Weekly Update – September 7, 2017
All 1U Activities Between Friday and Tuesday are Cancelled
Due to Storm!
See details in Friday-Tuesday listings below.
Save the Date(s) for Moving Parties!
Tentative dates for our first moving party back into Gore Hall: either Sept 16 or 23
Beloved Conversations, Covenant Group Signups Open
Details in Other News.
Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.
A Message from Rev. Kathy Regarding Hurricane Irma
Because of the path and possible impact of Hurricane Irma, we at First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) are inviting people to “enjoy” Water Communion at home or some other safe space this year. Even if Orlando doesn’t take a direct hit, the unpredictability of the bands make it safer to just call it now and allow people to focus on their plans for staying safe and protecting property.
Other cancellations include:
· Black Cat for this Friday, September 8, is cancelled due to weather, and has been rescheduled for Friday, September 22.
· Children’s Religious Education (CRE) for Sunday is cancelled.
· Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Volunteer and Parent Orientations scheduled for this weekend are postponed. More to follow.
· The Board of Trustees’ Meeting scheduled for Monday is cancelled.
· Alliance Gathering scheduled for Tuesday is cancelled.
· Folk Ensemble scheduled for Tuesday is cancelled.
While I was planning to fly home today, Thursday, September, 7; I have decided not to fly into a hurricane. I will stay in NH at little longer to decrease the pressure on Orlando. I am sorry to be away from you even longer by it seems the best course of action.
My connectivity should be reliable so feel free to let me know if I can help with communications during the storm.
Friday – September 8
Vigil for Peace and Unity – 5:30-7:00 pm, Mead Botanical Gardens Amphitheater (Likely Cancelled Due to Weather)
Calling all to join the Racial Equality and Social Justice Group of the Women’s March of Central Florida in a vigil for Peace and Unity. In the face of hate speech, we want to come together to promote the best in all of us and spread love, compassion, tolerance and inclusion. We are also asking for faith leaders to join us and spread blessings of unity over our community. We will be led in songs and chants of positivity that highlight values that move us forward together. We will post song sheets because we want everyone to join in! Please bring percussion instruments if you have them! Battery-operated candles only. SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT. WE WILL NOT ALLOW HATE TO WIN! This vigil takes place the evening before an Anti-Muslim hate group, ACT for America, holds a rally at Lake Eola. This is not a counter -protest although there will be one at Lake Eola the day of the rally.
Black Cat Cafe – 7:30-10:30 pm, Sanctuary (Cancelled due to storm, rescheduled for Friday, September 22)
The 2nd Friday of each month, join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.
Saturday – September 9
Sunday – September 10
Summer Schedule – Single Service, 11:00 am, Sanctuary (Note: Service cancelled due to storm)
Children’s Religious Education (CRE) (Note: CRE Cancelled due to storm)
Children’s Religious Education (CRE) Volunteer and Parent Orientations are postponed. More info to follow.)
Online registration is open – register your children today!
Contact DRE Regina Knabe for more information at DRE@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!
Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! Learn more here) (ARE cancelled due to storm)
Monday September 11
Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, EC Studio (Cancelled due to storm)
1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.
EMC Rehearsal — 7:30-8:30 pm, Sanctuary (No meeting due to storm)
Eclectic Music Collective: for more information send message to EMC@orlandouu.org.
Tuesday – September 12
The Alliance — 10:30 am-1:00 pm, EC Assembly Room (Note: Meeting cancelled due to storm)
Alliance Board members meet at 10:45. All members meet for business at noon. We will share our bag lunches while we do business. For questions or more info, contact the Alliance at Alliance@Orlandouu.org.
Yoga Class — 6:00 pm, EC Studio
Looking for a way to bring more peace and focus to your life? Ready to try some gentle stretching and balance with that focus? You might be needing yoga! Join us as we practice weekly with Melissa, in 1U’s beautiful new studio. Join us on the mats (bring your own, or borrow one from us) each Tuesday from 6:00-7:00 pm. Suggested cost is $10 per session. All levels of experience (or non-experience) are welcome!
Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio (Note: Meeting cancelled due to storm)
Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.
Wednesday – September 13
Choir Practice – 7:00 pm, Sanctuary
The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario.
Thursday – September 14
Meditation Group — 7:00 pm, EC Studio
An open, ongoing group offered free of charge. All are welcome, no registration required.
Save the Date(s) for Moving Parties
We are getting very close to moving back into Gore Hall! Tentative dates for our first moving party will be either Sept 16 or 23, so please keep those dates in mind and we will keep you posted.
