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Weekly Update – February 16, 2017

Weekly Update – February 16, 2017

News Flash!

Sunday: Guest Minister Speaks, CIW Shares the Plate

Details in Sunday – February 19 listing.

March 19: Rachel Christensen Ordination

Save the Date! Details in Sunday – March 19 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 – February 17

Saturday – February 18

Permaculture Design Action Day – 10:00 am-2:00 pm

Learn about building a food forest: a self-sustaining ecosystem that grows an abundance of edible native plants. We will be working with Permaculture Consultant Caitlin Fogarty to install the first phase of 1U member Elizabeth Horn’s food forest at her home in Waterford Lakes, East Orlando. Volunteers will learn about plant types, soil preparation, composting, and irrigation. Please wear work clothes, hats, gloves, and close-toed shoes, and bring bottled water, shovels, and metal rakes. Snacks and a light vegan/gluten free lunch will be provided. Please email Volunteers@orlandouu.org to RSVP with your name, age (if under 18), and any physical limitations of which we should be mindful. All are welcome.

Sunday – February 19

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

The Times They Are A’Changing, Rev. Linda Thomson (Sister-in-Law of 1U member Cheryl Tyson)

Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan sang of a time of change. But, the truth is that we are always in a time of change. Not changing is not an option. What are the implications of this sometimes uncomfortable reality in our personal and collective lives? How can we improve our relationship with change?    The Chalice Choir will sing.

Share The Plate Today: Representatives from both Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and Alliance for Fair Food (AFF) will bring us up to speed on their fight to protect migrant laborers from modern-day slavery, and unfair wages and working conditions. Our shared plate collection will go to AFF, with CIW’s blessing. But first, we’ll have two opportunities to hear directly from a CIW farm worker and an AFF member, first at Adult RE at 9:30 am in the Hiett Library, and again, at the 11:00 am service. Please give generously to support AFF/CIW as they launch their largest-ever social action, The Return to Human Rights Tour, which will begin and end right here in Florida next month.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)     (Note: new locations)

9:15 am-12:15 pm  Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)

9:30 am -10:30 pm  Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)

11:00 am-11:15 am  Children begin in service with their parents

11:15-12:15 am  Children and Youth RE programming (Gore Hall).

12:15 am Parents pick up children (Hiett Library).

Online registration is open – register your children today!

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

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

9:30 am in the Library: Share the Plate with The Coalition of Immokalee Workers

Plan Ahead:

February 26 Movie Talk – On Sunday night, February 26, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award an Oscar to the Best Picture of 2016.  There are 9 nominees. But which of these movies is the most UU? Which of these nine films best exemplifies our UU values? Come discuss at our monthly UU Movie Talk at 11:00 am.  If you haven’t seen all nine nominees, get to your local theater!  The movies are:

“Arrival”     “Fences”     Hacksaw Ridge”     Hell or High Water”     “Hidden Figures” 

“La La Land”    “Lion”    Manchester by the Sea”    “Moonlight”  

Due to construction, this will be the last movie talk until the autumn.

Love Tree to Help Support New Image Youth Center

Have you seen the “Love Tree” in Gore Hall? For the tree on stage, the Children have created valentine decorations which list items for donation to the New Image Youth Center 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 donated items to the children at the New Image Youth Center.

Constitutional Study Group – 12:30 pm, Sanctuary

This new group invites you join them in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights, and be empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.

Monday – February 20

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm Minister’s Office

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  Dayle Steakley facilitates this month. All are welcome!

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

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 – February 21

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

Bring a dish to share and, If possible, bring any jewelry, books, or other treasure for our Continuing Bazaar. Donations are tax deductible.

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 22

Issues & Actions – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Tonight’s issue: Immigration, Tonight’s Action – Practical Assistance

Tonight’s Guest Speaker: Sister Ann Kendrick from Hope CommUnity Center.

Join us for a light dinner (6:00 pm), a time of centering (6:45 pm), and a timely program (7:00 pm). Taking place the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, each session has a short issue update, a short action/advocacy tool presentation and an interactive session where we work in small groups to practice putting the action of the evening to use in service of the issue of the evening. Free & open to the public. Donations welcome. Email programassistant@cfl.rr.com or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer. (More info)

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – February 23

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

Eclectic Music Collective
For more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall  

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


Other News

Women’s March Follow Up, Groundbreaking: 1U SmugMug Photos Update

Photos of the Groundbreaking event can be found on https://orlandouu.smugmug.com.There will be many more photos coming.

Photos from the Women’s March Followup Meeting can be found at the same URL.

Building The Dream Update

What an exciting Groundbreaking Ceremony we had last week!  Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm and participation! We are beginning with all the details of construction—fences, subcontractors, etc. By next week, you’ll see fences up along the entire west side of the campus. PLEASE plan on parking in our alternative sites and allowing extra time. For instructions and ideas on where to park, see the link to our parking map here.

We’ve had a number of inquiries about the items that are on our contingency list and further fundraising list. We are currently raising funds for these and we will highlight individual opportunities to contribute over the coming weeks and months. If you are interested in seeing the complete list and associated amounts, you can see it here. Please consider a donation to help offset this list or to help pay for specific items.  You can donate online or by check. PLEASE make sure that you note that it is for the Capital Campaign and note if it is for a specific item on the list. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask a member of your Building The Dream team. Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email atbldgcommunications@orlandouu.org should you have any questions. Thanks for your patience, good humor and creativity during this time.

Next CIW Rally Coming In March

The next Coalition of Immokalee Workers rally will kick off in March with the final event in Tampa on Wednesday 3/29. Unfortunately this is a weekday. But many of you may be able to work this out, so here is the advance notice so that you can consider going. These are always amazing events. More information to follow. Car pooling will be planned.

The Return to Human Rights Tour is less than two months away! As the 14-day, 10-city tour approaches, allies are mobilizing their congregations, campuses, communities and Fair Food Groups nationwide to converge in Columbus, OH–Wendy’s hometown–for the tour’s culminating weekend of action on March 24-26, including a powerful vigil at Wendy’s headquarters and a lively human rights parade in downtown Columbus! In Florida, allies are additionally organizing for the tour’s finale: a march and vigil in downtown Tampa on March 29 calling on both Publix and Wendy’s to end their disregard for farmworkers’ human rights.

Pop Up Events – for a Vibrant Democracy

A vibrant democracy requires an educated and engaged citizenry. Throughout the Winter and Spring, activities will “pop up” that give participants a chance to deepen their understanding of issues in our world today. Examples might include Common Reads (Books or Articles) and Films & Discussions and more. Although events will be shared in the Weekly Update, let our Program Assistant, Gaby, know if you would like to be on a special announcement email list.

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.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

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!


Plan Ahead

February 26 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library

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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.

March 7 – Second Harvest Food Bank Offsite Volunteer Opportunities

We need you! Did you know that Second Harvest Food Bank is often invited to pickup the leftover items from vendor shows in the area? These shows allow us to collect food (and other items) that would otherwise likely go to waste at show’s end.

Volunteers are needed to help collect the items and help with loading the items onto our trucks. Must be at least 18 years old to participate. There is one show coming up. Click on the link to get all of the details and SIGN UP. Hope to see you there!

March 7: BJ’s Wholesale Club Show: 12:30pm

March 19 – Rachel Christensen Ordination, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary & Gore Hall

Save the Date! Please join us as, together with University Unitarian Universalist Society, we ordain Rachel Christensen to the Unitarian Universalist Ministry. The ordination service will be followed by a reception. Invitation and other details here.

March 26 – Social Justice Confab, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Join others interested in Social Justice (defined broadly  in these interesting times) to consider events and activities and particularlyleadership for the months ahead. All are welcome! More info to follow!


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

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. The holiday season can also cause stress and painful emotions. 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.

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.

T-Shirts on Sale — 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

1U Passports are Here! Get Yours Today!

We’ve created 1U “Passports” for you to keep track of your adventures this fall. Pick up yours at 1U Central any Sunday and play along.

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!

1U Smoking Policy

The First Unitarian Board of Trustees has adopted a new smoking policy effective January 1, 2017. It reads: No smoking of any kind, including the use of e-cigarettes, is allowed within any courtyard area on the First Unitarian Church of Orlando campus or within 25 feet of any building. This applies at all times and to all persons and groups making use of the campus.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – ThisWeekly 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.


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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

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