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Weekly Update – October 15, 2015

Weekly Update – October 15, 2015

Weekly Update-October 15, 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!

“A Night in Olde Italy,” sponsored by RUUM, is this Saturday!

also:

1U at Central Florida VegFest Saturday, Oct. 24

Over 15,000 attendees make this a great place to tell folks about 1U.

Sign up now to help hand out goodies, share prepared talking points and games for the kids. Details in Plan Ahead.


Friday – October 16

Craft Circle – 6:30 pm, EC Room 9

The African beads are here! We’re ready to teach you how to make little wire JuJu doll pins. Make however many you like. $5 donation
to replenish supplies welcome but not required. Facebook RSVP: http://tinyurl.com/jujudolls or email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org

Saturday – October 17

“RUUM Wasn’t Built in a Day: A Night in Olde Italy” – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall 

Here are five important questions answered:

1.  Are tickets still available?

Technically we are sold out! But, if you don’t have a ticket and decide to attend, come on down and join the fun. If you don’t have a ticket and want to skip dinner, come for the concert in the sanctuary about 7:30.

2. What should I wear?

The event is a summer evening of food and music and romance in Olde Italy. Dress comfortably but with flair!

3. Where do I park and enter?

Just like at Sunday church, find a spot in the lot! If you are able to walk a bit, park a little farther and leave the close spots for someone who might need it. Please enter through the Gore Hall foyer (by the library)

4. What do I do when I arrive?

This is the best part (!): Starting at 6:00 pm, come on in, give your ticket (or pay), get a nice glass of wine or beer and mingle! The cash bar will be open during dinner. About 6:30, find a seat and we’ll get started (promptly, we hope).

5. What else do I need to know?

If you are so inclined, there will be a couple locations if you would like to drop in a little extra donation for the building. All funds donated in this way will be matched AND your funds will be doubled!

We’ll have music during dinner, a varied concert with some surprises, and dessert and coffee after. Child care is in the RE building.

Sunday – October 18

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

Questions, Questions, Questions, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

In this annual service Rev. Kathy sets aside the sermon to address questions from the congregation. The Chalice Choir will perform.

Today Share the Plate welcomes our guests from the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka. 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. in the Hiett Library this Sunday, 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!

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!

Plan Ahead:

October 24 – 1U/CRE Annual Halloween Party, 6:00 pm, EC Courtyard & Assembly Room

Come in costume, bring potluck to share, enjoy Halloween-themed games and entertainment for all ages.  Suggested donation:  $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly!)

9:30 am in the Library – Share The Plate with Hope CommUnity Center (Learn More)

Join a conversation with representatives of longstanding and outstanding community organization Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka. For over 40 years, 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.

11:00 am in the Library – Movie Talk with Kathleen Smee   (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 Adult RE full schedule.

Alliance Sells Morris Estate Books – 12:30 pm, Gore Hall

The Alliance received an extensive collection of philosophy and religious books from the library of the late David Morris. They will be offered to to members & friends free or for a donation to the Alliance in his memory today in Gore Hall.

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.

Suitable Airs: A Musical Celebration of Voting Rights – 6:00 pm, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Eatonville

The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Fund hosts this moving event featuring the voices of young soloists in reflection on where we have been and on the work still to do. Rev. Kathy will be one of the narrators. (For more info)

Monday – October 19

Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group – 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome!

Tuesday – October 20

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

Please note the early start time (11:30) for the Alliance luncheon to honor 7 members who continue to serve past their 90th birthdays. If you still need tickets, please contact Shirley Jantzen or email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

The Continuing Bazaar is restocking its shelves after the Fall rummage sale. Your donations are needed, so clean out that jewelry box, library, gift stash or closet and get a tax deduction in return. We welcome items in good condition, clean and small enough to display on shelving.

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 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. Brown-bag if your diet or appetite does not agree with the menu. Program and menu details and registration forms are available 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 22

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

Using modern technology and the latest archaeological findings, world-renowned Egyptologists breathe life into one of history’s most fascinating cultures. All welcome to this DVD series class. “Drop-in” friendly – come for all or just your favorites. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for info.


