Weekly Update – May 3, 2018
Saturday: Special Interfaith Yoga Project
Details in Saturday – May 5
Dinner With Friends May 19
Details for 2 above events in Other News
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website
under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – May 4
BYO Craft Circle — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall (Note room change)
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! This month we are also getting ready for Beltane. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/392459114524652/.
Saturday – May 5
Interfaith Yoga Project – Sankalpa for Ramadan Heartful Intentions, 2:00-4:00 pm, American Muslim Community Center
Please join this VERY SPECIAL Interfaith Yoga Project event, the last before a summer hiatus. The American Muslim Community Center is at 811 Wilma Street Longwood, FL 32750. It’s FREE – All sisters are welcome. Register here: tinyurl.com/iyp-2018-05-05. A carpool leaves from 1U at 1:15. Contact Julia Chinnock for more information.
Beltane Celebration — Gore Hall, 7:00 pm
As Samhain is about honoring Death, Beltane, its counter part, is about honoring Life. Halfway between the spring equinox and the summer solstice, Beltane marks the passage into the growing season. It signals a time when the bounty of the earth will once again be had. May is a time when flowers bloom, trees are green and life has again returned from the barren landscape of winter, to the hope of bountiful harvests not too far away, and the lighthearted bliss that only summer can bring. Join Mystic Grove in celebrating the “wedding” of Green Man and Flower Woman and dancing around the Maypole this evening. Potluck follows at 8:00. Event details are at https://www.facebook.com/events/430578847359321/. If you are interested in taking a small volunteer job for Beltane, please visit for job descriptions: https://wordpress.com/post/mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/1593. You can come for orientation/reherasal for your job at 6:00 pm or 7:00 pm this evening.
Sunday – May 6
Budget Discussion, Sunday, May 6, 9:30 am in Classroom A in Gore Hall
Come learn about the proposed budget to be voted on at the Annual Congregational Meeting, which will take place Sunday, May 20. There are important issues to consider and being informed in advance of the meeting will be helpful. Important decisions about how to live out our vision are reflected in the budget and it will take all of us to make our vision a reality. This link will take you to more detailed information about the Annual Congregational Meeting, including the proposed budget.
Religious Education Sunday, Children lead worship and share their learnings over this program year.
Rev. Kathy away for former 1U Intern Rev. Rachel Christensen’s Installation in Maryland.
Beginning today we will have a single service at 11:00 am each Sunday. We will also be evaluating what the worship schedule in the Fall will be. (Any change would take place after Water Communion in mid-September.) Watch for opportunities to provide your input or email Rev. Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Rehearsal in the Sancatuary for all children and Youth ages 4-17.
11:00 am-12:00 pm Children will participate in the service and will remain in the Sanctuary.
Visitors and Guests: Children will remain in the Sanctuary for a special children- and youth-led 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.
May 20 — 11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk – Isle of Dogs
Is Atari’s search for his dog, banished like all canines to “garbage island,” merely a search for Spots or is it a search for truth, science, kindness, justice and democracy? Dogs, metaphors, dry humor and human values will inform our discussion of Isle of Dogs. See the movie and come discuss in the Community Room (located in the far corner of the Enrichment Center). After the movie talk, be sure to stay for the 1U Annual Meeting in Gore Hall.
Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30-1:30 pm, Gore Hall Room A
This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at https://wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com/2018/03/03/resources-2018.
Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting – EC Room 1, 12:30 pm
The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPS. 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. Each month we gather to plan the next ritual, classes, craft circles and more! Lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. Guests always welcome. For more info, email us at email@example.com. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504663102994631/.
First Sunday Fellowship
Today is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends” (scheduled for May 19), 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.
We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact me at the email address above if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area.
Monday – May 7
Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Gore Hall Library
The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.
Tuesday – May 8
The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall
It’s Pot Luck Lunch Tuesday. Join us in Gore Hall for fellowship and a sneak peek at the items donated for the Resale Shop. Bring a dish to share. We love to try out new recipes on each other.
Because this is the beginning of our fiscal year, we are asking members to renew Alliance membership now. Shirley Jantzen, our membership chair, will be present at 1U on Tuesdays and Sundays in May to record your dues and contributions. Single membership is $15. Couples may join for $25. If you find it more convenient, please send dues to the Alliance at First Unitarian Church of Orlando, 901 E Robinson St, Orlando, 23803. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Books are needed at the Resale Shop. You may bring in your ‘ like new’ books for others to read. Donations are tax deductable if you ask for a receipt.
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.
Wednesday – May 9
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.
Brown Bag Dinner – 6:15-7:00 pm, Gore Hall
A chance for mid-week fellowship before evening classes or choir, Wednesdays through May 9. Bring your dinner from home or pick it up on the way. Visit with others before heading to our film series, a class with Rev. Kathy, choir rehearsal, or OWL class. Feel free to join us even if you are just heading home afterwards.
Video Series – 7:00-8:30 pm, Gore Hall Room B
Wednesdays through May 9, all are welcome, no signup needed. With the video series on Africa’s Great Civilizations complete, the group will now continue exploring related themes with a series of TED Talks titled The Rise of Africa’s Next Generation.
