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Weekly Update – February 2, 2017

Weekly Update – February 2, 2017

News Flash!

Sunday: Dinner With Friends Signup Deadline

 Event details in Plan Ahead – February 11 listing.

and,

February 11: Moving Work Day – Helpers Needed 

There are tasks for all skill levels — so please come out and help! Details in Plan Ahead – February 11 listing.

and,

March 19: Rachel Christensen Ordination

Save the Date! Details in Sunday – March 19 listing.

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Friday – February 3

Saturday – February 4

Second Harvest Pack & Sort Day – 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr., Orlando

There will be a brief training at the start and then we will work together to help our many hungry neighbors get what they need through Second Harvest Food Banks. Please let me know if you are able to join the group foodbank@orlandouu.org You must wear closed toed shoes! We go every EVEN numbered month on the first Sat. of the month from 1-4 pm.

Sunday – February 5

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

A Committed Future, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

To what are you willing to commit yourself? The Chalice Choir will sing.

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 -12:30 pm  Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE  (EC Assembly Room)

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

11:15-12:15 pm  Children and Youth RE programming (Gore Hall). Parents can pick up their children from the Library at 12:15 pm.

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 Gore Hall: Francis David Café with Charles Davis

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.

Building The Dream Congregational Meeting & Votes

Today we will vote twice on our renovation project as required by our by-laws: one vote for the renovation plans and one vote for the Endowment Board Financing. Information can be found on 1U’s website here.  The BTD is excited we’ve reached these important milestones and we look forward to continuing our conversations with you – please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org should you have any questions.

First Sunday Fellowship: 5:30 pm-ish

It’s time again for the First Sunday Monthly Fellowship in various neighborhoods around Orlando. This is a chance to socialize with 1u members and friends for dinner, beverages and chatting. All groups meet at restaurants, but times and reservation requirements vary. There will be gatherings TODAY in Winter Park, Conway, East Orlando, South Orlando, West Orlando and the Downtown/Delaney Park area. Interested in giving it a try? Contact Kathy Homblette at fellowship@Orlandouu.org for more details or to link up with a “host.”

Monday – February 6

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

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

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!

Tuesday – February 7

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

The need for community involvement continues. Please join us as we raise funds for central Florida causes. The Alliance meets at 10:30 in Gore Hall at First Unitarian Church each Tuesday. If you received this notice, you are welcome to attend. A business meeting will convene this Tuesday at 12:15 while we share a brown bag lunch.

The size of our Continuing Bazaar is greatly reduced for the next 3 months, due to construction. But we remain open on Sunday mornings and we are in need of jewelry, current books, Valentine themed articles and other small items to fund our community outreach.

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 8

Second Harvest Food Bank – Offsite Volunteer Opportunities

We need you! 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 are two shows coming up. Click on the links to get all of the details and SIGN UP. Hope to see you there!

Feb 8: UNFI Show, 1:45 pm

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

Issues & Actions – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

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 (No choir practice tonight; join us Feb 15)

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

Thursday – February 9

EMG Rehearsal – 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary  

Please enjoy your holiday time and give thought to a song you would be interested in working up. Bring it to our next meeting to share. 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

Moving Work Day Feb. 11: Helper Needed!

We will make our final push to get everything moved out of the Enrichment Center and set up for our renovation. We will need help moving the rest of our stuff to the storage containers and shifting some items out of the renovation area for the transition. There are tasks for all skill levels — so please come out and help!

Many thanks to all who have helped with this huge task. We’ve accomplished an amazing amount of work and we’re ALMOST there!

Share the Plate Update

In February our shared plate will benefit Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), a farm worker advocacy group that has been instrumental in fighting modern-day slavery and abuse of migrant laborers. CIW plans to embark on its largest-ever social action, The Return to Human Rights Tour, in March 2017. The tour will last 14 days, beginning and ending in Florida, and including both Wendy’s hometown of Columbus, Ohio, as well as some corners of the country where no CIW tour has gone before. Representatives from the Alliance for Fair Food will be with us Sunday, February 19, to share information about local parts of the route where we can join in.

Rachel Christensen Ordination March 19!

 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.

Social Justice Confab – March 26

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

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy February 26

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.

Urgent Share the Plate Partner Needs

Adriana’s Attic, one of our Share the Plate charities, is in need of

Hotel-size shampoo, lotion, toothpaste.

White mens cotton socks, boxer underwear and gently used t-shirts, shorts, jeans and shoes.

Women’s hygiene items, sanitary napkins and make up.

All baby’s and children’s clothing, shoes and toys.

If you can donate any of these please email Rita at rbmarullo@gmail.com to arrange delivery. They will be enormously appreciative.

The New Image Youth Center, another of our share the plate recipients,  is in desperate need of a new toner-based printer. Their needy students rely on them to complete their homework during after-school hours, and their old printer is on its last legs! If you can help, please contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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

The 2nd Friday of each month, 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 11 – Moving Work Day, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

We will make our final push to get everything moved out of the Enrichment Center and set up for our renovation. We will need help moving the rest of our stuff to the storage containers and shifting some items out of the renovation area for the transition. There are tasks for all skill levels — so please come out and help! Many thanks to all who have helped with this huge task. We’ve accomplished an amazing amount of work and we’re ALMOST there!

February 11 – Dinner With Friends

Members and Friends, Dining Together, All Over Town. Want to participate? Fill out the insert in Sunday’s Order of Service and place it in the basket in Gore Hall foyer or give it to Gaby in Gore Hall.

February 12 Building the Dream Meeting, 12:15 pm, Gore Hall

Ground Breaking Ceremony!!

February 16 – RUUM Goes to the Birds, 1:00 pm, Audubon Center

RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will visit the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland. The visit features a one-hour docent-led talk with close-up exposure to birds. Admission will be about $8. 1U members and friends are invited. Capacity is limited, so please RSVP to Dan Homblette at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

 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.

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.

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 particularly leadership 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 – 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.


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