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Weekly Update – November 16, 2016

Weekly Update – November 16, 2016

News Flash!

Thurs: RUUM Holocaust Center Tour, 2:00 pm 

The Retired UU Men’s group visits Maitland Holocaust Center for a docent-led tour on 11/17. All 1U members and friends are invited. Contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org for details.

and,

Saturday: Attend (and please help with) With Love from Us to 1U, a Free Musical Variety Show

Details in Saturday – November 19 listings

and,

Sunday: Building the Dream Update Meeting

Details in Sunday – November 20 listings

and,

Monday:  Order of Service Deadline Next Week

The Order of Service deadline for announcements for Sunday, Nov 27 will be Monday, Nov. 21 at 1:00 pm due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Please send all announcements to:  orderofservice@OrlandoUU.org.

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Friday – November 18

BYO Craft Circle – 6:30-8:30 pm, EC Room 9

A gathering for church members and friends to talk, sew, weave, share, philosophize and just generally enjoy the heck out of everyone’s company. All are welcome! For more information email mysticgrove@OrlandoUU.org

Saturday – November 19

Free 1U Musical Variety Show – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Come enjoy “With Love from Us to 1U,” a free musical variety show with a range of talented performers, including, but not limited to: the Folk Ensemble, A Chordia, Welkin, EMG, 1U Youth Trio, and Bella Sutra. There will be an intermission (in Gore Hall) with beer/wine/mulled cider and finger foods available for purchase.
Here’s a Facebook link to show info:  https://www.facebook.com/events/210709612683133/

Before/during/after the concert, we could use helpers in these areas:

-move microphones for differing setups during the concert
-take video
-take photographs
-general assistance with seating and otherwise guiding attendees and latecomers
-cleaning up and putting away everything used.
No need to RSVP. Just show up early and ask to be put to use. Setup will begin at 4:00 pm in both Gore Hall and the Sanctuary. Performance begins at 7:00.

Sunday – November 20

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

Thank You!, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Reflections on gratitude as we head into the holiday weekend.

We’ll be Sharing the Plate today with Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE). Joining us from Organize Now will be Community Organizer Diane Jones, and Development Coordinator Laura Dowler, who is also a 1U member. They’ll present an R.E. session at 9:30 am in Hiett Library and will also speak briefly at the 11:00 am service. Organize Now is a community-based nonprofit organization focused on training, organizing, and informing people of their rights and common interests. Organize Now helps people take local action on issues such as interacting with law enforcement, reproductive rights, social justice aspects of climate change, and immigration rights. Please give generously to a group that shares our dedication to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice, and the promotion of an equal and fair Florida for all.

Guest at Your Table – through January 15

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) oversees our annual intergenerational program, Guest at your Table. This is an opportunity to raise support and awareness about the work that UUSC does around the world to advance human rights. This year the theme is Defying Hate. More details will be coming shortly.

The UUSC identifies and works in many areas to defy hate every day of the year. That may be “When the unaccompanied minors are deported from the Dominican Republic simply because they are of Haitian descent,” or when “…US religious groups export discrimination against LBGTQ individuals to African nations” or “When loud voices assign blame to innocent people and fan the flames of fear, prejudice and xenophobia…” Read more about Guest at your Table at uusc.org/gayt.

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 available during early Worship & Adult RE  (EC Assembly Room)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents (Sanctuary)

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE programming Children proceed to Enrichment Center

Online enrollment is open so register your child today. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more CRE information: ECoordinator@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 F.I.R.E.

We’ll be Sharing the Plate today with Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE). Joining us from Organize Now will be Community Organizer, Diane Jones, and Development Coordinator, Laura Dowler, who is also a 1U member. 

11:00 am in the Library: Movie Talk – “Hacksaw Ridge”

Hacksaw Ridge is the true story about World War II hero, Desmond T. Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor. Is it an anti-warm movie or an appreciation of our American military? Producer David Permut says: “This is a movie about a man who stood by his convictions at all costs; it appeals to everyone, no matter what side of what issues you are on.” Does this film illustrate our 3rd Principle “Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth” or does it illuminate our 5th Principle “The Right of Conscience…?”

Deadline to RSVP for 1U Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 24

Check at the 1U Central table in Gore Hall for sign up information, or email Jeffri Moore. Full details in November 24 Listing.

Building The Dream Update Meet – 12:30 pm, Hiett Library

Hope to see you there: We’re in the final stages of working with M Paul as we compare plans alongside their estimates and our budget. We will have information on next steps as we look into December and January. Remember that there are flooring samples & color schemes in the foyer to look at too! If you have any questions, please drop us an email: bldgcommunications@orlandouu. org.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy  – 12:15 pm, Sanctuary

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 this one-hour Meet and Greet.

Special Showing and Sale of Eva Brinson Treasures – Gore Hall

Eva has moved to nursing care at Lutheran Towers, has no room for them, and has donated them to the Alliance. You may find items that remind you of your time with Eva here. Your purchase will benefit 1U and the Alliance.

