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Weekly Update – June 9, 2016

Weekly Update – June 9, 2016


Sunday Blood Drive Could Be Our Last

Our participation rate has been so low, One Blood may discontinue sending the Red Bus. Be part of a strong donation showing for saving lives today! Details in Sunday – June 12 listings.

Sunday: Intern Minister Farewell & Program Year-End Pot Luck 

Celebrate the end of the Program Year and say a formal goodbye to our 2015-2016 Ministerial Intern, Rachel Christensen. Bring a dish of your choice to share! Details in Sunday – June 12 listings.


Friday – June 10

Black Cat Café – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – June 11

Sunday – June 12

1U Blood Drive, 8:00 am-1:00 pm.

All blood types are needed. Each unit of blood can save up to three lives. Questions? Blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

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

Reflections, Rachel Christensen, Ministerial Intern

Our 2015-2016 Ministerial Intern, Rachel Christensen, leads our worship for the last time before her internship ends on June 15.   Welkin will perform.

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: Salute to the Tuskegee Airmen, Trevor Simoneau

Trevor will be presenting his National History Day Project, which won first place in Volusia County and third place (out of 56,000 entries) in the Florida State Social Studies Fair.

Trevor studied the Tuskegee Airmen for 10 months.  The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American pilots in the US military. The Tuskegee Airmen won two wars. They defeated the World War II Axis Powers and defeated Jim Crow racism in the military. The idea of African Americans in the military in the 1940s was unspeakable, but with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, 13 young men trained to become America’s first black pilots. The military made training extremely harsh on cadets. Five of the 13 graduated. More men continued to apply at a time when many people thought black men lacked the skill and intelligence to fly airplanes. The airmen defeated Jim Crow racism in the military in 1948 when President Truman signed an executive order desegregating the military. Their brave service in the face of bigotry changed military history forever.

Intern Minister Farewell & Program Year-End Pot Luck , 

Help celebrate the end of the Program Year and say a formal goodbye to our 2015-2016 Ministerial Intern, Rachel Christensen. We’ll have a cake and “words” at lunch in celebration of our year together. Rachel and Eric will be around for the next year but Rachel will not be functioning in a ministerial role, just sharing worship with us while she completes the rest of her process. Please bring a dish of your choice to share!

Monday – June 13

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

Members and friends of the congregation are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, please contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, and immediate Past President.

Tuesday – June 14

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

This second Tuesday of the month is Alliance pot luck lunch day. You may come for lunch at 12:00 or come earlier to share conversation and projects with 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.

Drop-in Covenant Group Session 1 – 7:00-8:30 pm, Hiett Library

This 4-month Summer Covenant Group will meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, and is open to members and friends…all are welcome! Tonight’s session is “Moved by Music.” Please bring a CD, DVD or your own format of a piece of music which is meaningful to you. We’ll have access to Youtube also. If you have lyrics, bring them as well. This is your chance to experience a Covenant Group without a full a year commitment! The topic for each month will posted in the Eblast and Order of Service.

Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin pract ice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – June 15

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary     (Note: Choir is on hiatus until September 14)

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

Thursday – June 16

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.

Friday – June 17

RUUM Annual Pool Tournament  – Bill Spoone Home

RUUM’s second meeting in June is the annual pool and possibly bowling tournament. We’ll get some exercise and have lunch, or have lunch and get some exercise. More details to come…mark your calendars!


Other News

Annual Father’s Day Slide Show  (Submission deadline: June 18)

Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Saturday, June 18. 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 

The Building The Dream team and M Paul are putting lots of effort into evaluating options along with costs for our renovation project. We had an exciting meeting on May 26 and initial results are coming together nicely. Our next step in this part of our process will be to provide updates to you for feedback and reactions. We’ll begin those with our next monthly update meeting scheduled for Sunday, June 19 at 12:15 pm in the Library.  We’re looking forward to this meeting as we share ideas, get feedback, and work together to make important decisions. Please plan to attend if you can. If not, we’ll have information on the website shortly after that. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

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.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  (See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.)

Latest summer needs news comes from Adriana’s Attic (contact: Rita Marullo, kiwibaby@comcast.net):  “We will be sponsoring the July Picnic at Primrose Center on  July 1. We are purchasing the hot dogs, beans and potato chips and Pepsi will be sponsoring the drinks. If you would like to help out, anyone is welcome. They will begin grilling the hot dogs (30 packs) around 10:00 am. The clients love these celebrations and talk about them all year. We will also sponsor Root Beer Float Day on August 5 if anyone is interested in helping dig the ice cream for the floats.

“We will be doing “Christmas in July” bags for our 64 low income seniors again this year. We are still in need of full size Ivory or Dial soap,13 gallon kitchen bags from the dollar store, cans of beans, toilet paper, aluminium foil, Brillo pads, sponges and sandwich bags.

“We are putting together “Welcome Home”items for homeless transitioning in to small apartments. We want to help make their new spaces into homes as they become members of our communities. It is so special to see how having things of their own build up their self esteem. We need: (new) shower curtains and hooks, small microwave, crock pot, bath towels, hand towels and wash clothes, Queen size comforter, queen size sheets and pillow cases, bed pillows, kitchen towels, hand can opener, pots and pan set, plates, bowls, mugs, drinking glasses and cooking utensils and eating utensils. We also need: (these items can be gently used) lamps, radio, flat screen tv, art work for walls, clock for wall. If you are interested in helping a homeless with any of the items, please contact us asap. We are so excited because we will be able to actually help them move in and mentor them throughout this project.

“We are already looking into school supplies for the new school year starting in August! After the 4th of July, school supplies start rolling out and are at the lowest prices. We are in need of 24 pack crayons, 12 pack coloreds pencils, reg. #2 pencils, black or blue pens, original color markers, scissors, pencil sharpeners, 1 subject note books, white lined paper, pink erasers, rulers, duo tang in primary colors and gallon zip lock bags.

“We can always use hygiene items, toys, puzzles, art supplies, clothing, shoes, food for our emergency pantry, back packs, small appliances and towels.”

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.

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 19 – Building the Dream Monthly Update Meeting, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library

The Building The Dream team and M Paul are putting lots of effort into evaluating options along with costs for our renovation project. Our next step in this part of our process will be to provide updates to you for feedback and reactions. We’re looking forward to this meeting as we share ideas, get feedback, and work together to make important decisions. Please plan to attend if you can. If not, we’ll have information on the website shortly after that. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

June 20 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group, 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

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

July 7 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch and join in the fun!

 July 10 – Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet.


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 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

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.

1U Cookbook On Sale

Created by a 1U New Member Class, it’s full of tasty recipes and cookery data: a wonderful addition to your kitchen or as a gift. Cost: $8 per single copy or $6 each for 2 or more. Available Sundays at the Fair Trade Good’s table in the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service (see Nancy Kellman), or email Karla Kizzort at 1UCookbooks@gmail.com.


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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 Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

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