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Weekly Update – September 20, 2018

Weekly Update – September 20, 2018

News Flash!

Sunday: Courtyard Design Available for Review

Details in Sunday – September 23

and,

Parking Notice: Please do not park 0n the sidewalk on the north side of the Enrichment Center

and,

Congregational Meeting October 16

Details in Other News

 

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Friday – September 21

Teaching Craft Circle: Making Cordials — 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Assembly Room

Meet for cordial making and tasting! Learn how to make them for holiday gifts. Snacks are potluck. Think of it like a “wine and cheese” party, only with cordials! There will be non-alcoholic blueberry cordial, elderflower cordial, and ginger syrup to mix with club soda so children and non-alcoholic adults have a chance to do tastings too. Suggested donation is $5 to replenish supplies.

Mystic Grove Night Church Sample — 8:30-9:00 pm, Gathering Space

Gather for a cozy, intimate evening of reflection. We try the new “Night Church” model with an earth-centered flavor, share our past MG stories, and begin to reconnect as a group. This is the kickoff event to the larger “Mabon Retreat” the next day.

Saturday – September 22

Mabon Day Retreat — 9:30 am-6:00 pm, Gore Hall

A Mystic Grove special event for Mystic Grove members and friends! The day retreat is designed to help prepare yourself in mind, body, heart, and spirit to harvest insights from the year before and prepare yourself to meet the challenges ahead in the coming year. It’s a mixture of Mystic Grove business, party games, arts & crafts, food, and more to help nourish the soul. Event Brochure available at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/resources/mabon-retreat-2018/. Lunch will be catered. Tuition for the lunch and art supplies is $15. While supplies last nobody will be turned away for lack of funds.

Mabon Ritual — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: brown, orange, yellow, red, etc. Non-perishable food welcome for the food altar. These items will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. The Most needed items list is here:
http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ways_food_list. Ritual begins at 7:00. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/202198367308236/

Sunday – September 23

Courtyard Design Available for Review — Anytime Today, Gore Hall

MPaul, who oversaw our renovation, has provided a sample design concept for creating an inviting intergenerational and multi-use space in the Enrichment Center Courtyard. Stop by Gore Hall today, September 30 or October 7 to see the sketches and let us know what you like and what you wish.

Hymn Sing — 10:15 am, Sanctuary

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Being a Follower, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

We need leaders but we also need followers. What does it take to be a good follower?   The Folk Ensemble will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

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

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

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

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Online registration is open – register your children today: https://app3.jackrabbitclass.com/reg.asp?id=528392. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Adult Religious Education 

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

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

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

Topics:

9/23 & 9/26 Becoming A Minister. What did it take to become a Universalist minister and why did that need to change? What were the first Universalist theological schools?

9/30 & 10/3 Defending the Faith. How did Universalists respond to attacks (physical and verbal) from other Christian denominations?

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

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

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

Plan Ahead:

October 7 at 9:30 am in the Community Room

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

Inquirers Series — 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall Room B

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

·         September 23: Unitarian Universalist History, Principles and Sources

·         September 30: Social Action & Community Service

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

·         October 14: Worship & Liturgical Year

·         October 21: Campus Tour

·         October 28: Pastoral Care and Covenant Groups

·         November 4: Membership 101

·         November 11: Q&A with Minister

Monday – September 24

WUURL Lunch Gathering — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room 

Today is the 4th Monday of the month, and WUURL ( Women Unitarian Universalists Relishing Life) will be meeting for lunch. Steph Garber, WUURL member and professional organizer, will be sharing tips about how to manage household documents. What should be kept? Where? For how long?

This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your ow lunch; ice water will be available. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

Tuesday – September 25

The Alliance — 11:30 am, Gore Hall

Members and guests will visit the Gallery-museum, The Bronze Kingdom, a large collection of African tribal artwork, after which we lunch together at the Olive Garden restaurant. Both are located at the Fashion Square Mall on Colonial Ave. Everyone is invited to join the adventure for one or both segments.

We meet our docent for a tour of the Bronze Gallery at 11:15. The Gallery is located at one end of the Mall, on the ground floor under the theaters. The tour will last about one hour and will involve much walking. A gift shop is open after the tour. Admission is $9.00.

