Weekly Update – February 23, 2017
New Parking Rules at 1U
Click here for a parking map.
March 19: Rachel Christensen Ordination
Save the Date! Details in Sunday – March 19 listing.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – February 24
Saturday – February 25
Sunday – February 26
Two Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary
The Journey, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
New Members will be welcomed. The Folk Ensemble will perform.
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: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis
11:00 am in the Library: Movie Talk, Academy Awards Edition – Tonight the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will award an Oscar to the Best Picture of 2016. But which of these movies is the most UU? Which of these nine films best exemplifies our UU values? 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,” and “Moonlight.” Due to construction, this will be the last movie talk until 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.
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.
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 27
Tuesday – February 28
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
Alliance members and guests meet to enjoy fellowship and then a bag lunch at noon. Arlene Delluer will recite her poetry for us following lunch.
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
Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – March 1
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – March 2
RUUM Meeting – 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Gore Hall
RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group invites you to bring lunch and join us for fellowship. For more information, contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org
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.
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.
Building The Dream Update
Our building process has started on our new campus renovation! You’ll notice that the fences are up and we’re starting to prepare the site for work. The final permits from the city should be coming any day. The team started reviewing criteria for furniture last week and is getting ready to look at other finishes such as paint colors and door finishes. Beginning next week, we’ll be including further weekly updates (some with pictures) so you can get a virtual peek of what is going on behind the fences. We are still fundraising for the final amounts for our Labyrinth—please consider making a donation and label the check for the Capital Campaign. Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have any questions.
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.
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
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: BJ’s Wholesale Club Show at 12:30 pm. Click on the link to get all of the details and SIGN UP. Hope to see you there!
March 8 – Issues & Actions, 6:00 pm, Gore Hall
Tonight’s issue: Health Care & The ACA, Tonight’s Action: Media 101, Know Your Talking Points
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer. (More info)
March 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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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