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Weekly Update – August 15, 2019

Weekly Update – August 15, 2019

News Flash!

Friday: Teaching Craft Circle Beading Repair (& Potluck)

Details in Friday – August 16

and,

Sunday: Drop-in Covenant Group, Opportunity Fiesta

Details in Sunday – August 18

 

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Our new program year is off to a great start, as we welcome Rev. Sam to First Unitarian. Just a reminder that parking can be tight, and unwelcoming to visitors entering our campus. Please consider parking off-campus in nearby neighborhoods, carpooling, riding bikes or walking as the weather cools.

Friday – August 16

Teaching Craft Circle Beading Repair & Potluck — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Once a year we host a “repair” craft circle. Bring your jewelry or cloaks, tarot bags, and other items that need repair. We’ll try to help you. Nothing to repair? Bring beads for a “potluck beading” activity and learn to make bracelets, necklaces, or earrings! $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies.

Saturday – August 17

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

Sunday – August 18

Summer Drop-in Covenant Group — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Gathering Space

This is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. The summer drop-in Group runs now through September. Sign up in September for new regular Covenant Groups starting in October.

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

No ARE offering today.

Plan Ahead:

September 1 — 9:30 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk

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 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in the Community Room. This is NOT a documentary and can be considered Quentin Tarantino-lite. That is all we dare say without spoiling the ending of this movie full of ethical and moral messages. We affirm justice, equity and compassion in human relations, but what happens when justice and compassion are in conflict? (The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center).

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Taking a Breath, by 1U Transitional Minister Rev. Sam Schaal

We are human beings, not doings. Breath is the foundation of our lives and all life. The Folk Ensemble performs.

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 begin in service with their parents

10:45 am-11:45 pm Children and youth proceed to the Enrichment Center for Children’s programming

11:45 pm Parents pick up Children in the Enrichment Center

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!

The intergenerational lessons for this summer will be from Gathering the Spirit:  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/gather.

We MUST have at least two teachers each week to offer the classes. Having children in the program is NOT a requirement. Please let us know which Sundays you are available to assist. A member of the Children and Youth Ministries team will contact you before scheduling you for a Sunday.  You may also complete a DCYM volunteer form:  https://forms.gle/5hzBsEJxhuDn6iYw8 . Questions? Contact the team members at dcym@orlandouu.org.

Opportunity Fiesta — 11:30-12:30 pm, Gore Hall (Second chance August 25)

As kids go back to school and we prepare to start our new program year, come discover our many opportunities to grow your spirit and put your faith into action. Folks representing the many ministries and activities at 1U will be available throughout Gore Hall, the Foyer, and the Library to share information about getting involved…from one-shot service projects to ongoing community service…from taking a single classes to teaching a whole series…from receiving the care you need to sharing the gift of yourself with others…come find your unique way to be involved at 1U this year – the way that is just right for you! Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette via WelcomeTeam@orlandouu.org or Gaby Cabrera via ProgramAssistant1U@gmail.com.

Time Travel — Want to know more about Religious Education? Come see the RE Team at the Opportunity Fiesta. Also see the item about Time Travel via RE in the Plan Ahead, September 8 listing, below.)

Monday – August 19

August 19 — 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.

Tuesday – August 20

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Join us for our monthly potluck lunch at noon (always delicious)!

After church on September 1, the Alliance will host Social Hour to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ellen Hone and Sharon Durrant being together (August 26) and Sharon’s 75th birthday (September 11). For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U’s mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – August 21

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUF — 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 UUUF (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Fellowship) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817. Note that UUUF is now officially a Fellowship.

RUUM Social Activity Luncheon — 11:30 am, Grills Lakeside
Retired Unitarian Universalist Men (RUUM) is open to retired members and friends of 1U. We hold one regular informal meeting at 11:30 AM for about an hour and a half 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 a bit of business, and schedule off-campus social and learning 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, email RUUM@orlandouu.org or just drop in to one of our meetings.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary 

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 9:00 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – August 22

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

Mystic Grove Class 6: Kitchen Witchery— 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

We continue to explore various demonstrations from Kitchen Witchery by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Learn how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen. Today’s topic is “Kitchen Cupboard Cures” led by Mary. $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies. Syllabus at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/education/kitchen-witchery/.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U’s mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Mindfulness 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 Sunday Services

August 25 – Imagineers of Soul

Disney’s imagineering concept has made its theme parks an attraction that thrills and enlivens people of all ages. Why can’t church be a place that excites our souls?

Missed a Sunday?

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

1U A/V Team is Practically Desperate for Helpers! (And if we can do it, pretty much anyone can.)

All those buttons on the scary-looking audio mixing board? You really only need to know how to use 3-4 of them. The rest are duplicates of those few. The only difference is which microphone the buttons affect.

Know how to use PowerPoint? Or want to learn? The 1U Audio/Visual team can teach you the basics in 30 minutes, then help you polish your skills as you run slides for the occasional Sunday service.