We meet for lunch at the Olive Garden in the Mall at 12:30, or at the end of the tour.

If you need transportation, please contact a member or friend for a ride. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Cancelled Until New Instructor Found

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

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

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

Wednesday – September 26

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

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

Wednesdays at 1U

5:30 pm Night Worship with Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

6:15 pm  BYO Supper & Enjoy Fellowship

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

Two class offerings for the first six weeks.

1)     Universalist History with Ken Lofgren

2)     Spiritual Practice with Rev. Kathy Schmitz

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

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

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

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

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

Topics:

9/23 & 9/26 Becoming A Minister. What did it take to become a Universalist minister and why did that need to change? What were the first Universalist theological schools?

9/30 & 10/3 Defending the Faith. How did Universalists respond to attacks (physical and verbal) from other Christian denominations?

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

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

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

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – September 27

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

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


Other News

Notice: Congregational Meeting October 14

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

Parking Notice

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

Worship Brainstorming September 30 – Want to Join In?

Are you interested in participating with the group that is planning upcoming worship series? Our next brainstorming session (on Sunday, September 30, from noon to 1:15 pm in the Assembly Room) begins with a pot luck, a review of the process, and moves on to the creation of a great flurry of ideas. More info and sign up link to come shortly.

Share the Plate Update

Great job! We donated a total of $1566.91 for Planned Parenthood of SouthWest and Central Florida (PPSWCF). Our October Share-the-Plate partner is the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida (LGBTQ). The mission of the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida, Inc. is to collect, preserve, and exhibit the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in Central Florida. The museum’s staff are dedicated to gathering and preserving memorabilia, providing a documentary record for research, and displaying with pride the LGBTQ community’s social and historical contributions, so their legacy will always be remembered.

Solar Tour Stop at Rev. Kathy & Charlie’s Home October 6

The National Solar Tour is a collection of solar open houses and local solar tours in cities and towns across the country. Rev. Kathy”s and Charlie’s home is on the tour this year. If you’d like to learn more about our 100% net zero home or learn how to use an Electric Vehicle as emergency backup power, RSVP here and plan to stop by on Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

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

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

Booth: Noon -10:00 pm with set up between 9 & 11 am, Please sign up to help (See Gaby or link to come)

Parade: Step off is at 4:00 pm. Please plan on arriving early for line up. No sign up necessary. Details to follow.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

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

Help! Trailer Needed for the Pride Parade (October 13)

1U no longer has access to the vehicle that we have used in the past for the Pride Parade. Do you have access to a suitable truck? Would you be willing to let us use it for the Pride Parade? Please let Gaby know by emailing her at programassistant1u@gmail.com.

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

Our series, Follow the Leader… or Not, continues to explore when to lead, when to follow, and when and who and why.

9/30  Commitment (Saying Yes), with A Chordia

10/7   Changing Course (When Not to Follow), with Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

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

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

Call for Artist Submissions (Deadline: September 30)

Get your submissions in for 1U’s new Sanctuary Art Exhibition opening Oct. 21. This is a call for art of all media centered around the theme of The Sands of Our Lives. Think mandalas (which are traditionally formed in sand), glass, shifting sands on the beach or the desert.

Submit .JPG photos of up to 5 pieces of your work for review to art@orlandouu.org before midnight, Sept. 30. Good, clear phone photos are acceptable. Please include the title and dimensions of each piece. Art must be provided “gallery ready” when delivered. This means any framing or hardware required must be in place for hanging. We can include some 3-D work in the limited space, so that will also be considered for inclusion.

Mark your calendar:

9/30 Entries due no later than midnight.

10/6 Artists with work accepted will be notified by this date

10/12 Art is to be delivered to the Sanctuary

10/21 Art exhibition opens

Questions? Contact Suzanne Oberholtzer: art@orlandouu.org.

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

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

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

Rev. Kathy’s Blog

Rev. Kathy writes to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.

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

September 28 & 29 — Caring for Our Community Training, Location TBA

Would you like to help 1U become a more welcoming and caring community and become a better partner, friend, parent or congregant  through the practice of Compassionate Listening? 1U’s Pastoral Associate group is presenting a training about the power of Compassionate Listening and 1U’s Pastoral Associate program. The training will address how our congregation cares for its members, define Compassionate Listening, and  give  guidelines and  practice in the art of Active Listening. Click on this link for more information and to register. 7:00-9:00 pm on September 28 and 9:00 am-3:00 pm on September 29.

