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Weekly Update – October 4, 2018

Weekly Update – October 4, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: Courtyard Design Available for Review

Details in Sunday – October 7

and,

Tuesday: New Aging Support Group Starts

Details in Tuesday – October 9

and,

Congregational Meeting October 14

Details in Plan Ahead

 

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

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – October 5

Saturday – October 6

Solar Tour Stop at Rev. Kathy & Charlie’s Home — 10:00 am-5:00 pm

The National Solar Tour is a collection of solar open houses and local solar tours in cities and towns across the country. Rev. Kathy”s and Charlie’s home is on the tour this year. If you’d like to learn more about our 100% net zero home or learn how to use an Electric Vehicle as emergency backup power, RSVP here and plan to stop by.

Sunday – October 7

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

A review of our blood donation history shows that 1U’s donation bus was overwhelmed with donors on the morning of Pulse, but we can barely get 6 or 8 donations at our other drives the last few years.  Please show One Blood and those in need of blood transfusions that 1U is not just here for our community at times of tragedy, but all the time, as the need is enormous. Please plan to give blood at 1U today. Please bring an ID and be sure to have a good breakfast prior to coming. Go to oneblood.org to make an appointment! All blood types are needed.

T-Shirts on Sale Today

Check out the T-shirts on sale at 1u Central (Gaby’s Table) in Gore Hall today. We have 1U shirts as well as Standing on the Side of Love shirts and paraphernalia. Get your bling before next Saturday’s Pride Parade.

Courtyard Design Available for Review — Anytime Today, Gore Hall

MPaul, who oversaw our renovation, has provided a sample design concept for creating an inviting intergenerational and multi-use space in the Enrichment Center Courtyard. Stop by Gore Hall today to see the sketches and let us know what you like and what you wish.

Hymn Sing — 10:15 am, Sanctuary (Note new schedule: First Sunday each month)

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Changing Course (When Not to Follow), Rev. Kathy Schmitz

When are we wise not to follow and instead choose another course? Aubrey Connelly-Candelario will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

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

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

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

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

Adult Religious Education 

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

9:30 am  in the Gore Hall Classroom A — 19th Century Universalist History 

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

Topics:

10/7  &  10/10 Sharing the News. How did Universalists use journals (newspapers) to share their news? We will explore an original Universalist journal from 1843: The Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate.

10/14 & 10/17 Reforming Society. What social reform issues were important to early Universalists?

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

9:30 am in the Community Room — Movie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events; in this case, movies.  White Boy Rick is a sweet kid growing up in the 1980’s in Detroit. What happens to his inherent worth and dignity when the authority figures in his life fail to protect him and intentionally mislead him? See the movie and join the discussion. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

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

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

·         October 7: Adult & Children’s Ministries and Faith Development

·         October 14: Worship & Liturgical Year

·         October 21: Campus Tour

·         October 28: Pastoral Care and Covenant Groups

·         November 4: Membership 101

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

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to ourexperience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at:  https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com.

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting 12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is a mixed Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Rituals are volunteer-led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. The monthly meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. For more info, see  https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/, or email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

First Sunday Fellowship

This is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) 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.

We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact me if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Monday – October 8

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

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

Tuesday – October 9

The Alliance — 11:30 am, Gore Hall

Several amendments to the Florida Constitution will be on the ballot this November. They are controversial and confusing. The League of Women Voters will be examining these amendments with us today at noon in Gore Hall. Any interested person is invited to attend. You may bring a bag lunch as our speaker, Cindy Schleier, will also be eating with us.

Thanks to all of our generous donors and shoppers at the Resale Shop. In September we were able to award $1,000 to Planned Parenthood (a matching donation to the first $1,000 of First Unitarian’s Share the Plate collection) and another $500 to the Healthcare Center for the Homeless denture fund. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Aging Support Group – New Monthly Offering, 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A

A new group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:15 pm in Room A of Gore Hall. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.

Yoga Cancelled Until New Instructor Found

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

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

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

Wednesday – October 10

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

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

1U Wednesdays – All Activities in Gore Hall 

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

6:15 pm  BYO Supper & Enjoy Fellowship

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

Two class offerings for the first six weeks.

1)     Universalist History with Ken Lofgren (Room A)

2)     Spiritual Practice with Rev. Kathy Schmitz (Room B)

Need a new spiritual practice? Wondering what the heck a spiritual practice is and why you would want one? Join us for this week’s session: Finding Your Spiritual Practice

Come for all or part of the evening. No sign-up required. Classes are best taken as a series but drop-ins are always welcome.

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

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

19th Century Universalist History  7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

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

Topics:

10/7  &  10/10 Sharing the News. How did Universalists use journals (newspapers) to share their news? We will explore an original Universalist journal from 1843: The Evangelical Magazine and Gospel Advocate.

10/14 & 10/17 Reforming Society. What social reform issues were important to early Universalists?

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

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 11

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

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


Other News

Hymn Sings Note

Going forward Hymn Sings will begin at 10:15 am only on the FIRST Sunday of each month.

Aging Support Group – New Monthly Offering

Tuesday, October 9, 1:15-2:15, Room A in Gore Hall

A new group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month at 1:15 pm in the Room A of Gore Hall. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.

