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Weekly Update – October 29, 2015

Weekly Update – October 29, 2015

Weekly Update-October 29, 2015

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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!

Mark Your Calendar: Roy Zimmerman at 1U Sanctuary-Nov. 6, 7:00 pm

Funny songs about fracking, guns, racism, income inequality, creationism, same-sex marriage, ignorance, war and greed???  The LA Times says “brings to mind a latter-day Tom Lehrer.” Tom Lehrer himself says, “Roy Zimmerman reintroduces literacy to comedy songs. And the rhymes actually rhyme, they don’t just ‘rhyne.'” Joni Mitchell says, “Roy’s lyrics move beyond poetry and achieve perfection.” Join us for music that unites and disarms. Details in Friday – November 6 listing.


Friday – October 30

New Member Potluck Dinner

This pot luck supper gives new members a chance to get to know congregational leaders and other members. RSVP to Marty Haddad.

Saturday – October 31

Sunday – November 1

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

The Gift of the Mangrove, Rev. Kathy, Rachel Christensen, & Regina Knabe

While both services will have the same theme and basic format, the 11:00 service will be Intergenerational with active participation for all ages. The Chalice Choir will perform.

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: Francis David Cafe with Bob Leger (learn more)

See our Adult RE full schedule.

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.)

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

Get to know 1U’s pagan group today after the service! We will be discussing the monthly agenda and mapping out the Winter Solstice ritual, classes, and more. Lunch out at a nearby restaurant to follow for those interested.

UUUS Samhain Ritual – 6:30 pm, Unitarian Universalist Society Grounds

Did you know UUUS has a pagan group now also? Some of Mystic Grove will be meeting on the grounds of the Unitarian Universalist Society near UCF to help support their first Samhain ritual. Please bring a potluck dish and food bank item to donate.

Monday – November

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – November 3

The Alliance – 11:30 am, Moghul Indian Cuisine

Today members will meet at 11:30 for lunch at Moghul Indian Cuisine. This buffet is located at 401 N Semoran Blvd, about 1 mile north of Colonial Drive on the east side of the highway. There will be no gathering at Gore Hall because it serves as a polling place for the election on that day. Parking is limited at the buffet, so please consider calling a friend to carpool.

Attention all Alliance members: a few members are needed to serve as cashiers for the Continuing Bazaar on Sunday mornings. If you cannot attend on Tuesday, but are available at least one Sunday per month, please contact Jean Cawelti, Bazaar coordinator, or email Alliance@OrlandoUU.org and put “Attention Jean Cawelti–Bazaar Cashiers” in the subject line. Duties are to open the cupboards along the wall, set some items on the tables and bring out the rolling clothes rack by 10:30 am, then collect money from customers and close up after the second coffee hour. You may serve for the first or second coffee hour, or serve for both. Training will be provided.

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Assembly Room (moved because 1U is polling site today)

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, Assembly Room (moved because 1U is polling site today)

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

Wednesday – 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.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – 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.

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

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.

Friday – November 6

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

Enjoy 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: $18, or pay what you can.

Camping & Fun – Lake Louisa State Park   (Signup deadline: 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.


Other News

Program/Office Assistant Sought       (Application deadline Nov. 10)

First Unitarian Church of Orlando is seeking an interim (1 year) Program and Office Assistant to work 20 hours a week in partnership with the Church Administrator and under the supervision of the Minister. The primary duty is to assist with administrative tasks related to the church office and the programs of the congregation. Position requires direct coordination with the Minister, the Church Administrator, other staff and lay leaders, and congregational volunteers. The position requires a presence on Sunday mornings (10 am–1 pm) to serve as key point person for volunteers and staff. The position requires a high level of knowledge and experience in technology including social media and website. The pay is $15/hour. Further information on this job: https://www.orlandouu.org/1u-seeking-part-time-officeprogram-assistant/. Respond by e-mail only to FUCO@cfl.rr.com  by November 10, 2015.  No phone calls.

East Orange Solar C-op — Deadline to Join Oct 31

The East Orange (formerly Orlando & Winter Park) Solar Co-op will END enrollment on Sat., Oct 31. To join, go to cfsolaradvocates.org, then the co-op’s page, then fill in the online form. Questions? email Mary Dipboye and Michael Cohen at cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com.

The West Orange Co-op is growing rapidly and will enroll members through early 2016. Two “Solar Co-op Info Meetings” are scheduled for Sat, Nov. 14. For more information, contact Joan Cleary at westorangesolar@gmail.com Thanks to all at 1U who have supported these two co-ops along the way. This church community has been the incubator for this project. Stay tuned for news of plans for 2016.

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.

Fair Food Rally Nov. 21

There will be a local informational picket at the downtown Publix, 400 E. Central Blvd on November 21 at 10:00am. The event is sponsored by the YAYAs, UUU, 1U and Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Come march with us as we ask Publix to join the Fair Food Program, supporting fair wages and humane treatment in the fields. This event is part of a national day of action for this cause.

Help Feed the People Who Feed Us All Year!

Farmworkers feed us. Yet the people who plant, grow, and harvest our food often struggle to feed their own families. This Thanksgiving, give thanks for the food on your table and for the farmworkers who put it there! The Farmworker Association of Florida in Apopka needs food for their Thanksgiving baskets! Some of the foods people need the most are: dried or canned beans, corn meal, cooking oil, milk, tortillas, canned vegetables, flour, fresh foods (closer to Thanksgiving ), rice and cash (used to purchase turkeys)! Your donations support la lucha, the farmworker struggle! To make a donation or to volunteer call the Florida Farmworkers Association: (407) 886-5151 or email becky@floridafarmworkers.org. Help spread the word: download and print out a FFA flyer here.

Come to the 5th Annual Thanksgiving Celebration!

Join us for a traditional Thanksgiving celebration. Thankfulness, togetherness and a turkey dinner with all the trimmings will be the order of the day.  That’s only 5 weeks away so plan to be with your beloved Unitarian community in Gore Hall for the event.  You… are just the person for whom this event is planned.  And we know about last minute holiday changes so bring anyone with you to share the day: friends, neighbors and family.  If you are strapped for the reservation fee or for making a pot luck dish come anyway.  No one will be turned away.  We also welcome and are prepared for Vegan or Vegetarian diets. Cost: $5 per person, littlest ones are free. Appetizers will be served at 5:00 pm and dinner at 5:30 following a few brief words of thanksgiving together. Your job is to make your reservation and let us know the one favorite Thanksgiving dish you will bring.  Sign up in Gore Hall during either Social Hour to get the email E-vite with more dinner details and to find out who else is coming and what they are bringing.  Remember that your reservation  helps the organizers to plan, shop and cook knowing the amount of turkey, stuffing and gravy that is needed. Plan on coming!  You will be warmly welcomed!

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

Our next Share-the-Plate collection will be given to Adriana’s Attic, a not-for-profit community outreach program. Adriana’s Attic provides food, clothing, hygiene supplies, medical supplies, and assistance with obtaining permanent housing to those in need. Last week, it was mistakenly reported that I-Dignity would be next; in fact, I-Dignity will be our Share-the-Plate beneficiary in December.

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.

Come to SWIM 2015 – December 26

SWIM, the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami (sometimes), is delighted to invite you and yours to join us for a week of joy, adventure, and community from December 26 through January 1. SWIM is an intergenerational camp that will be gathering this year at Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid, Florida, a two-hour drive from Tampa. We have  workshops, music, worship, trips, dancing, games, canoeing, teen and children programming, a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, all ending in a wonderful New Year’s Eve party. Details of all the wonderful activities, along with cost information, on our website or contact Candy Gale director@swimuu.org  or Jerry Elsenrath registrar@swimuu.org.


Plan Ahead

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 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. Spread the word! Join!

November 21 – Fair Food Rally, 10:00 am, Downtown Publix

There will be a local informational picket at the downtown Publix, 400 E. Central Blvd. The event is sponsored by the YAYAs, UUU, 1U and Coalition of Immokalee Workers. Come march with us as we ask Publix to join the Fair Food Program, supporting fair wages and humane treatment in the fields. This event is part of a national day of action for this cause.

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 of all blood types. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.

December 26-January 1 – Come to SWIM 2015, Cloverleaf 4-H Camp 

SWIM, the Southeast UU Winter Institute in Miami (sometimes), is delighted to invite you and yours to join us for a week of joy, adventure, and community from December 26 through January 1. SWIM is an intergenerational camp that will be gathering this year at Cloverleaf 4-H Camp in Lake Placid, Florida, a two-hour drive from Tampa. We have  workshops, music, worship, trips, dancing, games, canoeing, teen and children programming, a fabulous Christmas Dinner at the historic Columbia Restaurant, all ending in a wonderful New Year’s Eve party. Details of all the wonderful activities, along with cost information, on our website or contact Candy Gale director@swimuu.org  or Jerry Elsenrath registrar@swimuu.org.


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.

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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