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Weekly Update – July 20, 2017

Weekly Update – July 20, 2017

News Flash!

New Fiscal Year Begun; Pledge Completion Reminder

The new church fiscal year began July 1, 2017. If you’ve not yet completed your pledge for the previous fiscal year, please do so as soon as possible. Details in Other News.


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

Friday – July 21

Teaching Craft Circle – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Join us on the 3rd Friday of every month for varied crafts and projects. This month’s topic is based on “Paper Suncatchers” by Christine Gross-Loh. We will be using translucent origami paper to create folded paper stars to hang in a window. This is an “all ages” family friendly craft. Children please come with a parent to help you fold and use glue sticks. Materials will be provided. $5 suggested donation to help replenish supplies. Nobody will be turned away for lack of funds. Please RSVP by email or Facebook RSVP.


Saturday – July 22

Sunday – July 23

Parking Plan for Today and Other Busy Days

As construction shifts to Gore Hall, grass parking north of the Enrichment Center is now allowed for those with special needs. Able-bodied members should continue to park off-site. Or you can walk, take the bus, car pool or ride a bike. (The bike rack is now located on the north side of the Enrichment Center near the office.) The parking map is on our church website; get a copy and put it in your car. And put a flashlight in your car, too, in case you come to an evening event.

Summer Schedule – Single Service, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

What I Learned at School This Year, Worship Leader, Joe Donatone, UU Seminarian

Reflections on embracing vulnerability.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents. (Sanctuary)

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth may proceed to Children’s Activities (New EC Nursery)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the New EC Nursery

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!

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!  Learn more here)

9:30 am in the Community Room: Spirituality….Science….And Healing, Part 2 of 6 with Bob Leger.  This week’s topic is “Religion and Spirituality in Health and Well Being.” A stimulating video of a sermon or talk will be followed by engaging conversion.

Constitutional Study Group — 12:30 pm, Sanctuary

Join this group in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights and be empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.

Monday July 24

WUURL — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Are you a “Woman UU Relishing Life,” but haven’t made it to a WUURL gathering yet? Bring your lunch and come socialize, the 4th Monday of every month.

Folks planning to attend the 7/31 outing to the Holocaust Center may want to discuss car pooling; time will be provided at this meeting. Thanks to Libby Jackson for getting this outing organized.

The Book Look discussion at the June gathering was lively; thanks to all who shared. This will be repeated several times during the year, so everyone will have a chance to recommend a favorite book. If you haven’t sent Karen Ramberg a book you shared in June, it’s not too late.

Tuesday – July 25

The Alliance — 10:30 am-1:00 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room  (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

There is an elephant in the room. What elephant?? A black elephant?. . . A gay elephant? . . . A Muslim elephant? …We already recognize and welcome these elephants.  Now let us recognize the blind elephant. The Alliance invites you to hear our 1U member and friend Jack Jordan present The Sociology of Blindness today at noon. Bring a bag lunch. Arrive as early as 10:30 for fellowship.

Yoga Class — 6:00 pm, EC Studio

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, EC Studio 

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – July 26

Thursday – July 27

EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary 

Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio

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

Other News

Changes in Music Staffing

In light of the upcoming retirement of Jamie Sterrett, 1U’s Music Director of 15 years, the Personnel Committee and Rev. Kathy have been in conversation about a path forward. In early June, Personnel Committee members convened three input sessions to hear from members of the congregation. These sessions were well attended and provided helpful input. Thank you to all who participated.

Based on the information received, as well as past experience with staff transitions, and after consultation with the Board of Trustees, we have decided that the next stage for our journey will be an interim period for the music program. 1U has used interim periods for the transitions of both the Minister and the Director of Religious Education. One difference is that, in those situations, the departing staff person and the person to be brought in were anticipated to do essentially the same role. In the current situation, it is not clear what the specific needs are going to be. Additionally, we want to consider program needs within the constellation of the remaining music staff, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario, Choir Director, and Brittany Jean-Pierre, Accompanist. Various ways of organizing things going forward have been brought up. For this reason, we would like to allow ourselves six months to experiment with possibilities and see what emerges.

To this end, we have asked Aubrey to temporarily assume additional responsibilities for six months. These include coordinating 1U’s musical talent to ensure coverage for non-choir Sundays, offering support to this talent as needed, supervising the accompanist, and coordinating with Rev. Kathy and other worship leaders. Effective August 1, Aubrey’s hours and compensation will be appropriately adjusted. His title will remain Choir Director. Additionally, adjustments to the accompanist’s hours and responsibilities will be negotiated as needed. These changes are expected to take effect on August 15th.