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – May 10
Last Call for Photos – Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show Submission Deadline Today
Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon today. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include her name, birthdate and, if relevant, date of death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” mothers and like-a-mothers are welcome but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Doris Jones (1936- ), like a mother to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Rita LeBlanc (1920-1998): My Mom, Julianne LeBlanc.” If you submitted a photo last year it will be used this year unless we hear from you.
Mindfulness Meditation — 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio
Meeting on the 2nd Thursday of each month. All are welcome!
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
— Hero’s Homecomings (1)
— Guests and Hosts (2-4)
— A Goddess and a Princess (5-6)
For more info, email us at email@example.com.
Upcoming Worship Schedule
5/13 Mother’s Day, Karla Kizzort
Rev. Kathy away for former 1U Intern Lois Cole’s Ordination in Iowa
5/20 Flower Communion, Rev. Kathy, followed by lunch and Annual Congregational Meeting
5/27 A Ramadan theme, Rev. Kathy
Dinner with Friends – May 19, 6:00 pm-ish, Various Member Homes
Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town on May 19. You can choose to travel to meet new people or attend a group nearby. You can alert hosts in advance to food allergies or other restrictions or conditions. Signup forms for hosting or guesting will be available in Gore Hall basket, or you can follow this link. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@Orlandouu.org.
Your Child in 1U Child Dedication Ceremony May 20?
A Child Dedication Ceremony will be offered during our Sunday services on May 20. This is the Unitarian Universalist ceremony by which we name and welcome our children. While typically involving infants, it is also quite common to include older children when they are new to the community. If you would like your child to be included in the ceremony, please let Rev. Kathy know by Monday May 14 at firstname.lastname@example.org. The service that day will be our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion followed by the Annual Meeting.
Flower Communion May 20
Our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion take places during the service on Sunday, May 20. Bring a flower from garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity. The service will be followed by a light lunch and the Annual Congregational Meeting.
Annual Congregational Meeting, Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 12:30 pm in Gore Hall
Mark your calendars! 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. The Meeting Agenda, Proposed Budget and the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies are are available on our website (www.orlandouu.org, select the “About 1U” drop-down tab, then select “Governance”). Lunch from Baja Burrito Kitchen will be provided for a small fee. Childcare will be available. This link will take you to more detailed information, including the proposed budget, dates of budget discussions, and a list of those nominated for elected offices.
Previews of Next Year’s Program Start June 9
Our new Program Year will start ramping up in August and be fully underway by September 16 and run through May 2019. Our theme for the year is Serving with Joy & Generosity. Mark your calendar to come to one of the preview sessions to learn more and share your ideas.
· Saturday, June 9 10:00–11:30 am
· Wednesday June 13 7:00–8:30 pm
· Thursday June 14 11:30 am–1:00 pm with Brown Bag Lunch
Share the Plate Update
In May, we’ll be sharing the plate with Organize Florida Education Fund. Organize Florida Education Fund is committed to mobilizing and training the next generation of grassroots organizers and leaders in low-to-moderate-income communities across Florida to help them engage more effectively in the political process.
1U Seeks Music Accompanist
First Unitarian Church of Orlando is seeking an interim accompanist (with the possibility for the position to become permanent) to provide piano or keyboard music for Sunday morning services and accompany adult choir rehearsal once a week on Wednesday evenings. Accompanist will work under the direction of the choir director. For details, please contact Aubrey Connelly-Candelario at ChoirDirector@orlandouu.org.
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
May 11 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
May 12 — Circle of Song (Easy Choir) 1:00-3:00 pm, Assembly Room
Join us for family friendly “easy choir” using Kate Marks’ Circle of Song text. Please BYO copy or a device to access lyrics online. Non-singers, singers, and musicians of ANY ability are welcome. No experience needed. The only goal is to have a good time and make some joyful noise. If you have never sung in your life…this is the choir for you! Adults are welcome to just “drop in.” If you are bringing your kids or grandkids with you, please Email firstname.lastname@example.org with their ages. This helps us plan enough supplies for the “Kid’s Corner.” More info https://mysticgrovecfl.wo rdpress.com/2017/09/04/circle- of-song/.
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.
May 20 — Flower Communion
Our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion takes place during the service on Sunday, May 20. Bring a flower from garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity. The service will be followed by a light lunch and the Annual Congregational Meeting.
May 20 — Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm, Gore Hall
Mark your calendars! 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. The Meeting Agenda, Proposed Budget and the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies are are available on our website (www.orlandouu.org, select the “About 1U” drop-down tab, then select “Governance”). Lunch will be provided for a small fee. Childcare will be available. This link will take you to more detailed information, including the proposed budget, dates of budget discussions, and a list of those nominated for elected offices.
May 29 – Iftar at First Unitarian, Evening (Reservation Required)
Save the date! We join with CAIR (The Council on American-Islamic Relations) for this breaking of the daily Ramadan fast in the Islamic tradition. Exact time and further information after RSVP. To RSVP on Eventbrite you will need to a password from either Gaby (email@example.com) or Rev. Kathy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up with Gaby at 1U Central on Sunday morning.
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!
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 Kathy Homblette, 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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