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Weekly Update – November 30, 2017

Weekly Update – November 30, 2017

News Flash!

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race

Details in Sunday – December  3 listings.

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Friday – December 1

BYO Craft Circle  7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Looking for a low stress activity? Want to meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle! For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu. org.

Saturday – December  2

Second Harvest Food Bank Packing and Sorting Day — 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr.

Please join us as we volunteer at the Second Harvest Food Bank sorting and packing center at the corner of Mercy & Old Winter Garden Rd, 411Mercy Dr, Orlando. There will be a short training at 1:00, so if you have never volunteered before, please come! Children of age 10 can join their parents to assist as well! Closed-toed shoes required. Please RSVP to foodbank@orlandouu.org as soon as possible. We have 15 slots reserved every first Saturday in all the even-numbered months of the year, and we like to fill all those slots.

Sunday – December  3

The Alliance

The Alliance has transformed the ReSale Shop into the Holiday Boutique!  Stop by on Sundays and start your holiday shopping.  We’ll be waiting for you.

Double Services – Worship at 9:30 and 11:00 am, Sanctuary

What Are You Waiting For? Rev, Kathy Schmitz

The season of Advent begins the holiday season for Christians. How do we prepare for what is yet to come?  Jenny Lockington will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE) 

9:15 am-12:15 pm  Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (New EC Nursery)

9:30 am-10:30 am Childcare During Worship & Adult RE (New EC Nursery)

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

11:15-12:15 pm Children and youth proceed to Children’s Activities (Enrichment Center)

12:15 pm Parents pick up Children in the New EC Nursery

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.

Program registration for the 2017-2018 program year is now open. You can access the Parent Portal and the Pay Fees button via our website’s Learn page: https://www.orlandouu.org/learn/

Opportunities to Volunteer: please take a look at our Volunteer page and see if there is something that interests you. There are many options that don’t involve working with kids directly. Not listed are a million extra things due to construction – more opportunities to help

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

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here

9:30 am in the Community Room: Francis David Café with Bob Leger.

 Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30-1:30 pm in the Community Room

 This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of this year 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 our experience, 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. We will discuss an article on the subtle linguistics of polite white supremacy. Here is the link.

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:30-1:30 pm, EC Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic 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. Every month we meet to plan upcoming ritual, classes, craft circles, movie nites, and more. This is a good way to get to know us and how we work. Guests welcome to attend! Lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. Facebook RSVP. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

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

Monday – December 4

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Telemeeting

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.

Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – December 5

The Alliance — 10:30 am-1:00 pm, Gore Hall

The story of an adventure in Iceland, as experienced by Carolina and Ken Lofgren, begins at 12:30 in Gore Hall classroom B. This should get us in the mood for Christmas. The first Tuesday of the month is also the business meeting for members. Officers meet at 11:00 and the full membership meets at 12:00.

The second Tuesday in December (Dec 12) we will meet at the home of Cathy Spoone at 12:30 for a holiday potluck luncheon. To carpool please come to the Gore Hall parking lot before 12:00 or contact a friend to pick you up at home.

The Holiday Boutique is open in Gore Hall for your shopping pleasure until Christmas. The Alliance offers this annual bonanza to raise money for local charities and to offer you a chance to recycle your beautiful holiday items. For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@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 – December 6

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – December 7

Tarot 2: Minor Arcana Class, Session 19 – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1

Want to learn about the minor arcana? In this 10-week evening class, you can learn principles of interpretation and more. You do not need Tarot 1 to take this class. Today’s topic is “Some Final Thoughts.” We complete dioramas, so bring your art supplies! Drop-in students welcome, but materials only printed for registered students. To register or for more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.orgFacebook RSVP here.


Other News

Help Share the Plate Partners at Holiday Time

Two of our Share the Plate charities are requesting a little help at the holidays.

The Zebra Coalition is asking for gift cards that they will be providing to all their youth during their Zebra Coalition Holiday Celebration in December.  These can be in various denominations and to various store locations. If you are able to help, contact info@zebrayouth.org.

Following is the wish list for New Image Youth Center. If you can donate any, please contact Olyvya at New Image Youth Center to arrange delivery to 212 S. Parramore Ave. Orlando, FL 32805. She is the  administrative assistant to Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs. Her phone number is 407-501-3503.  See newimageyouth.org for more information.

Sports balls     Jump rope    Reusable water bottles   Cutlery & Dishware  Mixing bowls  Cutting boards
Maps and Globes   Educational books and games    Construction Paper     Flip chart paper    Socks
Underwear   Tissues    Hand Sanitizer     Clorox wipes     Paper Towels    Vacuum cleaners   Cleaning gloves
Liquid soap and dispenser   Art supplies of any kind    iPad for use with those on the autism spectrum

Guest At Your Table

We continue the Guest at Your Table annual fundraiser program for our Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC). Those still wishing to pick up materials can stop by 1U Central (Gaby’s Table) in Gore Hall on Sunday morning. You can learn more about the program and the UUSC by clinking on the above links. You can make a direct donation on-line here.  (Please list our full name, First Unitarian Church of Orlando, in the congregation field.)

Share the Plate Update

During the month of December, we’ll have two opportunities to Share the Plate – on the third Sunday, we’ll collect for Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations that helps LGBT+ young people facing homelessness, bullying, abuse, and isolation from their families. We’ll also pass the basket on Christmas Eve to benefit Florida Immigrant Coalition, an alliance of 62 member groups including farmworkers, students, and legal advisors working for the fair treatment of all people, including immigrants.

Holiday Schedule

12/10      4:00 pm         Blue Holiday Gathering followed by Reception

12/17      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      11:00 am       Single Service

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

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

UUSC Holiday Cards Now Available for Order Online

The cards that are perfect for holiday sending are now available online. Proceeds from sales of holiday cards and merchandise are a vital fundraiser for UUSC and help advance our human rights work and build justice in the name of Unitarian Universalist principles around the globe. You can view this year’s available holiday cards designs here. Note that there are several designs still available at discounted prices! If you order $60 or more, shipping is free! here are some lovely note cards available for $10 for 10 at The Good Buy: “Plant justice, Harvest peace.”

Rev. Kathy’s Blog

Rev. Kathy writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.

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 8 — 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.

December 10 — Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15 pm, Gore Hall Classroom B

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.

December 10 — Blue Holiday Gathering: A Special Holiday Service of Remembrance and Hope, 4:00 pm, Library

In a time where there are many stresses both in our individual lives and in the world, it can be hard to relate to the joy of the season. If you are challenged or feeling blue for any reason, the Pastoral Associates invite you to this special service designed to welcome all, of every faith or of no faith. Friends, neighbors, and family are welcome. While the holiday season can be festive, many also find the expectations, hectic activity, and memories overwhelming. This special service gathers us in a sense of welcome, trust, and understanding in what can be a very challenging time of the year. A simple reception in the in Gore Hall follows the 30-minute gathering in the Library.

December 10 —UUUS hosts Greg Greenway Concert

Mark your calendar! Enjoy Greg Greenway in Concert: 1/3 of Brother Sun, 1/2 of Deeper Than the Skin…Entirely Himself, from 7:30-9:00 pm, at the University UU Society. Suggested donation: $15. Questions? 407.737.4018.

April 20-22, 2018 – CUUPS Convocation  Ignite the Flame

This year’s convocation is in Ft. Meyers.  Speakers include John Beckett and Jerrie Hildebrand. The event is about many earth- and nature-centered traditions. There will also be vendors and a table to purchase your chapter’s CUUPS materials. Rituals will be led by the CUUPS Chapter in Ft. Myers. Several Mystic Grove members are thinking about going.  Would you also like to come? All are welcome to attend from CUUPS, to the UU universe to the local and regional earth/nature-centered and Pagan communities in Florida. Read more or register here.


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 the EC Assembly Room 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!

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 this month is Steph Garber.

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. 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.

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

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.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Assembly Room

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!

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.

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.

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.

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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