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Weekly Update – February 14, 2019

Weekly Update – February 14, 2019

News Flash!

Sunday: Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan

Details in Sunday – February 17

and,

Hands and Hearts Service Auction Donations Needed by March 11!

Donation Ideas, Helper and Attendee RSVP Link, and Other Details in Plan Ahead and also on the 1U Website

 

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

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.


Friday – February 15

Teaching Craft Circle: Magic Yarn Wigs for Charity – 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

This month guest teacher Carter Shine shows us how to make magic yarn wigs for children who are cancer patients. It is part of the Magic Yarn project. Details can be found at https://themagicyarnproject.com/. All supplies are provided, and you don’t need to know how to knit or crochet. Just bring your crafty fingers and learn how to “style” yarn hair into washable wigs. Free. Cash and yarn donations welcome to the charity. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2315461071800097/.

Saturday – February 16

Sunday – February 17

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Revolutionary Love, by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

There is much focus at this time of year on the love shared between individual people. But how do we honor the love we feel for a people writ large? For our people, for our ancestors, for our future? And how can that love inspire us to change the world? Come worship together as we explore how social movements, particularly movements for black liberation, can be grounded in a deep love that demands a commitment to justice and freedom.

Today we’ll be sharing the plate with Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13-24. Robin Daily of Zebra Coalition will be our speaker today. She’ll present an information session in Room A of Gore Hall at 9:30 a.m., and will also speak briefly from the pulpit during the service. Zebra Coalition’s mission is to assist young people facing homelessness, bullying, and isolation from their families, and physical, sexual, and drug abuse, with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

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!

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

9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom A – Unitarian Christianity: Introduction

Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity.  In today’s class, we will look at the events leading up to Channing’s sermon and the impact of the sermon.

9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom B – Share the Plate with Robin Daily, Zebra Coalition

Today we’ll be sharing the plate with Zebra Coalition, a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13-24. Robin Daily presents an information session about the Coalition and will also speak briefly from the pulpit during the service. Zebra Coalition’s mission is to assist young people facing homelessness, bullying, and isolation from their families, and physical, sexual, and drug abuse, with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

Plan Ahead

February 24:

9:30 am in Gore Hall Classroom A Unitarian Christianity: Exploring the Text

Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity.  In today’s class, we will look more closely at the text of the sermon, as Channing takes aim at the orthodox (Trinitarian, Calvinistic) theology and states the Unitarian beliefs.

9:30 am in the Community RoomMovie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On Sunday February 24 at 9:30 am join the movie discussion on all the Oscar Nominees. Ten films from 2018 are nominated for Best Picture but which is the Best UU Picture? Which movie best exemplifies UU principles? The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

February 27:

7:00-8:30 pm in Gore Hall Classroom A — Unitarian Christianity: Introduction and Exploring the Text

Two hundred years ago, William Ellery Channing delivered one of the most famous and influential sermons in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity.  In this class (a combination of the classes offered the previous two Sundays), we will look at the events leading up to Channing’s sermon, the impact of the sermon, and a closer look at the content of the sermon. Repeated February 28.

Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan — Noon-12:30 pm, Sanctuary

Staying Safe at 1U: A Plan for Action – Have you ever wondered what steps we take to protect our children here at 1U? Do you know what we will do if you ever have a medical emergency while you are on campus? Have you thought about what will happen if a protester disrupts our church service; or worse, if a really bad actor comes on our campus? The 1U Safety Plan we are developing addresses these concerns and much more. It also asks for your help in staying safe at 1U. We invite you to a preview of our draft safety plan. At this meeting of about 30 minutes, we will present an overview of the plan, followed by Q & A. We’ll also provide background information that will be helpful if you read the draft document when it goes online at our website. All are invited!

Book Group: Pagan Voices Class 2 — 12:30-2:30 pm, Room 1

This 6-session book group meets on 3rd Sundays. We will be reading and discussing “Pagan and Earth-Centered Voices in Unitarian Universalism.” It is drop-in friendly and free of cost. (Donations always welcome toward the MG scholarship fund.) We gather in Room 1 after coffee hour and read the selection of the month out loud and discuss. While you don’t need a book to drop-in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text. BUY BOOKS ONLINE: https://www.uuabookstore.org/Pagan-and-Earth-Centered-Voices-in-Unitarian-Universalism-P18173.aspx. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446273482175084/ i .

