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Weekly Update – January 17, 2019

Weekly Update – January 17, 2019

News Flash!

January 26:  Christine Dance Ordination

and,

January 27:  Farewell and Thank You to Rev Kathy

Details for each of the above in Plan Ahead

and,

Donate to 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More

Details in Other News and Plan Ahead

 

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – January 18

Teaching Craft Circle: Planet Rune Divination — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

We will make a personal wooden coin divination set with 4 x 6 muslin bags to store them. We will provide colored sharpies and a limited selection of acrylic paints to decorate your runes. Feel free to bring extra colors/supplies to share. This is inspired by: https://www.thoughtco.com/divination-with-stones-2561751. Cost is $5 donation to replenish supplies. While supplies last, nobody turned away for lack of funds. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/262434814402746/.

Saturday – January 19

Sunday – January 20

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

A Closing Prayer – Rev. Kathy Schmitz 

Rev. Kathy will share her praise, gratitude, regrets and hopes for the congregation as she winds down her eight-and-a-half-year ministry at 1U. Please note that this is not Rev. Kathy’s last Sunday at worship. Next week she and Rev. Janet will share the pulpit and the service that day, 1/27, which will be followed by a reception.

Today the Chalice Choir will perform.

This Sunday we’ll be Sharing the Plate with Harbor House of Central Florida. Founded in 1977, Harbor House is a non-profit state-certified domestic violence shelter that operates a 24-hour crisis hotline, and provides counseling and a 110-bed safe shelter for men, women, and children. Its activities include community outreach, legal advocacy services, and community and professional education. Please give generously to help protect those vulnerable to violence where they might most expect to be safe.

An Opportunity for Generosity

Rev. Kathy and Charlie have been generous financial contributors to First Unitarian during their time with us. As a parting gift, they are offering a $5,000 challenge to the congregation. If members and friends collectively increase their pledges for the current fiscal year (July 2018-June 2019) by $5,000, Rev. Kathy will match it with a dollar-for-dollar donation. The opportunity is available until January 31. Pledge Cards for documenting increases will be available on the next two Sundays or can be obtained by contacting Amy in the office.

Baby Giraffes & Rev. Kathy’s Health

When a minister leaves a congregation, they break ties to make room for the work of interim period and the ministry of the eventual new settled minister. Rev. Kathy and Charlie will be doing this. This means we will not see them at worship or congregational events. Because they will remain in Orlando, we may see them around town. It is fine to say hi, but please know that they will not discuss the congregation AT ALL. Because we know that is natural for people to wonder about Rev. Kathy’s health, Rev. Janet will include significant updates in Joys & Concerns as appropriate.  Additionally, Rev. Kathy, will at least initially remain “friends” on Facebook with members if they choose, however she will not interact and she asks that others respect this. Sadly, this means the end of posting baby giraffes on her wall, but she wants you to know that she will find other ways to live a giraffe rich life.

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

Plan Ahead:

February 24: 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.

 Book Group: Pagan Voices After Coffee Hour, 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 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. We have 3 copies left for $15 each.

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/700130987054860/

BUY BOOKS ONLINE:

https://www.uuabookstore.org/Pagan-and-Earth-Centered-Voices-in-Unitarian-Universalism-P18173.aspx .

Interfaith Yoga Project to Host Practice as MLK Tribute, 3:00-4:30 pm, St Andrews Catholic Church 

Organizers of the Interfaith Yoga Project invite the public—all ages, all ability levels, all faiths and all backgrounds—to join in a Martin Luther King, Jr., tribute yoga event today at St Andrews Catholic Church (801 North Hastings Street, Orlando, FL 32808). “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’“ Dr. King asked an audience in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1957. In honor of the legacy of Dr. King, participants in the MLK yoga event will be invited to reflect on the sentiment of Dr. King’s statement, meditating on what it means to be of service. As a tangible act of service, participants are invited to bring a contribution of canned goods for the St. Andrews Food Pantry. Abundant live music to accompany, including the St. Andrew Gospel Choir.  Register at Eventbrite or   Facebook. Hope to see you there! Namaste.

Monday – January 21

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.

Tuesday – January 22

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

We return to Gore Hall today for fellowship and food. You may provide your own food in a brown bag. If you find a fellow, please bring him to share.  The Resale Shop again welcomes donations of nearly new books, jewelry, gift items, or other treasures. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found

A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at minister@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 – January 23

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 – January 24

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.


Other News

Holiday Schedule & Upcoming Worship

Jan. 27 – Transition: Revs. Dr. Janet Newman & Kathy Schmitz

Missed a Sunday?

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

History Center and League of Women Voters Brechner Series Highlights “Women as Warriors for Democracy” 

Starting on February 3, 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 America in 2020. All Brechner Series programs are free and take place from 2:00-4:00 pm at the History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For details about the Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center programs, 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. Further details found in Plan Ahead.

Dinner with Friends Feb. 9 – At Member Homes All Over Town

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. Please sign up no later than noon on Feb. 3rd. Questions? Sign up by contacting Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org OR complete a DWF sign-up form from the basket in Gore Hall, and leave it at Gaby’s Table in Gore Hall.

Moss Park Camping with 1U Members and Friends – Feb 22 and 23

Save the dates! Further details to come soon.

Estate Planning Presentation March 6 – Save the Date!

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! More information in Plan Ahead below.

Game Night! – March 9, Gore Hall, 6:30-9:30 pm

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

Donate to 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More (Deadline March 11, Auction Frequently Asked Questions in Plan Ahead)

The auction team is ready to receive written descriptions of what you plan to donate. Note that the team will help out with editing the description and to finalize the pricing. Please complete the online form or a paper form available at Gaby’s table after services. If you have a business that you would like to request a donation from, PLEASE contact Lindsay Stroh first so we don’t all approach the same businesses. Remember that the funds raised support the services and programming of 1U! Auction date is April 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Donation descriptions due March 11. Contact the auction team to get a business donation form or with any questions: auction@orlandouu.org.

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 churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

January 25 — Moon Circle Class 1:00-7:00 pm, Room 1

Moon Circle for January through June 2019 offers students a chance to learn about chakras! In the first hour you learn about the chakra of the month and discuss questions related to its themes. The second hour is lunar ritual based loosely on the chakra themes. Students meet once a month for six months on 4th Friday at 7 PM in Room 1. Cost is $30 for the series to replenish art/ritual supplies. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register and hold your spot. Tuition is due in cash or check at the first class. Class is limited to 10 students. Cannot make it? Want the “facebook lite” option? You can follow along from home by joining the Facebook Group. The Facebook group is free: https://www.facebook.com/groups/392058691535488/.

January 26 — Christine Dance Ordination at 1U, 2:30 pm, Sanctuary; Reception follows in Gore Hall

1U joyfully announces the ordination of Christine Dance! All 1U members are invited to attend the ceremony and reception. Donations for a congregational gift and reception costs will be gratefully accepted through 1/25. See Gaby, 1U Program Assistant, for more information. To rsvp, go to:  https://www.facebook.com/events/763482147325115/.   Reminders:

– Consider parking off site, so guests and those with special needs can have access to the parking lot.

– We are in need of several deviled egg makers, for the reception.

– Contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org to learn more.

January 27— Farewell and Thank You to Rev Kathy

Please join us in Gore Hall after the service. We are encouraging people to write a note to express their thoughts, feelings and appreciation for Rev Kathy and they will be  presented to her to read and enjoy at her leisure. Bring your own or note cards will be available at Gaby’s table starting Sunday, January 20. 

February 3 – History Center’s 2019 Brechner Speaker Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy,” 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center

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. The series begins February 3 with historian Patricia Farless of the University of Central Florida speaking on Suffragists and Abolitionists: Getting the Right to Vote.” On 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.

