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Weekly Update – May 5, 2016

Weekly Update – May 5, 2016

2nd Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show Submission Deadline —

Noon May 6

Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline May 7

Details in Friday and Saturday listings. 


Friday – May 6

2nd Annual Mother’s Day Slide Show Submission Deadline — Noon

Want to include your mom in our Mother’s Day remembrance? Send your picture to minister@orlandouu.org by noon today. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may 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.

BYO Craft Circle — 6:30-830 pm, EC Room 9

Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people and chat? Bring your own project and come join us for crafting and fellowship the first Friday of each month! For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – May 7

Beltane Ritual — 7:00pm, Gore Hall

Join us in celebrating Beltane! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: Red, white, green, yellow, etc in bright tones. Floral headbands encouraged. Ritual begins at 7:00. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline 

Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town on May 14. 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 for questions to Alan Oberholtzer, dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – May 8

Building the Dream Update Meetings

A meeting at 9:30 am today was mistakenly announced. Instead, please come to the tours of the Enrichment Center after worship and be sure to attend next Sunday’s Annual Congregational Meeting (see details for both below.)

Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary   (Summer single services continue through Water Communion, September 11)

The Many Faces of  Mothering, Intern Minister Rachel Christensen

“Strong mother God, working night and day, planning all the wonders of creation, setting each equation, genius at play.”- Brian Wren; Lyric to Hymn #23, Bring Many Names. Welkin and Members of the Folk ensemble will perform.

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 during early worship & rehearse for 11:00 Worship Service (Sanctuary)

11:00 am-Noon Religious Education Sunday: Children lead Worship Service

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: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Plan Ahead:  Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Summer Program

Children’s Religious Educaiton will have a special program for children ages 4-17 on Sundays during the 11:00am worship service which will begin after Mother’s Day and run all summer. Keep an eye on the weekly newsletter and Facebook for details.

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)

9:30 am in the Library: Meditation with Bob Leger

We are now on our summer schedule and offerings will change week to week. Watch here for updates.

Tour of Enrichment Center during Social Hour 

Members of the Building the Dream team will again be offering tour of the Enrichment Center so that everyone can take a look at the space we are hoping to renovate. Tours will leave from Gore Hall. Looks for a member of the team (Tommy Harrison, Marty Haynie, Dan Homblette, John Hartgering, Christine Haskins) or stop by Gaby’s Table at 1U Central.

Monday – May 9

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

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

Tuesday – May 10

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

The 2nd Tuesday of the month will be potluck lunch and fellowship in Gore Hall. Our new year begins now and our membership drive is on. Single memberships are $15. Married couple memberships are $25. Any additional contribution will go toward the work of the Alliance. Shirley Jantzen is our membership chair and will be available at church on Sundays. You may also approach any known member or mail a check to the The Alliance in care of First Unitarian Church, 1901 E. Robinson St, Orlando 32803.

In April the Alliance awarded Planned Parenthood $500, the Victor Cruz Fund $500, the Audubon Society $250, the Nehrling Society $25 and the Samaritan Resource Center $257. Alliance also hosed a reception on May 1 following a memorial service for our beloved member Lois Wood.

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall  (No class this week; join us next week)

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 11

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – May 12

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

General Assembly Prep Session May 22 

Come learn about the issues that will be discussed the Unitarian Universalists General Assembly (UUA GA) in Columbus this summer. From 9:30-10:30 am in the Hiett Library, 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.

Welcome Home Wednesday has officially ended!

Thank you to all of our wonderful teachers who taught classes and to the volunteers that helped set up and clean up every Wednesday. We have created an exit survey for folks who attended WHW to fill out so the WHW Committee can assess the success of this springs WHW and see where we can improve. Thank you!!

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.

Introducing at 1U: The Eclectic Music Group!

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, more if interest, talent, resources and schedules support.

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. With an emphasis on artistic quality, promotion of UU’s seven principles and building community through collaboration.

