Weekly Update, April 9, 2020
We are gathering online only during the stay-at-home order.
In-person events scheduled in later months may be canceled or postponed.
Please stay tuned.
1U This Sunday, April 12
Worship — 10:30 am, Online via Zoom and Facebook Live
Rising Into the Day, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
Even in these days, we rise to hope and joy on this Easter Sunday.
Two ways to see the service live:
1. Service will stream on Facebook Live, on page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando.
2. Use Zoom link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/634316443
Video will remain posted on https://www.orlandouu.org
NEW! Fellowship Following Worship — 11:30 am, Via Zoom
Join us for a virtual time of fellowship after the virtual service. Chat with others online in breakout rooms. Note: You need a password only available in the text of the emailed eblast.
Children & Youth Religious Education
As we navigate face-to-face isolation, we are trying new ways to stay connected. We have a special Easter Virtual Religious Education this week. Events for parents, children and youth include a Wednesday Evening Zoom. Be sure to check your email and Facebook for the most recent news and group video calls. After the Easter Service this Sunday your family is welcome to do all or part of this week’s at-home, virtual RE lesson at 1U Virtual RE 4.12.2020. We are pausing our series on Love Surrounds Us to have a lesson focusing on the story of Easter.
Social Distancing UU Style
Our 1U children and youth have been busy with Easter projects. They are making cards and coloring eggs. Stuffed rabbits are making frequent appearances. Our UU kids are FaceTiming with each other, taking online acting and dancing classes, cooking dinner, mastering computer programming, learning to ride bicycles, creating art and recreating art.
UU Movie Talk — 9:30 am, Online via Zoom, Movie: The Way Back
Today 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 scheduled for Easter Sunday 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. The pandemic will not force us to cancel our monthly Movie Talk. We will meet virtually.
Step one – watch the movie, The Way Back. You can stream it from Amazon, cost $19.99.
Step two – Kathleen Smee (firstname.lastname@example.org)will send you a link for our Zoom call along with a step-by-step “how to.”
Step three – at 9:30 am we will talk in our Zoom Room. If you haven’t received the Zoom link, email Kathleen Smee at email@example.com
Your Care Team
During these trying times, as always, your Care Team stands ready to help you and stay connected. 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 for information if you need help or to participate in this ministry.
The Caring Circle offers kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives by providing rides to 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.
Joys and Concerns
To share your joys or concerns please contact Gaby Cabrera at programsassistant1U@gmail.com. Rev. Sam will mention in worship (using only first names for privacy since the video is accessible to the public), with a listing in each week’s e-blast.
This week we are grateful for all the front-line workers who help us in the community: health care workers, grocery (and other) store staff, carry-out restaurant staff, emergency and first responders of all types.
We remember all those who are anxious and worried in these days. Especially those in Orlando and elsewhere who are ill from the virus or have loved ones who are ill.
Fran Roberson recently fell, hit her head and has been dizzy. She asks for no phone calls but would delight in greeting cards mailed to her home.
Coming Now Through Next Week
Saturday – April 4
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
Family Connection & Support Group — 5:00 pm, Online via Zoom
Parents, kids and youth welcome. Join us on your work or school evening break. Bring a craft or something you have been working on for a “show and tell”!
Online Drop-In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm, Via Zoom
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.
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/5812270111?
Spirit Rising-Generosity Team Update
A big Thank You to all who have pledged! 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!
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
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).
What Can 1U’s Gardeners Do to Help You?
The garden is currently a vibrant and happy place: lots of things growing. The Religious Education Easter egg hunt was scheduled for Sunday in the garden, but because we can’t congregate, that’s been scrubbed. But if your family, individually, wants to come for a visit, you’d be most welcome. (Gotta provide your own eggs, though.)
Food available in the garden: Currently there’s not much to pick in the raised beds, but that’ll start changing in the next 30 days. We’ve planted tomatoes, peppers, green beans, cucumbers, salad greens, watermelon, zucchini and eggplant. Watch for updates.
In the perma-garden some papayas will be ready soon. Every day there’s Brazilian spinach, nasturtiums and other leafy greens for you to pick and take home for salads or additions to other dishes. Stop by on your way to the store, or as you go to or leave work. Bring a bag and knife.
Looking to start a garden? Let us know how we can help. Contact Rene Stutzman (contact info in 1U Online Member Directory).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 17 — BYO Craft or Coloring Craft Circle Online
Hang out with some of the Mystic Grove teachers and BYO craft, or draw. Want a printable? Some of us are working on selections from https://www.favecrafts.com/Papercrafts/Printable-Free-Coloring-Pages-for-Adults-free-eBook You can share your highlights and lowlights of the week amid simple fellowship. Email email@example.com no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details.
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.
April 23 — Virtual Bonfire Fellowship
Gather around the “virtual bonfire” with your device to share your stories, readings, songs, and check in. This is a pop-up event. Email firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details.
May 10 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot
Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities
Unitarian Universalist Service Commttee (UUSC) Responds to Current Pandemic
As the UUSC responds promptly to worldwide times of crisis, they have again stepped forward to lead in responding to needs created by the Coronavirus pandemic. Although UUSC’s Cambridge staff is working remotely, they are continuing to work with grassroots partners to serve communities who are most at risk, especially given that the pandemic is exacerbating existing inequalities around the world. With that in mind, they are repurposing funding and programming to respond to the health crisis as needed and advised by partners on the ground. For example, partners in the South Pacific are now using a portion of UUSC funding to provide translation services so that all communities, including First and Indigenous ones, have access to the latest information on the pandemic and recommended hygiene protocols. In the U.S. and Mexico, where asylum-seekers, deportees, and migrants living in refugee camps and shelters are without adequate shelter for social distancing and medical care to survive COVID-19, UUSC is working with partners to cover the costs of food, medicine, cleaning supplies, and other basic survival necessities to combat the precarious situation. For the UUSC to carry out these vital functions requires funds. If you wish to support their good work, please go to https://www.uusc.org/ways-to-give/
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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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen