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Weekly Update – January 4, 2018

Weekly Update – January 4, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: Guest At Your Table Collection Day

and,

Sunday: MLK Interfaith Commemoration

Details for each in Sunday – January 7 listings.

and,

Wednesday: Community Garden Meeting

details in Wednesday – January 10 listings.

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Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.



Friday – January 5

1st Friday BYO Craft Circle — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle!  Facebook RSVP here.

Saturday – January 6

K-1 OWL Orientation – 1:00-4:00 pm

The Children’s Religious Education program is offering K-1 OWL for children ages 5-6 starting in January. A mandatory Parent Orientation is scheduled today. A parent or parents are required to be at the Orientation plus the first and final OWL sessions. First session is tomorow, January 7. Parents are welcome to attend all the sessions with their children.

Sunday – January 7

Two Services – Worship at 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

The 450th Anniversary of the Edict of Torda, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

An early declaration of Religious Freedom…by a Unitarian king. Alexander LaPlante will sing.

Guest At Your Table Collection Date

Boxes & Envelopes will be collected today. Please bring them to worship today or the next time you attend. You can learn more about the Guest at Your Table fundraiser for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) program and the UUSC by clicking on the above links. You can make a direct donation on-line here. (Please list your full name, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, in the congregation field.)

Children’s Religious Education (CRE) 

9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Room 14)

9:30 am K-1 OWL class – EC Classroom 5. These OWL classes will continue every Sunday for 8 weeks.

9:30 am-10:30 am Childcare During Worship (EC Nursery Room 14)

11:00 am-12:00 pm Children begin in service with their parents.

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming

12:15 pm Parents pick up your 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.

Online registration is open – register your children today:  https://app3.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=528392

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here

11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk – The Last Jedi

Our first principle calls for us to value the inherent worth and dignity of all people but how do we achieve this with people who present as pure evil?  Can a person be purely evil?  Go see The Last Jedi. If children and youth wish to join the discussion, they are always welcome!

 Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30-1:30 pm in the Community Room

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 our experience, 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. We will discuss an article on the power of words and racism. Here is the link.

MLK Interfaith Commemoration: 1U Participation — 5:30 pm Carpool from 1U leaves; 6:00 pm Ceremony

Today, the City of Orlando will hold its annual Interfaith / Multicultural Commemoration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Rev. Kathy will be offering the opening prayer and Joe Donatone will participate in the interfaith affirmation. To carpool, arrive at 1U by 5:30. Otherwise, gather at City Hall between 5:30 & 6:00 pm. After a brief ceremony at 6:00 pm, the gathered assembly will walk to a nearby house of worship for and interfaith service from 6:30-7:30 pm. All are welcome!

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting — EC Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPs. 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. This meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.orgFacebook RSVP here.

First Sunday Fellowship

Today 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). If you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area, please contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Monday – January 8

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

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 9

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Come celebrate the end of a triumphant 2017 and the beginning of 2018 with the Alliance. Bring a dish to share for our potluck luncheon and a wrapped mystery gift for the white elephant gift exchange at noon in Gore Hall.

Triumphant 2017?  Yes! The Alliance was able to donate $7,100 to Central Florida charities in spite of ongoing construction of the 1U campus, loss of the 2 annual yard sales, the Holiday Basket raffle . . .  and that was only the first 2/3 of the fiscal year!  Thank you to all who shopped our Resale Shop, donated items, became members and attended meetings. What will 2018 bring? For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.

Yoga Practice – 6:00-7:00 pm, Enrichment Center Studio

Are you seeking a respite to a busy week? Some time to unwind? Company as you improve your balance and flexibility? You are welcome to participate in yoga practice with our wonderful instructor, Melissa. We gather at 1U every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:00 pm. The suggested donation is $10; however, no one will be turned away. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced. Join us Tuesday evenings on the mats (bring your own or borrow one from us). For more information, email yoga@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 10

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 8:30am to 9am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

Community Garden Meeting – 6:00 to 7:30 pm, Studio

We will be reviewing the draft plan and discussing the schedule for starting construction.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – January 11

Mindfulness Meditation 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio

The second Thursday of each month, Rev. Kathy will lead a Mindfulness Meditation session from 7:00-8:00 pm. On the fourth Thursday of each month, again from 7:00-8:00 pm, Rev. Kathy, with support from Mystic Grove, will lead a Walking the Labyrinth session.

Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, EC Room 1

When learning to read and write Egyptian hieroglyphs, where does one start? Like any language, it’s critical to begin at the most fundamental level: the alphabet. “Decoding the Secrets of Egyptian Hieroglyphs” is a primer on the ins and outs of the ancient Egyptian language. By approaching the topic in a straightforward manner, you’ll be surprised at just how quickly translating these curious symbols becomes second nature. You will…

Build an Egyptian vocabulary
Write Egyptian sentences
Count Egyptian numbers

Come join us for the whole 8-week DVD series or just the topics you like best! Syllabus is located here.


