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Weekly Update – February 22, 2018

Weekly Update – February 22, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: Member Directory Help Desk, Art Exhibit Reception

details in Sunday – February 25

and,

March 3 & 4: Community Garden Work Day,

Details in Plan Ahead

and,

Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) March 10

Details in Plan Ahead

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Friday – February 23

Moon Circle Class #2 — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1

This month students learn about the goddess Oya and discuss “changes and starting over.” Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/ events/141226616577214/.

Church Camping Trip Day 1 — 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. 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.

Saturday – February 24

Church Camping Trip Day 2 — 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. 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.

Sunday – February 25

1U Members Directory Assistance — Before & After Both Services, Gore Hall

Carolina Lofgren will be in Gore Hall before and after both services to help members who are having difficulty logging into the Member Directory. If you’d like help in this process, please bring along your laptop or tablet.

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

Grounding Principles Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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

In just a few weeks farmworkers from CIW, together with their consumer allies, will be launching the five-day Freedom Fast outside the Manhattan hedge fund offices of Nelson Peltz, Wendy’s largest shareholder and Chair of its Board of Directors. From March 11-15, the fasters will remain in place on the sidewalk and demand that Wendy’s join the rest of the fast food industry in supporting the Fair Food Program’s groundbreaking worker protections, and will protest the ongoing human rights abuses faced by workers in Mexico’s produce industry where Wendy’s currently buys its tomatoes. The Freedom Fast will culminate in a massive march through the heart of Manhattan on March 15. Please give as generously as you can in support of the CIW.

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 am in the Library: No offering today

“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.)

1U Art Exhibit Reception — 2-3:30 pm, Sanctuary & Labyrinth

If you’re curious about the current art exhibit in 1U’s Sanctuary, please come and enjoy a demo and short talk by Dawn Wicklow. Dawn will share how she incorporates an Eastern approach with various media–from Chinese ink on rice paper to alcohol inks on aluminum panel. Net proceeds from the sale of art in the exhibit will be donated to 1U. Light refreshments will be served.

Monday – February  26

WUURL Monthly Meeting — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Today is the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL (Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life) will be meeting for lunch. This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your ow lunch; ice water will be available.  In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

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

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

Tuesday – February 27

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The Alliance meets for fellowship Tuesdays from 10:30 am on in Gore Hall. No special program today, just a brown bag lunch and sorting of the donated items for the Resale Shop. Donations of nearly new or well-preserved books, jewelry, gifts items and women’s clothing are needed. Bring them to the Resale Shop on Tuesdays or Sundays when members are present to receive them. Have you seen the new shop? You’ll like it. All money earned goes to further the causes we believe in as Unitarians. 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 28

Orange County East Solar Co-op Information Meeting — 6:00-7:30 pm, Rollins College Bush Auditorium

Homeowners: Curious about solar? Attend a free public meeting to learn about solar equipment, solar financing and how co-op membership makes access to affordable solar pv for your home. UU Members Mary Dipboye & Michael Cohen will be the presenters. RSVP here. Orange County government is hosting the Orange County East Solar Co-op, the Florida League of Women Voters is a statewide partner, the local League has brought together local partners. 1U was a founding member of the first solar co-op in 2015 and is a local partner for the Co-ops in 2018.

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 – March 1

RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting – 11:30 am, EC Assembly Room

The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s (RUUM) group will have our regular first Thursday Monthly Meeting today starting with BYO lunch followed by planning for our next monthly activity: a tour of four of the local breweries  in downtown Orlando on Friday, March 23. This tour is run by Hop On Tours. The tour will start at 1:00 pm. More details when we get closer to the date.

Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs #8 – 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

Upcoming Worship Schedule

3/4          Exemplify Liberal Religion, Rev. Kathy

Our congregation’s mission statement says our mission is to Exemplify Liberal Religion in Central Florida. What does that mean and how do we do it? This is the first in a three-part series on the 1U Mission Statement. The Chalice Choir will perform.

3/11        Lifelong Spiritual Growth, Rev. Kathy

Our congregation’s mission statement says we commit to Lifelong Spiritual Growth. What does that look like in the world today? This is the second in a three-part series on the 1U Mission Statement.

3/18        Compassionate Service, Rev. Kathy

Compassionate Service to the Community is one of the commitments set out in our 1U Mission Statement. What does this mean for us in 2018? This is the third in a three-part series on the 1U Mission Statement.

3/25        Christine Dance, Seminarian and Candidate for the UU Ministry

2018 CUUPS Convocation Canceled

From David Pollard, Executive Director, CUUPS: “Due to very low registration numbers we’re canceling the 2018 CUUPS Convocation which was to be held April 20-22. We would like to reschedule it for either October or November of 2019. The Fort Myers chapter is meeting this weekend to determine if they are still interested in hosting the event if it is rescheduled for 2019. We wanted to let registrants, especially those not in the Ft Myers area, know as soon as possible so they could adjust their travel arrangements.”

Self-care As a Radical Act Workshop Series Starts March 1

Self care has been discussed over the past 2-3 years in popular culture, news, think-pieces, and other outlets, but what is it? Is it just another way for us to spend money and “invest” on a superficial aspect of well-being? Is it the antithesis to burnout in this political landscape? Our four-part series aims to discuss what self-care is, the different aspects of self-care and what we can take from these practices to nurture and take care of ourselves both mentally and physically. It will be a “choose your own adventure.” We hope you will be able to recognize when you require self-care and what works for YOU. Please email Gaby at programassistant@orlandouu.org or come by her table and sign up! Dates: March 1, April 5, May 3, June 7; 6:00-7:30 pm.

