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Weekly Update – July 14, 2016

Weekly Update – July 14, 2016


News Flash!

Sunday: Building The Dream Update Meeting

The Building The Dream team had an important meeting with our contractor. Learn details. More info in Sunday – July 17 listing.

Tuesday: Coverage Gap in Health Care Seminar

Join members of the League of Women Voters Health Committee to learn more about the Coverage Gap in Health Care for Floridians and especially those falling in that ‘Gap!’ Details in Tuesday – July 19 listing.

Church Office Outgoing Email Difficulties

The Church Office has been experiencing difficulties with some email functions. If you have not been receiving weeky eblasts, please note that they are always posted on the church website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – July 15

Saturday – July 16

Sunday – July 17

Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary   (Summer single services continue through Sept. 11)

The Creations of Recreation, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Lyric Trio will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

9:30-10:30 am Childcare available in Nursery

11:00 am-11:15 pm Children begin in service

11:15 am-12:15 pm Summer Program for ages 5-17 (Enrichment Center Assembly Room)

June 5 – August 14 we’ll be studying children of the world in a One Room School House “Lite” format. All children ages 5 to 17 are welcome. Parents are encouraged to volunteer to assist one Sunday over the course of the summer to give our hardworking volunteers the summer off.

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 on CRE: dre@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

We are now on our summer schedule and offerings will change week to week. Watch here for updates.

9:30 am in the Library: Current Events Discussion, with Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Building The Dream Update Meeting,  12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Today we are looking forward to sharing the details of an important  July 14 meeting with our contractor. We are also willing to offer an update meeting on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:00 pm in Hiett Library if there is enough interest. Please email bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org. if you’d like to attend on July 20. Renderings are available at the campus renovation website–be sure to check it out.

T-Shirts on Sale, 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

Monday – July 18

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  Dayle Steakley facilitates this month. All are welcome!

Tuesday – July 19

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

We will have a speaker at noon from the Independent Transportation Network, an alternative program of car transport for people who do not drive. At 10:00 we begin sandwich making in the Gore Hall kitchen for the Coalition for the Homeless.

Coverage Gap in Health Care with League of Women Voters – 6:00 pm, Hiett Library

Join members of the League of Women Voters Health Committee to learn more about the Coverage Gap in Health Care for Floridians and especially those falling in that ‘Gap!’ This gathering may help you understand better the PPACA, the biggest transformation in healthcare in 50 years. We will also discuss closing the coverage gap and bringing back the $51 billion in our tax dollars to the state to help Florida’s working poor and to help stabilize our health infrastructure. Questions? Contact Jean Siegfried, Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org, or chat with her in Gore Hall during coffee hour.

RUUM Attends Pulse Benefit Show – 8:00 pm, Persian Room in Longwood  (Reservation deadline: July 18)

The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s Group (RUUM) attends 1U member Natalie Doliner’s Pulse benefit show tonight. Guests are invited and 100% of the proceeds are being donated. The show is called “Trollops, Tyrants, and Tarts (Oh! My!)” and is a collection of stories, songs, and some gossip from a Natalie’s life and career. Admission is $1 0 plus a drink, appetizer or dinner ordered from the menu. Arrive by 7:30, order and eat during the show. The Persian Room is at the Ali Baba House of Kabob in Longwood, about 1.5 miles east of I-4, at 1155 West State Road 434, Longwood, FL 32750. Contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org for information or reservations by noon on Monday, July 18.

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 – July 20

Building The Dream Update Meeting,  7:00 pm, Hiett Library

The Building The Dream team had an important meeting with our contractor on July 14. We are looking forward to sharing the details today, if enough people have expressed interest. Please email bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org. if you’d like to attend this evening’s meeting. Renderings are available at the campus renovation website–be sure to check it out.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary     (Note: Choir is on hiatus until September 14)

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

Thursday – July 21

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

An open, ongoing group offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration required.

Eclectic Music Group – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The mission: To produce, introduce and highlight a diversity of eclectic music styles and genres from punk to post-modern; jazz to classical; any music from any point of cultural origin with one or two mixed media performances a year. We solicit participation from the congregation or friends thereof for everything from audio tech support, visual arts, dance, poetic works, to instrumental and vocal performance. Emphasis on artistic quality, promotion of UU’s seven principles and building community through collaboration. Questions to John Brockman at EMG@OrlandoUU.org.


Other News

Faith, Peace & Justice Four-Part Series, July 6, 13, 20, 27; 2:30 to 4:00 pm; Holocaust Center in Maitland

Join Rev. Kathy as The Holocaust Center and the Interfaith Council of Central Florida collaborate on a summer series on Wednesdays called “Faith, Peace and Justice.”  The series will take a serious look at a partial list of our collective failures with respect to religious freedom. Some of which happened decades or centuries ago, while others are ongoing. Not only will we look briefly at the mistakes made, we’ll also look at lessons learned and progress achieved. More info on Faith, Peace and Justice.

Minister Away July 28-September 3

Rev. Kathy will be away from the congregation for an extended period July 28 through September 3. This will include a month of sabbatical, travel, attendance at her last Entrepreneurial Ministry Intensive, and her 40th High School Reunion. Plans are in place to ensure strong worship leadership as well as compassionate pastoral care as needed. If you need to be in touch with Rev. Kathy, please try to arrange this well before her departure date.

Our Intern Departs – Again

As Rachel Christensen prepared to offer her last worship service as our Intern Minister, we learned of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub. We adjusted as best we could for that morning, given the short timeframe. Then as the congregation stepped up to be a resource to the wider community, Rev. Kathy asked Rachel to stay a little past her planned last day of June 15. She offered a pastoral presence, participated in an additional worship service, and facilitated a couple of discussion groups related to the shooting. We are grateful for her support during this difficult time. Now we have let her go, again, so that she has time to prepare for her visit to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, our UU credentialing body, in the Fall. Rachel and her husband, Eric, will continue to worship with us (and Eric to sing in the choir) over the next year as Rachel completes her formation process. However, she will not be in a ministerial role. The little exception to this will be when Rev. Kathy is away from the congregation in August. Rachel will be one of several people on call for major pastoral events. So, even as we are sad to say goodbye to one role, we are pleased to say hello to Rachel, as a fellow worshiper as we move forward together.

Pulse Vigil Photos and Videos on SmugMug

Members of the 1U Social Justice Group have been uploading Pulse vigil photos and videos which you may view at www.orlandouu.smugmug.com. They invite all members and friends to freely upload more. Here is an upload process that can be done directly from an Android  (an probably an Apple) phone without needing a computer.

1.      On your phone, tap this link. (https://Orlandouu.smugmug.com/upload/pHWBSs/PulseUpload)

2.      When the SmugMug upload screen appears, tap the Add Photos button.

3.      A Choose an Action menu will open. Tap the Documents icon on that menu.

4.      When the list of folders appears, tap either Gallery, Photos, or whatever folder one your phone users to store photos. Select one or more photos and upload.

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

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? 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.

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 last Sunday’s offering here.

Pledge Reminder

The church fiscal year ended June 30. All who have not yet completed their Operating Budget pledge for the 2015-2016 fiscal year are urged to do so as soon as possible. To help us credit your pledge payment properly, please note in the memo field of your check which fiscal year your check is for: the recently ended fiscal year (7/1/2015-6/30/2016) or the new fiscal year (July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017).  If there is no designation, payments received will be credited to the new fiscal year.

If you are making a pledge payment for the Capital Campaign (aka Building the Dream), please note that in the memo field of your check.

Not sure if your pledge is paid-in-full, still need to make a pledge, or have a question about your pledge? Contact Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or 407-898-3621).

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.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

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!


Plan Ahead

August 14 – 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, Little Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

October 8 – Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00 am-Noon

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds. No need to RSVP, just show up. Children- and family-friendly tasks available. Bring a bucket, cleaning supplies, sponges/rags, water canteen,  gardening gloves (if you want to volunteer on grounds work) and a hat. We’ll have refreshments and social time. Questions? Email buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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!

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.

Minister’s Day Off

Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

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.

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.

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 Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:

July-Jenny Lockington                        October-Jane Austin

August-Heather Bodiford                   November-Tommy Harrison

                       September-Gregg Buckingham         December-Elise Harrison

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.

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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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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