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Weekly Update – January 14, 2016

Weekly Update – January 14, 2016

Weekly Update-January 14, 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!

Special Guest Worship Leader & Music January 24

Rudolph C. Cleare of the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Fund

will use this song tradition to reflect on the social fiber of American life.

The music Mr. Cleare has selected will be performed by our Chalice Choir, Welkin,

and soloists Aubrey Connelly-Candelario and Nicole Omat.

Details in Plan Ahead.

and,

1U Year End Contribution Statement

Pledge statements for the 2015 calendar year were emailed  1/13/16. Please check your “inbox.”

If you did not receive it, or if there is a discrepancy on your statement, please contact Amy in the church office

(407-898-3621 or churchadministrator@Orlandouu.org).


Friday – January 15

Craft Circle – 6:30 pm, EC Assembly Room

We have a group kit with henna markers! So we’re going to explore henna tattoo designs at the beginner level. If you have never played with it, this is a good time to come over and try it out on your wrist with simple designs! If there is interest, we will schedule another henna craft circle using powdered henna and teach how to mix it up and put into cones. More info or RSVP here.

Saturday – January 16

Sunday – January 17

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Sharing the Love, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

On this MLK weekend we look at the challenges of becoming more loving as we seek a world of justice.

Share the Plate today with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF): Did you know that half of sexually active people will get an STD by the time they’re 25, and that most of them won’t know it? Did you know that our two Planned Parenthood clinics here in Orlando offer a wide array of birth control methods, along with cancer screening and STD testing? Do you know how much birth control costs without insurance? Your generous gift will go even further thanks to a $1000 matching donation from the Alliance of First Unitarian Church and the Unitarian Universalist Association of Central Florida. (Come to the Sharon Hiett Library at 9:30 a.m. and learn more about the work of PPSWCF in an adult RE session led by Anna Eskamani, Director of Public Policy and Field Operations for PPSWCF.)

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 Room 14)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in the sanctuary with their families and then may go 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!

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

9:30 am in the Library: Share the Plate with Planned Parenthood (learn more).

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Pagan Movie Night – 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! January’s selection is “The Last Keepers” (PG-13): “When the teenage daughter of a reclusive family of artists falls in love with an unusual boy at school, she awakens mysterious powers and discovers ancient family secrets that will change her life forever.” You can read more about it here.

Monday – January 18

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

When our children become adults, we need to renegotiate your relationships. This can be tricky, especially in a world that offers many obstacles to economic stability for our young adults. This experimental group offers parents a place to reflect on our relationship with our now adult children and to support one another in ensuring ensure healthy and enriching relationships for all. This group meet on the third Monday of each month from 7:00-8:30pm in the Library. Rev. Kathy facilitates.

Tuesday – January 19

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

Guest  speaker Edward Thiebault, retired professor of criminology, will discuss “Proactive Security: Protecting Your Digital Life.” All are welcome. Bring a bag lunch and join us.

The homeless are still hungry, so we will make sandwiches for them in the Gore Hall kitchen at 10:00.

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 – January 20

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, EC Room 3   (Note changed location due to event in Sanctuary)

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

Thursday – January 21

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

Building the Dream Update Meeting January 24

The Building The Dream team has been working hard behind the scenes and would like to give you an update.  We will send out an e-mail prior to the meeting. This will replace our regularly scheduled monthly update meeting that was planned for this coming Sunday (January 17).  Thanks to everyone for their amazing support, feedback and involvement!

Minister’s Schedule

Rev. Kathy will be out of town to attend her Entrepreneurial Ministry program and a family event from January 21-February 1.

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.

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 this week’s offering here.​ For those not familiar with blogs, you can always see past posts by clicking on the title (“Growing in Place”) at the top of the page and then scrolling down. Posts are in reverse chronological order. You can leave comments in the section below the blog post itself.

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

January 23 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00 pm-ish, Homes of Various Members

Join Members and Friends dining together all over town at the homes of various church members around 6:00 pm. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer, or fill out a registration form from the basket in Gore Hall foyer and drop it back into the basket for collection, or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

January 24 – Special Guest Worship Leader & Music, 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Please be sure to be with us as we welcome Rudolph C. Cleare, Executive Vice President of the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Cleare’s address, A Way Forward, will use the Negro spiritual song tradition as a lens to spur reflection about the social fiber of American life. The music Mr. Cleare has selected will be performed by our Chalice Choir, our band Welkin, and soloists Aubrey Connelly-Candelario and Nicole Omat.

January 24 – Building the Dream Update Meeting, 12:15 pm, Gore Hall 

The Building The Dream team has been working hard behind the scenes and would like to give you an update.  We will send out an e-mail prior to the meeting. This will replace our regularly scheduled monthly update meeting that was planned for this coming Sunday (January 17).  Thanks to everyone for their amazing support, feedback and involvement!

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.

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

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond) that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email 1usjlist@gmail.com with your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

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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