Weekly Update – September 29, 2016
Sunday: Harvest Pancake Breakfast
Ticket prices: adults $7, children 10 and younger $4. Details in Sunday – October 2 listing.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
Friday – September 30
Saturday – October 1
Sorting and Packing for Second Harvest Food Bank, 1:00-4:00 pm
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.
Sunday – October 2
Harvest Festival Pancake Breakfast! 8:30-11:30 am, Gore Hall
Please join us in Gore Hall for a delicious pancake breakfast cooked and served by the men of the church. While breakfast will be available from 8:30-11:30am, our 2 primary service times are 8:30-9:20 am and 10:15-10:50 am (so that the men can attend a worship service). Tickets may be purchased in Gore Hall foyer (adults $7, children 10 and younger $4). All those who have already purchased tickets: please go to the head of the line and turn in your ticket for admission. Homemade harvest themed baked goods will also be available for purchase!
Services – 9:30 & 11:00 am, Sanctuary
What Do You Hold in Your Heart?, Rev. Kathy Schmitz
The Jewish High Holy Days begin on Gandhi’s birthday. What can the conflation of these two events reach us about what we carry in our hearts? The Chalice Choir will perform with guest children.
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)
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! )
9:30 am in the Library: Francis David Café with Bob Leger
October 9: 9:30 in the Library – UU History, with Ken Lofgren. A presentation on Elizabeth Peabody: 19th century Unitarian teacher, author, publisher, bookstore owner, and leader of the Kindergarten movement in this country. Please join us as we learn about this trailblazing woman (and her famous friends)! Alternate session on Oct. 18.
October 30: 11:00 in the Library – Movie Talk. How are our UU Values illuminated in the movie Queen of Katwe? Movie reviewer AO Scott writes “…if there is anyone out there capable of remaining unmoved by this true-life triumph-of-the-underdog sports story, I don’t think I want to meet that person.” Be sure to go see this currently running film about a young girl in Uganda who explores a “free and responsible search for truth” as she learns to play chess then join the discussion.
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.
Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:30 pm, Hiett Library
This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of this year have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. Bring your questions and concerns and join with others in conversation.
Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting – 12:30-1:30 pm, EC 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. First 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Sunday Fellowship, Evening, Various locations
Here it is – the first Sunday of the October. That means a chance to socialize with 1U members and friends. Join the fun in various parts of Orlando (Conway, Winter Park, East of the 417, Downtown/Delaney Park, West Orlando, and South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections on the first Sunday of each month. 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 to find a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.
Monday – October 3
1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Hiett Library
The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings . Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.
Monthly Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall
For folks interested in the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!
Tuesday – October 4
The Alliance – 10:30 am, Gore Hall (Email us at Alliance@OrlandoUU.org)
It’s business as usual today. Alliance officers meet in the Hiett Library at 11:00, the membership meets during lunch at noon for our monthly business meeting. Work continues on the Continuing Bazaar (open every Sunday) and the upcoming 1U Church rummage sale to be held October 28-29.
UUSC Webinar: “Defying Hate,” Online, 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.
Soup Making, 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Kitchen
Join us in the kitchen as we prepare soup for tomorrow evening’s Conversations with our Faith Neighbors. All are welcome. No skill necessary. You will be offered tasks with which to assist.
Band Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Folk Ensemble – 7:30 pm, Gore Hall
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – October 5
Conversation with our Faith Neighbors, Session 3 (Islam) – Dinner 6:00 pm, Gore Hall
Join us for another wonderful installment of this series, which runs every Wednesday through Nov. 16. Tonight our guest speaker is Imam Hatim Hamidullahand. A collaboration with the Interfaith Council of Central Florida, the series goal is to learn, embrace and celebrate religious diversity in Central Florida. We provide soup and salad; presenters are invited to provide dishes significant in their practice. Please RSVP so we can ensure enough food is available. Donations welcomed.
5:30-6:00 pm – Set up
6:00-6:40 pm – Meal (we will split donations with any communities that provide a food offering)
6:40 – Centering inspired by the tradition
7:00-7:30 pm – Presentation
7:30-8:00 pm Q&A over tea and cookies
8:00 pm Cleanup
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – October 6
RUUM (Retired UU Mens’ group) Meeting, Hiett Library, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
Bring lunch and join us for lively conversation. For more information, contact Mike Haddad at RUUM@orlandouu.org
King Arthur Class Session 6 – 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 “drop-in” friendly. Come for all or just your favorites in this 8 week series!
— Enriching the Legend: Tristan and Isolde
— The Holy Grail from Chretien to Dan Brown
— Arthuriana in Medieval Art
Full description of these and the other sessions here.
EMG Rehearsal– 7:00-8:30 pm, Sanctuary
We will work on 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.
Send Good Wishes to Jay Wolin
For those that have not heard, Jay Wolin, a former member and now UU minister in Davenport Iowa, has been diagnosed with tongue cancer and is presently undergoing treatment. Kathy and Dan Homblette are headed to the Midwest in mid-October for a family wedding and plan to go see Jay on the drive home. We thought that it would be nice to take a few cards with us from friends expressing our love and sending speedy recovery wishes. We are also planning to take one of the newly made wood chalices from our own oak tree. Look for Kathy or Dan on Sunday 10/2 and 10/9 during social hour to sign a card and send good wishes.
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
– Greeters, Food set up
– 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 email@example.com.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions.
Share the Plate Update
We’ll be donating our Share the Plate collection for October to Two Spirit Health Services, Inc. Open since 2013, Two Spirit provides mental health, behavioral, substance abuse, primary care, transgender health, and related services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people in Central Florida. Their focus is on serving GLBT clients who might not have insurance, and who might not feel welcome in more conventional clinic settings.
Pride Parade Housing & Ride Assistance Needed
Because of Pulse Orlando Strong Keep on Dancing! Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence** are coming from other Abbeys to our Pride Parade! We’re asking folks with generosity of spirit to help us. If you can dedicate a bed and/or a ride please respond. We will match you up‼ The Pride Parade is Saturday, October 8. Most folks may arrive Friday and leave Sunday. Some may extend their visit. Sandy Cawthern (1U member and Fully Professed Sister) is 1U’s point person for this effort. She will be happy to answer questions as you decide whether to extend hospitality. Please contact her with your offers at: email@example.com. In the body of the email please include information regarding number of available beds, days you are willing to host, whether or not you can offer transportation, your address and contact information, whether or not you have pets or allergies.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
Current Needs of Share The Plate Partners
See and respond to critical needs of our primary Community Partners here.
Food Pantry Need Growing – Please Help!
There is an increasing, urgent need for food at the pantry we support. Most-needed items: ⊕ canned goods, including: Meat (tuna, chicken, etc.), soups (beef stew, chicken noodle, etc.), veggies (green beans, corn, etc.), fruit (peaches, pears, etc.) ⊕ pasta (whole wheat) ⊕ rice and beans ⊕ dry cereal ⊕ shelf stable milk ⊕ peanut butter. Items that are easy for children to open are preferred. No glass items, please. Please gather what you can and bring it with you on Sunday. The box is in Gore Hall. Thanks for your continued generosity.
Update Your Contact Information!
Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
October 7 – 1st Friday BYO Craft Circle, 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Room 9
Looking for a low stress activity? Meet creative people? Come join us for crafting and fellowship once a month at the BYO Project craft circle! You can also bring a game if you don’t have a craft project or just bring yourself.
NOTE: At Teaching Craft Circle on Oct 21 we will be making sewn baby hats for charity. If you prefer to make knit or crochet hats to turn in, we can take those too! Free patterns at http://www.bevscountrycottage.com/baby-hats-booties.html
October 8 – Orlando Pride Parade, 4:00 pm step off, earlier lineup, Lake Eola
1U continues to celebrate diversity & embrace unity. 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 and meaningful way to put our UU values of LGBTQ equality in action, Standing on the Side of Love. Family friendly and all abilities welcome. Parade participants can car pool from 1U at 2:30, or meet us at the line up at Lake Eola (more location specifics to come). Step-off is promptly at 4pm. Come as you are, but all are encouraged to wear your 1U or Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts.
October 14 – Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall
October 17 – Florida Department of Transportation Public Workshop, 5:30-7:30 pm, Gore Hall
The FDOT and their consultant have been working on options for improving the flow of traffic for cars and buses as well as increasing opportunities and safety for pedestrians and bikes. Come hear what they have to say and provide input to aid in their Robinson Street Corridor Planning Study. Show up anytime in the 2-hour window. Download an info sheet at public-meeting-flyer-tabloid.
October 18 – Life & Times of Elizabeth Peabody, 7:00 pm, Hiett Library
Join us for an informal discussion about the life and times of Elizabeth Peabody. Some participants will have read The Peabody Sisters book, but everyone is invited to attend. This discussion will be facilitated by Ken Lofgren.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.
Pastoral Care Associates
Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. If you are in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.
1U Caring Circle
Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Elise Harrison at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Here are monthly contacts for the rest of 2016:
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 email@example.com to be added to our database to be contacted about opportunities as they arise.
Board Minutes Available
You can read the minutes of the most recent meeting of the 1U Board of Trustees here. Previous minutes can be found in the Governance section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.
Program Report Available
You can read the most recent Program Report, highlighting the activities of the congregation’s programs, here. Additional program information can be found in the Our Organization section of the 1U website, which is under the About 1U tab.
Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com
Say good-bye to shopping that’s bad for workers and the earth. Proceeds from the Good Buy underwrite human rights programs around the world through the UUSC, so you can make a difference with each purchase.
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