Other News

Building The Dream New Campus News 

As most of you have heard by now, plans are in place for our campus renovation, and efforts are underway to raise more funds. If you haven’t seen these plans yet, please visit 1U’s website at https://www.orlandouu.org/news/campus-renovation/.  Questions about the plans can be answered via email to bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org.

Marty Haynie continues to lead our Capital Campaign, and she is excited to announce a new matching gift:  a dollar-for-dollar match for new pledges only!  If you have not yet made a pledge of any amount–for any reason–now is your opportunity to help get us to our goal of 100% participation while doubling your gift. If you have fears, doubts, questions, concerns or hesitations, Marty can help ease your mind about participating. Reach her via email at capitalcampaign@OrlandoUU.org. Thank you for your continued interest and support.  Let’s Make This Happen!

Robinson Street Corridor Study Meeting at 1U Nov. 4

The Florida Department of Transportation, with assistance from a consultant, is conducting a study of Robinson Street from essentially I-4 east to the Orlando Executive Airport. They are looking at how the street is used for through traffic as well as a destination. They will be holding a public meeting at 1U on November 4 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm, in Gore Hall. There will be a presentation at 6:00; otherwise drop in at anytime to find out more about their goals and objectives. This is early in the process and we will hear more about it as they work on the study for the next year or so.

Samhain Celebration Nov 7 

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!

If you would like a role in Tam Lin, please let us know at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org! We are looking for helpers who would enjoy acting out the story as the narrator tells it.

Meet and Greet With Rev Kathy Nov. 8

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 on Sunday, November 8 at 12:15 pm in the Hiett Library in Gore Hall.

October 2015 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.

Pride Parade Pix and ‘Preciation

This year’s event was quite a spirited lap! A thank you goes out to all who helped with transportion, art, and logistics as well as to those who marched, floated, paraded & stood on the side of love. Here is a link to some Parade photos: https://orlandouu.smugmug.com/2015/Pride-Parade-2015. In slideshow mode, the photos will display full screen. Feel free to add your own shots.

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.

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.

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.


Plan Ahead

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 click here, or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org with “VegFest” in the subject line, or see Charlie Behrens.

October 24 – 1U/CRE Annual Halloween Party, 6:00 pm, EC Courtyard & Assembly Room

Come in costume, bring potluck to share, enjoy Halloween-themed games and entertainment for all ages.  Suggested donation:  $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.

October 25 – Changing Low Wages in Central Florida: Adult RE Special Guest

Eric Gray shares the sad story of low wages and his vision of what we can do about it. Find out what role you can play in making a change here. Gray serves as Executive Director for the Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando, known for its cost-share grocery program and crisis, clinic and counseling center.

October 25 – Jamie Kilstein at 1U, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Progressive political comic Jamie Kilstein’s latest CD spent its first release week at Number ONE on both the iTunes and Amazon comedy charts He has performed with legendary punk band Bad Religion and hip hop superstars Talib Kweli and Jean Grae. He and his co-host of Citizen Radio were named by The Nation magazine as top “media heroes.” Tickets $15/person. More info: http://www.meetup.com/VegetariansCF/events/225907541/

October 28 – Welcome Home Wednesday Final Session – 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 1 – Wrestling with our Understandings around Race, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library

Many of us are wrestling with understanding and  responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do regarding issues of race.  It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. (Read more about the program.)

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

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!

November 8 – 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.

November 10 – 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. Second session scheduled November 12. Facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. (More info on the book)

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, the UUA’s Common Read for 2015-2016. Facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. (More info on the book)

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 east of Interstate 4 in Orange County can join the ORLANDO & WINTER PARK SOLAR CO-OP. 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 or ask Mary Dipboye, Michael Cohen, Joan Cleary or Scott Taylor. How can you help? Spread the word! Join!

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, 8:00 am-1:30 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

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.

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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