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Weekly Update – November 1, 2018

Weekly Update – November 1, 2018

News Flash!

Saturday: 1U Maintenance & Enhancement Work Party 9:00 am-Noon

Details in Saturday – November 3

and,

Sunday: Guest Minister – Rev. Tracie Barrett-Welser

Details in Sunday – November 4

and,

Thanksgiving at 1U? Let’s Get Creative about How this Thanksgiving Might Look!

Details in Plan Ahead

 

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – November 2

Wheel of the Year Curriculum Development — 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends write “Wheel of the Year” curriculum for MS/HS/Adult level on first Fridays. Our goal is to publish at UUCards. Drop in friendly. Feel free to come if you want to help on this project! At this meeting we go over elementary level curriculum and discuss the best format for an MS/HS or HS/Adult version. The main activity we test is a magnetic wheel for your fridge. For more details about this session and to RSVP so there’s enough supplies on hand, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/318335095565775/

Saturday – November 3

November Maintenance & Enhancement Work Party — 9:00 am-Noon

The first Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) work morning is today. Come help us with very focused small projects to maintain and/or improve our campus. We will be prepping areas to do touch up painting at the next work morning, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the exterior of the buildings of cobwebs, trimming a few shrubs, fixing things in the Ready Room and Wiggle Room and more. We will have the tools and supplies that are needed. We will get done what we can with the folks that turn out and then do the remainder on 11/17 when we meet again. Please help make this a success. See you at 9:00 on Saturday.Your LTME Team.

Samhain Ritual — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join Mystic Grove as we honor our ancestors and celebrate Samhain! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: (grey, black, white, somber hues, etc). “Pagan formal” is encouraged. Our Samhain ritual is going to have some dark themes and actual lit candles (not battery ones). Parents of small children should use their judgment. You can retire with your child to the couch lobby area past the foyer if ritual becomes too intense for your child. Please bring a photo of your ancestor(s) for the community altar if you would like. 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. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/306643236586475/.

Sunday – November 4

Hymn Sing — The first Sunday of each month, 10:15 am Sanctuary (Note Time Change: Fall Back!)

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary (Note Time Change: Fall Back!)

Sand Bags & Road SaltRev. Tracie Barrett-Welser

Rev. Tracie serves our congregation in Eustis, The UU Congregation of Lake County. As she covers in Rev. Kathy’s absence, she has accepted the challenge of preaching on the Worship Teams planned theme. Two days before the elections, we consider the ways we keep ourselves safe. The Chalice Choir sings. Youth will be in the service.

We are all saddened by the recent  events at the Tree of Life Congregation in Pittsburgh.  Today, during social hour, several cards will be available in Gore Hall.  Please add your message of support and love to them.  The cards will be mailed next week.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s summer programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education 

(All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)

Plan Ahead: 

November 11:  9:30 am in the Community Room Movie Talk: A Star Is Born

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events; in this case, movies.  How difficult is it to embrace justice, equity and compassion when drug addiction is part of the soundtrack?  A Star is Born illustrates the challenges of applying our UU Principles to daily life. See the movie and join the discussion. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

Inquirers Series — Every Sunday 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall Room A  (Childcare Available in the Nursery)

Today:  Membership 101

The Inquirers Series is a rotation of 8 conversations about our congregation and Unitarian Universalist history and practices. The series is designed for visitors and newcomers who are looking for a general introduction, and yet the sessions are also appealing to veteran members who want more information about our church. New church members and inquirers are encouraged to attend. It’s best if you can commit to attending all 8 weekly sessions but the class is designed for you to pick up classes you miss in future rounds of the series. Join us!

·         11/11/18 No session – Deep Conversation with BOT

·         11/18/18 UU History +

·         11/25/18 No session – holiday

·         12/2/18  Q&A with Minister

·         12/9/18  Social Justice +

·         12/16/18 Worship +

·         12/23/18 No session – holiday

·         12/30/18 No session – holiday

·         1/6/19 Faith Development +

·         1/13/19  Care & CG

·         1/20/19  Campus Tour

·         1/27/19  Membership 101

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00–1:00 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center

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 ourexperience, 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://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com.

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:00 pm-2: 00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an mixed Pagan group that is 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 or in sympathy with UU principles. 1st Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP:  https://www.facebook.com/events/265154140752618/.

1U First Sunday Fellowship

This 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,” 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 if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Monday – November 5

First Monday Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 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, Teleconference

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 – November 6

The Alliance — 11:30 am, Gore Hall

VOTE TODAY!

There will be no Alliance meeting today. Instead, our monthly business meeting is postponed until next week, November 13 at 12:00 in Gore Hall. Officers will meet the same day at 11:00. First Unitarian Church will be transformed into a polling place today with all poll workers donating their earnings to the Church. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found

A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.

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 – November 7

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.

1U Wednesdays – Wednesday evening classes are taking a break for a bit

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuar

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 8

Meditation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center)

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Led by Rev. Kathy. Drop in friendly.


Other News

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

Six-week Worship Series Continues — The Sands of Our Lives. Join us as we explore! Sand is rich with symbolism. It can be perceived as a play thing or a wasteland. It helps us measure time and also reminds us that everything changes.

November 11 – Shifting Sands – We consider the image of a sand mandala to consider the concept of impermanence. Welkin performs.

November 18 – Falling Sand. We use an hourglass as an image to talk about the passing of time and consider urgency and varying understandings and responses to time. Chalice Choir performs. Youth will be in the service.

November 25 – Building Sand Castles. This week brings together many of the ideas we have explored through the series. It is Thanksgiving Weekend when we often have visiting family members and other guests, so we’ll make it a good welcome for them.

Missed a Sunday? 

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

Thanksgiving at 1U!

Thanksgiving is approaching and thankfulness, togetherness, and a tasty dinner with all the trimmings come to mind. However, this fall has been one of uncertainties, health issues and other worries. The congregation and Caring Circle have been busy taking care of one another. The truth is, we are not prepared to do an elaborate holiday Thanksgiving event this year. However, we want to make sure no one is left alone for Thanksgiving. Time to assess the congregation’s needs. Do you need a place at a Thanksgiving table? Do you have an extra place at your table at home? Would you be willing to bring potluck to Gore Hall, and be in community? We are seeking a leader/organizer for this effort. Let’s be creative about how this Thanksgiving might look. Drop by Gaby’s table in Gore Hall on Sundays: 11/4 and 11/11 to register your need or willingness to host. Or contact Kathy Homblette, Caringcircle@orlandouu.org.

UUSC Holiday Cards Now Available Online

This year the UUSC will be selling holiday cards thru The Good Buy site.  Holiday cards are online here:
https://www.thegoodbuy.com/collections/holiday-cards. (Scroll down to the bottom of the page for sale cards!!)

Got a Talent with PowerPoint? Or Like to Research Excellent Books on Specific Topics?

If EITHER description fits you, the Words for All Ages Team can use your help. We’d love to include more people in the entertaining process of looking at books for young readers, taking photos of each, then dropping the photos into slide templates. As we prepare each book, we deliver it to Rev. Kathy for use in Sunday services.  The process is fascinating and amusing, standardized to the point of simplicity, and efficient. If you’ve ever wondered how those delightful and clever new stories turn up in each weekly service, here is your chance to not just find out, but be a part!  You DON’T have to be a parent–although people who regularly are on the lookout for outstanding books for children are going to especially enjoy this process. For questions about how this can put more smiles, giggles and moments of ROFL into your life with a tiny bit of effort, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org.

Share The Plate Update

In November, we’ll share the plate with Mental Health Association of Central Florida (MHACF). MHACF has served the Central Florida community since 1946, and their role is to provide mental health services, support and information to Central Floridians. Since the Pulse tragedy, over 140 individuals have been able to receive quality mental health services free-of-charge through MHACF’s Orlando United Counseling Program, and more than 3,000 individuals have attended MHACF’s commemorative community workshops to honor the identities of those lost in the Pulse tragedy and fight the mental health stigma that might keep trauma sufferers from seeking help.

Interfaith Yoga Project November 16

Join us for a very special Friday evening Interfaith Yoga Project Event:  Gratitude Practice – Recognizing our Blessings, 7:00-8:30 pm. It will be a quiet and reflective evening of gentle, restorative yoga, friendship, community and snacks with our interfaith sisters and brothers. Register for this free practice: https://www.eventbrite. com/e/interfaith-yoga-project- gratitude-practice- recognizing-our-blessings- tickets-51571904956. Check out the FB page here: https://www.facebook. com/events/1081551128674079/. FREE and open to ALL!.

Since 1U is hosting this practice, a few volunteers are needed to greet people as they come in and make them feel at home in Gore Hall. This service would entail getting to church around 6:30 and helping to clean up 8:30-9:00 pm. You can contact Julia Chinnock at interfaithyogaproject@gmail.com to volunteer and for further information. (You can also leave a note of your interest in volunteering when you register to attend on the EventBrite link above.

Join Justice GoogleGrou

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. Caring Circle contact for October is Kathy Homblette. Contact(s) can be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are:  dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

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

November 9 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

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.

November 10 — Bendy & Balanced Children’s Yoga at 1U, 9:15 am, Studio

BBCY is movement, fun and mindfulness. We bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and land peacefully on our mats in butterfly pose. Our journey is one your child will never forget. We play yoga games and practice partner poses to build confidence and self-esteem. Above all, we have fun! Bendy & Balanced is offering a Children’s Yoga class on select Saturdays at 9:15 am at 1U this Fall.  Remaining date: December 8. Normal rate is $8 per session, but we are offering a discount to our 1U family for this class: only $5! Join the fun! Bring your little ones to get Bendy & Balanced together! Questions? Contact Eileen Simoneau:  bendy&balanced@gmail.com.

November 15 —Mystic Grove R&D Ritual Book (3rd Thursdays) – 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends organize 17 years of rituals to select the best for publication for our 20th anniversary. Drop in friendly. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/698809663809315/.

November 15 — 1U Community Garden Workshop: DIY Eco-Friendly Beauty Products, 7:00-8:30 pm, Gore Hall

This interactive workshop will allow participants to choose two beauty products to make and keep, including mud masks, roll on essential-oil perfumes, and skin toners. Learn how to use natural ingredients, including plants growing in the 1U Community Garden, to incorporate into your beauty regiment. A $10 supply fee and preregistration is required for this workshop and space is limited to 12 participants. See 1U member Elizabeth Horn to register, or visit Gaby at 1U Central. Please bring cash payment and exact change.

November 16 – Interfaith Yoga Project, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us for a very special Friday evening Interfaith Yoga Project Event:  Gratitude Practice – Recognizing our Blessings. It will be a quiet and reflective evening of gentle, restorative yoga, friendship, community and snacks.  Register for this free practice:  interfaithyogaproject@gmail.com. All are welcome!

November 17 — 1U Maintenance & Enhancement Party, 9:00 to noon, 1U Campus

Another Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) work morning today. Come help us with very focused small projects to maintain and/or improve our campus. We will be prepping areas to do touch up painting at the next work morning, cleaning the kitchen, cleaning the exterior of the buildings of cobwebs, trimming a few shrubs, fixing things in the Ready Room and Wiggle Room and more. We will have the tools and supplies that are needed. Please help make this a success. Your LTME Team.

November 19 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

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.

November 25 — Mystic Grove and Friends Visit Guang Ming Temple, 9:30 am, Off campus

Mystic Grove and friends are meeting up at Guang Ming Temple for a tour! Please mail mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to get on the field trip list.  $10+ donation suggested for the lunch. Come to it all or just the parts you like best and get to visit/learn about another faith community

9:30 am   Intro to Buddhism Class
11:00 am Temple Tour
12:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Guang Ming does tours until December. If the MG Field Trip dates do not work for you, please considering attending one on a Sunday that works better for you!

December 8 — Bendy & Balanced Children’s Yoga at 1U, 9:15 am, Studio

BBCY is movement, fun and mindfulness. We bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and land peacefully on our mats in butterfly pose. Our journey is one your child will never forget. We play yoga games and practice partner poses to build confidence and self-esteem. Above all, we have fun! Bendy & Balanced is offering a Children’s Yoga class on select Saturdays at 9:15 am at 1U this Fall. Normal rate is $8 per session, but we are offering a discount to our 1U family for this class: only $5! Join the fun! Bring your little ones to get Bendy & Balanced together! Questions? Contact Eileen Simoneau:  bendy&balanced@gmail.com.

December 9 — 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.

April 5-7, 2019 – 9th Annual Florida Unitarian Universalist Women’s Retreat, Dayspring Episcopal Conference Center

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5  to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. (Cat Rigby and Christi Bass are going from 1U.) Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.


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 Gore Hall 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!

Fair Trade Coffee and Tea Schedule – 1st and 3rd Sundays, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available on the first and third Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the service. Sales of coffee and tea benefit small independent growers. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

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, or even think you could possibly use a listening ear or caring heart, please contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

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.

Parking Notice

Since we moved to a single service, more folks are needing to find parking all at one time. This has resulted in a few folks parking on the sidewalk on the north side of the Enrichment Center. Please do not park in this area for two reasons. First: the sidewalk is just that, a sidewalk not a driveway. It was not built to support cars. The orange rumble strip is the edge of the drive and should not be crossed. Secondly: no one should park on the driveway in this area, because the drive was designed for the radius needed for fire trucks and they would not be able to pass through with cars. Thanks for your assistance with this. The solution (a reminder) is for those that can to park off campus on Hampton or elsewhere. With Love, Your LTME.

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, or email Endowment@orlandouu.org.

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.

1U Maintenance Contact Info

We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use ltm@orlandouu.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan for offerings that interest you in the rest of 2018! The Mystic Grove 2018 Brochure and Calendar are available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.

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 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.

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.

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Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

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

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