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Weekly Update – October 8, 2015

Weekly Update – October 8, 2015

Weekly Update-October 8, 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!

March, Float, Stand on the Side of Love in Come Out with Pride Parade & Festival

This year’s theme: “Celebrating Marriage Equality, Advocating for ALL Equality.” Details in Saturday listing.

Also:

Memorial Service for David Morris on Sunday, 12:30 pm

Simple reception follows in Gore Hall.


Friday – October 9

Black Cat Café – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

At this open-mic coffeehouse, share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! Entertainment until 10:30pm: $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

Saturday – October 10

‘Campus Tenders’ Volunteer Work Day – 9:00 am-noon

Join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds. (Next quarterly Campus Tender’s day is January 9, 2016.)

1U Steps Out with Pride – 4:00 pm, Lake Eola Park

Join the 1U contingent in Orlando’s annual Come Out with Pride Parade & Festival. All are invited to march, float, parade & stand on the side of love. This is a fun, festive and meaningful way to put our UU values of LGBTQ equality in action and connect with the larger community. This year’s theme: “Celebrating Marriage Equality! Advocating for ALL Equality!” Car pool from 1U at 2:30 pm, or meet us at the lineup at 3:30 pm at Lake Eola. Step-off is promptly at 4:00 pm. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear 1U t-shirts or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.

Sunday – October 11

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

Be Like Water, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

This morning we explore lessons from the Taoist Tradition.   Welkin and the Lyric Trio will both 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!

Plan Ahead:

October 24 – 1U/CRE Annual Halloween Party, 6:00 pm, EC Courtyard & Assembly Room

Come in costume, bring potluck to share, enjoy Halloween-themed games and entertainment for all ages.  Suggested donation:  $2.00 per person or $5.00 per family.

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

9:30 am in the Library:  Spiritual Literacy with Charles Davis (learn more)

Plan Ahead:

October 18 – 11:00 am in the Library  Movie Talk (Learn More)

Do these movies exemplify our UU values? We will compare and contrast two recently released and currently playing films:

* The Intern written and directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Robert De Niro

* The Martian starring Matt Damon

See one or both and join our Adult RE discussion for lively debate and religious illumination!

See our full schedule.

Night in Olde Italy Ticket Deadline

This is the last Sunday to purchase tickets for the RUUM Night in Olde Italy. Only a few tickets are left! Tickets are available during the social hour after each service. Spend an evening in Olde Italy enjoying food, fun and traditional music! Cash bar at 6:00, dinner and concert following. Child care is available. A great night out for just a $10 ticket! Any donation over $10 will be matched and proceeds go to the building fund!!

David Morris Memorial Service – 12:30pm, Sanctuary

A memorial service will be held for 1U member David Morris who passed away earlier this week. A light reception will follow in Gore Hall. If you are moved to bring a finger food to share, please label it as for the memorial service and bring it to the Gore Hall kitchen when you arrive on Sunday.

Meet & Greet With Rev. Kathy Cancelled For Morris Memorial Service

Details for the next Meet & Greet coming soon.

Monday – October 12

Tuesday – October 13

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall

We will make sandwiches for the homeless today in the Gore Hall kitchen at 10:00. This is not our usual second Tuesday program, but we are devoting the third Tuesday to our luncheon to honor the elder members of our Alliance. Seven of us are over 90 years of age and still going strong! Celebrate these members by getting a ticket to the luncheon from Shirley Jantzen at 1U on Sunday or Tuesday or by contacting the Alliance at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org.

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

Be a part of a wonderful journey as we share one breath, one body, one mind at 1U. Open to all.

Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – October 14

Welcome Home Wednesday Session 4 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of pre-ordered subs or vegan salad; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities. Brown-bag if your diet or appetite does not agree with the menu.

Program and menu details and registration forms are available online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays). Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, so please sign up online using SignUp Genius, or via email to whw@orlandouu.org. Send questions to this email as well. Meal RSVP or cancellation should be made on Monday before noon. 

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 15

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

1U at Central Florida VegFest

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 on Saturday, October 24, 10 am – 6 pm, 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 click here, or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org with “VegFest” in the subject line, or see Charlie Behrens.

Common Read: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (Books Available Oct. 11)

Join us in reading and discussing Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, which has been chosen as the UUA’s Common Read for 2015-2016. Copies of the book will be available to borrow beginning October 11. The book discussions are scheduled for Tuesday, November 10 at 1:00 pm and Thursday, November 12 at 7:00 pm. Both of these 90-minute sessions will be facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy in the Library. (More info on the book)

Suitable Airs: A Musical Celebration of Voting Rights Oct. 18

The Negro Spiritual Scholarship Fund hosts this moving event featuring the voices of young soloists in reflection on where we have been and the work still to do. Rev. Kathy will be one of the narrators, 6:00 pm, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Eatonville. (For more info)

Changing Low Wages in Central Florida: Adult RE Special Guest

On October 25 we will have a special guest for Adult RE at 9:30. Eric Gray will speak to us about the low wage crisis in Central Florida. Gray will share the sad story of low wages and his vision of what we can do about it. Find out what role you can play in making a change. Learn more here.