New Wednesday Evening Programming:

Brown Bag Dinner

A chance for mid-week fellowship before evening classes or choir. Eight Wednesdays, starting March 21, 6:15-7:00 pm, Gore Hall. Bring your dinner from home or pick it up on the way.

Visit with others before heading to one of our program offerings, detailed below, or feel free to join us even if you are just heading home afterwards.

Choir Rehearsal

A continuing program, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary.

OWL class

A continuing program, Wednesdays,  7:00-8:30 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room.

Africa’s Great Civilization Video Series (New Program)

A video series exploring the history some of us didn’t learn in school. Six Wednesdays, starting March 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A.

In his six-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia. Episodes include: Origins, The Cross And The Crescent, Empires Of Gold, Cities, The Atlantic Age, Commerce And The Clash Of Civilizations. No sign up is needed; just show up.

Life Transitions  (New Program)

A Program for People Dealing with Life Changes. Four Wednesdays starting March 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rev. Kathy leads. Sign up required.

There are many transitions in our lives. We leave home. Relationships begin and end. Children come into our lives and loved ones die. We start new jobs, then leave or lose them.  We relocate. Many, many changes. Some we choose. Some we do not. However, all transitions share some common elements and if we can understand those elements, the rollercoaster ride of change is often easier to navigate. We will look at those common elements and tools we can use on the journey.

Reconciling Religious Roots  (New Program)

A Program for People Wrestling with their Religious Past. Four Wednesdays starting April 18, 7:00-8:30 pm. Rev. Kathy leads. Sign up required.

Some of us are at peace with our religious pasts. Others struggle. We nurse wounds or carry a sense of loss. We may feel guilt or be estranged as a result of choices we have made. We create a supportive space for participants to look at the past clearly and consider with intention what to leave behind, what to carry forward, and what actions we might take to feel whole.

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

March 2— BYO Craft Circle, 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Looking for a low stress activity? Want to 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/1609687879123652/.

March 3 — Community Garden Work Day, 9:00 am-Noon & 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 3 & 4 — Oscars Weekend at 1U

The weekend of March 3-4 is Academy Weekend at 1U. We will kick off the weekend bright and early on Saturday:  the Eating Oscar Brunch begins at 9:30 am in Gore Hall. This is your chance to cast your edible vote for Best Picture. Bring a dish that represents your favorite movie from these nominees for Best Picture:

Call Me By Your Name      Darkest Hour      Dunkirk     Get Out    Lady Bird

Phantom Thread    The Post     The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

We are eager to taste your edible votes for Best Picture. We’ll provide hot coffee, tea, juice. PLEASE RSVP to Kathleen Smee. Headcount matters when food is involved!

The following day, Sunday, March 4, we will meet in the Community Room (tucked away in the far corner of the Enrichment Center) at 11:00 am to discuss which of the Oscar nominated movies best illustrate our UU Principles and values.

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 4 — Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPS. 1st Sunday meetings are great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. 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 information, email us at: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook. com/events/2042757452647603/.

March 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.

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

All are encouraged to take part in the The Cost of Poverty 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. Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (Gaby’s table).

March 23 — RUUM Brewery Tour – 1:00 pm, Location TBA

The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s (RUUM) group will tour four of the local breweries  in downtown Orlando. This tour is run by Hop On Tours. More details when we get closer to the date.

March 25 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

March 30-31 — Journey to Membership

Our Journey to Membership program is designed to help you explore becoming a member of 1U. You’ll meet others on the journey as Rev. Kathy, the Membership Team, and other leaders share information about 1U and Unitarian Universalism in general: Friday, March 30 (7-9 pm) & Saturday, March 31, (9 am-noon)Sign up here or at 1U Central (Gaby’s Table)

April 1 — Join our Mass Choir for the Hallelujah Chorus

The Chalice Choir will be singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, April 1.  If you have performed the piece, know your part, and would like to sing with the choir for this special selection, just meet us in the sanctuary that morning at 8:30 am for a rehearsal. We will provide music; you provide your voice and wear a white shirt! We’ll be singing for the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services that day. Questions?  Contact Aubrey Connelley-Candelario (choirdirector@orlandoUU.org)!

April 7 — Second Harvest Food Bank Packing and Sorting Day, 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr.

Please join us as we volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank sorting and packing center at the corner of Mercy & Old Winter Garden Rd, 411Mercy Dr, Orlando. There will be a short training at 1:00, so if you have never volunteered before, please come! Children of age 10 can join their parents to assist as well! Closed-toed shoes required. Please RSVP to foodbank@orlandouu.org as soon as possible. We have 15 slots reserved every first Saturday in all the even-numbered months of the year, and we like to fill all those slots.

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.)

June 3 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.


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!

Protecting the Parking Lot Trees

You may have noticed small signs in the campus west side parking lot that say “Protect Our Trees: Park Here Last.” Simply put, we are asking folks to not park at the base of the oak and mango trees unless all other parking spots are full. Less frequent parking on the roots of the trees will help protect them for the long-haul. Thanks for complying.

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 Beverly Alig.

Pastoral Care Associates

“In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts.” – Fred Rogers

Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need.  It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges.  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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