3rd Sunday Movie Nite – The Last Unicorn (G), 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! This month we watch “The Last Unicorn.” Plot: From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly’s words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard… Learn More.

Monday – November 21

Volunteer at Clean the World – 1:00-3:00 pm. Mark your calendar!

Clean the World collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that would otherwise generate environmental waste. Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, they prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year and encourage vigorous childhood development. In 2 hours, we help by separating the donated soap from other hygiene products so the organization can melt it down, sanitize it and make it into full size bars for use by those in need. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Children ages 8 through 15 require supervision by a parent or guardian. Please remember to wear closed toed shoes. Gloves will be provided. The location is at 400 Pittman St., Suite A, Orlando, FL 32801. To RSVP or with questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Margaret Fuller Life & Works – 7:00 pm Hiett Library

Join us for an informal discussion about the life and works of Margaret Fuller, the amazing 19th century author, journalist, and feminist. Discussion facilitated by Ken Lofgren.

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 22

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

This is the final day to bring donations for the Annual Holiday Gift Baskets to be raffled at both 1U Churches. Alliance members: Please bring your small festive items (or cash) to First Unitarian Church. Raffle tickets will go on sale December 4.

We have purchased $300 worth of men’s underwear and will prepare them for gifting today for the Samaritan Resource Center.

Join us as we go into a very busy Holiday season:

Nov 29 – Holiday Boutique will be set up in Gore Hall.

Dec 6 – Our Holiday Lunch will be held at the home of Cathy Spoone.

Two Weekends in December – We will staff the Holiday Boutique when it opens to the public. You can always get more info by emailing the Alliance .

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 23

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 24

(All Scheduled Church Activities Cancelled for the Holiday except 1U Dinner)

1U Thanksgiving Dinner, 5:00 pm, Gore Hall   (RSVP Deadline: Nov. 20)

Looking for company for Thanksgiving dinner? Join us for a festive community dinner with family and friends. All are welcome! Appetizers at 5:00 pm, with dinner at 5:30. Cost? $5 per person (13 and older), no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Turkey and veggie roasts will be provided. Bring a holiday potluck dish/dessert to round out the meal. Bring your own wine or beer; soft drinks available.

We will use Perfect Potluck online to help build our potluck, and offer volunteer opportunities. In particular, we need a couple of turkey roasters. Let us know if this might be you!

By 11/20/16, to help with planning, please RSVP & record your potluck selections at www.perfectpotluck.com, using Coordinator=Moore; password=7793.     Or email Jeffri Moore at folkensemble@Orlandouu.org . Thanks!

*** This is a perfect chance to bring items for the continuing Food Drive!

EMG Rehearsal– 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary  (Cancelled for Thanksgiving Holiday)

We will work on our first group rehearsals and performance. For more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall  (Cancelled for Thanksgiving Holiday)

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

Learning Tarot Series  Session 6 – 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 9  (Cancelled for Thanksgiving Holiday)

Always wanted to learn to read Tarot? This 10-session Thursday series will include content on the Major Arcana and Court Cards presented by class leaders, discussion, exercises, tarot spreads, and homework you can do at your own pace. The class will be creating their personal Rider-Waite-Smith flashcard decks. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register. Cost: $30 for the series. If you need tuition help, please include that in the email. There will also be a Facebook study group for distance learners and/or those who cannot come to each class. We want to make this doable for you! For more details, click here.


Other News

New Tradition: Giving Tuesday 

In recent years, the Monday after Thanksgiving has been termed Cyber Monday—when many people go online and buy holiday presents. As a response, GIVING TUESDAY was created. This is a day when you can donate money to a favorite cause. We encourage you to give on Tuesday, November 29 and we’d love for you to consider 1U’s Building The Dream Capital Campaign. We are in the final detail and budgeting phase and we are literally pinching pennies right now. If you donate $50, that pays for a square yard of sod. $100 pays for several flooring tiles for our children’s nursery, made of eco-friendly materials. $300 buys a beautiful double-paned energy-efficient window. Every dollar counts at this point; we are grateful for your consideration. Just go to our website—orlandouu.org—and click on the “DONATE” button on the top right. You can submit your donation under the “Capital Campaign Donation” heading. Alternatively you can mail a donation to church or put it in the collection basket—make sure it is labeled Capital Campaign Gift to separate it from your campaign pledge.

Blue Holiday: A Special Service of Remembrance & Hope December 11

We are inviting the larger community to join 1U for a Blue Holiday Service on the day before the 6-month anniversary of Pulse. Offered by the Pastoral Associates, the service is designed to welcome all–of every faith or of no faith. While the holiday season can be joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity, and memories overwhelming. This year, in addition to our individual losses, we acknowledge our communal loss. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. A simple reception in the fellowship hall will follow the 30-minute service in the sanctuary.

Holiday Schedule

12/11    4:00 pm    Blue Holiday Service followed by Reception

12/18  11:00 am    Holiday Pageant, Single Service followed by Pot Luck Lunch

12/21    7:00 pm    Winter Solstice Service followed by Yule Vigil

12/24    5:30 pm   Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

              7:30 pm   Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

12/25  11:00 am    Christmas Day Service (simple single service)

Congregational Vote to Ordain Rachel Christensen December 18

A formal congregational meeting to vote to ordain Rachel Christensen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry in conjunction with University Unitarian Universalist Society. Vote to be held in the Sanctuary at noon on December 18.

