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Weekly Update – September 10, 2015

Weekly Update – September 10, 2015

Weekly Update-September 10, 2015


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!

Water Communion Service Runs Long

Those who operate on tight timelines please take note:

the participatory nature of this service usually extends it by about 15 minutes.

If you are able to stay, please bring a dish to share at our potluck lunch following the service.

Men Needed for the Harvest Festival!

Most important criteria – a good sense of humor, the desire to meet new people

and a fabulous-looking apron. Details in Other News.

Friday – September 11

Black Cat Café – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

Come out for 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 – September 12

Dinner with Friends – 6:00pm-ish, Homes of 1U Members & Friends

Members and friends dine together all over town. Mark you calendar for 2016 dates: Jan 23, May 14, Sept 10.

Sunday – September 13

Quarterly Opening of Nora Staton Bookstore – Before and After Service, Gore Hall Foyer

Come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore will be open quarterly this year, and this is the late Summer event. We have some excellent purchase awards: Unitarian Universalist tote bag, bumper sticker, or UU Principles and Purposes 8″ x 10″ poster free with a $30 purchase! Cash and checks are always accepted; sorry, no credit cards. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

Welcome Team Meeting #2  – 9:30-10:30am, EC Assembly Room

Just a reminder that there is an opportunity for Welcome Team members, veteran or new (or curious), to learn more about this important role in providing hospitality for congregation members and guests. We’ll be discussing the importance of this way in which we serve our congregation, specifics of the role, and details on scheduling. As the program year begins in earnest with two services September 20, we want to make sure our Welcome Team is ready to roll. Questions? contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary  

Water Communion & Ingathering, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

In our final single worship service of the summer, we celebrate coming together as a community after a summer of travels and activities. Children will join adults in the sanctuary for the entire worship service. Everyone is invited to bring a bit of water representing their summer to add to our communal bowl symbolizing the way our individual lives flow together to create 1U. The Chalice Choir, A Chordia and Welkin will all perform.

A Potluck Lunch in Gore Hall follows the service. Please bring a dish to share.

Next week, on September 20, we return to our full schedule with services at both 9:30 and 11:00 am.

Children’s Religious Education

9:15am-12:15pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years. (EC Room 14)

9:30am-10:30am Childcare during ARE  Children ages 5-12 are welcome in the Nursery (EC Rm 14)

11:00am-11:15am Children begin in Worship (Sanctuary)

11:15am-12:15pm Childcare During Worship for children ages 4-14 (EC Assembly Room)              

Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information: RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

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

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

See our full schedule.

Harvest Festival Tickets On Sale – Coffee Hour, Gore Hall

Tickets for the Harvest Festival breakfast are $7 adults; $4 children 10 and younger. While tickets will be on sale at the door on the day of the Festival (Sunday, September 27), we ask that you purchase them ahead of time so that we have an idea of how much food to purchase. Tickets may also also be purchased through the church office.

Monday – September 14

Tuesday – September 15

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Meet in the Gore Hall kitchen at 10:00 to make sandwiches for the Coalition for the Homeless. Then we will empty out the Continuing Bazaar cupboards for the Church Rummage Sale. Bring a bag lunch. For more info contact alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, 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 – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – September 16

RUUM Social Outing  – Lou McFadin’s house 

We’ll hear about Lou’s latest efforts in International Space Station communication. Details via email.

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – September 17

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Other News

Return to Full Schedule for Worship & Religious Education

On Sunday, September 20, we return to our full schedule with worship services at both 9:30 and 11:00am. Children’s Religious Education will take place during the 11:00am services. As before, children will begin in the sanctuary with their families. Childcare is available during the 9:30am service. Nursery care is available all morning. Adult Education offerings will take place in the Library at 9:30 every week and some weeks at 11:00 as well.

Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteers Needed!

Calling all Hunger Heroes! Many of our summer helpers have gone back to school so we need your help! We have many donation sorting slots on our calendar needing to be filled. This helps get our donations out to our feeding partners quickly, so if you have a couple of hours to give–we’ll take them! You can sign up here: http://shfbcf.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index. We hope to see you!! If you would like to volunteer on your own prior to our Oct 3 date, please click the link and select the date. Thank you for all you do to help the hungry.

Men Needed for 1U Fall Festival

Men of the church – stand up and be counted….1,2,3,4…..! We need at least 15 of you to “man” the work stations for the September 27 Harvest Festival. Skilled and un-skilled breakfast makers are welcome. Most important criteria – a good sense of humor, the desire to meet new people and a fabulous-looking apron. If you can help on that day – anytime between 7:30am and 1:00pm, let Dan Homblette know at Garden@orlandouu.org.

Share the Plate Update

Our STP partner for September will be Dress2Learn. The Dress2Learn Program helps homeless children in Central Florida receive a packet of new, name brand clothing for the school year. This organization focuses on new and brand name clothing in an effort to make homeless children look and feel like any other child at school. Each packet is given in $50 dollar increments.

Welcome Home Wednesday New Activities Added (Volunteers Still Needed)

Interested in going for walk? Playing a lawn game?  Anyone interested in participating in these (or other outdoor) “pickup” activities should gather in the Gore Hall foyer immediately after dinner. What we do depends on the number of people present, and the weather.  If you have a game set (badminton, bocci ball, croquet, etc.), feel free to bring it.  No RSVP needed. Questions? Contact Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@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.

Solar Co-op Project Update

1U members have given generously of their time and talent to get this environmental justice project launched. Members of the the Orlando & Winter Park Solar Co-op have selected an installer. Currently, membership totals 24 households, including 5 from 1U. Recruitment continues: homeowners can sign up for the co-op at cfsolaradvocates.org. And another co-op has been launched! The West Orange Solar Co-op will serve Winter Garden and the area south and west in Orange County. Joan Cleary and Scott Taylor are the local hosts. They are inviting the public to an informational meeting on Tues, Sept 15 at 7pm, Hickory Hammock Subdivision, 15900 Black Hickory Drive, Winter Garden. For more information, email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com or westorangesolar@gmail.com How to help? Spread the word. Join a co-op if you live in the area served. Share your social marketing skill with the team.

Plan Ahead

September 18 & 19 – Annual All-Church Rummage Sale, 8:00am-3:00pm, Gore Hall

Each year, 1U has a rummage sale in Gore Hall.  It’s a fundraiser for the church. It’s also one of the ways we live our UU Principles.  How?  By recycling & re-using, reducing the amount of “junque” sent to the dump.

September 18 – 3rd Friday Craft Circle, 6:30-8:30pm, EC Room 9

This month on 3rd Friday we will be making rainsticks. Please bring your own 18″ mailing tube in 1.5″ diameter and any favorite washi tape or paint. Basic paint, tape, nails, and filler will be provided. $5 donation welcome but not required to help replenish supplies. RSVP at

September 20 – Meet & Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15pm, 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 20 – Building The Dream New Campus Update Meetings

The 1U Building Team is excited to announce that plans for our new building are coming along as well and we have strategies in place to bridge our financial gaps.  The building plans meet our shared vision that integrates our campus, provides frontage along Robinson, and allows for Gore Hall renovation. We’re looking to share new plans within the next month, so look for more information via emails, Order of Services, and time together.  There’ll be several time slots that day to get updates. Thank you for patience and all your support!

September 21 – Parents of Adult Children Monthly Discussion Group, 7:00pm, Hiett Library

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

September 23 – Welcome Home Wednesday Fall 2015 Starts 

Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, so please sign up online  using SignUp Genius, or via email to whw@orlandouu.org to assist with making this a success.

Classes include “The Possible Human”, Furthering the Discussion on Escalating Inequality, Humanism, Light Your Fire with the Chalice Choir, Hands On Art for the Uninitiated (3 different two-week sessions), and Bunco & Board Games.

“Pick-up” activities available – Interested in going for walk? Playing a lawn game?  Anyone interested in participating in these (or other outdoor) activities should gather in the Gore Hall foyer immediately after dinner. What we do depends on the number of people present, and the weather.  If you have a game set (badminton, bocci ball, croquet, etc.), feel free to bring it.  No RSVP needed. Questions? Contact Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org ).

