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Weekly Update – October 27, 2016

Weekly Update – October 27, 2016

News Flash!

November 5&6 – Camping Adventure, Moss Park (Sign-up deadline: October 29)

Details in November 5&6 listing

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



Friday – October 28

1U Annual Rummage Sale – 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Gore Hall

Last one before our renovation!

Saturday – October 29

1U Annual Rummage Sale – 8:00 am-3:00 pm, Gore Hall

Last one before our renovation!

1U Children’s RE Halloween Party – 6:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room & Courtyard

Come join the children and families of 1U at our Annual Children’s Halloween Party! This event is a pot-luck and suggested donation is $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family. Games, reverse trick-or-treat for the children; scary and not-so-scary fun for all ages. Come in costume or as you are and enjoy the fun!

Sunday – October 30

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

Indivisible,  Rev. Kathy Schmitz

Let’s ponder the gifts of our oneness and what wholeness might look like.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-12:15 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

9:30-10:30 am Childcare available during early Worship & Adult RE  (EC Assembly Room)

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

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE programming Children proceed to Enrichment Center

Online enrollment is open so register your child today. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more CRE information: ECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

9:30 am in the Library: Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis

11:00 am in the Library: Movie Talk. How are our UU Values illuminated in the movie Queen of Katwe? Movie reviewer AO Scott writes “…if there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true-life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don’t think I want to meet that person.” Be sure to go see this currently running film about a young girl in Uganda who explores a “free and responsible search for truth” as she learns to play chess then join the discussion.

Monday – October 31

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library

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.

Tuesday – November 1

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall    (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)

We were pleased to help with the 1U Church rummage sale. Thanks to all who helped, and those who bought goods! Starting today, the Alliance is not accepting donations for the Continuing Bazaar. We now transition from the large Continuing Bazaar program to a scaled-down version. During Church construction we will continue  meeting and serving the needs of our members and the Central Florida community. Join us this Tuesday in Gore Hall for the monthly business meeting at noon.

Soup Making, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Kitchen

Join us in the kitchen as we prepare soup for tomorrow evening’s Conversations with our Faith Neighbors. All are welcome. No skill necessary. You will be offered tasks with which to assist.

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 – November 2

Conversation with our Faith Neighbors, Session 7 (Baha’i) – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us for another wonderful installment of this series, which runs every Wednesday through Nov. 16. Tonight our guest speaker is Dr. Sheri Dressle. A collaboration with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, the series goal is to learn, embrace and celebrate religious diversity in Central Florida. We provide soup and salad; presenters are invited to provide dishes significant in their practice. Please RSVP so we can ensure enough food is available. Donations welcomed.

5:30-6:00 pm – Set up

6:00-6:40 pm – Meal (we will split donations with any communities that provide a food offering)

6:40 – Centering inspired by the tradition

7:00-7:30 pm – Presentation

7:30-8:00 pm – Q&A over tea and cookies

8:00 pm – Cleanup

Please contact Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com with questions.  See here for details, include speaker schedule.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – November 3

RUUM Luncheon Meeting, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Hiett Library 

RUUM, the Retired UU Mens’ group, has its regular monthly luncheon meeting today. Bring lunch and join us for fellowship. For more information, contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org

EMG Rehearsal– 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary

We will work on our first group rehearsals and performance. For more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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

Learning Tarot Series  Session 2 – 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 9

Always wanted to learn to read Tarot? This 10-session Thursday series will include content on the Major Arcana and Court Cards presented by class leaders, discussion, exercises, tarot spreads, and homework that you can do at your own pace. The class will be creating their personal Rider-Waite-Smith flashcard decks for tarot study. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register. Cost is $30 for the series. If you need tuition help, please include that in the email. There will also be a Facebook study group for distance learners and/or those who cannot come to each class. We want to make this doable for you! For more details, click here.


