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Weekly Update – October 18, 2018

Weekly Update – October 18, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: New Worship Series Begins – “Sands of Our Lives”


Noah’s Pudding: Special Guests and a Special After Worship

Details in Sunday – October 2


October 27: 1U at Central Florida VegFest 2018

Details in Plan Ahead


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

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – October 19

Craft Circle: Make Elderberry Syrup and Gummies — 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Come and learn how to make elderberry syrup and gummies to start fortifying your body before all the holiday guests start coming over! Suggested cost is $5 to replenish supplies. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/194362888104472/.

Saturday – October 20

Sunday – October 21

Note: Hymn Sings are now on the first Sunday of each month only, at 10:15 am

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

In the Sandbox, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Many first learn to play well together in the sandbox. Let’s talk about how these lessons translate to life today. We welcome the Choir from Montverde Academy.

This Sunday we’re sharing the plate with the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida. The mission of the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida, Inc. is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in Central Florida. Volunteers working in the museum’s archives and on its website make it possible for you to find online exhibits, oral histories, a photo archive hosting 9500 images, and much more—all available at the touch of a button, 24/7. Please give generously to support this worthy effort to display with pride the LGBTQ community’s social and historical contributions so their legacy will always be remembered.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s summer programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education 

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

9:30 am  in the Gore Hall Classroom A — 19th Century Universalist History: Reforming Society. What social reform issues were important to early Universalists? 

Join us for  this series led by Ken Lofgren. Each class will be offered twice: once on Sunday morning (9:30-10:15 am)  and once on Wednesday evening (7:00-8:00 pm).

Topics10/21 & 10/24  The Life of Olympia Brown. What were some of the challenges faced by the first woman to graduate from theological school and become a Universalist minister?

Plan Ahead: 

November 11:  9:30 am in the Community Room Movie Talk: A Star Is Born

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events; in this case, movies.  How difficult is it to embrace justice, equity and compassion when drug addiction is part of the soundtrack?  A Star is Born illustrates the challenges of applying our UU Principles to daily life. See the movie and join the discussion. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

Noah’s Pudding: Special Guests and a Special – After worship, Gore Hall

This morning we start off our social hour by welcoming members of the Atlantic Institute as they bring us the tradition of Noah’s Pudding. During this time in the Islamic calendar, Muslims make this traditional Middle Eastern pudding and take it to neighbors as a way of building bridges and promoting dialog. They will give a short (10 minute) explanation of the tradition and share this tasty treat. Those headed off to other classes and gatherings will probably have time to stop by for a listen and a taste before they head on their way. As a Turkish organization, the sweet pudding will include such things as wheat, beans, nuts, and dried fruits.

Inquirers Series — 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall Room A (Childcare Available in Nursery)

Today:  Campus Tour

The Inquirers Series is a rotation of 8 conversations about our congregation and Unitarian Universalist history and practices. The series is designed for visitors and newcomers who are looking for a general introduction, and yet the sessions are also appealing to veteran members who want more information about our church. New church members and inquirers are encouraged to attend. It’s best if you can commit to attending all 8 weekly sessions but the class is designed for you to pick up classes you miss in future rounds of the series. Join us every Sunday, 11:45 am-12:45 pm in Room B of Gore Hall!

·         October 28: Pastoral Care and Covenant Groups

·         November 4: Membership 101

Monday – October 22

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting c7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

WUURL Regular Monthly Meeting —11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

This is the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL ( “Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life”) will be meeting for lunch. This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

Tuesday – October 23

The Alliance — 11:30 am, Gore Hall

Join us for fellowship beginning at 10:30 and for a bag lunch at 12:00 in Gore Hall. Have you checked out the Resale Shop lately? Wonderful donations continue to arrive.  Some are now half price. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found

A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – October 24

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS – 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd

All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

1U Wednesdays – All Activities in Gore Hall   (Note: 2 more weeks)

5:30 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen (Room A)

6:15 pm  BYO Supper & Enjoy Fellowship

7:00 pm Classes (see below) & Chalice Choir Practice

1)     Universalist History with Ken Lofgren (Room A) –  19th Century Universalist History: Reforming Society. What social reform issues were important to early Universalists?