Notice: Congregational Meeting October 14

There will be a Congregational Meeting following worship on Sunday, October 14, 2018, 11:45 am. The congregation will vote on whether to ordain Christine Dance and learn about a Community Minister Affiliation with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. The results of the September 9 Brainstorming session will be shared as will an update from the Finance Team. There will be reports from the Long-Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team and the Personnel Committee as well as a discussion of addressing the budget deficit and building for our future. Child care will be available. No lunch will be served but a robust social hour is planned. Formal agenda and supporting materials are in the Governance Section of the the 1U website (www.orlandouu.org/about/ governance/ ).

1U at Central Florida VegFest 2018: October 27

Central Florida Veg Fest had almost 20,000 attendees last year. Every year, it has proven to be a great place to tell folks about 1U. Sign up now to help staff our 1U Tent for an hour or two and help festival attendees discover 1U and Unitarian Universalism on Saturday, October 27, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, in Festival Park, Orlando. 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.

Share the Plate Update

Our October Share-the-Plate partner is the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida. The mission of the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida, Inc. is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in Central Florida. The museum’s staff are dedicated to gathering and preserving memorabilia, providing a documentary record for research, and displaying with pride the LGBTQ community’s social and historical contributions, so their legacy will always be remembered.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

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

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

Our series, Follow the Leader… or Not, concludes next Sunday.

10/14  Who will We Follow? (Election Sermon), with Welkin

10/21 – 11/25 Our The Sands of Our Lives series will explore the rich spiritual metaphors evoked by sand.

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 12 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

October 13 — 1U at Orlando’s Come Out with Pride Celebration: Booth & Parade at Lake Eola

1U will again have a presence at Orlando’s Come Out with Pride festivities on Saturday, October 13 at Lake Eola. In addition to our parade participation (typically ~100 of us), we will have a booth so we can be in meaningful conversation with festival participants about what we love about 1U. Consider helping to staff our booth or set up or break down. Guidance will be provided.

Booth: Noon -7:00 pm with setup between 10 & 11 am. Please sign up to help (Click here to sign up or see Gaby on Sunday).  Our booth appears to be along Robinson St. near Broadway (Section B, Booth 9).

Parade: Step off is at 4:00 pm. Please plan on arriving early (3:00 pm) for line up. No sign up necessary. If you would like to carpool from 1U, please gather in front of Gore Hall a 2:45 pm. We will gather on Magnolia north of Robinson. We are in Group J which appears to be between Amelia and Livingston). Bring sun protection and water.

October 14 — Congregational Meeting, 11:45 am, Gore Hall

There will be a Congregational Meeting following worship today. The congregation will vote on whether to ordain Christine Dance and learn about a Community Minister Affiliation with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. The results of the September 9 Brainstorming session will be shared as will an update from the Finance Team. There will be reports from the Long-Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team and the Personnel Committee as well as a discussion of addressing the budget deficit and building for our future. Child care will be available. No lunch will be served but a robust social hour is planned. Formal agenda and supporting materials are in the Governance Section of the the 1U website (www.orlandouu.org/about/ governance/ ).

October 14 — Mystic Grove and Friends Visit Guang Ming Temple, 9:30 am, Off campus

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

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

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

October 14 — 1U and the Greater Orlando National Organization for Women (NOW) Present “Go, Granny D,” 2:00 pm, Gore Hall

Go, Granny D — “You’re Never too old to Raise a little Hell” is a delightful 2-person play performed by Off-Broadway actress Barbara Bates Smith with accompanying musician, Jeff Sebens. At age 90, Doris “Granny D” Haddock blazed a 3200-mile trail across America for campaign finance reform, precipitating the passage of the McCain-Feingold Act. She continued her bipartisan reform efforts in countrywide voter registration drives, issuing her final challenge in 2010 at age 100: “Democracy is a running game. You huddle and you go back in. You keep going.”  The play highlights the story of this crusader whose steely determination took the world by surprise and elevated her to national fame. Smith summons the granny with the straw hat who proclaimed across the United States: “Corporations are not people! Democracy is!” This event is free to all.  For those so inclined, donations will be accepted. Come and be reminded why we “never underestimate grannies!”

October 15 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

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

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

Central Florida Veg Fest had almost 20,000 attendees last year. Every year, it has proven to be a great place to tell folks about 1U. Sign up now to help staff our 1U Tent for an hour or two and help festival attendees discover 1U and Unitarian Universalism. We will have lots of goodies to hand out, prepared talking points to help you feel comfortable talking about UU, and games for the kids. To sign up, talk with Charlie Behrens, OR email Volunteers@orlandouu.org, or simply click here to sign up directly.

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

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

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

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

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

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

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

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

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

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


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot

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

Parking Notice

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

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

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

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

Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?

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

1U Maintenance Contact Info

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

Join Justice GoogleGroup

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

1U Caring Circle

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

Pastoral Care Associates

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

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

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

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

Missed a Sunday?

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

Join the Flowers Team

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Spot the pretties bouquets at grocery stores and elsewhere? Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply purchased cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. No need to attend early services to participate! To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Join 1U A/V Team

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

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!

Give By Text

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

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

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

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

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

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

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

Board Minutes Available

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

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

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


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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