Weekly Update, August 14
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live
Why Pray? Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
Is prayer ordering the Sacred to do our bidding? Does prayer work? What is prayer?
Service streamed at 10:30 a.m.: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for Zoom. Video on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org
Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Join us for fellowship fun!
Welcome Center for Newcomers — 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Are you new? Would you like to learn more about our congregation? Join us to learn more and ask any questions you may have!
Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
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Children & Youth Religious Education
Our RE programming is on hiatus until September, but the previous weeks’ lessons are still available here. Online fellowship continues with the Family Connection & Support group (Wednesdays at 3) and Dungeons & Dragons (NEW TIME to accommodate school schedules – Thursdays at 5). Email Sarah at REcoordinator@orlandouu.org for more information!
Votes for Women, Votes for All
This weekend a new banner goes up at church facing Robinson Street, marking the centennial for women’s right to vote upon ratification of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution on August 18. The banner will stay up several weeks. Thanks to Rachel Gardiner and Nicki Drumb for the design based on the concept of Joan Erwin, Ann Patton and Joy Dickinson.
Orlandoans and Unitarians were in the vanguard for the vote. In 1913, they formed an Equal Suffrage League and then the Florida Equal Suffrage Association. Both were presided over by the Rev. Mary Safford, instrumental in 1U’s founding. (She had retired to Orlando from Iowa in 1911 at the urging of her friends Mahlon and Caroline Gore, namesake of our Gore Hall.) Safford was a galvanizing force for women’s suffrage in Florida. On August 26 (the centennial of when the 19th Amendment was declared official and since celebrated as Women’s Equality Day) buildings and landmarks across the nation will be lit up in the suffragists’ colors of purple and gold. In Orlando, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Lake Eola fountain will shine for the suffragists. Our banner is part of that tribute, shining a light on Votes for All. For more information contact Ann Patton, email@example.com.
Friday – August 14
Black Cat – 7 p.m – 9 p.m., via Zoom
Are you a performer? Bard, troubador, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool, or appreciative audience member? Join others at the Black Cat Café for a positive experience ONLINE! This Friday we give our new Zoom format a try. Join us! Zoom connection info will appear on the Facebook event page on the day. http://tinyurl.com/blackcataug2020
Tuesday – August 18
Alliance – 11 a.m., via Zoom
The Alliance will hold a Zoom meeting (link will be sent a few days before the meeting). For further information contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday – August 19
WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten — 10:00 a.m., via Zoom
WUURL gathers for weekly “Tea at Ten” chats on all the Wednesdays of the month, EXCEPT for the fourth Wednesday when we meet at 11:30 a.m. Join us for casual check-ins and community. Want to participate but not yet on the WUURL list? Contact email@example.com for information, and to access current Zoom links.
Family Connection & Support Group Online – 3 p.m., via Zoom
Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.
Drop-in Covenant Group – 7 p.m – 8:30 p.m., via Zoom
In this time of COVID-19, are you needing a little extra support?, a little connection?, an opportunity to explore spiritual thoughts? Join this special Drop In Covenant group. You do not need to be currently in a covenant group, anyone is welcome to join us.
Meeting ID: 581 227 0111
Tai Chi Gathers on Sat. August 15, Tues August 18 & Thurs August 20
Tai Chi — 9:00 a.m., Wadeview Park
Tai Chi for Health resumes its Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Ave., just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need gentle exercise, join us. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday – September 13
Movie Talk – 9:30 a.m., via Zoom
The ambitious movie Radioactive (Marie Curie coined the phrase) on Marie’s discoveries of, and the implications for, polonium and radium, should provide more in depth discussion than Jon Stewart’s recent political comedy. It is streaming from several providers including Amazon. After Radioactive, you may want to take Wendy’s suggestion to watch the HBO series on Chernobyl. We will discuss Radioactive during our upcoming Movie Talk. Alas, Zoom did and will continue to boot us off after 40 minutes, but if you log-in again using the same link in this email, you can return to the discussion pronto.
News from the Ministerial Search Committee
All 1U members, friends, visitors, and staff are requested to complete the 1U Congregational Survey to provide the Ministerial Search Committee with valuable information to guide the search. Surveys will be collected August 9 through September 10. Complete the survey on your computer here, or as a PDF you can print, fill out, and mail or hand-deliver to the church here. If you need a hard copy of the survey, to complete it via phone, or to complete it in person with appropriate social distancing, or if you have any questions along the way, contact 1U Search Committee member Elizabeth Horn at email@example.com or 770-769-2442 (call or text).
This survey is an important step in the search process. We need your voice!
Also note the new ‘Minister Search’ tab on the First Unitarian website. Here we will periodically post information on our progress. We will also post a blog now and again from our members on key steps in our process. There will be one posted shortly that tells all about the survey, repeats the link and other information.
Thank you to all who have given so generously! If you have not pledged it is not too late! Any additional pledges will protect our reserves or be put towards our Sanctuary wish list.
To Pledge: Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
To Donate: Please send a check to the Church Office and note Sanctuary Accessibility Project in the memo section
Use the Donate button on the upper right hand section of our website https://www.orlandouu.org/ and fill in the boxes next to CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, with your amount (in the first box) and Sanctuary Accessibility Project (in the second box)
Our Compassionate Community
Your Care 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 offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Greg Scott and Meg McGarry are the August contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.
Hurricane Season is here. Contact your hurricane partner now and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.
Need a phone buddy? The IU CARE TEAM (members of the Caring Circle and the Lay Pastoral Care Associates) will call anyone who wants to receive informal telephone calls occasionally, whether for special needs or just to check in and stay connected. Contact Patty at pastoralassociates@orlandoUU.org to have a phone friend assigned.
Joys and Concerns
To share your joys or concerns please send an email to email@example.com.
We remember all those in our congregation and in our wider communities who are affected by the virus, as well as those who are ill, unemployed and seeking work, working in less than safe conditions, vulnerable, or lonely.
The Rev. Dr. Jay Deacon died recently. He served this congregation as Interim Minister in 2008-2009. Memorial services on Zoom will be held Sept. 26 at Channing Memorial Church in Newport, RI (link will be announced when available). Rev. Jay’s service to our tradition is rich. He was the director of what was then called the Office of GLBT Concerns for the UUA in 1986-89 and developed the Welcoming Congregation program which is still in use. He was among the pioneers of our LGBTQ ministers. He served a number of congregations in both settled and interim positions. His gentle spirit, probing mind and heart rich of spiritual insight will be missed.
Rev. Sam is grateful for your expressions of care and concern during his recuperation from neck surgery.
But Wait, There’s More!
New Common Read: How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
Join us for a series of three discussions on September 20, October 18, and November 15 from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. How to Be an Anti-Racist was a 2019 New York Times Bestseller. Time magazine described it as a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. The author Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Boston University professor and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Sign up here for the Common Read and you will receive additional information and a zoom link for the meetings.
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: It’s Not Too Late To Join!
Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism is sponsoring a 21 day racial equity habit building challenge. We post readings, videos, activities to the Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism Facebook page each morning for your use. Also access the resources from 1U Racial Justice Challenge Google doc. All past resources can be found here too. This challenge focuses on Racial Justice and Voting, Education, Criminal Justice and Public Health. Research suggests that it takes 21 days to start a new behavior or habit. Eddie Moore instructs: “For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.” Track your progress with this Tracking tool.
Register for Covenant Groups (NEW Young Adult & Parents Groups Added)
Covenant groups gather once a month to engage topics themed with the services. It’s a great place to go deeper, explore new concepts and deepen relationships. New this year: Covenant Group for young adults and another for parents. These groups will decide on their meeting times.
Our general Covenant groups meet October-May on the 3rd week of the month. Group members commit to attend their group each month. This year groups begin online. The Wednesday night group is always online. To sign up for a covenant group, please click the link and complete the Covenant Group Sign up form by September 8.
To try out a covenant group, join our Drop-In Covenant Group every Wednesday from 7-8:30. See link above in Wednesday calendar.
Support Share-the-Plate: LGBTQ History Museum
This month we are sharing the plate with the LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida. Their mission is to collect, preserve and exhibit the history of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in Central Florida. Collecting and preserving memorabilia, providing a documentary record for research, and displaying with pride that community’s social and historical contributions, they ensure the LGBTQ legacy will always be remembered. To contribute click this link and click on the “Donate” button. We are also calling for nominations for the upcoming year 2020-2021. Have an organization you’d like to nominate? Fill out the form HERE.
Available for You in the 1U Garden
Come help yourself: eggplant, peppers, Barbados cherries, sweet potatoes, roselle and herbs. Where are they: The eggplant and peppers are in beds 3 and 6. The herbs are in bed 2 . The other things are in the perma-garden. The cherries are on a tree that crowds the left side of the brick walkway. The most mature sweet potatoes are just north of that, behind the peach tree and lemongrass. You’ll need a shovel or pitchfork to dig ’em. The roselle that’s ready to pick is at the front of the perma-garden, the northeast corner. Contact Rene Stutzman.
Looking to Volunteer During the General Election?
We are seeking volunteers for the upcoming elections on November 3. Once again we are joining the Supervisor of Elections Office Adopt-A-Precinct Program to serve our community and raise funds for the church. To volunteer on election day, you must be registered to vote in Orange County, FL, attend a training class, and be at your assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. If interested, email Gaby at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vote From Home!
If you would prefer to vote my mail due to concerns about Covid-19, The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), a grassroots, non-partisan organization, is recommending online voter registration and requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (VBM) now. Early voting and voting on election day are still options, but Vote-By-Mail provides and ensures a convenient, and safe path to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard. Click the link for more information on voting options: League of Women Voters Voting Guide.
Orlando Solar Co-op & 1U
First Unitarian members helped to launch the first solar co-operative in Florida in 2015. This summer, 1U is a partner on the 56th co-op offered in Florida and helping to spread the word throughout Orange County. Share this message with neighbors, family and friends who are homeowners in Orange County.
*Joining the Orlando Solar Co-op is free and easy at solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando
*Everyone is welcome to attend Solar Information sessions (1 1/2 hours) to learn and ask questions. Register at solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando
Visit solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. Contact Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.
Sharing news by text, blog, Facebook? Add one more share:
Many of you are signed up for the 1U googlegroup and if you are, consider sharing justice information, meetings on line, links of importance –by sending an email to 1UJustice@googlegroups.com. Not signed up? Email Social Justice: email@example.com to sign up for the 1Ujustice googlegroups email list. We only need your first name and your email address.
Your Gifts Support Our Ministries
Thank you for your generosity. Here’s how to give:
1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.
Text – 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. You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you are giving and it will process automatically. For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate
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First Unitarian Church of Orlando
Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen