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Weekly Update, April 2, 2020

Weekly Update, April 2, 2020

1U This Sunday, April 5

Worship — 10:30 am, Only on Facebook Live

Leaning into the Wind, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

There’s two different ways of looking at the world. You can walk on the path, or you can walk through the hedge,” says artist Andy Goldsworthy. These days we’re all walking through the hedge. Doing so is changing our point of view.

NOW there are two ways to see the service live:

Service will stream on Facebook Live, on page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando.

Or use Zoom link : https://uuma.zoom.us/j/614366813

Video posted on  https://www.orlandouu.org 

Children & Youth Religious Education

Connecting — As we navigate face-to-face isolation, we are trying new ways to stay connected. We have Virtual Religious Education Sessions and Youth Covenant Group scheduled for this week. Events for parents, children and youth include a Wednesday Lunch Zoom and Sunday evening Harry Potter Popcorn Theology. Be sure to check your email and Facebook for the most recent news and group video calls.

After the Service your family is welcome to do all or part of this week’s at-home, virtual RE lesson at  1U Virtual RE 4.5.2020. We will continue our  series of lessons on Love Surrounds Us with a focus on Sharing.

3:00 p.m: Youth Group Covenant Group & Check-In

Teens and parents are welcome to attend. This week our focus topic is Worship. How do you experience worship? What feeds your soul other than community worship? To connect, go to  https://zoom.us/j/713485920. Can’t make it? You can still do the session as a family later in the week. Get it at   https://tinyurl.com/1uyouthgroup04-05-2020

 7:30 p.m: Harry Potter Popcorn Theology

Our Harry Potter discussion will continue with Deathly Hallows part 2. Where do we draw the line of nonviolence when it comes to social justice? And how far does the web of interdependence stretch? This discussion is open to ANYONE…teens, adults, and even those who don’t attend UU. If you are or know a Potter fan, let us know, we’ll send you the Zoom link!

Social Distancing UU Style

Our 1U children and youth have been busy sewing face masks for local hospitals using the pattern from the American Sewing Guild Orlando chapter. They have been preparing for Easter by making Easter cards and Easter masks. They are outside learning to bike, cleaning pools, hiking, camping, going on “bear hunts” looking for stuffed bears in windows and chalking inspirational pictures and messages on sidewalks. Indoors they are doing online learning, building with Lego and getting accepted to college.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting — Noon-2:00 pm, Online

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Everyone is welcome to attend the 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. A short fellowship time to follow – BYO snack to your computer screen! Connection details at https://tinyurl.com/MGMeetingApril2020

Coming Now Through Next Week

Saturday – April 4

Charades Online

Mystic Grove “stress club” lunch has changed from in-person to online. Last week we brought our lunch or snacks to our devices and had a hoot playing “Pictionary” together on Zoom. This week we try out “Charades.” Will it work? Will it be weird? Let’s find out and de-stress together. You can also share your highlights and lowlights of the week in safe space.  Connection details at https://tinyurl.com/MGCharades04042020

Wednesday – April 8

Family Connection & Support Group — Noon, Online via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. Join us on your work or school lunch break. Bring a craft or something you have been working on for a “show and tell!”

Zoom Drop In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm,

In this time of COVID-19, are you needing a little extra support? A little connection? Even 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.

Join Zoom Meeting online at https://zoom.us/j/5812270111

Or call in with One Tap Mobile:

+16465588656,,5812270111# US (New York)

+13126266799,,5812270111# US (Chicago)

Or call in either number below and enter meeting code: 5812270111:

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)

Other News

Spirit Rising-Generosity Team Update

A big Thank You to all who have pledged! If you haven’t pledged, a reminder letter will be going out next week. If you are ready to pledge now the directions can be found on Facebook or the web page Spirit Rising-Generosity Campaign. We realize in these difficult times that some of us may not be able to give as much and some may be able to give more. We are grateful for all you do and please keep in mind, every pledge makes a difference!

From Your Care Team (Pastoral Care Associates and Caring Circle)

Covid-19 Care Plan: If you would like to sign up to be a phone or e-mail buddy, please contact PastoralCare@orlandouu.org or CaringCircle@orlandouu.org and let us know:

(1) if you can help another, or

(2) if you would like some help for yourself.

We want everyone to know during these unusual times that we can stay in touch with each other since we are a community that cares about and for each other.

To Make Offerings

Here are convenient ways for you to continue your generosity during this time:

1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.

