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Weekly Update – February 1, 2018

Weekly Update – February 1, 2018

News Flash!

1U Music Program Survey: Deadline February 15

details in Other News

and,

Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)

Details in March 10 listings

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Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

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Friday – February 2

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: https://www.facebook.com/events/703192689890551/.

Saturday – February 3

Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing — 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Drive in Orlando

Our next date for food sorting and packing at Second Harvest is today. Please join us!  RSVP to Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Please be sure to wear closed toed shoes. We really need your help! A short training will be provided.

Imbolg Ritual by Twisted Oak Coven — 7:00 – 9:00 pm,  Labyrinth and Gore Hall

Join us in celebrating “Imbolg – The Festival of Februa!” This year Mystic Grove is pleased to have Twisted Oak Coven.com) as co-hosts for Imbolg. They will be doing guest ritual in the Alexandrian tradition.  Ritual begins at 7:00 pm in the Labyrinth area. This is a rite of purification and cleansing, as well as the celebration of the turning of the seasonal wheel. Ritual will be held outdoors. You may wear a ritual robe if you have one, or just come dressed comfortably. We request that you stand during the ritual, but if you need to sit, please bring a camping chair. Potluck to follow at 8:00 in Gore Hall. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. Please also bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the food bank. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/140141369973422/.

Sunday – February 4

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

A Vision to Believe In,  Rev. Kathy Schmitz

One year ago, the congregation voted to renovate our campus. With just details left to wrap up…what’s next?   The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE) 

9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Room 14)

9:30 am K-1 OWL class – EC Classroom 5. These OWL classes will continue every Sunday for 8 weeks.

9:30 am-10:30 am Childcare During Worship (EC Nursery Room 14)

11:00 am-12:00 pm 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!

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

9:30 in the Library:  No offering today.

Plan Ahead:

February 18 – 11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk -“Darkest Hour.”

Our fourth principle calls for us to promote a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Often we are called upon to make decisions long before our search has revealed a truth about which we feel confident. “Darkest Hour” reminds us of the perils inherent in learning what is true and taking action based on these beliefs.

 Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30-1:30 pm in the Community Room

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years 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 it is 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. This month’s reading is by Tess Martin on tone policing. Here is the link.

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting – 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with 1U. 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. 1st Sunday Meetings are 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 mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.  Facebook RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/events/517282548658593/.

First Sunday Fellowship

Today is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) 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.

We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact Kathy Homblette at the email address above if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area.

Special Interfaith Yoga Event — 1:00-2:30 pm, Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka

Join this bilingual and very gentle practice, led by our very own Melissa Rosario. We will hear from Sister Ann and practice with the Hope CommUnity and Americorps volunteers. Join us in solidarity! Bring your loved ones – this is going to be a very special afternoon. A carpool will leave from 1U after the late service (around 12:15) to Hope CommUnity Center. For more information: aliento de corazón Registration/Information, or https://www.facebook.com/interfaithyogaproject/ or interfaithyogaproject@gmail.com.

Monday – February  5

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!

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

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.

EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary 

Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – February 6

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The Alliance  monthly business meeting  begins at noon in Gore Hall today. Officers meet at 11:00. Please join the conversation about reducing meetings from weekly to twice a month. With less work to do on the resale Shop, we may not need to meet as often and might consider more program meetings.

Now that we are reintroducing women’s clothing in the Resale Shop, the response has been great. We have received a large donation of beautiful items in smaller sizes. If you have larger sizes in nearly new condition, quality labels and materials,  your donation can help everyone dress better for less and benefit the charities we support.   For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.

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 yoga@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 – February 7

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 8:30-9:00 am- 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 – February 8

Second Thursday Mindfulness Meditation, 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio

When Thursday Night Meditation ended after a wonderful 17 years, many wondered if we might have something to replace it. Several ideas have been considered. While we continue to ponder possibilities, we are making a commitment from February through June. The second Thursday of each month, Rev. Kathy will lead a Mindfulness Meditation session from 7:00-8:00 pm. On the fourth Thursday of each month, again from 7:00-8:00 pm, Rev. Kathy, with support from Mystic Grove, will lead a Walking the Labyrinth session. We will be reaching out to the community and inviting those unfamiliar with labyrinth practice for an introduction as we welcome those who are familiar to an opportunity to practice with a group.

Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs #6 – 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, EC Room 1

Come join us for this 8 session DVD film course! 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. This week we cover:

-The Egyptian Calendar
-Names of the Gods
-Negation in Ancient Egyptian Sentences

Syllabus is located here.

Facebook RSVP:   https://www.facebook.com/events/1913533835341994/.


Other News

Worship Schedule

2/11   Rev. Kathy: Our Evolving World and Worldview

On the day before Charles Darwin’s 209th birthday, let’s consider why an evolving worldview is so important to liberal religion. The Chalice Choir performs.

