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Weekly Update, August 21

Weekly Update, August 21

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1U Campus to Remain Closed Through December 1 

At its Aug. 17 meeting, the Board of Trustees (BOT) voted to keep the campus closed to in-person meetings and worship services at least through Dec 1. This decision was based on the information provided by the Covid Task Force which the BOT had appointed in May to provide advice for responding to the pandemic. The Task Force shared that the incidence of Covid cases in Orange County remain above the rate considered safe by local public and health officials who are advising against large gatherings. As Dec. 1 approaches, the Board will revisit its decision about keeping the campus closed.  The Covid Task Force consists of Mary Dipboye, Joan Nelson, August Calabrese, Rev. Sam Schaal, and John Hartgering.

Results of 1U COVID Survey of Members & Friends

The Board of Trustees sends their appreciation to the 126 members and friends who completed the survey administered between July 15 to Aug 1. A majority of respondents reported that they were familiar with and supported the decision to move meetings and worship services from in-person to online. When the time comes for reopening the campus, most people supported the use of masks, social distancing, handwashing, etc. Some expressed a desire to keep using online platforms after in-person gatherings were restored. The Covid Task Force will survey the congregation in the future.

This Sunday, August 23
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Why Be Unitarian Universalist?

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

In all the ways to be religious, why be Unitarian Universalist?

Service streamed at 10:30 a.m.: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org


After Worship

Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Join us for fellowship fun!

Link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137
Password:  189674


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!

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87592586779?pwd=QW11eTVmTXhVR2xYZGlaZklZcmRaUT09 

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Password:   1U

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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 

A new banner on the front lawn of the church marks 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, ann@annpatton.net.

This Week

Friday – August 21

Mystic-Grove Virtual Bonfire Party – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., via Zoom

The event is hosted by the Mystic Grove, the First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group and also a Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter. Gather around the “virtual bonfire” with your device to share your jokes, poems, stories, songs, and more! This fellowship event is almost like a “bardic circle lite.” Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register, no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details to be sent to you on the day. Your turn is 5-7 min long and you may perform. pass, or you can request a performance from someone else in the circle with the understanding that they might decline. https://tinyurl.com/Aug2020VirtualBonfire

Wednesday – August 26

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) — 11:30 a.m., via Zoom

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) welcomes Jeffri Moore as featured speaker for its monthly gathering on Wednesday, August 26. Jeffri will be share her fabulous digital photography and art, as well as tips for improving quality of smart phone photography. The Zoom link will be sent to the WUURL mailing list.  Contact wuurl@orlandouu.org for information.

Family Connection & Support Group Online – 3:00 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 – 7:00 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.

Link:  https://tinyurl.com/drop-in-covenant

Meeting ID: 581 227 0111

Passcode: 2020

Tai Chi Gathers on  Sat. August 21,   Tues August 25 &  Thurs August 27

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 taichi@orlandouu.org.

Friday – August 28

Moon Circle Class 8 –  7:00 p.m. class, 8:00 pm ritual, via Zoom 

The event is hosted by the Mystic Grove, the First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group. Taking inspiration from UU curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom,” Mystic Grove teachers Cat and Mary adapt it for all adults. Each month we examine a decade of life either looking back or looking forward. This class reflects on “Our 50s and beyond.” You are invited to bring a photo of yourself in your 50s or beyond. or a picture of what you would like to do at 50+ years old if desired. Think “drop-in covenant group plus ritual honoring the decade of the month.” Register for this free online class by emailing mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 12 hours before the event. The Zoom link will be sent to you.

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.

Hearing Enhancement Task Force

The Board has approved a Hearing Enhancement Task Force to make a recommendation for Hearing Enhancement in our renovated Sanctuary. We are looking for 2-3 people to join the task force and would prefer those with experience with enhancement devices. If you are interested in joining the Task Force, contact August Calabrese at august@calabrese.net. If you would like to give your input, but not interested in joining the Task Force, Zoom meetings will be held later to get feedback from the congregation on this issue.

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 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 elizabethbhorn@gmail.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.

Sanctuary Update 

The Completing the Dream (CTD) Team recently met with MPaul to review progress on the Sanctuary project. As part of that meeting, the contractor and designer presented the color palette and material selections for the interior finishes. Unlike the previous project, there are very few decisions to make. We reviewed the colors for the Sanctuary walls and the AC duct, the bathroom walls, the materials for the tower sound baffles and curved wall, tile in the bathroom and finishes for the millwork. Generally they were as neutral as those we chose for the last project. Due to tight turn around, the CTD Team made approvals of the choices contingent upon review by the Art committee. We do have samples of the choices, available in the Volunteer Space during normal church office hours.

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 karen.ramberg@gmail.com 

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 joysandconcerns@orlandouu.org

We remember the children and their teachers in our wider community as the school year starts in these unsettled times.

Len reports that his husband Mut’s mother was admitted to the hospital last week with COPD symptoms.  Also, Len’s brother Jerry has been admitted to the hospital with a serious kidney infection.

Gaby, our Program Assistant, announces that she is officially done with her master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis and Clinical Science.

But Wait, There’s More!

Looking to Volunteer During the General Election?

Last Tuesday was election day on campus as many church volunteers staffed the polls, we had a great day helping the voters of precinct 502 cast their votes. 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 ASAP at programassistant1u@gmail.com.

Time to sign up for Covenant Groups!

Covenant groups are a small group ministry that gather once a month .  Covenant group topics will be themed with the services. This year we will have  a special Covenant Group for young adults and another one for parents–these groups will decide on their meeting times. Our general Covenant groups will meet October-May on the 3rd week of the month. Group members are asked to commit to attend their group each month.  This year groups will begin online .  The Wednesday night group will always be online.  Also, if you want to check out what  covenant group is like feel free to join our Drop In covenant every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m. The link is in the Weekly Update each week. To sign up for a covenant group, please click on the link and complete the form. Covenant Group Sign up form  by September 8.

Volunteer Opportunity at Second Harvest Food Bank

Our next opportunity to volunteer as a group at Second Harvest is coming up Sat. Oct 3 and volunteers are needed!  Due to the current situation, a mask MUST be worn throughout the entire time period from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you wish to sign up, please go to http://1uandmeetup.shfbcf.volunteerhub.com and do so ASAP.  (The group is filling up quickly as Saturdays are popular.)  Closed toed shoes, preregistration at their site, on time arrival and masks are required.  If you have questions, please contact foodbank@orlandouu.org   Your time helping our many hungry neighbors is very meaningful! As a reminder, we go every EVEN numbered month on the first Saturday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The location of 411 Mercy in Orlando offers plenty of parking.

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.

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.

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: socialjustice@orlandouu.org 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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