Monday – February 18

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.

Tuesday – February 19

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Pot luck lunch open to all on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Bring a dish to share at noon.

Plan ahead: February 26, 10:30, we enjoy a program on Sherry Rondi’s recent trip to Europe and Africa.

For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

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

Wednesday – February  20

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS — 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 UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

A Chordia Practice — 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – February 21

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.

R&D: Ritual Book — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends organize 17 years of rituals for publication on 3rd Thursdays! Our hope for this long-term project is publication for our 20th anniversary. THIS SESSION: Use an older ritual from before to test the new formatting template we made last time. Talk about next steps/strategy.  Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/322567868529349/?active_tab=about.


Other News

Upcoming Worship

February 24 — Generational Reflections:  Honoring our Nonagenarians and Octogenarians. With Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

Missed a Sunday?

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

February 1U Camping Trip Cancelled

Planners are working to reserve Kelly Park for November.

Caring Circle Organization/Communication Meeting March 17

All who are currently part of Caring Circle (CC), have been part in the past, or who just want to know more about Caring Circle, are invited to meet in the Assembly room from noon-1:00 pm on Sunday, March 17.  A light lunch will be served.

We will compile a list of contact persons for each month, enjoy lunch, share ideas for the best communication and organization. Please be on time for our noon start so we can end on time. Those of you who have been involved in CC will be welcomed to share your experiences, ideas, and suggestions. It’s helpful to RSVP to CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org, but ok to just show up at the meeting/lunch on March 10! We are a community of folks who care about and for each other and we need your help.

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Those who volunteer to be Monthly Coordinators 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. Other Caring Circle members may serve by providing (on occasion) 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., during a member’s period of recuperation. Please contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry of our community. CC contact for February is Bev Alig who likewise may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Seeds of Intention Workshop March 2 — Enrichment Center, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Assembly Room

Think new-year resolution…but attainable and sustainable. Marna Rasmussen and Melissa Baker will offer a workshop dedicated to manifesting a remarkable year. Sponsored by the 1U Pastoral Associates, this is the first in a year-long series. Those interested will gather to gain clarity on that which no longer serves us and on what we wish to bring to fruition in our lives.

“It will be a day that marks a moment of rebirth for each person present. We will burn away old ideas, former identities, labels that were placed upon us by others, and limitations that were once perceived, but are ready to fall into glowing embers and turned to dust. And into the fertile earth each will plant the seeds of their intentions, to be nurtured and supported, watered and nourished, loved and cherished… all the way to a bountiful harvest. As this tribe gathers to clear individual plots of land, they will lend a hand to those who might have a boulder that needs adjusting, and in return someone will shine a light to reveal the very best spot for new life to grow. How lucky are we to have all we need to blossom into fullness?”

More information here:  Registration begins at 9:30 am. Lunch is provided (coffee, water, hot tea included). Cost: $65 cash only; 15% of all proceeds donated to 1U General Fund. Only $50 for 1U Active Members. Bring:  items of comfort (for a day of sitting, meditation, and labyrinth walking), favorite beverage, journal for keeping insights.

Register by February 28 via email to  programassistant1U@gmail.com and/or FUCO@cfl.rr.com to confirm attendance and to ensure a seat and supply availability (confirmation and further instructions will come via reply from Melissa).

1U Auction Items and Volunteers Sought (Donations due March 11)

The April 6 “Hearts and Hands” Service Auction is really sneaking up on us and before we know it we’ll be at 1U, bidding on great silent and live auction items. Many volunteers are needed. Join in for a shift or two the week before the auction or on the day/evening of the event by signing up to volunteer hereTrouble signing up? Just send the information to Linnea Nelson at auction@orlandouu.org and she’ll sign you up!

Donations are due March 11, but please get them in early if you can. Support 1U through your donation(s) and participation in the auction! The online form for submitting your donations is here.  Donation questions? Contact Steph Garber: auction@orlandouu.org.

