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Weekly Update -June 21, 2018

Weekly Update -June 21, 2018

OrlandoUU weekly update

News Flash!

Saturday: Community Garden Action Day

See Saturday – June 23 listings


Sunday: Summer Solstice Service

See Sunday – June 24  listings

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

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – June 22

Saturday – June 23

Community Garden Action Day — 9:00 am-Noon

Join us for our biggest and most exciting garden work day of the season! We’ve spent the past few months prepping the soil to lay the foundation for our garden. Today from 9:00 am-noon we’ll plant a variety of cultivars, including multiple fruit trees generously donated by the Rob Greenfield Community Fruit Trees initiative. Individuals of ALL AGES and ABILITIES are welcome, as well as members of the church and the broader community. To formally RSVP, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/0k4XcmNMy24Zkz3f2

Summer Solstice Rehearsal and Coffee Hour Set Up — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Guests and helpers welcome to this rehearsal and coffee hour set up for the Midsummer service on Sunday. Volunteer spots still available for this annual service are:

*corner person to shake the rain stick

*corner person to shake a metal sistrum rattle

*”fire in the head” shouters

*people to help set up coffee hour or clean it up

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1875470492756900/.

Sunday – June 24

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

Summer Solstice Service: “Kindling Fire,” by Mystic Grove

In this Service, Mystic Grove and friends explore the question: “What practices light up your inner fire?” All are welcome! Coffee Hour and potluck finger food snacks to follow at noon. Drop your offerings off in Gore Hall before crossing the courtyard to come to the sanctuary. Coffee Hour fellowship time will include opportunities for coloring, yarn crafting and singing in Gore Hall and walking the labyrinth. Socialize with your neighbors and ask them what rekindles their flames. Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season – red, orange, yellow, green, blue in summer brights.  You are invited to bring an item or photo related to your spiritual practices that brings you uplift or joy for the community altar. There are various opportunities for volunteering in this colorful service. There will also be a community altar. For more details, please see https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/2018/06/04/june-news/. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com /events/851583008359686/.

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 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! All are welcome! Learn more here)

No Adult Religious Education offering today.

Plan Ahead

July 15 10:00 am in the Community Room – Movie Talk: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”

Fred Rogers graduated from Rollins College in 1951 with a degree in Musical Composition. A decade later he earned a divinity degree. His church was his Neighborhood of Make Believe. Mr. Rogers exemplified our Second UU Principle: justice, equity and compassion in human relations. The movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor opens on June 8. Plan to see it and join us to discuss it at 10:00 am (note new time!) on Sunday July 15 in the Community Room (located in far corner of the Enrichment Center).

1U Young Adult Group First Meeting — 12:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A

Are you interested in helping to grow the Young Adult presence at 1U? Want to get involved and/or share insights from your own experience in this space? Please join new members Allison Pfeifer and Marianne Sierocinski to connect and discuss getting this started! We look forward to meeting and sharing ideas with you all! If you have any questions please send them to programassistant1u@gmail.com.

Pagan Pride Planning Meeting — 12:30 PM, Room 1

Mystic Grove and Orlando Pagan Collective are co-hosting Orlando Pagan Pride Day on September 29 at 1U. Come learn about what the event entails, and if you want to help, what area attracts you most:  fundraising, finding and organizing vendors, planning workshops and training/supporting volunteer staff for various areas on the day.

Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1851935194857260/.

New 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 – June 25

WUURL Regular Meeting — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

Today is the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL ( “Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life”) will be meeting for lunch. This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available.

 In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

Tuesday – June 26

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Members and friends meet at 10:30 in Gore Hall to socialize, have a brown bag lunch and do a little work on the Resale Shop. For more info, email 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 – June 27

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.

Thursday – June 28

Walking the Labyrinth — 7:00-8:00 pm, Labyrinth

Join us to explore ancient and modern labyrinth practices with others. Open to both new and experienced labyrinth walkers. Accessibility options for those with limited mobility. We’ll meet the fourth Thursday of each month. Come once or every month. Sessions will be led by Mary Murphy and Rev. Kathy. Drop-in friendly.

Other News

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 11 am unless noted)

7/1        11:00 am Rev. Kathy

5:00 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, in the Gathering Space.

7/8       11:00 am Rev. Kathy

5:00 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, in the Gathering Space.

7/15      11:00 am Risk, Change, & Saying Yes with several 1U members

5:00 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, in the Gathering Space.

7/22     11:00 am Worship Associate Neil Boris

5:00 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, in the Gathering Space.

7/29     11:00 am Worship Associates Nicki Drumb & Rachel Gardiner

5:00 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, in the Gathering Space.

1U Maintenance Contact Info

As a follow up to the annual meeting introduction of the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME), we now have an email for you to use 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.

Minister’s Summer Schedule

Rev. Kathy will be attending the General Assembly (GA) of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in Kansas City, MO, June 18-24. Her vacation will be July 9-27.

Share the Plate Update

Stay tuned later this summer for information about suggesting new groups for Share the Plate for next year, which usually happens during our Opportunity Fiestas of volunteer planning and organizing in August.

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

July 1 — Mystic Grove 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 CUUPS. The monthly meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. The July meeting is also the annual election for new officers. Members will be voting. Please plan to be there in person or plan to vote by proxy. Restaurant lunch to follow for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1700954476627110.

July 13 — 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.

August 5 — 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.

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.

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 June is Charlotte Kendall, and for July it 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 Spring 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in Spring 2018! The Mystic Grove Spring 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

Phone: 407-898-3621

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

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