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Weekly Update – July 26, 2018

Weekly Update – July 26, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: Young Adult (40 & under) Gathering

Details in Sunday – July 29 listings


Share The Plate Nominations OPEN!

Details in Other News.


New Sunday Morning Worship Schedule Begins August 5

Single Service at 10:30 am preceded at 10:15 am by 15-minute hymn sing. Details in Plan Ahead.


Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website 

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – July 27

Moon Circle — 7:00- 9:30 pm,  Room 1 & Assembly Room

We continue to take inspiration from “Gatherings for Goddess” by B. Melusine Mihaltses in our 4th Friday study of deities.  This month starts a new “block” running from July-Dec. Due to how fast the “in person” class filled up, we are also going to offer a parallel Facebook Discussion group for the “at home player” who wants to follow along online. You can sign up at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1880408092015699. Topic this month is “class orientation” and “Erzulie Freda: Self Care and Self Love.” SYLLABUS: https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/resources/lunar-rituals/.

Saturday – July 28

Sunday – July 29

Summer Schedule: Worship at 11:00 am only, Sanctuary 

I’m fine. We’re fine. It’s fine. Armor for “Metal Health,”
Nicki Drumb, First Unitarian Member & Worship Associate

Content Warning: Metal Health issues will be addressed. Welkin will perform. Rev. Kathy will hold a sermon discussion in Gore Hall Room A at 12:30 pm (after the service) for anyone interested in exploring more deeply the issues raised.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents

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

12:15 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. Online registration is open – register your children today:  https://app3.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=528392.   Contact for more information: 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)

No Adult RE offering today.

ARE Plan Ahead: 

August 12 — 9:30 am in the Community Room:  Movie Talk – “Sorry to Bother You

A satire that tackles unionization, racism and poverty, “Sorry to Bother You” is a movie  that will toggle you between laughter and reflection. Are call centers the inverse of our first UU principle? Are any telemarketers treated with dignity or respect? See the movie and come discuss, at the NEW time of 9:30 am in the Community Room (located in far corner of the Enrichment Center).

Young Adult Gathering — Noon, Gore Hall Room B

As you may have heard, a few young adults (age 40 and under) are looking to revive YA programming at 1U! This week, we’ll be exploring the diversity of traditions and spiritual paths within the UU faith. You are encouraged to take a look at the “Beliefs and Principles” section of the UUA website (https://www.uua.org/beliefs/ what-we-believe), especially the various resources under “Many Beliefs Welcome.” Find more info on our facebook page, and let us know that you’ll be joining us: https://www.facebook.com/ groups/2051069861870739/. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Pagan Pride Day Planning Meeting  Noon — 2:00 pm Assembly Room

Mystic Grove and OPPD are co-hosting Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018 at First Unitarian on Sept 29. It is part of the larger Pagan Pride project. Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members. We’re ready to start staffing.  There’s baking day, set up day, the day of the event itself, and cleaning up. Booklets to fold, food to organize, and more. Come sign up for a slot to volunteer.

Night Worship — 5:00 pm, the Gathering Space

Feed your spirit and your belly! Join us for a new experimental worship service and potluck meal Sunday evenings (tonight and all Sundays in June and July). Led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Alan, modeled on small group ministry, and drawing from a diversity of spirityual sources, this service will be contemplative, informal, and as participatory as you want to make it! In circle worship style, we will engage and explore the holy through prayer, reflection, song, ritual and sharing. All are welcome, including children.  Start your week by recharging your spirit and building community! Contact Rev. Kierstin with any questions.

Monday – July 30

Tuesday – July 31

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

We gather at 10:30 in Gore Hall to view the 5th film in the series Great Civilizations of Africa. In this episode  Henry Lewis Gates narrates the fascinating history of “The Atlantic Age”, the age of  commerce and clash of civilizations in an evolving earlier world. If you can stay for lunch, join Alliance members in Gore Hall with your bag lunch.

You are welcome to lunch at the Alliance this and every Tuesday. We are a group of Unitarians sharing an interest in the needs of at risk women, children and homeless in Central Florida. We bring bag lunches or have pot lucks at noon, mostly because most members are retired and available at noon.  Opportunities to share our mission depend on your talents and interests. The newest Alliance membership directory is available to members. You may pick one up on Sundays at the 1U information table in Gore Hall or contact us 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 – August 1

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.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – August 2

Other News

Community Garden Thank You! 

The 1U Community Garden would like to thank an anonymous donor for their generous gift toward our gardening efforts. If you have not already, please check out the progress on our newly designed community garden, which now includes fruit trees and edible ground plants for 1U members and the surrounding community to enjoy for years to come! Stay tuned for a garden page to be added to the 1U website, which will include a plant inventory, cooking tips, and recipes!

Share The Plate Nominations OPEN!

It has been the custom of First Unitarian Church to Share the Plate once each month of the Program Year plus Christmas Eve (total of 10 each year). This means choosing an organization whose mission is in keeping with the values of this congregation and sending them 100% of the undesignated funds given to our offering plates on the chosen Sunday. When possible, we offer opportunities to know more about our selected group and their work. We are now soliciting organizations for the upcoming year!  Organization and sponsor information is gathered between now and August 18, 2018 with voting taking place during Opportunity Fiesta on August 19 & 26. If you know of a group that supports our community and has 501-C3 status, AND you are willing to be the sponsor for providing information to the eblast and hosting on the day of Adult RE when they come to 1U, use this form to submit the information, or check with Gaby on Sunday to fill out a form or fill out the online form. Looking forward to another great year for Share The Plate!

Director of Children and Youth Ministries

We are delighted to announce our new Director of Children and Youth Ministries, Jessica Hunt. Jessica has a background as a children’s librarian and in that context has developed and implemented many programs for children, youth, and intergenerational audiences. While not previously a UU, she exudes our values, has a passion for learning, and will attend a weeklong training in UU curriculum and resources at The Mountain in July. She will be on duty as of August 1.

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

8/5 – 9/9  New Single Service Schedule Begins!

10:15 am Hymn Sing each week

10:30 am Emergence! A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis. A sprout

emerges from the garden soil. A chick emerges from an egg. Nature is full

of examples of emergence, and so are our lives. During our six-week

worship series we will explore the theme of emergence in our world, in

our congregation, and in our personal lives. Come see what is about to


Community Garden Workshops Survey

Thank you to everyone who came out on July 23 for our garden action day! Check out our progress, including the planting of multiple fruit trees generously donated by Rob Greenfield. One of our goals is to offer workshops that align with our community garden mission of “promoting sustainable living, health and wellness, volunteerism, and mindfulness.” Please take this short survey to let us know your level of interest in the suggested workshop topics, or to suggest ideas of your own. The link to the survey can be found here for you to complete by July 31: https://goo.gl/forms/AfLezLIKUSLgvRMJ3.

Second Harvest Packing/Sorting Day August 4 

This is our next packing and sorting day at Second Harvest Food Bank. There will be a brief training at the start and then we will work together to help our many hungry neighbors get what they need through Second Harvest Food Banks.  Please let me know if you are able to join the group foodbank@orlandouu.org  You must wear closed-toed shoes!  The location is 411 Mercy Drive in Orlando. We go every EVEN numbered month on the first Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm.

Leave 1U a Gift from Your Estate and Get a 10% Match Now

If you name 1U or certain other UU organizations as beneficiaries in your will, living trust, or IRA, and notify the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, the named beneficiary organization(s) could be eligible to receive a 10% match immediately. Shelter Rock, a very generous UU congregation, is currently providing up to $5 million in matching funds for this campaign with the goal of encouraging people to strengthen Unitarian Universalism through planned giving.

So, for example: If someone identifies their intention to leave $100,000 to 1U and files an application for the match, 1U could be eligible to receive $10,000 in matching funds now. One third of the $5 million is already committed, so it is important to act now, while the match is available. To learn how you can participate, visit www.wakenowourvision.org, or email Endowment@orlandouu.org.

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

August 4 — Celebrating the Kemetic New Year, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

We will celebrate the end of the harvest season with an Osiris Grain Bed, tell the “How Beer Saved the World” story, and perform a red pot execration to clean out the bad things from the last year, and prepare for the start of the New Year. Ritual begins at 7:00 pm. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients.  Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/243164286436468/.

August 4 — Second Harvest Packing/Sorting Day, 1:00-4:00 pm

This is our next packing and sorting day at Second Harvest Food Bank. There will be a brief training at the start and then we will work together to help our many hungry neighbors get what they need through Second Harvest Food Banks.  Please let me know if you are able to join the group foodbank@orlandouu.org  You must wear closed-toed shoes!  The location is 411 Mercy Drive in Orlando. We go every EVEN numbered month on the first Saturday of the month from 1-4 pm.\

August 4 — UUUS will hold a Kirtan

Open to the public and free, Kirtan is the soul music of India. It’s a joyous process of opening the heart to the formless Infinite by singing mantras that invoke its many forms. You can sit quietly and let the music wash over you, or jump in and sing, or play an instrument if you’re so inclined. Any way you do it, it rocks! All are invited! Lead by Dean Sluyter, author of Natural Meditation, and leader of the August 5 Sunday Service and following workshop, Kiertan is a blast! Dean has happily sung Kirtan as part of his own spiritual practice since 1967, has trained with eminent contemporary Kirtan masters in India, California, and Hawaii, and has led sessions throughout the U.S.

August 5 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Save a Life, Donate Blood! Have you ever considered giving the gift of blood? Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

August 5 — New Sunday Morning Worship Schedule Begins

Single Service at 10:30 am preceded at 10:15 am by 15-minute hymn sing.

A recent survey of the congregation asked for input on the Sunday morning schedule. For the last six years we have offered two services from September to May at 9:30 & 11:00 am. The survey was done in part because of low attendance at the 9:30 am service and the burden placed on volunteers (music and welcome team) in staffing two services.

The 86 surveys returned indicate a clear preference for a single service at 10:30 am with other options during the week. ​The most common reason given for an earlier-than-11:00 am option was the ability to get on with the day​. We have decided to add a 15-minute hymn sing before service for those who like to sing and would like to be introduced to new songs.

August 5 – Sunday Service and Workshop at UUUS: Fear Less – Living Beyond Fear, Anxiety, Anger and Addiction

Lead by Dean Sluytor, author of the eponymous book, the service is open to all at no charge.  The workshop, “Reconnect with Your Inner Boundlessness,” will be $25/person, from 12:30-3:30 pm, preceded by a lite lunch for $3/person.  UUUS address:  11648 McCullough Rd, Orlando, FL.

August 5 — 1U Artist Exhibition “Emergence: Explore the Possibilities” Opens, Sanctuary

Enjoy art of all media centered around the theme of Emergence. A butterfly emerges from a chrysalis. A sprout emerges from the garden soil. A chick emerges from an egg. Nature is full of examples of emergence, and so are our lives. During our first worship series of the year we will explore the theme of emergence in our world, in our congregation, and in our personal lives. Art will be on display until October 20. Questions? Contact Suzanne Oberholtzer: art@orlandouu.org.

August 5 — 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting, 12:30 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. (CUUPs).   The monthly meeting is 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.  Restaurant lunch to follow for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting.

August is membership month! Bring your $5 cash for annual dues.

It’s time to order the t-shirts!  Come help pick out the “mystic blue!” and put your size order down.

In 17 years, we’re only on our 3rd chair. Mary (Immediate Past Pres) is passing on the torch to Cat (new Senior Chair/Pres) with a short induction ceremony after the meeting. We are walking the labyrinth together and doing our group photo. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/509577429440582/.

August 10 — 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.

October 7 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

December 9 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

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!

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 ltm@orlandouu.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.

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. Caring Circle contact for July is Frances Roberson, who can each also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.

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, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in the rest of 2018! The Mystic Grove 2018 Brochure and Calendar are now available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.

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!

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, 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.

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.

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

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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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