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Weekly Update – July 28, 2016

Weekly Update – July 28, 2016


News Flash!

Nursery Worker Needed

The Children’s Religious Education program is seeking someone to join the childcare team work with 9-month to 4-year-olds. More info in Other News.

Sunday: Bookstore Open – Before AND After Church, Gore Hall Foyer


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

Friday – July 29

Saturday – July 30

Sunday – July 31

Bookstore Open – Before AND After Church, Gore Hall Foyer

Come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is open quarterly this year, and this is the Summer event. We have some excellent purchase awards: Unitarian Universalist tote bag, bumper sticker, or UU Principles & Purposes 8″ x 10″ poster free with a $30 purchase! Cash and checks are always accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

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

Forgiveness, Guest Speaker, Jo Green

Jo Green is a candidate for UU Ministry and Graduate of Starr King School for the Ministry.  Natalie Doliner will sing.

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: The Bible: The Book of Ecclesiastes with Ken Lofgren. We’ll join the writer in pondering some of the mysteries and contradictions of life — but don’t expect any easy answers! Special bonus: listen to the #1 song whose lyrics came from Ecclesiastes. And learn about polar explorer Ernest Shackleton’s use of a quote from Ecclesiastes.

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 – August 1

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – August 2

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

The new membership list is available for all current Alliance members. Request a copy from Shirley Jantzen, or email her at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org. There are 90 members of record and more are always welcome. Payment of dues for the year entitles you to vote on the business of the Alliance. The first Tuesday in August will be our monthly business meeting in Gore Hall at 12:30. Officers will meet at 11:00.

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 – August 3

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – August 4

RUUM (Retired UU Men) – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, Hiett Library

Bring lunch and help us plan our activities for the year. Right after the meeting, RUUM speakers will rehearse for our upcoming worship service. For more information, contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

(Help) Remove Music Room Items, Potluck and Musical Fellowship (Deadline: August 6)

1U Music folks will be removing unneeded items from Rooms 2 & 3 on Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. If you’d like to help out and/or request an item, come take part. Meet at Gore Hall at 10:00 am. Afterwards, we’re having a potluck lunch and musical fellowship in Gore Hall. If you are interested contact MusicDirector@OrlandoUU.org.

Share the Plate Partner Nominees Sought

As we have in the past, we are now soliciting organizations for this next year. Organization and sponsor information gathered between now and August 21 will be compiled for voting at the Opportunity Fiesta on August 28. We will select eight organizations and then Rev. Kathy and Children’s RE select the other two. 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 Sundays thru 8/21 to fill out a form or click here for the online form. Looking forward to another great year for Share The Plate! Questions? See Dan Homblette (CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org) or Gaby Cabrera (programassistant@cfl.rr.com).

Nursery Worker Needed

The Children’s Religious Education program is seeking someone to join the childcare team work with 9-month to 4-year-olds. Applicant would work on Sundays from 9:15 am to 12:5 pm two or three Sundays per month. In addition, there are other church-related events which need occasional childcare. Please speak with our Director of Religious Education Regina Knabe for more information:  dre@orlandouu.org.

CIW Wendy’s Boycott Summit

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be holding a summit in Immokalee from September 22-25 to discuss/energize/plan for further action on the Wendy’s boycott called by the farm workers to get Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. We are hoping that a member of First Unitarian would be willing to attend the event as an ally and bring back to 1U the news and actions that are planned for the near future. Please go to their website for more information.  We have been working with the CIW on their campaign with Publix for the past 7 years. This will continue, but we need to better understand the specifics of the boycott in order to be most effective. If you are interested please contact Dan Homblette. You can email him at CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org.

Minister Away July 28-September 3

Rev. Kathy is away from the congregation through September 3. She will lead worship next on September 4. Her time away includes a month of sabbatical, travel, attendance at her last Entrepreneurial Ministry Intensive, and her 40th High School Reunion. Strong worship leadership as well as compassionate pastoral care are in place. If you are in need of assistance in her absence, any staff person or lay leader can help you know who to contact.

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!

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.


Plan Ahead

August 6 – (Help) Remove Music Room Items, Potluck and Musical Fellowship, Rooms 2 & 3, 10:00-11:30 am

1U Music folks will be removing unneeded items from Rooms 2 & 3 on Saturday, August 6 from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. If you’d like to help out and/or request an item, come take part. Meet at Gore Hall at 10:00 am. Afterwards, we’re having a potluck lunch and musical fellowship in Gore Hall. If you are interested contact MusicDirector@OrlandoUU.org.

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

The Red Bus from OneBlood will again be at 1U and appointments may be made online now to give. All blood types are badly needed. Our congregation gave a resounding response to the need at the time of the Pulse tragedy. Thank you to every one of you for that! But, the need continues, sadly, for those needing transfusions for cancer treatments, surgery patients, newborns and others waiting for your gift. Please consider giving as we really need you NOW.

August 28 – Opportunity Fiesta

Find out where your talents and interests can best fit at 1U! Details to come.

September 22 – CIW Wendy’s Boycott Summit

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be holding a summit in Immokalee from September 22-25 to discuss/energize/plan for further action on the Wendy’s boycott called by the farm workers to get Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. We are hoping that a member of First Unitarian would be willing to attend the event as an ally and bring back to 1U the news and actions that are planned for the near future. Please go to their website for more information.  We have been working with the CIW on their campaign with Publix for the past 7 years. This will continue, but we need to better understand the specifics of the boycott in order to be most effective. If you are interested please contact Dan Homblette. You can email him at CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org.

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

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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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