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Weekly Update – December 3, 2015

Weekly Update – December 3, 2015

Weekly Update-December 3, 2015


To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

News Flash!

Sunday Deadline: Help Hope CommUnity Center Christmas Toy Store

Please bring new unwrapped toys with the price still on, minumum value $10.

Gifts go in the HCC store for purchase by farm workers.

Last year over 2,400 kids received gifts purchased at the store. Details in Sunday – December 6 listing.


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.

Friday – December 4

Craft Circle – 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

Looking for a low stress activity? Want to meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle!

Saturday – December 5

Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project – 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

Monteverde Academy Lessons & Carols, 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, Clermont Arts and Recreation Center

Join 1U members and friends for this magnificent FREE holiday celebration! Featuring a 37-piece orchestra, 85-voice choir, 70-voice children’s choir, and soloist Ben Gulley from the New York Metropolitan Opera, under the artistic directorship of our own Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, with readings by Rev. Kathy, and a pre-performance Victorian caroling show. Doors open 30 minutes before each service at 3700 S Hwy 27, Clermont, FL 34711.

Sunday – December 6

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.

Help Hope CommUnity Center for Christmas (Deadline: TODAY)

We have been asked by HCC in Apopka to assist them with their annual Christmas Toy Store sale. The request is for new unwrapped toys with the price still on, valued at a minumum of $10. The gifts are then placed in the HCC seasonal store for purchase by the farm workers. Last year over 2,400 kids received gifts purchased at the store. Suggested gifts include balls of all kinds, dolls (especially ethnic), arts and crafts, board and educational games and books in English and Spanish. Look for the decorated box on the Gore Hall stage. Thanks for supporting this fabulous organization!

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary  

Just a Little Shift, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Change surrounds us, this we know. Can we make the shifts that are required of us? The Chalice Choir 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 Child begins in Worship

11:15 am-12:15 pm Intergenerational One Room Schoolhouse (Enrichment Center)

If you have not registered your child please do so today. You may register before service in the RE Director’s office in the Enrichment Center.

Plan Ahead:

December 20 – All children are welcome to participate in the annual Christmas pageant.

December 27 – There will be no Children’s RE.

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 with Bob Leger (learn more)

To explore our diversity, participants contribute questions on a variety of topics for conversation, in this way customizing the dialog to whoever is in the room.

Plan Ahead:

Dec. 13 Movie Talk: Spotlight is the true tale of journalists discovering and uncovering the breadth of child molestation in the Catholic Church. Starring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo, this story of The Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning investigation illuminates “a clear and responsible search for truth and meaning,” but can we find the worth and dignity in the unrepentant criminals? See the movie and join the UU movie discussion at 11:00 am in the Library.

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do regarding issues of race. Come be in conversation with Intern Minister Rachel Christensen and Rev. Kathy as the congregation is working to deepen our understanding. We will meet the first Sunday of every month. We invite you to be mindful of what you notice and how it affects you through the month.

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

Join us after the service. All welcome. At this meeting we will be mapping out the Winter Solstice service and the All Night Yule Vigil. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Monday – December 7

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library

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.

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – December 8

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

We gather in Gore Hall for an underwear party at 10:00 am. This is for men only. Really?! Here’s the explanation: Homeless men need underwear. We will wrap $300 worth of men’s underwear (shorts, T-shirts and socks) to be distributed at the Coalition for the Homeless in Orlando. You can support this project by buying Gift Basket raffle tickets at either UU Church on Sundays. Two winning tickets will receive a beautiful gift basket of goodies from the church that sold them the ticket. Drawing will be held on December 20. All goodies were donated by Alliance members.

The Holiday Boutique is open in Gore Hall until December 22. We open to the public Friday and Saturday on December 11 and 12, and on December 18 and 19, 8:00 till 3:00.
You will find gifts and holiday decor from the beautiful to the ridiculous.

November giving news: The Alliance awarded $500 to Covenant House for homeless youth aging out of foster care.

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    (Recruiting for Yule Holiday Choir is underway!)

If you are interested in being part of the Yule holiday chorus with the Folk Ensemble, practice dates are tonight and Dec 15. Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – December 9

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – December 10

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Other News

Winter Holiday Schedule

Sunday, December 13       5:00 pm Blue Christmas

Sunday, December 20       9:30 am No Service, Children Rehearse

                                     11:00 am Intergenerational Pageant

                                      12:00 pm Pot Luck Lunch

Monday, December 21       7:00 pm Solstice Service & Vigil

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!

Are You Helping The Hungry? 

