Weekly Update – May 24, 2018
Friday: Ray Bodiford Memorial Service
Details in Friday–May 25 listing.
Tuesday: Iftar at 1U
Details in Tuesday – May 29 listings
New June 3: Night Worship Begins
Details in June 3 listings
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – May 25
Ray Bodiford Memorial Service — 2:00 pm, 1U Sanctuary
A memorial service will be held in the Sanctuary for 1U member Ray Bodiford at 2:00 pm. A reception will follow in Gore Hall.
Saturday – May 26
Sunday – May 27
The Blessing of Balance: Thoughts on Ramadan, Rev. Kathy
Children’s Religious Education (CRE)
9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)
11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents
11:15 am-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s summer programming
12:15 pm Parents pick up 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 Adult Religious Education offering today.
July 15 10:00 am in the Community Room – Movie Talk: “Won’t You Be My Neighbor”
Fred Rogers graduated from Rollins College in 1951 with a degree in Musical Composition. A decade later he earned a divinity degree. His church was his Neighborhood of Make Believe. Mr. Rogers exemplified our Second UU Principle: justice, equity and compassion in human relations. The movie Won’t You Be My Neighbor opens on June 8. Plan to see it and join us to discuss it at 10:00 am (note new time!) on Sunday July 15 in the Community Room (located in far corner of the Enrichment Center).
Monday – May 28
WUURL Gathering — 11:30 am, Assembly Room
Today is the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL (Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life) will be meeting for lunch. This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your ow lunch; ice water will be available. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.
Tuesday – May 29
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
Be in Gore Hall at 10:30 for the third episode of the DVD series “Africa’s Great Civilizations” taken from Public Television’s fascinating history of human civilization on earth. Stay for a bag lunch and discussion.
Thank you to all Alliance supporters who have renewed their membership . If you missed Shirley Jantzen with the crown on her head you can give a check to any Alliance member or send a check to the First Unitarian Church office made out to ’the Alliance.’ Donations are welcome, but dues are $15 per person or $25 per couple.
Our Resale Shop, located in Gore Hall, sells donated items on Sunday and Tuesday mornings to raise money for our selected causes. You may donate ’like new’ items of clothing, jewelry, books, art or giftable value whenever you visit the shop. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga Practice – 6:00-7:00 pm, Enrichment Center Studio
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.
Iftar at First Unitarian – 7:00-10:00 pm (Reservation Required)
We join with CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) for this breaking of the daily Ramadan fast in the Islamic tradition. Sign up with Gaby by sending an email with subject line of Iftar to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please provide the names of each person fro whom you are RSVP’ing. You can also sign up with Gaby at 1U Central on Sunday morning. If you have questions, you can direct them to Rev. Kathy (email@example.com).
Wednesday – May 30
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 – May 31
The Odyssey of Homer — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1
Keats compared discovering Homer to “finding a new planet.” What is it in Homer’s great works—and especially the Odyssey—that so enthralled him? Why have readers before and since reacted the same way?! 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
— The Goddess, the Swineherd and the Beggar (13-15)
— Reunion and Return (16-17)
— Odysseus and Penelope (18-19)
For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming Worship Schedule ((Sunday at 11 am unless noted.)
The following three services are offered by Rev. Kathy and the Worship Committee.
6/3 11:00 am – Life as Legacy
6/3 5:00 pm – New “Night Worship” with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen in the Gathering Space. See June 3 listings for details.
6/10 Legacies of Time and Place (Second Annual Remembrance of Pulse)
6/17 Legacy across the Generations (Father’s Day)
6/24 Mid-Summer Service with Mystic Grove
New Night Worship Starting June 3
Feed your spirit and your belly! Join us for a new experimental worship service and potluck meal on Sunday evenings, starting June 3 (and all Sundays in June and July) at 5:00 pm, location TBA.
Led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Alan, modeled on small group ministry, and drawing from a diversity of spirityual sources, this service will be contemplative, informal, and as participatory as you want to make it! In circle worship style, we will engage and explore the holy through prayer, reflection, song, ritual and sharing. All are welcome, including children. Start your week by recharging your spirit and building community! Contact Rev. Kierstin with any questions.
Meet & Greet with Rev Kathy Schmitz: June 10
Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet & Greet on June 10, at 12:15 pm in Gore Hall Classroom A .
Submit Pictures for Mystic Grove Midsummer Service slides (until June 15)
The theme for this year’s Midsummer service revolves around “spiritual practices.” What practices light up you inner fire? Meditation, prayer, nature walks, justice work, community worship, singing, dancings, baby blessings and weddings, friendships, or something else? Send your photos to email@example.com.
