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Weekly Update – February 4, 2016

Weekly Update – February 4, 2016

Weekly Update-February 4, 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.


News Flash!

3-Month Covenant Groups Start in March

Sign Up Deadline This Sunday. Details in Other News.

Annual Pledge Campaign is On!

Details in Other News.

CIW Annual Fair Food Tour Finale March 12

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

Mark your calendar. Details in Other News


Friday – February 5

February 5 – RUUM Meeting (Note: This is a change to our normal schedule)

RUUM’s first meeting-of-the-month will be a social outing: a visit to Gatorland! While alligators are in the name there is abundant other wildlife there, especially birds, this time of year. In principle we’ll be at Gatorland at 10:00 am when it opens. Reduced price for Floridians! We’ll have lunch, either there or somewhere else when our stomachs growl. RUUM friends, Romans and countrymen are welcome to come along and enjoy the outdoors. More info by email.

Saturday – February 6

Food Bank Packing & Sorting – 1:00 am-4:00 pm, Second Harvest Food Bank

We will be sorting and packing at the  Second Harvest Food Bank facility at the corner of Mercy and Old Winter Garden Rd. Please wear closed toed shoes. You may sign up online using our code of 100, at http://shfbcf.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index. You must be registered first. (It will say all slots are reserved for our time slot, but that is because they are reserved for us.) If you prefer, email foodbank@orlandouu.org. Thank you for giving of your time to help our many hungry neighbors! Remember that we work there every even-numbered month on the first Saturday from 1:00-4:00 pm.

Sunday – February 7

1U Blood Drive – 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need of all blood types. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Sailing Our Blue Boat Home, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

So much needs our tender care. How can we tend to all that we call home? The Chalice Choir will sing.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

9:30-10:30 am Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in the sanctuary with their families and then go to the Enrichment Center after 15 minutes.

11:00 am-12:15 am Children proceed to Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming. (EC Assembly Room)

If you have not registered your child please do so today. You may register before service in the RE Director’s office in the Enrichment Center.

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

Plan Ahead:

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

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

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

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

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

9:30 am in the Library: Francis David Café with Bob Leger (Learn more)

Plan Ahead:

February 28

Movie Talk (Learn More)

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

“With One Voice” Part 1

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

See our Adult RE full schedule

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us, destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. Rev. Kathy and Intern Minister Rachel Christensen invite you to bring your questions and concerns anytime, and join with others in conversation in this open meeting on the first Sunday of each month.

Monday – February 8

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

Members and friends of the congregation are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, please contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, and immediate Past President.

Tuesday – February 9

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

POT LUCK LUNCH today! Bring a dish to share. In addition to good food and conversations, we will be discussing the future of the Alliance. How should we meet the changing needs of Central Florida in the next year? How should we meet the changing needs of Alliance members? “Can we talk?”

In January we awarded $1000 to the Planned Parenthood Indigent Fund as our matching pledge from First Unitarian’s “Share the Plate” collection. We also paid $500 on our pledge to the First Unitarian Church operating budget.

We have a special request from the Samaritan Resource Center for clean underwear and men’s jeans, waist sizes 32-34-36. This is the group that serves medical needs of the families in the woods for the Health Care Center for the Homeless. Your donated socks, underwear, jackets, etc. are always delivered by the Alliance.

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 10

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – February 11

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

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

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


Other News

New Covenant Groups starting in March – Sign Up Deadline: Sunday, February 7

New Covenant Groups will begin in March. Please note that these groups will run for just three months. (This is to facilitate a larger change: Future groups will run October to May of each year.) 1U Members and those on the path to membership are encouraged to sign up. You can sign up on line or with a paper form which can be found in Gore Hall. Contact Rev. Kathy (minister@orlandouu.org) with questions.

Feb 13 Game Night! Who’s Got Game? 

Bring your favorite game, snacks and a playful spirit to Game Night in Gore Hall from 6:30-9:30 pm. Children are welcome to join their families.

Our Annual Pledge Drive Is On!