In the Brechner Series’ third installment, 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 March 10 program spotlights the League’s eight-decade battle for fair districts and constitutional reform in Florida. The last Brechner event for 2019, titled “Warriors for Democracy: The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers on April 14.

“May 2019 will mark the 80th birthday of the League of Women Voters of Orange County, and August 2020 will be the centennial of women’s right to vote,” notes Gloria Pickar, the local League’s co-president for 2018-2019. “Partnering with the History Center helps us to capture and share the story of the determined women and men who have fought for many years to empower voters and defend democracy in Central Florida and beyond.”

All Brechner Series programs are free and take place from 2:00-4:00 pm at the History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For details about the Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center programs, 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 8 — 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.

February 9 — 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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. Please sign up no later than noon on Feb. 3rd. Questions? Sign up by contacting Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org OR complete a DWF sign-up form from the basket in Gore Hall, and leave it at Gaby’s Table in Gore Hall.

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.

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.

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 pm, Sanctuary

Showing of the 60-minute documentary “The Yard,” followed by a three-person panel discussion. 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. For more information:  https://3times.org/. Suggested Donation $10. RSVP to peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu. 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).

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 helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.

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 auction@orlandouu.org.

Auction FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):

TICKETS

• Tickets will be on sale after February 1st. Tickets will be available online or at the auction table at coffee hour. Invite your neighbors and friends!

VOLUNTEER

• Volunteers are needed for the day/evening of the event. Contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org for more information.

DONATIONS

• We are soliciting donations of items from individuals, groups and businesses. Donations may be tangible items or intangibles such as events, trips, lessons, or services.

•  If you know of a business to approach for a donation, please contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org to coordinate. We don’t want to make multiple requests to businesses.

•  Individual donations can be submitted by filling out the donor form online (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRbyfvO4Xnp1YxCWCwSa9E9tQDMoTx8RztHYuBSGDkB4YwYA/viewform?usp=sf_link) or at our auction table at coffee hour – Or you can contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org. See our list of ideas on the back.

POSSIBLE DONATION IDEAS

*Tickets and gift certificates

• Shows: magic, Shakespeare, mystery, dinner theater, pirate ship, comedy, performing arts, concerts

• Theme parks

• Nature trips, day trips

• Restaurants including vegan, world wide cuisine, gourmet and family style

• Museums, observatory

• Craft adventures and parties—(with or without wine!) painting, sculpting, ceramics, arts and crafts

• Classes-dance, yoga, piano, exercise club, guitar

• Mini-golf

• Escape room

• Tickets to sports event

*Host an event at home or a club house or Gore Hall – fixed price with a limited number of participants, price and date determined

• Craft adventures and parties—(with or without wine!) painting, sculpting, ceramics, arts and crafts

• Pool party for families or just adults

• Dinner party with a theme—at someone’s home, a club house or in Gore Hall

• Scavenger hunt—at someone’s home, at 1U, at a park with a picnic. Along a historic trail finding facts

• Family contra-dance with caller

• Mystery dinner party (there are kits for this)

• Board games night

• Home repairs

• Painting

• Gardening

• Stay at my vacation home

• A day on my boat

• Original song or poem for a birthday or other event

• Entertain at an event

• Child care

• Transportation (ex. Park at my house and I’ll take you to and from the airport)

• Teach a skill/offer a class: music, knitting, computers, writing poetry, Spanish, history, grant writing

• Prepare a meal or special gourmet item on a certain date

• Gift wrapping

Tangibles (Minimum Value, $20, new or just like new items only,  these may be combined into gift baskets, no clothing, please)

• Handmade or autographed items

• Games, toys,  scarves,

• UU items, Jewelry

• Artwork

• Homemade dessert

June 24 — A Conversation about Suffragists and Race, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall.

It’s been nearly 100 years since women won the right to vote in the United States. Carol Davis, of the Orange County League of Women Voters (LVW), will facilitate an LWV-hosted discussion to help 1U members, friends and guests from the public at large understand what we can learn today from American suffragists’ struggles with racial issues as they fought for women’s suffrage.


 

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