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Weekly Update – December 7, 2017

Weekly Update – December 7, 2017

News Flash!

Black Cat Open Mic Coffeehouse

Details in Friday – December  8 listing.

and,

Bookstore Open Sunday

Details in Sunday – December  10 listing.

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Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.



Friday – December 8

Requiem Study Group CANCELED until Jan 12,  7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall 

This session has been canceled so students can enjoy a holiday break in December. We will resume on January 12. If you wish to keep working on your planners over the break, consider filling out your “Key Contacts” tab. This is the “address book” section. (If you wish to join class in January, you are welcome to just jump in. Bring one of the suggested planners and start working on your tabs. ) More info here. Enjoy the holiday season!

Black Cat Cafe — 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – December  9

Circle of Song (Easy Choir) – 1:00-3:00 pm, Assembly Room

Join us for family friendly “easy choir” using Kate Marks’ “Circle of Song” text. Please BYO copy or a device to access lyrics online. Non-singers, singers, and musicians of ANY ability are welcome. No experience needed. The only goal is to have a good time and make some joyful noise. If you have never sung in your life…this is the choir for you! Adults are welcome to just “drop in.” If you are bringing your kids or grandkids with you, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org with their ages. This helps us plan enough supplies for the “Kid’s Corner.” More info here.

Sunday – December  10

Bookstore Open This Sunday – Before & After Services, Gore Hall Foyer

Come shop at the Nora Staton Bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is open quarterly this year, and this is the Fall event. We have some excellent purchase awards: a Unitarian Universalist tote bag, bumper sticker, or UU Principles and Purposes 8″ x 10″ poster free with a $30 purchase! Cash and checks are always accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

The Alliance

The Alliance has transformed the ReSale Shop into the Holiday Boutique!  Stop by on Sundays and start your holiday shopping.  We’ll be waiting for you.

Double Services – Worship at 9:30 and 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Do We Need a Nudge? Rev. Kathy Schmitz

This year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in economics suggests we do. What are the implications for our understanding of human nature?

Children’s Religious Education (CRE) 

9:15 am-12:15 pm  Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (New EC Nursery)

9:30 am-10:30 am Childcare During Worship & Adult RE (New EC Nursery)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents. (Sanctuary)

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to Children’s Activities (Enrichment Center)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the New EC Nursery

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.

Program registration for the 2017-2018 program year is now open. You can access the Parent Portal and the Pay Fees button via our website’s Learn page: https://www.orlandouu.org/learn/

Opportunities to Volunteer: please take a look at our Volunteer page and see if there is something that interests you. There are many options that don’t involve working with kids directly. Not listed are a million extra things due to construction – more opportunities to help

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Community Room: No offering this week.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy — 12:15 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A

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.

Blue Holiday Gathering: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope — 4:00 pm, Library

In a time where there are many stresses both in our individual lives and in the world, it can be hard to relate to the joy of the season. If you are challenged or feeling blue for any reason, the Pastoral Associates invite you to this special service designed to welcome all, of every faith or of no faith. Friends, neighbors, and family are welcome. While the holiday season can be festive, 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 challenging time of the year. A simple reception in the in Gore Hall follows the 30-minute gathering in the Library.

UUUS hosts Greg Greenway Concert, 7:30-9:00 pm, University UU Society

Mark your calendar! Enjoy Greg Greenway in Concert: 1/3 of Brother Sun, 1/2 of Deeper Than the Skin…Entirely Himself, from 7:30-9:00 pm, at the University UU Society. Suggested donation: $15. Questions? 407.737.4018.

Monday – December 11

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gathering Room

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – December 12

The Alliance — 12:30 am-1:00 pm, Cathy Spoone Home

Celebrate the holidays with the Alliance at the home of Cathy Spoone today. You may bring a holiday dish or treat to share at this pot luck luncheon. Parking is easy on Cathy’s street, but if you wish to carpool please be in the 1U parking lot by 12:00. Do not miss this annual event. If you need a ride from home, just call a friend or contact us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

A Holiday Boutique has been set up in Gore Hall for recycled, beautiful decor and gift selections. We have an unusually large jewelry section this year. 100% of your purchase will support local charities as voted by Alliance members. The shop is open Sundays and Tuesdays until Christmas from 10:30 am- 1:00 pm, except for Dec 12.  For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.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 – December 13

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 – December 14

Tarot 2: Minor Arcana Class, Session 19 – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1

Final class and celebration! Please bring your final project dioramas and tarot flash cards for display in the “art gallery.” You can also bring snacks and tarot decks/books for swapping.  Questions: mysticgrove@orlandouu.orgFacebook RSVP here.


Other News

Artwork for Sale with Half the Proceeds to be Donated to 1U

Tis the Season…Consider buying a gift for yourself, a loved one, or friend as well as helping to make a monetary gift to the church.  The artwork on display in the 1U Sanctuary (by Bill Redfoot and Jeffri Moore) will be removed after services on December 17.  Jeffri and Bill are offering their art for sale with half of the proceeds to be donated to 1U. Please refer to the individual pieces for price and contact information. You can also meet with Jeffri and Bill after the service on December 17 to make inquiries and/or to make your purchase.

Help Share the Plate Partners at Holiday Time

Two of our Share the Plate charities are requesting a little help at the holidays.

The Zebra Coalition is asking for gift cards that they will be providing to all their youth during their Zebra Coalition Holiday Celebration in December.  These can be in various denominations and to various store locations. If you are able to help, contact info@zebrayouth.org.

Following is the wish list for New Image Youth Center. If you can donate any, please contact Olyvya at New Image Youth Center to arrange delivery to 212 S. Parramore Ave. Orlando, FL 32805. She is the  administrative assistant to Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs. Her phone number is 407-501-3503.  See newimageyouth.org for more information.

Sports balls     Jump rope    Reusable water bottles   Cutlery & Dishware  Mixing bowls  Cutting boards
Maps and Globes   Educational books and games    Construction Paper     Flip chart paper    Socks
Underwear   Tissues    Hand Sanitizer     Clorox wipes     Paper Towels    Vacuum cleaners   Cleaning gloves
Liquid soap and dispenser   Art supplies of any kind    iPad for use with those on the autism spectrum

Guest At Your Table

We continue the Guest at Your Table annual fundraiser program 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 clinking on the above links. You can make a direct donation on-line here.  (Please list our full name, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, in the congregation field.)

Share the Plate Update

In December, we’ll have two opportunities to Share the Plate. On Christmas Eve we’ll collect donations for Florida Immigrant Coalition, an alliance of 62 member groups including farmworkers, students, and legal advisors. On December 17, we’ll collect for Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations that helps LGBT+ young people. Here’s an example of just one of Zebra Coalition’s many noteworthy efforts: during the 2015-2016 academic year, Zebra Coalition provided outreach and training to 307 students from five high schools, and 72 teachers and administrators from schools across Orange County, through a curriculum they’ve developed, called “Creating Safe Spaces.” This program is designed for both students and administrators to support LGBT+ youth through bullying prevention and social justice advocacy.

Holiday Schedule

12/17      11:00 am        Holiday Pageant, Single Service followed by Pot Luck Lunch

12/21      7:00 pm         Winter Solstice Service followed by Yule Vigil

12/24      11:00 am       Single Service

                 5:30 pm        Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

                 7:30 pm        Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

UUSC Holiday Cards Now Available for Order Online

The cards that are perfect for holiday sending are now available online. Proceeds from sales of holiday cards and merchandise are a vital fundraiser for UUSC and help advance our human rights work and build justice in the name of Unitarian Universalist principles around the globe. You can view this year’s available holiday cards designs here. Note that there are several designs still available at discounted prices! If you order $60 or more, shipping is free! here are some lovely note cards available for $10 for 10 at The Good Buy: “Plant justice, Harvest peace.”

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 churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

December 15 — 3rd Friday Craft Circle:  Holiday Session,  7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room 

This month’s topic is “Preparing for Yule.” It’s our annual Yule Log decorating and preparing the vigil candles. Come as you are and help out. Extra red, white, or green ribbons or cotton fat quarters welcome for the log. This is also rehearsal for the Winter Solstice “Words for All Ages.” Facebook RSVP.

December 16 —Interfaith Yoga Event, 10:00-11:45 am, Congregation of Reform Judaism 

Namaste, friends! Our next Interfaith Yoga Project event is going to be extra-special and I hope that you can join! It will be led by Candace Martin and Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer, who will sing liturgical prayers throughout our practice. The theme is “Celebrating Chanukah, A Celebration of Light” and is FREE and open to ALL! Location is: Congregation of Reform Judaism, 928 Malone Drive, Orlando, FL 32810. Register here. If interested in Carpooling from 1U, contact Julia Chinnock to be added to the pool, leaving at 9:15 from the 1U parking lot. Learn more about the Interfaith Yoga Practice at these URLs:

Website and Blog
https://www.interfaithyogaproj ect.com/

Facebook Page
https://www.facebook.com/inter faithyogaproject

Huffington Post Article:
https://www.huffingtonpost.com /entry/yoga-serving-many-faith s_us_59498f60e4b0c24d29f47839

Recent article featured on the front page of the Orlando Sentinel:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com /features/religion/religion- world/os-interfaith-yoga- 20170525-story.html

December 21 — Winter Solstice Service and Yule Vigil, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Come to one event or both! The annual Mystic Grove Winter Solstice service is followed by punch and cookies in the Assembly Room. This year’s story tells about Joanna who has fallen down the well seeking her lost spindle.  Will she meet all the tasks Mother Winter sets before her? At 8:45 the shenanigans begin as the “red and green villagers” have a mock battle on the lawn with a stacking cup game to see which side gets to light the Yule Log. Do you know what color team you want to play on this year?

The Yule Vigil “officially” begins at 9:oo with the lighting of the Yule Log and finishes at 7:15 am the next day with a morning closing ritual. There will be a Midnight Potluck Buffet. You may bring games, instruments, movies, potluck dish, sleeping bags and tents if you want to camp out on the green. For more details or to Facebook RSVP please see: Winter Solstice  and/or Yule Vigil.

December 31— Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Celebration, 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

This event started 19 years ago as a way for 1Uers 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 folkensemble@orlandouu.org. 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.

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 Steph Garber.

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 flowers@orlandouu.org.

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.

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 socialjustice@orlandouu.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 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.

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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