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Weekly Update, April 30

Weekly Update, April 30

We are gathering online only during the stay-at-home order.

In-person events scheduled in May and later months may be canceled or postponed. Please stay tuned.

1U This Sunday, May 3

Worship — 10:30 am, Online via Zoom and Facebook Live

New Doors Opening; Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

Growing up means opening new doors and walking across thresholds. Join us as we celebrate the end of the program year with our youngest UUs. We also celebrate a bridging ceremony for our graduating seniors.

Service streamed at 10:30 am: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo will remain posted on https://www.orlandouu.org

After-Worship Events:

11:30 am — Informal Fellowship with this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137. You need the password sent in the email e-blast on Friday.

12 Noon — Q & A Session on 2020-2021 Budget, Online via Zoom. E-mail financecommittee@orlandouu.org (and date of session you want) for a Zoom link

At the May 17 Congregational Meeting, members of the congregation will approve the budget for fiscal year 2021, which begins July 1. The budget is available on the church website as part of the 2020 May Annual Congregational Meeting Packet. The Finance Committee is hosting a series of budget Q&A sessions via Zoom to provide members with information about how the budget was constructed, assumptions made during the process, and reasons behind some of the decisions that were made. In addition to today’s session, other sessions will be:

Tuesday May 5 – 7:00 pm

Thursday May 7- 12:00 Noon

Sunday May 10 – 9:30 am

Children & Youth Religious Education


As we navigate face-to -face isolation, we are trying new ways to stay connected. We have Virtual Religious Education this week plus events for parents, children and youth including a Wednesday evening Zoom and Sunday afternoon Youth Group. Check your email and Facebook for the most recent news and group video calls. Be sure to “attend” our service today honoring our Children and Youth. Today also marks the end of the official RE program year. Stay tuned for fun virtual events throughout May and the launch of summer RE programming in June.

After the  Service today, your family is welcome to do all or part of this week’s at-home, virtual RE lesson. This virtual RE will wrap up the Love Surrounds Us series with a lesson on Inclusion. All lessons will be available on the website for families to use while we go on a programming break for the rest of May.

Youth Group Covenant Group & Check-In — 3:00 pm

Our final Youth Group session for this RE year is a Game Day. Teens, tweens and children of all ages (plus parents) are welcome to attend.

Social Distancing UU Style

The service today is “Religious Education Sunday.” Growing up means opening new doors and walking across thresholds. Join us as we celebrate the success of our RE year and honor our graduating youth with a bridging ceremony as they transition to adulthood. Social distancing means this will be a virtual ceremony, but it will not diminish our admiration for the accomplishments of our youngest 1U adults.

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12 Noon, Online with Zoom

The Mystic Grove is First Unitarian Church of Orlando’s Covenant of UU Pagans chapter. It was organized in 2001 for the purpose of creating a Pagan community within the framework of Unitarian Universalism. To achieve that purpose, the Mystic Grove focuses on the areas of learning, teaching, worshipping, serving and fellowship. The monthly meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details.

Your Care Team

Your Care Team stands ready to help you and stay connected during these times. We are composed of two 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 efforts to church members experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes by providing rides to medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. Contact Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org until May 4, after which Jenny Lockington will be back in town to become the May contact for any CC concerns for the rest of the month. Note: is someone in your family graduating high school or college this year? Please let us know so the Caring Circle can honor them in a special 1U way.

Joys and Concerns

To share your joys or concerns please contact Gaby Cabrera at programassistant1U@gmail.com

Jenny Lockington is in Kansas City helping her mother through surgery after a fall. Jenny plans to return to Orlando May 3.

Joe Donatone graduates from Iliff School of Theology in Denver with a Master of Divinity degree June 4. He is completing his ministerial internship at TriCounty UU in Summerfield and will go home to Ohio to start his search process for next year as a candidate for UU ministry. You may send congratulations to TriCounty UUs, P.O. Box 829, Summerfield, FL 34492.

