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Weekly Update – January 21, 2016

Weekly Update – January 21, 2016

Weekly Update-January 21, 2016


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 This Sunday

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 Sunday – January 24

Friday – January 22

Saturday – 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.

Sunday – January 24

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

A Way Forward, Rudolph C. Cleare

We welcome Rudolph C. Cleare, Executive Vice President of the “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Foundation. Mr. Cleare’s address, will use the Negro spiritual song tradition as a lens to spur reflection about the social fibre 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.

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: Special Presentation: Citizen’s Climate Lobby.

11:00 am in the Library:  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
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant

See our Adult RE full schedule.

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

We hope all congregation Members received an important email update earlier this week from the Building The Dream team. We’ll be sharing more details, so we hope you can join us. Feel free to email bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org with any questions. Thanks to everyone for their amazing support, feedback and involvement!

Monday – January 25

Tuesday – January 26

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

The Gore Hall storeroom holds many mystery items donated to the Alliance Continuing Bazaar. This Tuesday we work on getting every item out onto our shelves and clothes racks for sale on Sundays. Items that do not meet our needs (eg. way out of style, needing repair or cleaning, too large to display, or not appealing to our customers) will be sent on to the semi-annual rummage sale this March or to charities that can use them. “How can I help?” you may ask; “In many ways,” we answer:

*Attend meetings on any Tuesday in Gore Hall from 10:30 till 1:00.
*Keep on donating those fascinating items.
*Be careful to donate only clean and attractive items.
*Take other items to a charity in your neighborhood that can recycle them.

*Shop the Bazaar on Sundays or Tuesdays or during rummage sales
*Volunteer to staff the Sunday Continuing Bazaar during coffee hour
*Deliver our overflow items to charities we have identified as good recipients.
*Store donated items in your home during renovation of Gore Hall this year, awaiting the new Continuing Bazaar Shop. This will begin in April 2016 or later
*Even an hour of your time can make the work easier for all the other members.

You may contact us through our email or contact any active member.

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 27

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – January 28

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

General Assembly Delegates

Are you interested in representing 1U at the UUA General Assembly in Columbus, OH, this June? If so, let Board Secretary Sandra Pollock, or Board President Jock Smee know.

UU Social Justice Survey

By January 28 (because results are due at UUA on Feb. 1), be sure to participate in the Congregational Poll by voting on the four Congregational Study Action Issue (CSAI) proposals for General Assembly (GA) 2016. Proposals include:

1) A National Conversation on Race

2) Climate Change and Environmental Justice

3) The Corruption of Our Democracy

4) Ending Gun Violence in America.

See the text of each and all details here. By participating in the Congregational Poll you will influence the feedback the 1U provides to the UUA on these issues.

New Covenant Groups starting in March

New Covenant Groups will begin in March. 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.

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

Congratulations! We’ll be donating $1300.25 to Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF) through our Share the Plate program this month. That total will be matched by another $1000 contribution from the Alliance. Our next shared collection will benefit the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and the Alliance for Fair Food, (AFF). The Alliance for Fair Food is a national network of people working in partnership with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers for farmworker justice.

Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists March 12

More info here.

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

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.

March 12 – Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists

More info here.

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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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

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Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com