2/18   Rev. Kathy: Post Post

The current movie, The Post, tells part of the Pentagon Papers story. Another chapter of the story involves our Unitarian Universalist publishing house, Beacon Press. It’s a chapter worth hearing about. We welcome the return of the United Girls’ Choir from Connecticut.

2/25   Rev. Kathy: Grounding Principles

As we welcome our Share the Plate partners for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, we look at the spiritual and other principles that might inform our ideas on immigration, workers’ rights, and difference. The Folk Ensemble will perform.

1U Music Program Survey (Deadline February 15)

We are over half way into our interim music year. We want to hear from you. What do you imagine for our music program’s future and what commitments can we make to have the resources to create it? Take our Music Survey. We need your responses by February 15. If you prefer some technical help, stop by 1U Central (Gaby’s Table) on Sunday morning February 4 or 11 where Personnel Committee members will be on hand to help you out.

Meet & Greet with Rev Kathy Schmitz: Feb 11

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet & Greet on Feb. 11 at 12:15 in Classroom A in Gore Hall.

The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) March 10

Join us March 10, 1:00-4:00 pm for an eye-opening experience! During the COPE experience, participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family in the U.S. trying to survive month to month. This understanding will aid in our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. It is based on real stories and created alongside those who have lived with these daily struggles. Check out this short video (1:18) that will provide more insight about COPE.  A sign up link will be provided beginning next week.

Orange County East Solar Co-op Is Open

First Unitarian of Orlando was represented by Rev Kathy Schmitz and several members at the launch of the Orange County East Solar Co-op on January 22. 1U is a local partner of the Co-op, open to Orange County homeowners with residences east of Interstate 4. Solar co-ops empower homeowners with access to affordable solar. The community is invited to attend the first solar information meeting” on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 6:00 pm at Barry Law School. For more information and to RSVP for the meeting, go to solarunitedneighbors.org/orange.

Blood Drive Thanks

We had a wonderfully successful blood drive January 28 and it was thanks to YOU!  Taking time to give means so much: each unit given can save up to 3 lives! Please plan to give again this spring at 1U!

Environmental Activist and Humanist Seeks Backyard Host for Tiny Home

Rob Greenfield, creator of The Food Waste Fiasco, and his partner Cheryl Davies have recently relocated to Orlando and are looking for a backyard host near Winter Park/Audubon Park for for their tiny home for the next two years. In exchange for hosting, Rob will help his host create a more sustainable life by improving their land and teaching along the way, including installing an organic garden, fruit trees, a rainwater harvesting system, a composting system, and more. During his time in Orlando, Rob will be helping people turn their lawns into gardens, starting a community composting program, planting 100+ fruit trees in the community, and volunteering with local nonprofits. If hosted by a 1U member, Rob would be a strong asset to the church as we continue to evolve our community garden design. For questions, see 1U member Elizabeth Horn or visit Rob’s website.

2017 Year-end Contribution Statements in the Mail

The  2017 year-end contribution statementshave been (snail) mailed this week. If you do not receive one, or if you have any questions about your statement, please contact Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org, 407-898-3621 x301).  Thank you!

Share the Plate Update

In February, we’ll be sharing the plate with Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW). A long-time community partner of ours, CIW is a worker-based human rights organization, internationally recognized for its achievements. Right now, many of CIW’s organizers are in New York City coordinating a major action in their Wendy’s Boycott. The farmworker community has buses reserved, and the seats are filling up for people from all over Florida and the rest of the country to join them for The Freedom Fast, March 11-15, which will conclude with the Time’s Up Wendy’s March through Manhattan on March 15. Stay tuned for more info about CIW’s exciting spring break plan!

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

February 9 — 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.

February 9 — Requiem Study Group, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Classroom B

In case of severe illness or death, being prepared ahead of time can help you and your loved ones face challenging times with more graces and less stress. But it is not fun to think about and sometimes hard to do on your own. Join us any time at this monthly study group to start organizing your affairs with either of the Peter Pauper Press planners. (“I’m Dead, Now What?” or “ Peace of Mind Planner,” available at Amazon.com) If you don’t have a planner yet, just bring a notebook and pen. Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1112938002175067/.

February 10 — Circle of Song – 1:00-3:00 pm, Assembly Room

Join us for family friendly “easy choir” on second Saturdays each month from 1 PM – 3 PM as we gather to chant, sing, laugh, and share in the Assembly Room. If you do not have the “Circle of Song” text, you can bring your smartphone or tablet to access lyrics online.  Facebook RSVP:https://www.facebook.com/events/1990896707793894/.

