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Weekly Update – November 22, 2018

Weekly Update – November 22, 2018

News Flash

A black bike has been locked to the bike rack for the past 2 weeks. If anyone in the Eblast community knows anything about it, please remove it, or ask the owner to contact Amy in the church office.

On 11/25, absent other information, the lock will be cut, and the bike disposed of.


Adopt A Poinsettia by December 1, and,

Details for both above in Other News


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

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – November 23

Saturday – November 24

Sunday – 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!

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary 

Topic to be Announced, by Pastor Jim Coffin-Executive Director of the Interfaith Council of Central Florida. Service Leader is Nicki Drumb.

Rev. Kathy is on medical leave for November and December to undergo testing for recently emerged symptoms.

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 No session today

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

Plan Ahead:

December 2     9:30 am in the Community Room, Movie Talk: First Man & Bohemian Rhapsody

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. Both First Man and Bohemian Rhapsody look at the lives of real men in the not-so-distant past. Compare and contrast how both Neil Armstrong and Freddie Mercury were searching for truth while simultaneously stifling truth. See the movies and join the discussion on Sunday December 2  at 9:30 am in the Community Room (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:         No session – holiday

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!

·         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

MG and Friends Yule Pagan Choir  Noon-1:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends are going to “pop up” at the December 14 Black Cat Cafe Open Mic to sing Pagan-y carols! Come sing with us!

Community Garden Cooking Challenge Signup Deadline — Coffee Hour, Gore Hall

Participate in the first 1U Community Garden cooking challenge! We are looking for three judges (without allergies or food restrictions, please) and several creative chefs! Questions? Email communitygarden@orlandouu.org. The challenge ingredient is green papayas, harvested from 1U’s Community Garden.

Today Chefs will sign up and receive their green papayas and basic prep instructions.

Coffee Hour on December 2: Final dishes must be presented, at which time the food will be evaluated by the judges and enjoyed by all. The winner will receive a prize!

Monday – November 26

WUURL Lunch Gathering —  11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

Today is the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL (Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life) will be meeting for lunch.This group began life in 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that’s not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available.

This month we will hold a BOOK LOOK. Please bring (or be prepared to tell about) a book that you recommend. A focus on gift books would be fun as the holidays approach. We’ll try to collect information about the books discussed to share with WUURL members who are unable to attend.

 In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

Tuesday – November 27

The Alliance — 11:30 am, Gore Hall

We will deck Gore Hall today for the Holiday Boutique. Any and all Alliance members are invited to arrange displays for the Resale Shop. We hope to have plenty of donated decorations, giftables and all Holiday-themed goods to sell for the benefit of Central Florida charities this Holiday season. Do you have items in good condition that you can donate? Please bring them to Gore Hall on Sunday or on Tuesday and receive a tax deductible receipt.

Silent Auction,  a chance to win:

2 tickets to Irving Berlin’s White  Christmas – Sunday Matinee on December 23,  1:00 pm in the Dr. Phillips Center. This is one of the “Broadway in Orlando” Series, Row J, seats 105 & 106: worth $95 each. Parking ticket is included. This is quite a deal!

Bid in the Alliance Resale Shop as many times as you want. Winner will be announced on December 9. You need not be present to win. 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 28

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.

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 29


Other News

Holiday Schedule

Dec. 9        4:00 pm     Blue Holiday Gathering (Room A) followed by Reception

In the midst of the holiday lights, music and festive gatherings, the Blue Holiday service provides a place to quietly reflect and find comfort in being together. Join us for a contemplative service for those who may be lonely, grieving, or hurting during the holidays. Presented by the Pastoral Associates of First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Dec. 16       10:30 am  Holiday Pageant followed by Pot Luck Lunch

Dec. 21       7:00 pm   Winter Solstice Service followed by Yule Vigil

Dec. 23      10:30 am  Christmas Sunday regular Sunday schedule

Dec. 24      5:30 pm     Christmas Eve Service followed by Cookies & Cider

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

Upcoming Worship

Dec.   2   Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen – Affiliate Minister at 1U

Dec.   9   Rev. Janet Onnie – Minister of Tri-UU in Marion County where Christine Dance is doing her internship and Joe Donatone

 will do his. Joe will be Service Leader.

Dec. 16   Holiday Pageant – Jess Hunt and 1U Children and Youth

Dec. 23   Christmas Sunday – Dave Shine, 1U Member

Dec. 24   Christmas Eve -Joe Donatone, Seminarian & Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Dec. 30   Neil Boris – 1U Member

Missed a Sunday? 

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

Adopt a Poinsettia

Through December, 1U’s Flowers Team decorates the Sanctuary and main meeting rooms with poinsettias. We invite 1U members and friends to add to the December decor. If you are interested, you can participate in these ways:

Donate funds before December 2 toward the mass purchase of poinsettias. Suggested donation: $15, all contributions welcomed–leave with Gaby at 1U Central on Sundays. Provide your name & email address if you want a copy of the purchase receipt.

Donate a potted poinsettia(s) in any size or color that you’ve purchased yourself. (This plant will need to be one you are willing to bring to 1U on December 2 and leave until the first Sunday in January.)

Questions?  Email flowers@orlandouu.org

Share the Plate Update

In December, we’ll share the plate with the Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH). Founded in 1993 by Dr. Rick Baxley, HCCH began as an evening medical clinic at a local homeless shelter in Orlando, Florida. Their programs have grown since then to include primary medical care, oral health services, behavioral health and substance abuse counseling, an on-site pharmacy, vision services, a residential TB shelter, mobile health services, and an aggressive street outreach program.

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.

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

December 2 — Community Garden Cooking Challenge Winner Selected, Coffee Hour, Gore Hall

This challenge’s ingredient is Green Papayas, harvested from 1U’s Community Garden . Today, final dishes will be presented, the food will be evaluated by our judges and enjoyed by all, and the winner will receive a prize! Questions? Email communitygarden@orlandouu.org.

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

The Mystic Grove is a 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.
FacebookRSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/664464987252887/

December 6 — RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting, 11:30, Assembly Room

RUUM, the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s group, will have our next monthly group meeting. All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings at 11:30 am on the first Thursday of each month in the 1U Assembly Room for BYO Lunch and conversation. For further information or questions contact Craig Alig at  RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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.

December 9 — MG and Friends Yule Pagan Choir  Noon-1:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends are going to “pop up” at the December 14 Black Cat Cafe Open Mic to sing Pagan-y carols! Come sing with us!

December 14— 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.

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!

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 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.

Join 1U A/V Team

Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

Fair Trade 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/.

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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