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Weekly Update, August 7

Weekly Update, August 7

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This Sunday, August 9
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Why Worship? Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

When we gather weekly for worship services, who/what are we worshiping  ? Why do we gather?

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


Before Worship

Movie Talk — 9:30 a.m., via Zoom

Jon Stewart wrote and directed the political comedy Irresistible that’s available for streaming (Amazon and others).  One character in this film says, “This system, the way we elect people, it’s terrifying.  And exhausting.  And I think it’s driving us all insane.” Insane or otherwise, we’ll discuss this movie and elections.

Link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/73777498033?pwd=ejhVcVdyV3pqbDY3NjFuV3FaT2FWQT09

Meeting ID: 737 7749 8033
Password:  SfWpR6


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

We’ve wrapped up our 7-week at-home RE program – if you’d like to catch up, check out the website, private RE facebook group, and RE weekly update to access the activities. RE fellowship will continue this week with the Family Connection & Support group (all ages) on Wednesday, August 12 at 3 p.m. and our Dungeons & Dragons group (middle school and up) is now meeting on Thursdays! If you would like a set of supplies for your family or to RSVP to fellowship events contact Sarah at REcoordinator@orlandouu.org.

Thank You for the Well Wishes!

My neck surgery to replace a disc was successful and I’m at home recovering nicely while starting back to work from home. Notice my stylish collar that will be my companion for the next few weeks. I appreciate your emails, texts and cards.  I remain thankful for my medical care team and the amazing things that are possible these days. I appreciate your support and look forward to seeing you online each week in worship as well as in various meetings with leadership as we move into our second year together.  Be well and stay safe!





This Week

Wednesday – August 12

Family Connection & Support Group — 3:00 p.m., Online 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 p.m – 8:30 p.m., via Zoom

In this time of Covid, are you needing a little extra support, a little connection, and even 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

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten Gathers on  Weds.  August 12 &19

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 wuurl@orlandouu.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.

Tai Chi Gathers on  Sat. August 8,   Tues August 11 &  Thurs August 13

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.

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 August 9th through September 10. You can 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 wish to request 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, please contact 1U Search Committee member Elizabeth Horn at elizabethbhorn@gmail.com or 770-769-2442 (call or text).

This survey is a very important step in the process in our search and so we very much need to hear your voice!

In addition, we’d like you to 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 Team met with MPaul in the Sanctuary to review progress. The metal roof has been removed, leak damage repaired and the surface prepared for installation of the new roof. The HVAC has been replaced and the new unit is up and running. The flat roof membrane is being replaced. On the interior, we reviewed a mock-up of the new stage and curved backdrop wall as well as the new AV booth at the back. The tower sound baffle material and color were reviewed.

The emergency door is under construction and the east wall doors and frames have been replaced. A plan is in place for testing a TV monitor as a replacement for the old projector and screen. New millwork design including the pulpit and flower/chalice stands and Foyer storage  were reviewed along with finish surfaces.

Finally the proposed paint colors were reviewed. A color board is being developed for members to review next week. To date the contractor noted that no contingency monies have been used. Photos of the new improvements will be added to those already on the church website. – Your CTD Team

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 honor the life and work of civil rights leader John Lewis who died July 17 and who was remembered at his funeral service July 30.  As Lewis himself has said in one of his final appearances at the BLM Plaza in Washington, “Truth is marching on.”

We remember all those affected by the virus, in our community and elsewhere.  We remember those who are ill, lonely during sheltering, frightened, without proper resource, or vulnerable.

Rev. Sam had neck surgery July 31 in Dallas to replace a damaged disc from a long-standing injury. The surgery was successful. He is recuperating well while working from home.

But Wait, There’s More!

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 will post readings, videos, activities to the Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism facebook page each morning for your use. For those who do not use Facebook, access the resources from 1U Racial Justice Challenge  google doc. We are using materials from the original developer of the challenge Eddie Moore and the YWCA  challenges in Cleveland and Miami. Popular research suggests that it takes 21 days to start a new behavior or habit.  Eddie Moore suggests, “For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.” August 6-10 will focus on Racial Justice and Education. Please join us!

Covenant Groups for 2020-2021

Time to sign up for Covenant Groups! Covenant groups are a monthly small group ministry providing spiritual deepening by exploring topics themed to worship services. Groups will meet October-May 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. Also, if you want to check out what covenant group is like, join our Drop-In Covenant Group every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. The link is in the Weekly Update each week. To sign up for a covenant group, please click here and complete the form by September 8.


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.

Raised beds available in the 1U Garden

Want to plant a fall garden? We’ve got several 8-by-4 foot raised beds with improved soil and an automatic watering system available. Come garden with us. It’s fun! We also have a full-sized metal used wheelbarrow to give away. It’s got a flat tire. Fix it, and it’s yours. Contact Rene Stutzman.

Looking to Volunteer During the General Election?

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 at programassistant1u@gmail.com.

Vote From Home! 

If you would prefer to vote my mail due to concerns about Covid-19, The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), a grassroots, non-partisan organization, is recommending online voter registration and requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (VBM) now. Early voting and voting on election day are still options, but Vote-By-Mail provides and ensures a convenient, and safe path to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard. Click the link for more information on voting options: League of Women Voters Voting Guide.

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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org