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Weekly Update – September 24, 2015

Weekly Update – September 24, 2015

Weekly Update-September 24, 2015

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Tuesday, 5:00pm

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!

Your Money & Your Values Workshop – Saturday 9:30-11:30 am, Gore Hall

Don’t miss this presentation about combining your financial planning with your beliefs!

Answer:  The exciting game being played SUNDAY  in Gore Hall right after the Harvest Festival Pancake Breakfast.

Question:  What is 1U Jeopardy?  Everyone is welcome to participate!


Friday – September 25

Saturday – September 26

Your Money & Your Values Workshop – 9:30-11:30 am, Gore Hall   

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

Standing On The Side Of Love Against Violence – noon-5:00 pm, 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 11:45 am.  Sign up contact: Sandy Cawthern.

Mabon – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall 

The ritual writing class presents this year’s Mabon to celebrate the Autumn Equinox. Come as you are or in seasonal colors. Potluck at 8:00. Please bring canned or dry goods for donation to the food pantry.

Sunday – September 27

1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm – 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.

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

All are welcome to join us for this 1U fellowship event! The Harvest Festival will offer a pancake breakfast (tickets:  $7; children 10 and younger = $4), homemade tasties (featuring a harvest goodie –apple, pumpkin, corn, etc.), and Unitarian Jeopardy (at 12 noon)!  Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Harvest Pancake Breakfast: 8:30 am – 11:30 am

We will have 2 primary breakfast service times:  8:30-9:20 am and 10:15-10:50 am. While breakfast will be available from 8:30-11:30 am, 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: Pumpkin & non-pumpkin pancakes (includes gluten free), eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee.  Vegan option will be available, upon request.

Plus, we will offer homemade baked goodies for sale, by donation.

At 12:00 Noon, everyone is welcome to participate in a rousing game of Unitarian Jeopardy!

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

To Risk, to Fail, to Try Again, Intern Minister Rachel Christensen

Finding resilience in a life of experimentation.    Welkin will perform.

Children’s Religious Education

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

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

9:30-10:30 am K-1 OWL for registered participants (Room 16)

11:00 am-11:15 am Child begins in Worship

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE for ages 4 to 12 (EC Rooms 4,6 & 7)

11:15 am-12:15 pm Children’s RE for ages 13 to 18 (EC Room 15)

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

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

9:30 am in the Library: Abundance Through Simple Living: How to Be Happy, Simpler & Free (learn more)  We’ll focus on finding abundance through simple living – financial and otherwise. Simple living doesn’t mean living in voluntary poverty or that you’ve gone “new age.” In an age of many financial, cultural and global upheavals, Hal Reed – based on his own experience and knowledge – will present ideas on how to live more simply, resulting in a greater sense of abundance. Attendees can also share their thoughts and experiences on how to live a simpler lifestyle.

See our full schedule.

Monday – September 28

Tuesday – September 29

The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Our speaker today will be Reverend Kathy Schmitz, introducing the Bending the Arc Institute. Alliance work will begin at 10:30. The bag lunch and program begin at noon. All are welcome.

We have planned a catered luncheon for our 90+ year old members and everyone is invited to attend on  Tuesday, October 20.  We wish to honor the long and still-active service of these seven women. A $5.00 fee will help defray costs, so please see Shirley Jantzen for tickets. Shirley will be available on Sundays and Tuesdays in Gore Hall or email Alliance@orlandouu.org and put “For Shirley Jantzen – Honors Luncheon” in the subject line of the message.

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

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

Yoga Class – 6:00 pm, Gore Hall

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

Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – September 30

Welcome Home Wednesday Session 2 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Come take a midweek break and enjoy a tasty meal, good conversation, a moment of inspiration and reflection at the evening service, and an engaging class or discussion group.  Schedule: 5:30 Meal of  tacos, lots of toppings, chips with guacamole , queso & salsa, churros (this meal is Vegan friendly as extra beans and rice have been ordered and there will be vegetables to top them, and you are most welcome to brown-bag if your diet or appetite does not agree with the menu); 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

Additional program and menu details plus registration forms are available in Gore Hall on Sundays and online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays). Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, so please sign up online using SignUp Genius, or via email to whw@orlandouu.org. Send questions to this email as well.

Meal RSVP or cancellation should be made on Monday before noon. 

Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – October 1

Meditation Group – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

Rummage Sale THANK YOU!!

Grateful appreciation to all the annual RUMMAGE SALE VOLUNTEERS, especially the members of the Alliance. And a special thanks to our donors and shoppers. This year’s 1U fundraiser made $2,765.

Building The Dream New Campus News

The 1U Building Team shared plans last Sunday (9/20) in three gatherings totaling over 80 members of the congregation. There was an overwhelming 100% thumbs up for the overall plan, as well as questions, comments, and a few concerns the team jotted down for further consideration. Reverend Kathy also shared her thoughts on all the ways this plan meets the vision we are working towards. All this information is being uploaded to 1U’s new website; we hope to be able to email a link in just a few days. Our next steps include finding additional ways to share the information & plan with more members of the congregation as well as gearing up for the next phase of our capital campaign. Feel free to drop us a line: bldgcommunications@orlandouu.org if you’d like, and thank you for your continued support during these exciting times.

1U Cookbook On Sale 

Created by the 2007 New Members Class, it’s full of tasty recipes and cookery data, a wonderful addition to your kitchen or as a gift. Cost: $10 per single copy or $8 each for 2 or more. Available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service, or email Karla Kizzort at 1UCookbooks@gmail.com.

The first Movie Talk of the 2015-2016 season has been scheduled 

The first Movie Talk will take place Sunday October 18th at 11:00 am in the Library.  Do these movies exemplify our UU values? We will compare and contrast two recently released and currently playing films, The Intern and The Martian. See one or both and join our Adult RE discussion for lively debate and religious illumination!

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.


Plan Ahead

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 pm on Friday 10/2 and 9:00 am 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, 1:00-4:00 pm, 411 Mercy Dr.

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, 7:00-9:00 pm, 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.

October 7 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 3, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of meatballs/vegan meatballs in tomato sauce with rice, salad, cornbread; 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

October 10 – 1U Steps Out with Pride, 4:00 pm, Lake Eola Park

1U will once again have a contingent in Orlando’s Come Out with Pride Parade. All are invited to march, float, parade & stand on the side of love at Orlando’s annual Come Out With Pride Parade & Festival. This is a fun, festive and meaningful way to put our UU values of LGBTQ equality in action and connect with the larger community. This year’s theme: “Celebrating Marriage Equality! Advocating for ALL Equality!”

Parade participants can car pool from 1U at 2:30 pm, or meet us at the line up at 3:30 pm at Lake Eola. Step-off is promptly at 4 pm. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear 1U t-shirts or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.

It’s easy to share the love:  encourage participation by joining, sharing and inviting others via our FB event site
https://www.facebook.com/events/1633809780241508/.

October 11 – 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.

October 14 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 4 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us in food, fellowship, brain fodder and fun – 5:30 Meal of subs or vegan salad (pre-order); 6:30 Midweek Worship; 7:00 Classes & pickup activities.

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

An Evening of Muusic, Fuud, and Ruumance in Olde Italy!  Reception at 6:00 pm, 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.

October 20 – Alliance “Members Over 90” Tribute Luncheon, Noon, Gore Hall

To honor seven Alliance members over 90 years of age, everyone is invited to attend a catered hot lunch today. We wish to honor the long and still-active service of these seven women. A $5.00 fee will help defray costs, so please see Shirley Jantzen for tickets. Shirley will be available on Sundays and Tuesdays in Gore Hall or email Alliance@orlandouu.org and put “For Shirley Jantzen – Honors Luncheon” in the subject line of the message.

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

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

October 28 – Welcome Home Wednesday Session 6 – 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

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

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

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one!  This 4,500 acre park is noted for beautiful lakes, rolling hills and scenic landscapes, providing opportunities for superb fishing, canoeing, kayaking, biking and nature study. Check it out online! Group meals are balanced with dining on your own, for maximum flexibility to enjoy. Previous trips have garnered rave reviews for both fun and relaxation. Fee is $12 per tent or rv/camper and our reserved sites are close to hot showers and flush toilets. Some extra tents 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.

November 29 – 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, 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 Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

1U Caring Circle

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

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

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

Become a Home Hospitality Host

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

1U Thanksgiving Plans

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

1U Plans for Next Year

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

Board Minutes Available

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

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

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

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

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

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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