Did you eat a hearty and delicious Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 26? Many of us did. Eating well and with loved ones is a special part of the Thanksgiving celebration. Many of us look forward to Thanksgiving as an excuse to stuff ourselves with delicious holiday foods. But for many, Thanksgiving is just another hungry day with precious little for which to be thankful. Holiday celebrations pass them by.  The window of opportunity never closes for us to give boxed and canned foodstuffs for those who need food. Are you thankful that you can afford to bring food for the nearby Semoran Pantry? Or are you a little ashamed of yourself that you bring food in so seldom. Before the New Year, why not resolve to purposefully buy and bring a few items every week for the big box in Gore Hall? There are many forms of hunger and need. Bringing food is one way to eliminate the very real need of hunger.

Building The Dream New Campus News

Capital Campaign 2.0 efforts to date have raised $1,311,000! Thanks to all the folks who continue to find ways within their hearts to support this wonderful project. We’re still needing an additional $150,000, so please consider ways in which you can help. Our 50% drawings are now under review and revisions are expected by mid-month. We’ll be uploading portions of the drawing package to the 1U webpage once revisions are complete; we’ll send an email out to let everyone know when this is available. More meetings are also being scheduled to provide updates for the congregation. Tentative dates include:

Thursday, Dec 10, 7:00-8:00 pm

Saturday, Dec 12, 9:00-10:30 am

Sunday, Dec 13,  9:30-10:30 am and  12:15-1:15 pm.

We’re still working on firming these dates up and will provide updates as it all comes together. There’s a definite meeting scheduled for Sunday, Dec 20,  12:30-1:30 pm that will meet in Hiett Library. Please join us at one of these meetings and share your thoughts – we want to hear from you! Thanks for all the support and assistance!

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.​

Blue Christmas: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope – December 13

Join the Pastoral Associates for this special offering on Sunday, December 13, 5:00 pm (please note time change), in the Sanctuary & Gore Hall. While the holiday season is indeed joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity and memories overwhelming. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. A simple reception will follow the service.

Rick Lathrop, Executive Director of Global Service Corps at UUU on Dec. 29

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

Share the Plate Update

Our next shared plate will be December 20, and will be given to IDignity. Since 2008, the mission of IDignity as been to restore dignity and hope by providing identification for our poor and disadvantaged neighbors in Central Florida. Legal identification is required for access to many social privileges we might take for granted–using library computers, conducting job searches, cashing checks, and voting. Legal identification documents can also be very expensive, and IDignity offers their assistance at no cost. IDignity has made a visible impact in our community by serving over 15,000 people in just seven years.

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.

Holiday Cards Now Available Online

It’s not too early to start thinking about getting your holiday cards!  Support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) by purchasing your cards at http://www.thegoodbuy.com/collections/holidays. There are three new holiday packs available this year. While on the Web site, you may even find some gifts for the holiday season! Check out the items in the Fair Food and Home Goods sections. If you have questions, contact Steph at blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Plan Ahead

December 12 – Program Planning and Development Opportunity, 9:00 am-Noon, Gore Hall

This quarterly session is planned to engage and connect lay leaders and others involved in planning and carrying out the programs of the congregation. There will be informational updates, team building, and educational components. It’s a great way to deepen your connection to our community and the fabulous people in it. Childcare is available. RSVP (helpful for planning) to Rev. Kathy at Minister@OrlandoUU.org.

December 13 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Meet and Greet.

December 13 – Blue Christmas: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope, 5:00 pm, Sanctuary & Gore Hall    (Please note changed time)

Join the Pastoral Associates for this special offering. While the holiday season is indeed joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity and memories overwhelming. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. A simple reception will follow the service.

December 14 – 1U Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library

Members and friends of the congregation are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, please contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting.

December 18 – Explore Henna Tattoos, 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

We have a group kit! So right before Yule, we’re going to explore henna tattoos. If you have never played with it, this is a good time to come try it out on your wrist with simple designs!

December 20 – Building The Dream New Campus Update Meeting, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Capital Campaign 2.0 news, as well as further info on our 50% drawings (now under review) and revisions. Please join us and share your thoughts – we want to hear from you!

December 26-January 1 – Come to SWIM 2015, Cloverleaf 4-H Camp 

SWIM, the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami (sometimes), is delighted to invite you and yours to join us for a week of joy, adventure, and community from December 26 through January 1. SWIM is an intergenerational camp that will be gathering this year at Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid, Florida, a two-hour drive from Tampa. We have  workshops, music, worship, trips, dancing, games, canoeing, teen and children programming, a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, all ending in a wonderful New Year’s Eve party. Details of all the wonderful activities, along with cost information, on our website or contact Candy Gale director@swimuu.org  or Jerry Elsenrath registrar@swimuu.org.

December 29 – Rick Lathrop, Executive Director of Global Service Corps, 7:00 pm,  Universiaty UU

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

February 7 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need of all blood types. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/     

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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com