Weekly Update – May 26, 2016
Monday: Enrichment Center Clean-up 9:00 am to noon
Families and friends of the Children’s Religious Education program are invited to help us clean out the classrooms in preparation for our campus renovation. Watermelon and snacks will be provided.
Details in Monday – May 30 listing.
Friday – May 27
Saturday – May 28
Sunday – May 29
Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary (Summer single services continue through Sept. 11)
Memories, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
Time changes the way we see things, often casting them in a new light.
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-11:15 pm Children begin in service
11:15 am-12:15 pm Activities for all ages (Enrichment Center)
June 5 – August 14: Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Summer Program
Children’s RE will have a special program for children ages 5-17 in the Enrichment Center Assembly Room on Sundays from 11:15-12:15 pm. Children will begin in 11:00 am service with their families.
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: dre@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)
9:30 am in the Library: No classes today for the long weekend
We are now on our summer schedule and offerings will change week to week. Watch here for updates.
Monday – May 30
Children’s RE Enrichment Center Clean-up, 9:00 am to noon
Families and friends of the Children’s Religious Education program are invited to help us clean out the classrooms in preparation for our campus renovation. Watermelon and snacks will be provided.
Tuesday – May 31
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
The Health Care Center for the Homeless (aka Orange Blossom Family Health Center) has grown since we last visited them. Micheal Cantillo will bring us up to date with it’s programs and changes as we share a bag lunch in Gore Hall on Tuesday.
Have you paid your annual dues yet? Dues are part of our income and determine who may vote on the business of the Alliance. Our membership year runs from May 1 to April 30.
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
Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – June 1
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – 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!
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.
Thanks from Our Intern Minister
I am winding down my time with 1U, having gratefully served the congregation for the last year. Thank you for the opportunity to work with you, to serve as minister and to learn from you. It has been a wonderful experience. If there is something we should talk about before I leave, please let me know and we can schedule a time to get together. In faith, Rachel Christensen.
Annual Father’s Day Slide Show (Submission deadline: June 18)
Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to email@example.com by noon on Saturday, June 18. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include his name, year of birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” fathers and like-a-fathers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Dan Jones (1936- ), like a father to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Joe LeBlanc (1920-1998), My Dad, Julio LeBlanc.” If you submitted a photo last year it will be used this year unless we hear from you.
Making A Killing Documentary & Discussion June 5
Join the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Global Peace Film Festival and Peace & Justice Institute for the documentary, Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA. The film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger. A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists will include Kate Ranta, a survivor of domestic gun violence, Rev. Bryan Fulwider of WMFE’s “Three Wise Guys,” and Valencia State College Professor Aaron Powell. This event is free, and will be held in Gore Hall at 1:30 pm.
June 12 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.
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.
Summer Drop-in Covenant Group Starts June 14
Running for 4 months, this group will be on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm in Hiett Library. The Drop-in Group is available to members and friends alike. This is your chance to experience a Covenant Group without a full a year commitment! The topic for each month will posted in the Eblast and Order of Service.
1U Wins Best of Orlando Award for Places of Worship
First Unitarian Church of Orlando has been selected for the 2016 Best of Orlando Awards for Places of Worship. For details and more information please view here on Best of Orlando website.
Eclectic Music Group Update
We have received positive and enthusiastic response regarding the formation of the 1U Eclectic Music Group. Unfortunately any emails sent to the email address after the initial e-blast and OOS announcement did not make it through, so we ask that if you are interested in EMG please re-send a message to emg@orlandoUU.org. Please indicate your musical interests and abilities, as well as technical and organizational/leadership qualities you are willing to share. We are looking for musicians, vocalists, percussionists, staging, audio visual technicians, artists, or anyone that can contribute time, leadership, and organizational skills relevant to creating new, diverse, unique, eclectic music productions. From musical theater to setting up a microphone, we hope to find a way for all to contribute. Thank you for your support!
Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy July 10
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.
Building the Dream Update
The Building The Dream team is still working hard on moving our renovation project forward. We are getting initial thoughts on the overall plan and budget this week and expect to be poring over the details in the next couple of weeks. The step after that is to bring it to you for your feedback and reactions. Once we have initial budget numbers, we’ll be submitting them to First Green Bank for a review of our financing options. We expect there will be a lot of conversations happening this summer and we look forward to showing you some exciting ideas, interesting trade-offs and solid financials. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
June 3 – BYO Craft Circle – 6:30-830 pm, Room 9 (For more info, email email@example.com)
Looking for a low stress activity? Want to meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project Craft Circle!
June 4 – Help Second Harvest Help Our Hungry Neighbors
Another opportunity to help our many hungry neighbors is coming up Saturday, June 4 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Second Harvest Food Bank needs our volunteer team to sort and pack donated food items they receive in from all over central Florida. Wear closed-toed shoes. The location is 411 Mercy Dr at the corner of Mercy and Old Winter Garden Rd. Please email Stephanie if you would like to attend: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your help with this important project!
June 5 – Mystic Grove Meeting 12:30-1:30 pm, Room 9 (For more info, email email@example.com)
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.
June 5 – Making A Killing Documentary & Discussion, 1:30 pm, Gore Hall
Join the League of Women Voters of Florida, the Global Peace Film Festival and Peace & Justice Institute for the documentary, Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and The NRA. The film tells the stories of how guns, and the billions made off of them, affect the lives of everyday Americans. It features personal stories from people across the country who have been affected by gun violence, including survivors and victims’ families. The film exposes how the powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit – and thereby putting people in danger. A panel discussion will follow the film. Panelists will include Kate Ranta, a survivor of domestic gun violence, Rev. Bryan Fulwider of WMFE’s “Three Wise Guys,” and Valencia State College Professor Aaron Powell. This event is free to all.
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 14 – Summer Drop-in Covenant Group Session 1, 7:00-8:30 pm, Hiett Library.
Running for 4 months, this group will be on the 2nd Tuesday of each month for members and friends alike. This is your chance to experience a Covenant Group without a full a year commitment! The topic for each month will posted in the Eblast and Order of Service.
June 17 – RUUM Annual Pool Tournament, Bill Spoone Home
RUUM’s second meeting in June is the annual pool and possibly bowling tournament. We’ll get some exercise and have lunch, or have lunch and get some exercise. More details to come…mark your calendars!
July 7 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library
Bring a lunch and join in the fun!
July 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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.
Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources
Missed a Sunday?
Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.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
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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