Weekly Update – December 28, 2017
Sunday: Single Service at 11:00 am
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration at 6:00 pm
Details for each in Sunday – December 31 listings.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – December 29
Saturday – December 30
Sunday – December 31
Single Service – Worship at 11:00 am Only, Sanctuary
Hope for a New Year, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
As we prepare to enter the New Year, we find time for reflection. Three 1U writers (Nicki Drumb, Ridge Holdridge, Lindsay Stroh) will share their musings on hope. The Chalice Choir will sing.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
10:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Room 14)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Single Service – Children begin in service with their parents.
11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming
12:15 pm Parents pick up your 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.
Online registration is open – register your children today: https://app3.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=528392
Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!
January 6 – K-1 OWL Orientation: The Children’s Religious Education program is offering K-1 OWL for children ages 5-6 starting in January. A mandatory Parent Orientation is scheduled for Saturday, January 6 from 1:00-4:00 pm. A parent or parents are required to be at the Orientation plus the first and final OWL sessions. Parents are welcome to attend all the sessions with their children.
January 7 – The first K-1 OWL class will be on at 9:30 am in Classroom 5 in the Enrichment Center and will continue every Sunday for 8 weeks. If you have any questions contact our Director of Religious Education, Regina Knabe, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)
9:30 am in the Community Room: No Offering for the Holiday Weekend
January 7 – 11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk – The Last Jedi
Our first principle calls for us to value the inherent worth and dignity of all people but how do we achieve this with people who present as pure evil? Can a person be purely evil? Go see The Last Jedi – it opens December 15. If children and youth wish to join the discussion, they are always welcome!
Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration — 6:00 pm, Gore Hall
This event started 19 years ago as a way for 1Us to ring in the new year in community and in a safe place for the night. Join fellow 1U members and friends for a Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration. Pot Luck food that lasts all night. Games. Music. Conversation. Gore Hall doors open at 6:00 pm 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. If any questions, send an email to email@example.com. If you plan to spend the night, you’ll need bedding, etc. Event ends at 3:00 am if no overnighters; and 11:00 am on Monday if spending the night.
Monday – January 1
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!
Tuesday – January 2
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
The first Tuesday of the new year brings Alliance members together for a business meeting. Board officers will meet at 11:00. All members will meet at 12:00. As usual, we will begin to gather at 10:30 for fellowship and will disperse after lunch. The second Tuesday, January 9, will be a pot luck lunch and a White Elephant gift exchange, so you can wrap up the Christmas gift that was so “not you” and exchange it for someone else’s mystery gift. For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Assembly Room (Note date change due to holiday)
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.
Yoga Practice – 6:00-7:00 pm, Enrichment Center Studio
Are you seeking a respite to a busy week? Some time to unwind? Company as you improve your balance and flexibility? You are welcome to participate in yoga practice with our wonderful instructor, Melissa. We gather at 1U every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The suggested donation is $10; however, no one will be turned away. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Join us Tuesday evenings on the mats (bring your own or borrow one from us). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.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 – January 3
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 8:30am to 9am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – January 4
Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, EC Room 1
When learning to read and write Egyptian hieroglyphs, where does one start? Like any language, it’s critical to begin at the most fundamental level: the alphabet. “Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs” is a primer on the ins and outs of the ancient Egyptian language. By approaching the topic in a straightforward manner, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly translating these curious symbols becomes second nature. You will…
Build an Egyptian vocabulary
Write Egyptian sentences
Count Egyptian numbers
Come join us for the whole 8-week DVD series or just the topics you like best! Syllabus is located here.
1/7 9:30 & 11:00 Rev. Kathy, The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda: An early declarations of Religious Freedom…by a Unitarian king.
1/14 9:30 & 11:00 Rev. Kathy, The Rights of Others: On this MLK weekend, we consider one of the lessons of his legacy.
1/21 9:30 & 11:00 Rev. Kathy, Our Liberations is Tied to Each Other: On the 1st Anniversary of the Women’s March, we check out how UU’s are living out their values.
1/28 9:30 & 11:00 Rev. Roberta Finkelstein: Rev. Roberta was 1U’s interim minister 2009-2010 and her husband Barry was our UUA Stewardship Consultant prior to the recent capital campaign. They are back for a visit.
