Weekly Update, June 26
NEW E-BLAST DEADLINE: Now Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
This Sunday, June 28
Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live
Finding Wild, The Mystic Grove CUUPS at 1U
What is “wild” in your spiritual practice? Where can you find it? How does doing it help you experience joy and self compassion? Join the Mystic Grove and bring your scarves, drums, and other noisemakers and enjoy song and dance with this Summer Solstice service.
Service streamed at 10:30 am: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for Zoom. Video on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org
Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Welcome Center for Newcomers — 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Children & Youth Religious Education
Our at-home summer RE program for families continues! Check the website, private RE facebook group, and RE weekly update to access activities. RE fellowship next week will be our Dungeons & Dragons group on Thursday, July 2 at 1 p.m. and our Family Connection & Support group (all ages) on Wednesday, July 1 at 3 p.m. Zoom information is here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627 If you would like a set of supplies for your family or to RSVP to fellowship events, respond here or contact Sarah at REcoordinator@orlandouu.org.
Tuesday – June 30
Alliance Meeting — 12:00 p.m., via Zoom
We meet via Zoom on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11 a.m. (a link will be sent a few days before the meeting). Please send membership dues of $15 per person or $25 per couple to the church office, c/o the Alliance. For information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday – July 1
WUURL Monthly Gathering — 11:30 a.m., via Zoom
In addition to monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., WUURL gathers for weekly “Tea at Ten” chats on other Wednesdays of the month. Join us for casual check-ins and community during these trying times. Want to participate but not yet on the WUURL list? Contact email@example.com for information, and to access current Zoom links.
Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.
Online Drop-In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm, via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5812270111
Needing extra support or connection, or an opportunity to explore spiritual thoughts? Join this special Zoom Drop-In Covenant group. You do not need to be currently in a covenant group. Anyone is welcome to join us.
Tai Chi Gathers on Sat. June 27, Tues June 30 & Thurs July 2
Tai Chi — 9:00 a.m., Wadeview Park
Tai Chi for Health resumes its Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Ave., just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need gentle exercise, join us. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Compassionate Community
If you have a short-term financial need, our Minister’s Discretionary Fund can consider a modest gift to help you, in a confidential manner. Contact Rev. Sam at email@example.com.
Your Care Teams
Lay Pastoral Associates provide buddy relationships of deep listening and care to be a companion with you through difficult times. Contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org. The Caring Circle offers practical help with rides to medical appointments, help with meals, pet care, etc. Lynn Rigney is the June contact and Dayle Steakley is the July contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.
Hurricane Season is here. Contact your hurricane partner now and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.
Joys and Concerns
To share your joys or concerns please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We affirm that the peaceful protests and all the witness against racism and white supremacy in our nation now is an opening for the possibility for reform and restructuring following the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.
During this Pride month, we are joyful about the Supreme Court decision that advanced employment rights for LGBTQ Americans.
We continue to remember those suffering from Covid-19.
But Wait, There’s More!
Looking to Volunteer During the Primary and General Elections?
We are seeking volunteers to fill roles for the upcoming elections on August 18, and November 3. Once again we are joining the Supervisor of Elections Office Adopt-A-Precinct Program to serve our community and raise funds for the church. To volunteer on election day, you must be registered to vote in Orange County, FL, attend a training class, and be at your assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. If interested, email Gaby at email@example.com.
Vote From Home!
If you would prefer to vote my mail due to concerns about Covid-19, The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), a grassroots, non-partisan organization, is recommending online voter registration and requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (VBM) now. Early voting and voting on election day are still options, but Vote-By-Mail provides and ensures a convenient, and safe path to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard. Click the link for more information on voting options: League of Women Voters Voting Guide.
Curious about UU Wellspring?
Watch this video from 1U members and others about UU Wellspring, a year-long spiritual deepening program beginning in August. Online retreat is required on August 8 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Sign up for the Tuesday afternoon 2:00-4:00 p.m. group or the Thursday evening group 8:00-10:00 p.m. group. Tuesday is led by John Hartgering and Beverly Alig; Thursday is led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. Contact Linnea Nelson with questions or Gaby to sign up. Spaces are still available in both sessions and we hope to finalize groups this month.
Second Harvest Share-the-Plate Campaign Winds Down
We are closing out our three-month Share-the-Plate appeal for Second Harvest food bank to help the hungry in our area at this difficult time. We have raised over $17,000 of our $20,000 goal. For every $10 donated, Second Harvest provides 40 meals to kids, seniors, and families in our community. To give, send a check to the church or give online at https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl. Feel free to share the Second Harvest giving link with friends: https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl. Thanks to all for your generosity for our community!
Orlando Solar Co-op Opens to All Orange County Homeowners
1U partners with the City of Orlando to offer homeowners a pathway to access affordable solar photovoltaic arrays for their homes. Orlando Solar Co-op 2020 is now open to all homeowners throughout Orange County. Since 2015, when 1U helped to launch the first solar co-ops in Florida, more than 20 1U families (1,600 families statewide) have installed solar on their homes through the co-ops. For more information, visit solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. Contact Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.
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Pick free fresh veggies in the 1U Garden
The spring veggie season is winding down, but there’s always fresh, free food in the 1U garden. An update on our mango harvest: On Saturday, a seven-member crew of gardeners picked 198 mangos from our tree in the parking lot and handed them out to members and friends from more than 20 households. Our thanks to all. Questions? Contact Rene Stutzman.
Your Gifts Support Our Many Ministries
Especially these days, we are grateful for your continued generosity. Here how to give:
1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.
Text – 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: $50). 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. Enter your cardholder name, and credit or debit card information. You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you are giving and it will process automatically. For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate
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First Unitarian Church of Orlando
Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen