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Weekly Update – May 4, 2017

Weekly Update – May 4, 2017

News Flash!

Sunday: Budget Meeting 9:30 am; Children’s RE Service 11:00 am

Note: Parking restrictions apply all of Sunday morning

Details for both events in Sunday – May 7  listings.


Annual Congregational Meeting: May 21

Details in Plan Ahead.


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

Friday – May 5

Saturday – May 6

Dinner with Friends – 6:00 pm-ish, Church Member Homes

Held at the homes of various church members, each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Questions? Follow this link or contact Alan Oberholtzer at programassistant@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – May 7

Budget Meeting – 9:30 am, Minister’s Office

Interested in learning about 1U’s budget for next year? Have questions about how the Finance Committee works? One last budget meeting is scheduled for today in the Minister’s Office (accessed through the main office off the library). Handouts will be available. Hope to see you there!

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

Children’s Religious Education Program, 1U Youth & Children

Come discover the insights and wisdom our children have uncovered in a year of studying the religions of the world.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

This Sunday we mark the end of our Children’s Religious Program for the year with a Child and Youth led service.

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

9:30 am-10:30 pm  Rehearsal for all Children & Youth (Sanctuary)

11:00 am-Noon  Children- & Youth-led Service

Online registration is open – register your children today!

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at RECoordinator@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:  Francis David Cafe

Mother’s Day Basket Winners Announced — Noon, 1U Gore Hall

Tickets are still available right up to drawing time at noon. The Alliance has 3 bountiful baskets. Tickets are $1.00 (or 6 for $5.00).

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.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. 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. Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation. This is an open meeting, typically on the first Sunday of each month. Ellen Tetlow is the contact.

Monday – May 8

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – May 9

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

The Alliance invites you to a potluck luncheon at 12:00. We will celebrate the winners of our Mothers Day gift basket raffle at First Unitarian. This will be our last potluck organized in the old Gore Hall kitchen. We will vacate Gore Hall in June and return in September to a new kitchen and new Continuing Bazaar shop!

Membership in the Alliance begins with the new fiscal year May 1. Your dues are payable to the Alliance at $15 per member or $25 per couple, good through April 2018. Our membership chairperson is Shirley Jantzen, but you may mail dues to the Alliance at First Unitarian Church, 1901 E. Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803. Our members sustain our ongoing charitable work by providing income, volunteering when needed and voting on the issues we face. For further information email Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

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 10

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

Tonight: TED for Activists: Tonight we will experiment with a new format by showing a TED Talk relevant to democracy and justice and then break into small groups. We will repeat with an additional Talk and conversation with a new group.

For summer, 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.

Choir Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – May 11

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

Declaration of Conscience

Last Sunday’s guest speaker, Rev. Brock Leach, read and talked about the Declaration of Conscience created in 2017 by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). If you are interested in reading or signing it, you will find it on the new Love Resists site.

Call for Photos – Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show (Deadline: May 13)

Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon on Saturday, May 13. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include her name, date birth and, if relevant, 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.

Building The Dream Construction Update and Pix

Drywall is going up in the offices, densglass was installed in the breezeway, and more concrete was poured in various places in the Enrichment Center. AC ducts are also being installed. Things are really taking shape!  Many of you were able to see for yourselves this past Sunday – MPaul’s tours of the construction site were a resounding success! Upwards of 35 people were able to see for themselves all the great progress being made. Many wonderful comments were shared. We are so happy so many people took advantage of that opportunity!

We still have a Wish List for additional landscaping, items in Gore Hall, and furniture, if you wish to donate more. Look to hear more about these opportunities in coming days.

Please don’t hesitate to drop us an email to  should you have any questions. 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.

Shoes for the Needy

Stephanie Garber is collecting shoes to be used for the needy both in our area and abroad. If you have any gently used shoes with no holes or rips for men women or children, please bring them to the annual meeting on May 21.

There will be no place for storage prior to that day so only bring them that day and I will put all of them in my car at noon. Thank you in advance for your generosity to those in need. Questions? Contact Steph Garber at foodbank@Orlandouu.org.

Flower Communion & Child Dedication Ceremony: May 21

Our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion takes place during the service on Sunday, May 21. Bring a flower from garden, shop, or field to add to our beautiful bouquet representing the congregation’s diversity. The service will include a Child Dedication Ceremony and be followed by a light lunch and the Annual Congregational Meeting.

The Child Dedication Ceremony 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 at minister@orlandouu.org

Share the Plate Update

Our Children’s Religious Education program has selected New Image Youth Center (NIYC) for Share the Plate this month. NIYC is an enrichment program for school age children located in the Parramore section of Orlando. Through summer camp programs and after school care—including lots of tutoring, mentoring, and encouragement—New Image Youth Center’s founder and staff strive to inspire and support the children they serve.

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

May 12 – Black Cat Cafe. 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

The 2nd Friday of each month, join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

May 15 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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

May 17 – Fall Prevention Program: A Matter of Balance (Class Size Limited: Register Now)

“A Matter of Balance” helps you to protect yourself from falls and injury now and in the years to come. We exercise and address the many issues surrounding falls: our individual concerns, our fall-ty habits, how to accomplish events we will someday find challenging and how to protect ourselves in and after a fall at home/in public.  The next 8 week class will  begin on May 17 from 2:00-4:00 pm (with snacks) in Gore Hall.  Class is FREE and open to all; however class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED. Register: movements4life@gmail.com.

May 19 & 20 – Spring Journey to Membership Workshop , Hiett Library

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org (or in person at the 1U Central information table in Gore Hall on a Sunday) to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 5/19 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 5/20 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, June 2, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, June 11.

May 20 – Youth Group Fundraiser

Save the Date! Our fabulous Youth Group will be hosting a fundraiser (dinner & entertainment) to support their June Civil Rights trip to Selma, Montgomery, and Birmingham. Come support this emerging group and this great chance for them to deepen their understanding of the history of justice work. Details to follow!

May 21 – Intergenerational Flower Communion/Child Dedication Ceremony

The service today will be our annual Intergenerational Flower Communion.

A Child Dedication Ceremony will be held during the service. 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 at minister@orlandouu.org.

May 21 – Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:30 pm, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, 1U’s annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund. Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. The meeting agenda, proposed budget and Nominating Committee slate of candidates and biographies 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. Here is the link for more detailed information.


May 21 – General Assembly Prep Session, 9:30-10:30 am, Hiett Library

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

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.


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!

1U Smoking Policy

The First Unitarian Board of Trustees has adopted a new smoking policy effective January 1, 2017. It reads: No smoking of any kind, including the use of e-cigarettes, is allowed within any courtyard area on the First Unitarian Church of Orlando campus or within 25 feet of any building. This applies at all times and to all persons and groups making use of the campus.

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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