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Weekly Update – October 1, 2015

Weekly Update – October 1, 2015

Weekly Update-October 1, 2015

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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!

Game Night – This Saturday, 6:30-9:30 pm, Gore Hall

Bring your favorite game, snacks, and playful spirit.

Get Your Bling Before Next Saturday’s Pride Parade

Check out the T-shirts on sale in Gore Hall this Sunday.

We have 1U shirts as well as Standing on the Side of Love shirts and paraphernalia.


Friday – October 2

Fall Journey to Membership Workshop Part 1 – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library

In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, October 30, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, November 1.

1st Friday Craft Circle – 6:30-8:30 pm, EC Room 9

Bring your own project and join us for crafting and conversation!

Saturday – October 3

Fall Journey to Membership Workshop Part 2 – 9:00 am to noon, Hiett Library

Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck October 30, and will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on November 1.

Second Harvest Food Sorting/Packing Project – 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr.

Calling all Hunger Heroes! September takes many of our summer helpers back to school, so we need your help. We have many donation sorting slots needing to be filled on our calendar! This helps gets our donations out to our feeding partners quickly, so if you have a couple of hours to give–we’ll take them! You can sign up here: http://shfbcf.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index. We hope to see you!!

Game Night– 6:30-9:30 pm, Gore Hall

Bring your favorite game, snacks, and playful spirit. Some possibilities: Scrabble, Clue, Taboo, Trivial Pursuit, Cranium….you name it, we welcome it! Children are welcome to join their families.

Mark your calendar for these 2016 Game Nights: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15. Questions: email Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – October 4

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

Speaking Our Truth: A Celebration of Diversity, Acceptance, & Democracy

While both services will have the same theme and basic format, the 11:00 service will be Intergenerational with active youth participation.     The Chalice Choir 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: Francis Dávid Café with Bob Leger. (Learn more)

Plan Ahead:

October 18 – 11:00 am in the Library  Movie Talk (Learn More)

Do these movies exemplify our UU values? We will compare and contrast two recently released and currently playing films:

* The Intern written and directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Robert De Niro

* The Martian starring Matt Damon

See one or both and join our Adult RE discussion for lively debate and religious illumination!

See our full schedule.

Monday – October 5

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – October 6

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Board meeting at 11:00, membership business meeting at 12:15. We are filling our Continuing Bazaar shelves after the BIG rummage sale. We welcome donations of clothing, jewelry, household items, books, and other items in good condition, clean and usable. We cannot accept out-of-date food, electronic equipment, or any item larger than we can display on our shelves.

When we cannot use a donated item, we do our best to forward it to another charity. For instance, the Women’s Emergency Shelter can use personal care items; the “Men in the Woods” can use socks, camping equipment, deodorant or mosquito repellent; the school clothing warehouse can use good children’s clothing of all sizes; Gift To Teaching can use educational materials. Such items would best be sent directly to a charity that can use them. The Alliance can serve as a middle-person only if we have volunteers who can deliver them.

Tickets to the luncheon for active members over 90 years of age are now available, Please see the info under “Plan ahead” below.

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 – October 7

Welcome Home Wednesday Session 3 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of meatballs/vegan meatballs in tomato sauce with rice, salad, cornbread; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities. You are most welcome to brown-bag if your diet or appetite does not agree with the menu.

Additional program and menu details plus registration forms are available in Gore Hall on Sundays and online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays). Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, so please sign up online using SignUp Genius, or via email to whw@orlandouu.org. Send questions to this email as well.

Meal RSVP or cancellation should be made on Monday before noon. 

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 8

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

Bending the Arc on October 18

Join Rev. Kathy in the Library on Sunday, October 18 at 12:30 pm, to learn about the emerging Bending the Arc Institute: A Learning Community for Social Engagement. The program is tentatively schedule to kick off in early 2017 after the renovations on our campus are complete. This conversation will include a 20-minute presentation by Rev. Kathy followed by a time for questions and conversation.

1U at Central Florida VegFest

Central Florida Veg Fest had over 15,000 attendees last year. It’s a great place to tell folks about 1U. Sign up now to help staff our 1U Tent for an hour or two and help festival attendees discover 1U and Unitarian Universalism on Saturday, October 24, 10 am – 6 pm, Festival Park, Orlando. We will have lots of goodies to hand out, prepared talking points to help you feel comfortable talking about UU, and games for the kids. To sign up, talk with Charlie Behrens, OR email Volunteers@orlandouu.org with “VegFest” in the subject line, OR simply click here to sign up directly. Thanks!

‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day October 10

Come join us from 9:00 am to noon as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds. (Next quarterly Campus Tender’s day is January 9, 2016.)

United Way ReadingPals Program Seeks Volunteers

Heart of Florida United Way is launching a program called ReadingPals this Fall. ReadingPals aims to pair passionate and committed volunteers with preschoolers who need a little extra help developing vital pre-literacy skills. Volunteers commit to one hour per week over the course of the school year with their pal, either a 1-hour session once a week or two 30-minute sessions twice a week during school hours. If you are interested in becoming a ReadingPal, or for more information, contact Joan Nelson at 1U or HFUW’s Jaquala Montalvo at jaquala.montalvo@hfuw.org.

Building The Dream New Campus News

The 1U Building Team shared plans Sept. 20 with more than 80 members of the congregation during 3 meetings. There was an overwhelming 100% thumbs up for the overall plan, as well as questions, comments, and a few concerns the team jotted down for further consideration. Reverend Kathy also shared her thoughts on all the ways this plan meets the vision we are working towards. You can check these plans out on our website at https://www.orlandouu.org/news/campus-renovation/.  We’ll be looking for more ways to share this wonderful plan and gear up for the next phase of our capital campaign.  Feel free to drop us a line bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org if you’d like, and thank you for your continued support during these exciting times.

Share the Plate Update

We raised $948 for the Dress2Learn Program shared plate on 9/20/15. In October, we’ll be Sharing the Plate with the Hope CommUnity Center. The Hope CommUnity Center was established in 1971 by four sisters from the Order of Notre Dame de Namur who saw the need of the migrant workers from the many farms and foliage businesses in the Lake Apopka area for support and advocacy. For over forty years, the Hope CommUnity Center has provided educational opportunities, parenting classes, citizenship classes, youth groups, health services, and more to the immigrant farmworkers of Central Florida and to their families. Come to the Adult Religious Education program at 9:30 a.m. on October 18 to have a conversation with representatives of this longstanding and outstanding community organization, and be ready to open your hearts and your pockets to support them!

A Harvest Bounty of thanks!

A very special thank you to Dan Homblette and all the 1U men who cooked & served us a delicious pancake breakfast last Sunday as part of the Harvest Festival. You all did a fabulous job! And those aprons……!!!!!

Mary Ann Horne, our MC for the 1U Jeopardy game we played on Sunday, gets a large round of applause for keeping us on track and focused on the game.  We learned a few facts, and had a great time doing it!

Our bakers!!  Your donations of homemade goodies were appreciated and enjoyed by many.

Our volunteer team!! Your help selling tickets and baked goods, keeping time and score for Jeopardy, and cleaning up afterwards was most important in staging the Fest.

The breakfast and bake sale netted $516.73 for 1U!!

Blood Drive Appreciation

Thank you to all that gave blood Sept. 27. Each unit of blood can save up to 3 lives. Therefore, these 11 heroes saved up to 33 lives! The donations were very much appreciated.

The next blood drive date has changed and will be December 6. If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org.  We’d love to see you there and willing to give! All blood types are needed!

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.

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.

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.


Plan Ahead

October 9 – Black Cat Café, 7:30pm, Gore Hall

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

October 10 – 1U ‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day, 9:00 am to noon

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds. (Next quarterly Campus Tender’s day is January 9, 2016.)

October 10 – 1U Steps Out with Pride, 4:00 pm, Lake Eola Park

1U will once again have a contingent in Orlando’s Come Out with Pride Parade. All are invited to march, float, parade & stand on the side of love at Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride Parade & Festival. This is a fun, festive and meaningful way to put our UU values of LGBTQ equality in action and connect with the larger community. This year’s theme: “Celebrating Marriage Equality! Advocating for ALL Equality!”

