Weekly Update – March 29, 2018
Aubrey Connelly-Candelario Appointed New 1U Music Director
Details in Other News
Sunday: Chalice Choir & Friends Sing Halleluia Chorus
Details in Sunday – April 1
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Pledge Card Reminder
If you’ve not yet returned your financial commitment (pledge) card for our upcoming fiscal year, please do so as soon as possible. That would be a great help as we begin the budgeting process for the upcoming fiscal year. If you have any questions, please contact Amy in the church office (FUCO@cfl.rr.com or 407-898-3621). If you didn’t receive a pledge card, please pick one up from the Gore Hall foyer.
Friday – March 30
Journey to Membership — 7:00-9:00 pm
Rev. Kathy, the Membership Team, and other leaders share information about 1U and Unitarian Universalism in general. Part 2 is Saturday, March 31, (9 am-noon). If you need childcare please email Gaby at programassistant1U@gmail.com.
Saturday – March 31
Journey to Membership — 9:00 am-Noon
Are you ready to consider becoming a formal member of First Unitarian? Our Journey to Membership program is designed to help you explore this option. You’ll meet others on the journey as Rev. Kathy, the Membership Team, and other leaders share information about 1U and Unitarian Universalism in general. If you need childcare please email Gaby at programassistant1U@gmail.com.
Sunday – April 1
Mass Choir Rehearsal for the Hallelujah Chorus — 8:30 am, Sanctuary
Today the Chalice Choir sings the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. If you have performed the piece, know your part, and would like to sing with the choir for this special selection, just meet us for a rehearsal this morning. We will provide music; you provide your voice and wear a white shirt! We’ll be singing for the 9:30 and 11:00 a.m. services that day. Questions? Contact Aubrey Connelley-Candelario (choirdirector@orlandoUU.org)!
Easter Sunday, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
9:30 am Adult service (children and families have their Easter Party in the Enrichment Center).
11:00 am Intergenerational service. The Chalice Choir will sing.
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Room 14)
9:30 am K-1 OWL class – EC Classroom 5. These OWL classes will continue every Sunday for 8 weeks.
9:30 am-10:30 am Childcare During Worship (EC Nursery Room 14)
11:00 am-12:00 pm Children begin in service with their parents.
11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s RE programming
12:15 pm Parents pick up your 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 offering today.
April 8 at 11:00 am in the Community Room (located in the Enrichment Center) Movie Talk:
The movie A Wrinkle in Time involves a search for a missing father, but is this really a free and responsible search for truth? This movie, based on a beloved book, overflows with ethical and moral messages and quandaries. Come discuss your perceptions at the April Movie Talk.
Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30-1:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A
This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at: https://wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/resources-2018
Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting — 12:30 pm-1:30 PM, EC Room 1
The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPS. 1st Sunday meetings are great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/144408999590664/
First Sunday Fellowship
Yes, April 1 is the first Sunday of the month. But it is also Easter. That means a change for some of the neighborhood groups gathering to socialize. For example, the Conway area group will not meet in April, but will get together on May 6. If you would like to learn more, or be in touch with a ‘host’ of a 1U 1st Sunday Fellowship gathering, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Areas currently represented are Conway, East Orlando, Winter Park, Downtown Orlando, West Orlando and South Orlando. Times and locations vary.
Monday – April 2
Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Gore Hall Library
The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.
EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.
Tuesday – April 3
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
The first Tuesday of each month is the membership business meeting at noon in Gore Hall. If you have paid dues, you are a member and are encouraged to attend. Here are a future plans:
April 10: Potluck lunch
April 17: Viewing “The Cross and the Crescent,” the 2nd episode in the series Africa’s Great Civilizations. This is a one-hour DVD version of moderator Henry Lewis Gates’s program which aired on PBS television. All are welcome to attend at 10:30 in Room A of Gore Hall.
April 24: Annual membership meeting with election of officers, adoption of the budget, and planning for the coming year.
The Alliance Resale Shop will be open to receive and to sell donated goods. Your support directly funds our community outreach. For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 – April 4
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.
Brown Bag Dinner #3 – 6:15-7:00 pm, Gore Hall
A chance for mid-week fellowship before evening classes or choir. Wednesdays through May 9, bring your dinner from home or pick it up on the way. Visit with others before heading to our film series (Africa’s Great Civilizations), a class with Rev. Kathy (see below; note: Life Transitions class is closed), choir rehearsal, or OWL class. Feel free to join us even if you are just heading home afterwards.
Africa’s Great Civilization Video #3 of 6 – 7:00-8:30 pm, Gore Hall Room B
In our third of six weekly installments of Africa’s Great Civilizations–Empires of Gold–we explore an era of great commercial and manufacturing growth throughout several regions on the continent. All are welcome. No sign up is needed. Note: A second showing of each video in this series is being offered at 8:45 pm Wednesdays right after the 7:00 pm showing.
Reconciling Religious Roots – 7:00-8:30 pm (Signup required)
Join us four Wednesdays starting April 18, for this Program for People Wrestling with their Religious Past. Some of us are at peace with our religious pasts. Others struggle. We nurse wounds or carry a sense of loss. We may feel guilt or be estranged as a result of choices we have made. We create a supportive space for participants to look at the past clearly and consider with intention what to leave behind, what to carry forward, and what actions we might take to feel whole. Rev. Kathy leads. Sign up using this link.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – April 5
The Iliad of Homer Class 1 — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1
Professor Vandiver makes it vividly clear why, after almost 3,000 years, the Iliad remains not only among the greatest adventure stories ever told, but also one of the most compelling meditations on the human condition ever written. Indeed, it is probably true to say that only the Bible rivals Homer for sheer depth and scope of cultural and literary influence. Come join us for this 4-session DVD film course! This class is “drop in” friendly. Come for it all or just the ones you like best.
TOPICS THIS WEEK
-Introduction to Homeric Epic
-The Homeric Question
-Glory, Honor, and the Wrath of Achilles
Aubrey Connelly-Candelario Appointed New 1U Music Director
We thank the congregation for it patience and goodwill during our interim period regarding music staffing. After more than six months of discernment, the Personnel Committee created an updated job description for a new Music Director. As they did, it was obvious that we already had the person it fit in our midst. Therefore, Choir Director Aubrey Connelly-Candelario was offered and has accepted the position of 1U Music Director. Aubrey has been serving as 1U’s Choir Director for five years. Since August he had assumed the additional interim role of coordinating the music program. We are delighted to have him formally in the Music Director role. Aubrey has been part of the music department at Montverde Academy for many years and is currently Music Conservatory Director/Fine Arts Department Chair. He holds an undergraduate degree from Rollins College and recently received his Master’s Degree from University of Florida. Please welcome Aubrey to his new role which begins April 1.
Upcoming Worship Schedule
4/8 Joe Donatone, UU Seminarian
4/22 Earth Day, Rev. Kathy
4/29 Last Double Service
5/6 Religion Education Sunday, Children’s Program
Bending the Arc: A Learning Community to Social Engagement Planning Session: April 10
Want to get involved in this emerging initiative at 1U? Just want to learn more? Join us 7:15-8:30 pm, in Gore Hall Room A. This constellation of projects designed to engage our larger Central Florida community has been in development for several years and has been piloted with some of the Wednesday evening programs. But there’s more! Come learn about the possibilities. Let Rev. Kathy know you are interested by clicking here.
March for Our Lives Photos
Great energy for Common Sense Gun Control and Responsive Government! Here is a link to the 1U SMUGMUG website with photos of the March in Orlando, with yellow shirts prominent.
1U Music Survey Results
For all interested in th 1U music ministry! A PowerPoint summary of the data collected in February regarding our music program is available here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Aa_rVGzZPibJdN-1GYZ3cNmDejaoaERrH9zm-EnteMg/edit?usp=sharing.
Do you have a 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.
Share the Plate Update
In April, we’ll share the plate with Equality Florida. Equality Florida consists of two parts–an educational charity, Equality Florida Institute, Inc., and an advocacy group, Equality Florida Action, Inc. Together they form the largest civil rights organization dedicated to securing full equality for Florida’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community. Equality Florida’s most important current legislative endeavor is to push for passage of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act (FCWA) which would prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ Floridians—right now, many cities and counties have anti-discrimination laws, but there is no statewide legal protection for LGBTQ Floridians.
Thank You For Giving Blood
We had 11 units of blood donated last Sunday. Because of these kind donors, up to 3 lives can be saved with EACH unit. Thank you to all who gave. You truly gave the gift of life. Please plan to give at 1U on June 3! As usual, all blood types are needed!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
April 6 – BYO Craft Circle, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Assembly Room
Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craftcircle! You can bring any project you want to work on while chatting with others. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook. com/events/1609687879123652/. For more info, email us at email@example.com
April 7 — Second Harvest Food Bank Packing and Sorting Day, 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr.
Please join us as we volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank sorting and packing center at the corner of Mercy & Old Winter Garden Rd, 411Mercy Dr, Orlando. There will be a short training at 1:00, so if you have never volunteered before, please come! Children of age 10 can join their parents to assist as well! Closed-toed shoes required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We have 15 slots reserved every first Saturday in all the even-numbered months of the year, and we like to fill all those slots.
April 10 — Bending the Arc: A Learning Community to Social Engagement Planning Session, 7:15-8:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A
Want to get involved in this emerging initiative at 1U? Just want to learn more? This constellation of projects designed to engage our larger Central Florida community has been in development for several years and has been piloted with some of the Wednesday evening programs. But there’s more! Come learn about the possibilities. Let Rev. Kathy know you are interested by clicking here.
April 13 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
April 18 — RUUM Visits McLeod Water Reclamation Facility & Education Center, 10:00-11:30am
The address for the City of Orlando’s McLeod Water Reclamation Facility & Education Center is 5420 L.B. McLeod Road. A group lunch will follow the tour. More details as the activity gets closer.
April 22 — “We Are The Ones We Have Been Waiting For” 1U Social Justice Read, 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Community Room
1U Member Sandy Cawthern is offering this dual-book Read as an offshoot to 1U actions Wrestling With Our Understandings About Race, and Beloved Conversations. Today’s book references the first, so it is useful to read both. Sign up sheet is available at Gaby’s Table/1U Central. Limited numbers of each book will be available for purchase or for checking out for the duration of the Read. Today’s Read discussion will feature “They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement,” by Wesley Lowery, team reporter and 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for national reporting for the Washington Post’s coverage of police shootings. (“A deeply reported book that brings alive the quest for justice in the deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and Freddie Gray, offering both unparalleled insight into the reality of police violence in America and an intimate, moving portrait of those working to end it,” according to the book’s jacket summary.)
May 17 — RUUM Meets at Phil Wack’s Home
Phil will serve lunch and send out more information on the day’s program as the date gets closer.
June 3 — 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!
Protecting the Parking Lot Trees
You may have noticed small signs in the campus west side parking lot that say “Protect Our Trees: Park Here Last.” Simply put, we are asking folks to not park at the base of the oak and mango trees unless all other parking spots are full. Less frequent parking on the roots of the trees will help protect them for the long-haul. Thanks for complying.
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 email@example.com 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 this month is Cindy Schleier, who can also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org. For April: Neil & Adena Boris.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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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