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Weekly Update – August 8, 2019

Weekly Update – August 8, 2019

News Flash!

1U Accepting Applications for Coordinator of Religious Education: Deadline 8/15/19

Details in Other News

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Sunday: Sanctuary Capital Campaign Kickoff  

Details in Sunday – August 11

 

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Friday – August 9

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://www.facebook.com/events/413738145899228/.

Saturday – August 10

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.

Mystic Grove Benefit Chant Class — 3:00-5:00 pm, 1911 E. Livingstone St, 32803

This simple chant class is a collaboration between Mystic Grove (teaching class) and Sublime Elm (venue and refreshments) to benefit Orlando Pagan Pride 2020 fund so the event can continue to happen. Come enjoy an afternoon of singing together — from beginners to experienced and every level in between! $5 – $15 suggestions donation. Kids free with a parent. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2267885996859979/.

Sunday – August 11

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 Toy Story 4 in the Community Room.

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

At Home in the Wilderness, by 1U Transitional Minister Rev. Sam Schaal

Fierce desert and wilderness landscapes can be places of solace and transformation. Being at home in the wilderness, like being at home in the transition ministry process, opens us to possibility.

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.

Sanctuary Capital Campaign Kickoff Noon, Sanctuary

Join us for the official Congregational Kick-Off for our Sanctuary Renovation Campaign! There will be music, presentations, updates and at least one opportunity to make some money for the campaign and yourself! Hope to see you there!

Popcorn Theology For All Ages: Brave — Noon-2:00 pm, Gore Hall Room B 

The last in our movie series for families and the young at heart! We examine UU Principle 3 against the movie Brave.  Merida is told she is to be betrothed to the son of one of her father’s allies. Queen Elinor explains that failure to consent to the betrothal could harm Dunbroch, reminding Merida of a legend of a prince whose pride and refusal to follow his father’s wishes destroyed his kingdom. The film tells the story of Merida who defies the age-old custom, causing chaos in the kingdom by expressing the desire not to be betrothed to a stranger.

Monday – August 12

 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.

Tuesday – August 13

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 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 – August 14

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 15

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.

Class 5: Kitchen Witchery – 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

We explore various demonstrations from “Kitchen Witchery” by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Learn how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen. Today’s topic is “Brewing Up Blessings” Led by Lesley. Drop-in friendly. $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/365269227449880/.

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

1U Now Accepting Applications for Coordinator of Religious Education

First Unitarian is now accepting applications for Coordinator of Religious Education. The position is 20 hours/week with a one-year job agreement. For further information or to apply contact personnel@orlandouu.org before August 15, 2019.

A Note of Thanks from Janet Newman, Former Bridging Minister

Many thanks to all of you for supporting me during the months of Bridging Ministry. I am enormously  grateful for your applause during Sunday’s service and for your kind words as I return to my role as a retired member of 1U. Now that Rev. Sam is doing Transitional Ministry with you, my professional email address, revjanet@orlandouu.org, ends.  Please use my home address if you wish to reach me (see the on-line member directory). Faithfully,  Janet Newman, member

Upcoming Sunday Services

August 18  – Taking a Breath

We are human beings, not doings.  Breath is the foundation of our lives and all life.

August 25 – Imagineers of Soul

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?

Missed a Sunday?

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

Time Travel September 8 — 12:15-2:30 pm, EC Classroom 5

The children and youth of 1U are the FUTURE of our religion and values. We all want to inspire them.  Find out how you might play a role:  attend a Children  & Youth planning deep dive after the Water Service on Sunday, September 8.  DO NOT be frightened by the title of this meeting:
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.

We will share the PRESENT reality including, but not limited to, 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 will be provided.

1U A/V Team Desperate for Helpers!

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. Contact us at audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can just show up at the A/V room right before or after service. More info here.

Opportunity Fiesta August 18 — 11:30-12:30 pm, Gore Hall (Second chance August 25)

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.

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. We are now at a point where much of the garden is self-sustaining, but portions do need weeding and replanting as the seasons change. Additionally, one nice thing about the garden is the community aspect. While tending plants and learning new ways to eat the crops, we spend a lot of time meeting new people and strengthening relationships we already have.

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

Pretty simple. If you are interested in joining the garden and/or would like to be part of garden leadership, please contact us at communitygarden@orlandouu.org.

Will You Be ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ During Hurricane Season?

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.

Blood Drive Thanks

Thank you to all who kindly gave of their time to donate blood in late July. These donations can save the lives of up to 3 individuals each. YOU have made a difference! Our next drive is scheduled for Sunday, September 22 from 8:30-1:30 am in the Big Red Bus right in our parking lot at 1U.  Please plan to come give, as all blood types are needed.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, 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.

To Report Campus Maintenance or Repair Needs

Please contact the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement (LTME) team at ltm@orlandouu.org.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

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

August 10 — Clean the World Volunteer Morning  — 9:00 am-noon, 2544 E Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando

1U volunteers will be going to Clean the World. Clean the world gets partially used soaps, shampoos, lotions, and hair conditioner from hundreds of local hotels. They sanitize and remake the soaps into full bars and distribute it to those in need. We will be separating the donated products over a large table. Wear closed-toed, comfortable shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting a bit dirty. It’s great fun; we can do good while gabbing. Kids are welcome if they are 8 or older! Please RSVP to foodbank@orlandouu.org. AND register by following this link (each individual group member must do this):  http://cerv.is/m?0271r1UMeetUp. Our group is called 1UMeetUp. Bring: A refillable water-bottle (we will have water available, and ask that you bring your own water-bottles to limit the amount of waste we create.

August 18 — Summer Drop-in Covenant Group, 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Gathering Space

This is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. The summer drop-in Group runs now through September. Sign up in September for new regular Covenant Groups starting in October.

August 19 — 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 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://www.facebook.com/events/413738145899228/.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

August 15 — Registration Deadline for UU Pilgrimage to the Philippines

Experience the ancient history, cuisine, and culture of Filipino Unitarian Universalism on the UU Pilgrimage to the Philippines! Registration deadline is August 15. International journeys such as this are vivid reminders that the U.S. is not the center of the world. Invitations to genuinely connect with another culture—not to simply glimpse it from a tourist’s outside vantage point—help us to interrogate our privilege and to better imagine a beloved global community with peace, liberty and justice for all. More information: http://bit.ly/philippines2019.

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


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


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