Other News

Worship Schedule

1/14    9:30 & 11:00      Rev. Kathy, The Rights of Others: On this MLK weekend, we consider one of the lessons of his legacy.

1/21    9:30 & 11:00      Rev. Kathy, Our Liberations is Tied to Each Other: On the 1st Anniversary of the Women’s March,                                                  we check out how UU’s are living out their values.

1/28    9:30 & 11:00      Rev. Roberta Finkelstein: Rev. Roberta was 1U’s interim minister 2009-2010 and her husband Barry                                                  was our UUA Stewardship Consultant prior to the recent capital campaign. They are back for a visit.

Meditation: Next Steps Beginning in February

When Thursday Night Meditation ended after a wonderful 17 years, many wondered if we might have something to replace it. Several ideas have been considered. While we continue to ponder possibilities, we are making a commitment from February through June. The second Thursday of each month, Rev. Kathy will lead a Mindfulness Meditation session from 7:00-8:00 pm. On the fourth Thursday of each month, again from 7:00-8:00 pm, Rev. Kathy, with support from Mystic Grove, will lead a Walking the Labyrinth session. We will be reaching out to the community and inviting those unfamiliar with labyrinth practice for an introduction as we welcome those who are familiar to an opportunity to practice with a group.

Women’s March First Anniversary, Sunday, January 21, 2017, 11 am – 3 pm

Last year many from 1U traveled to Washington, DC, for the Women’s March. Many more participated in the local event at Lake Eola. A year has passed and the anniversary event has been announced. Our worship services the morning of January 21 will address related issues and those wishing to attend the event can leave worship and carpool or walk down together to join in. Take a look at the Facebook event.

From the event announcement: On January 21, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the largest political protest in recent U.S. history, Women’s March Florida will lead a statewide “Day of Action” to bring awareness and support to some of our most marginalized communities. We’ll be collecting donations to our nearby sister islands that were affected this hurricane season; Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys, as well as focusing on expanding voter access and registration, a crucial step towards meaningful change.

Share the Plate Update

Congratulations! In December, you gave $986 for Zebra Coalition and $1421.84 for Florida Immigrant Coalition. In January, we’ll Share the Plate with New Image Youth Center (NIYC), one of the longest-serving youth organizations in the Parramore community. Founded by Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs in 2004, NIYC provides after-school and summer programs for at-risk students.

Rev. Kathy’s Blog

Rev. Kathy writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.

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 12 — 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.

January 21 — Women’s March First Anniversary, 11:00 am-3:00 pm

Last year many from 1U traveled to Washington, DC, for the Women’s March. Many more participated in the local event at Lake Eola. A year has passed and the anniversary event has been announced. Our worship services the morning of January 21 will address related issues and those wishing to attend the event can leave worship and carpool or walk down together to join in. Take a look at the Facebook event.

From the event announcement: On January 21, 2018, the one-year anniversary of the largest political protest in recent U.S. history, Women’s March Florida will lead a statewide “Day of Action” to bring awareness and support to some of our most marginalized communities. We’ll be collecting donations to our nearby sister islands that were affected this hurricane season; Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Florida Keys, as well as focusing on expanding voter access and registration, a crucial step towards meaningful change.

February 23-24 — Church Camping Trip, Kelly Park

We will be camping at Kelly Park group site A. We can have 25 people on the site. Pets are not allowed. There are sites for campers nearby but they cannot be reserved until Jan 9. The cost is $3/day per person. We have some extra tents and equipment if needed. Please let Alan Oberholzer know as soon as possible if you plan on attending. You can email him at dinnerwithfriends@orlandoUU.org or sign up on Sunday at Gaby’s table.

April 20-22, 2018 – CUUPS Convocation  Ignite the Flame

This year’s convocation is in Ft. Meyers.  Speakers include John Beckett and Jerrie Hildebrand. The event is about many earth- and nature-centered traditions. There will also be vendors and a table to purchase your chapter’s CUUPS materials. Rituals will be led by the CUUPS Chapter in Ft. Myers. Several Mystic Grove members are thinking about going.  Would you also like to come? All are welcome to attend from CUUPS, to the UU universe to the local and regional earth/nature-centered and Pagan communities in Florida. Read more or register here.


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 the EC Assembly Room 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!

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 Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contact for this month is Gregg Buckingham.

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. 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.

Missed a Sunday?

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

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 flowers@orlandouu.org.

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! 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 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. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

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 audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Assembly Room

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!

First Sunday Fellowship

1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, South Orlando, so far) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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