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Weekly Update – March 24, 2016

Weekly Update – March 24, 2016

Weekly Update – March 24, 2016

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

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!

Spring Welcome Home Wednesday starts March 30!

Details: Plan Ahead

and,

Give by Text is here!

Details in Other News


Friday – March 25

Saturday – 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.

Sunday – March 27

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Easter Sunday, Rev. Kathy Schmitz & Intern Minister, Rachel Christensen

The 9:30 service will be adult-oriented while the children have their Easter Party; 11:00 service will be intergenerational and family-friendly.

Children’s Religious Education

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

9:00-10:30 am Easter Party for Children and the young at heart – pot-luck breakfast, egg hunt, crafts and games (Enrichment Center)

11:00 am-Noon Children remain in service for Intergenerational Worship (Sanctuary)

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: With One Voice: Video & Discussion with Bob Leger  (Learn more)

Plan Ahead:

April​ ​ 24  Movie Talk – the chosen movie is “​Zootopia​.”​ We believe in Justice, Equity and Compassion in Human Relations.  What about in Rabbit relations? What about Rabbits who want to be police officers? Join the April Movie Talk to discover the UU values hidden beneath the veneer of this children’s movie.

See our Adult RE full schedule

Monday – March 28

Tuesday – March 29

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

Speaker Adrienne Katz will be speaking on “Taking Pride in Women’s History” at 12:30 in Gore Hall.

Our spring yard sale set a new record for income at $2,900. We will vote on how to use this money on April 5.

NOTICE: Our annual meeting and election of officers will be held April 26. The nominating committee has submitted the following slate:
President-Shirley Jantzen; 1st VP, continuing bazaar-Charlotte Fleming; 2nd VP, programs-Arlene Delleur; recording secretary-Sharon Durrant; corresponding secretary-Alice Jordan; treasurer:-Jean Cawelti. Nominations may be made at the meeting by any member with prior consent of the nominee.

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 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.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – March 31

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Farmworker, Climate Change, and Agriculture Panel – 6:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us for a high-impact panel discussion about climate change’s effects on farmworkers and vulnerable communities. It’s time those most affected by climate change are at the center of the conversation. Featured panelists will be farmworkers and advocates.


Other News

GIVE BY TEXT – a new contribution option is available!

You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! The process involves simply sending a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you would 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! It gets easier all the time to support 1U, and we thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do members know when their donations are processed? Members receive an immediate confirmation via text that their contribution has been received. After a text contribution has been processed, it appears on the member’s credit/debit card statement.

Are all contributions set at a fixed dollar amount? No. The member chooses the amount of the donation.

Are members assessed any special fees? No, but normal text messaging fees from their cell phone carriers may apply.

Are text contributions ever charged to a member’s mobile phone bill? Give by Text is safe and secure. Your phone carrier only sends the text exchange and never has access to any financial information. Contributions are processed using the payment method specified in the member’s online profile.

What payment methods are available for giving by text? Available payment options are credit and debit cards.

Can members set up recurring donations by text? No, text is great for one-time contributions. Recurring contributions are easily set up through 1U’s “Donate” button on our  website (www.orlandoUU.org).

Can members text contributions to individual funds? Yes! 1U’s Funds that you can contribute to via text are:

Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge)

Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)

Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge),

Donation (textingcode:  generaldonation).

Please include the text code in your text message. 

Share the Plate Update

We collected a total of $ 879.02 for Samaritan Resource Center (SRC). Our next shared plate will be donated to Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE). Organize Now is an Orange County constituent of FIRE, a nonpartisan, nonprofit that trains and develops leaders in low-to moderate-income communities in Florida. Their dedicated organizers and members bring communities together, one door at a time, to fight for safe neighborhoods, healthy families, quality education, good jobs, justice, equality and a more representative democracy. Organize Now has won all three of the lawsuits it has filed against elected officials!

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

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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