Program and menu details plus registration forms are available in Gore Hall on Sundays and online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays). Questions to whw@orlandouu.org.

September 26 – Your Money & Your Values Workshop, 9:30-11:30am, Gore Hall (RSVP by 9/21)

This interactive presentation about combining your financial planning with your beliefs is hosted by 1U’s Endowment Board. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be available, along with free child care. RSVP and more info via endowment@orlandouu.org.

September 26 – Standing On The Side Of Love Against Violence, noon-5:00pm, Washington Shores

Patricia Davis has asked us to show up at the Washington Shores Annual Anti-Violence Rally, Living Our Unique Dream, at Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Boulevard. Yellow Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts are requested for our visual statement of support! There may be an opportunity for Voter Registration as well. For those who wish to do so, we will car pool from church at 11:45am.  Sign up sheets will be in Gore Hall on September 13 and 20 or contact Sandy Cawthern. Five of us were there last year. Can we do better this year?

September 26 – Mabon, 7:00pm, Gore Hall 

The ritual writing class presents this year’s Mabon to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. Come as you are or in colors of the season. Potluck at 8:00.

September 27 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

If you are able to donate, we hope you will do so — all blood types are urgently needed.

September 27 – 2nd Annual Harvest Festival, 8:30am–1:30pm, Gore Hall

VOLUNTEERS are needed for various tasks now and on the day of the Festival!  Sign up with Amy in the church office (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org).

All are welcome to join us for this 1U fellowship event! Tickets for the pancake breakfast ($7/adults, $4/children 10 & younger ) will be on sale in September in Gore Hall during the noon social hour as well as from the church office Monday-Friday.

While the Harvest Pancake Breakfast will be available 8:30-11:30am, we will have 2 primary breakfast service times: 8:30-9:20am and 10:15-10:50am. 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. Menu: Pumpkin & non-pumpkin pancakes, eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee. Gluten-free & vegan options will be available. Plus, we will offer homemade baked goodies for sale, by donation.

At Noon, everyone is welcome to participate in a rousing game of Unitarian Jeopardy!

September 29 – Clean the World Needs Our Help, 1:30-3:30pm, 400A Pittman St.

Please join us as again we work to help this non-profit organization. Contact Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org so CTW can be alerted as to how many of us to expect. Closed toed shoes required.

October 2 & 3 – 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 10/2 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 10/3 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 30, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, November 1.

October 3 – Second Harvest Food Sorting & Packing Project, 1:00-4:00pm, 411 Mercy Drive, Orlando

Calling all Hunger Heroes! September takes many of our summer helpers back to school, so we need your help. We have many donation sorting slots needing to be filled on our calendar! This helps gets our donations out to our feeding partners quickly, so if you have a couple of hours to give–we’ll take them! You can sign up here: http://shfbcf.volunteerhub.com/Events/Index. We hope to see you!!

October 3 – Game Night, 7:00-9:00pm, Gore Hall

Bring your favorite game, snacks, and playful spirit. And mark your calendar for these future Game Nights:
2016 Dates: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15. Questions: email Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

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

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one!  This 4,500 acre park is noted for beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes, providing opportunities for superb fishing, canoeing, kayaking, biking and nature study. Check it out online! Group meals are balanced with dining on your own, for maximum flexibility to enjoy. Previous trips have garnered rave reviews for both fun and relaxation. Fee is $12 per tent or rv/camper and our reserved sites are close to hot showers and flush toilets. Some extra tents are available. Contact 1U Camp Counselors Suzanne & Alan Oberholzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org for details and to sign up. All ages welcome to gather around the campfire! Hold these dates for next year’s camping trips: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15.

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

An Evening of Muusic, Fuud, and Ruumance in Olde Italy!  Reception at 6:00pm, dinner at 6:30 (with strolling violins!), concert at 7:30 with dessert and coffee following. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 for children under 10, available shortly, only from RUUM members. Child care will be available. All proceeds go to the 1U building fund. Open to everyone, come join us! Questions: contact Gregg Buckingham or email RUUM@orlandouu.org.

November 29 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30am-1:00pm, One Blood bus in 1U Parking Lot

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 Associates Coordinator Harriett Smithson 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.

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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