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Weekly Update – November 12, 2015

Weekly Update – November 12, 2015

Weekly Update-November 12, 2015


To include information in the next Weekly Update, send an email with your brief announcement to EBlastManager@OrlandoUU.org no later than Tuesday, 5:00pm. Please remember to include both the start time and location for events. Check the 1U website calendar for information on all our events! Please read the “Plan Ahead” section below for upcoming events as registration or RSVP deadlines may require immediate action if you plan to attend.

News Flash!

Building The Dream Progress Meetings Start Nov. 15

Updates on plans/permitting, budget–and eventually–construction.  Details in Sunday-November 15 listing.


Mark Your Calendar to Be There:  November 21 – Fair Food Rally, 10:00 am, Downtown Publix

Join this informational picket sponsored by the YAYAs, UUU, 1U and the Coalition of Immokalee Workers.

Come march with us as we ask Publix to support fair wages and humane treatment.

Details in Plan Ahead November 21 listing.

Friday – November 13

Black Cat Café – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse, share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – November 14

West Orange Solar Project Meetings

The solar project is growing! Several 1U members and friends have already joined. In recent weeks, the project has expanded to include all of Orange County. Homeowners who live west of Interstate 4 can join the WEST ORANGE SOLAR CO-OP. To get more information, email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com, visit cfsoldaradvocates.com or attend an info session:

⊕ 10:30 am today at North Orange Library        

⊕ 1:30 pm today at Windermere Library

Sunday – November 15

Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary  

You Can Get It, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Some of us are afraid to dream for fear of having our dreams dashed. How do we support one another in being hopeful dreamers? The Chalice Choir will sing.

Today we Share-the-Plate with Adriana’s Attic, a not-for-profit community outreach program. Our very own Wendy & Mike McCleskey will present more information about Adriana’s Attic during Adult R.E. at 9:30 a.m., and also at the 11 a.m. service. Adriana’s Attic provides food, clothing, hygiene & medical supplies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing to the homeless and others in need, both in the United States and internationally. Rita and Joe Marullo, who founded and run Adriana’s Attic, rely entirely on community efforts rather than formal fundraising to provide this much-needed help. Please give generously and become part of the network of care they’re building!

Children’s Religious Education

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 & Adult RE (EC Room 14)

9:30-10:30 am K-1 OWL for registered participants (EC Room 16)

11:00 am-11:15 am Child begins in Worship

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE for ages 4 to 12 (EC Rooms 4,6 & 7)

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE for ages 13 to 18 (EC Room 15)

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Library: Share the Plate with Adriana’s Attic  (learn more)

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Building The Dream Progress Meeting – 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Today we begin holding monthly progress meetings for the new building project. The objective is to report updates on plans/permitting, budget–and eventually–construction once we get going. We will keep it brief, but will stay as long as folks have questions or comments. The next meeting will be December 20 and will continue into the future on the third Sunday of each month.

Mystic Grove Movie Nite – “The Village,”  6:30 pm, EC Room 9

BYO dinner and join us for this month’s film (PG13-rated)! In the small, isolated Pennsylvania village of Covington in the 19th century, the residents live in fear of nameless creatures in the surrounding woods. They have constructed a large barrier of oil lanterns and watch towers that are constantly manned to keep watch for “those we don’t speak of.” It is explained that the villagers have a long-standing truce with the monsters; the villagers do not go into their woods, and the creatures do not enter their village…

Monday – November 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!

Tuesday – November 17

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The Alliance welcomes Dan Homblette from the 1U building committee to share a progress report at noon. Together we are planning the new home of the Continuing Bazaar and the presence of the Alliance in the community. All are welcome to bring a lunch and attend. Before lunch we will be making sandwiches for the Coalition for the Homeless in the Gore Hall kitchen, begining at 10:00.

