Weekly Update – January 3, 2019
Deep Conversations with the Board Continue on January 13
Details in Plan Ahead
Christine Dance Ordination Gifts Gratefully Accepted Through January 25
Donate to 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More
Details for both the above in Other News
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – January 4
Wheel of the Year Class — 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1
Mystic Grove and friends write new “wheel of the year” curriculum for the MS/HS/Adult level for hopeful publication and listing at UUCards. If you would like to be a part of this project, feel free to drop in on 1st Fridays. This session, you will learn about the wheel of the year through elementary school eyes, and test projects for MS/HS/Adult level. This month we cover the wheel in general and research Yule projects. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/928510997344306/.
Saturday – January 5
Sunday – January 6
Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary
Saying Yes to Care, led by Pastoral Associates Team
It can be hard to ask for help, even in the most difficult times of our life. This service will explore how we can give and receive help in our 1 U community. The Chalice Choir will perform.
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 – Movie Talk: Roma
Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. The movie for January is Roma. Is Roma the story of Alfonso Cuaron’s childhood in Mexico or is this the story of Cleo, the family maid? See Roma (available on Netflix and soon in many theaters) and start the New Year with a discussion of this story of justice, equity and compassion in human relations. Join the discussion on Sunday, January 6 at 9:30 am in the Community Room. (the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center).
Inquirers Series — On Hiatus
The Inquirers series offered by the Membership Team is taking a hiatus. Stay tuned for future opportunities to learn more about 1U and Unitarianism.
Special Board of Trustees Campus Safety Plan Meeting — 11:45 am, Gore Hall Room B
Special BOT Meeting to review the Draft Campus Safety Plan and the draft presentation to be given to the congregation at a later date. Sunday. January 6, 2019.
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 email@example.com. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2240091129605014/.
Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:00 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center
This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to ourexperience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at: https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com.
1U First Sunday Fellowship
This is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.
We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact me if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.
Monday – January 7
First Monday Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!
Tuesday – January 8
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
Our regular monthly business meeting will be today at 12:00 noon. Officers will meet at 11:00 in Gore Hall today. For further information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aging Support Group Monthly Meeting – 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A
A group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.
Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found
A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at email@example.com.
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 9
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 10
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.
Holiday Schedule & Upcoming Worship
Jan. 13 – A Journey, Not a Destination – Rev. Dr. Janet Newman
Jan. 20 – A Closing Prayer – Rev. Kathy Schmitz
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.
Christine Dance Ordination Gifts Gratefully Accepted
Donations for a congregational gift and January 26 Ordination Reception costs will be gratefully accepted. See Gaby, 1U Program Assistant, for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
January 11 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
January 13 — Deep Conversations with the Board, 11:45 am, Gore Hall
Join the Board for a Deep Conversation about the important and timely topic of Communications, within and beyond our congregation.
January 14 — 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.
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/.
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.
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 email@example.com 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! Donations for a congregational gift and reception costs will be gratefully accepted. See Gaby, 1U Program Assistant, after January 1, 2019, for more information. All 1U members are invited to attend. RSVP to Kim Holdridge. See invitation here. More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/763482147325115/.
February 9 — 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot
April 5-7 — 9th Annual Florida Unitarian Universalist 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. (Cat Rigby and Christi Bass are going from 1U.) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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, 5:00 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 at the auction. Will you bid on a 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 email@example.com.
Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources
1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot
Is it your first, second, or third time visiting? Feel a bit out of the loop? Want to know what is going on within the congregation? Stop on by to 1U Central located in Gore Hall and say hi to Gaby! She can fill you in on current actions, events, and groups. She can help you get signed up for the Weekly E-Blasts, get a nametag, or sign up for all the great things 1U offers!
Got a Talent with PowerPoint? Or Like to Research Excellent Books on Specific Topics?
If EITHER description fits you, the Words for All Ages Team can use your help. We’d love to include more people in the entertaining process of looking at books for young readers, taking photos of each, then dropping the photos into slide templates. As we prepare each book, we deliver it to Rev. Kathy for use in Sunday services. The process is fascinating and amusing, standardized to the point of simplicity, and efficient. If you’ve ever wondered how those delightful and clever new stories turn up in each weekly service, here is your chance to not just find out, but be a part! You DON’T have to be a parent–although people who regularly are on the lookout for outstanding books for children are going to especially enjoy this process. For questions about how this can put more smiles, giggles and moments of ROFL into your life with a tiny bit of effort, contact Karla Kizzort at firstname.lastname@example.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 Coordinators 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 Caring Circle members serve by providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and help with meals, pet care, etc., during a member’s period of recuperation. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contact for January is Gregg Buckingham.
Join the Flowers Team
Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Spot the pretties bouquets at grocery stores and elsewhere? Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply purchased cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. No need to attend early services to participate! To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.
Join 1U A/V Team
Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at email@example.com, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available on the first and third Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the service. Sales of coffee and tea benefit small independent growers. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!
Pastoral Care Associates
In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts. – Fred Rogers
Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges. If you are in need, or even think you could possibly use a listening ear or caring heart, please contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.
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.
Since we moved to a single service, more folks are needing to find parking all at one time. This has resulted in a few folks parking on the sidewalk on the north side of the Enrichment Center. Please do not park in this area for two reasons. First: the sidewalk is just that, a sidewalk not a driveway. It was not built to support cars. The orange rumble strip is the edge of the drive and should not be crossed. Secondly: no one should park on the driveway in this area, because the drive was designed for the radius needed for fire trucks and they would not be able to pass through with cars. Thanks for your assistance with this. The solution (a reminder) is for those that can to park off campus on Hampton or elsewhere. With Love, Your LTME.
Congregational Ministry Committee (CMC)
This committee was established by the Board of Trustees to counsel with the minister about, review the effectiveness of, and generally promote the congregation’s ministry (worship, music, religious education, pastoral care, social justice). The CMC is the “process-observer” of the congregation and will stay in close touch with the Board of Trustees. We are here to listen and observe. While we do not intercede to solve issues directly, we do make recommendations to affected groups and encourage healthy communication. If you would like to share your joys or concerns regarding the ministries of the church, feel free to speak to any of our committee members. Though we expect that our role may evolve or change during the coming ministerial transition, we’re here to listen and to serve the congregation in this role right now. The members of the CMC are Charles Davis, Barbara Howe, Tim Wiley (BOT liaison), and Joanne Wojtyto.
Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?
A Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or Inherited IRA can cause a higher tax burden. Consider paying your pledge to the Church via a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older you can instruct your IRA or Inherited IRA custodian to send your QCD directly to the Church to pay your pledge. A QCD counts dollar-for-dollar toward fulfillment of an RMD (up to $100,000) but is excluded from taxable income. You can view or download a sample letter for instructing your IRA custodian here or contact Amy at the Church office to receive it by email. If you have questions contact Michael Cohen or any other member of the Church Endowment Board (Mike Haddad, Jean Siegfried, Diane P. Kerkhoff or Ken Lofgren). For specific tax advice contact a tax professional.
1U Maintenance Contact Info
We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use firstname.lastname@example.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.
Give By Text
You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $25). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! To text contribution to individual funds include the text code in your text message:
Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge) Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)
Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge) Donation (textingcode: generaldonation)
Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)
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.
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.
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.
Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!
To be removed from this email list, reply to this message
with “REMOVE” in the subject line.
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz
Minister’s Email: email@example.com
Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen