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This Sunday, January 26, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

 The Congregation is the Curriculum, Michele Grove, D.Min., Interim Religious Education Consultant

Religious education does not just happen in a Sunday morning class. It happens in worship, committee meetings, choir rehearsal, potluck dinners, fundraising events, and social action gatherings. What are the possibilities when a congregation elevates religious education as a vital component of congregational life? Michele Townsend Grove is 1U’s new interim religious education consultant. This introduces future conversations on the future of 1U’s religious education identity. On Friday and Saturday this weekend, she will facilitate conversations around 1U’s current and future religious education program.

History Wall Continues Today After Worship

 Last week we explored history up through the 1990s. Join us today in Gore Hall at 11:45 am as our Religious Education Consultant Michele Grove will lead us through a reflection of the history of religious education at 1U. Through these remembrances we see patterns that help us better understand the DNA of our congregation. A light lunch will be served. All are welcome: old-timers, newcomers and guests. (Correction from last week’s Weekly Update story: The Rev. Eleanor Gordon (not Caroline) was the first called minister of the congregation in 1912.)

Children & Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Sunday Schedule

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-10:45 am Children begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

For more information: RECoordinator@orlandouu.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Children & Youth Religious Education This Week

Today after worship, Religious Education Consultant Michele Grove will facilitate the History Wall at 11:45 am focusing on religious education history at 1U. All are invited to share.

Nursery: Last Sunday Emma Dixon had many toddlers and babies in the nursery and was appreciative of the volunteers who helped.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday the Sneetches were on holiday and expect a return to 1U this Spring. This Sunday we will discuss fears with the reading of What Was I Scared Of? We will talk about how learning can help us conquer some of our fears.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Stephen Orsborn, Melinda Raiford and the Padawans experienced Music Medicine. This included the four elements of music: Rhythm (medicine for the body), Melody (medicine for the heart), Harmony (medicine for the soul), and Silence (medicine for the mind). This Sunday we will connect our sense of smell to our UU Principles.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Daryl Fullerton and Jonathan Gray report that the young wizards made writing quills and used them to decode the Hogwarts motto, Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus (“Never tickle a sleeping dragon”). This Sunday we discuss the impact of poverty and how we can create a real change.

Youth (High School): Our Youth toggle between the Virtue Ethics class and Youth Group. Last Sunday the youth, with Cat Rigby and Heather Neff, explored collaboration vs. competition during the covenant group session.  In the second hour, they made choices about upcoming programming in Youth Group and made Valentine cards for their Caring Circle list. This Sunday we will return to “Virtue Ethics.”

New to 1U? After Time for All Ages, you are welcome to accompany your child to the Labyrinth outside our Sanctuary. Our Religious Education teachers will provide guidance about the best class for your child and answer your questions. For more information contact Sarah Gray at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

Other Sunday, January 26, Activities

Who Have We Been? History Wall Experience Continues — After Worship, Gore Hall

Join us for the History Wall experience today and continuing each week through Feb. 2. A light lunch will be served. This Sunday, Religious Education Consultant Michele Grove will lead us through a reflection of the history of religious education at 1U. Through these remembrances we see patterns that help us better understand the DNA of our congregation. Notes on our remembered history will remain posted on the wall through the month. All are welcome: old-timers, newcomers and guests. This is part of our transitional work in answering the question: "Who have we been?"

Wrestling with Our Understandings around Race — 11:45-12:45 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room

This is an open meeting on the last Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. 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. You may find readings and resources at: https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – January 24

RE Leadership Weekend

Religious education consultant Michele Grove is here Jan. 24-26 for a start-up for our Interim RE Coordinator. On Friday Jan. 24 at 6:00 pm all are invited to a potluck dinner in Gore Hall, followed by our first session. It’s family-friendly: childcare available during the discussion 7-9 p.m. All leadership and others interested in helping to continue our work for a new generation of ministry to our children and youth are welcome.

Saturday – January 25

Tai Chi for Health — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

If you're looking for some gentle exercise, please join us in the Studio. We meet Tues, Thurs and Sat from 9;00-10:00 am and hope that fits in your week. Suggested donation (100% to 1U) is $5/class up to a max of $30/month. No need to contribute to participate -- all are welcome! Email  taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class.