While there will be conversations and discernment during the six month period, by February 1st, the congregation can expect formal notification of next steps in determining the needed constellation for our music staff. If you have questions or just want to chat, Rev. Kathy and members of the Personnel Committee (Rose Beiler, Cindy Schleier, Adena Boris, and Lou King) are happy to hear from you. We thank you in advance for your goodwill and grace as we discover together how we can continue to grow our vibrant music program at 1U.

Minister’s Summer Plans

Rev. Kathy in and out this summer combining a little time off with lots of planning for the year ahead. She will leading worship approximately every other Sunday. Times of low availability will be:

August 1-12   New England trip

Summer Worship Leaders are currently planned:

July 30 Kathy

August 6 Neil Boris

August 13 Worship Associates (recent change)

August 20 TBD (recent change)

August 27 Christine Dance

Sept 3 TBD (recent change)

Sept 10 Water Communion

Building The Dream Update

Lots of work is going on!  Gore Hall wall framing is in, AC duct is in, work has started on the roof, and electrical and data lines work continues.  Finishing touches continue in the Enrichment Center as well.  Check out the photos here.  In the background we’re having frequent meetings with MPaul to work through multitudes of decisions on FFE (Furniture, Fixtures, & Equipment).

It’s worth noting again – some very generous donations have allowed us to fully meet our $10,000 Challenge Grant! We so appreciate the support – thank you! We still have several items on our Contingency and Fundraising List, including grinding our beautiful Gore Hall terrazzo floor and creating the kitchen pantry. A small area of the terrazzo floor has been completed as a sample to help us decide – it will be stunningly beautiful if we can raise the funds. Please consider donating to a specific item or to the general fund. You can donate on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

WUURL  to Lunch, Then Holocaust Center July 31 (RSVP deadline: July 21)

Women UUs Relishing Life (WUURL) heads to Antonio’s Restaurant, Maitland, at 11:30 am, then at 1:00 pm proceeds to the Holocaust Centre to view 3 new exhibits. RSVP by July 21 by emailing tolive4today@aol.com. The new exhibits include: Embracing the Dream, A Place for All People, and The Tuskegee Airmen.

Fiscal Year Ending, Pledge Reminder

The new church fiscal year begins July 1, 2017. If you have not yet completed your pledge for the previous fiscal year (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017), please do so as soon as possible. For any contribution you make, please note in the memo field of your check what it is for (i.e., 2017-2018 (current fiscal year as of July 1), 2016-2017 (last fiscal year), Capital pledge, etc.).  Thank you!

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.

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.

Help Public Defenders Help Their Clients

The public defenders’ office has need for professional clothing for their clients when they appear in court. They can use anything professional for men or women.  If you have some gently used clothes, please give them to OLIVIA at:

Orange County Courthouse Complex
Office of the Public Defender
435 North Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32801

Please call Olivia the morning of the day you will be coming down. You may get a receipt if you itemize a list of what you are giving along with your name and address and put it with the clothing. Call them right before you get there from your car and pull into the circle in front the the building (where the media are waiting, many times). They will come down and meet you with a cart to transport your donations, so you won’t need to park and come in. Questions? Contact Steph at blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Food Drive on Hiatus

We want to thank everyone that has supported the on-going food drive, for helping with this important effort. While we are in transition between spaces during construction we are going to put this effort on hold. We will let you know when it will continue after re-settling back into Gore Hall this fall. Thanks!

Blood Donation During Construction

Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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 near the foyer 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!

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

 July 31 – WUURL  to Holocaust Center (RSVP deadline: July 21)

Women UUs Relishing Life (WUURL) heads to Antonio’s Restaurant, Maitland, at 11:30 am, then at 1:00 pm proceed to the Holocaust Centre to view 3 new exhibits. RSVP by July 21 by emailing tolive4today@aol.com. The new exhibits include: Embracing the Dream, A Place for All People, and The Tuskegee Airmen.

August 5 – Second Harvest Food Bank Packing and Sorting, 1:00-4:00 pm

The opportunity to help with sorting and packing at Second Harvest food bank is coming up once again!  Please contact Steph Garber at foodbank@orlandouu.org if you would like to join this enthusiastic group of volunteers. A short training is provided at the start of the session. Meet at 411 Mercy Rd  in Orlando—the corner of Mercy Rd and Old Winter Garden Road. You MUST wear closed-toed shoes.

August 11 – Black Cat Cafe,  7:30-10:30 pm, Sanctuary

The 2nd Friday of each month, 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.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

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.

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.

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.

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

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

Minister’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

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