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Weekly Update – December 31, 2015

Weekly Update – December 31, 2015

Weekly Update-December 31, 2015

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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!

New Office & Program Assistant

Gaby Cabrera has joined 1U’s staff for a year.

On Sundays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm she will staff a 1U Central table in Gore Hall for welcome, information, and sign ups.

See an expanded introduction in Other News.

and,

1U Year End Contribution Statement

1U year-end contribution statements will be emailed mid to late January, so please wait for it to arrive in your “in-box.”


Friday – January 1

19th Annual New Year’s Eve Get-Together, starts Thursday, Dec. 31, 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.

Craft Circle – 6:30 pm, EC Room 9    (Note: Cancelled this week due to New Year celebrations)

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 – January 2

Sunday – January 3

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

Nourish Beginnings, by Intern Minister Rachel Christensen

Let us nourish beginnings. 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 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 One Room Schoolhouse (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:

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, Regular 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.

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

The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us, destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. Rev. Kathy and Intern Minister Rachel Christensen invite you to bring your questions and concerns anytime, and join with others in conversation on the first Sunday of each month.

Mystic Grove Meeting – 12:30 pm, EC Room 9       (Email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org)

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

First Sunday Fellowship – Times and locations vary

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 contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Monday – January 4

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 – January 5

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

Our monthly business meeting will begin at 12:15 in Gore Hall, following the board meeting. Work on the continuing bazaar begins at 10:30. Good fellowship begins whenever you arrive and continues throughout the New Year.

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 – January 6

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – January 7

Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) – 11:30 am, Hiett Library

If you are retired, near retired, or just tired, come join us for our regular first-of-the-month meeting! Bring your lunch and enjoy catching up on each other’s exploits and discussion of an interesting topic. See you there! If anyone needs a lift, let Gregg Buckingham know.

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

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!


Other News

New Office & Program Assistant

We are pleased to introduce our new Office & Program Assistant, Gaby Cabrera. Gaby will be working with our minister, Rev. Kathy, and our Church Administrator, Amy Fairweather. The 20-hour position was approved for one year in the 2015-2016 Operating Budget. The extra help will be much appreciated in this year of much extra activity related to our upcoming renovation. Gaby will be present on Sundays from 9 am to 1 pm and will staff a “1U Central” table at the east end of Gore Hall to offer support for welcome, information, and sign ups. Here’s a little introduction from Gaby:

Hi everyone! My name is Luz Gabriela Cabrera and I typically go by ‘Gaby.’ I’m excited to join 1U as the office and program assistant! Here’s just a little about me: I moved to the USA from Mexico in 1999 and have lived in the Orlando area ever since – I sure haven’t gotten used to the Florida humidity yet! I’m a recent graduate from Rollins College where I double-majored in Psychology and Religious Studies with a minor in Sex, Women, & Gender Studies. While at Rollins, I served as the president of the Latin American Student Association as well as Voices 4 Women, the feminist group on campus, organizing events related to social issues. I also served two years as the heritage and culture student program coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs on campus. I enjoy long walks on the beach, chocolate, and coffee. I am really looking forward to meeting you all and becoming a part of the community here!

Meet Our Intern Committee

We are grateful for this team of members who work with our Intern Minister, Rachel Christensen as she deepens her work in becoming a Minister.  You are welcome to talk to them about their work with our Intern: Joe Barker, Jesse Bryant, Sharon Durrant, Kathryn Homblette, Jack Jordan.

Minister’s Schedule

Rev. Kathy will be working a light schedule through January 7 to spend time with visiting family. She will be out of town for a class January 8-10.

A Message from the Nominating Committee

It’s once again the time of year that we think about the growth of our church leadership, and we turn to YOU, our members, for suggestions of other members who might be interested serving on our governing Board. There are many ways to contribute to 1U; board service is a very substantial one. While experience on a board is great, the most important criteria is commitment to 1U during this exciting, challenging time of facility birth and renewal as well as the many other projects 1U has in work – why not you?

Contact a member of the Nominating Committee with your questions and ideas: Jane Austin, Andy Berry, Gregg Buckingham, Rachel Gardiner, Libby Jackson, Jean Siegfried

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

Our first shared plate collection of 2016 will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF). During 2015, the Boards of Planned Parenthood of Collier County, Planned Parenthood of Greater Orlando, and Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida decided to merge their organizations into a single affiliate. Their new, unified organization covers 22 counties and operates 12 health centers, serving 39,000 patients a year. New CEO Barbara A. Zdravecky pledges to use the wider geography to provide a stronger, unified voice in support of women’s health.

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 8 – Black Cat Café, 7:30pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse, share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

January 9 – Campus Tenders Volunteer Workday, All Around the 1U Campus

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds.

January 11 – Monthly 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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, and immediate Past President.

January 18 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group,  7:00 pm, Hiett Library

When our children become adults, we need to renegotiate your relationships. This can be tricky, especially in a world that offers many obstacles to economic stability for our young adults. This experimental group offers parents a place to reflect on our relationship with our now adult children and to support one another in ensuring ensure healthy and enriching relationships for all. This group meet on the third Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm in the Library. Rev. Kathy facilitates.

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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