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Weekly Update – September 3, 2015

Weekly Update – September 3, 2015

Weekly Update-September 3, 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!

Men Needed for the Harvest Festival!

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

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


Friday – September 4

1st Friday Craft Circle – 6:30-8:30pm, EC Room 9

Bring your own project and join us for crafting and conversation!

Saturday – September 5

Sunday – September 6

Service – 11:00am, Sanctuary   (Summer Schedule: One service thru 9/13/15)

At a Minimum? by Rev. Kathy Schmitz

On this Labor Day weekend, Rev. Kathy considers the spiritual dimensions of how we compensate and care for workers in our society. The Folk Ensemble will perform.

Children’s Religious Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

9:30am in the Library: Film & Discussion with Bob Leger: Filthy Dreamers

“Who should control what is taught in our public universities? Educators? Citizens? Or, politicians? In the late 1920s Florida State College for Women was the only public university that allowed women to enroll, and it found itself at the center of an ideological battle over faith and science in the classroom. The outcome depended on the college president, professors, and students, who defended their right to academic freedom. The religious fundamentalist who launched the attack called all of them Filthy Dreamers.”

The Adult RE full schedule can be found here.

Welcome Team Meeting – 12:15-1:00pm, Hiett Library

These friendly folks present the hospitality of our congregation to members and guests each Sunday as ushers and greeters. Members of the team also make sure there are beverages and finger foods available between and after services. Most team members select one service a month as their responsibility, but more are available. Gearing up for a new program year, we’ll be reviewing tasks/duties, a safety plan, and generally discussing the congregation role we play. Whether you have been–or think you might want to be–an usher, greeter or social hour host, please come to this or the second of our slated meetings.

The second meeting is scheduled Sunday, September 13; 9:30-10:30am in the Assembly Room. All those interested are welcome to attend, with no obligation but to learn more.

Harvest Festival Tickets On Sale – During Coffee Hour, Gore Hall

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

Mystic Grove Meeting – 12:30pm, EC Room 9

Monthly meeting after the service where we plan upcoming events. Lunch at a nearby restaurant afterwards for those who want to come. All welcome.

Monday – September 7

VegCF Potluck – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

For those curious about the vegan lifestyle, the Green Team is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending at 9:00pm. Join us with a vegan dish and prepare to sample the yummies!

Tuesday – September 8

The Alliance – 10:30am, Gore Hall

Pot luck lunch at 12:00. Please bring something scrumptuous. You may learn something interesting. You may make a friend who shares an interest. You may just get a new recipe. It’s fellowship . . . you don’t even have to be a member. For more info contact alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Class – 6:00pm, Gore Hall

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

Band Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

Welkin practice.

Folk Ensemble – 7:30pm, Gore Hall

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

Wednesday – September 9

Choir Practice – 7:00pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – September 10

Meditation Group – 7:00pm, Gore Hall

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


Other News

Water Communion and a Return to Double Services

September 13 is the final single worship service of the summer. We celebrate our coming together as a community after a summer of travels and activities. Children will join adults in the sanctuary for the entire worship service. Everyone is invited to bring a bit of water representing their summer to add to our communal bowl symbolizing the way our individual lives flow together to create 1U. The following week, on September 20, we return to our full schedule with services at both 9:30 and 11:00 am.

Building The Dream New Campus News

The 1U Building Team is excited to announce that plans for our new building are coming along as well and we have strategies in place to bridge our financial gaps.  The building plans meet our shared vision that integrates our campus, provides frontage along Robinson, and allows for Gore Hall renovation.  We’re looking to share new plans within the next month, so look for more information via emails, Order of Services, and time together.  Our plan right now is to share more details with the congregation on Sunday, September 20, so please mark your calendars.  There’ll be several time slots that day to get updates. Thank you for patience and all your support!

Men Needed for the Harvest Festival

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

Solar Co-op Project Update

1U members have given generously of their time and talent to get this environmental justice project launched. At this time, the facilitation team has several milestones to report. Members of the the Orlando & Winter Park Solar Co-op have selected an installer. Currently, membership totals 24 households, including 5 from 1U. Recruitment continues: homeowners can sign up for the co-op at cfsolaradvocates.org To educate and engage more people, a public “Solar Co-op Info Meeting” is being held Tues, Sept 8 at 7pm, First Green Bank, 862 S. Orlando Ave, Winter Park.

And another co-op has been launched! The West Orange Solar Co-op will serve Winter Garden and the area south and west in Orange County. Joan Cleary and Scott Taylor are the local hosts. They are inviting the public to an informational meeting on Tues, Sept 15 at 7pm, Hickory Hammock Subdivision, 15900 Black Hickory Drive, Winter Garden. For more information, email cfsolaradvocates@gmail.com or westorangesolar@gmail.com How to help? Spread the word. Join a co-op if you live in the area served. Share your social marketing skill with the team.

