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Weekly Update – February 11, 2016

Weekly Update – February 11, 2016

Weekly Update-February 11, 2016


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!

Saturday: Game Night!

Bring your favorite game, snacks and a playful spirit. Details in Saturday listing.


A Memorial Service will be held in our Sanctuary at 2:00pm for Jen Doran, a 1U member.


CIW Annual Fair Food Tour Finale March 12

The culminating event of the multi-city Workers Voice Tour along the eastern seaboard.

Mark your calendar. Details in Other News

Friday – February 12

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.

Saturday – February 13

Game Night! – Gore Hall, 6:30-9:30 pm

Bring your favorite game, snacks and a playful spirit! Children are welcome with their families.

Sunday – February 14 

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Connections, Rev. Kathy Schmitz, Rachel Christensen, & Regina Knabe

On this Valentine’s Day we explore a theme of connections. The 11:00 service will be intergenerational. The Folk Ensemble 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 Assembly Room)

11:00 am-12:15 am Children remain with their families for an intergenerational service  (Sanctuary)

12:00 Noon Children participate in 1U Oak Tree Sapling Sale (Gore Hall) -proceeds to the building fund.

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.

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

CRE Plan Ahead:

Through Feb. 28 – Love Tree to help support New Image Youth Center

Have you seen the “Love Tree” on stage in Gore Hall?  The Children have created valentine decorations for the tree which list items for donation to the New Image Youth Center (NIYC) of Parramore. Help support this worthy organization by taking a decoration home with you and donating the item listed. Simply drop the donation underneath the tree during the month of February. The children of 1U will deliver the donated items to the children at the NIYC.

Feb. 20 – Parent Orientation for 4th-6th Grade OWL, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm

Parents who are registering children for 4th-6th grade OWL must attend an orientation for parents and participating children.  Let our DRE Regina Knabe know if you will need childcare for siblings of participants. OWL for 4th-6th Grade will be offered for 8 weeks from 9:30am – 10:30am beginning on February 21.

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)

9:30 am in the Library: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis (Learn more)

Plan Ahead to February 28:

Movie Talk (Learn More)

Eight movies have been chosen by the Academy as nominees for Best Film of 2015. Which of these eight best exemplifies our UU values and principles? Come to the adult RE discussion (Oscars are awarded that night) and share your thoughts. If you haven’t seen all the nominees, here is your “to do list:”
The Big Short                  Bridge of Spies      Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road    The Martian           The Revenant
Room                                Spotlight

“With One Voice” Part 1

With One Voice brings together mystics from fourteen different spiritual traditions to share their perspectives on the unifying truth that transcends all religions. In this 78-minute documentary these awakened teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world. Through their words and compelling presence they ask us to look within our own hearts and listen deeply so we too can join the conversation and speak With One Voice. Part 2 will be March 27. We’ll show 40 minutes at each session with discussion after.

See our Adult RE full schedule

Christian UUs Conversation – 12:30 pm, EC Room 18  (Note: location change)

We are a diverse community at 1U, and people in our congregation find strength in many different spiritual ways, with many different practices. As an Intern Minister, Rachel Christensen wants to learn to minister to all those in our congregations. If you identify as a Christian, you are invited to a conversation about how we are supporting you in your spiritual path and how we might better serve you as your religious community.

Watch “42” With 1U Friends  – 12:30 – 2:30pm, Hiett Library

Watch the film 42 with us! (This is a homework assignment for participants in the Beloved Conversations course.) Maybe you’d like to learn more about Jackie Robinson’s story. Maybe you love to see a free movie with friends. Or maybe you’re ready to join a discussion about race and racism in America. Whatever your reason, you are welcome. Bring a bag lunch if desired; desserts and beverages will be provided. Hosted by Kathy and Dan Homblette. Summary: In 1946, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford), legendary manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson (Chadwick Boseman) to the team. The heroic act puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and other players. Facing open racism from all sides, Robinson demonstrates true courage and admirable restraint by not reacting in kind and lets his undeniable talent silence the critics for him.  PG-13.

       A Memorial Service will be held in our Sanctuary today at 2:00pm for Jen Doran, a 1U member.

Monday – February 15

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion – 7:00 pm Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more.)  All are welcome!

