Weekly Update – March 8, 2018
Friday: Black Cat Cafe
Details in Friday – March 9
Saturday: Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)
Details in Saturday – March 10
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Pledge Card Reminder
If you have not yet returned your financial commitment (pledge) card for the upcoming fiscal year, please do so as soon as possible. That would be a great help to us 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 did not receive a pledge card, please pick one up from the Gore Hall foyer.
Friday – March 9
Black Cat Cafe — 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
Saturday – March 10
The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) — 1:00-4:00 pm
All are encouraged to take part in the The Cost of Poverty Experience. During the COPE experience, participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family in the U.S. trying to survive month to month. This understanding will aid in our efforts to make homelessness rare, brief, and one-time. It is based on real stories and created alongside those who have lived with these daily struggles. Check out this short video (1:18) that will provide more insight about COPE. Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (Gaby’s table).
Circle of Song — Cancelled
Sunday – March 11
Services at 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary
Lifelong Spiritual Growth, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
Our congregation’s mission statement says we commit to Lifelong Spiritual Growth. What does that look like in the world today? This is the second in a three-part series on the 1U Mission Statement.
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.
Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy — 12:15 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A
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 one-hour Meet and Greet.
Monday – March 12
Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room
1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.
EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.
Tuesday – March 13
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
This Tuesday is potluck luncheon in Gore Hall at noon, so bring a dish to share. Come as early as 10:30 for fellowship and work on the Resale Shop.
On March 20, Alliance members will enjoy “high tea” for the Russell Home for Atypical Children. This will be a 2 hour tea/lunch beginning at 11:30 am at the Pine Castle Women’s Club at 5901 S. Orange Ave. Note: 25 Alliance members have committed to attend, but we have openings for a few more members or friends. You may reserve your space by contacting Shirley Jantzen. Shirley has prepaid the $25 per person for our reservation, so please pay her by cash or personal check. Some of you will drive directly there. Others who need a ride, please meet at 1U Church at 10:45 am and we will depart for Russell Home at 11:00. 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 – March 14
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.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – March 15
Roy Zimmerman Concert: ReZist 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Join us for a Roy Zimmerman concert. All tickets are for sale at the door: $20 General, $10 children. ReZist is 90 minutes of Zimmerman’s original songs; a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. “Sometimes I think satire is the most hopeful and heartfelt form of expression,” says Zimmerman, “because in calling out the world’s absurdities and laughing in the face of them, I’m affirming the real possibility for change.”
Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records, and has shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin. For a sampling of his work check out these links:
Upcoming Worship Schedule
3/18 Compassionate Service, Rev. Kathy
Compassionate Service to the Community is one of the commitments set out in our 1U Mission Statement. What does this mean for us in 2018? This is the third in a three-part series on the 1U Mission Statement.
3/25 Christine Dance, Seminarian and Candidate for the UU Ministry
4/1 Easter Sunday, Rev. Kathy; the Chalice Choir will sing.
9:30 am Adult service (children and families have their Easter Party in the Enrichment Center)
11:00 am Intergenerational service
4/8 Joe Donatone, UU Seminarian
Share the Plate Update
We collected a total of $1547.64 for the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) in February! In March, we’ll be Sharing the Plate with Hope CommUnity Center (HCC). HCC is a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy, and spiritual growth.
Orange County Solar Co-op Update & March 13 Information Meeting
1U is a local partner of the Solar Co-ops. Goal: expanding solar adoption by helping homeowners access affordable solar pv for their homes. With earlier co-ops, 20 families at 1U have “gone solar.” East Orange County Co-op members total 175 and more joining everyday.
Free public meeting on Tuesday, March 13 (6:30-8:00 pm) at Lake Nona High School Performing Arts Center,
12500 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando. Attendance not required to join. Easy to join at solarunitedneighbors.org/orange.
Deadline to join East Orange County Co-op is April 23. Orange County West opens late April. No fee required to join and no obligation to sign a contract with the installer chosen by co-op members.
New Wednesday Evening Programming:
Brown Bag Dinner
A chance for mid-week fellowship before evening classes or choir. Eight Wednesdays, starting March 21, 6:15-7:00 pm, Gore Hall. Bring your dinner from home or pick it up on the way.
Visit with others before heading to one of our program offerings, detailed below, or feel free to join us even if you are just heading home afterwards.
A continuing program, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary.
A continuing program, Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room.
Africa’s Great Civilization Video Series (New Program)
A video series exploring the history some of us didn’t learn in school. Six Wednesdays, starting March 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A.
In his six-hour series, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a look at the history of Africa, from the birth of humankind to the dawn of the 20th century. This is a breathtaking and personal journey through two hundred thousand years of history, from the origins, on the African continent, of art, writing and civilization itself, through the millennia. Episodes include: Origins, The Cross And The Crescent, Empires Of Gold, Cities, The Atlantic Age, Commerce And The Clash Of Civilizations. No sign up is needed; just show up.
Note: A second showing of each video in this series is being contemplated, either at 8:45 pm Wednesdays right after the initial showing, or 7:00 pm on the Thursday after each initial showing. If you are interested in attending either of those showings, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life Transitions (New Program)
A Program for People Dealing with Life Changes. Four Wednesdays starting March 21, 7:00-8:30 pm, Rev. Kathy leads. Sign up required.
There are many transitions in our lives. We leave home. Relationships begin and end. Children come into our lives and loved ones die. We start new jobs, then leave or lose them. We relocate. Many, many changes. Some we choose. Some we do not. However, all transitions share some common elements and if we can understand those elements, the rollercoaster ride of change is often easier to navigate. We will look at those common elements and tools we can use on the journey.
Reconciling Religious Roots (New Program)
A Program for People Wrestling with their Religious Past. Four Wednesdays starting April 18, 7:00-8:30 pm. Rev. Kathy leads. Sign up required.
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’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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
March 18 — Building the Dream Final Accounting, 9:30 am Gore Hall Room A; 12:30 pm Sanctuary
The Building the Dream team would like to invite you for a final accounting of our historic renovation project. We will cover the final finances, including how much we spent, how it was spent, and how much has been borrowed from the Endowment. We will also discuss the remaining details that have yet to be done and how we will be transitioning from the Building the Dream team to the Long-Term Maintenance team. We will have two meetings:
9:30-10:30 am, Gore Hall A We will give an overview and can answer more detailed finance questions.
12:30-1:15 pm, Sanctuary We will provide a comprehensive overview.
March 23 — RUUM Brewery Tour – 1:00 pm, Location TBA
The Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s (RUUM) group will tour four of the local breweries in downtown Orlando. This tour is run by Hop On Tours, and they provide transportation. The tour will start at 1:00 pm and end at 5:00 pm. Dave Harvey is taking reservations.The cost is $37.99 plus an optional $20.00 for a pint of beer at each stop. The brewery bartender will provide free samples of their beer if you are inclined to just sip.
March 25 — 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.
March 30-31 — Journey to Membership
Our Journey to Membership program is designed to help you explore becoming a member of 1U. 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: Friday, March 30 (7-9 pm) & Saturday, March 31, (9 am-noon). Sign up here or at 1U Central (Gaby’s Table)
April 1 — Join our Mass Choir for the Hallelujah Chorus
The Chalice Choir will be singing the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah on Sunday, April 1. If you have performed the piece, know your part, and would like to sing with the choir for this special selection, just meet us in the sanctuary that morning at 8:30 am for a rehearsal. 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)!
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 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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