Dec 17, 2016 “School Holiday Food Giveaway”

Nu Class members participated in a “School Holiday Food Giveaway” at Winegard Elementary School, at 7055 Winegard Rd., in Orlando. Between the hours of 8:30 am and 1:00 pm, about 1 week’s worth of food, including dry and canned food, produce, and bakery items, were given to families in need. Winegard Elementary is a high poverty school. Children eat school meals every weekday, but during the holiday break, they will not have those meals for 18 days. Class members built and taped food boxes, packed boxes, and greeted participants, as well as providing direct delivery to those families where necessary. For every $1 the church donates, Second Harvest expands to $9. 2016-winegard

‘We had an awesome Holiday Food Give Away at Winegard Elementary School. We had 103 volunteers come to package and give about 70 pounds of food – which included 5 lb. bag of apples and 5 lb. bag of potatoes, dry food such as spaghetti, macaroni, canned spaghetti sauce, corn, and green beans, and baked goods plus a turkey. This was given to 274 households, including 689 adults, and 700 children.
Thank you so much to all of you who supported this event! Our “angels” of First Church were felt throughout the Christmas season. We all felt your loving hearts.
 —the End Childhood Hunger Task Force’

December 2016

The Nu Class generously donated $500. for the annual toy sale at CommUnity Center In Apopka, a service learning community dedicated to the empowerment of Central Florida’s immigrant and working poor communities through education, advocacy, and spiritual growth.

Nov 12, 2016  Come Out With Pride Orlando

cowp-2016Our church was represented today at Orlando Come Out With Pride 2016 featuring the Pride Marketplace with over 100 businesses and groups supporting the LGBTQ+ community, live entertainment, followed by
the amazing Pride Parade. The festivities began at noon at Lake Eola Park with the parade beginning at 4. Many Nu Class members served as volunteers for our booth providing information on the church, the Nu Class, The Other Sheep, and PFLAG.cowp-2016-2

Some of us arrived early enough to enjoy the Veterans Day Parade (held at 11:00) honoring the men and women of the military. It was a great day in Orlando!

May 1, 2016  “An Act of Love”

AAOL_Poster_3000_URL_RGBThe NU Class of First Church sponsored a presentation of “An Act of Love.” This gripping documentary follows Rev. Frank Schaefer as he was put on trial in the United Methodist Church for officiating his son’s same-sex wedding. The Schaefer family was pulled into a movement for LGBTQ equality in the nation’s second largest protestant denomination. “An Act of Love” follows Rev. Schaefer’s journey from small-town minister to outspoken advocate, as well as the ongoing debate in the United Methodist Church over LGBTQ inclusion.

This film just played to sold out audiences during the recent Florida Film Festival. Click here to see a 1-minute preview of the film.

The NU Class of First Church is part of the Reconciling Ministries Network.

Oct 10, 2015 Come Out With Pride, Orlando

The Nu Class was represented at a vendor booth located at Lake Eola for the Gay Pride Celebration on October 10, 2015. Members of the Nu Class, PFLAG, and The Other Sheep from First United Methodist Church of Orlando provided information about our offerings and facilities to interested celebration attenders from noon – 8 PM.  Come Out With Pride Orlando 2015

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Organized by Come Out With Pride, Inc., this event has become one of the largest Pride festivals in Florida. This year over 160,000 attendees are expected. The variety of vendors, entertainment offerings, Disney Kids Zone, parade, fireworks, food, and beverage choices caters to the diverse audience that makes up our wonderful community.

 Come Out With Pride, Inc. is a non-profit organization made up of an all-volunteer board and production team inspired to make an impact in our LGBTQ+ community. Their Mission is:

  • To produce an annual pride event that fosters a sense of community, encourages LGBTQ+ citizens to live openly and with pride, and educates the general public of our shared cultural heritage.
  • To encourage fellowship and support among participating businesses, professionals, individuals, and charitable pursuits in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities.
  •  To oppose prejudice in society at large and within the LGBTQ+ and allied communities on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
  •  To foster communication, tolerance, and mutual support among LGBTQ+ persons and the allied communities.
  •  To provide positive role models in the LGBTQ+ and allied communities.
  •  To provide financial support to other LGBTQ+ oriented non-profit organizations in the local area through the making of grants made possible by the proceeds from each year’s event.