Now Through September 21 Donate Books for September Pagan Pride
We will be hosting a book table at Pagan Pride. You can “shop” at the table and “buy” the books with a donation of any amount. These funds support “full scholarships” and “half scholarships” to our Adult RE classes. If you have books you have outgrown, consider donating them at any Craft Circle on 1st or 3rd Fridays or at the monthly meeting on 1st Sundays. We will be accepting them all summer. Mystic Grove was given several collections of pagan interest books from folks who are moving away and from a dear member, Mary Ellen Mayo, who passed away.
Community Garden Work Day: June 23
We are making progress on our new community garden! We’ll be completing individual raised beds and planting fruit trees for all to enjoy on Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am-noon. Please note: Much of the labor will require shoveling, wheelbarrowing, and lifting, but we will work to accommodate participants of all ages and abilities. Bring close-toed shoes, gloves, water, sunscreen, a hat, and a bagged lunch to enjoy fellowship after the workday.
Leave 1U a Gift from Your Estate and Get a 10% Match Now
If you name 1U or certain other UU organizations as beneficiaries in your will, living trust, or IRA, and notify the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, the named beneficiary organization(s) could be eligible to receive a 10% match immediately. Shelter Rock, a very generous UU congregation, is currently providing up to $5 million in matching funds for this campaign with the goal of encouraging people to strengthen Unitarian Universalism through planned giving.
So, for example: If someone identifies their intention to leave $100,000 to 1U and files an application for the match, 1U could be eligible to receive $10,000 in matching funds now. One third of the $5 million is already committed, so it is important to act now, while the match is available. To learn how you can participate, visit www.wakenowourvision.org, visit the Wake Now Our Vision table in Gore Hall on Sundays in April, or email Endowment@orlandouu.org.
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!
June 1 — 1st Friday BYO Craft Circle 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1
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! Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1721507064566775/.
June 1 — Second Harvest Sorting and Packing Date, 1:00-4:00pm
Please note: All volunteers must wear close-toed shoes for safety. The minimum age requirement is 10 years of age. Children between the ages of 10-15 must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years of age or older. We require a minimum of 1 chaperone per 5 children. There are a limited number of lockers for personal belongings. Where possible, please leave valuable items at home. There is plenty of parking (bus, carpool, or driving separately). Please RSVP to Steph Garber so that she can be certain we get the required 15 volunteers. They really need our help! YOU can make a difference.
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.
June 3 — Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting, 12:30-1:30 pm, Room 1
The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is 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. This is a 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.
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/348905875515089/.
June 3 —Night Worship, 5:00pm, Gathering Space & Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center
Feed your spirit and your belly tonight (and all Sundays in June and July)! Join us for a new experimental worship service and meal on Sunday evenings, led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. Modeled on small group ministry and drawing from a diversity of spiritual sources, this service will be contemplative, informal, and as participatory as you want to make it! We will engage and explore the holy through prayer, reflection, song, ritual, and sharing. The service will be followed by a potluck meal and fellowship. All are welcome, including children. Start your week by recharging your spirit, grounding yourself in your deepest commitments, and building community! Contact Rev. Kierstin with questions.
June 8 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
June 9 —Preview of Next Year’s Program, 10:00-11:30 am
Our new Program Year will start ramping up in August, be fully underway by September 16, and run through May 2019. Our theme for the year is Serving with Joy & Generosity. Come to this or another of the preview sessions to learn more and share your ideas. To help with planning, we welcome you to RSVP by clicking here.
· Wednesday June 13 7:00–8:30 pm
· Thursday June 14 11:30 am–1:00 pm with Brown Bag Lunch
June 10 — Meet & Greet with Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:15 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A
Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet & Greet today.
June 13 —Preview of Next Year’s Programs, 7:00-8:30 pm
Our new Program Year will start ramping up in August, be fully underway by September 16, and run through May 2019. Our theme for the year is Serving with Joy & Generosity. Come to one of the preview sessions to learn more and share your ideas. The final session will be Thursday, June 14, 11:30 am–1:00 pm with Brown Bag Lunch. To help with planning, we welcome you to RSVP by clicking here.
June 14 —Preview of Next Year’s Programs + Brown Bag Lunch, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Our new Program Year will start ramping up in August, be fully underway by September 16, and run through May 2019. Our theme for the year is Serving with Joy & Generosity. Come to this preview session to learn more and share your ideas. To help with planning, we welcome you to RSVP by clicking here.
June 23 — Community Garden Work Day, 9:00 am-Noon
We are making progress on our new community garden! Today we’ll be completing individual raised beds and planting fruit trees for all to enjoy. Please note: Much of the labor will require shoveling, wheelbarrowing, and lifting, but we will work to accommodate participants of all ages and abilities. Bring close-toed shoes, gloves, water, sunscreen, a hat, and a bagged lunch to enjoy fellowship after the workday.
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!
Do You Have an 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.
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 Charlotte Kendall, who can also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.
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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