September 29 — Bendy & Balanced Children’s Yoga at 1U, 9:15 am, Studio

BBCY is movement, fun and mindfulness. We bark in downward dog, hiss in cobra pose and land peacefully on our mats in butterfly pose. Our journey is one your child will never forget. We play yoga games and practice partner poses to build confidence and self-esteem. Above all, we have fun! Bendy & Balanced is offering a Children’s Yoga class on select Saturdays at 9:15 am at 1U this Fall.  Remaining dates are November 10, &  December 8. Normal rate is $8 per session, but we are offering a discount to our 1U family for this class: only $5! Join the fun! Bring your little ones to get Bendy & Balanced together! Questions? Contact Eileen Simoneau:  bendy&balanced@gmail.com.

September 29 — Orlando Pagan Pride Day, 10:00 am-4:00 pm, Gore Hall

Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2018 is co-hosted by the Orlando Pagan Pride Day Committee and the Mystic Grove at First Unitarian Church of Orlando to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank. Enjoy vendors, workshops, and activities for kids! A community ritual will be held at 3:30 pm in the Labyrinth.

Please bring your canned or box food item for people or pets to the greeter desk in the foyer. We’ll be glad to deliver it for you! You can also donate by smartphone to Second Harvest at the greeter desk. If you are not sure what to buy to donate, please consider the most needed list: http://www.feedhopenow.org/site/PageServer?pagename=ways_food_list.

Orlando Pagan Pride Day is part of the Pagan Pride Project. Why support the Pagan Pride Project? “Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.” More info: http://www.paganpride.org/.

Workshop Schedule:
https://orlandopaganpride.wordpress.com/schedule/

More Event Info:
https://orlandopaganpride.wordpress.com/

September 30 — Courtyard Design Available for Review, Anytime Today, Gore Hall

MPaul, who oversaw our renovation, has provided a sample design concept for creating an inviting intergenerational and multi-use space in the Enrichment Center Courtyard. Stop by Gore Hall today and October 7 to see the sketches and let us know what you like and what you wish.

September 30 — Worship Brainstorming: Come Join In, noon-1:15 pm, Assembly Room

Are you interested in participating with the group that is planning upcoming worship series? Our next brainstorming session begins with a pot luck, a review of the process, and moves on to the creation of a great flurry of ideas. More info and sign up link to come shortly.

October 4 — Community Garden Herbalism Workshop, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

The 1U Community Garden is hosting a series of free and open-to-the public workshops related to the environment and permaculture principles. Join us on tonight until 8:30 pm for a workshop led by Devi, owner of New Moon Medicinals, who will teach an intro to herbalism in preparation for flu/cold season. While attendance is free, we request donations as a thank-you to our volunteer community presenters. Individuals interested in a brief tour of the garden prior to the workshop can come early at 6:45:  meet Elizabeth Horn in the garden next to the Enrichment Center parking lot. RSVP on Facebook: https://tinyurl.com/y87brtts.

October 6 — Solar Tour Stop at Rev. Kathy & Charlie’s Home, 10:00 am-5:00 pm

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

October 7 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

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

October 7 — Courtyard Design Available for Review, Anytime Today, Gore Hall

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

October 8 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

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

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

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

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

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

Booth: Noon -10:00 pm with set up between 9 & 11 am, Please sign up to help (See Gaby or link to come)

Parade: Step off is at 4:00 pm. Please plan on arriving early for line up. No sign up necessary. Details to follow.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot

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

Do You Have an RMD and Are 70½ or Older?

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

1U Maintenance Contact Info

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

Join Justice GoogleGroup

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

1U Caring Circle

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

Pastoral Care Associates

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

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

Mystic Grove 2018 Offerings Outlined Online

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

Missed a Sunday?

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

Join the Flowers Team

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

UUA Video

Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!

Join 1U A/V Team

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

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!

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.

Give By Text

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

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

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

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

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

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

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

Board Minutes Available

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

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

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


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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

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