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Weekly Update, February 13, 2020

Weekly Update, February 13, 2020

This Sunday, February 16, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Failure Is Impossible, Marty Haynie, Worship Associate

Our congregation was founded in 1912 by many engaged in the struggle for women’s right to vote.  How does their resilience inform our work today facing injustice and inequality?

Children & Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Sunday Schedule

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

For more information: RECoordinator@orlandouu.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Children & Youth Religious Education This Week

Today: Children in our Seuss, Star Wars and Harry Potter classes participate in a trial of Spirit Play. Based on the Montessori method, Spirit Play inspires children to engage existential questions within the context of Unitarian Universalism. This week we tell an interactive story on the principles and sources of our tradition and invite children to retell the story through art, journaling, movement and play.

Nursery: Heather Coddington and Kristin Mataluni report that last Sunday was a quiet day in the nursery—a few wooden trains chugged by and some rings were stacked.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday teachers Kathleen Smee and Cathy Spoone introduced Bartholomew Cubbins and his 500 hat problems to illustrate the challenge of living out our first Principle when coping with an unreasonable King.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Jock Smee and Eileen Simoneau focused on fear, emphasizing how we handle and overcome our fears through learning and awareness (UU Principle 3). Eileen led a yoga class on how to energize ourselves and return to a calm state. We can use this skill to help manage our fears.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Jonathan Gray and Lynn Ricketts spent last Sunday with Dumbledore’s Army as they tried out the timeproven art of Arithmancy as a divination tool and discovered, like Professor Trelawney, it’s not that reliable as a personality predictor. They also enjoyed discussing the special magic of the number 7.

Youth (High School): Our Youth toggle between Virtue Ethics class and Youth Group. Last Sunday in Virtue Ethics, the topic was integrity facilitated by Elizabeth Horn and Carrie Morgan. The youth explored hypothetical dilemmas and compared the Jewish tale “Feathers on the Wind,” to a scene from the film “Mean Girls.” This Sunday the Youth Group spend the first hour in covenant group discussing “Childish Things.” The second hour is fun and games. Youth are encouraged to bring board games. To learn more about the new Youth Group and our Six-Pillar Model for shared leadership, come to a presentation Feb. 23 in Gore Hall A at noon!

New to 1U? After Time for All Ages, you are welcome to accompany your child to the Labyrinth outside our Sanctuary. Our Religious Education teachers will provide guidance about the best class for your child and answer your questions. For more information contact Sarah Gray at RECoordinator@OrlandoUU.org.

Other Sunday, February 16, Activities

Leaf Blower Club Members Needed for Next Several Sundays

Looking for volunteers to blow leaves for the next several Sundays. We would like the walkways to the Sanctuary and Gore Hall Foyer, and also the labyrinth blown clear of leaves. The church has a blower and electric cord in the Gore Hall storage room. Using your own is fine too. The task takes 30-45 minutes and should be done by 10:00 am. Sunday February 16 is covered. If you can do it one or more other Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. — Your LTME Team

Share the Plate – Sunday, Feb. 16, 9:30 a.m., in Room A

Today’s share the plate recipient is the Hope CommUnity Center in Apopka. Please join members of Hope in Room A as they share information about their programs.

Hearts & Hands Auction – Get your tickets tickets today!

Buy your tickets after church TODAY for only $15 per person. After today, you’ll pay $20 each. This price covers catered finger food, soft drinks, and FUN! (Bring cash for wine, beer, and raffles.) Come bid on special dinners, game nights, musical theater night; tickets to Universal or Kennedy Space Center; themed baskets of goodies; gift cards to restaurants and stores; and many specialized services offered by our generous members. You’ll be amazed at all that has been given to benefit our church. Click on the Auction page on our website to see the full list of auction items and more details about the event.

Inquirers Series  — 11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Wondering what makes 1U “tick”? Join us for any or all of our Inquirers Series sessions with the minister and various lay leaders. Childcare is available.

Feb. 16 – Q&A with the Minister. Join the Membership team for a getting-to-know-you session

Mar. 8 – UU History: learn more about the history of this congregation and Unitarian Universalism roots.

Mar. 15 – Faith Development & Social Justice: further explore the foundations and actions of Unitarian Universalism.

