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Weekly Update – September 22, 2016

Weekly Update – September 22, 2016

News Flash!

Sunday: Footrace vs Parking for 9:30 Service: Check here for the route map.

Parking should be fine by 10:30 but 9:30 people should plan for slow access to the campus. (Hampton entrance may be best.) Tell race traffic guides that your are coming the 1U; Race Organizers know about our parking needs.

and,

Harvest Pancake Breakfast tickets on SALE TODAY in Gore Hall during coffee hour.
Please do purchase your tickets today, as that will help us plan our grocery purchases. Ticket prices: adults $7, children 10 and younger $4. See Amy in Gore Hall.

and

Volunteers Needed for Conversations with Our Faith Neighbors

This community-wide series runs every Wednesday thru November 16, and requires 3 types of helpers–does one fit your skills? 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 23

RUUM House Concert – 11:30 am to 2:00 pm, Bob Leger’s home

RUUM, the Retired UU Men’s group, will meet for a “House Concert.” Bob will serve lunch and play songs by some of his favorite bands. Space is limited and a reservation is required. Contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org for details.

Saturday – September 24

Mabon Ritual & Potluck – 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room and Courtyard

Join Mystic Grove 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 Food Bank donation. Ritual begins at 7:00; Potluck follows 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.

Sunday – September 25

Nora Staton Bookstore Open Before and After Services, Gore Hall Foyer

Before AND after each service today, come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is only open quarterly this year, and this is the Fall event. Included among the more than 100 titles are some copies of the biography of Elizabeth Peabody, who will be the focus of the October 9 Adult RE class. They’re only $5 each!

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.

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

Upstanders, Rev. Kathy Schmitz

 What does it mean to stand up for something… or someone? Are you willing to be an upstander?   Welkin will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

9:30-10:30 am Childcare available during early Worship & Adult RE  (EC Assembly Room)

11:00 am-11:15 am Children begin in service with their parents (Sanctuary)

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children proceed to Children’s RE programming (Enrichment Center)

 Online enrollment is open so register your child today. Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more CRE 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: We watch the 2015 film “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot,” produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This documentary tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists (including many UUs), fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. We will also have a guest from the League of Women Voters providing information about the numerous constitutional and charter amendments on the November ballot. Discussion will follow. This will be a longer ARE, continuing into social hour. Well worth your time.

11:00 in the library: 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!

Harvest Pancake Breakfast tickets on SALE TODAY, during coffee hour, Gore Hall 

Please do purchase your tickets today, as that will help us plan our grocery purchases. Ticket prices: adults $7, children 10 and younger $4. See Amy.

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.

T-Shirts on Sale — 1U Central Table, Gore Hall

Check out the Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts and paraphernalia on sale each Sunday.

1U Passports are Here! Get Yours Today!

We’ve created 1U “Passports” for you to keep track of your adventures this fall. Pick up yours at 1U Central any Sunday and play along.

Monday – September 26

Solar Co-op Information Meeting – 6:00 pm, West Orange High School, Winter Garden 

Are you a homeowner with a sunny rooftop? Curious about “going solar?” Like the idea of living green? Then investigate the opportunity to join the 2016 Orange County Solar Co-op by attending one of several solar information meetings today and tomorrow. Details and RSVP at flsun.org/orange-county/. Questions? contact cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com. Note: the co-op project started right here at 1U in 2015 and has now gone statewide under the name of FL SUN.  At their Sept 2016 meeting, 1U Trustees decided to sign on as a “Local Partner” of the Orange County Solar Co-op. Thank you Trustees! This vote of confidence will help us reach out to other UU congregations across the state with the request to support solar co-ops launching in their communities. Local partners are not asked to provide funding. Rather, they are asked to help spread the word through their existing channels of communication and to provide meeting space for a large public meeting, if feasible. Churches are well positioned to both. Again, thank you 1U Trustees!

“Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot” – 7:00 -8:00 pm, Hiett Library

We watch the 2015 film “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot,” produced by the Southern Poverty Law Center. This documentary tells the story of a courageous group of students and teachers who, along with other activists (including many UUs), fought a nonviolent battle to win voting rights for African Americans in the South. After the film we’ll have an extended discussion.

Tuesday – September 27

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

ALL ABOARD!! Our railroad travelin’ member Penny Jacobs will entertain us at 12:30 today with tales of her many trips around the U.S. aboard trains (we catch her as she returns from her current trip). We’ll share a bag lunch beginning at noon.

Solar Co-op Meeting – 11:30 am, UCF Student Union and/or 6:00 pm, Renaissance Community Senior Center

Are you a homeowner with a sunny rooftop? Curious about “going solar?” Like the idea of living green? Then investigate the opportunity to join the 2016 Orange County Solar Co-op by attending one of 2 solar information meetings today and tomorrow. Details and RSVP at flsun.org/orange-county/. Questions? contact cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com. Note: the co-op project started right here at 1U in 2015 and has now gone statewide under the name of FL SUN.  At their Sept 2016 meeting, 1U Trustees decided to sign on as a “Local Partner” of the Orange County Solar Co-op. Thank you Trustees! This vote of confidence will help us reach out to other UU congregations across the state with the request to support solar co-ops launching in their communities. Local partners are not asked to provide funding. Rather, they are asked to help spread the word through their existing channels of communication and to provide meeting space for a large public meeting, if feasible. Churches are well positioned to both. Again, thank you 1U Trustees!

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 – September 28

Conversation with our Faith Neighbors, Session 2 (Christianity) – Dinner 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

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. See here for details, include speaker schedule,

6:00-6:40 pm – Breaking Bread (speakers bring, if they are willing and able, any food from tradition/culture). We will split donations with any communities that provide a food offering.

6:40 – Centering moment inspired by the tradition.

7:00-7:30 pm – Presentation

7:30-8:00 pm Q&A 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.

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – September 29

King Arthur Class Session 5 – 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 9

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

TODAY’S TOPICS

— Sir Gawaine and the Green Knight
— The Alliterative Morte Arthure
— Sir Thomas Mallory’s Le Morte Darthur

Full description of these and the other sessions here.

EMG First Meeting – 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary

We will work on our mission statement, get to know each other and our musical interests, then begin planning our first group rehearsals and performance. For more information send message to EMG@orlandouu.org.

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

RIDE NEEDED Sundays and/or Wednesday Eves

If anyone lives in or around the Curryford / Goldenrod area and would be willing to give a ride to 1U member Maribel and her son to 1U on Sundays and/or Wednesday evenings (for the Conversations with our Faith Neighbors program), please send an email to Volunteers@OrlandoUU.org (and write “Maribel” in the subject field).

New Covenant Groups Starting in October – A Few Spots Left

New Covenant Groups will run eight months, October 2016 through May 2017. 1U Members and those on the path to membership are encouraged to sign up. You can sign up on line or with a paper form which can be found in Gore Hall. Contact Rev. Kathy (minister@orlandouu.org) with questions.

Share the Plate Update

Congratulations! Last Sunday, we collected $1123.35 for the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka. Keep watching this space for the next opportunity to support our friends and neighbors.

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.

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.

Volunteers Needed for Conversations with Our Faith Neighbors

This community-wide series runs every Wednesday thru November 16, and requires 3 specific types of helpers:

Tuesdays 7:00-9:00 pm in the 1U kitchen – Cooks to create and cook soup, check salad bar preparations and clean up. Requires slicing, dicing, stirring, and storing.

Shoppers for items to be delivered to 1U kitchen by 5 pm Monday or Tuesday. Shopping at a store of preference (recommended Costco or Gordon Food Service), you will be given a shopping list on Monday. You will need to pay up front and complete 1U reimbursement form with your receipt.

Wednesdays through the duration of the event. We need “day of” volunteers to
– Food set up and host
– Tea set up
– Cleanup and close
– Floaters available to help with on-the-spot needs.

If you are able and willing to undertake one or more of these opportunities on one or more dates, please email Gaby at programassistant@cfl.rr.com.

UUSC Webinar: “Defying Hate” October 4, 4:00 pm EST

In our current political climate, it is crucial that we are prepared to respond both interpersonally and institutionally against hateful speech–yet it’s hard to figure out what forms of engagement create deeper connection and change instead of increased conflict and polarization. Justice-Building at UUSC is offering a free webinar designed to provide specific examples of how we can defy hatred and bigotry in our communities and schools today. Join our conversation with experts from a variety of fields as we explore effective ways of responding to public expression of bigotry and hate. RSVP herePlease also help us promote this more broadly by sharing the opportunity with your partner groups from other faith traditions as well as secular groups and coalitions. 

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: sistersassist@gmail.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.

Rev. Kathy’s Weekly Contribution to the Central Florida 100

Each week Rev. Kathy is one of 100 Community Leaders in Central Florida commenting on the news of the day. Read last Sunday’s offering here.

Help Keep Our Pulpit Beautiful!

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and log-falling easy for anyone to do! Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases. Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

Join 1U A/V Team

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

Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners  

See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.

Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help!

There is an increasing, urgent need for food at the pantry we support. Most-needed items: canned goods, including: Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.) pasta (whole wheat) rice and beans dry cereal shelf stable milk peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred. No glass items, please. Please gather what you can and bring it with you on Sunday. The box is in Gore Hall. Thanks for your continued generosity.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!


Plan Ahead

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 1 – Sorting and Packing for Second Harvest Food Bank, 1:00-4:00 pm

Mark your calendar! The help from those of us at 1U as well as other volunteers throughout the area make it possible for our many hungry neighbors to have something to eat. Please consider joining the group for this sorting and packing date at
the corner of Mercy & Old Winter Garden Rd, 411 Mercy Dr, Orlando FL 32805. You must wear closed toed shoes. Please email me with questions or if you are able to attend: Foodbank@orlandouu.org

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.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting – 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Room 9

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Rituals are volunteer led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists. 1ST Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant follows for those wanting to enjoy fellowship after the meeting. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

October 8 – UUSC Webinar: “Defying Hate,” 4:00 pm EST

In our current political climate, it is crucial that we are prepared to respond both interpersonally and institutionally against hateful speech–yet it’s hard to figure out what forms of engagement create deeper connection and change instead of increased conflict and polarization. Justice-Building at UUSC is offering a free webinar designed to provide specific examples of how we can defy hatred and bigotry in our communities and schools today. Join our conversation with experts from a variety of fields as we explore effective ways of responding to public expression of bigotry and hate. RSVP here. Please also help us promote this more broadly by sharing the opportunity with your partner groups from other faith traditions as well as secular groups and coalitions.

October 8 – Orlando Pride Parade

Details to come.

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

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

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

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

October 23 – 1U Blood Drive, Red Bus in our parking lot, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

All blood types are needed! Please contact for questions: Blooddrive@orlandouu.org

October 27 – Learning Tarot 1 Class – 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 9

Always wanted to learn to read Tarot? This 10 session Thursday series will include content on the Major Arcana and Court Cards presented by class leaders, discussion, exercises, tarot spreads, and homework that you can do at your own pace. The class will be creating their personal Rider-Waite-Smith flashcard decks for tarot study. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register. Cost is $30 for the series. If you need tuition help, please include that in the email. There will also be a Facebook study group for distance learners and/or those who cannot come to each class. We want to make this doable for you! For more details, click here.

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

Come join us as we clean, repair and tidy the church buildings and grounds. 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 buildingsandgrounds@orlandouu.org.

December 18 – 1U Blood Drive, Red Bus in our parking lot, 8:30 am-1:00 pm

All blood types are needed! Please contact for questions: Blooddrive@orlandouu.org


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

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

First Sunday Fellowship

1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Minister’s Day Off

Rev. Kathy is changing her day off to Fridays. Thursday will be her writing day, which means she will typically be focused on worship preparation. Therefore, her most available days (aside from Sunday) will be Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

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

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

Give By Text 

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

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

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

Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

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

Join Justice GoogleGroup

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

Pastoral Care Associates

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

1U Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:

                       September-Elise & Tommy Harrison             October-Jane Austin

November-Tommy Harrison                           December-Elise Harrison

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

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

Become a Home Hospitality Host

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

Board Minutes Available

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

Program Report Available

You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

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


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