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Weekly Update – March 31, 2016

Weekly Update – March 31, 2016

Weekly Update – March 31, 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!

Please Give to the Victor Fund!

A collection to aid 1U’s custodian of 15 years through recent disasters will begin this Sunday. Details in Other News.

Donations can be sent to the office, made on line, or placed in the offering basket, marked “for the Victor Fund”

Give by Text is Ready for 1U!

Anytime you are ready to give. Details in Other News


Friday – April 1

BYO Craft Circle – 6:30-830 pm, Room 9

Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle!

Spring Journey to Membership Workshop Part 1 – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library

Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders 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.

Saturday – April  2

Spring Journey to Membership Workshop Part 2 – 9:00 am-Noon, Hiett Library

Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation.

Food Bank Sort & Pack – 1:00-4:00 pm, Second Harvest 

After a short orientation, we will sort and pack food for the community at large. Please remember to wear closed-toed shoes. The location is the corner of Mercy & Old Winter Garden Rd at 411 Mercy Dr, Orlando FL 32805. Sign up online at feedhopenow.org using 1U code 100 or simply email foodbank@orlandouu.org. Please come join this fun group make a difference to the hungry here in Central Florida.

Sunday – April 3

Nora Staton Bookstore – Before & After Each Service, Gore Hall Foyer

Come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore before AND after church! You’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore will be open quarterly this year, and this is the Spring event. We have some excellent purchase awards: Unitarian Universalist tote bag, bumper sticker, or UU Principles and Purposes 8″ x 10″ poster free with a $30 purchase! Cash and checks are always accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Finding Meaning, by  Intern Minister Rachel Christensen

We worship in a community where we are each responsible for our own search for truth and meaning. How do we find comfort with religious language that is different from our own?  The Chalice Choir will sing.

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 Childcare during early worship & Adult RE (EC Assembly Room)

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

11:00 am-11:15am Children begin in service with their parents.

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

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!

Plan Ahead:

April 17th – Children’s RE 1st Annual Parent Luncheon 12:30-2:00pm in the Assembly Room.  Lunch and childcare will be provided to parents in celebration of your commitment to 1U’s Children’s Religious Education.

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

9:30 am in the Library: Francis David Café 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

Mystic Grove Meeting – 12:30-1:30 pm, Room 9  (For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org)

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Rituals are volunteer-led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. The 1st Sunday meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. 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. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Monday – April 4

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett 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.

Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00pm, 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!

Tuesday – April 5

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

Our monthly business meeting will be held at 12:15 pm. As usual, we will socialize and work on the Continuing Bazaar from 10:00 till 12:00, then sit for a bag lunch. As we re-stock our shelves after the spring yard sale we are especially looking for jewelry and like-new clothing donations. All of our departments need fresh donations. We are called the Continuing Bazaar, so bring in those rather bizarre items too.

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 – 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

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 – April 7

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

Please Give to 1U’s Victor Fund

Victor, our 1U custodian of over 15 years, recently experienced flooding in his home. Repairs were made and, unfortunately, some were not done correctly. The result was a house fire, which has left the family displaced for the past few weeks and the foreseeable future. While insurance is helping with the actual damage, the costs of being displaced as well as the cost of lost personal items is considerable. We have heard that some members wish to donate to a fund to assist the family. If you are interested in making a donation, please send it to the office, make it on line, or place it in the offering basket. It should be clearly marked as for the “Victor Fund.” Please note that such donations are not tax-deducible.

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

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 vision is for these communities to become critically engaged in the political system in order to create a more just and equitable society.

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.

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 8 – Black Cat Café, 7:30pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse, share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

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

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

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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