Mar.22 – Membership & Congregational Life: learn more about Congregational Life and becoming a member.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – February 14

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/blackcatjan2020

Saturday – February 15

Tai Chi for Health — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

The class has a great regular following. We encourage you to consider joining us and also to spread the word to others who might benefit. Suggested donation (never required) is $5/class to a max of $30/month. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

ROY ZIMMERMAN: RiZe Up — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary
Join us for Roy Zimmerman’s signature blend of heart and hilarity — which has never been more necessary! RiZe Up is ninety minutes of Roy Zimmerman’s original songs; a funny and forceful affirmation of Peace and Social Justice. It’s laughter and encouragement for progressive-minded people who need a lot of both, $25 general / $10 children. Roy’s songs have been heard on HBO and Showtime, and his videos have garnered tens of millions of views. He has recorded for Warner/Reprise Records. He’s shared stages with Bill Maher, Ellen DeGeneres, Holly Near, Robin Williams, Arlo Guthrie, John Oliver, Kate Clinton and George Carlin, and tours the country constantly with his wife and co-writer Melanie Harby.

Monday – February 17

Tuesday – February 18

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am, free with $5 donation to 1U requested.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall  

Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by our monthly potluck 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, Gore Hall, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – February 19

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 at the University Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Studio

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 9:00 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – February 20

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am, free with $5 donation to 1U requested.

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.

Compassion & Choices: Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying  — 6:30-7:30 pm, Gore Hall

Brittany Maynard was the 29-year-old who died in November 2014 from a brain tumor. She and her husband, Dan Diaz,  moved from California to Oregon so Brittany had the option of a gentle dying process.  Dan advocates for expanding the availability of end-of-life options for terminally ill individuals. His efforts were instrumental in securing the passage of the legislation in California, Colorado,  D.C., and New Jersey. His efforts continue across the country; keeping the promise he made to Brittany. Join the 1U-hosted presentation, Dan Diaz: Five Years after Her Gentle Death, Her Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying Lives On. No cost, but *RSVP required. RSVP at http://tiny.cc/Orlando

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

Congregational Meeting Sunday, March 1, 11:45 am, Gore Hall

Plan Ahead! Please plan to attend to hear the latest news on our Transition Process, our sanctuary renovation project, and the RE Program. Projected expenses for key items in the upcoming budget will be discussed to prepare for a vote on the budget by members at the annual meeting on May 17.  The Agenda is posted on the 1U website in the Members section of orlandouu.org.

Auction Volunteers Needed!

Volunteering: Now’s the time to pick your time slots to volunteer at our Feb. 22 event. It takes many hands to make this auction work! Click here to sign up online, or access the signup from the Auction page of our website. Go there now and choose an hour-long slot (or more!) where you can be a part of the action and still bid on the awesome items as well as enjoy the food, drinks, and entertainment.

NEW! Special Member Section on Website

We’ve moved some information on the website into a password-protected member section. There you’ll find the member directory, detailed information on church governance (board, bylaws and approved annual budgets), building and grounds information including the campus safety plan, and volunteer information for religious education. Watch the section’s evolution as it grows to become a rich resource of information for members and leaders of the church. Your directory password works for the new member section. If you don’t have a password and need one, contact webmaster@orlandouu.org.

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend!

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

Feb. 23 – The Journey Thus Far, Joe Donatone, Candidate for Unitarian Universalist Ministry

Joe will share the highs and lows of his ministerial formation. How can we be resilient one step at a time on a difficult journey?

Missed a Sunday?

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

Pastoral Associates Listen, Care and Help

Do you need someone to talk to about what’s going on in your life? Someone who will listen and care but not dump advice you don’t need on you? Lay Pastoral Associates are trained listeners who will never tell you what to do…but they will listen, care, and help you sort out your feelings. Please contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org for a trained UU listener from our beloved community. Absolutely confidential!

Camping Adventure 2020 Is Being Moved to the Fall Calendar

Watch this space for updates. For further information, contact Alan Oberholtzer (contact information in online member directory).

Prayerful Practice & Panel: Social Justice Through the Lens of Religion – April 5

Interfaith Yoga Project and the Valencia College Peace & Justice Institute are offering a sacred event open to the Orlando community on April 5 at 4:30 pm. Held at 1U, the afternoon will feature a Panel Discussion, moderated by Elizabeth Swart, author of Bridging The Color Divide and USC adjunct lecturer, Dept. of Social Change and Innovation. The panel includes the following panelists:

Rev. Katrina Jenkins (Dean of Religious Studies, Rollins College)
Sister Ann Kendrick (Hope Community Center)
Author and Professor Cyrus Zargar (The Polished Mirror, Storytelling and the Pursuit of Virtue in Islamic Philosophy and Sufism)
Author and Professor Anne Gleig (American Dharma: Buddhsim Beyond Modernity)
Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer (Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, American Conference of Cantors)
Pastor Josh Bell (Valencia College Peace & Justice Institute, Community Hope Center).

The offering will begin with a prayerful practice of weaving mindful movement with Vedic philosophy and meditation to stabilize and regulate the nervous system as we prepare for courageous conversation. FREE AND OPEN TO ALL – RSVP to: interfaithyogaproject@gmail.com.

Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

Here are the items being requested by Joy MCC for their Food Pantry during the month of February. All donations are gratefully received. Add these items to your grocery list soon:

–Children’s snack fruit cups
–Grape or strawberry jelly
–Mac and Cheese
–Dog and cat food (dry)

Still seeking just the right person to be 1U liaison to Joy MCC. Could it be you? For more details, contact Kathy Homblette at Welcometeam@orlandouu.org.

Caring Circle

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. We follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Caring Circle members may serve on occasion by providing one or more of the following: phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. In February, contact Christine Fullerton at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org if you need help or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about and for each other.


Plan Ahead

February 21— Teaching Craft Circle, 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Join us for crafting fellowship! This month we are doing a combo. Lesley will teach us how to make hammered spiral necklaces. While waiting for a turn at the anvil, Cat will show us how to make mini seed packet envelopes for sharing and swapping. We’ll have seeds and gardening stories to share, and you can bring your own to share and swap! We’ll also make extra seed packets for sharing at 1U Coffee Hour on Sunday. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/craftcirclefeb2020

February 28 — Moon Circle 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Monthly Moon Circle is back on 4th Fridays! This year’s thwo half-scholarships available. The first hour of each session will reflect on a different decade of life either as past memories or what you look forward to in that decade. The optional final project is your “decade story” either as a collage, collage with words, or plain text. The second hour is lunar ritual. RSVP mysteme is inspired by the Becoming Women of Wisdom UU Curriculum. Open to all adults, tuition is $30. Ticgrove@orlandouu.org to sign up.

February 29 – Handfasting Celebration, 2:15-5:00 pm, Gore Hall

The Mystic Grove joyfully invites you to celebrate Jim and Arlene’s 20th wedding anniversary as they renew their vows in a pagan handfasting. “Meet and Greet” at 2:15 pm for those who want to learn about how some UU pagans celebrate weddings and other life passages. Ritual at 3:00 pm. Cake and punch with the happy couple at 4:00 pm. Dress is “come as you are.”

Jim and Arlene add “We feel that being surrounded by the people we love the most from 1U is our gift! However, for those who feel compelled to send us a token of your esteem, please consider making a charitable donation to either the 1U Minister’s Discretionary Fund or the Alliance. To RSVP so we can plan for refreshments, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

March 8 —  Movie Talk, 9:30 am, Community Room

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events–in this case, movies. Join the March 8 movie discussion on Call of the Wild.

It is the rare movie that exemplifies our 7th Principle:  Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part. In case you have long ago forgotten this 1903 Jack London book, it features a dog, Buck, who throws off the mantle of civilization. Harrison Ford (aka Han Solo, aka Indiana Jones) is Buck’s costar. Call of the Wild opens “in theaters everywhere” on February 20. If any children and youth see the movie and want to join the discussion, they are welcome. Note: the Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

March 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/blackcatjan2020

March 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. Executive Committee Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister and immediate Past President.

April 25 — Clean the World Volunteers Needed, 9:00 am-noon, Clean the World 

Clean the World takes partially used soaps, shampoo and conditioner from hundreds of local hotels to recycle and use for 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). Our group is called 1UMeetUp. CtW is located at 2544 E Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando FL 32824. Carpooling is strongly suggested. Come a little early to check-in and to walk through our soap museum: The Soap Story. 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.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

Let’s ‘UU the Vote’

The new UUA electoral organizing campaign website: “UU the Vote” (uua.org/UUtheVote, https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform) provides an Association-wide strategy to help UUs grow and sharpen their skills for faith-based electoral organizing from now until the 2020 election. The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, UUA President, says “Core UU values of interdependence, democracy, human worth and dignity, the richness of pluralism and diversity, and the inborn right of all people to self-determination and agency are on the line…We are offering a visible alternative to narratives and policies of domination, supremacy, scarcity, and exploitation that threaten and diminish our lives and future. The introductory video may be viewed on the website.


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