Other News

Volunteers Needed for Conversations with Our Faith Neighbors

This community-wide series requires 3 specific types of helpers:

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm in the 1U kitchen – Cooks to create and cook soup, check salad bar preparations and clean up. Requires slicing, dicing, stirring, and storing.

Shoppers for items to be delivered to 1U kitchen by 5 pm Monday or Tuesday. Shopping at a store of preference (recommended Costco or Gordon Food Service), you will be given a shopping list on Monday. You will need to pay up front and complete 1U reimbursement form with your receipt.

Wednesdays through the duration of the event, we need “day of” volunteers for:
– Greeters, Food set up
– Tea set up
– Cleanup and close
– Floaters available to help with on-the-spot needs

If you are able and willing to undertake one or more of these opportunities on one or more dates, please email Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

Share the Plate Update

Our Share the Plate partner for November is Organize Now/Florida Institute for Reform and Empowerment (FIRE). Organize Now/F.I.R.E. is a community-based nonprofit organization dedicated to the principles of social, racial, and economic justice, and the promotion of an equal and fair Florida for all. Their focus is on training, organizing, and informing people of their rights and common interests regarding issues such as interacting with law enforcement, reproductive rights, social justice aspects of climate change, and immigration rights.

Guest at Your Table November 20 to January 15

The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) oversees our annual intergenerational program, Guest at your Table. This is an opportunity to raise support and awareness about the work that UUSC does around the world to advance human rights. This year the theme is Defying Hate. More details will be coming shortly.

The UUSC identifies and works in many areas to defy hate every day of the year. That may be “When the unaccompanied minors are deported from the Dominican Republic simply because they are of Haitian descent,” or when “…US religious groups export discrimination against LBGTQ individuals to African nations” or “When loud voices assign blame to innocent people and fan the flames of fear, prejudice and xenophobia…” Read more about Guest at your Table at uusc.org/gayt.

RIDE NEEDED Sundays and/or Wednesday Eves

If anyone lives in or around the Curryford / Goldenrod area and would be willing to give a ride to 1U member Maribel and her son to 1U on Sundays and/or Wednesday evenings (for the Conversations with our Faith Neighbors program), please send an email to Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org (and write “Maribel” in the subject field).

Rev. Kathy’s Weekly Contribution to the Central Florida 100

Each week Rev. Kathy is one of 100 Community Leaders in Central Florida commenting on the news of the day. Read last Sunday’s offering here.

Order UUSC Holiday Cards Now!

Order your UUSC Holiday cards here. Many past year designs are vastly discounted!

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

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.

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

November 5&6 – Camping Adventure, Moss Park (Sign-up deadline: October 29)

Activities include: Group potluck dinner and campfire Saturday evening, nature walk, orienteering course, nature slide
show presented by park staff, we will have a few kayaks and a boat ramp and docks are available for boats or jetskis. Located nearby: Southeast of Orlando in Orange County. Moss Park is operated by Orange County and is located between Lakes Mary Jane and Lake Hart at 129011 Moss Park Rd., Orlando. We have reserved Group Tent Campsite E with space for 30 persons, close to hot showers and flush toilets.

All ages welcome, fee is $3 a night per person at the group site. Additional full-service sites nearby for those with campers (SEPARATE RESERVATION REQUIRED). Some extra tents are available. Sign up now — Spaces will fill up fast! Contact one of your 1U Camp Counselors today to sign up: Alan or Suzanne Oberholtzer, or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Meals details: 
✶ Friday – Dinner on your own
✶ Saturday – Group Pancake Breakfast, Lunch on your own, Potluck Group Dinner
✶ Sunday- Breakfast on your own
✶ Campers should provide their own plates, cups and utensils
✶ Bring your own water/coffee/drinks as desired, snacks to share — and anything extra that you will want outside of shared meal times.