If you’d like to amaze your friends and enchant the congregation, contact audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can just show up at the A/V room right before or after service. Your jaw will drop when you see how easy it is!

Air Conditioning Out When Hurricanes Come?

Caring Circle has sign- up sheets for helpers and helpees! Don’t wait till the wind is high; sign up now! Forms available on the 1U website Caring Circle page, or by visiting the CC table at the Opportunity Fiesta this week and next. Contact Caring Circle now to plan how to be more comfy when a hurricane comes! If you want help, or can help others, contact the Caring Circle: CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Caring Circle 

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical efforts to church members experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. We follow up on Joys and Concerns from Sunday worship and other notices from church members and offer help with phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and assistance with meals, pet care, etc., during a member’s recuperation.  Contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry. CC contact for August is Linda Piantieri, who may be reached at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Letting It All Fall Away: An Autumn Equinox Workshop — September 21

Mabon or the Autumn Equinox on the Celtic calendar and in the wheel of the year is when day and night are equal, and marks the year’s turn into darkness. In farming cultures, it is considered the second harvest, and time to ‘reap what was sown’ when we planted our seeds of intention in February. The symbolism of the changing leaves can help us do a deep dive into what we’ve been holding onto and what has a hold on us; that which does not serve the lives we want to live or the harvest we wish to gather. We are going to cut some cords, dear ones! We will also work with another tool for gathering, collecting, and manifesting how we want to feel as we assess the bounty before us. Registration begins at 9:30 am in the Assembly Room. Session runs 10:00 am-5:00 pm. Supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Please dress for comfort and bring your own beverage (water, coffee, and tea provided) and your journal, if you’d like to write about what comes up for you. The cost for this event is $65 per person/ $50 for 1U members. (Cash at Registration or Paypal.) Space is limited. Please RSVP only if you can commit to the full day. Come grow with us! Sponsored by the Pastoral Associates.

1U Community Garden Seeks Leaders, Invites Members

The 1U Community Garden was reborn at the end of our recent campus remodeling. Many of our members and a few friends worked together to establish a permaculture garden (a permanent edible ecosystem) and a few raised beds for traditional crops and flowers. The garden is self-sustaining, but portions need weeding and replanting as the seasons change. The group welcomes new members and is also presently looking for a few folks to help lead the garden projects. Leadership can take the form of a committee or a single person. Here are the basic responsibilities:

– Communicate with the group to set up periodic work times
– Coordinate with Elizabeth Horn, who helps with education events
– Be a point of contact with the church

Interested in joining the garden? Want to be part of garden leadership, contact communitygarden@orlandouu.org.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates have been trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Church members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. If you are a 1U member in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.

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

August 25 — Orlando Pagan Pride Planning Meeting, 12:30-2:30 pm in Gore Hall Classroom B 

Mystic Grove and Orlando Pagan Pride Day are co-hosting this organizational meeting. If you have talents to share and want to volunteer on this year’s Orlando Pagan Pride committee, please join us. Lend your helping hands and make this a wonderful community event on Oct 5 at Bill Frederick Park! Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2019 is part of the larger Pagan Pride Project. Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

September 8 — Time Travel — 12:15-2:30 pm, EC Classroom 5

The children and youth of 1U are the FUTURE of our religion and values. Join us at a Children  & Youth planning deep dive after the Water Service on Sunday, September 8:  Assisting and Teaching our 1U Children and Youth.

Attendance at this session does not obligate you to teach a class, but we  will be organizing an RE volunteer corps, so bring your energy and your calendar!

      • Remember the PAST.  Maybe once upon a time you attended RE classes or perhaps you taught your own children RE. What was wonderful and what was awful? We want to know your thoughts, ideas and concerns.
      • Share the PRESENT. We’ll explore the 1U safety and security expectations for programs for children and youth, new curricula that are Educational, Exciting and Easy to teach as well a best practice for UU RE classes.

This session is especially important to parents of anyone ages 0-18, but is open to all who are interested or even just curious. Everyone has something to contribute in this information exchange. Childcare is being provided.

September 9 — 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. Note: There will be no July meeting of the Executive Committee.

September 13 — Black Cat Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm-12:00 am, Gore Hall

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! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or https://www.facebook.com/events/413738145899228/.

September 16 — 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.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

September 7 — Join the Fun at Parramore New Image Youth Center 

Work with  youth grades 3-8 making bracelets and polishing nails. A girls day with some super guy volunteers joining us as well! Many of these kids come from mom-only households and would benefit from men being present as well. We will meet at 12:45 pm for set up, and the young people will arrive about 1:00. Each volunteer will work with 2 kids.  Bring kids or grandchildren  10th grade and over that love to help!  Supplies will be there for us, but  if you have additional you can bring, there is extra credit! Please RSVP by August 31 to Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org


Ongoing Activities, Donations and Volunteering  Resources can be found here on the First Unitarian Web site


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