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Weekly Update – July 30, 2015

Weekly Update – July 30, 2015

Weekly Update-July 30, 2015


To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

News Flash!

RUUM to Lead Next Sunday’s Worship Service

First time performance by RUUM men’s chorus! Details in “Plan Ahead.”


Please Help Select “Share the Plate” Candidates

Deadline Aug. 16; more details in “Other News.”

Friday – July 31

Denyse Eddy Memorial Service – 2:30pm, Sanctuary

A light reception will follow the service.

Saturday –August 1

Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project – 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

Mystic Grove End-of-Harvest Ritual – 7:00-9:00pm, Gore Hall

Join us for a Mystic Grove ritual in the Kemetic style! We will celebrate the end of harvest season, perform a red pot execration to clean out bad things from the last year, and prepare for the start of the Kemetic New Year. Ritual begins at 7:00pm, potluck to follow around 8:00. More info, email: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org or visit our Facebook page.

Sunday – August 2

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary   (Summer Schedule: One service thru 9/13/15)

The Warmth of Community, Lay-led service by Neil Boris. Bonnie Fesmire and Mike Haddad will perform.

Children’s Religious Education

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

9:30am-10:30am Childcare during ARE (Childrene ages 5-12 are welcome in the Nursery-EC Room 14)

11:00am-11:15am Children begin in Worship (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Childcare During Worship for children ages 4-14 (EC Assembly Room)              

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

If you have a child participating in the Children’s RE program please join our Facebook group & stay informed: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UChildrensReligiousEducation/


Do you have questions about programming for our Children and youth for this upcoming program year?  Children’s RE will be hosting information sessions each of 3 upcoming Sundays:

August 2 – Children’s RE 2015-2016 Information Session, 12:00-1:00pm, Hiett Library

August 9 – Children’s RE 2015-2016 Information Session (repeat), 12:00-1:00pm, Hiett Library

August 16 – Children’s RE 2015-2016 Information Session (repeat), 12:00-1:00pm, Hiett Library

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

9:30am in the Library: Film & Discussion: Band of Brothers with Bob Leger.  (Learn More)

Revisit WW II with Easy Co. of the 101st Airborne Division with Bob Leger. We will view an episode each week and have a short discussion on the film based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The series dramatizes the history of the “Easy” Company (part of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division) from jump training in the U.S. through its participation in major actions in Europe, and up until Japan’s capitulation and war’s end. Join us for this opportunity to reflect on how our UU values might inform our thoughts on war and peace.

The Adult RE full schedule can be found at here.

Mystic Grove Meeting – 12:30pm, Room 9

Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan/heathen affinity group. We meet after the service on first Sundays to plan the next ritual, classes, movie nights, and move. After the meeting, some of us go to lunch nearby. All welcome to attend.

Monday – August 3

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – August 4
The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Potluck lunch at noon! This is a change from our usual pattern of meetings. This month the fellowship lunch will be the 1st Tuesday and the Board meeting and membership meeting will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month. Whoever you are, join us and share in the bounty.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

Come be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Class is open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – August 5

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir is on summer break until September.

Thursday – August 6

RUUM – 11:30am, Hiett Library

Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) meet the first Thursday of the month. Bring your lunch and join us for lively conversation and fellowship! Our topic this meeting is: “What is the most interesting city you’ve visited?  Why?

 Pagan Ritual Writing Class – 7:00pm, EC Room 9

Learn how to write and improve your ritual writing in this 12-week series. Final class project will be creating and leading Mabon on Sept 26. Students of all experience levels welcome. “Neopagan Rites” by Isaac Bonewits text provided. See our table in Gore Hall after the service to register. Cost: $25 for singles, $30 for couples, and $10 for those who already own the book. To RSVP or for more info contact mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Other News

Please Help Select Share The Plate Candidates (Deadline: August 16)

An important part of the 1U social justice program is Share The Plate (STP), where once per month we give the offering collection to a local organization that shares our values. For the 2015-16 church year we will be choosing the STP candidates at the August 23 and 30 Opportunities Fiesta events. If you know of an organization that should be considered, please provide the organization name to Dan Homblette by Sunday, August 16 ( volunteers@OrlandoUU.org and please write “Share the Plate” in the subject field). Please provide a two- or three-sentence description of what the group does, and as the provider of this information, we will ask that you be the host for the group if they are selected. Hosting involves facilitating a representative of the organization at Adult RE on the Sunday of their STP. We will be choosing 8 organizations for STP this year, sharing the plate one time with each.

