Weekly Update, August 28
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live
Conversations: Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist
Michael Mataluni with Neil Boris / Alexisandria Tichy Reese with Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
Why be part of this specific religious community? Two of our church family (an adult and a youth) reflect on why they are Unitarian Universalists, in this interview-format sermon.
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!
Friday – August 28
Moon Circle Class 8 – 7:00 p.m. class, 8:00 pm ritual, via Zoom
This free online 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.” To register, email email@example.com no later than 12 hours before the event. The Zoom link will be sent to you.
Wednesday – September 2
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.
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
Covenant groups are a small group ministry to reflect on topics, build connections and support each other. All are welcome to this special Drop-in Covenant group.
Meeting ID: 581 227 0111
Tai Chi Gathers on Saturday August 29, Tuesday Sept. 1 & Thursday Sept. 3
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 email@example.com.
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.
Campus Closed Through December 1, but Church is Open
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. 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. But the ministries of the church remain open, welcoming and vital online. We Are (Still) the Church.
Ministerial Search Committee Survey Due Sept. 10
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. Deadline is September 10. Complete the survey on your computer here, or as a PDF you can print, fill out, and mail or 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 770-769-2442 (call or text). This survey is an important step in the search process. We need your voice!
On the new Minister Search tab on the church website you’ll find information on our progress on key steps in our process. Look for one shortly that tells all about the survey, repeats the link and other information.
Thanks you for Supporting the Sanctuary Renovation
Thank you to all who have given so generously! We welcome additional pledges of support!
To Pledge: Please send an email to email@example.com
To Donate: Please send a check to the Church Office and note Sanctuary Accessibility Project in the memo section. Or use the Donate button on 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
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 those 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 Caring Circle and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We continue to remember families with children returning to school, especially for those going back to in-person classes, for college students leaving for college, and for those who feel anxious or vulnerable.
As our nation gets closer to November elections and amid the political conventions, we are grateful for those working to keep voting open to all. We are grateful for this congregation’s legacy in work a century ago that culminated in women’s right to vote, to today’s witness against voter suppression.
George and Kay Hooper celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary August 24. They couldn’t take their usual motorcycle trip to the Smoky Mountains, but are hopeful next year will be better. Kay Hooper’s sister Evie Fogle, also a 1U member, is home from the hospital following surgery and doing well.
But Wait, There’s More!
We are seeking volunteers for the upcoming elections on November 3. We are once again 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, 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 email@example.com.
Sign up for Covenant Groups by September 8
Covenant groups are a small group ministry that gather once a month to reflect on topics themed with the services. This year we will have a special Covenant Group for young adults and another one for parents. Covenant groups meet October-May, most on the third 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. To sign up for a covenant group, please click on the link and complete the form. Covenant Group Sign up form by September 8.
To check out what covenant groups are like, join our Drop-In covenant group every Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. See the link in “This Week” above.
UUCM Hosts Virtual Concert Sept. 13 to Support New Florida Majority
The UU Congregation of Miami is focused on getting out the vote this November. So they are offering a free virtual concert event Sunday, September 13 at 6 p.m. on YouTube. The concert is free. You’re invited to donate to the New Florida Majority Educational Fund which emphasizes registration and voting. Among the performers: Emma’s Revolution, Lea Morris, and Three Sheets to the Wind. See the concert at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCamVVHLvAbJfiuCr8cW7Ufw?view_as
Sign Up Now for Oct. 3 Volunteer Opportunity at Second Harvest Food Bank
Our next opportunity to volunteer as a group at Second Harvest is Saturday Oct. 3. Saturdays are popular so sign up now at http://1uandmeetup.shfbcf.volunteerhub.com . You must: (1) wear a mask through the entire time period from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (2) wear closed toed shoes and (3) preregister at their site: firstname.lastname@example.org Your time helping our hungry neighbors is very meaningful! Second Harvest is at 411 Mercy in Orlando.
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. Sign up here for the Common Read and you’ll receive additional information and a Zoom link for the meetings.
21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: Completed, But We Can Still Learn!
Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism successfully completed its 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge. Posts are available on Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism facebook group Or access the resources from 1U Racial Justice Challenge google doc.
Calling for Nominations for Share-the-Plate
Have an organization you’d like to nominate? Fill out the form HERE.
Orlando Solar Co-op Deadline is Sept 30
So far, 240 homeowners have joined the Orlando Solar Co-op, which is open to property owners throughout Orange County. However the deadline for joining is Wednesday, September 30. To join, click the link solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. For questions, contact Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen. First Unitarian Church members founded the first solar co-op in Florida and the Church has been a partner on all of the seven co-ops launched in the County.
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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen