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Weekly Update – January 28, 2016

Weekly Update – January 28, 2016

Weekly Update-January 28, 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!

Annual Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Fair Food Program Event: March 12

The culminating event of the multi-city Workers Voice Tour along the eastern seaboard.

Bus leaving Orlando 3/12/16 at 9:00 am. Mark your calendar. More details soon. 


Friday – January 29

Saturday – January 30

Sunday – January 31

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

A Still We’ll Remain, Intern Minister Rachel Christensen

Y’all come, come to worship! Welkin will perform.

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 Assembly Room)

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!

Plan Ahead:

Jan. 31 through Feb. 28 – LOVE TREE to help support New Image Youth Center

Have you seen the “Love Tree” in Gore Hall?  The Children have created valentine decorations for the tree on stage in Gore Hall which list items for donation to the New Image Youth Center (NIYC) of Parramore. Help support this worthy organization by taking a decoration home with you and donating the item listed. Simply drop the donation underneath the tree during the month of February. The children of 1U will deliver the donated items to the children at the NIYC.

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

9:30 am in the Library: Midlife Issues  with Bonnie Rich (Learn more)

What do you like best about being in this time of your Life? (Glad your kids are out of the house? Happy about allowing yourself to be who you really are?Finally happy about inhabiting your body (as it is)? Having the time to get involved in activities/groups that you always wanted to? The courage to end toxic relationships?…..just to name a few possibilities.)

Plan Ahead:

February 28:  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
Brooklyn
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant
Room
Spotlight

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Monday – February 1

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library

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.

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – February 2

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

We will hold a short business meeting over lunch following the monthly board meeting. All members are invited to attend and to discuss matters of concern. Please note that we cannot take action or disburse any money to charities if we lack a quorum of 15 members.

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 – February 3

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – February 4

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

Invitation to our Christian UUs: February 14

We are a diverse community at 1U, and people in our congregation find strength in many different spiritual ways, with many different practices. As an Intern Minister, Rachel wants to learn to minister to all those in our congregations. If you identify as a Christian, you are invited to a conversation about how we are supporting you in your spiritual path, and how we might better serve you as your religious community. We will meet on Sunday, February 14 at 12:30 in the Library. Please contact Rachel directly if you prefer, or if you are unavailable on this date.

Annual Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Fair Food Program Event: March 12 

This will be the culminating event of The Workers Voice Tour which will be a multi-city tour along the eastern seaboard. Plans are developing for a bus leaving Orlando at 9:00 am and returning around 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar. More details will be coming out soon. This trip will be a collaboration of UUU, 1U and many Central Florida social justice advocacy groups.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet on Sunday, February 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

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.

New Covenant Groups starting in March – Sign Up Deadline: Sunday, February 7

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 here 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

Our next Share the Plate 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 Jan 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 5 – RUUM Meeting (Note: This is a change to our normal schedule)

RUUM’s first meeting-of-the-month will be a social outing: a visit to Gatorland! While alligators are in the name there is abundant other wildlife there, especially birds, this time of year. In principle we’ll be at Gatorland at 10:00 am when it opens. Reduced price for Floridians! We’ll have lunch, either there or somewhere else when our stomachs growl. RUUM friends, Romans and countrymen are welcome to come along and enjoy the outdoors. More info by email.

February 6 – Food Bank Packing & Sorting, 1:00 am-4:00 pm,

The Food Bank needs our help. We will be sorting and packing for them at the  Second Harvest Food Bank facility at the corner of Mercy and Old Winter Garden Rd. Please wear closed toed shoes. You may sign up online using our code of 100, at http://shfbcf.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index. You must be registered first. (It will say all slots are reserved for our time slot, but that is because they are reserved for us.) If you prefer, email foodbank@orlandouu.org. Thank you for giving of your time to help our many hungry neighbors! Remember that we work there every even numbered month on the first Saturday from 1-4.

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.

February 18 – RUUM Regular meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch, check in with each other and discuss a topic of interest. Join us!

February 28 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet.

March 12 – Florida Spring Gathering of Unitarian Universalists

More info here.

March 12 – Annual Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) Fair Food Program Event, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm, Palm Beach 

This will be the culminating event of The Workers Voice Tour which will be a multi-city tour along the eastern seaboard. Plans are developing for a bus leaving Orlando at 9:00 am and returning around 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar. More details will be coming out soon. This trip will be a collaboration of UUU, 1U and many Central Florida social justice advocacy groups.

April 1 & 2 – Spring Journey to Membership Workshop

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 4/1 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 4/2 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, April 15, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, April 17.

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

To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond), join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

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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