Appreciation for Holiday Decorating Help
We are grateful to all those who contributed to making 1U look festive and welcoming during the holidays. Special thanks to those involved with Christmas trees and poinsettias all around the campus. All the time, talent and treasure contributions really paid off all month for members and friends making new memories and recalling past holiday pleasures.
MLK Interfaith Commemoration January 7: 1U Participation
On Sunday, January 7, the City of Orlando will hold its annual Interfaith / Multicultural Commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Kathy will be offering the opening prayer and Joe Donatone will participate in the interfaith affirmation. To carpool, arrive at 1U by 5:30. Otherwise, gather at City Hall between 5:30 & 6:00 pm. After a brief ceremony at 6:00pm, the gathered assembly will walk to a nearby house of worship for and interfaith service from 6:30-7:30 pm. All are welcome!
Guest At Your Table Collection Date: Sunday, January 7
Boxes & Envelopes will be collected on January 7. Please bring them to worship that day or the next time you attend.
The Sunday before Thanksgiving we kicked off the annual Guest at Your Table fundraiser for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Those still wishing to pick up materials can stop by 1U Central (Gaby’s Table) in Gore Hall on Sunday morning. You can learn more about the program and the UUSC by clicking on the above links. You can make a direct donation on-line here. (Please list your full name, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, in the congregation field.)
Share the Plate Update
Congratulations! Last Sunday, we collected $986 for Zebra Coalition. This Sunday there will be a special Christmas Eve Share the Plate collection to benefit Florida Immigrant Coalition (FIC), an alliance of 62 member groups including farmworkers, students, and legal advisors working for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants. FIC provides information about citizenship, access to college, and legal rights, as well as addressing larger policy issues, such as keeping for-profit detention centers out of Florida and fighting the current anti-immigrant bill moving through the Florida legislature, HB9, which aims to legalize racial profiling while punishing local cities for protecting their residents. FIC’s advocates want to alert Floridians statewide to push back against this repressive bill which will be taken up for a final vote on the House floor during the legislative session that starts in January 2018.
Rev. Kathy’s Blog
Rev. Kathy writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
January 5 — 1st Friday BYO Craft Circle 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room
Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle! Facebook RSVP here.
January 7 — Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting, Gore Hall Classroom 1
The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPs. Rituals are volunteer-led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. This meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Facebook RSVP here.
January 7 — MLK Interfaith Commemoration: 1U Participation, 5:30 carpool from 1U or gather at City Hall
This evening, The City of Orlando will hold its annual Interfaith / Multicultural Commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Kathy will be offering the opening prayer and Joe Donatone will participate in the interfaith affirmation. To carpool, arrive at 1U by 5:30. Otherwise, gather at City Hall between 5:30 & 6:00 pm. After a brief ceremony at 6:00pm, the gathered assembly will walk to a nearby house of worship for and interfaith service from 6:30-7:30 pm. All are welcome!
January 12 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
February 23-24 — Church Camping Trip, Kelly Park
We will be camping at Kelly Park group site A. We can have 25 people on the site. Pets are not allowed. There are sites for campers nearby but they cannot be reserved until Jan 9. The cost is $3/day per person. We have some extra tents and equipment if needed. Please let Alan Oberholzer know as soon as possible if you plan on attending. You can email him at dinnerwithfriends@orlandoUU.org or sign up on Sunday at Gaby’s table.
April 20-22, 2018 – CUUPS Convocation Ignite the Flame
This year’s convocation is in Ft. Meyers. Speakers include John Beckett and Jerrie Hildebrand. The event is about many earth- and nature-centered traditions. There will also be vendors and a table to purchase your chapter’s CUUPS materials. Rituals will be led by the CUUPS Chapter in Ft. Myers. Several Mystic Grove members are thinking about going. Would you also like to come? All are welcome to attend from CUUPS, to the UU universe to the local and regional earth/nature-centered and Pagan communities in Florida. Read more or register here.
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 the EC Assembly Room 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!
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. Caring Circle contact for this month is Gregg Buckingham.
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. 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.
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 email@example.com.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Assembly Room
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.
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 email@example.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.
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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