Share the Plate Update
Our first Share the Plate of the new church year will focus on our longtime community ally, Planned Parenthood of SouthWest and Central Florida (PPSWCF). After celebrating its 100th anniversary last year and facing repeated calls from anti-abortion activists to “defund” it, Planned Parenthood remains the nation’s leading reproductive health care provider and advocate. Planned Parenthood’s health centers provide supportive reproductive health care to 2.4 million people in a year. An estimated one in five women has relied on Planned Parenthood health centers for care in her lifetime.
Fall Program Sign-Ups Available
Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity provides a supportive small group opportunity for participants to self-reflection and deepening understanding. The program will begin with a required opening retreat the evening of Friday, October 27 and all day October 28. Participants will then be in small groups that will meet (approximately) weekly for eight two-hour sessions. Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (aka Gaby’s Table) on Sundays. Deadline for sign-ups is Sunday 10/15/17 but earlier is appreciated for planning purposes. All members are encouraged to attend participate. Preference will be given those who have not previously participated.
Covenant Groups are a form of Small Group Ministry in which groups of approximately 10 people commit to meet monthly (October 2017-May 2018) Gatherings are 90 minutes and are facilitated by a trained “anchor.” Sign up here (preferred) or at 1U Central (aka Gaby’s Table) on Sundays. Deadline for sign-ups is Sunday 9/17/17.
Rev. Kathy Returns Next Week
Rev. Kathy was planning to fly home today, Thursday, September 7, but has decided not to fly into a hurricane. She will stay in NH at little longer. She shares: “I am sorry to be away from you even longer, but it seems the best course of action. Everyone, please be safe!” If you have questions before Rev. Kathy’s return, please contact the church office.
Themes for the 2017-2018 Program Year: Race, Democracy, & Economic Justice
It has been the custom in recent years to choose an annual Program Theme that helps to integrate some of the programming at 1U. In addition, we have sub-themes which help to define the year. These themes have and may be used in worship in the sanctuary, in the children’s programming, in adult programming, in Covenant Group Sessions, and more. While program leaders had already been looking at the themes of Race, Democracy, & Economic Justice, events of the summer have made them even more timely. The year will be divide into three terms: Racism – An Introduction (October-November), Racism & Democracy (January-February), Racism & Economic Justice (March-April). Each term will have one major activity which all members will be encouraged to participate in. For the Fall, we encourage people to sign up for Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race & Ethnicity (details elsewhere.) Other activities will be planned for those unable to make the commitment or who already participated. More info on themes will be shared as it evolves.
Building The Dream Update
Things are really coming together! Gutters are up at Gore Hall. Grinding of the terrazzo floor has been completed and there are just a few spots that will need to be touched up. Carpets are down in the new classrooms, interior painting is mostly done, and exterior painting continues. The big news is that we are 100% so far on passing major inspections – M Paul continues to deliver on so many levels! New photos aren’t available yet – you can see older photos here. We’ll work towards getting new photos soon!
The latest Contingency and Fundraising List can be found here – please considering helping us complete these items. You can donate on Sundays, by check or online (mark that it is “for the building“). Have questions or comments? Feel free to drop us an email and let us know.
Rev. Kathy Blogs While Away
Rev. Kathy is taking a break from writing for the Orlando Sentinel while she is away. She will however, still write to her blog weekly and you can check it out growinginplace.wordpress.com.
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.
Blood Donation During Construction
Are you missing our blood drives while we are going thru construction? Your donated blood is greatly needed! Find another location to give near your home or work by going to oneblood.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1U Central: Your One Stop 1U Info Spot
Is it your first, second, or third time visiting? Feel a bit out of the loop? Want to know what is going on within the congregation? Stop on by to 1U Central located in the EC Assembly Room and say hi to Gaby! She can fill you in on current actions, events, and groups. She can help you get signed up for the Weekly E-Blasts, get a nametag, or sign up for all the great things 1U offers!
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 email@example.com or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!
September 13 – “A Matter of Balance” Fall Prevention Program Begins
“A Matter of Balance” helps you to protect yourself from falls and injury now and in the years to come. We exercise and address the many issues surrounding falls: our individual concerns, our fall-ty habits, how to accomplish events we will someday find challenging and how to protect ourselves in and after a fall at home/in public. A new 8 week course will be held onWednesdays, from September 13 through November 1, from 2-4 pm (with snacks) in 1U’s Studio (in the Enrichment Center). Class size is limited, and registration is REQUIRED. This class is FREE and open to all! Register with Claudia, firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 13 – Teaching Craft Circle, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Assembly Room
Join us for teaching craft circle every 3rd Friday of the month for varied crafts and projects! This month’s topic is Monster Bookmarks! Learn how to make these cute paper bookmarks for yourself or the big readers in your life! Facebook RSVP here. For more info, email us at email@example.com.
September 17 – Return to Double Services
We return to our full schedule with services at both 9:30 and 11:00 am and kick off the new Children’s Religious Education year.
September 19 – Community Garden Planning Meeting, 5:30-7:00 pm, Location TBA
Mark your calendar! Now that the remodeling and site work are nearly done we are restarting the 1U Community Garden. We have a clean slate on our new site so we have the chance to rethink our approach. We will likely still have a few traditional raised beds but are also exploring implementing permaculture, which is essentially dedicating a space to a garden ecosystem. It would include fruit trees, shrubs, vines and traditional plantings, all of which are edible. Meeting room to be announced shortly. See you there.
September 23 – Mabon Celebration, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Assembly Room and Courtyard
Join us in celebrating the Autumn Equinox! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: brown, orange, yellow, red, etc. Non-perishable food welcome for the food bank box. We will drive it to Semoran Food Pantry. Ritual begins at 7:00 pm. Potluck to follow at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. Facebook RSVP here. For more info, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
September 24– Meet & Greet With Rev Kathy Schmitz, 12:30 pm, Location TBA
Are you a newcomer to our church? Would you like to meet Rev Kathy, learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and get answers to any questions you may have? If so, the Membership Team invites you to attend a one-hour Meet and Greet.
September 29 & 30 – Fall Journey to Membership Workshop:
Would you like to become a 1U member? If so, please register by email at Members@Orlandouu.org, or register in person at the information table – 1U Central — on a Sunday to reserve a space in the two-session Journey to Membership Workshop (7:00 to 9:00 pm on Friday 9/29 and 9:00 am to noon on Saturday 9/30 – location TBA). 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 20, and they will be welcomed into the congregation at a ceremony during the worship service on Sunday, October 22.
September 30 – Orlando Pagan Pride, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Westmonte Community Center
Mystic Grove is a gold sponsor of Orlando Pagan Pride. It will be in the community center at Westmonte Park 624 Bills Ln, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714. We will have a table and will be promoting our group as well as Unitarian Universalism. If you want to help on the day for a 1 hour shift email us or come to the Sept 3 monthly meeting at 12:30 pm to sign up. You can also come by to visit and check out the event. Admission is free. Non-perishable food donations welcome to benefit food bank. Email: email@example.com, Facebook Event info here.
October 5 – Tarot 2: Minor Arcana Class Registration Now Open
Want to learn about the minor arcana? In this 10-week evening class starting on Oct 5, you can learn principles of interpretation and more. You do not need Tarot 1 to take this class. More info here. To register email firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 7 – 1U Open House
We celebrate our new space with our neighbors! Plan to spend the middle of the day celebrating and helping out with a 1U Open House. We will have food, music and activities. We will invite the neighbors and our community friends. More info to follow! Mark you calendar now!
Ongoing Activities, Needs & Resources
Pastoral Care Associates
These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. 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.
Missed a Sunday?
Audio recordings for most Sunday sermons are online here. Just click and listen.
Great 3-Minute Intro to Unitarian Universalism!
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.
Fair Trade Goods Every Sunday – Noon, Assembly Room
Fair Trade coffee and other goods are available Sundays at the back of Gore Hall after the 11:00 service. Sales of coffee, chocolate and tea benefit small independent growers, UUSC and our church. Think about these as thoughtful gifts!
First Sunday Fellowship
1U members and friends gather in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, Conway, South Orlando, so far) for neighborhood connections. These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.
Give By Text
You can now make a contribution to First Unitarian Church with a quick text message! Simply send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $25). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link and enter your cardholder name and credit or debit card information. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! To text contribution to individual funds include the text code in your text message:
Annual Pledge (texting code: annualpledge) Building Donation (texting code: bldgdonation)
Building Pledge (texting code: bldgpledge) Donation (textingcode: generaldonation)
Share the Plate (texting code: sharedplate)
Join the Welcome Team! Extra Hands Needed!
Are you looking for an easy way to be of service at 1U? How about helping make members and guests feel welcome, as you were when you first attended? Welcome Team tasks range from greeting folks to handing out Orders of Service through collecting the offering to making coffee. All directions for each task are provided. Most Welcome Team members sign up to serve at one service a month. Consider being part of one of the most enjoyable teams in 1U! Contact Kathy Homblette for more details at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.
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 email@example.com with your request to join. Include the name and e-mail address you want used. More information will accompany your invitation.
1U Caring Circle
Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly contact people follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other members serve in providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events, medical appointments, meals for a while, pet care, etc. Please contact our Caring Circle coordinator Kathy Homblette at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate. Caring Circle contact for September is Ann Mount. For October the contact is Linda Piantieri.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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