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Weekly Update-June 18, 2015

Weekly Update-June 18, 2015

Weekly Update-June 18, 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.

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Friday – June 19

Crafty Crafters – 6:30-8:30pm, EC Assembly Room

Church members and friends gather to talk, sew, weave, craft, share, philosophize and just generally enjoy the heck out of everyone’s company until 8:30pm. All are welcome! BYO crafts, games, and conversation.

Saturday – June 20

Sunday – June 21

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

A Special Meeting, Lay Led Service coordinated by Kathy Homblette;

We celebrate early Universalist history in this country with the story of the meeting iof Thomas Potter and John Murray. The service will include a Father’s Day slide show. A special flute trio 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 (Children 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/

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

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

The Adult RE full schedule can be found at here.

Mystic Grove Midsummer Field Trip to UUUS – 8:30pm, UUUS Fire Pit

Mystic Grove is going to “visit the neighbors!” Come join us! We’ve all been invited to attend a summer solstice celebration at the University Unitarian Universalist Society near UCF. Meet near the back firepit. Bring a potluck item for feasting after the ritual and a canned good for the Food Bank.

Monday – June 22

Tuesday – June 23

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Race relations is the topic of discussion this meeting. We are fortunate to have Charles Davis as our speaker at the noon meeting. All are welcome to this free event. Bring a bag lunch and come early to help with the Continuing Bazaar or just socialize. We gather in Gore Hall until about 1:00.

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.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room

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

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Wednesday – June 24

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir is on summer break until September.

Thursday – June 25

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Solar Co-op Meeting – 7:00-9:00pm, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park

Open to homeowners with single family residences in Orlando and Winter Park, another Solar Co-op Information Meeting is slated this month. For more information, contact Mary Dipboye, Joan and Jim Erwin and Michael Cohen or email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com.

Other News


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. Here is a list of the 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 and 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.

Pledge Reminder

The church fiscal year ends on June 30. All those who have not yet completed their Operating Budget pledge for the fiscal year are urged to do so by June 30. To help us credit your pledge payment properly, please note in the memo field of your check whether your payment is for the current fiscal year (7/1/2014-6/30/2015) or the upcoming fiscal year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). If there is no designation, payments received will be credited to the current 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).

Building the Dream New Campus News

Challenge Grant and Capital Campaign

Thanks to everyone who increased their pledge or gave a new pledge during our Challenge Grant period. Because of your actions, we raised $20,000 more and that amount was matched by two congregation members for a total of $40,000. That puts our total Capital Campaign pledge amount at $1,190,000. This puts us past the 99% mark towards our $1.2 Million goal – thank you for your continued support!

Where Are Plans?

Many of you know we are regrouping with our architects to reduce the cost of the new building. We recently saw preliminary sketches of a different plan which had a one-floor solution for the new Religious Education building. The new layout kept a lot of things that we liked about the original plans and actually has some benefits over the 2-story plan. The architects and contractors are now putting costs to the revised plans. As soon as we have that budget and refined drawings, we will share them with the congregation, probably in July.

New Members of the Building the Dream Team

Dan Homblette is heading up the Construction team, Mike Haddad helping. Tommy Harrison heads the Communications team with Karen Ramberg, Jesse Prentice-Bryant, Nicki Drumb and Jeter Walker helping. John Hartgering is still on Finance with Ken Lofgren helping, and Marty Haynie is still in charge of our Capital Campaign and very involved with the finances. Christine Haskins heads up the initiative. We are developing ways to involve other volunteers. If you’re interested in applying for a role, contact bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org or fill out an application at 1ubuildingthedream.wordpress.com.

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.

Minister’s Summer Schedule

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

Are You Welcoming? 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.

Plan Ahead

July 6 – Clean the World Needs Our Help, 1:30-3:30pm, 400A Pittman St, Orlando

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.

July 26 – 1U Blood Drive, 10:00am-12:30pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Our schedule for blood drives has slightly changed, due to low donor turnout. Let’s do all we can to donate, or find a friend to bring that can give! Thank you for your willingness to give. Each unit can save up to 3 livesright here in the Orlando area. Questions: blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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.        

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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 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.

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.

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 every Sunday 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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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: http://www.facebook.com/orlandouu

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