November 12 – Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day, 9:00 am-Noon

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds.  We need about 12 people to assist. No need to RSVP, just show up. Children- and family-friendly tasks available. Bring a bucket, cleaning supplies, sponges/rags, water canteen,  gardening gloves (if you want to volunteer on grounds work) and a hat. We’ll have refreshments and social time. Questions or details of projects to be accomplished, please contact buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org. NEXT QUARTERLY WORK DAY:  Saturday, January 14, 2017.

November 12 – Orlando Pride Parade, Time TBA, Meet at 1U to Carpool

1U continues to celebrate diversity & embrace unity. All are invited to march, float, parade & stand on the side of love at Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride Parade & Festival. This is a fun and meaningful way to put our UU values of LGBTQ equality in action, Standing on the Side of Love. Family friendly and all abilities welcome. Parade line-up is TBA; step-off is also TBA. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear your 1U or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.  Additional details:  https://www.facebook.com/orlandouu.

November 19 – 1U Musical Variety Show, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Save the date for “With Love from Us to 1U,” a musical variety show with a range of talented performers, including, but not limited to: the Folks Ensemble, A Chordia, Welkin, EMG, 1U Youth Trio, and Bella Sutra.

November 21 – Volunteer at Clean the World, 1:00-3:00 pm. Mark your calendar!

Clean the World collects and recycles soap and hygiene products discarded every day by the hospitality industry and other sectors that would otherwise generate environmental waste. Through the distribution of these and other donated products to impoverished people, they prevent millions of hygiene-related deaths each year and encourage vigorous childhood development. In 2 hours, we help by separating the donated soap from other hygiene products so the organization can melt it down, sanitize it and make it into full size bars for use by those in need. Volunteers must be at least 8 years old. Children ages 8 through 15 require supervision by a parent or guardian. Please remember to wear closed toed shoes. Gloves will be provided. The location is at 400 Pittman St., Suite A, Orlando, FL 32801. To RSVP or with questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

November 30 – Orange County Solar Co-op Enrollment Deadline

Enrollment in the 2016 Orange County Solar Co-op began in July and will end on Nov. 30. Orange County property owners (plus Seminole and Osceola) are invited to join this Co-op by completing the online form at flsun.org/orange-county/. For more information, contact either Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen at cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com.

December 3 – Second Harvest Food Bank Sorting and Packing, 1:00-4:00 pm, Second Harvest Facility

Mark your calendars now for our next Second Harvest service date. Please meet promptly at 1:00 pm at 411 Mercy Drivem
Orlando, FL 32805. You must wear closed toed shoes. Please RSVP or ask questions at Foodbank@Orlandouu.org.

December 4 – Alliance Holiday Boutique Opens 

Gore Hall foyer will be transformed into a splendid Holiday Boutique by the Alliance. We will assemble an overflowing display of holiday items for sale to support our service projects. We have collected donated items all year for this annual event, so you can buy recycled gifts, decorations and treasures at bargain prices and support local causes. Open each Sunday in December for Unitarians. Open Fridays and Saturdays (Dec 9 – 17) to the public.

December 18 – 1U Blood Drive, Red Bus in our parking lot, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

All blood types are needed! Please contact for questions: Blooddrive@orlandouu.org


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

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.

T-Shirts on Sale — 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

1U Passports are Here! Get Yours Today!

We’ve created 1U “Passports” for you to keep track of your adventures this fall. Pick up yours at 1U Central any Sunday and play along.

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!

1U Smoking Policy

The First Unitarian Board of Trustees has adopted a new smoking policy effective January 1, 2017. It reads: No smoking of any kind, including the use of e-cigarettes, is allowed within any courtyard area on the First Unitarian Church of Orlando campus or within 25 feet of any building. This applies at all times and to all persons and groups making use of the campus.

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.

Minister’s Day Off

Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

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.

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 Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:

                       October-Jane Austin          November-Tommy Harrison        December-Elise Harrison

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.

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.

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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Minister: Reverend Kathy Schmitz

Minister’s Email: minister@orlandouu.org

Minister’s Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/revkathyschmitz

Minister’s Blog: http://growinginplace.wordpress.com