We remember all those who are helping others, and those who need help in these days.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – May 1

Saturday – May 2

Beltane Celebration — 7:00 pm, Online with Zoom

Join us in celebrating Beltane online! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: bright red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, etc. Gather at 6:45, Ritual at 7:00, online potluck dinner at 8:00. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details.

Wednesday – May 6

Family Connection & Support Group — 5:00 pm, Online via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. We have been exploring our interconnected web with the laughter of  youth, children and parents. Join us for a virtual virtual color scavenger hunt. How does this work?  If Sarah says “yellow” we will all rush about our homes to find something yellow!

Online Drop-In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm, via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5812270111

Are you 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.

Other News

Upcoming Sunday Services

May Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of THRESHOLDS?

Completing the Dream Sanctuary Renovation Update 

MPaul and their contractors have been busy since February. Planning is nearly complete and we have all the necessary permits. We expect renovations to start this month with an estimated completion of late July. If the contingency funds are not needed for the primary renovation of the roof and A/C, we added a few improvements to our wish list: better sound in the Sanctuary and upgrades to the lighting, bathrooms and foyer. These will be done on a priority basis without going over budget.

A big thank you to all who have pledged and already donated your money. We’ve collected over 80% of the pledged amount and are hoping we’ll not need a loan from the Endowment Board. If it’s possible to pay on your outstanding pledge, that would be most helpful! If you have any questions, we will be setting up some Zoom calls, or feel free to contact a member of the team. Thank you! — Dan Homblette, John Hartgering, August Calabrese and Karen Ramberg.

Free Vegetables in the 1U Garden: Come Pick Them

Ready to pick now in the 1U Garden raised beds: bell peppers, yellow peppers, yellow squash, radishes and leaf lettuce. Bring a bag, bring a knife. Help yourself. We’ve numbered the beds to make finding things easier. Peppers are in beds 3 and 6 (just to the right of the walkway); squash is in bed no. 7 (back row, just left of the walkway); Radishes are inside the blocks of bed 7; and leaf lettuce is in beds 3 and 8 (that last one is the southwest most bed). There are also more than a half dozen fresh herbs, including rosemary, basil, thyme, dill and parsley in the herb bed. Help yourself. And there are always green leafy, edible plants in the perma-garden. In salads or stews or stir fry, try the leaves of nasturtium, katuk, moringa and Brazilian spinach. Our blueberries also are ripening, but there aren’t many. Go look. If you find a purple one, pop it in your mouth. Questions: Contact Rene Stutzman (contact info in 1U Online Member Directory).

Second Harvest is Share-the-Plate for May and June

What tremendous members we have! Our new Second Harvest Food Bank fundraiser total is $11,452.  This is a wonderful gift to the many hungry in our community. We have a new goal of $20,000 and the next 2 months our recipient of the Share the Plate will again be Second Harvest. Please consider giving (again) at https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl, where you will even see we are in SECOND PLACE (ahead of the Orlando Magic!!) of all fund drives on the site!

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

Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

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 the church office 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.

Plan Ahead   

May 10 — Movie Talk: Trolls World Tour, 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. On Sunday, May 10 (Mother’s Day), join the Zoom movie discussion on Trolls World Tour. Our 7th UU Principle reminds us to respect the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. Poppy, a magenta-haired troll, says it succinctly :  “You can’t harmonize alone.” Trolls World Tour is streaming “everywhere.” Watch it at home and join the discussion from your home. The Zoom Room information will be shared closer to the May 10 Movie Talk date.

May 14  — Virtual Bonfire Fellowship, 7:00 pm, Online with Zoom

Gather around the “virtual bonfire” with your device to share your stories, readings, songs, and check in. This is a pop-up event. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details.

May 17 — 1U Annual Congregational Meeting

Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held virtually today at 11:45 am. All members of record are expected to participate.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

May 3 — Unitarian Universalist Service Commttee (UUSC) Update, 1:00 pm, via Zoom

Please join a live Zoom question and answer session with UUSC’s President and CEO, Rev. Mary Katherine Morn, and other UUSC staff. You are invited to ask any questions you may have and hear updates about UUSC’s current work. Register at https://www.uusc.org/register-for-may-3-2020-uusc-event/

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