Dinner with Friends  — Various Members' Homes, 6:00-ish pm

Celebrate the a Lunar New Year in the homes of members. Dinner with friends is a quarterly small-group, family-friendly potluck hosted by congregants in their homes. Dinners start at 6:00 pm. Questions to Ann Mount at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Monday – January 27 Tuesday – January 28

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

If you're starting or expanding an exercise program in 2020, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am, free with $5 donation to 1U requested.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall  

Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by a bag lunch at noon; all are welcome. Thank you to everyone who donated such wonderful items for our Holiday Boutique! For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary  

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U's mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30, Gore Hall, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Wednesday – January 29

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUF — 8:30-9:00 am, 11648 McCulloch Rd

All are welcome to participate in a lightly guided morning sitting practice to get the day started at the University Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 9:00 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – January 30

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

If you're starting or expanding an exercise program in 2020, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am, free with $5 donation to 1U requested.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U's mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Mindfulness Meditation — 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center) 

Join us every Thursday for eclectic meditation practice based in, but not limited to, the Mindfulness tradition. After introductions, we have a 20-minute sit followed by discussion. We close with another 10-minute sit. Open to those with and without meditation experience. Drop-in friendly.

Other News

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend!

February Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of  RESILIENCE??

Feb. 2       When the Spirit Says Do, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

Sometimes we have to emerge into the unknown, out of familiarity, out of comfort. How might we be resilient in the face of change? The Chalice Choir sings.

Leaf Blower Club Members Needed for Next 6 Sundays

Looking for volunteers to blow leaves for the next 6 Sundays. We would like the walkways to the Sanctuary and Gore Hall Foyer, and also the labyrinth, blown clear of leaves. The church has a blower and electric cord in the Gore Hall storage room. Using your own is fine too. The task takes 30-45 minutes and should be done by 10:00 am. Sunday 1/26 is covered. If you can do it one or more other Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. -- Your LTME Team

Completing the Dream Sanctuary Update Feb. 2

Great news: the pre-construction contract has been signed! We expect this first phase of design and permitting to last about 16 weeks, with construction starting in June. If you would like more information or details, please join the Completing the Dream Team on Sunday, Feb 2 in Room A at 9:30 am or 11:45 am.

Community Garden Update

Gardeners and wannabe gardeners: We're just a few weeks away from spring planting season. Want to be part of the 1U Garden? We have eight raised beds, about 8-feet by 4-feet, very fertile, and we're looking for people who want to claim one to grow vegetables or flowers. Tentative spring planting dates for veggies starts in mid-February. Interested? Contact Rene Stutzman (information in the online member directory).

Seeds of Intention/Nurturing a Life We Love Coming Around Again: February 8

After a wildly successful year of connectedness and mindful living, we've decided to do it all over again (with updated content)! Join Melissa Baker and other beloved community members on Feb. 8, from 11:00 am-5:00 pm in the Assembly Room. Practice different forms of grounding, meditation, movement, sacred ceremony, and creative projects for healing and expression. Woven into these sacred gatherings will be Melissa's learning from more than 25 years of spiritual development (earth based with a relationship of both feminine and masculine divine archetypes), studies in end of life doula (which informs us how to live more fully with less fear), and holding space leadership (which nurtures a safe space for authentic living). In this first workshop of seasonal focus, we review the status of our lives to determine what we shall release that no longer serves our best lives, and to what we shall open to receive, as we work together and individually over the coming year to manifest the lives for which we yearn. These are the seeds of our intention which will be harvested and celebrated at year-end.

Lunch is provided (with water, coffee, and tea), as are supplies for each craft project, and a safe place to explore the beauty of your own truth.

For those returning, please bring last year's life chart, if you have it, the contents of your box of surrender for the burning bowl, and [FOR ALL] a photo of your youngest self (as an infant, if possible). If you'd like to write about what comes up for you, please feel free to bring a journal.

The cost of this workshop is $65 / $50 for members of 1U. A portion of proceeds will be donated to 1U. For those curious but wishing for a better idea of how we spend out time, consider connecting with Sandy Cawthern or Sharon Durrant, who attended most workshops in 2019. Come grow with us! Contact Melissa Baker (listed in the online member directory) and see her blog here for more general information.

Share the Plate Update

We collected a total of $1,624.11 for the New Image Youth Center on January 19!  Thank you all very much for your generosity!

January Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

We have heard from the Food Pantry staff at Joy MCC Church about their needs for January 2020. Please consider adding these to your grocery list for this week, and place them in the collection bin in Gore Hall.

Children's snack fruit cups (Dollar Tree) Toothbrush and small toothpaste Small bottles of shampoo and conditioner Small soap Disposable razors Body lotions

All items are much appreciated, and will support the generous work of Joy MCC with their clients. Some are in stable housing, others are homeless. Your contribution will be gratefully received. Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette at Welcometeam@orlandouu.org. I'd particularly like to chat with you if you are interested in learning more about how to take a leadership role in this community collaboration.

