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Weekly Update – April 18, 2019

Weekly Update – April 18, 2019

News Flash!

Saturday: 1U at Earth Day on Lake Eola

Details in Saturday – April 20

and,

1U Annual Congregational Meeting: May 19

Details in Plan Ahead for May 19

 

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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 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/.

Saturday – 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. Questions: reach Program Assistant Gaby Ortega at programassistant1u@gmail.com or at 407-898-3621.

Sunday – April  21

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Easter, by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

What is Easter for Unitarian Universalists? Since we don’t hold with the mainstream culture’s emphasis on the supernatural, what can we  celebrate? Rev. Dr. Janet will offer some perspectives on ways liberal religious people can find meaning in the holiday–and maybe even celebration.

Our Shared Plate collection today will focus on the work of IDignity. Founded in 2008 by members of five downtown Orlando churches, IDignity 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. Please give generously to help those without identification regain the credentials most of us are fortunate enough to take for granted!

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 and The Egg Hunt!

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!

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

No Adult RE offering today.

Plan Ahead:

May 12 — 9:30 am in the Community Room Movie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On May 12 join the movie discussion on LittleLittle is a body swap comedy that poses questions: Are justice, equity and compassion for everyone or just for adults?  In our search for truth, can we find answers in our past? See the movie, then join the discussion through the lens of our UU Principles. (Note: the Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center).

Book Group: Pagan Voices Class 4 — 12:00-2:00pm, Room 1

This 6-session book group meets on 3rd Sundays in Room 1 after coffee hour and read the selection of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need the Pagan Voices book to drop-in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text. This month’s selection: Hosted by Mary M.  We will look at “Drumbeats in the Sanctuary” by Carole Etzler Eagleheart and “Earth Song: Pagan Chant in UU Churches” by Nacy Vedder-Shults. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/615988925507842/.

Monday – 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.

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) Regular Monthly Meeting  — 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

Bring your own lunch, and share in the fellowship. This group is a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available.Typically meetings are on the 4th Monday of the month. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

Tuesday – April 23

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 work on the resale shop in the morning and lunch at noon.

The Annual Meeting of the Alliance (and potluck lunch) will be held on April 30 at 12:00 noon to elect new officers. The new membership year starts in May, at $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple (look for Shirley and her crown in May). Thank you for supporting the Alliance in the past year. 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 24

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 25

Dinner with Friends Signup deadline Today (Note the date of the dinner event has been moved to Saturday, June 1)

Dinners will be held June 1 around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org or sign up via this online form. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members. Sign up deadline is today!

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

Annual Congregational Meeting — Sunday, May 19, 12:00 Noon, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, the 1U annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund.  Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. Documents related to the meeting, including the Meeting Agenda; Proposed Budget for FY2020; Draft Minutes from the congregational meeting held October 14, 2018; and, the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies can be viewed by clicking on this link. A light lunch will be provided.  Childcare will be available.

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.

Hearts & Hands Auction Appreciation

The Board adds its thanks and congratulations for the financial, social and spiritual success delivered by and through each 1U member and friend!  Whether one of the hundreds of volunteers, donors or buyers,  you helped make a difference! Please send suggestions for improvements to next year’s auction to auction@orlandouu.org.

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

April’s sermon theme will be Nature

April 28 – Generational Reflections, honoring members in their 50s and 40s

This series of Generational Reflections sermons continues with homilies by congregants in their 50’s and 40’s.  There are many of them: they’re the Baby Boomers!  Platform shoes, bell-bottom pants, and tie-dyed shirts! Do they now trust people over 30?  See you in church.

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

Children and Youth Ministries Needs Teachers for Spring!

The dates are 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 26 — Mystic Grove Moon Circle: Heart Chakra, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Moon Circles are Closed Circles limited to 10 adults at a time. This allows the Moon Circles to provide a safe space for listening, sharing, and fostering deeper connections. (Childcare is not provided.) We are studying Chakras this block and continue with the Heart Chakra. There are still spots in this class. Show up or email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/603465433451958/.

April 28 — 1U Community Garden Work Event

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

May 4 — Dancing at Beltaine – Expressing Divine Love 

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.

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 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.

May 19 — 1U Annual Congregational Meeting, 12:00 Noon, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, the 1U annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund.  Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. Documents related to the meeting, including the Meeting Agenda; Proposed Budget for FY2020; Draft Minutes from the congregational meeting held October 14, 2018; and, the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies can be viewed by clicking on this link. A light lunch will be provided.  Childcare will be available.

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 1 — Dinner with Friends  (Signup deadline:  April 25)

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, or sign up via this online form. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members.

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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