February 11 — Meet & Greet with Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A 

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

Fourth Thursday Walking the Labyrinth Meditation, 7:00-8:00 pm, Labyrinth

When Thursday Night Meditation ended after a wonderful 17 years, many wondered if we might have something to replace it. Several ideas have been considered. While we continue to ponder possibilities, we are making a commitment from February through June. The second Thursday of each month, Rev. Kathy will lead a Mindfulness Meditation session from 7:00-8:00 pm. On the fourth Thursday of each month, again from 7:00-8:00 pm, Rev. Kathy, with support from Mystic Grove, will lead a Walking the Labyrinth session. We will be reaching out to the community and inviting those unfamiliar with labyrinth practice for an introduction as we welcome those who are familiar to an opportunity to practice with a group.

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.

February 25 — “We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For” 1U Social Justice Read, 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Community Room

1U Member Sandy Cawthern is offering this dual-book Read as an offshoot to 1U actions Wrestling With Our Understandings About Race, and Beloved Conversations. The second book in the Read references the first, so it is useful to read both. Sign up sheet is available at Gaby’s Table/1U Central. Limited numbers of each book will be available for purchase or for checking out for the duration of the Read. Today’s Read discussion will feature “Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. (“Its examination of the hazards and hopes of black male life is as profound as it is revalatory,” according to Pulitzer Prize-winning American novelist, essayist, and professor emeritus at Princeton University Toni Morrison.)

March 3 — Community Garden Work Day  – 9:00 am-Noon and 1:00-4:00 pm, Assembly Room/Community Garden 

The 1U Community Garden has worked with a professional Permaculture designer to reimagine our garden to include fruit trees and edible plants for all to enjoy. With this new permaculture design, all church members and the community will be able to enjoy an assortment of native plants, and we plan to host garden tours and educational workshops to teach about harvesting, storing, and cooking the plants. It will take many hands to help prepare the soil for planting. Our work days are today from 9 am-12 pm and 1-4 pm, and March 4 from 1 pm-4 pm. Each day will include a lunch and an educational presentation on permaculture principles and the garden design. Please note that much of the labor will require shoveling, wheelbarrowing, and lifting, but we will work to accommodate participants of all ages and abilities. To RSVP for a date, please click here.

We are also in need of shovels, wheelbarrows, large pieces of cardboard (preferably with tape and/or staples removed), and crockpots of soup to feed our volunteers. Please email Gaby at programassistant@orlandouu.org.

March 4 — Community Garden Work Day  – 1:00-4:00 pm, Assembly Room/Community Garden

The 1U Community Garden has worked with a professional Permaculture designer to reimagine our garden to include fruit trees and edible plants for all to enjoy. With this new permaculture design, all church members and the community will be able to enjoy an assortment of native plants, and we plan to host garden tours and educational workshops to teach about harvesting, storing, and cooking the plants. It will take many hands to help prepare the soil for planting. This work session will include a lunch and an educational presentation on permaculture principles and the garden design. Please note that much of the labor will require shoveling, wheelbarrowing, and lifting, but we will work to accommodate participants of all ages and abilities. To RSVP for a date, please click here.

We are also in need of shovels, wheelbarrows, large pieces of cardboard (preferably with tape and/or staples removed), and crockpots of soup to feed our volunteers. Please email Gaby at programassistant@orlandouu.org.

March 10 — The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE), 1:00-4:00 pm 

Join us  for an eye-opening experience! During the COPE experience, participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family in the U.S. trying to survive month to month. This understanding will aid in our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. It is based on real stories and created alongside those who have lived with these daily struggles. Check out this short video (1:18) that will provide more insight about COPE.  A sign up link will be provided beginning next week.

April 22 — “We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For” 1U Social Justice Read, 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Community Room

1U Member Sandy Cawthern is offering this dual-book Read as an offshoot to 1U actions Wrestling With Our Understandings About Race, and Beloved Conversations. Today’s book references the first, so it is useful to read both. Sign up sheet is available at Gaby’s Table/1U Central. Limited numbers of each book will be available for purchase or for checking out for the duration of the Read. Today’s Read discussion will feature “They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement,” by Wesley Lowery, team reporter and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting for the Washington Post’s coverage of police shootings. (“A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it,” according to the book’s jacket summary.)

April 20-22, 2018 – CUUPS Convocation: Ignite the Flame

This year’s convocation is in Ft. Meyers.  Speakers include John Beckett, Betty Osceola, 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. The 1U CUUPS contact is Cat Rigby. Several Mystic Grove members will be going. Read more or register here. Limited camping will be available at the church, and some of us are staying at:

Best Western Airport Inn
8955 Daniels Pkwy, Fort Myers, FL 33912
Phone: (239) 561-7000

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!

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.

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.

Mystic Grove Spring 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in Spring 2018! The Mystic Grove Spring Brochure and Calendar are now available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.

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!

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, 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!

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.

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.

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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