Weekly Update – September 1, 2016
Pancake Breakfast Volunteers Invited
Once again the call goes out to the stellar men of the church to gather for the camaraderie of making pancakes for the members and guests of the church Sunday October 2. Details in Other News.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – September 2
Saturday – September 3
Sunday – September 4
Single Service – 11:00 am, Sanctuary (Summer single services continue through Sept. 11)
Out of Africa, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
Rev. Kathy returns to the pulpit after five weeks away and reflects on lessons learned on her recent travels in Southern Africa. The Folk Ensemble 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 in Nursery
11:00 am-11:15 pm Children begin in service
11:15 am-12:15 pm Children proceed to Childcare during worship (Enrichment Center)
Please note: The 2016-2017 Children’s Religious Education curriculum program will begin on Sunday, September 18.
If you have not registered your child please do so today. You may register before service in the RE Director’s office in the Enrichment Center. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information on CRE: dre@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! )
We are now on our summer schedule and offerings will change week to week. Watch here for updates.
9:30 am in the Library: Francis David Cafe, with Bob Leger.
September 25 — Movie Talk: How are our UU Values illuminated in the movie Kubo and the Two Strings? Join the discussion at 11:00 am. Kubo and the Two Strings is an animated adventure featuring vengeful spirits, gods, monsters, monkeys and heroes. Be sure to go see this currently running film with themes about courage, death and loss then come discuss!
Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30 pm, Hiett Library
This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, 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. Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation.
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.
Monday – September 5
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library
The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.
Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!
Tuesday – September 6
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
The Alliance officers meet at 11:00. Full membership meets at 12:15 to conduct business while we share a bag lunch. Beginning at 10:30 members will also work on the Continuing Bazaar and catch up with what is happening in our lives.
Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – September 7
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – September 8
Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
An open, ongoing group offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration required.
1U Men: Pancake Breakfast Volunteers Invited
Once again the call goes out to the stellar men of 1U to gather for the camaraderie of making pancakes for church members and guests. The event is Sunday, October 2. Exact details are still being firmed up, but per past efforts, we will likely be in the kitchen from 7:15 am until about 1:00 pm, prepping, making, serving and cleaning up. A detailed sign-up sheet will be sent out in the near future to all those that are interested. You can sign up for individual tasks or go for the gold and be there the entire time. Let Dan Homblette know if you want to be part of this awesome event, email him at CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org.
Ready for Some Pancakes??
The annual 1U Harvest Festival and pancake breakfast will be held Sunday, October 2, in Gore Hall. All are welcome to join us for this lively and tasty fellowship event offering a pancake breakfast & homemade harvest themed goodies.
Breakfast will be available from 8:30-11:30 am though we will have 2 primary breakfast service times: 8:30-9:20 and 10:15-10:50. We encourage you to plan on eating during one of the two service times, so that the men of 1U (our chefs and servers) can also attend a worship service. Breakfast menu: pancakes (regular & gluten free), eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee. A vegan breakfast option will be available. Tickets for the harvest pancake breakfast are $7 ($4 for children 10 & younger) and are on sale in Gore Hall during the Noon social hour as well as from the church office Monday-Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door.
In addition, you’ll be able to buy homemade harvest themed goodies (muffins, cookies, cakes) for you and your family to take home and enjoy. All proceeds go to 1U’s general fund.
Share the Plate Partners Selected
The votes are in! Thank you to everyone who voted during the Opportunity Fiesta. The following organizations will be in this year’s Share the Plate programming: Hope CommUnity Center, Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Planned Parenthood of SouthWest and Central Florida, The Russell Home for Atypical Children, Two Spirit Health Services, Inc., Adrianna’s Attic, Samaritan Resource Center, Organize NOW/F.I.R.E. The timing will be arranged by Rev. Kathy. We are looking forward to a great year ahead with these community partners!
Building the Dream Update
We’re close on plans, with financing! Don’t miss key upcoming dates for more information:
Sept. 18 – Next monthly update meeting
Oct. 7 – Details shared on the Web
Oct. 9 – Meeting to share
Nov. 6 – Congregational vote!
Meal Train Help Needed for Charlotte Fleming
Charlotte has had a fairly major setback in her shoulder recovery since her surgery. Therefore we are extending the Meal Train until Sept 3. She only needs meals about every other day, as everyone is so generous with the portions!!! Please sign up if you can kindly help. It means a great deal to her. If you can help, please visit the meal train calendar at https://mealtrain.com/y61v9l to sign up. Questions? Blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Please help SPREAD THE WORD!
Pride Parade Housing & Ride Assistance Needed
Because of Pulse Orlando Strong Keep on Dancing! Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence** are coming from other Abbeys to our Pride Parade! We’re asking folks with generosity of spirit to help us. If you can dedicate a bed and/or a ride please respond. We will match you up‼ The Pride Parade is Saturday, October 8. Most folks may arrive Friday and leave Sunday. Some may extend their visit. Sandy Cawthern (1U member and Fully Professed Sister) is 1U’s point person for this effort. She will be happy to answer questions as you decide whether to extend hospitality. Please contact her with your offers at: email@example.com. In the body of the email please include information regarding number of available beds, days you are willing to host, whether or not you can offer transportation, your address and contact information, whether or not you have pets or allergies.
** The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are an order of postmodern nuns, dedicated to the promulgation of omniversal joy, and the expiation of stigmatic guilt. (Mission statement: We work to raise money for charitable organizations, fight for queer rights and visibility, do safer sex outreach, bring joy and unity to our community, and strive diligently to keep our sense of humor, never taking ourselves so seriously that we forget to have fun. We gladly welcome all races, creeds, genders and sexual orientations.) The Orlando Sisters are a 1U-sponsored group, meeting on Second Mondays in Gore Hall at 7:30pm. All are welcome to visit.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
September 9 – Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
September 18 – Next monthly Building the Dream update meeting, 12:15 pm, Hiett Library
September 21 – Conversation with our Faith Neighbors
This program, in collaboration with the Interfaith Alliance of Central Florida, will be a step toward building a stronger and more understanding community in the place we call home. Join us for this community-wide series every Wednesday, Sept 21-November 16. We will provide soup and salad; donations are welcome. Soup and salad preparation will be a UU event on Tuesdays to prep.
The program will start with food, 6-6:40 pm, and we will be inviting the speakers to bring, if they are willing and able, any food from tradition/culture. We will split donations with any communities that provide a food offering. At 6:40, we will offer a centering moment inspired by the tradition. Presentation is 7:00-7:30 pm followed by Q&A from 7:30 to 8:00 pm over tea and cookies. We ask that everyone RSVP here so we can get a headcount for meal preparation. We have a sign-up online form for those who would like to volunteer.
September 22 – CIW Wendy’s Boycott Summit
The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) will be holding a summit in Immokalee from September 22-25 to discuss/energize/plan for further action on the Wendy’s boycott called by the farm workers to get Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program. We are hoping that a member of First Unitarian would be willing to attend the event as an ally and bring back to 1U the news and actions that are planned for the near future. Please go to their website for more information. We have been working with the CIW on their campaign with Publix for the past 7 years. This will continue, but we need to better understand the specifics of the boycott in order to be most effective. If you are interested please contact Dan Homblette. You can email him at CIWEventinfo@OrlandoUU.org.
September 25 – 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 this one-hour Meet and Greet.
September 30/October 1 – Fall Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library
Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, October 1 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, October 7, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, October 9.
October 2 – Annual 1U Harvest Festival and Pancake Breakfast, 8:30-11:30 am, Gore Hall
All are welcome to join in this lively and tasty fellowship event offering a pancake breakfast & homemade harvest themed goodies. Breakfast will be available from 8:30-11:30 am though we will have 2 primary breakfast service times: 8:30-9:20 and 10:15-10:50. We encourage you to plan on eating during one of the two service times, so that the men of 1U (our chefs and servers) can also attend a worship service. Breakfast menu: pancakes (regular & gluten free), eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee. A vegan breakfast option will be available. Tickets for the harvest pancake breakfast are $7 ($4 for children 10 & younger) and are on sale in Gore Hall during the Noon social hour as well as from the church office Monday-Friday. Tickets will also be available at the door.
In addition, you’ll be able to buy homemade harvest themed goodies (muffins, cookies, cakes) for you and your family to take home and enjoy. All proceeds go to 1U’s general fund.
October 7 – Building the Dream Details Shared on the Web
October 8 – Orlando Pride Parade
Details to come.
October 9 – Building the Dream Meeting to Share Details, 12:15, Hiett Library
November 6 – Congregational Vote on Building the Dream Plans & Financials!, 12:15, Gore Hall
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. 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? Email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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:
July-Jenny Lockington October-Jane Austin
August-Heather Bodiford November-Tommy Harrison
September-Gregg Buckingham 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 email@example.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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