Weekly Update – February 7, 2019
1U Blood Drive Donors Needed!
Details in Sunday – February 10
Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan February 17
Details in Plan Ahead
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – February 8
Black Cat Cafe — 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
Saturday – February 9
Dinner with Friends at Member Homes All Over Town – around 6 pm
Members and friends dine together, all over town, around 6 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal.
Sunday – February 10
1U Blood Drive — 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot
We need donors for today’s blood drive. Please consider giving an hour of your time to give for the many in need here in Central Florida. Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Make an appointment at oneblood.org. For questions, contact email@example.com.
Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Love thru the Ages and Stages, by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman
In February Valentine’s day reminds us of romantic love. I’d like to expand the concept to include the stages of love throughout the life cycle, starting with our earliest years.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)
10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents
10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s programming
11:45 pm Parents pick up 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. Contact for more information: DCYM@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 Community Room – No offering today
9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom A — Unitarian Christianity: Introduction
Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity. In today’s class, we will look at the events leading up to Channing’s sermon and the impact of the sermon.
9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom A — Unitarian Christianity: Exploring the Text
Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity. In today’s class, we will look more closely at the text of the sermon, as Channing takes aim at the orthodox (Trinitarian, Calvinistic) theology and states the Unitarian beliefs. Repeated February 28.
9:30 am in the Community Room — Movie Talk
Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On Sunday February 24 at 9:30 am join the movie discussion on all the Oscar Nominees. Ten films from 2018 are nominated for Best Picture but which is the Best UU Picture? Which movie best exemplifies UU principles? The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.
7:00-8:30 pm in Gore Hall Classroom A — Unitarian Christianity: Introduction and Exploring the Text
Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity. In this class (a combination of the classes offered the previous two Sundays), we will look at the events leading up to Channing’s sermon, the impact of the sermon, and a closer look at the content of the sermon.
Monday – February 11
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference
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.
Tuesday – February 12
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
The first Tuesday of each month is our business meeting. We will be voting on a charity to receive funds from our treasury. If you have donated goods to the Resale Shop, paid membership dues or given a monetary donation to the Alliance, we will be deciding where your gift will be most needed in the community. The Alliance does not keep any of the monies given it. Come join in the activity of the Alliance. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30. Officers meet at 11:00 and all members meet over a bag lunch at 12:00. Thank you for any support you have given. For further information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Support Group Monthly Meeting – 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A
A group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.
Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found
A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at email@example.com.
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 13
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.
A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary
Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.
Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!
Thursday – February 14
Meditation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center)
Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Drop in friendly.
Missed a Sunday?
Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.
Getting to Know 1U
Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Want to know more about 1U specifically? You are invited to bring your coffee and snacks to “Getting to Know 1U” on Sunday, February 24, from 11:45 am-12:45 pm in Gore Hall classroom A. Rev. Janet and Membership Team folks will be available to share information about the congregation and answer any questions you have.
1U Group Auction Items Sought (Donations due March 11)
The April 6 “Hearts and Hands” Service Auction will be a great success…with your help! Many volunteers are needed. Join in for a shift or two the week before the auction or on the day/evening of the event by signing up to volunteer here. Trouble signing up? Just send the information to Linnea Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org and she’ll sign you up!
Support 1U through your donation and participation in the auction! Donation questions? Contact Steph Garber via email@example.com. Some of our members have already given great donations that you can bid on April 6:
Christine Dance has given TWO offerings that are identical so as not to disappoint: Each winner will get 2 private coaching sessions, focusing on understanding, leveraging and activating your personal and innate strengths. This session will require you to purchase a $14 book and take a short assessment. You may target your sessions around anything you wish–career change, personal fulfillment or just appreciating yourself more. The sessions will need to be used before the end of June. Ask anyone who has taken her Moving Forward class if you want to understand more about her coaching. It is truly invaluable! This is open to one person or two individuals who want to do it together. NOTE: This will be offered twice for two different bidders!
The donation from Jean Siegfried is a homemade cheesecake that serves 12!!
The Board of Trustees is sponsoring use of a prime parking space for Sunday morning services. You can bid to use the space either May-Oct 2019 or Nov 2019-April 2020.
Karen Ramberg is offering her timeshare at Limetree Beach Resort on Lido Key, Sarasota, Nov 2-9, 2019. This center-court one-bedroom, one-bath unit with foldout couch has a private balcony overlooking the pool and Gulf of Mexico. Just a mile from shops and restaurants of St Armand’s Circle. Other local attractions include the Ringling Museums, Mote Marine and the Selby Gardens. What a wonderful get-away this will be for a lucky auction bidder! Lots more offerings are available; be sure to get YOURS in by March 11.
More information and donation ideas here.
Share the Plate Update
On February 17, we’ll be sharing the plate with Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13–24. Robin Daily of Zebra Coalition will be our speaker that day. She’ll present an information session in Room A of Gore Hall at 9:30 a.m., and will also speak briefly from the pulpit during the service. Zebra Coalition’s mission is to assist young people facing homelessness, bullying, and isolation from their families, and physical, sexual, and drug abuse, with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.
Community Garden Web Page Now Available
Check it out here or drop down from About 1U and find page called CAMPUS DESCRIPTION AND MAP. More information and photos will be posted periodically, so check the site regularly.
Most recent news: The bounty of our garden has been shared (in part) with Grace Medical Home patients in a diabetic program who are learning to prepare healthy meals. Bonnie Anderson Peters, RN, who runs the program for diabetics, says “Thank You!” to all at our church. She wants us to know “… we truly do appreciate your generosity and your willingness to help those in need at Grace.” Grace Medical Home is a 501c3 providing physical and behavioral healthcare, serving those without medical insurance.
Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry
The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
February 15 – Teaching Craft Circle: Magic Yarn Wigs for Charity 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room
This month guest teacher Carter Shine shows us how to make magic yarn wigs for children who are cancer patients. It is part of the Magic Yarn project: https://themagicyarnproject.com/. All supplies provided, and you don’t need to know how to knit or crochet. Just bring your crafty fingers and learn how to “style” yarn hair into washable wigs. Free. Cash and yarn donations welcome to the charity. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2315461071800097/.
February 17 — Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan, Noon, Sanctuary
Staying Safe at 1U: A Plan for Action – Have you ever wondered what steps we take to protect our children here at 1U? Do you know what we will do if you ever have a medical emergency while you are on campus? Have you thought about what will happen if a protester disrupts our church service; or worse, if a really bad actor comes on our campus? The 1U Safety Plan we are developing addresses these concerns and much more. It also asks for your help in staying safe at 1U. We invite you to a preview of our draft safety plan. At this meeting of about 30 minutes, we will present an overview of the plan. And we will provide background information that will be helpful if you read the draft document when it goes online at our website.
February 17 – Book Group: Pagan Voices Class 2n Noon-2:00 pm, Room 1
This 6-session book group meets on 3rd Sundays. We will be reading and discussing “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism.” It is drop-in friendly and free of cost. (Donations always welcome toward the MG scholarship fund.) We gather in Room 1 after coffee hour and read the selection of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need a book to drop-in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text. BUY BOOKS ONLINE: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Pagan-and-Earth-Centered-Voices-in-Unitarian-Universalism-P18173.aspx. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446273482175084/ i .
February 18 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A
1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.
February 22 – Moon Circle Class 2: Sacral Chakra, 7:00 pm, Room 1
There are still openings for our Moon Circle. Part class and part lunar ritual, this 6-session series meets once a month on 4th Fridays. Tuition for in-person students is $30 for the series. This time we will be studying chakras. Can’t make it to class? You can join the Facebook group online for free and follow along from home. Registration will end for in person students once all 10 spots are filled. Facebook group slots are unlimited. For more information, please email email@example.com. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/367780004036116/?ti=ia.
February 22 and 23 — Moss Park Camping with 1U Members and Friends
Save the dates! Further details coming soon.
February 24 — Getting to Know 1U, 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall classroom A
Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Want to know more about 1U specifically? You are invited to bring your coffee and snacks to “Getting to Know 1U.” Rev. Janet and Membership Team folks will be available to share information about the congregation and answer any questions you have.
March 6 – Estate Planning Presentation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A
Please join us for a presentation on estate planning basics, including topics such as wills, trusts, estate taxes, and probate. For your family’s sake, be prepared–without a will, state of Florida laws will determine what happens to your estate! This free class will be led by Linda Solash-Reed. P.L., Board Certified in Elder Law & Certified Financial Planner. For planning purposes, RSVPs are encouraged, by writing to Endowment@OrlandoUU.org or by signing-up at Gaby’s table on Sundays.
March 7 — 1U Hosts Equal Equal Justice Initiative event, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sanctuary
Orlando screening of the 60-minute documentary “The Yard,” followed by a panel discussion that includes the filmmaker. Looking for hospitality hosts and parking hosts. Description: A history professor in Memphis Tennessee discovers that the parking lot of the church he attends used to be a slave yard belonging to a general in the Confederate army. Suggested Donation $10. For more information: https://3times.org/ and facebook event info.
RSVP via EventBrite (so we have a headcount) or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Partners in this event include: Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Peace and Justice Institute (Valencia College), Bridge the Gap Coalition, Global Peace Film Festival, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, League of Women Voters of Orange County, UCF RICHES Program, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. (Orlando Chapter).
March 8 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
March 9 — Game Night! Gore Hall, 6:30-9:30 pm
Bring your favorite game, snacks and a playful spirit! Children are welcome with their families.
March 11 —Donation Deadline for 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More
March 11 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference
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.
April 6 — Hearts and Hands Service Auction, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall
Be part of a great party to raise funds for 1U! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by bidding–first at a silent auction, then at a live auction with an entirely different set of items. Finger foods, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. Will you bid on a future dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all are available! Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions at email@example.com.
If you know of a business to approach for a donation, please contact the auction team at firstname.lastname@example.org to coordinate. We don’t want to make multiple requests to businesses.
You can find Auction Frequently Asked questions and a lengthy list of possible donation ideas here. Individual donations can be submitted by filling out the donor form online at:(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRbyfvO4Xnp1YxCWCwSa9E9tQDMoTx8RztHYuBSGDkB4YwYA/viewform?usp=sf_link) or at our auction table at coffee hour. You can also contact the auction team at email@example.com.
Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities
History Center’s Brechner Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy.”
This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters in support of the League’s celebration of historic events that begins in 2019
and culminates with the centennial of women’s right to vote in 2020. Each presentation is free and takes places 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking available at Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center program details visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org.
February 17 — Leslie Kemp Poole of Rollins College presents “Women: Fighters for Florida’s Environment.” Poole, an environmental historian and League member, was recently featured on PBS in “The Swamp,” a documentary about the Everglades.
March 10 — Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law will present “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” This program spotlights the League’s eight-decade battle for fair districts and constitutional reform in Florida
April 14 — Titled “The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” this last 2019 Brechner event will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers.
April 5-7 — 9th Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center
Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at firstname.lastname@example.org to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.
Ongoing Activities, Donations and Volunteering Resources can be found here on the First Unitarian Web site
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Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen