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Weekly Update – June 15, 2017

Weekly Update – June 15, 2017

News Flash!

Annual Father’s Day Slide Show  (Image Deadline: June 17)

Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by June 17. Details in Other News.


Thursday & Saturday: Move into Enrichment Center, Out of Gore Hall 

Helping Hands Needed! We have get this done today! Details in Thursday – June 15 and Saturday – June 17 listings.


Sunday: Special Parking Plan

Details in Sunday – June 18 listing.


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

Thursday – June 15

Moving Staff into New Offices: Please Help!

Today from 9:00 am-noon, we move our church staff into their new offices! Let’s make their transition as smooth as possible. Please let Suzanne Oberholtzer know if you can make it:Dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org).

Friday – June 16

Teaching Craft Circle – 7:00-9:00 pm, Enrichment Center

Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month’s topic is “gem tree kits.” We have 10 kits available. Kits are $6 each. Please email or Facebook RSVP to reserve your kit.

Saturday – June 17

Move to Enrichment Center: Help Needed!, 9:30 am-2:00 pm (or until finished)

This Saturday from 9:30am-2pm (or until we are finished), we will be completely moving out of Gore Hall in preparation for Phase Two of the construction which will start on Monday. We had a tremendous turn-out last Saturday and it made the move SO much easier. Please come and join us if you are able.

Sunday – June 18

Parking Plan for Today

Renovation of the Enrichment Center (EC) is almost done! New sod has been placed and our bountiful rains are helping it to thrive. As pretty as it looks, though, we are asking that no-one park on the sod just yet. It needs more time to root and grow. Until June 25), please DO NOT PARK IN THE ENRICHMENT CENTER. Instead, please continue to follow the parking rules currently in place (see below).

The only on-site parking we will be able to use is the paved lot north of Gore Hall. This lot is being reserved for Guests and people with Special Needs, and there will also be Drop Off and Turnaround space. This restriction applies on Sunday mornings, AND any other time there are a lot of people on campus. Special Needs includes cars with handicap placards and anyone else who can’t walk from an on-street parking spot for any reason. You will have to self-identify as to who needs the  Special Needs parking spaces.

What can you do?  Walk, take the bus, car pool. Ride a bike.  The bike rack is now located on the east side of the sanctuary.  Please walk your bike from the Hampton sidewalk into the courtyard. And, there is on-street parking on the west side (the side 1U is on) of Hampton Ave. We also have access to 2 commercial parking lots that we have permission to use on Sunday mornings only:  Plaza Live and VHI (Vision Health Institute). The parking map is on our church website, and there are printed copies available in Gore Hall foyer. Get a copy of the parking map and put it in your car. And put a flashlight in your car, too, in case you come to an evening event. Remember to park peacefully. Thank you for your kind attention.

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

Finding Our Strength, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Fathers are often held up as a source of strength, but ultimately we must each find our own inner strength.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-12:15 pm  Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC New 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 Childcare During Worship (Hiett  Library)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the EC New 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 at the Labyrinth:  The Building is Open ­– The Building the Dream Team will be on hand to answer questions as you check out our new space in the Enrichment Center, learn of our plans and imagine the possibilities.

Come See the New Enrichment Center! — Coffee Hour after Service, Courtyard

We’ll be having coffee hour in the Courtyard. Come get a beverage and then relax in one of the new Enrichment Center air-conditioned rooms and tour the space. We will be on hand for any questions you may have.

Building the Dream Monthly Update Meeting — 12:30 pm, EC Counseling Room

Get answers about next steps.

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 – June 19

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm, New Assembly Room

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

Tuesday – June  20

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Enrichment Center    (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

We have been making sandwiches for the homeless in Orlando for DECADES, every 3rd Tuesday of the month. But due to construction on Gore Hall we will not make the sandwiches in June this year. Aww-w-h-h.
So-o-o, no sandwiches this month, but the Alliance will meet in the newly opened Enrichment Center on the 1U campus for our first look at the remodeled building. Bring a bag lunch and join us.

