 23 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00 pm-ish, Homes of Various Members

Join Members and Friends dining together all over town at the homes of various church members around 6:00 pm. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer, or fill out a registration form from the basket in Gore Hall foyer and drop it back into the basket for collection, or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.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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