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

Minister’s Day Off

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

Annual CIW Fair Food Program Event in Palm Beach March 12

Mark your calendar! This will be the culminating event of The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ multi-city Workers’ Voice Tour along the eastern seaboard. Plans are developing for a bus leaving Orlando at 9:00 am (returning around 8:00 pm). We are asking for a $10 donation from folks interested in attending – but we will not turn anyone away who cannot pay. Donations in order to offset the cost of the bus are welcomed – anything is appreciated! Thank you! There will be a bucket out during social hour for donations [please make checks out to 1U]. The trip is a collaboration of 1U, UUU, and multiple social justice advocacy groups in Central Florida. If you are interested in attending please sign up through this link:  bit.ly/orlando_caravan_wvt. If you have additional questions or concerns contact Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com

General Assembly Delegates

Are you interested in representing 1U at the UUA General Assemble in Columbus, OH, this June? If so, let Sandra Pollock, Board Secretary (secretary@orlandouu.org), or Jock Smee, President (BOT@orlandouu.org) know.

Spring Welcome Home Wednesday – Save the Date!

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

Share the Plate Update

Our next Share the Plate collection will benefit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Alliance for Fair Food, (AFF). Together, they’ve created the Fair Food Program (FFP), called by The New York Times “the best workplace-monitoring program” in the U.S., and lauded by The Washington Post as “one of the great human rights success stories of our day.” We’ll hear the latest news about what our good friends at CIW have been up to on Sunday, February 21.

Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists March 12

More info here.

Nursery Care Giver Sought

1U seeks a Nursery Caregiver to work 3 ½ hours each Sunday (9:00 am-12:30 pm) providing child care for children ages 1-4 years old in the toddler nursery. Preference will be given to those with childcare experience. Must be 18 years or older. Must be willing to complete CPR training. Background check required before hire. Pay rate: $10/hour. Further information about this job: https://www.orlandouu.org/nursery-caregiver-sought/.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners

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

Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help!

There is an increasing, urgent need for food at the pantry we support. Most-needed items: canned goods, including: Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.) pasta (whole wheat) rice and beans dry cereal shelf stable milk peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred. No glass items, please. Please gather what you can and bring it with you on Sunday. The box is in Gore Hall. Thanks for your continued generosity.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. Proceeds from the Good Buy underwrite human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase.

1U Cookbook On Sale

Created by a 1U New Member Class, it’s full of tasty recipes and cookery data: a wonderful addition to your kitchen or as a gift. Cost: $8 per single copy or $6 each for 2 or more. Available Sundays at the Fair Trade Good’s table in the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service (see Nancy Kellman), or email Karla Kizzort at 1UCookbooks@gmail.com.


Plan Ahead

February 13 – Game Night! Who’s Got Game? Gore Hall, 6:30-9:30 pm

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

February 14 – Christian UUs Conversation, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

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

February 15 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion, 7:00 pm Hiett Library

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

February 18 – RUUM Regular meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

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

February 28 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet.

March 12 – Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists

More info here.

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

This will be the culminating event of Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ (CIW) Workers’ Voice Tour which will be a multi-city tour along the eastern seaboard. Plans are developing for a bus leaving Orlando at 9:00 am and returning around 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar. More details coming soon. This trip will be a collaboration of UUU, 1U and many Central Florida social justice advocacy groups.

April 1 & 2 – Spring Journey to Membership Workshop

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

April 10 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need of all blood types. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.

Please Do Not Leave Packages of Any Kind Around the Campus Buildings

If you are bringing items for the Alliance or any other activity, please plan ahead. Make sure a staff person or other church member will already be at the church to take the package(s) and put them in the right place. Thanks for your cooperation.

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond), join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

1U Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Jenny Lockington at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate.

The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – This Weekly Update

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

Become a Home Hospitality Host

On occasion, 1U has the opportunity to host other UUs for events like District Assembly, Choir Festival, District meetings, and other events. Some of our fellow UUs who come into town for a day or two to join us and/or use our facilities appreciate being welcomed into our homes for the night to cut down on hotel expense while getting to know us. If you have space in your home to host a guest or two, please consider joining in this Hospitality offering! Email 1uhomehospitality@gmail.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.

Board Minutes Available

You can read the minutes of the most recent meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees here. Previous minutes can be found in the Governance section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.


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