Tuesday – February 16

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

The Alliance meets at 10:00 in Gore Hall to make sandwiches for the Coalition for the Homeless. At noon we sit down for our bag lunch and fellowship. We have 80 members from both Unitarian churches in Orlando. We hope to see all who can come.

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 – February 17

Learn about the Landless Workers Movement – 6:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come learn about the Movimento Sim Terra (MST), the Landless Workers Movement of Brazil, from an MST activist currently visiting Orlando! The MST is a mass social movement formed by the rural workers and all those struggling for land reform and against injustice and social inequality in rural areas. MST activist Leo Xavier is visiting with the Farm worker Association for three months as part of a strategic exchange program between MST and FWAF. Leo is learning about the unique struggles and victories of farm workers and other rural communities here in Florida while sharing the history and victories of their struggle in Brazil. Become a part of this historic exchange! Questions to Gaby: programassistant@OrlandoUU.org.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – February 18

RUUM Regular meeting – 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch, check in with each other and discuss a topic of interest. Join us!

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Trancendentalists DVD Series – 7:00 pm, EC Room 9

Join us for this “drop-in” friendly class on the Transcendentalists! Today covers:

– Thoreau, Abolition, and John Brown
– Frederick Douglass
– Emily Dickinson

This class is based on DVDs from the Great Courses. Come for the ones you can attend or the whole series!

Other News

Share the Plate Update

Come welcome our guests from the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Alliance for Fair Food, (AFF). They’ll be visiting us as part of Share the Plate on February 21. They’ll present an Adult R.E. program at 9:30 am in the Hiett Library, visit Children’s R.E., and speak from the pulpit at the 11:00 am service. They’ll tell us about the Fair Food Program (FFP) (which works for improved wages and working conditions for farmworkers) and fill us in on all the details about their upcoming spring action, the Workers’ Voice Tour, planned for March 2-12.

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 last Sunday’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.

General Assembly Delegates

Are you interested in representing 1U at the UUA General Assembley in Columbus, OH, this June? Delegates will meet to learn of the congregation’s input, represent the congregation during the business of the Association, attend learning and enrichment events, and report back to the congregation on the experience. If you are interested, let Sandra Pollock, Board Secretary (secretary@orlandouu.org), or Jock Smee, President (BOT@orlandouu.org) know.

Annual Pledge Drive Is On!

A pledge card will soon be mailed to your home. If we miss you, see Jock Smee for a fresh card. We are all part of the interdependent web. Please do your part to keep our connections strong and our Blue Boat Home sailing for you and all our kindred souls. We need you to return your pledge card with your generous pledge.

Minister’s Day Off

Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Spring Welcome Home Wednesday – Save the Date!

Our Spring Welcome Home Wednesday series is scheduled for six sessions, March 30 through May 4. There will be new classes as well as some other updates to the program. We’ll continue the same basic schedule with a time to eat together, worship, and take classes, as well as childcare. We expect the new brochure with all the details to be available by February 28.

Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists March 12

More info here.

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/.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners

Bulletins about the critical needs of our primary Community Partners will shortly be available on the 1U web site. Keep your eye on this space for the links to come!

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!

Plan Ahead

February 19 – Teaching Craft Circle, 6:30 pm, EC Assembly Room

Come learn how to make round friendship bracelets! $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies.

February 21 – 3rd Sunday Movie Nite, 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! February’s selection is Pan’s Labyrinth. (R) Summary: “In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world.” Read more here.

February 28 – 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.

March 12 – Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists

More info here.

March 12 – CIW Annual Fair Food Program Tour Finale, 9:00 am, Palm Beach 

This will be the culminating event of Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Workers’ Voice Tour which will be a multi-city tour along the eastern seaboard. Plans are for a bus leaving Orlando at 9:00 am, returning 8:00 pm-ish. Mark your calendar. We are asking for a $10 donation from those interested in attending, but we won’t turn anyone away who cannot pay. There will be a bucket in Gore Hall during social hour for donations (please make checks payable to 1U). Not able to attend but would like to sponsor a seat for someone? Please let us know.The trip is a collaboration of 1U, UUU, and multiple social justice advocacy groups in the Central Florida area. Additional questions or concerns? Contact Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com

April 1 & 2 – Spring Journey to Membership Workshop

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 4/1 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 4/2 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, April 15, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, April 17.

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

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.

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.

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 gift. 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.

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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

Minister’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

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