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Weekly Update – January 24, 2019

Weekly Update – January 24, 2019

News Flash!

Christine Dance Ordination

Details in Saturday – January 26


Farewell and Thank You to Rev Kathy

Details in Sunday – January 27


Thursday: Celebration of Life of 1U member Harriett L’Engle

Details in Thursday – January 31


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Friday – 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/.

Saturday – January 26

Christine Dance Ordination — 2:30 pm, Sanctuary; Reception follows in Gore Hall

1U joyfully celebrates 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. Contact 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.

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

Sunday – January 27

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Transition: Revs. Dr. Janet Newman & Kathy Schmitz

Rev. Kathy and Rev. Dr. Janet will share the pulpit and the service, which will be followed by a reception. The Chalice Choir, Folk Ensemble and Welkin will perform.

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.

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!

CRE Plan Ahead:

Second Annual yUUth Zombie Prom 

The yUUth group is excited to host our second annual yUUth Zombie Prom! And we are asking for your help.

We will be using any donations from this year, along with last year’s donations, as scholarships for yUUth who would like to visit The Mountain this summer.

We also need prizes for our Prom King, Prom Queen, and Prom Queer. Gift cards, fun toys, and other items appropriate for young adults from ages 12-18 would be greatly appreciated. Please talk to Josh or Jess for clarification or to donate. Thank you for supporting the youth of First Unitarian!

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.

Monday – January 28

Tuesday – January 29

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The Alliance welcomes your donated goods to the resale Shop in Gore Hall. If you have read a good book, pass it on to our readers. Favorite topics are recent best sellers, current biographies, current social issues or fiction. Or, if you want to pass jewelry, purses or collectibles on as a charitable donation, the Alliance can turn that donation into cash for a Central Florida charity. In return, you receive a tax credit and a chance to purchase someone else’s donation. Members meet for work and fellowship at 10:30 each Tuesday with a bag lunch at 12:00. Everyone is welcome to attend. 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 30

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 31

Celebration of Life of 1U member Harriett L’Engle – 3:00 pm, Sanctuary

All are welcome to join us for the Celebration of Life of 1U member Harriett L’Engle.  A reception will follow in Gore Hall

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

Missed a Sunday?

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

Community Garden Work Day and Workshop February 3

If you haven’t been in the 1U Community Garden lately, you should stop by. There is an abundance of things to eat. This is the time to try new plants/dishes/foods! Meanwhile, we’re getting the ball rolling with our garden in 2019! Please mark your calendars and join us on February 3. As a bonus, we will harvest turmeric and our Garden Guru Caitlin will lead a workshop on how to make fresh golden milk from turmeric to use in teas and lattes — yum! The schedule will be:

5:00-7:00 pm Garden Work
7:00-8:00 pm (or immediately following work session) Turmeric Workshop

Join us for one or both events. All are welcome! As always, please bring water, work clothes, close-toed shoes, and gloves to the work session. If you would like, bring a brown-bag dinner.

“Exciting” Auction Items Sought (Donations due March 11)

The 1U auction team is seeking donations of trips/vacations, vacation homes, experiences, club memberships, hotel stays or any other “big” or “exciting” items for the live auction portion of the April 6 Hearts and Hands” Service Auction and More! This will ensure an exciting end to our live auction. Your generous donations support the services and programs of 1U. Please complete the online donation description form or a paper form available at Gaby’s table on Sundays. Questions? Contact Steph Garber: auction@orlandouu.org.

Need ideas? Check out these awesome donation examples to date:

Theme Park tickets for two: one-day park-to-park tickets for Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (Roderick and William)

Salmon Dinner with Pinot wine tastings for 8 (Linnea and Ted)

Tour of EA Sports and your choice of two games! (Richard and Julia)

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.

Share the Plate Update

In February, we’ll be sharing the plate with Zebra Coalition. Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13–24. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

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

February 2 – Imbolc, 7:00 pm Ritual, 8:00 pm Potluck to follow, Gore Hall

Come celebrate Imbolc with Mystic Grove! Theme TBA.  Cost: Free, $5-$10 donation welcome to replenish worship supplies. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/308712389921283/?active_tab=about.

 February 3 – Special Board of Trustees Meeting, 11:45 am, Gore Hall Room A

Meeting topic: finances.

February 3– Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting, 12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is a mixed Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Rituals are volunteer led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists or in sympathy with UU principles.1st Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1209643279189976/.

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.

February 22 and 23 — Moss Park Camping with 1U Members and Friends 

Save the dates! Further details coming soon.

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/. 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).

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 

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.

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 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!


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


• 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.


*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

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

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.

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.

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

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