2)     Spiritual Practice with Rev. Kathy Schmitz (Room B) – Need a new spiritual practice? Wondering what the heck a spiritual practice is and why you would want one? Join us for this week’s session: Finding Your Spiritual Practice

Come for all or part of the evening. No sign up required. Classes are best taken as a series but drop ins are always welcome.  We will take a break on Halloween and return with a slightly different schedule on November 7.

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

19th Century Universalist History  7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A: Reforming Society. What social reform issues were important to early Universalists?

Join us for this adult RE series led by Ken Lofgren. Each class will be offered twice: once on Sunday morning (9:30-10:15 am)  and once on Wednesday evening (7:00-8:00 pm).


10/21 & 10/24 Life of Olympia Brown. What were some of the challenges faced by the first woman to graduate from theological school and become a Universalist minister?

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 25

Meditation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center)

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Led by Rev. Kathy. Drop in friendly.

Mystic Grove R&D Ritual Book (3rd Thursdays) – 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends organize 17 years of rituals to select the best for publication for our 20th anniversary.  Drop in friendly. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/249778328991774/.

Other News

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

Worship Series Continues — The Sands of Our Lives. Join us as we explore! Sand is rich with symbolism. It can be perceived as a play thing or a wasteland. It helps us measure time and also reminds us that everything changes.

October 28 – Crossing the Desert. We all have difficult and lonely times in our lives. What resources do we have to as we make the journey?

November 4 – Sand Bags & Road Salt. Two days before the elections, we consider the ways we keep ourselves safe. Chalice Choir Sings. Youth will be in the service.

November 11 – Shifting Sands – We consider the image of a sand mandala to consider the concept of impermanence. Welkin performs.

November 18 – Falling Sand. We use an hourglass as an image to talk about the passing of time and consider urgency and varying understandings and responses to time. Chalice Choir performs. Youth will be in the service.

November 25 – Building Sand Castles. This week brings together many of the ideas we have explored through the series. It is Thanksgiving Weekend when we often have visiting family members and other guests, so we’ll make it a good welcome for them.

Got a Talent with PowerPoint? Or Like to Research Excellent Books on Specific Topics?

If EITHER description fits you, the Words for All Ages Team can use your help. We’d love to include more people in the entertaining process of looking at books for young readers, taking photos of each, then dropping the photos into slide templates. As we prepare each book, we deliver it to Rev. Kathy for use in Sunday services.  The process is fascinating and amusing, standardized to the point of simplicity, and efficient. If you’ve ever wondered how those delightful and clever new stories turn up in each weekly service, here is your chance to not just find out, but be a part!  You DON’T have to be a parent–although people who regularly are on the lookout for outstanding books for children are going to especially enjoy this process. For questions about how this can put more smiles, giggles and moments of ROFL into your life with a tiny bit of effort, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org.

Join the Meal Train for Jeffri and Alex Moore (Note: This is a new type of communications item the Weekly Update will be including)

The Moores (Folk Sing leaders, Board Secretary, Long Term Maintenance Committee, etc., etc.) have a kitchen out of operation due to a major water leak into the walls, rest of the room, outside and more. Everything is off in their kitchen except the fans which are working their hardest to prevent mildew. Cabinets are emptied because they need to be replaced.  Need is for 3 times per week a main/evening meal, for construction period of 3 weeks. If you haven’t done this before, just click here to reach the “Open the Mean Train” red box and pick your day.  Jeffri is often at church on Sunday, if you’d rather deliver a meal to her at 1U.

Fair Trade Coffee and Tea Schedule Change – 1st and 3rd Sundays, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available on the first and third Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the service. Sales of coffee and tea benefit small independent growers. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We are back to having a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place the items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others. Examples of items to donate are:  dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

Pastoral Care Associates

In times of stress, the best thing we can do for each other is to listen with our ears and our hearts. – Fred Rogers

Pastoral Care Associates are caring, supportive members of the congregation trained to listen and encourage in times of stress or need. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community offer support as you deal with life’s challenges. If you are in need, or even think you could possibly use a listening ear or caring heart, please contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

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

October 27 — 1U at Central Florida VegFest 2018, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Festival Park, Orlando

Central Florida Veg Fest had almost 20,000 attendees last year. Every year, it has proven to be 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, or simply click here to sign up directly.

