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Weekly Update – March 17, 2016

Weekly Update – March 17, 2016

Weekly Update – March 17, 2016

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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!

Friday & Saturday, 8:00-3:00: The Alliance Spring Yard Sale in Gore Hall!

and,

Sunday, 12:30: Building the Dream Update Meeting in Gore Hall

Victoria Goddard, VP of our new contractor, joins us to answer questions.

and

Spring Welcome Home Wednesday starts March 30!

Details: Plan Ahead


Friday – March 18

Alliance Spring Yard Sale – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Gore Hall

All proceeds go to local charities selected by Alliance members.

Teaching Craft Circle: Exploring Silk Painting – 6:30 pm, Assembly Room

Join us as we explore this new craft on 12″ silk handkerchiefs held on 10″ embroidery hoops. We will be practicing with Jacquard green label dyes and water based resist to make abstracts and doodles. $5 donation to help pay for supplies welcome. RSVP on Facebook.

Saturday – March 19

Alliance Spring Yard Sale – 8:00 am to 3:00 pm, Gore Hall

All proceeds go to local charities selected by Alliance members.

RUUM Service Project – 1:00-3:00 pm

RUUM members who can will be helping the Alliance tear down the year’s sale. It goes very quickly, please contribute your hands if you can! Please mark your calendars.

Sunday – March 20

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Finding a Balance, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

In this season when day and night balance, we consider the search for balance in our own lives.

Share the Plate:  Come hear more about our March beneficiary, Samaritan Resource Center (SRC).  SRC’s director, Sheila Sablain, will meet with us in the Hiett Library at 9:30 am to tell us about their work. SRC is a coalition of churches in East Orlando that helps East Orange County residents who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In addition to financial support, SRC would find especially helpful our donations of new men’s underwear, sizes 34-36, and used men’s jeans, size 34-36. Mosquito repellant is always needed, as well as batteries—types AA, AAA, and C. Please support this community effort to assist our homeless neighbors!

Children’s Religious Education

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

9:30-10:30 am Childcare during early Worship & Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

9:30-10:30 am 4th-6th grade OWL (EC Room 16)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their families (Sanctuary)

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children proceed to the Enrichment  Center for Children’s RE programming.

Plan Ahead:

Sunday, March 27 – Easter Party,  9:30am-11:00am, Enrichment Center. Please come and join the fun:  pot-luck breakfast, egg hunt for the children, craft and games for all ages.

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: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Library: Share the Plate with Samaritan Resource Center (Learn more)

11:00 am in the Library: Movie Talk (Learn More)

The chosen movie is The Witch. As UU’s, we believe in a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This search is conducted within our beliefs and culture. In Massachusetts in 1630 the predominant Puritan beliefs and culture included a belief in Witches. Join the discussion about our UU Principles as they apply to The Witch.

See our Adult RE full schedule

Building the Dream Update Meeting — 12:30 pm, Gore Hall 

The Building the Dream team has some exciting news! We shared our RFP and interviewed three possible contractors earlier this month. We’ve found a contractor who fits very well with our values and who is excited to help us achieve our dream. We’ll be supplying more details, so please plan to join this meeting if you can. Victoria Goddard, VP of our new contractor, MPaul, will be joining us to introduce herself and answer questions. Please come meet her! We also want to say thanks to everyone who added a fourth year to their capital campaign pledge.  And…drum roll please….it is tax time, so if you’re getting a nice refund and looking for a good place to use your money, we’d love to help you out with that! Feel free to email bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org with any questions. Thanks to for all the support!

3rd Sunday Movie Nite: Rise of the Guardians – 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays in Room 9 for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! March’s selection is “Rise of the Guardians.” (PG) Plot summary: “When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up for the first time to protect the innocence of children all around the world.” Read more about it here.

Monday – March 21

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome!

Tuesday – March 22

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Sandwich making for the Homeless shelter is on today’s agenda.  (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

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 – March 23

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – March 24

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Trancendentalists DVD Series – 7:00 pm, EC Room 9

Where did the America we know today—so different in its fundamental views about almost every aspect of life as to be unrecognizable to our countrymen of two centuries ago—really come from?Join us for this “drop-in” friendly class. This class is based on DVDs from the Great Courses. Come for the ones you can attend or the whole series!


Other News

1U #2 in Watermark Annual “Wave” Ratings

Top LGBT publisher, Watermark, each year recognizes LGBT community advocates, and in 2016, 1U came in second in the category: FAVORITE LOCAL LGBT-AFFIRMING FAITH COMMUNITY.  First place went to Joy MCC and third place to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Prizes were presented at an Awards Party on 3/11. Check with Rev. Kathy or Nicki Drumb for how to vote for 1U for tops in 2017, and mark your calendar to help move 1u to first place in this category.

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.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy April 10

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 at 12:15 pm in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

Blood Drive Needs You on April 10!

Our next blood drive is scheduled and you can make an appointment online now! Details in Plan Ahead. You may make an appointment easily here. All blood types are needed.

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.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners

Bulletins about the critical needs of our primary Community Partners will shortly be available on the 1U web site. Keep your eye on this space for the links to come!

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.

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!

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!


Plan Ahead

March 26 – Mystic Grove’s Ostara Celebration 7:00 pm, RE Courtyard with 8:00 pm potluck in Assembly Room

Join us in celebrating the Spring Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: light green, lemon yellow, pale pink, and similar.

March 30 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 1, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Please sign up! We need advance information to successfully arrange meals, classes, and childcare. Additional program and menu details plus registration forms are available in Gore Hall on Sundays and online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays) and here. You can also register or make a request to WHW@OrlandoUU.org.

Sign up to bring a dessert to share. We are looking for volunteers to sign up at registration to bring dessert goodies to share.

WHW can also use a little help with registration, set up, and clean up each week. Helping does not interfere with your participation in classes unless you volunteer in a class. Please sign up to help and/or send questions to Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Meal RSVP or cancellation should be made on Monday before noon. 

April 1 & 2 – Spring Journey to Membership Workshop

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 4/1 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 4/2 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, April 15, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, April 17.

April 6 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 2, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm. Meal RSVP or cancellation should be made on Monday before noon.

April 10 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

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

April 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 this a one-hour Meet and Greet.

April 13 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 3, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes & pickup activities. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.

April 20 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 4, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes & pickup activities. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.

April 27 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 5, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.

May 4 – Welcome Home Wednesday Final Session, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Brown bag it or order ahead for Tijuana Flats tacos or burritos. If your diet does not agree with the menu, you are welcome to bring a brown bag meal; 6:30 Midweek Worship, 7:00 Classes & pickup activities. Childcare available from 6:30-8:30 pm.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

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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