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Weekly Update – August 22, 2019

Weekly Update – August 22, 2019

News Flash!

Sunday: Opportunity Fiesta

Details in Sunday – August 25


Water Service Potluck September 8,

Regular Covenant Group Signup Starts Now

Details for both the above in Other News


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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 23

Saturday – August 24

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.

Orlando Solar Co-Operative Meeting — 10:00-11:30 am, College Park

First Unitarian is a Partner of  the Orlando Solar Co-Operative, and is helping spread the word that the City of Orlando is hosting the Orlando Solar Co-op. It’s open to all Orange County homeowners. These co-ops provide homeowners with an easier, more affordable path to install solar pv on their homes. Joining is free and there is no obligation to sign the contract with the co-op’s selected installer. Go here for more information: solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. At 1U, 20+ families have gone solar with previous solar co-ops.  Statewide, over 1400 homeowners have installed solar pv on their homes thru solar co-ops. Questions? Contact Micheal Cohen or Mary Dipboye. Other Solar Info meetings will be slated in the near future. Watch this space for updates. Don’t miss out!

Sunday – August 25

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

Imagineers of Soul, by 1U Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

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? The Chalice Choir will perform.

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

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.)

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.

Monday – August 26

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) Regular Meeting, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room

Bring your own lunch and share in the fellowship. Our guest will be Rev. Samuel Schaal, our new transition minister. Also being discussed is a new meeting time for WUURL beginning in September. This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available.

In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

Chairs Council Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

It’s the monthly meeting of the Chairs Council. All committee chairpersons (or their delegates) gather for a potluck meeting to coordinate and collaborate across programs. Interested in becoming a chair? Have new ideas for programs? Contact leadershipdevelopment@orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – August 27

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

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 28

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.

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 29

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.

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

September 1The Meaning of Work

A diverse group of 1U members share the sermon to reflect on the meaning of work. The Chalice Choir performs.

September 8 – Water Communion Service

The intergenerational church family gathers to celebrate the new church year. A potluck lunch in Gore Hall follows the worship service. Bring a favorite dish to share.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Water Service Potluck September 8

Celebrate the new church year and share stories about your summer at a potluck lunch in Gore Hall following the worship service. Save the date now, and plan to bring a favorite dish to share with friends and family on September 8.

Regular Covenant Group Signup Time
Covenant groups are a small group ministry with gatherings once a month. Covenant group topics will be themed with the services. This year Covenant groups will meet October-May on the 3rd week of the month. We have groups on Sunday night, Monday night (young adult), Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday night and Thursday night.   You can sign up at the Opportunity Fiesta or online: tinyurl.com/cgroupsignup.

Immediate Vacancies for Upcoming Event Leads

The Leadership Development Team is seeking leads (one- or more- person teams) for upcoming community events where 1U has often had a presence. Perhaps this would be a good match for your interests, time and talents? Stop by our table at the Opportunities Fiesta, or contact us at Leadershipdevelopment@orlandouu.org for more information. These are wonderful opportunities to share the values core to Unitarian Universalism, and create community connections.

Pride Parade — October 12

First Unitarian has been in the Pride Parade many times over the years, carrying a banner, and assuring folks that a church CAN be a welcome place for everyone. 1U has a spot in the parade this year, for walkers (not a vehicle). We need someone to get us organized. Tasks for a lead/s might include: publicizing the event in the congregation, encouraging participation, working on materials to hand out, coordinating access to the parade route. See Gaby Cabrera, 1U Program Assistant, for more details.

VegFest — October 26

Central Florida Veg Fest is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Orlando Festival Park near downtown Orlando on October 26 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm  Sponsored by Vegetarians of Central Florida, this is an event that draws lots of community groups and participants with values that align with those of 1U. Tasks for a lead/s might include: publicizing the event in the congregation, encouraging participation, working on organizing a booth with materials to hand out, etc.

Growing into Authenticity

A graduate of Christine Dance’s 2008 Moving Forward program and fellow Strengths-Evangelist, Melissa Baker is using her own Strengths of Empathy, Developer, Connectedness, Input and Responsibility to bring the program back to 1U in the form of an 8-week workshop called Growing Into Authenticity. The program is designed to help us in the journey of self-discovery. We will learn to own our inherent talents, affirm our skills, align our core values, and develop a mission statement for manifesting the life for which we’ve been longing. It’s a journey of self-reflection that illuminates your authentic truth. The workshop will be held in the Assembly Room on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 throughout the months of September and October (9/5/19-10/31/19). The discounted rate for 1U members is $225, with a portion of proceeds donated to the 1U General Fund. Space is limited for a small-group setting, and the deadline to register is August 31. To register and for more information, email Melissa@BeeAuthentic.Me.

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!

Most importantly, the team is down to only 2 regularly available members, and it takes 2 people each Sunday to get the job done. That means that the same 2 volunteers are providing these services every single Sunday, with few or no breaks. Your help would make a huge difference for the team and the congregation (if you want sound and visuals, that is)!

Completing the Dream

Dear 1U Members and Friends, we are off to a great start with our Capital Campaign to renovate our Sanctuary. Keep those cards and letters coming! Please send in your pledge cards by the end of September, as we want to get started on the renovation as soon as possible. You can mail your pledge cards to Amy or drop them at our table during Coffee Hour. We’ll be there to answer any questions and provide updates on the campaign. —  1U Board of Trustees

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.

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.

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

September 1 — Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting, 12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s Pagan group and a CUUPS chapter. 1st Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

September 1 — First Sunday Fellowship, 6:00 pm-ish, Restaurants all over Orlando

September 1 is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be having dinner together in neighborhood restaurants. We have First Sunday Fellowship groups in Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, in West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway. These gatherings are opportunities to meet new people and deepen existing relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group, and attending different groups helps you to get to know more folks in the congregation! Since times and locations vary, we have hosts who maintain email invitation lists for each area. If you’re interested in being added to an area invitation list, in hosting a new area group, or in getting more information, contact Marty Haddad at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

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://tinyurl.com/blackcatsept2019.

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

October 16-20 — UU Women Spirit Autumn 2019 Retreat

You are warmly invited to return to the source of our wisdom and inspiration—the Mother’s Holy Well. We will experience the Temples of Vision, Joy, Healing, Power, Harmony, and Unity, and consider how we create these sacred spaces in our lives. Connect with women from all over the Southeast to celebrate the Feminine Divine, as we Come to the Temple: The Mother’s Holy Well! Registration is now open online for the Autumn 2019 Retreat at the Mountain in North Carolina. For more information, see https://tinyurl.com/UUWomenFallRetreat2019.

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

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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