In September the Alliance awarded a $500 quarterly payment on our pledge to 1U, and $500 for our total annual pledge to UUU. The pace of activity quickens as we head toward the Holidays. We are seeking:

* Members to staff the Sunday Continuing Bazaar

* Members to staff the Hoilday Boutique on weekends

* Contributions to the Holiday Gift Baskets (which will be raffled to pay for gifts of underwear to the homeless)

IF YOU ARE A MEMBER, PLEASE GIVE OF YOUR TIME ON THESE ACTIVITIES. THESE ARE SMALL OPPORTUNITIES TO BE AN ACTIVE PART OF THE ALLIANCE.  Contact Jean Cawelti or email Alliance@OrlandoUU.org and put “Attention Jean Cawelti–Bazaar Staffing or Gift Basket Contribution” in the subject line. Staffing duties are to open the cupboards along the wall, set some items on the tables and bring out the rolling clothes rack by 10:30 am, collect money from customers, and close up after the second coffee hour. You may serve for the first or second coffee hour, or serve for both. Training will be provided.

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 – November 18

A Conversation on Membership & Growth– 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall 

All are invited to join staff and lay leaders in the Hiett Library, 7:00-9:00 pm, for the first of a series of conversations about membership and growth at 1U. Key concepts and the changing landscape of religious life will be discussed. Current and emerging plans will be shared. Lively conversation will ensue. For more information, contact Rev. Kathy at Minister@OrlandoUU.org.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 19

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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

Mystic Grove Movie Night: Egypt Uncovered series – 7:00 pm, EC Room 9

“Post Mortem” – The ‘curse’ of the Egyptian mummies may be cures for modern disease. Studying the organs of the ancient mummies allows scientists to locate ancient disease strains and fight modern diseases by identifying their cores, the parts of the diseases’ DNA that has not changed. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for info.

Friday – November 20

Crafty Crafters – 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

Make a Dreamcatcher! Come learn about dreamcatchers & try making your own in 5″ size! Kits are $5. Please RSVP mysticgrove@orlandouu.org so we have enough kits.

Other News

Nursery Care Giver Sought

1U seeks a Nursery Caregiver to work 3 ½ hours each Sunday (9:00 am-12:30 pm) providing child care for children ages 1-4 years old in the toddler nursery. Preference will be given to those with childcare experience. Must be 18 years or older. Must be willing to complete CPR training. Background check required before hire. Pay rate: $10/hour. Further information about this job: https://www.orlandouu.org/nursery-caregiver-sought/.

Join Other 1U’s for the Thanksgiving Meal in Gore Hall!  (RSVP deadline: Nov. 23)

The Thanksgiving feast logistics are moving right along! We’re talking turkey here! Everyone is welcome to attend and no one will be turned away. But here is the rub…providing food for 50 or more diners takes planning and elbow grease.  How can you help? People are needed to setup and decorate the room, greet people, be a cashier, help get the food on the serving tables, clear the tables and wash the few dishes that will be produced. (Yea disposables!) We have job descriptions ready and experienced people to assist. There is nothing that requires artistic talent but there is an opportunity to share Thanksgiving in another way by helping with the meal. Check out the bright yellow job sheet at social hour to find the task that’s right for you.

Presently we are looking for 2 people to make a tray of stuffing each and 3 people to roast turkeys. We don’t want to have anything catered! This is a home style meal! If you agree to roast and slice a turkey you will be reimbursed and that will be your pot luck contribution. And you will be our new best friend!

Other details:  appetizers at 5:00 pm, dinner at 5:30. Cost is $5 per person, no charge for little ones. Reservations are very helpful, but no one will be turned away. Beer & wine are BYOB. Please stop by the social hour info table and let us know what your pot luck will be. Come if you are a vegetarian/vegan. Come if you have guests in town.

Bring boxes or cans of prepared food for the Semoran food pantry to share the bounty with our neighbors in need. Everyone is invited, friends, family, neighbors, even Uncle Felix from out of town. The more the merrier! Vegan/vegetarian diets will be accommodated. As will those with limited funds available for an entry or the meal.  We want you to join us.

For Thanksgiving: Help Feed the People Who Feed Us All Year!

Farmworkers feed us. Yet the people who plant, grow, and harvest our food often struggle to feed their own families. This Thanksgiving, give thanks for the food on your table and for the farmworkers who put it there! The Farmworker Association of Florida in Apopka needs food for their Thanksgiving baskets! Some of the foods people need the most are: dried or canned beans, corn meal, cooking oil, milk, tortillas, canned vegetables, flour, fresh foods (closer to Thanksgiving ), rice and cash (used to purchase turkeys)! Your donations support la lucha, the farmworker struggle! To make a donation or to volunteer call the Florida Farmworkers Association: (407) 886-5151 or email becky@floridafarmworkers.org. Help spread the word: download and print out a FFA flyer here.

Helping Hope CommUnity Center for Christmas (Deadline: Dec. 6)

We have been asked by HCC in Apopka to assist them with their annual Christmas Toy Store sale. The request is for new unwrapped toys with the price still on, valued at a minumum of $10. The gifts are then placed in the HCC seasonal store for purchase by the farm workers. Last year over 2,400 kids received gifts purchased at the store. Suggested gifts include balls of all kinds, dolls (especially ethnic), arts and crafts, board and educational games and books in English and Spanish. Look for the decorated box on the Gore Hall stage around 11/22. We will be collecting items through December 6, as they want them in the store by the end of that week. Thanks for supporting this fabulous organization!

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!

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 stocking stuffer for the holidays. 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.

Holiday Cards Now Available Online

It’s not too early to start thinking about getting your holiday cards!  Support the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) by purchasing your cards at http://www.thegoodbuy.com/collections/holidays. There are three new holiday packs available this year. While on the Web site, you may even find some gifts for the holiday season! Check out the items in the Fair Food and Home Goods sections. If you have questions, contact Steph at blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Come to SWIM 2015 – December 26

SWIM, the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami (sometimes), is delighted to invite you and yours to join us for a week of joy, adventure, and community from December 26 through January 1. SWIM is an intergenerational camp that will be gathering this year at Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid, Florida, a two-hour drive from Tampa. We have  workshops, music, worship, trips, dancing, games, canoeing, teen and children programming, a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, all ending in a wonderful New Year’s Eve party. Details of all the wonderful activities, along with cost information, on our website or contact Candy Gale director@swimuu.org  or Jerry Elsenrath registrar@swimuu.org.

Plan Ahead

November 21 – Fair Food Rally, 10:00 am, Downtown Publix

There will be a local informational picket at the downtown Publix, 400 E. Central Blvd. The event is sponsored by the YAYAs, UUU, 1U and Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Come march with us as we ask Publix to join the Fair Food Program, supporting fair wages and humane treatment in the fields. This event is part of a national day of action for this cause.

December 5 – Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project, 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

December 6 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot    (Note: Date Change)

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need of all blood types. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.

December 7 – 1U Executive Committee Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett 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.

December 12 – Program Planning and Development Opportunity, 9:00 am-Noon, Gore Hall

This quarterly session is planned to engage and connect lay leaders and others involved in planning and carrying out the programs of the congregation. There will be informational updates, team building, and educational components. It’s a great way to deepen your connection to our community and the fabulous people in it. RSVP–helpful for planning–to Rev. Kathy at Minister@OrlandoUU.org.

December 14 – 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.

December 26-January 1 – Come to SWIM 2015, Cloverleaf 4-H Camp 

SWIM, the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami (sometimes), is delighted to invite you and yours to join us for a week of joy, adventure, and community from December 26 through January 1. SWIM is an intergenerational camp that will be gathering this year at Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid, Florida, a two-hour drive from Tampa. We have  workshops, music, worship, trips, dancing, games, canoeing, teen and children programming, a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, all ending in a wonderful New Year’s Eve party. Details of all the wonderful activities, along with cost information, on our website or contact Candy Gale director@swimuu.org  or Jerry Elsenrath registrar@swimuu.org.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

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

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond) that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email 1usjlist@gmail.com with your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

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.

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.

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.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/     

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