October 28 — Pagan Wheel of the Year sermon at UUUS, 9:00 am-12:00 pm, UUUS campus

Mystic Grove goes to our sister church, University UU Society to give a “Wheel of the Year” sermon! Address: 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

9:00 am in UUUS Adult RE — Ask A Pagan panel. Bring your questions and ask a panel of mixed pagans whatever it is you’d like to know about being UU Pagan or about a particular panelist’s Pagan path.

10:30 am Sermon: The Pagan Wheel of the Year

The Mystic Grove is the Pagan/Heathen Group at First Unitarian Church of Orlando. They serve the Greater Orlando pagan community while promoting Unitarian Universalism. Today’s service focuses on the Pagan Wheel of the Year with a special emphasis on Samhain. Please consider bringing items for a community altar honoring your ancestors that can be shared during the social hour after service. We will be telling each other our family stories.

November 1 — RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting, 11:30 am, 1U Assembly Room

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

November 3 — Samhain Ritual, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join Mystic Grove as we honor our ancestors and celebrate Samhain! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: (grey, black, white, somber hues, etc). “Pagan formal” is encouraged. Our Samhain ritual is going to have some dark themes and actual lit candles (not battery ones). Parents of small children should use their judgment. You can retire with your child to the couch lobby area past the foyer if ritual becomes too intense for your child. Please bring a photo of your ancestor(s) for the community altar if you would like. Ritual begins at 7:00, Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/306643236586475/.

November 4 — Wrestling with our Understandings around Race, 12:00-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years 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 ourexperience, 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. You may find readings and resources at:


November 5 — First Monday Vegan Potluck, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

November 8 — Community Garden Workshop, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join members of the 1U Community Garden for a free workshop, topic details to come. The workshop is free and open to the general public, but we will accept donations at the door as a thank-you to our presenter. Topic TBA.

November 9 — 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.

November 10 — Bendy & Balanced Children’s Yoga at 1U, 9:15 am, Studio

BBCY is movement, fun and mindfulness. We bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and land peacefully on our mats in butterfly pose. Our journey is one your child will never forget. We play yoga games and practice partner poses to build confidence and self-esteem. Above all, we have fun! Bendy & Balanced is offering a Children’s Yoga class on select Saturdays at 9:15 am at 1U this Fall.  Remaining date: December 8. Normal rate is $8 per session, but we are offering a discount to our 1U family for this class: only $5! Join the fun! Bring your little ones to get Bendy & Balanced together! Questions? Contact Eileen Simoneau:  bendy&balanced@gmail.com.

November 11 — Mystic Grove and Friends Visit Guang Ming Temple, 9:30 am, Off campus

Mystic Grove and friends are meeting up at Guang Ming Temple for a tour! Please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to get on the field trip list. $10+ donation suggested for the lunch. Come to it all or just the parts you like best and get to visit/learn about another faith community.

9:30 am   Intro to Buddhism Class
11:00 am Temple Tour
12:00 pm Vegetarian Lunch

Guang Ming does tours until December. If the MG Field Trip dates do not work for you, please considering attending one on a Sunday that works better for you!

November 12— 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

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.

November 19 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

December 8 — Bendy & Balanced Children’s Yoga at 1U, 9:15 am, Studio

BBCY is movement, fun and mindfulness. We bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and land peacefully on our mats in butterfly pose. Our journey is one your child will never forget. We play yoga games and practice partner poses to build confidence and self-esteem. Above all, we have fun! Bendy & Balanced is offering a Children’s Yoga class on select Saturdays at 9:15 am at 1U this Fall. Normal rate is $8 per session, but we are offering a discount to our 1U family for this class: only $5! Join the fun! Bring your little ones to get Bendy & Balanced together! Questions? Contact Eileen Simoneau:  bendy&balanced@gmail.com.

December 9 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot

Is it your first, second, or third time visiting? Feel a bit out of the loop? Want to know what is going on within the congregation? Stop on by to 1U Central located in Gore Hall and say hi to Gaby! She can fill you in on current actions, events, and groups. She can help you get signed up for the Weekly E-Blasts, get a nametag, or sign up for all the great things 1U offers!

Parking Notice

Since we moved to a single service, more folks are needing to find parking all at one time. This has resulted in a few folks parking on the sidewalk on the north side of the Enrichment Center. Please do not park in this area for two reasons. First: the sidewalk is just that, a sidewalk not a driveway. It was not built to support cars. The orange rumble strip is the edge of the drive and should not be crossed. Secondly: no one should park on the driveway in this area, because the drive was designed for the radius needed for fire trucks and they would not be able to pass through with cars. Thanks for your assistance with this. The solution (a reminder) is for those that can to park off campus on Hampton or elsewhere. With Love, Your LTME.

Leave 1U a Gift from Your Estate and Get a 10% Match Now

If you name 1U or certain other UU organizations as beneficiaries in your will, living trust, or IRA, and notify the Wake Now Our Vision Legacy Challenge, the named beneficiary organization(s) could be eligible to receive a 10% match immediately. Shelter Rock, a very generous UU congregation, is currently providing up to $5 million in matching funds for this campaign with the goal of encouraging people to strengthen Unitarian Universalism through planned giving.

So, for example: If someone identifies their intention to leave $100,000 to 1U and files an application for the match, 1U could be eligible to receive $10,000 in matching funds now. One third of the $5 million is already committed, so it is important to act now, while the match is available. To learn how you can participate, visit www.wakenowourvision.org, or email Endowment@orlandouu.org.

Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?

A Required Minimum Distribution from your IRA or Inherited IRA can cause a higher tax burden. Consider paying your pledge to the Church via a direct Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. If you are 70½ or older you can instruct your IRA or Inherited IRA custodian to send your QCD directly to the Church to pay your pledge. A QCD counts dollar-for-dollar toward fulfillment of an RMD (up to $100,000) but is excluded from taxable income. You can view or download a sample letter for instructing your IRA custodian here or contact Amy at the Church office to receive it by email. If you have questions contact Michael Cohen or any other member of the Church Endowment Board (Mike Haddad, Jean Siegfried, Diane P. Kerkhoff or Ken Lofgren). For specific tax advice contact a tax professional.

1U Maintenance Contact Info

We now have an email for you to use to let the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team (LTME) know if you observe something on campus that you feel needs repair or some loving attention. Remember that we now will have monthly inspections of the campus in order to monitor buildings and grounds, so we should be more on top of routine maintenance than we have been in the past. That said, the more eyes on things the better. You can always mention an item to the team members: Alan Oberholtzer, Alex Moore, Dan Homblette, George Hooper, John Hartgering, or Mike McCleskey. However if you want to send us an email, please use ltm@orlandouu.org. please be as specific as possible, including details on the location. Send a picture rather than a thousand words. Thanks, LTME Team.

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.

1U Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contact for October is Linda Piantieri. Each also be reached at caringcircle@Orlandouu.org.

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

Plan ahead for what offerings interest you in the rest of 2018! The Mystic Grove 2018 Brochure and Calendar are now available online. You can download and print at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/calendar/.

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!

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.

Give By Text

You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $25). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! To text contribution to individual funds include the text code in your text message:

Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge) Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)

Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge) Donation (textingcode: generaldonation)

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

The Best Way to Know What Is Going On Around 1U – This Weekly Update

The Weekly Update is posted to the 1U website by Thursday of each week. An email reminder is then sent to the members and visitors who have provided their email addresses. If you are not receiving the weekly email reminder, please contact ChurchAdministrator@orlandouu.org. A reminder is also posted to the 1U facebook page.

Board Minutes Available

You can read the minutes of the most recent meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees here. Previous minutes can be found in the Governance section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

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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