“In the American community ranked 99th in wages, it is important that we talk about at least 99 different solutions to reduce poverty and help our working poor,” says Gray, head of Orlando’s busiest social service nonprofit. “Only by committed citizens coming together with a mindset for change will change ever occur.”

Gray serves as Executive Director for the Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando, a cutting-edge nonprofit organization known for its cost-share grocery program and crisis, clinic and counseling center. One of the most highly regarded empowerment non-profits in Florida, it offers not a hand out, but a hand up daily to over 500 customers, clients and citizens in need.

Jamie Kilstein Performs at 1U October 25

Progressive political comic Jamie Kilstein’s latest CD spent its first release week at Number ONE on both the iTunes and Amazon comedy charts. His first book, #Newsfail, was critically acclaimed by the likes of Dirty Wars author Jeremy Scahill, and Mythbusters‘ Adam Savage. He has performed with legendary punk band Bad Religion and hip hop superstars Talib Kweli and Jean Grae. He co-hosts Citizen Radio, praised by Janeane Garofalo, Noam Chomsky, Robin Williams. He and his co-host were named by The Nation magazine as top “media heroes.” Most importantly, Glenn Beck has called him a “doofus” and “goofball” and Jonah Goldberg refuses to fight him.

October 24, Kilstein will be speaking at Central Florida Veg Fest about being vegan  and the next day he’ll be perform at 1U at 7:00 pm, tickets $15/person. More info: http://www.meetup.com/VegetariansCF/events/225907541/

Solar Project Update

The solar project is growing! Several 1U members and friends have already joined. In recent weeks, the project has expanded to include all of Orange County. Homeowners east of Interstate 4 in Orange County can join the ORLANDO & WINTER PARK SOLAR CO-OP. Homeowners who live west of Interstate 4 can join the WEST ORANGE SOLAR CO-OP. To get more information, attend an info session:

Monday, Oct. 12 at Herndon Library, 7:00 pm

Saturday, Nov. 14 at North Orange Library, 10:30 am,

Saturday, Nov 14 at Windermere Library, 1:30 pm,

Email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com, visit cfsoldaradvocates.com or ask Mary Dipboye, Michael Cohen, Joan Cleary or Scott Taylor. How can you help? Spread the word! Join!

Food Bank Appreciation

Thank you so much to all the volunteer packers and sorters at Second Harvest Food Bank Sat Oct 3! Your time given makes a huge difference to our many hungry neighbors. Please join us for our next group Dec 5 from 1-4. 411 Mercy in Orlando. Sign up with Steph at foodbank@orlandouu.org. You must wear closed toed shoes!

Building The Dream News

The 1U Building Team shared plans Sept. 20 with more than 80 members of the congregation during 3 meetings. You can check these plans out on our website at https://www.orlandouu.org/news/campus-renovation/. Reverend Kathy also shares her thoughts on all the ways this plan meets the vision we are working towards. We’re finding more ways to share this wonderful plan and gear up for the next phase of our capital campaign. Drop us a line via bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org, and thank you for your continued support.

Share the Plate Update

 In October, we’ll be Sharing the Plate with the Hope CommUnity Center. The Hope CommUnity Center was established in 1971 by four sisters from the Order of Notre Dame de Namur who saw the need of the migrant workers from the many farms and foliage businesses in the Lake Apopka area for support and advocacy. For over forty years, the Hope CommUnity Center has provided educational opportunities, parenting classes, citizenship classes, youth groups, health services, and more to the immigrant farmworkers of Central Florida and to their families. Come to the Adult Religious Education program at 9:30 a.m. on October 18 to have a conversation with representatives of this longstanding and outstanding community organization, and be ready to open your hearts and your pockets to support them!

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.

United Way ReadingPals Program Seeks Volunteers

Heart of Florida United Way is launching a program called ReadingPals this Fall. ReadingPals aims to pair passionate and committed volunteers with preschoolers who need a little extra help developing vital pre-literacy skills. Volunteers commit to one hour per week over the course of the school year with their pal, either a 1-hour session once a week or two 30-minute sessions twice a week during school hours. If you are interested in becoming a ReadingPal, or for more information, contact Joan Nelson at 1U or HFUW’s Jaquala Montalvo at jaquala.montalvo@hfuw.org.


Plan Ahead

October 17 – “RUUM Wasn’t Built in a Day,”  6:00 pm, Gore Hall 

RUUM will host fun, food, and music with cash bar at 6:00 pm, dinner with strolling violins at 6:30, concert at 7:45 with dessert and coffee after. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 for children under 10, available shortly, only from RUUM members. Child care is available. A great night out for just a $10 ticket. Any donation over $10 will be matched and proceeds go to the building fund!! Questions: contact Gregg Buckingham or email RUUM@orlandouu.org.

October 18 – Bending the Arc Institute Info Session, 12:30 pm, Hiett Library 

Join Rev. Kathy to learn about the emerging Bending the Arc Institute: A Learning Community for Social Engagement. The program is tentatively schedule to kick off in early 2017 after the renovations on our campus are complete. This conversation will include a 20-minute presentation by Rev. Kathy followed by a time for questions and conversation.

October 18 – Suitable Airs: A Musical Celebration of Voting Rights, 6:00 pm, Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Eatonville

The “Negro Spiritual” Scholarship Fund hosts this moving event featuring the voices of young soloists in reflection on where we have been and on the work still to do. Rev. Kathy will be one of the narrators. (For more info)

October 19 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group, 7:00 pm, Hiett Library

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome!

October 20 – Alliance “Members Over 90” Tribute Luncheon, 11:30 am, Gore Hall

Today the Alliance honors seven members over 90 years of age and still actively serving our mission. All friends of Kathy Anderson, Eva Brinson, Barbara Elrod, Nancy Kellman, Evelyn Keyes, Irma Scudder and Virginia Thayer (and the Alliance as a whole) are invited to attend by purchasing a $5.00 ticket (to defray the cost of catering from Boston Market ). Shirley Jantzen has your ticket at First Unitarian Church on Sundays and Tuesdays. If you cannot see her, email your reservation to Alliance@OrlandoUU.org. Vegetarians will be satisfied.

October 21 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 5 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of sweet potato vegan chili, salad, cornbread or rice; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

October 24 – 1U at Central Florida VegFest, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, Festival Park, Orlando

Central Florida Veg Fest had over 15,000 attendees last year. It’s a great place to tell folks about 1U. Sign up now to help staff our 1U Tent for an hour or two and help festival attendees discover 1U and Unitarian Universalism. We will have lots of goodies to hand out, prepared talking points to help you feel comfortable talking about UU, and games for the kids. To sign up click here, or email Volunteers@orlandouu.org with “VegFest” in the subject line, or see Charlie Behrens.

October 25 – Changing Low Wages in Central Florida: Adult RE Special Guest

Eric Gray shares the sad story of low wages and his vision of what we can do about it. Find out what role you can play in making a change here. Gray serves as Executive Director for the Community Food and Outreach Center in Orlando, known for its cost-share grocery program and crisis, clinic and counseling center.

October 25 – Jamie Kilstein at 1U, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Progressive political comic Jamie Kilstein’s latest CD spent its first release week at Number ONE on both the iTunes and Amazon comedy charts He has performed with legendary punk band Bad Religion and hip hop superstars Talib Kweli and Jean Grae. He and his co-host of Citizen Radio were named by The Nation magazine as top “media heroes.” Tickets $15/person. More info: http://www.meetup.com/VegetariansCF/events/225907541/

October 28 – Welcome Home Wednesday Final Session – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of tacos with chicken, cheese, beans & rice; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

November 1 – Wrestling with our Understandings around Race, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library

Many of us are wrestling with understanding and  responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do regarding issues of race.  It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. (Read more about the program.)

November 6 & 7 – Camping & Fun, Lake Louisa State Park (Signup by Oct. 31)

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one!  This 4,500 acre park is noted for beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes, providing opportunities for superb fishing, canoeing, kayaking, biking and nature study. Check it out online! Group meals are balanced with dining on your own, for maximum flexibility to enjoy. Previous trips have garnered rave reviews for both fun and relaxation. Fee is $12 per tent or RV/camper and our reserved sites are close to hot showers and flush toilets. Some extra tents available. Contact Camp Counselors Suzanne & Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org for details, to sign up. All ages welcome to gather around the campfire!

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. Second session scheduled November 12. Facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. (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, the UUA’s Common Read for 2015-2016. Facilitated by Charlotte Fleming and Rev. Kathy. (More info on the book)

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, 8:00 am-1:30 pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot    (Note: Date Change)

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

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

Join Justice GoogleGroup

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond) that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email 1usjlist@gmail.com with your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

1U Caring Circle

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

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

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

Become a Home Hospitality Host

On occasion, 1U has the opportunity to host other UUs for events like District Assembly, Choir Festival, District meetings, and other events. Some of our fellow UUs who come into town for a day or two to join us and/or use our facilities appreciate being welcomed into our homes for the night to cut down on hotel expense while getting to know us. If you have space in your home to host a guest or two, please consider joining in this Hospitality offering! Email 1uhomehospitality@gmail.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.

1U Thanksgiving Plans

Yes, we will have a community Thanksgiving here at 1U. Last year’s lead hosts will be taking on Community Thanksgiving 2015. They are Bonnie and Steve Rich who did a wonderful job! They plan to enjoy their summer before getting started on this big project Be watching in the fall for more information and how you can help.

1U Plans for Next Year

Recently, Rev. Kathy shared emerging plans for next year including key dates and information on themes we will be exploring. She also provided an organization chart for congregation programs. In addition, Dan Homblette shared an overview of plans in the specific areas of social justice and outreach. Take a look and mark your calendar so you don’t miss any of the ways you want to be involved.

Board Minutes Available

Approved Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes are available to members on the 1U Transitional Website. Click here to access the BOT Minutes area, then scroll to the month you’re interested in. Minutes through April 2015 are now available.

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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