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 – June 21


General Assembly (GA), June 21-25, is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. More information regarding the 2017 General Assembly can be found at http://www.uua.org/ga. Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, 900 Convention Center Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70130.

RUUM visits Morse Museum – 10:00 am, Winter Park

The retired UU men’s group, will visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum, followed by lunch at Boca nearby. Friends and members are welcome, but reservations are requested. For details contact Craig Alig at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

Thursday – June 22

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

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

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, Gore Hall  

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

Other News

Annual Father’s Day Slide Show   (Deadline: June 17)

Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by 5:00 pm on June 17. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include his name, year of birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” fathers and like-a-fathers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Dan Jones (1936- ), like a father to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Joe LeBlanc (1920-1998), My Dad, Julio LeBlanc.” If you submitted a photo last year it will be used this year unless we hear from you.

Building The Dream Update

While the new Enrichment Center is mostly done, there are still a lot of details that we’ll be finishing over the upcoming months.  Much of the furniture isn’t here, the lighting in the courtyard isn’t installed yet and a bunch of other details remain to be done. Please be patient. GORE HALL RENOVATION starts on June 19. At that point, you’ll see new fences around that area. Meetings and activities will shift over into the new Enrichment Center.  The latest pictures are here.

Parking:  We will be in alternate parking for at least one more week until our sod has time to settle in.  We are hoping that you can park in the new spots starting on June 25, but we’ll let you know.  Click here for a parking map.

CHALLENGE GRANT—There are still items on our wish list we don’t have money for. We have a generous Challenge Grant for $7000:  for every dollar you donate to the building project, it will be matched up to that $7000 amount. You can donate on Sundays (mark it for the building), by check or online.  Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

Minister’s Travels in June

Rev. Kathy will be in New Orleans June 19-25 for the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, General Assembly including the preceding Ministry Days, June 19-25.

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.

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 for Information and Assistance

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!

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

You might remember that one of our previous Share the Plate charities, Shepherd’s Hope, serves the primary health care needs of the indigent uninsured population in the Orlando area. They are in need of some items that you might have available to give for the direct support of the Health Center Managers around Orlando. If so, please contact Shepherd’s Hope at 407-976-6699 and ask for Martha Mannarino. Thank you for considering this request.

Kleenex and multi-fold paper towels
Hand Sanitizer
Disinfectant Wipes
AA and AAA batteries
Tall kitchen garbage bags
Forever mailing stamps
White copy paper
Wall mount flat screen TV
Automatic Blood Pressure Cuffs

See and respond to critical needs of our other 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

June 28 – Issues & Actions: The “Lite” Version for Summer, 6:00 pm, Gore Hall (Final Session)

Tonight: Transgender Issues

Presenter: Aaron Sanford-Wetherell, Health Educator, Hope and Help Center of Central Florida, Inc.

This program was originally created by the Los Angeles AIDS Project to create a safe place for medical providers and social workers to learn and talk about the working with the LGBTQ community. We are blessed to have a chance to experience it. Participants will walk away from the session with a deeper understanding of:

  • common terms used when talking about the LGBTQ community
  • the differences between sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in each person
  • the transgender “umbrella”
  • the gender spectrum and how it evolves in all of us throughout our lives
  • their own beliefs, and how to be open to others that differ from you.

No meal will be offered but you are invited to bring your brown bag dinner and eat with others (6:00 pm) before the program . We will continue with time of centering (6:45 pm), and a timely program (7:00 pm), although programs may sometimes be a structured conversation rather than an outside speaker. Free & open to the public. Donations welcome. Email programassistant@cfl.rr.com or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer.

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

Come Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. If you have these items bring them: a bucket, Windex, lemon oil, sponges/rags. We’ll have refreshments and social time. We need about 12 people to assist. Children & families welcome. No need to RSVP.

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. The holiday season can also cause stress and painful emotions. 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, 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.

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 – ThisWeekly 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