Share the Plate Update

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

Opportunity for Standing On The Side Of Love Sept. 26

Showing up, fully present, is Standing on the Side of Love, and it’s wonderful to be asked to do so! Patricia Davis has asked us to show up at the Washington Shores Annual Anti-Violence Rally, Living Our Unique Dream. The Rally will be Saturday, September 26, noon-5pm at Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center, 1723 Bruton Boulevard.  Yellow Standing on the Side of Love T-shirts are requested for our visual statement of support!   There may be an opportunity for Voter Registration as well. For those who wish to do so, we will car pool from church at 11:45am.  Sign up sheets will be in Gore Hall on September 13 and 20 or contact Sandy Cawthern. Five of us were there last year. Can we do better this year?

Dinner with Friends – September 12, Homes of 1U Members & Friends

Join members and friends, as they dine together, all over town. Sign up sheets are available in Gore Hall and included in the Order of Service, and you can also contact Alan Oberholzer for more information or to sign up at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org. These are especially congenial opportunities to connect with 1U members and friends over tasty pot luck meals and pleasant conversation.

Annual All-Church Rummage Sale – September 18 & 19 

Each year, 1U has a rummage sale as a fundraiser for the church.  It’s also one of the ways we live our UU Principles by recycling & re-using!  This reduces the amount of “junque” sent to the dump. How can you participate?  By donating items**!  We accept new and slightly used items–  clothing, small appliances, jewelry, books, luggage, kitchen items, children’s toys, small furniture, art, etc., etc. – that are in reasonably good shape, clean, and have all their parts. You can drop them off on Sundays (see Charlotte or Jean at the Alliance tables in Gore Hall during the 12:00 Social Hour) or drop them off during the week from  8 – 2pm (call the church office first to make sure that Amy is there to accept your items).  Unfortunately, there are some items we can’t accept (large furniture, large appliances, computers and printers).

We also need your help to host the sale:

To set-up the sale (unpacking items, sorting, displaying & pricing on Thurs., Sept. 17 from 8am – 4pm)
To help shoppers during the sale (cashiers, packers, general helpers on Fri. & Sat., Sept. 18 & 19)
To help packing up all leftover items after the sale (on Sat., Sept. 19 from 3–3:45/4:00pm).

These are short term commitments – a few hours or more will do!  Questions?  Interested in volunteering?  Contact Amy (churchadministrator@OrlandoUU.org or 407-898-3621).

Welcome Home Wednesday Volunteers Needed

We create community with Welcome Home Wednesday, which runs for 6 weeks twice a year. This year’s Fall WHW term starts 9/23! Volunteers are needed in a number of areas, so please sign up online  using SignUp Genius, or via email to whw@orlandouu.org to assist with making this a success.  The more involved we are the more fun, engaged and welcoming it will be.

“Your Money and Your Values” Workshop Sept. 26   (RSVP by Sept. 21)

This interactive presentation about combining your financial planning with your beliefs is hosted by 1U’s Endowment Board, and will run from 9:30-11:30am. Presenter Hal Reed is a semi-retired consultant in charitable fundraising and planned giving. He was an active member of 1U and worked as a planned giving director at UCF when he lived in Orlando.  He left Orlando to continue his work at the University of Connecticut. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be available, along with free child care. RSVP by Monday, Sept 21 to endowment@orlandouu.org.

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

All are welcome to join us for this 1U fellowship event! The Harvest Festival will offer a pancake breakfast (pumpkin and non-pumpkin pancakes available), homemade baked treats (featuring a harvest goodie –apple, pumpkin, corn, etc.), AND Unitarian Jeopardy!

Harvest Pancake Breakfast: 8:30am – 11:30am. We will have 2 primary breakfast service times:  8:30-9:20am and 10:15-10:50am. While breakfast will be available from 8:30am-11:30am, 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.  Tickets for the pancake breakfast are ($7/adults, $4/children 10 & younger ) and will be on sale in September in Gore Hall during the noon social hour as well as from the church office Monday-Friday.

Breakfast menu: Pumpkin & non-pumpkin pancakes, eggs, bacon & veggie patties, juice & coffee. Gluten-free & vegan options will be available. Plus, we will offer homemade baked goodies for sale, by donation.

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

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

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

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 many more 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.

RUUM Hosts An Evening of Muusic, Fuud, and Ruumance on October 17

Save the date for “RUUM Wasn’t Built in a Day,” an evening of fellowship, laughter, music in Olde Italy!  Reception at 6:00pm, dinner at 6:30 (with strolling violins!), concert at 7:30 with dessert and coffee following. Tickets: $10 adults; $5 for children under 10, available shortly, only from RUUM members. Child care will be available. All proceeds go to the 1U building fund. Open to everyone, come join us! Questions: contact Gregg Buckingham or email RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

September 12  – Dinner with Friends, 6:00pm-ish, Homes of 1U Members & Friends

Join members and friends as they dine together all over town. Also mark you calendar for 2016 dates: Jan 23, May 14, Sept 10.

September 13 – Welcome Team Meeting #2, 12:15-1:00pm, Hiett Library

The Welcome Team is gearing up for a new program year. The friendly folks on this team present the hospitality of our congregation to members and guests each Sunday, as ushers and greeters. Members of the team also make sure there are beverages and finger foods available between and after services. Most team members select one service a month as their responsibility, but more are available. We’ll be reviewing the tasks/duties, a safety plan, and generally discussing the role we play in our community.

Whether you have been–or think you might want to be–an usher, greeter or social hour host, please come to the meeting . Interested folks are welcome to attend, with no obligation but to learn more.

September 16 – RUUM Social Outing , Lou McFadin’s house 

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

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

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

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

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

September 20 – Meet & Greet With Rev Kathy, 12:15pm, Hiett Library in Gore Hall

Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet our minister, Reverend Kathy Schmitz, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend this one-hour Meet and Greet.

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

Come share support with other parents of adults. (Learn more)  All are welcome to attend this monthly meeting!

September 23 – Welcome Home Wednesday Fall 2015 Starts 

We create community with Welcome Home Wednesday, which runs for 6 weeks twice a year. This term, classes include “The Possible Human”, Furthering the Discussion on Escalating Inequality, Humanism, Light Your Fire with the Chalice Choir, Hands On Art for the Uninitiated (3 different two-week sessions), and Bunco & Board Games. Program and menu details plus registration forms are available in Gore Hall on Sundays and online (Connect/Programs/Welcome Home Wednesdays). Questions to whw@orlandouu.org.

September 26 – “Your Money and Your Values” Workshop, 9:30-11:30am, 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 will be available, along with free child care. More info via endowment@orlandouu.org.

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

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

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

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

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

All are welcome to join us for this 1U fellowship event! The Harvest Festival will offer a pancake breakfast (pumpkin and non-pumpkin pancakes available), homemade baked treats (featuring a harvest goodie –apple, pumpkin, corn, etc.), AND Unitarian Jeopardy!

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

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

October 2 & 3 – Fall Journey to Membership Workshop, Hiett Library

Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@orlandouu.org to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Friday 10/2 and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday 10/3 in the Hiett Library). In the workshop Reverend Kathy will tell participants about the history, philosophy, and practices of Unitarian Universalism, and church leaders will share information about our congregation. Those who complete the workshop will be invited to meet church leaders at a New Member Potluck on Friday, October 30th, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, November 1st.

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

Must wear closed toed shoes. Students over the age of 10 may attend with parent or guardian. Short training occurs before each session, so please join us at any time! Willingness to enjoy yourself and recognize the good you are doing are the only other requirements. For info, contact Steph at foodbank@orlandoUU.org.

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

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

November 6 & 7 – Camping and Fun, Lake Louisa State Park

Lots of chances to share fellowship and fun with 1U members and friends happen outside Sunday service, and this is a dynamic one!  And, hold these dates for next year’s camping trips: Feb 13, Jun 11, Oct 15.

October 17 – RUUM Hosts An Evening of Muusic, Fuud, and Ruumance, 6:00pm, Gore Hall 

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

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

If you are healthy and willing to donate blood, there are many in Central Florida in need. You are truly giving the gift of life. Make an appointment online for this blood drive at www.oneblooddonor.org and use code # 9726.


Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources

Missed a Sunday?

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

Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!

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

Join Justice GoogleGroup

Did you receive an e-mail that gives you information so you can attend, march, protest, support, or learn about an activity that may appreciate your 1U involvement? To get regular messages or a daily summary, and to share Social Justice Events and information (in central Florida and beyond) that you learn about, join 1U Justice googlegroup. Email 1usjlist@gmail.com with your request to join, including the name and e-mail address you want used.

Pastoral Care Associates

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

1U Caring Circle

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

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

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

Become a Home Hospitality Host

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

1U Thanksgiving Plans

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

1U Plans for Next Year

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

Board Minutes Available

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

Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Gore Hall

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

Say Hello to Sustainable Shopping at thegoodbuy.com

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

Northeast Cluster Breeze

Read how other Florida congregations are doing “church” on their campuses and in their communities at neclusterfloridauua.wordpress.com/        


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