Pride Parade Photos

Here is a link to a gallery of Pride Parade photos  in 1U’s SmugMug (taken by Mike Haddad & Jessica. Another way to find it: go to www.orlandouu.smugmug.com and you’ll see it as the first gallery displayed. As always, the photos will display full screen if you click the slide show icon above the selected photo.

New Treasurer

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Tommy Harrison has agreed to step into the Treasurer position. Tommy was serving his second year as a Trustee on the Board. We thank President-Elect, Kim Holdridge, for her oversight of the responsibilities of the Treasurer position after the unexpected relocation of the Treasurer elected by the congregation at its Annual Meeting last June.

Hope CommUnity Center Christmas Toy Drive Nov. 27-Dec. 11

1U has been invited to be part of the 42nd Annual Toy Store for Hope CommUnity Center. As with past years, they are asking for new unwrapped items with tags left on. They then create a store at their site to sell the items to the families. The monies support the Center. We will be collecting items from Sunday 11/27 through Sunday 12/11. A collection box will be placed on the Gore Hall stage. Thanks in advance for supporting this holiday cause for the local farm worker community.

Help With Our Blood Drive

We badly need blood donors for our upcoming Dec 18 drive from 8:30-1.  If you would like: make an appointment.

 RIDE NEEDED Sundays and/or Wednesday Eves

If anyone lives in or around the Curryford / Goldenrod area and would be willing to give a ride to 1U member Maribel and her son to 1U on Sundays and/or Wednesday evenings (for the Conversations with our Faith Neighbors program), please send an email to Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org (and write “Maribel” in the subject field).

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.

Order UUSC Holiday Cards Now!

Order your UUSC Holiday cards here. Many past year designs are vastly discounted!

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

November 30 – Orange County Solar Co-op Enrollment Deadline

Enrollment in the 2016 Orange County Solar Co-op began in July and will end on Nov. 30. Orange County property owners (plus Seminole and Osceola) are invited to join this Co-op by completing the online form at flsun.org/orange-county/. For more information, contact either Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen at cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com.

December 3 – Second Harvest Food Bank Sorting and Packing, 1:00-4:00 pm, Second Harvest Facility

Mark your calendars now for our next Second Harvest service date. Please meet promptly at 1:00 pm at 411 Mercy Drivem
Orlando, FL 32805. You must wear closed toed shoes. Please RSVP or ask questions at Foodbank@Orlandouu.org.

December 4 – Alliance Holiday Boutique Opens, Gore Hall Foyer

Gore Hall foyer will be transformed into a splendid Holiday Boutique by the Alliance. We will assemble an overflowing selection of holiday items for sale to support our service projects. We have collected donated items all year for this annual event, so you can buy recycled gifts, decorations and treasures at bargain prices and support local causes. Open each Sunday in December for Unitarians. Open Fridays and Saturdays (Dec 9 – 17) to the public. Shop here before you go to the crowded retail stores…reuse, recycle, relax.

December 4 – Alliance Holiday Gift Baskets Raffle Ticket Sale Begins

Offered by the Alliance at both Unitarian Churches, these beautiful baskets raise money for the homeless men’s favorite gifts: underwear!! The raffle tickets will remain on sale until the drawing December 18.

December 11 – Blue Holiday: A Special Service of Remembrance & Hope, 4:00 pm, Sanctuary and Gore Hall 

We are inviting the larger community to join 1U for a Blue Holiday Service on the day before the 6-month anniversary of Pulse. Offered by the Pastoral Associates, the service is designed to welcome all–of every faith or of no faith. While the holiday season can be joyous, many also find the expectations, hectic activity, and memories overwhelming. This year, in addition to our individual losses, we acknowledge our communal loss. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very painful time of the year. A simple reception in the fellowship hall will follow the 30-minute service in the sanctuary.

December 18 – 1U Blood Drive, Red Bus in our parking lot, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

All blood types are needed! Please contact for questions: Blooddrive@orlandouu.org

December 18 – Congregational Vote to Ordain Rachel Christensen, Noon, Sanctuary

Join our formal congregational meeting to vote to ordain Rachel Christensen to the Unitarian Universalist ministry, in conjunction with University Unitarian Universalist Society.

December 18 – Alliance Holiday Gift Baskets Raffle Prizes Awarded

Offered by the Alliance at both Unitarian Churches, these beautiful baskets raise money for the homeless men’s favorite gifts: underwear!!


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

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.

T-Shirts on Sale — 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

1U Passports are Here! Get Yours Today!

We’ve created 1U “Passports” for you to keep track of your adventures this fall. Pick up yours at 1U Central any Sunday and play along.

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.

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.

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.

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 Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:

                       November-Tommy & Elise Harrison        December-Tommy & Elise Harrison

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.


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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

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

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