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Weekly Update – April 4, 2019

Weekly Update – April 4, 2019

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Friday: Setup for Hearts and Hands Service Auction

Details in Friday – April 5


Saturday: Hearts and Hands Auction

Details in Saturday – April 6


Blood Drive

Details in Sunday – April 7


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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 5

R&D: Holidays and Holy Days (1st Fridays) — 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends help CUUPS curriculum team develop “Holy Days and Holidays” for UU Ministers. Want to help educate ministers about your Pagan or Earth Centered path? Bring your list of holidays and holy days and contribute to the compilation! The goal is publication for General Assembly in June 2019. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/259535654750862/.

9th Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat  — April 5-7, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center

Join an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.

Saturday – April 6

Rehearsal for Wheel of the Year Service— 11:00-1:00 pm, Sanctuary

Mystic Grove practices for the April 7 multi-generational celebration service. We could use some “extra eyes” to help in these areas:  time the segment bits and sit in various pews for visibility notes.  Two to four helpers would be welcome. Did you want to learn the songs in advance? They are posted online at https://www.facebook.com/events/2664552170285908/. For more info email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Hearts and Hands Service Auction — 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Please be sure to join us at 5:30 pm. If you’ve not yet reserved a spot, you can pay at the door!  The price is $20 and includes appetizers, soft drinks, entertainment, loads of great items to bid on, plus opportunities to visit with many of your 1U friends! Remember to bring cash or checks for Adult Beverages, the 50/50 Raffle and the Heads and Tails Game. Your silent and live auction purchases may be paid for with credit card, cash or check.

Website link: https://www.orlandouu.org/hearts-and-hands-a-service-auction-and-more/. The list of items  you can bid on at the Hearts & Hands Auction is now on the website. Click here to view the list and other details about the auction!

Some items may possibly not be purchased, since there have been so many generous donations. We would like to try to sell any remaining items on Sunday morning if the donor has no objection. Or, if your item is not sold, you are welcome to pick it up on Sunday. After Sunday, when we see what is left, the Alliance may add the items to their store inventory. Items remaining on April 12 will be donated to a charity. Questions? auction@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – April  7

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(s): June 2, July 28.

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

The Pagan Wheel of the Year by Mystic Grove

Regardless of one’s theological orientation – humanist, theist, Buddhist, pagan – there is often an unspoken encounter with an unseen order. Today’s celebratory service draws on our 6th source as our own Mystic Grove takes us on a trip around “The Pagan Wheel of the Year.” We explore one possible way to bring order to our spiritual practice while connecting to the cycle of the seasons.

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 join in service – Mystic Grove has invited the Children and Youth to stay in the sanctuary to attend The Wheel of the Year service. We will be participating in a flower parade through the congregation and have front row seats reserved for the remainder of the service.

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, as well as non-food items to stuff inside eggs. Items need to be delivered to the nursery by today, April 7.

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

9:30 am in the Community Room – No offering today.

Plan Ahead:

April 14 – 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).

Continuing the Dream: Answering Budget Questions Session — 11:45 am, Gore Hall Classroom B 

It’s the time of year to renew our commitment to this beloved community and each other. Have questions about our budget? How we generate our income and where the money goes? Please join representatives of the Finance Committee and Board for an in-depth discussion of the budget today.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:00 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to ourexperience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at:  https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com. Here is a video for you to view before our meeting.  Please join us whether or not you have time to view the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SZM9ZlUiiM&feature=youtu.be.

Mystic Grove First Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:00-2:00 pm, Gore Hall Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. 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, worshiping, serving and fellowship. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/287616195229450/. 

First Sunday Fellowship — Times and Locations Vary

A new month is almost here, which means another chance to get together and enjoy other 1U friends. Sunday, April 7, 2019, is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group that is of interest to you… get to know more folks in the congregation! Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact Kathy (Fellowship@orlandouu.org) if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area.

Monday – April 8

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.

Tuesday – April 9

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

Come join in the Alliance activity. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30. The officers meet the first Tuesday of the month at 11:00 and all members meet over a bag lunch at 12:00 noon. A potluck lunch is held the third Tuesday of the month at 12:00.

The Annual Meeting of the Alliance (and potluck lunch) will be held on April 30 at noon to elect new officers. Officer nominations 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.

Aging Support Group Monthly Meeting – 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A 

A group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.

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 10

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 11

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.

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

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, and the 1U Web Site.

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 or visit Gaby’s table. A link for the latest signup form will be available shortly. 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

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 14, 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 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.

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.

Join the Words for All Ages Production Team

The WFAA Production Team is a 2-level group of people:

First level folks take the sermon topic or theme and conduct a search for Easy Reader/Early Reader books that might fit that theme. The search usually starts online with a straight query of keywords to a search engine (“Easy Reader books about learning from elders”.) The listings that come up are briefly evaluated and sometimes briefly researched further to winnow down the options. Then the options list is researched in the online catalogs of local libraries. If the deadline is short, the books are picked up asap. If not, they are (at least in the case of the Orange County library system) requested to be mailed, or at least held for pickup. The books secured are passed along for processing to the second level folks.

Second level folks review the books and submit the best option or couple of options to the minister. Once approved, each book is photographed in double-page shots. Those pics are imported into slides for a WFAA slide show. The script for the story is typed into the notes section of the slides, or into a script document that is printed out to guide the AV team to use in running the slide show.

If you’d like to play a part in any step of this process, or have further questions, contact Karla Kizzort at eblastmanager@orlandouu.org.

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 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.

April 14 — 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.

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.

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 a new coordinator/s to step up.

Coordinator(s) tasks:

See that the church’s tent, table and chairs are delivered to Lake Eola, and then set up by volunteers.
At the end of the day, see that the same are taken down, packed up, and eventually delivered back to the church.
Provide volunteers with materials about 1U, encouragement, and be on hand as backup.
Find an activity or object to engage children to stop at booth (Ex, bean bag game). Other ideas welcome!
Coordinate Volunteers who are also 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, visit our Program Assistant Gaby Ortega’s table in Gore Hall after Sunday worship, or email Gaby at programassistant1u@gmail.com or by phone 407-898-3621.

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.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

April 14 — History Center’s Brechner Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy.”

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters in support of the League’s celebration of historic events that begins in 2019 and culminates with the centennial of women’s right to vote in 2020. The presentation is free and takes places 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Discounted parking available at Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center program details visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org. The final session of the series is titled “The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” and will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers.

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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