Text – Simply 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. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend!

April Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of LIBERATION?

April 12 – ONLINE via FaceBook Live and Zoom: “Rising into the Day,” Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister, with Sarah Gray and Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. Even in these days, we rise to hope and joy on this Easter Sunday.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Multigenerational Space in Enrichment Center Courtyard: Lead Volunteer Wanted

Would you like to see the courtyard in the Enrichment Center transformed into a welcoming space for multigenerations? Are you the kind of person who likes hands-projects? And enjoys supervising volunteers to accomplish projects? We have a plan for the courtyard of the Enrichment Center which includes several features designed to encourage play and movement. This phase of the plan has been funded by a generous contribution from one of our families and we are eager to get started! When additional funding becomes available, the plan will expand to include a wide walkway and benches to encourage interaction. Now we need an individual to transform the plan into reality! Contact Mary Dipboye for more information (phone and email in Member Directory).

Find Solace, Leafy Greens in the 1U Garden

It is peaceful and quiet, especially in the early morning. If you are out for a walk or on the way to the store and need a place to meditate or escape, stop by. Let this lovely, verdant place with herbs, trees, vegetables and buzzing bees soothe you.

Available this week at the 1U Garden: Leafy greens. We’re a “u-pick” operation, so bring a knife and a bag and cut some leaf lettuce and spring salad greens that are planted inside several concrete blocks that border some of our raised beds. Step into the perma-garden just behind. We recommend our Brazilian spinach, but you’ll also find nasturtiums. Both the leaves and blossoms are edible. If you venture outside the garden you’ll find a loquat tree loaded with fruit just outside the southeast corner of the RE complex. Over in the parking lot green space, near the church office – where the signs read “Park here last” – the smaller of two trees is a mulberry bush. Come pick its dark purple berries. They look and taste like blackberries.

Pastoral Associates Listen, Care and Help

Do you need someone to talk to about what’s going on in your life? Someone who will listen and care but not dump advice you don’t need on you? Lay Pastoral Associates are trained listeners who will never tell you what to do … but they will listen, care, and help you sort out your feelings. Please contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org or churchadministrator@orlandouu.org for a trained UU listener from our beloved community. Absolutely confidential!

Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joys, 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 April, contact Jenny Lockington at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org if you need help or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about and for each other.

Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

For March, Joy MCC has asked for donations to help restock their food pantry. Please consider adding something from the list below to your grocery cart. Items can be dropped off in Gore Hall throughout the month.

Fruit cups (individual child sized)

Baby food (NOT formula, no glass please)

Grape or strawberry jelly (no glass please)

Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette at Welcometeam@orlandouu.org

Special Website Member Section

We’ve moved some information on the website into a password-protected member section. There you’ll find the member directory, detailed information on church governance (board, bylaws and approved annual budgets), building and grounds information including the campus safety plan, and volunteer information for religious education. Watch the section’s evolution as it grows to become a rich resource of information for members and leaders of the church. Your directory password works for the new member section. If you don’t have a password and need one, contact webmaster@orlandouu.org.

The Alliance — Meetings Cancelled Until Further Notice

We hope all our members are well and safe and look forward to seeing everyone again when the church campus reopens.  For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Plan Ahead   

April 10 — Black Cat Open Mic Night (This event has been cancelled)

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! Last month there was even an on-stage marriage proposal! All are welcome! $2 donation. For more info email BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org  or go to https://tinyurl.com/blackcatapr2020.

April 12 — Movie Talk, 9:30 am, Online via Zoom

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events–in this case, movies. Join the movie discussion on The Way Back. Embracing our own inherent worth and dignity is a formidable challenge when alcoholism and addiction have lead us on a path to anguish and self-disgust. This movie talk is scheduled for Easter Sunday which connects to the film’s themes of redemption and rebirth. Note: Ben Affleck plays the lead role in this movie based on lessons learned from his own life.

April 20 — Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting, 7:00-9:00 pm

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.

May 10 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot

Please plan to give. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Line up a specific appointment through OneBlood.org. Other dates: July 12, September 6 and November 1.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

UUMFE Species Artwork Grant

UUMFE is excited to announce that a limited number of mini-grants up to $250 are available to help your congregation create its species artwork for this year’s Procession of the Species at the UUA General Assembly (GA) in Rhode Island! To apply for a mini-grant — and to sign up for GA in general — check out this link.

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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org