Minister’s Summer Schedule

Rev. Kathy is away from the congregation until August 14 (Learn more).

Check Out the New 1U Website!

The new website is now available at www.orlandouu.org. Take a moment to check it out. We value your thoughtful feedback. If you find errors or typos please send them our way via webmaster@orlandouu.org. Keep in mind that we will be adding to this evolving site. Plans for the future include a member directory, a thematically-related Building the Dream site, and many more 1U photos replacing the stock photos now in place.

1U Thanksgiving Plans

Since you asked…yes, we will have a community Thanksgiving here at 1U. Last year’s lead hosts will be taking on Community Thanksgiving 2015. They are Bonnie and Steve Rich who did a wonderful job! They plan to enjoy their summer before getting started on this big project Be watching in the fall for more information and how you can help.

Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help! (Bring something this Sunday)

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.

Plan Ahead

August 7 – Craft Circle, 6:30pm, EC Room 9

This month you can BYO craft project or help some of us start the annual classroom clean up in the closets. All welcome to visit and chat!

August 9 – RUUM (Retired Unitarian Universalist Men) lead our worship service

RUUM’s theme is “The evolving mystery of life.” Life is a series of mysteries that unravel over time.  As we grow and develop we experience the teenage years, marriage, children, work life, physical and intellectual development. Curious about each new unknown, we live them and, through that, gain perspectives about life’s mysteries. Come hear what the retired men are thinking regarding one of life’s great mysteries. We’ll ask your thoughts too!  And we’ll have a special first time performance of the RUUM men’s chorus!

August 17 – Clean the World Needs Our Help, 1:30-3:30pm, 400A Pittman St.

CTW collects partially used soaps from hundreds of Orlando hotels, then sanitizes and remakes them into new bars of soap. Indigent populations here in the US get 25% of CTW output, with 75% going to the needy around the world. Cleanliness helps prevent the spread of disease, and they have been very successful in their efforts. 1U’s Steph Garber joined CTW for a Guatemala distribution trip in April, and reported “it was very uplifting to see the enthusiasm as we taught students how to wash their hands properly and distributed over 15,000 bars of soap on that one trip.” CTW would welcome a 1U group of volunteers at their Orlando facility right off I-4, not far from 1U. Can you join us for the 2-hour shift and make a real difference in the lives of many? Closed toed shoes required. RSVP to Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org so CTW can be alerted as to how many of us to expect.

August 19 – RUUM Visits Kennedy Space Center, 8:30am, Meet at 1U

The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) will meet at the church and leave at 8:40. The event will include a brief tour of KSC and a visit to the Visitor’s Center. Cost is minimal and we may have room for some non-RUUM 1U members. Advanced registration is necessary: deadline is August 1. Contact Gregg Buckingham at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

August 23 – Opportunities Fiesta! After 11:00 service, Gore Hall

Are you looking for new ways to be involved in congregational life at 1U? Wondering how you might help share the good news about Unitarian Universalism? Curious about what’s happening besides Sunday service? Looking for a way to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends? You need to be at our Opportunities Fiesta today and Aug. 30. Various program groups will have information tables set up and will be looking forward to meeting you and helping you find the perfect places to get more out of and/or give more to 1U.

August 30 – Opportunities Fiesta! After 11:00 service, Gore Hall

Looking for new ways to be involved in the life of the larger 1U family? Wondering how you might can best help share the good news about Unitarian Universalism? Curious about what’s happening besides Sunday service? Looking for a way to connect in fellowship with 1U members and friends? You need to be at our Opportunities Fiesta. Various program groups will have information tables set up and will be looking forward to meeting you and helping you find the perfect places to get more out of and/or give more to 1U.

September 27 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

1st Sunday of the Month Fellowship

1U  members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of the 417, Downtown, West Orlando, 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 to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Join Justice GoogleGroup

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get immediate messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information in central Florida and beyond that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email 1usjlist@gmail.com with your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

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 Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson 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 Jenny Lockington 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.

1U Plans for Next Year

Recently, Rev. Kathy shared emerging plans for next year including key dates and information on themes we will be exploring. She also provided an organization chart for congregation programs. In addition, Dan Homblette shared an overview of plans in the specific areas of social justice and outreach. Take a look and mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of the ways you want to be involved.

Board Minutes Available

Approved Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes are available to members on the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT Minutes area, then scroll to the month you’re interested in. Minutes through April 2015 are now available.

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.

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.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/        

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