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Weekly Update – November 5, 2015

Weekly Update – November 5, 2015

Weekly Update-November 5, 2015

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

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!

Tonight: Roy Zimmerman at 1U Sanctuary – 7:00 pm

Funny songs about fracking, guns, racism, income inequality, creationism,

same-sex marriage protests, ignorance, war and greed???  

The LA Times says “brings to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.”

Tom Lehrer says, “Roy Zimmerman reintroduces literacy to comedy songs.”

Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.”

Join us for music that unites and disarms. Details in Friday – November 6 listing.


Friday – November 6

The Faucet’s on Fire!! – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Enjoy music that unites and disarms at the Roy Zimmerman concert. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and he has shared stages with Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton, Bill Maher and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and he’s a featured blogger for The Huffington Post. Check out his YouTube videos, which have amassed over 7 million views. Purchase your ticket at the door: $18, or pay what you can.

Camping & Fun – Lake Louisa State Park   (Come for a day, or the whole event)

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one!  This 4,500 acre park is noted for beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes, providing opportunities for superb fishing, canoeing, kayaking, biking and nature study. Check it out online! Group meals are balanced with dining on your own, for maximum flexibility to enjoy. Previous trips have garnered rave reviews for both fun and relaxation. Fee is $12 per tent or RV/camper and our reserved sites are close to hot showers and flush toilets. Some extra tents available. All ages welcome to gather around the campfire!  Come for the whole event, for a single day, or only part of a day. If you are coming for part of a day, you can get in free: let the gate staff know 1U is in sites 51-57.  Also contact Camp Counselors Suzanne & Alan Oberholzer by text, cell or at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – November 7

Samhain Celebration – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall, (8:00 pm potluck)

Join us as we celebrate entering the dormant part of the year! We will honor our ancestors by retelling the story of “Tam Lin” and his rebirth from the well. We will also do our own interpretation of an “Angel Wash.” Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: (black, white) or watery tones (blue, purple, grey, etc) Please bring a photo of your ancestor(s) for the altar if you would like. Drums, shakers and other percussion instruments welcome!

Sunday – November 8

Quarterly Opening of Nora Staton Bookstore

Come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore before AND after each service in the Gore Hall Foyer, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore will be open quarterly this year, and this is the Autumn event. We have some excellent purchase awards: Unitarian Universalist tote bag, bumper sticker, or UU Principles and Purposes 8″ x 10″ poster free with a $30 purchase! Cash and checks are always accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

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

Amazing Grace, Rachel Christensen, Ministerial Intern

REflections on how our brokenness is our humanity: Each of us part of a web of healing and mercy. The Lyric Trio will perform.

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 Assembly Room)

9:30-10:30 am K-1 OWL for registered participants (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: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis (learn more)

See our Adult RE full schedule.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy – 12:15 pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

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 a one-hour Meet and Greet.

Monday – November 9

Tuesday – November 10

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The Alliance board meets at 11:00. The membership holds its monthly business meeting at 12:15. The Continuing Bazaar has a store room full of donations to sort, price and display. We welcome members and visitors, so show up in Gore Hall anytime between 10:30 and 1:00. . . and bring a bag lunch.

If you cannot attend on Tuesdays, but are a member of the Alliance, please consider cashiering at the Sunday Continuing Bazaar in Gore Hall once per month. Contact Jean Cawelti or reply to Alliance@OrlandoUU.org and put “Attention Jean Cawelti–Bazaar Cashiers” in the subject line. 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, then 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.

Common Read: Just Mercy – 1:00 pm, Hiett Library

Join us in reading and discussing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, chosen as the UUA’s Common Read for 2015-2016. Copies of the book are available to borrow. Find the table at Social Hour or chat with Charlotte Fleming. This 90-minute session is facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. A second session scheduled November 12. (More info on the book)

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 11

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 12

Common Read: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson – 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Join us in reading and discussing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, chosen as the UUA’s Common Read for 2015-2016. Copies of the book are available to borrow. Find the table at Social Hour or chat with Charlotte Fleming. This 90-minute session is facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. (More info on the book)

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

New discoveries in the Valley of the Kings seem to point to an even more sophisticated belief system than previously thought. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for info.


Other News

A Conversation on Membership & Growth, November 18

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.

Program Planning and Development Opportunity, December 12

This quarterly session (9:00 am-Noon in Gore Hall) 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.

Program/Office Assistant Sought       (Application deadline Nov. 10)

First Unitarian Church of Orlando is seeking an interim (1 year) Program and Office Assistant to work 20 hours a week in partnership with the Church Administrator and under the supervision of the Minister. The primary duty is to assist with administrative tasks related to the church office and the programs of the congregation. Position requires direct coordination with the Minister, the Church Administrator, other staff and lay leaders, and congregational volunteers. The position requires a presence on Sunday mornings (10 am–1 pm) to serve as key point person for volunteers and staff. The position requires a high level of knowledge and experience in technology including social media and website. The pay is $15/hour. Further information on this job: https://www.orlandouu.org/1u-seeking-part-time-officeprogram-assistant/. Respond by e-mail only to FUCO@cfl.rr.com  by November 10, 2015.  No phone calls.

Join with other 1U’s at the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Feast!    (RSVP deadline: Nov. 23)

You are cordially invited to the gathering in Gore Hall which begins at 5:00 pm with appetizers and soft drinks available. You may bring wine or beer to share. Dinner will be served at 5:30. Turkey, stuffing and gravy will be provided. Bring a holiday pot luck dish that serves your family and 4 others to round out the meal. Cost is $5 per person and the littlest ones eat at no charge. Reservations are needed to allow us to plan, shop and prepare for the event, the deadline is Sunday, Nov 23.  Yes, bring family, friends or neighbors…everyone is welcome and no one will be turned away. Sign up by talking with the coordinators at the Thanksgiving sign up table during Social Hour to let us know what you will be bringing. Then, as much as possible is done on line. Vegan and Vegetarian diets will be accommodated, please bring appropriate pot luck dishes to partake in the Thanksgiving meal. Get ready for a delightful time with like minded friends as we savor the foods, flavors and delicious smells of the day. We love this event and you’ll love it too!

Share the Plate Update

Our next Share-the-Plate collection will be given to Adriana’s Attic, a not-for-profit community outreach program. Adriana’s Attic provides food, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical supplies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing to those in need. Rita and Joe Marullo, who founded and run Adriana’s Attic, rely entirely on community generosity rather than formal fundraising to provide this much needed help.

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!

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.

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 14 – Solar Project 

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, attend an info session:

 10:30 am today at North Orange Library         1:30 pm today at Windermere Library

Email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com, visit cfsoldaradvocates.com. Spread the word! Join!

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!

November 18  – A Conversation on Membership & Growth, 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

All are invited to join staff and lay leaders 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.

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 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 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.

1U Cookbook On Sale 

Created by the 2007 New Members Class, it’s full of tasty recipes and cookery data, a wonderful addition to your kitchen or as a gift. Cost: $10 per single copy or $8 each for 2 or more. Available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service, or email Karla Kizzort at 1UCookbooks@gmail.com.

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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