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Weekly Update – October 19, 2017

Weekly Update – October 19, 2017

News Flash!

Sunday: Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline

Details in  Sunday – October 22 listing.


1U at VegFest October 28! Sign Up to Help, Come on Down!

Details in Plan Ahead.


Lawn Games, Event Tents, & Welcome Team Volunteers Needed for Nov. 11 Open House!

Details in Other News.


Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – October 20

3rd Friday Teaching Circle: Prayer Beads– 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month’s topic is making the “From Goddess” pagan prayer beans . Children or adults wanting to make a second one can also do the “River is Flowing” set.  Supplies will be provided. When we are done, we’ll listen to the songs and learn how to use them. This craft is family friendly. Children please come with a parent to help you knot. Cost is $5 per kit to help replenish supplies. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info.

Saturday – October 21

Sunday – October 22

Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline Today

The next Dinner with Friends will be held on October 28, around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than October 22.  Sign-up forms are available in Gore Hall. Hosts will be notified about their groups soon after. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@Orlandouu.org. Link to the online registration form is here.

You Need to Smile More! 

And we’ll help you do that if you volunteer to be part of our Welcome Team during the 1U Open House on Nov. 11 (11:00 am-2:00 pm). Once you see all the other smiling faces on campus that day, you won’t be able to help yourself. All that good cheer from our neighbors and community partners will make you so proud to be a 1Uer, smiling will be your natural response. Sign up with Gaby at 1U Central on Sundays or email her at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

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

Becoming Vulnerable, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Fear causes us to build walls. Yet we are called by love to live in hope. The Folk Ensemble will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE) 

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

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

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

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

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

Visitors and Guests: while your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service.

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

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

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

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

9:30 am in the Community Room:  No program today.

11:00 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk: When we get lost on our journey for a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, who shines the light and helps us reshape our reality? In Brad’s Status, Ben Stiller (Brad) is a dad on a journey for existential truths about his life. Join the discussion at 11:00 am on  at our monthly UU Movie Talk.

Monday October 23

WUURL Meeting — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room 

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) will be meeting to hear Leslie Lynch share information about essential oils. Feel free to join us, even if you haven’t attended in the past. Bring your own lunch; we’ll have ice water ready too. Questions? Contact WUURL@orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – October 24

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

Fellowship and creativity are hallmarks of the Alliance. Join us in Gore Hall at 10:30 any Tuesday to find your special place in this organization. Our mission is:”To provide fellowship and support for our members and the local Unitarian Universalist community, to encourage cultural activities and to raise funds for charitable contributions, especially to organizations for women, children and the homeless.” This is a unique mission among the many organizations you might find. We are proud of our work in women’s liberation, dignity for the homeless, support for LGBT persons, support for UU institutions and many local smaller charities. Now  we seek  a few active members who might see new  possibilities in these areas. For more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.

Coming up: 

On November 7 We will vote on an amendment to the Alliance bylaws (article 8 paragraph 5) which would reduce the number of members needed to conduct business from 15 to 10. Please attend because, ironically, we need a quorum of 15 members present to vote.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

Welkin 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 25

Same Kind of Different as Me: A Community Conversation 7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall 

Same Kind of Different as Me” is a feature film provoking reflection and conversation on homelessness in America. It opens in theaters this week (a preview was offered on Wednesday.) Rev. Kathy is hosting a community conversation for those who have seen the film to share their reactions and reflections and consider their own potential to make a difference in this important challenge facing society today. More info here.  Register for discussion here.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – October 26

Tarot 2: Minor Arcana Class, Session 4 – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 1

Want to learn about the minor arcana? In this 10-week evening class, you can learn principles of interpretation and more. You do not need Tarot 1 to take this class. Today’s topic is The Court Cards. “Drop In” students welcome, but materials only printed for registered students. More info here. To register email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio

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

Other News

Desperate Need for Volunteers  before 10/22 for Those in Puerto Rico

Feeding Children Everywhere is working at the Orange County Convention Center this month trying to pack 4.4 million meals for the many hungry in Puerto Rico. They are in desperate need of volunteers. If you can sign up for a shift before 10/22 with friends or alone, go to feedingchildreneverywhere.com.

Beloved Conversation Groups Forming

If you signed up for Beloved Conversations, you will be hearing about your group schedule very soon. If you have not heard anything by Sunday, October 22, please contact Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

1U Open House November 11

We’ll be showing off our newly renovated campus to our neighbors, friends and community partners on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. This is our opportunity to welcome them and have them get to know 1U a little better. There will be food trucks, lawn games, mini-campus tours, a bounce house for kids, and live music. Please attend, and bring your family, friends and neighbors.

1U Camping Trip Postponed Until Spring

Due to damage at the parks, the church camping trip will be moved to the spring.

Help Needed for a Family from Puerto Rico

1U Member Steph Garber has adopted a family from Puerto Rico whom she does not know but they need a lot of help as they lost everything but their lives in the recent tragedy. They lived for 21 days in their car until they were able to get here and stay in a hotel until October 21 when the FEMA money will run out for them. She has taken a leap of faith and told them she knows a lot of generous people and that we would be happy to help them as they get on their feet with gift cards for gas or groceries or simple restaurants for meals. If you are able to contribute to this project, please let Steph know as she would be very grateful to add your gift cards to others for them. If you prefer to give money she would be happy to buy the gift cards. It is a family of a mom and dad (both mid-30s) and 3 young kids and an adult sister of the dad and grandma (age 71). Thank you for your kindness. You may email Steph at foodbank@orlandouu.org.

Lawn Games Needed for Nov. 11 Open House!

If you have any lawn games (i.e., corn hole, bean bag toss, etc.) that are in good condition, would you consider loaning them to 1U for the Open House on Saturday, Nov. 11? If yes, please let Gaby know (at 1U Central in Gore Hall) on Sunday. or email her at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Share the Plate Update

Great job! Last week, we collected $899.46 for Victim Service Center of Central Florida (VSC). For the month of November, we’ll be sharing the plate with iDignity. Since May 2008, iDignity Orlando has hosted monthly events to help eligible people who have lost or missing documents apply for replacement credentials such as a Florida birth certificate, a Florida ID (or license renewal), and/or help with Social Security cards or verification. The goal of iDignity is to restore hope, personal agency and self-sufficiency to people who need identification to apply for work, rent an apartment, cash a check, or open a bank account.

Event Tents Needed for November 11 Open House!

If you have an event tent (a  10’ x 10’ tent with 4 poles) in good condition, would you consider lending it to 1U for the Open House on Saturday, Nov. 11?  If yes, please let Gaby know (at 1YU Central in Gore Hall) on Sunday or email her at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Building The Dream Update

Much of our contingency list is done, or past the time when the items can be done within the current project. We have four things left that we need money for:

Sealing the Gore Hall parking lot                               $6500

A rail for the steps for the kitchen door                    $1000

Additional Landscape for the front of Gore Hall    $1000

Benches around the campus (4-7 benches)              cost tbd

You can donate toward these items on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Future fundraising will be tackled in the fullness of time for items too late to work into the current project, including car charging station and new windows. Have questions?  Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.

UUSC Holiday Cards Now Available for Order Online

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

Emergency Funds Needed to Assist Post-Irma Immokalee Workers

Please help the Immokalee Farmworker community that was severely damaged by Hurricane Irma. Please bring your cash or check donations to First Unitarian Church on Sunday, Oct. 1. Checks should be made to First Unitarian with a notation “For Immokalee Farmworkers Fund.”  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers has set up an independent charity to help the workers and pledges that “All funds raised will be used to support farmworker communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.” You may also send donations directly through https://secure.actblue.com/ donate/immokalee.

Rev. Kathy’s Blog

Rev. Kathy is taking a break from writing for the Orlando Sentinel. She still writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.

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.

Blood Donation During Construction

Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot

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

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 28 – 1U at Central Florida VegFest, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Festival Park, Orlando

Central Florida Veg Fest had almost 20,000 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, OR simply click here to sign up directly. The festival also offers presentations, Kids Zone, humane education, art, food prep demos, restaurant booths, live music and entertainment, 200+ veg-friendly vendors, and more!

October 28 – Dinner with Friends, 6:00 pm-ish, Various Member Homes  (Signup deadline: October 22)

The next Dinner with Friends will be held on October 28, around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than October 22.  Sign-up forms are available in Gore Hall. Hosts will be notified about their groups soon after. Questions? Contact Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@Orlandouu.org. Link to the online registration form is here.

November 4 – Samhain Celebration, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join Mystic Grove as we honor “The Many Faces of the Goddess,” honor our ancestors, and walk the new labyrinth for the first time in ritual. Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: (grey, black, white, blues). “Pagan formal” is encouraged. This is your chance to break out the fancy clothes! Please bring a photo of your ancestor(s) for the community altar if you would like. Ritual begins at 7:00 pm. 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. If you would like to volunteer to be a greeter or call a corner, or offer your other talents please email mysticgrove@orlandouu. org.

November 11 – 1U Open House

We’ll be showing off our newly renovated campus to our neighbors, friends and community partners on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 11:00 am-2:00 pm. This is our opportunity to welcome them and have them get to know 1U a little better. There will be food trucks, lawn games, mini-campus tours, a bounce house for kids, and live music. Please attend, and bring your family, friends and neighbors.

Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Missed a Sunday?

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

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

Join 1U A/V Team

Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Assembly Room

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

First Sunday Fellowship

1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Give By Text 

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

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

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

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

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

Join Justice GoogleGroup

To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond), join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email socialjustice@orlandouu.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.

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 September is Ann Mount. For October the contact is Linda Piantieri.

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.

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