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Weekly Update, August 30, 2019

Weekly Update, August 30, 2019

News Flash!

Sunday: 1U Will Be Open

After review of the latest weather updates,

our Board and Rev. Sam have concluded

that the 1U campus will remain open on Sunday, September 1.

Worship service and other activities will be held as usual at 1U.

As Hurricane Dorian continues on its current path to Florida,

the campus will be closed on Monday (Sept. 2), Tuesday (Sept. 3), and Wednesday (Sept. 4).

Campus closure means that no groups will hold meetings on campus on those days.


If you have not already prepared for the hurricane, please do so! 

If you are concerned about being on the roads on Sunday, please stay home.

Our thoughts and good wishes to all to stay safe during and after the hurricane.



Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

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Friday – August 30

Hurricane Scared? Plan With Us Before the Storm Hits!

Caring Circle has sign- up sheets for helpers and helpees! Forms available on the 1U website Caring Circle page. Plan with us now because we cannot help you when the storm is here! 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.

Saturday – August 31

Fall Cleanup and Enhancing Party for the Campus — 9:00 am-Noon

We have some tool-related work throughout the campus starting at 9:00 am and we have cleaning for Rooms 1 thru 5 starting at 10:00 am. All work will end no later than noon. The cleaning work is related to the start of RE in a few weeks and the start of the new renter: The Dreamers School starting on September 9. Please come and help us with this effort. If you can – please bring rags, brooms and buckets for cleaning wall surfaces and windows. Thanks, Your LTME Team

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 – September 1

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

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     

Reflections on the Meaning of Work, by 1U Lay Members Craig Alig, Elizabeth Horn, Karla Kizzort and Lisa-Marie Mattas

A diverse group of 1U members share the sermon to reflect on the meaning of work. How do we live out our hopes, values and dreams? The Chalice Choir 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.

Religious Education Committee monthly meeting —Noon, Classroom 5
Visitors are welcome.

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.

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.

Monday – September 2

Tuesday – September 3

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

Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by our monthly business meeting and a bag lunch at noon; all are welcome. 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 – September 4

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 – September 5

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 Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of Expectation?

September 8 – Water Communion Service

The intergenerational church family gathers to celebrate the new church year. Bring a bit of water to represent your summer and add to our communal bowl as a symbol of how our individual lives flow together to create 1U. The Chalice Choir performs.  A potluck lunch in Gore Hall follows the worship service. Bring a favorite dish to share.

September 15 – “All Will Be Made Alive,” Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

We’ll explore early Universalism’s roots and how it informs our modern notions of being connected to each other and all there is. The Chalice Choir performs.

September 22 – “Does the Arc of the Universe Really Bend Toward Justice?” Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

If the universe bends toward justice, why does injustice have such a hold on us?  The Eclectic Music Collective performs.

Missed a Sunday?

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

UU Wellspring is Coming to 1U! Info Session September 8

UU Wellspring is a yearlong spiritual deepening program created for Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Sam and Linnea Nelson will be leading groups on Wednesday nights, about twice a month, beginning in October. Note that the all-day Oct. 5 retreat is required for all participants. Join us for an information session at 1U in the Gathering Room on Sunday, September 8 at 9:30 a.m. or online on Tuesday, September 10 at 7 p.m. RSVP to director@uuwellspring.org. You will receive the online Zoom log in if you are attending the online session. More information at www.uuwellspring.org.

Dinner with Friends September 14 (Sign up by September 8) 

Get to know your fellow members by sharing a meal and companionship in a small group gathering. Join your 1U friends at 6:00 pm in the homes of member hosts. Each person attending brings a dish to share as one part of the meal. Sign up forms are available on Gaby’s Table during coffee hour or on the 1U website. Deadline to sign-up is September 8. Hosts are needed, especially in child-friendly homes. Call Ann Mount (number listed in member directory) or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Wrestling with our Understanding of Race Schedule Change

This discussion group will be meeting in the Assembly Room from 12-1 pm on the last Sunday in the month beginning in September. This is an open meeting.  The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race and white supremacy and our relationship to these issues. Many of us are wrestling with our understanding and possible responses. For many of us this can be destabilizing,let us remain open in our hears to the journey. Join us for deeper conversation within the congregation.  We are developing a new website for resources and will share that at our September meeting.

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.

Info Session: Charitable Giving & Tax Savings Without Itemizing September 15

Would you like save on taxes when you donate to 1U and other charitable organizations – even if you don’t itemize? Join Endowment Board officers Mike Haddad and Michael Cohen on Sunday, September 15 in Gore Hall Room B for half an hour info session on ways to save.

City of Orlando Sponsors Orlando Solar Co-op
Exciting news! First Unitarian is a partner along with with several other community groups. What can you do? PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! Tell your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers about how these co-ops provides an easy pathway to more affordable solar pv ownership. ATTEND A SOLAR CO-OP INFO MEETING! See the list on the co-op’s page at solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. JOIN THE CO-OP! It’s free and open to all Orange County homeowners. No obligation to sign a contract with the solar installer. Questions?  Reach out to Micheal Cohen or Mary Dipboye at 1U (Contact info in Member Directory).

Hearts & Hands Auction February 22

Save the date for our next Hearts & Hands Auction: February 22, 2020! Co-chairs Suzanne Oberholtzer and Carolina Lofgren are also looking for people who want to be involved: obtaining donations from businesses and members, helping with food, beverages, decorations, publicity, cleanup, etc. It takes a congregation to put on one of these events! Contact us at Auction@orlandouu.org!

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)!

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.

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 September is Ann Mount who may also 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 5 — RUUM Monthly Meeting – 11:30, Assembly Room

RUUM, the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s group will have our regular Monthly Meeting.

September 6 — Orlando Pagan Pride Prep 7:00-9 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove is making give away beads for our Orlando Pagan Pride 2019 table. We also start planning our 25th anniversary Winter Solstice Service and spiral dance! Drop by if you would like to help! For more info, email us at mysticgrove@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 15 — Youth Group Orientation, Noon-2:00 pm, Assembly Room

Are you a middle or high school student interested in Youth Group? Bring your parents to Orientation! We are making our new charter and planning activiites the first hour over potluck snacks.  Then fellowship board games the second hour.  Bring snacks to share and games to play! For more info, youthgroup@orlandouu.org.

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.

September 22 — Nora Staton Bookstore Open

Please join us in the Gore Hall foyer for the quarterly opening of the Nora Staton Bookstore. We now take credit cards in addition to cash and checks, too!
We’ll be open before and after the worship service—10:00 am to 12:30pm.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

September 2 – First Monday Vegan Potluck, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

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.

September 11 — LWV-OC “Women’s Lost History” Group with Patty Farless, 6:00-8:00 pm, Rollins College Bush Executive Center 

The League of Women Voters of Orange County hosts this reading-discussion group titled “Women’s Lost History: Exploring Women’s Right to Vote Through the Lenses of Race, Class, Gender, and National Origin” with exceptional teacher Patty Farless. To register please write to historylwvoc@gmail.com. You may also call Joan Erwin (phone number in Member Directory, texts are fine). Sessions are set for Sept. 11 & 25, Oct. 9 & 23, and Nov. 6 & 20. Room 220. You don’t have to go the whole series to join in. You’ll learn plenty of fascinating history about our foremothers! If you’d like to carpool from Orlando to the Rollins campus, meet at the parking lot behind the First Unitarian Church,  1901 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803, between 5 and 5:15 p.m. We’ll leave by 5:15. You can reach me at 407-230-0530.

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

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org