Home Weekly Update – April 11, 2019

Weekly Update – April 11, 2019

Weekly Update – April 11, 2019

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Friday: Black Cat Cafe

Details in Friday – April 12


Sunday: Deep Conversation with 1U Board

Details in Sunday – April 14


1U at Earth Day Online Signup Now Available

Details in Plan Ahead for April 20


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Parking Reminder
Please remember that there is no parking around the driveway adjacent to the Enrichment Center, except where the parking stops are in the grass. The walkway was not designed for the weight of cars and the driveway is needed for fire truck access, if required. For those members that are able to, please park off campus on the side streets, to allow others to park closer to the buildings. If you see someone park in this area, please politely ask them to move. Thanks-Your LTME Team

Friday – April 12

Black Cat Cafe — 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

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 – April 13

Sunday – April  14

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Reflections on Nature and the Environment, by Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM)

In keeping with our April mini-theme of Nature, the service is comprised of a series of “Reflections on Nature and the Environment.” Special
music will also honor views of nature, and several participants will offer their perspectives.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Plan Ahead:

The Egg Hunt is coming! We have plenty of eggs! What we need is volunteers to stuff and hide eggs.

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here

9:30 am in the Community Room Movie Talk: Us

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On April 14, join the movie discussion on Us. Do not avoid this movie based on the perceived horror genre; it is a mystery with a message of morality. Monica Castillo, of RogerEbert.com wrote, “Us is another thrilling exploration of the past and oppression this country is still too afraid to bring up. Peele wants us to talk, and he’s given audiences the material to think, to feel our way through some of the darker sides of the human condition and the American experience.” How can we profess to have “Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part” if we don’t accept we are all “tethered” together? See the movie, then join the discussion through the lens of our UU Principles. We will meet on Sunday, April 14 at 9:30 am in the Community Room (the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center).

Deep Conversation with 1U Board — 11:45 am, Gore Hall

Please join us for the last in our series of Deep Conversations. We will recap the findings and steps taken from the first three Conversations and discuss our involvement with Social Justice. We hope to see you there.

Lofgren Photo Art Show: National Parks — noon-1:00 pm, Classroom A

Stop by to see spectacular photos from Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Great Smokies, Acadia, Bryce, Arches and many more national parks in a repeating 12-minute art slide show. National park photography by Ken and Carolina Lofgren.

History of Women Warriors for Democracy in Central Florida Shown and Told  — 2:00 pm, History Center

A new book, “Warriors for Democracy,” authored by First Unitarian member Ann Patton, will come alive April 14 at the Orange County Regional History Center, in a multimedia presentation about women’s crusades in Central Florida over the past 80 years. The free presentation is sponsored by the History Center and the League of Women Voters of Orange County, Florida. League speakers will don period garb to tell their stories that stretch from the torture of suffragists fighting for women’s vote to the LWV’s visions for tomorrow. Presenters include Linda Chapin, Joy Wallace Dickinson, Lisa Adkins, Carol Davis, and First Unitarian member Joan Erwin. The session is free to the public, but please reserve a seat at TheHistoryCenter.org: “Warriors for Democracy,” 2-4 pm, at the History Center, 65 E. Central, Orlando. Visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. Free parking at the Central Blvd garage. This is the final session in the History Center’s 2019 Brechner speaking series, which focused this year on women’s historic endeavors. (PS – Yes, you can buy copies of Ann’s new book at this event or order at LWVOC.org)  For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org.

Monday – April 15

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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – April 16

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. New member Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. Members will find her contact info in our online directory, or contact the church office.

We are considering adding a class at 9:00 am on Saturdays, if there is sufficient interest. Either contact Katherine directly or call/email the church office (fuco@cfl.rr.com). The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit, so the weekday folks will be encouraged to attend a Saturday class as well.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Please join the Alliance for a potluck lunch this week at noon. The food is always delicious (and nutritious)!

The Annual Meeting of the Alliance (and potluck lunch) will be held on April 30 at 12:00 noon to elect new officers. Officers nominated for the 2019-20 year are:  President – Sharon Durrant, First Vice President (resale shop) – Charlotte Kendall, Recording Secretary – Marylynn Boris, Corresponding Secretary – Pat Spoone, Treasurer – Cathy Spoone.  Thank you for any support you have given. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

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

Wednesday – April 17

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS — 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. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

A Chordia Practice — 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – April 18

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. New member Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. Members will find her contact info in our online directory, or contact the church office.

We are considering adding a class at 9:00 am on Saturdays, if there is sufficient interest. Either contact Katherine directly or call/email the church office (fuco@cfl.rr.com). The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit, so the weekday folks will be encouraged to attend a Saturday class as well.

Mystic Grove R & D: Ritual Book (3rd Thursdays) — 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, EC Room 1

Come help Mystic Grove organize 17 years of rituals for our 20th anniversary. Our hope for this long-term project is publication for our 20th anniversary. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/448975472173053/.

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

Upcoming Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

April’s sermon theme will be Nature

April 21 – Easter Sunday

Missed a Sunday?

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

Special Update Letter From 1U Board Online

The Board Update is now available online here. It includes status reports on Deep Conversations, Fundraising options, work of the Safety Committee (Safety Plan Link here), and the 1U Web Site.

Hearts & Hands Auction Update

In addition to the fun evening had by 1U members and friends, over $19,000 gross was brought in from the combined live and silent auctions!

Thanks go to the leadership by all involved, including Karen Ramburg who got us started, then Linnea Nelson who served as the Chair, filled in by Carolina Lofgren when Linnea was not available. Carolina and Ken Lofgren handled facilities, including figuring out how to display all the terrific Silent Auction items in VERY LIMITED space. Outstanding volunteers moved items here, there and everywhere to help make everything fit and findable–NO easy task!  Charlotte Kendall and Linda Piantieri coordinated all the tasty food and beverages, and their team got it ready and out where needed throughout the evening. Lively bartenders served adult beverages in style and safety.  Volunteers led by Linda Piantieri decorated so that every room was welcoming and interesting.  Lindsay Stroh, Steph Garber and their volunteers obtained donation commitments from both members and businesses in our community, and they were successful to the tune of 400 items for sale! Suzanne Oberholtzer did all the beautiful artwork, including designing the teriffic logo, and also worked with others in facilitating communications…always a challenge in a project this enormous.

Finally, thanks to each 1U member and friend!  Whether you were a volunteer, a donor, or a buyer,  you helped make a difference! Send suggestions for changes to next year’s auction to auction@orlandouu.org. Any wish you care to share will be saved and considered for greater success next time. If you are sending a check to the auction to pay for missed items, please write “AUCTION” in the memo line.

May 18 — Investing 101 Seminar, 9:00-11:30 am, Gore Hall Room A

Improve your knowledge of investing basics at this interactive seminar sponsored by your Endowment Board. Short videos will be shown and discussed. Topics include:  Stocks, bonds, mutual and exchange-traded funds, asset allocation, IRAs, 401k’s, robo advisers, etc. Michael Cohen and Mike Haddad will lead the discussion. To reserve, send an email to Endowment@OrlandoUU.org or sign up at Gaby’s table on Sundays.

Can You Do a Library Catalog Search? Use PowerPoint to Make Slide Shows?

If you can do either, the Words for All Ages Team could use your hep. You can help search for Easy Reader/Early Reader books that might fit a sermon theme, then review the books and submit best options to the minister. Or, you could be one of those who photograph the pages of the selected book and plug those pics into PowerPoint slides and a script into the notes section of the slides. (Or both, if you wish.) If you’d like to help, or have further questions, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org.

Caroline Gore Legacy Society Recognition

The Caroline Gore Legacy Society seeks to honor people who have contributed to the 1U Endowment and to encourage others to follow their example. Anyone who donates $2,500 or who has arranged for (or made) a bequest to the Endowment Fund is eligible for recognition. Each year, at the Annual Meeting, new Society members are recognized and their names are added to the Society’s roll on the Endowment’s webpage. If you have newly-qualified and would like to be recognized, please notify Julia Chinnock, in person or at endowment@orlandouu.org.

Dinner with Friends April 27  (Signup deadline:  April 20)

Dinners will be held around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org, sign up via this online form, or visit Gaby’s table. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members.

1U Community Garden Work Event April 28

A work event for the 1U Community Garden has been set for Sunday, April 28 from 5:00-7:00 pm. All are welcome to come enjoy the space, learn about the plants and permaculture as well as get your hands dirty with a few projects. We will be planting a couple more trees and some herbs, mulching, finishing the paver path to the interior and possibly installing a bench. Looking forward to seeing you there. Your 1U Garden Team

Dancing at Beltaine – Expressing Divine Love May 4

Join Melissa Baker and Marna Rasmussen for the third in their series of workshops which nurtures the cycle of our lives along with the celebration of the changing seasons… the seeds we planted are coming into bloom and tender blossoms are dancing in the light. (While it helps to have attended one of our Seeds of Intention workshops, it is not necessary. Reach out to Melissa@BeeAuthentic.Me for pre-work.) The session will run 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (9:30am registration), in the Assembly Room.

Beltaine is a cross-quarter holiday on the Celtic calendar. It is the mid-point between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and celebrates the sensuality and fertility of Mother Earth. Each of these events include a mindful deep dive into the intentions we hope to manifest this year, a creative / art project, and some kind of physical activity that resonates with the energy of the season.

This workshop is all about self-love and nurturing the love that resides within. Our homework is to consider the words we use when we face our own reflection. What does that inner dialogue sound like? Write it down and bring it with you for processing and healing. Come dance with us (literally… there will be a lesson)!

Registration begins at 9:30am. Supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Please dress for comfort and bring your own beverage (water, coffee, and tea provided) and your journal, if you’d like to write about what comes up for you. The cost for this event is $65 per person / $50 for Members of 1U – Sponsored by 1U Pastoral Associates. Cash at Registration or Paypal. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP only if you can commit to the full day.

Share the Plate Update

Our next Shared Plate collection will be Easter Sunday, April 21, when we’ll focus attention on the work of IDignity. IDignity was created to help the disadvantaged in Central Florida navigate the complexities and financial burden of obtaining the legal documentation that the State of Florida requires to obtain an ID or license. Founded in 2008 by members of five downtown Orlando churches, IDiginity hosts monthly “Identification Clinics” in which volunteers and government partners help qualified individuals apply for the personal documents needed to obtain work and housing, such as birth certificates, Social Security cards, and driver’s licenses. The documents IDignity obtains for its clients give them the freedom to apply for work or school, gain access to shelters, seek help from social service programs, open a bank account or cash a check, secure permanent housing, or overcome many other obstacles to self-sufficiency.

Children and Youth Ministries Needs Teachers for Spring!

The dates are April 21, April 28, May 5, May 12, May 19, and/or May 26. You can help out one Sunday or all of them! You do not have to have children in the program to participate. Here’s how to help: first, decide if you’d like to work with ages 4-7, 8-12, 12-18, or a mixture. Second, decide what level of commitment you can provide. Also, decide if you want to be involved in planning the weekly sessions or just implementing them. Finally, contact Jess with your interest decisions and best contact info: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Here are the topics, and only 10 sessions will be chosen from each curriculum:

Treasure Hunting with ages 4-7 
This curriculum contains 34 sessions to choose from. Overall, it is an enabling device to encourage exploration of children’s worries, fears, hopes, wanderings and loves, so that they may gain knowledge of themselves, others, and their Unitarian Universalist faith. The primary goal of the teacher is to create an atmosphere of acceptance and mutuality. As teachers, we create this atmosphere in part by our willingness to share the joys and pains of our own lives.

