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Weekly Update – October 6, 2016

Weekly Update – October 6, 2016

News Flash!

Friday 10/7 New Member Potluck Cancelled by Storm

New members will be welcomed during Sunday services on 10/9.

and,

Saturday: Campus Tenders Workday Postponed to 11/12

and,

Pride Parade Postponed due to Storm

Details in Saturday – October 8 listing.

and,

1U at VegFest Oct. 22

Sign up to share the fun! Details in October 22 listing.


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



Friday – October 7

1st Friday BYO Craft Circle – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 9

Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle! You can also bring a game if you don’t have a craft project or just bring yourself.

NOTE: At Teaching Craft Circle on Oct 21 we will be making sewn baby hats for charity. If you prefer to make knit or crochet hats to turn in, we can take those too! Free patterns at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-hats-booties.html

Saturday – October 8

Orlando Pride Parade – Postponed, details TBA

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 at 3:00; step-off is promptly at 4:00 pm. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear your 1U or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.

Sunday – October 9

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

American Civil Religion… a Story of Evolution!  Rev. Kathy Schmitz

As we celebrate Pride this contentious election season, let’s look at the story of our democracy with its challenges and its promise. Welkin will perform.

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: UU History with Ken LofgrenA presentation on Elizabeth Peabody: 19th century Unitarian teacher, author, publisher, bookstore owner, and leader of the Kindergarten movement in this country. Please join us as we learn about this trailblazing woman (and her famous friends)! Alternate session on Oct. 18.

Plan Ahead

October 30: 11:00 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.

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.

Monday – October 10

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting – 7:00-9:00 pm, Hiett Library 

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.

Tuesday – October 11

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

Potluck lunch at noon in Gore Hall. Bring a dish to share.  LAST CALL for your donations of clothing and household goods to the Continuing Bazaar. After the 1U Church rummage sale October 28-29 the Alliance can no longer accept used clothing, bedding, kitchen or bath items until after the campus renovations are completed. Space in the remodeled Gore Hall will be limited, so we will focus on selling books, jewelry, accessories, and gently used smaller items. Bring those year end donations in October and shop before we downsize.

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 – October 12

Conversation with our Faith Neighbors, Session 4 (Hinduism) – Dinner 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 Rana Tiwari.  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 for any 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 – October 13

King Arthur Class Session 7 – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 9

The saga of King Arthur and his knights and ladies is perhaps the most enduringly popular mythic tradition of Western civilization. What is it about this particular story that has so deeply gripped the human imagination for so many centuries, in so many places? This class is FREE and “drop-in” friendly. Come for all or just your favorites in this 8 week series!

Full description and session topics here.

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.


Other News

“Standing on the Side of Love” Interfaith Yoga Class Starts October 24

Please join us for healing breath, mindful movement and peaceful unity. This adaptive, inclusive yoga class is for all levels, led by Melissa Rosario & Julia Chinnock, 7:00-8:15 pm at diverse faith Orlando venues. Free and open to anyone. For questions and to Rsvp email youngyogiprogram@gmail.com. Please let us know how many and if you will need a yoga mat. Please arrive a few minutes early to set up and get settled!

Send Good Wishes to Jay Wolin

For those that have not heard, Jay Wolin, a former member and now UU minister in Davenport Iowa, has been diagnosed with tongue cancer and is presently undergoing treatment. Kathy and Dan Homblette are headed to the Midwest in mid-October for a family wedding and plan to go see Jay on the drive home. We thought that it would be nice to take a few cards with us from friends expressing our love and sending speedy recovery wishes. We are also planning to take one of the newly made wood chalices from our own oak tree. Look for Kathy or Dan on Sunday 10/2 and 10/9 during social hour to sign a card and send good wishes.

Harvest Festival Breakfast Hurrahs!

A hearty thanks to all those who participated in the Annual Harvest Fest Pancake Breakfast. The men of the church (led by the Fabulous Dan!) did a superb job cooking and serving. Our bakers made delicious treats for us to enjoy. The aprons were amazing! Thank you to all our volunteers and to all who attended. It was great good and fun!

Volunteers Needed for Conversations with Our Faith Neighbors

This community-wide series runs every Wednesday thru November 16, and 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 to
– 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.

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).

Share the Plate Update

In October, we’ll Share the Plate with Two Spirit Health Services, Inc., a non-profit LGBTQ medical and mental health center in Orlando. After the Pulse Nightclub Massacre, Two Spirit mobilized over 650 volunteer counselors. Since then, they’ve served as a primary source of mental health and medical services for the LGBTQ community, seeing 2-5 new clients a day who’ve been severely affected by the shootings. As the only non-profit bi-lingual LGBTQ Health Center in Central Florida, they’ve been at the forefront of helping our community heal, regardless of patients’ ability to pay.

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.

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.

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

October 14 – Model Railroad Club Tour, 11:30 am, Anna’s Polish Restaurant

RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will meet for lunch at Anna’s Polish Restaurant and then visit Ben McKay’s model railroad club. Contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org for details.

October 14 – Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse 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 17 – Florida Department of Transportation Public Workshop, 5:30-7:30 pm, Gore Hall

Great meeting dealing with a road that directly impacts our church…and guess what? The meeting is at 1U! Join the conversation. The FDOT and their consultant have been working on options for improving the flow of traffic for cars and buses as well as increasing opportunities and safety for pedestrians and bikes. Come hear what they have to say and provide input to aid in their Robinson Street Corridor Planning Study. Show up anytime in the 2-hour window. Download an info sheet at public-meeting-flyer-tabloid.

October 18 – Life & Times of Elizabeth Peabody, 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Join us for an informal discussion about the life and times of Elizabeth Peabody. Some participants will have read The Peabody Sisters book, but everyone is invited to attend. This discussion will be facilitated by Ken Lofgren.

October 21 & 22 – Spiritual Retreat: 3R’s-Reconciling Religious Roots, 6:00 pm Friday/9:00 am Saturday, Gore Hall/Hiett Library  (Registration ends Oct. 16) 

Many of us have complicated relationships with our religious pasts. The goal of this retreat is to explore these and move forward with intention and greater joy yet without unnecessary burden. Led by Rev. Kathy and Rev. Janet Onnie of the UU Fellowship of Marion County, this retreat will take place at 1U with participants from other Florida congregations joining in. Dinner and lunch will be provided. The retreat begins with dinner at 6:00 pm on Friday and ends before dinner on Saturday. Fee is $40. Please find the registration form at the 1U Central Table during Social Hour or email Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

October 21 – Baby Hats for Charity 6:30-8:30 pm, Assembly Room

October is “baby hat” month! We will collect them all month and send to hospital Nov 1st. Please give your knitted, crocheted, or sewn baby hats to any Mystic Grove member or bring by Room 9. Want to make baby hats in a group? Come over to 3rd Friday craft circle in October and learn how to sew simple knit or fleece hats. No sewing experience or equipment required. For more info or free patterns, please visit here.

October 22 – 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, talk with Charlie Behrens, Or email ProgramAssistant@orlandouu.org  with “VegFest” in the subject line, OR simply click here to sign up directly.  Thanks!

October 23 – 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

October 23 – “Standing on the Side of Love” Interfaith Yoga Class, 7:00-8:15 pm, Various Orlando Faith Venues

Please join us for healing breath, mindful movement and peaceful unity, held at diverse faith venues around Orlando. This adaptive, inclusive yoga class is for all levels, led by Melissa Rosario & Julia Chinnock. Free and open to anyone. For questions and to Rsvp email youngyogiprogram@gmail.com. Please let us know how many and if you will need a yoga mat. Please arrive a few minutes early to set up and get settled!

October 27 – Learning Tarot 1 Class – 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.

November 12 – Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day, 9:00 am-Noon   (Note new date)

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.

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.

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!

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.

Please Do Not Leave Packages of Any Kind Around the Campus Buildings

If you are bringing items for the Alliance or any other activity, please plan ahead. Make sure a staff person or other church member will already be at the church to take the package(s) and put them in the right place. Thanks for your cooperation.

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:

                       September-Elise & Tommy Harrison             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

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