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Weekly Update – May 12, 2016

Weekly Update – May 12, 2016

Sunday: Annual Congregational Meeting

A Building the Dream Update & project affirmation vote are among the agenda items. Lunch by Baja Burrito for $5 per person. Childcare available. Details in Sunday – May 15 listing.

General Assembly Prep Session May 22

With 1U’s Delegates eager to represent you well, discuss issues to be addressed at the Unitarian Universalists General Assembly this summer. Details in Plan Ahead: May 22 listings. 


Friday – May 13

Black Cat Café – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

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

Saturday – May 14

Dinner with Friends 

Groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town.

Sunday – May 15

Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary   (Summer single services continue through Sept. 11)

Intergenerational Flower Communion

Bring a flower from garden, field, or shop to contribute to our communal bouquet as we celebrate the diverse gifts of our community. The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

9:30-10:30 am Childcare available in Nursery

11:00 am-Noon Flower Communion Intergenerational Service – children will remain in Sanctuary with families

Plan Ahead:  Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Summer Program 6/5 thru 8/14

Children’s Religious Education will have a special program for children ages 5-17 on Sundays during the 11:00am worship service. Children will begin in service with their families, then from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm will proceed to the EC Assembly Room.

Parents are encouraged to volunteer to assist one Sunday over the course of the summer to give our hardworking volunteers some summer time off.

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: The Seven Concentric Circles of Spiritual Development facilitated by Bob Leger

This is a dharma talk by Matthew Flickstein, author and teacher of meditation and Buddhism, describing the stages of spiritual development that are common to all spiritual paths and lead to wisdom and clarity of mind, open heart, and awareness of unity and non-duality.

We are now on our summer schedule and offerings will change week to week. Watch here for updates.

Annual Congregational Meeting – 12:30 pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote.  Lunch will be provided by Baja Burrito for $5 per person.  Childcare will be available. Agenda, budget, nominating committee officers slate and bios , as well as the  Annual Program Report, are all available online via the links within this listing, and also via links in the Governance section of the 1U Website.

A Building the Dream Update will be part of our congregational meeting today. New information to share will be followed by a request for a vote of project affirmation from the congregation.  Please email us at bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org  with any questions. The Campus Renovation Project website is now updated as well – check it out!  Several BTD meetings have been recently held – a big thank you to all who were able to attend these meetings and for all the recent feedback!

Movie Nite – 6:30-830 pm, EC Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays in Room 9 for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! May’s family friendly selection is “How to Train Your Dragon.” (PG) Plot summary: “A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.” You can read more about it here. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Monday – May 16

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

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more) Dayle Steakley facilitates this month. All are welcome!

Tuesday – May 17

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

Homelessness in Central Florida is the topic for this meeting. Harry Thompson is our speaker at 12:30. Bring a bag lunch and join us. If you can come at 10:00 am you might help with the building of 500+ sandwiches we supply to the Coalition for the Homeless each 3rd Tuesday.

Reminder: Annual Membership dues are being collected now. Membership allows you to vote on issues before us, awards to charities, and to support the work of the Alliance. Dues are $15 per member or $25 per married couple. Additional donations are encouraged (and tax deductible). Make checks payable to “The Alliance.” Shirley Jantzen is our Membership Chair. Please look for her on Sunday mornings or send your dues to the Alliance at 1st Unitarian Church, 1901 E. Robinson St. Orlando 32803.

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 – May 18

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – May 19

RUUM Speaker Meeting – 10:30 am, Hiett Library

Note the special arrangements: We will meet at the church at 10:30 am to hear a special presentation by Arnold Breman called “Make ‘em Laugh”. Arnold has put together a multimedia presentation on comedy that will lighten your step and brighten your day. We will have lunch after the presentation. Details on that portion will be emailed out to all.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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

Eclectic Music Group – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The mission: To produce, introduce and highlight a diversity of eclectic music styles and genres from punk to post-modern; jazz to classical; any music from any point of cultural origin with one or two mixed media performances a year. We solicit participation from the congregation or friends thereof for everything from audio tech support, visual arts, dance, poetic works, to instrumental and vocal performance. Emphasis on artistic quality, promotion of UU’s seven principles and building community through collaboration. Questions to John Brockman at EMG@OrlandoUU.org.


Other News

End of Program Year Pot Luck Lunch June 12

Mark your calendar as we celebrate the end of the Program Year and say a formal goodbye to our 2015-2016 Ministerial Intern, Rachel Christensen. It will be Rachel’s last Sunday in the pulpit. We’ll have a cake and “words” at lunch in celebration of our year together. Rachel and Eric will be around for the next year but Rachel will not be functioning in a ministerial role, just sharing worship with us while she completes the rest of her process.

Next Blood Drive Could Be Our Last

Our next blood drive here at 1U is coming up June 12 from 8 am-1 pm. All blood types are needed. Each unit of blood that is collected can save up to three lives. If you are willing and able you will truly be giving the gift of life. Our participation rate has been so low this year, One Blood may elect to discontinue sending us their Red Bus. Please be part of a strong donation showing on June 12. Questions? Blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Rev. Kathy’s Weekly Contribution to the Central Florida 100

Each week Rev. Kathy is one of 100 Community Leaders in Central Florida commenting on the news of the day. Read last Sunday’s offering here.

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.

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 audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

Chair 1U’s Sanctuary Flower Committee

Irma Scudder is retiring as the chair of the Sanctuary Flower Committee. If you are interested in assuming this important role of organizing volunteers to bring flowers for Sunday Service contact Amy at (407) 898 3621 or speak with Irma on Sundays during coffee hour in Gore Hall.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners

See and respond to the critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

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

May 20-Teaching Craft Circle: 6:30-8:30 pm, Assembly Room

Sharpie Blooms T-shirt! Bring your own white or light colored T-shirt, white flour sack dish towel or other light colored fabric item you want to decorate and learn how to do “sharpie blossoms.” Lesson is based on this video tutorial. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

May 21 – A Peek at Next Year’s Programs, 9:30-11:30 am

Next year will be full of rich opportunities to build our 1U community, deepening our spiritual lives, and serve the wider Central Florida community. Join Rev. Kathy for a look at plans in place and to provide input to what is still emerging. Everyone is invited. Leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Info and RSVP minister@orlandouu.org.

May 22 – 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.

May 22 – General Assembly Prep Session, 9:30-10:30 am, Hiett Library

Come learn about the issues that will be discussed at the Unitarian Universalists General Assembly (UUA GA) in Columbus this summer. Those who will be serving as delegates will be on hand to listen to your input s0 they are prepared to represent you well.

June 2 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

This meeting is very important for all members to attend as we will be selecting our Chairman for the next year. We usually select the person not in the room. 😉 Bring a lunch and join in the fun!

 June 12 – Goodbye to Intern/End of Program Year Pot Luck Lunch, After Service, Gore Hall

Join in celebrating the end of the Program Year and saying a formal goodbye to our 2015-2016 Ministerial Intern, Rachel Christensen. It will be Rachel’s last Sunday in the pulpit. We’ll have a cake and “words” at lunch in celebration of our year together. Rachel and Eric will be around for the next year but Rachel will not be functioning in a ministerial role, just sharing worship with us while she completes the rest of her process.

June 16 – RUUM Annual Pool Tournament, Bill Spoone Home

More details to come!

July 7 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch and join in the fun!


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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