Riddle and Mystery with ages 8-12
This curriculum contains 16 sessions to choose from. The fist three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do you we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten include basic life inquiries like: Does God exist? What happens when we die? The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?

A Place of Wholeness with ages 12-18
This curriculum contains 12 sessions to choose from. It is an opportunity to examine their faith journeys to better understand themselves int he context of Unitarian Universalism. There are several overarching themes that structure this program. Wholeness- the primary theme- is defined as the way in which our Unitarian Universalist “outsides” match our Unitarian Universalist “insides” by understanding, professing, and living our faith. Wholeness is also important in the sense that each person is integral to the wholeness of the Unitarian Universalist community.

Caring Circle 

Members of the Caring Circle (CC) offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Those who volunteer to be Monthly Coordinators 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 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., during a member’s period of recuperation. Please contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about, and for each other. CC contact for April is Jenny Lockington, who also may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

  Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

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 churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!

Plan Ahead

April 19 — Teaching Craft Circle: Paper Stationary and Journal Buffet, 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Meet for crafting and fellowship fun!  In collaboration with the 1U Young Adult group, we are theming this month’s “craft buffet” around stationary and journals. We will be unpacking and exploring an InkyBoxy from Cratejoy, checking out new and old journal books with writing and drawing prompts, trying on some coloring books and doodles, and making greeting cards. Come explore and send a loved one a refreshing card in the mail. Cost: $5.00 to help replenish art supplies. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/387354815156607/.

April 20 — 1U at Earth Day, Lake Eola, 10:00 am-6:00 pm

For many years, 1U has had a booth at Orlando’s Earth Day event, thanks to Charlie Behrens’ and Rev. Kathy’s leadership. Our presence has provided a wonderful opportunity to put our values in action, and spread the word about 1U. This Earth Day, without Charlie shepherding our participation, we need everyone to step up. Volunteers are needed throughout the day to chat with interested festival attendees about our beloved 1U, welcome them to visit a worship service, offer them literature, etc. It is very informal and an ideal event to share our welcoming faith.

To sign up as a coordinator or table volunteer visit this online page; reach Program Assistant Gaby Ortega at programassistant1u@gmail.com or at 407-898-3621; or visit Gaby’s table in Gore Hall after Sunday worship.

April 22 — RUUM Social: Lunch and Guitar Recital — 10:30 am Orlando Science Center Tour, followed by lunch at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

RUUM (Retired Unitarian Universalist Men) is having its next social activity today:  a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Orlando Science Center. Following the tour we will lunch at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, in Winter Park. RUUM is open to retired members and friends of 1U. We hold one regular informal meeting at 11:30 am for about 1.5 hours on the first Thursday of every month in the 1U Assembly Room. We bring our lunches, enjoy camaraderie, and chat informally around the table. We share what is happening in our lives, discuss business, and schedule of off-campus social activities which usually occur during the third week of each month. Most of us are members or friends of 1U and participation in our social activities is sometimes open to wives and partners. We invite you to join us.  If you want more information just email RUUM@orlandouu.org to the attention of Craig Alig, or just drop in to one of our meetings.

May 10 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

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.

May 13 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

May 20 — 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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

June 2 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Make an appointment by going to oneblood.org and get a cool new OneBlood hat when donating! For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Additional Blood Drive date: July 28.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

From DRUUM — A Call for Nominations (Deadline: May 1)

Are you or someone you know interested in advancing the impact and power of Unitarian Universalism by and for people of color? If so, consider submitting an application to join the DRUUMM Steering Committee as we continue to make Unitarian Universalism a truly liberative faith. Applications are due by Wednesday, May 1 for the following positions: Vice-President (President Elect), Secretary, Membership & Outreach Co-Coordinator, and General Assembly (GA) Co-Coordinator. Follow this link to access the application and to learn more about responsibilities of each position.

Ongoing Activities, Donations and Volunteering  Resources can be found here on the First Unitarian Web site

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Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org