Sanctuary Projection System Repaired, Long-Term Secure Solution Still Sought

The projection system was repaired last week by Scott Raiford, but the Church administration team is still reviewing best options for replacing/repairing/upgrading the projection system based on proposals and recommendations we have been provided and in light of pending Sanctuary renovations.

AV Team Volunteers PLEASE NOTE: Slide as well as Audio volunteers will be needed again as of this Sunday. This is again indicated on the online AV Volunteer signup sheet.

 Missed a Sunday?

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

Home Needed for Christmas Tree

Our beautiful new Christmas tree needs to be put in storage in the next week or so. It needs a home for the next 11 months. It will be disassembled into two pieces that both fit on rolling platforms. Covers are being made to protect the tree  parts/ornaments. One piece is 6' tall and 5' across at the bottom. The other is 6' tall and 3' across at its base. If you have a space in a garage or storage unit where we could store the tree it would be a big help as there is no place at the church where it will comfortably fit . We can arrange transportation.Questions and affirmations: ltm@orlandouu.org. -- Your LTME Team

Auction Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Volunteering: Now's the time to pick your time slots to volunteer at our Feb. 22 event. It takes many hands to make this auction work! Click here to sign up online, or access the signup from the Auction page of our website.   Go there now and choose an hour-long slot (or more!) where you can be a part of the action and still bid on the awesome items as well as enjoy the food, drinks, and entertainment.

Donating: Take a few moments to let us know what you can donate that others will want to buy – services you can provide; dinner events at your home or elsewhere; items that you buy, make, or re-gift; gift cards you buy or ask businesses you frequent to donate.  Here’s a link to the Auction web page, where there are links to the donation forms (for tangible items and for services or events). Donation forms are also available by email (auction@orlandouu.org) or on Sundays at Gaby's table.

You can return the completed donation forms at Gaby's table on Sundays, you can send them to the church office, or email the scanned form to auction@orlandouu.org. Deadline for letting us know what you're donating is Feb. 2!

Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joroys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. We 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. Caring Circle members may serve on occasion by providing one or more of the following: phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. In January contact Gregg Buckingham at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org if you need help or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about and for each other.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates have been trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Church members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. If you are a 1U member in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.


Plan Ahead

February 8 — Jamie Anderson Concert, 7:00 pm, University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817-8332)
Singer/songwriter Jamie Anderson has been a traveling troubadour for over 20 years, serving up her inimitable mix of humor and insight across the USA and Canada.  "For me, folk music tells a story about folks: simple truth-telling and magical mythology that invites the listener to lean in to the larger circle of life. Jamie Anderson is in that circle and she is singing some wonderful songs."–Holly Near.  Tickets can be ordered here: https://jamieandersonorlando.brownpapertickets.com, $15 /$20 at the door.

February 14 —  Black Cat Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm-12:00 am, Gore Hall

Are you a performer? Bard, troubadour, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Enjoy being part of the audience? Join others at the monthly open mic night and enjoy wine, beer, pizza, snacks and a great show! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or https://tinyurl.com/blackcatjan2020

February 15 — ROY ZIMMERMAN: RiZe Up — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Join us for Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity -- which has never been more necessary! RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs; a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. It’s laughter and encouragement for progressive-minded people who need a lot of both, $25 general / $10 children. Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He's shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.

February 17 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

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. Executive Committee Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister and immediate Past President.

February 22 — Hearts & Hands 2020 Auction, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Gore Hall
Join us for a fun night of silent auction, live auction, and entertainment. Your ticket ($15 through Feb. 16; $20 after) covers attendance, finger food, soft drinks, and FUN! Bring cash ($5 bills will be handy) for raffles, donations, beer, and wine. Checks, cash, or credit card payment required on the night of the auction for your awesome silent and live auction purchases.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

Let's 'UU the Vote'

The new UUA electoral organizing campaign website: “UU the Vote” (uua.org/UUtheVote, https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform) provides an Association-wide strategy to help UUs grow and sharpen their skills for faith-based electoral organizing from now until the 2020 election. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, says "Core UU values of interdependence, democracy, human worth and dignity, the richness of pluralism and diversity, and the inborn right of all people to self-determination and agency are on the line...We are offering a visible alternative to narratives and policies of domination, supremacy, scarcity, and exploitation that threaten and diminish our lives and future. The introductory video may be viewed on the website.


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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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