Parade participants can car pool from 1U at 2:30 pm, or meet us at the line up at 3:30 pm at Lake Eola. Step-off is promptly at 4 pm. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear 1U t-shirts or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.

It’s easy to share the love:  encourage participation by joining, sharing and inviting others via our FB event site
https://www.facebook.com/events/1633809780241508/.

October 11 – 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 this one-hour Meet and Greet.

October 14 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 4 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of subs or vegan salad (pre-order); 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

October 17 – “RUUM Wasn’t Built in a Day,”  6:00 pm, Gore Hall 

An Evening of Muusic, Fuud, and Ruumance in Olde Italy!  Reception at 6:00 pm, dinner at 6:30 (with strolling violins!), concert at 7:30 with dessert and coffee following. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 for children under 10, available shortly, only from RUUM members. Child care will be available. All proceeds go to the 1U building fund. Open to everyone, come join us! Questions: contact Gregg Buckingham or email RUUM@orlandouu.org.

October 18 – Bending the Arc Institute Info Session, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library 

Join Rev. Kathy to learn about the emerging Bending the Arc Institute: A Learning Community for Social Engagement. The program is tentatively schedule to kick off in early 2017 after the renovations on our campus are complete. This conversation will include a 20-minute presentation by Rev. Kathy followed by a time for questions and conversation.

October 20 – Alliance “Members Over 90” Tribute Luncheon, 11:30 am, Gore Hall

Today the Alliance and friends will honor seven of our members who are 90 years of age or older and still actively serving our beloved community. All friends of Kathy Anderson, Eva Brinson, Barbara Elrod, Nancy Kellman, Evelyn Keyes, Irma Scudder and Virginia Thayer (and the Alliance as a whole) are invited.We will serve a hot lunch catered by Boston Market for a fee of $5.00. Vegetarians will be satisfied.

Collectively these seven women have accomplished many things in the Alliance and our community. They have been involved in Planned Parenthood, Spouse Abuse, We Care Hotline, Coalition for the Homeless, NOW and many more charities. Their activism and hard work have given the Unitarian Church a respected reputation in Orlando. Come help us celebrate their accomplishments. See Shirley Jantzen at 1U on Sundays or Tuesdays to purchase $5.00 tickets. You can also email Alliance@orlandouu.org and put “For Shirley Jantzen – Honors Luncheon” in the subject line of the message. Advance tickets are required, so we know how many meals to secure from Boston Market.

October 21 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 5 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of sweet potato vegan chili, salad, cornbread or rice; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

October 24 – 1U at Central Florida VegFest, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Festival Park, Orlando

Central Florida Veg Fest had over 15,000 attendees last year. It’s a great place to tell folks about 1U. Sign up now to help staff our 1U Tent for an hour or two and help festival attendees discover 1U and Unitarian Universalism. We will have lots of goodies to hand out, prepared talking points to help you feel comfortable talking about UU, and games for the kids. To sign up, talk with Charlie Behrens, OR email Volunteers@orlandouu.org with “VegFest” in the subject line, OR simply click here to sign up directly. Thanks!

October 28 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 6 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of tacos with chicken, cheese, beans & rice; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

November 6 & 7 – Camping & Fun, Lake Louisa State Park (Signup by Oct. 31)

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 are available. Contact 1U Camp Counselors Suzanne & Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org for details and to sign up. All ages welcome to gather around the campfire!

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. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.


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.

1U Thanksgiving Plans

Yes, we will have a community Thanksgiving here at 1U. Last year’s lead hosts will be taking on Community Thanksgiving 2015. They are Bonnie and Steve Rich who did a wonderful job! They plan to enjoy their summer before getting started on this big project Be watching in the fall for more information and how you can help.

1U Plans for Next Year

Recently, Rev. Kathy shared emerging plans for next year including key dates and information on themes we will be exploring. She also provided an organization chart for congregation programs. In addition, Dan Homblette shared an overview of plans in the specific areas of social justice and outreach. Take a look and mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of the ways you want to be involved.

Board Minutes Available

Approved Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes are available to members on the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT Minutes area, then scroll to the month you’re interested in. Minutes through April 2015 are now available.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts.

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. Proceeds from the Good Buy underwrite human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase.

Northeast Cluster Breeze

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


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