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Weekly Update – October 22, 2015

Weekly Update – October 22, 2015

Weekly Update-October 22, 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!

1U at Central Florida VegFest this Saturday!

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.

Also,

Jamie Kilstein at 1U, Sunday at 7:00 pm

Comic Jamie Kilstein’s latest CD spent its first release week at #1 on both iTunes and Amazon comedy charts!

He’s performed with legendary punk band Bad Religion and hip hop superstars Talib Kweli and Jean Grae.

Don’t miss his show! Details in Saturday listing.


Friday – October 23

Saturday – 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.

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.

Sunday – October 25

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

Going with the Flow, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We’ll look at UU singer songwriter Peter Mayer’s assertion that “God is a River,” as Melissa Keyes performs the song that bears this name.

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: Changing Low Wages in Central Florida: Adult RE Special Guest (learn more)

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.

See our Adult RE full schedule.

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/.

Monday – October 26

Tuesday – October 27

The Alliance – 11:30 am, Gore Hall

This week we will catch up on the Continuing Bazaar donations mounting in the storeroom. Virginia Thayer, one of our special 90-year olds, will entertain us with her original monologue “Caught Up.” Bring a bag lunch and enjoy the noon time program. Questions? Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

Photos from the Alliance Members Over 90 Tribute Luncheon can be found at https://orlandouu.smugmug.com/2015/Alliance-Members-Over-90-Tribu.

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 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. 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 29

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

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


Other News

The Faucet’s on Fire!!

Funny songs about fracking, guns, racism, income inequality, creationism, same-sex marriage, ignorance, war and greed???  Yes!  Join us for music that unites and disarms at the Roy Zimmerman concert on Friday, November 6 at 7:00 pm in our sanctuary. Purchase your ticket at the door and enjoy some impassioned musical comic commentary that “brings the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and social justice.” Admission: $18, or pay what you can. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and he has shared stages with Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton, Bill Maher and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and he’s a featured blogger for The Huffington Post. Check out his YouTube videos, which have amassed over 7 million views.

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!

Share the Plate Update

We contributed $839.25 to The Hope CommUnity Center through Share the Plate this month. Our next Share the Plate collection will be given to I-Dignity, an organization that assists the homeless and the underprivileged in obtaining identification documents. Legal identification, from birth certificates to Florida I.D.s, is required for many social privileges we may take for granted, such as using library computers, conducting job searches, cashing checks, and voting. I-Dignity provides more than 100 volunteers a month to help people apply for documents, and absorbs all the costs incurred. It is an exemplary example of our first principle in action.

GRAZIE!!

RUUM would like to thank everyone who attended “A Night in Olde Italy” and made the evening a success. We hope you had fun, enjoyed the food, and were uplifted by the music! Special thanks to all the musicians, the Shakespeare Theater and Amy! Photos from the event can be found at https://orlandouu.smugmug.com/2015/A-1U-Night-in-Old-Italy.

Picnic Postponed

A 1U picnic which was tentatively being scheduled in November has been postponed. Keep your eye on this space for a new date.

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!

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.

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.


Plan Ahead

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 1 – Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, 12:30 pm, EC Room 9

November 4 – Robinson Street Corridor Study Meeting, 5:30-8:00 pm, Gore Hall

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. 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. More info online here.

November 5 – RUUM regular meeting, 11:30 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall

Bring your lunch, enjoy the topical discussion and check in to see what exciting activities members have enjoying.

November 6 – The Faucet’s on Fire!!, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Funny songs about fracking, guns, racism, income inequality, creationism, same-sex marriage, ignorance, war and greed??? Join us for music that unites and disarms at the Roy Zimmerman concert. His songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and he has shared stages with Robin Williams, Ellen DeGeneres, John Oliver, Kate Clinton, Bill Maher and George Carlin. He’s been profiled on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and he’s a featured blogger for The Huffington Post. Check out his YouTube videos, which have amassed over 7 million views. Purchase your ticket at the door and enjoy some impassioned musical comic commentary that “brings the sting of satire to the struggle for peace and social justice.” Admission: $18, or pay what you can.

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. All ages welcome to gather around the campfire!  Come for the whole event, for a single day, or only part of a day. Contact Camp Counselors Suzanne & Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org for details, to sign up.

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. Copies of the book are available to borrow. Find the table at Social Hour or chat with Charlotte Fleming. This 90-minute session is facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. A second session scheduled November 12. (More info on the book)

November 12 – Common Read: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

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

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, 8:30 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

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

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

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

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

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

1U Cookbook On Sale 

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

Northeast Cluster Breeze

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


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