The first performance is scheduled for the July 10 Sunday service featuring Electronic Ambient and Dance music. Please contact John Brockman at EMG@OrlandoUU.org if you are interested in participating and committing your time, talent, ideas and support.

Next 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.

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.

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners

Bulletins about the critical needs of our primary Community Partners will shortly be available on the 1U web site. Keep your eye on this space for the links to come!

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.

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.

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!

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!


Plan Ahead

May 14 – Dinner with Friends 

Join groups of members and friends, dining together, all over town. Travel to meet new people or attend a familiar group nearby. Questions to Alan Oberholtzer, dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

May 15 – 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.  Lunch will be provided by Baja Burrito for $5 per person.  Childcare will be available. Agenda, budget, nominating committee officers slate and bios are all available online via the links within this listing, and also via links in the Governance section of the 1U Website.

May 15 – Movie Nite, 6:30-830 pm, EC Room 9

Come join us each month on 3rd Sundays in Room 9 for movie night fun. It’s BYO dinner, watch, and discuss! May’s family friendly selection is “How to Train Your Dragon.” (PG) Plot summary: “A hapless young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons, becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed.” You can read more about it here. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

May 16 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group, 7:00 pm Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome!

May 19 – RUUM Speaker Meeting, 10:30 am, Hiett Library

Note the special arrangements: We will meet at the church at 10:30 am to hear a special presentation by Arnold Breman called “Make ‘em Laugh”. Arnold has put together a multimedia presentation on comedy that will lighten your step and brighten your day. We will have lunch after the presentation. Details on that portion will be emailed out to all.

May 20-Teaching Craft Circle: 6:30-830pm, Assembly Room

Sharpie Blooms T-shirt! Bring your own white or light colored T-shirt, white flour sack dish towel or other light colored fabric item you want to decorate and learn how to do “sharpie blossoms.” Lesson is based on this video tutorial. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

May 21 – A Peek at Next Year’s Programs, 9:30-11:30 am

Next year will be full of rich opportunities to build our 1U community, deepening our spiritual lives, and serve the wider Central Florida community. Join Rev. Kathy for a look at plans in place and to provide input to what is still emerging. Everyone is invited. Leaders are especially encouraged to attend. Info and RSVP minister@orlandouu.org.

May 22 – 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.

May 22 – General Assembly Prep Session, 9:30-10:30 am, Hiett Library

Come learn about the issues that will be discussed the Unitarian Universalists General Assembly (UUA GA) in Columbus 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 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!

June 16 – RUUM Annual Pool Tournament, Bill Spoone Home

More details to come!

July 7 – RUUM Regular Meeting, 11:30 am, Hiett Library

Bring a lunch and join in the fun!


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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 – a new contribution option is available!

You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! The process involves simply sending a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you would 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! It gets easier all the time to support 1U, and we thank you.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How do members know when their donations are processed? Members receive an immediate confirmation via text that their contribution has been received. After a text contribution has been processed, it appears on the member’s credit/debit card statement.

Are all contributions set at a fixed dollar amount? No. The member chooses the amount of the donation.

Are members assessed any special fees? No, but normal text messaging fees from their cell phone carriers may apply.

Are text contributions ever charged to a member’s mobile phone bill? Give by Text is safe and secure. Your phone carrier only sends the text exchange and never has access to any financial information. Contributions are processed using the payment method specified in the member’s online profile.

What payment methods are available for giving by text? Available payment options are credit and debit cards.

Can members set up recurring donations by text? No, text is great for one-time contributions. Recurring contributions are easily set up through 1U’s “Donate” button on our  website (www.orlandoUU.org).

Can members text contributions to individual funds? Yes! 1U’s Funds that you can contribute to via text are:

Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge)

Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)

Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge)

Donation (textingcode:  generaldonation)

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Please include the text code in your text message.

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.

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 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.

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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