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Weekly Update – May 25, 2017

Weekly Update – May 25, 2017

News Flash!

Dinner with Friends Signup deadline: June 4

Details and registration form in June 10 DWF listing.


Are you going to General Assembly?

We know of 6 people attending General Assembly other than our delegates. We’d love to know if you are also going. Email Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.


Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – May 26

RUUM Bowling & Pool Tournament  – Fashion Square

RUUM, the retired UU men’s group, will hold its annual bowling and pool tournament at Fashion Square today. For details contact Gregg Buckingham at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – May 27

Sunday – May 28

Bookstore Open Sunday, Before AND after Service, Gore Hall Foyer

Come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is 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.

Summer Schedule – Single Service, 11:00 am, Sanctuary

Remembrance, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

On this Memorial Day Weekend we reflect on the gifts we have received from those we have lost.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-12:15 pm  Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (Wiggle Rm adjacent to Sanctuary)

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

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth may proceed to Childcare During Worship (Hiett  Library)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the Library

Online registration is open – register your children today!

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!  Learn more here)

9:30 am in Hiett Library: No Session for the Holiday Weekend.

Constitutional Study Group — 12:30 pm, Sanctuary

Join this group in developing greater knowledge and understanding of our rights and be empowered to make your voice heard. Convener is Michael Mataluni.

Monday – May 29

Tuesday – May 30

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

Jeffri Moore will share tales of Cuba, where she and Alex traveled recently. Bring a friend and a bag lunch and join us at 11 30am. Visitors are always encouraged to come. Also, gentle reminder about membership renewal: dues are $15.00 or $25.00 for two.

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 31

Choir Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – June 1

EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary  

Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, Gore Hall  

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

Cosmos with Neil Degrasse Tyson — 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library

“Cosmos – with Neil Degrasse Tyson” is a 2014 American science documentary television series. The show is a follow-up to the 1980 television series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage,” presented by Carl Sagan. Today’s topics are: “Sisters of the Sun” and “The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth.” Full description of sessions here and here. Email: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP.

Other News

Minister’s Travels in June

Rev. Kathy has three trips slated in June plus the renovation-related office move. This will impact her availability. This coming week would be a good time to get in touch with her if you were thinking of doing so. The trips are: Youth Group Civil Rights Trip, June 6-9; Center for Reproductive Rights Summit in DC, June 14-15 (serving on a panel put together by Organize Florida; and General Assembly including the preceding Ministry Days, June 19-25.

Music Director Jamie Sterrett to Retire

Jamie Sterrett, who has served as 1U’s Music Director for 15 years, is retiring. His last Sunday will be August 13, at which time we will celebrate his service to our community. Meanwhile, we are grateful to have three months’ notice to discern next steps. Whenever a staff person of long standing departs, it is a good time to step back and assess needs going forward. The Personnel Committee and Rev. Kathy are developing a process to engage the congregation in conversation about the hopes and dreams for the program. We encourage everyone to take part and help determine how we can build on the strong and diverse program that is Jamie’s legacy.

Building The Dream Construction Update and Pix

The Enrichment Center is really coming together and we’re almost done with Phase I: the Enrichment Center and the Common Area.   We’ll be needing your help to move into our new space in less than a month, so please put Saturdays June 10 and June 17 on your calendar now and look for more updates in the coming weeks. Thanks to those that were at the Congregational Meeting and heard the update this past Sunday. Per your request, the updated list of the items we still need money for is here.

Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know. Don’t forget that pictures for all the work can be found here.  Please feel free to park in the Special Needs lot on the north side of Gore Hall if you have either small children or 4 or more people in your car. Otherwise, please use all of the alternative parking options. Click here for a parking map.

Dinner with Friends June 10 (Signup deadline: June 4)

The next Dinner with Friends will be held on June 10, around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than June 4.  Sign-up forms are available in Gore Hall. Hosts will be notified about their groups soon after.  Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@Orlandouu.org. Link to the online registration form is here.

Thank You Shoe Much!

Sincere thanks to everyone that kindly gave shoes to help those in need. They will all be put to excellent use. With the help of Libby Jackson we were able to collect over 300 pairs. Thank you Libby and all!

Fringe Show Includes 1U Post-Pulse Sermon

Headed to the Orlando Fringe Festival? You may want to check out O-Town:Voices from Orlando (6 performances). Playwright David Lee collected words from Orlando in the weeks after the Pulse tragedy to create on montage of 15 monologues from various points of view. One monologue is a portion of Rev. Kathy’s sermon from June, 19, 2016.

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.

Blood Donation During Construction

Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

1U Central for Information and Assistance

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 Gore Hall near the foyer 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!

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to 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!

Plan Ahead

June 3 – Second Harvest Pack/Sort Day, 1:00-4:00 pm

Please mark your calendar now for our next packing and sorting date at Second Harvest Food Bank. You must wear closed toed shoes. Whether you have come before 50 times or never, all are welcome over the age of 10.

June 10 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00 pm-ish, Various Member Homes  (Signup deadline: June 4)

The next Dinner with Friends will be held on June 10, around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than June 4.  Sign-up forms are available in Gore Hall. Hosts will be notified about their groups soon after.  Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@Orlandouu.org. Link to the online registration form is here.

June  14 – Issues & Actions: The “Lite” Version for Summer, 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Tonight: TED for Activists: Based on a positive response to our last offering, tonight we again offer the chance to be in conversation about TED Talks relevant to democracy and justice.

(Save the Date: Our June 28th program will be on transgender issues.)

Through June, we switch to a less formal program. No meal will be offered but you are invite to bring your brown bag dinner and eat with others before the program (6:00 pm). We will continue with time of centering (6:45 pm), and a timely program (7:00 pm), although programs may sometimes be a structured conversation rather than an outside speaker.

Free & open to the public. Donations welcome.

Email programassistant@cfl.rr.com or stop by 1U Central for info or to volunteer.


General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. More information regarding the 2017 General Assembly can be found at http://www.uua.org/ga.

July 8 – ‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00 am-Noon

Come Join us as we tend to and beautify the church campus. If you have these items bring them: a bucket, Windex, lemon oil, sponges/rags. We’ll have refreshments and social time. We need about 12 people to assist. Children & families welcome. No need to RSVP.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. The holiday season can also cause stress and painful emotions. 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.

Missed a Sunday?

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

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! 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 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. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – ThisWeekly 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.

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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

Minister’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com