We have gotten in some great items already that can be YOURS April 6 with the right bid. Just imagine how your mouth will water as you taste that homemade cheesecake from Jean Siegfried.  And if you’re prone to getting chilly, you will delight in snuggling into the hand-crocheted throw blanket from Carter Shine. And there are multiple types of dinners coming up for bid—including Charlotte’s “Comfort Food by the Lake.” Yummm!

Lots more offerings are listed here. Take a look to get ideas for your own donation(s)! And be sure to get YOURS in by March 11.

Blood Donors: Thank You!

To all who took time to donate blood last Sunday: Many thanks!  You have truly given the gift of life. We have 3 more dates when OneBlood will be back with us again. Please mark your calendar! All will be 8:30-1:30 and you may make an appointment online a month ahead at OneBlood.org.

April 7
June 2
July 28

Questions?  Contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Community Garden Web Page Now Available

Check it out here or drop down from About 1U and find page called CAMPUS DESCRIPTION AND MAP. More information and photos will be posted periodically, so check the site regularly.

Most recent news:  The bounty of our garden has been shared (in part) with Grace Medical Home patients in a diabetic program who are learning to prepare healthy meals. Bonnie Anderson Peters, RN, who runs the program for diabetics, says “Thank You!” to all at our church. She wants us to know “… we truly do appreciate your generosity and your willingness to help those in need at Grace.” Grace Medical Home is a 501c3 providing physical and behavioral healthcare, serving those without medical insurance.

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

February 22 — Moon Circle Class 2: Sacral Chakra, 7:00 pm, Room 1

There are still openings for our Moon Circle. Part class and part lunar ritual, this 6-session series meets once a month on 4th Fridays. Tuition for in-person students is $30 for the series. This time we will be studying chakras. Can’t make it to class? You can join the Facebook group online for free and follow along from home. Registration will end for in person students once all 10 spots are filled. Facebook group slots are unlimited. For more information, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/367780004036116/?ti=ia.

February 24 — Getting to Know 1U,  11:45 am-12:45 pm, Gore Hall classroom A

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Want to know more about 1U specifically? You are invited to bring your coffee and snacks to “Getting to Know 1U.” Rev. Janet and Membership Team folks will be available to share information about the congregation and answer any questions you have.

February 24 — Owning Cisgender Privilege — 11:45 am, Gore Hall Room B

Presented by the 1U Young Adults group, this information session is intended for anyone who wants insight into trans people’s experiences and how cisgender people (people who aren’t transgender) can help make life easier for trans folks. If you have wondered about vocabulary, what’s appropriate to ask, what actions help on a personal and organizational level, or tips on educating other well-meaning cisgender folks, join us! Exact topics will changed based on participants’ interest, so bring any and all questions.

March 6 — Estate Planning Presentation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

Please join us for a presentation on estate planning basics, including topics such as wills, trusts, estate taxes, and probate. For your family’s sake, be prepared–without a will, state of Florida laws will determine what happens to your estate! This free class will be led by Linda Solash-Reed. P.L., Board Certified in Elder Law & Certified Financial Planner. For planning purposes, RSVPs are encouraged, by writing to Endowment@OrlandoUU.org or by signing-up at Gaby’s table on Sundays.

March 7 — 1U Hosts Equal Equal Justice Initiative event, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sanctuary

Orlando screening of the 60-minute documentary “The Yard,” followed by a panel discussion that includes the filmmaker. Looking for hospitality hosts and parking hosts. Description: A history professor in Memphis Tennessee discovers that the parking lot of the church he attends used to be a slave yard belonging to a general in the Confederate army. Suggested Donation $10. For more information:  https://3times.org/ and facebook event info.

RSVP via EventBrite (so we have a headcount) or to peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu. Partners in this event include: Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Peace and Justice Institute (Valencia College), Bridge the Gap Coalition, Global Peace Film Festival, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, League of Women Voters of Orange County, UCF RICHES Program, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. (Orlando Chapter).

March 8 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

March 9 — Game Night! Gore Hall, 6:30-9:30 pm

Bring your favorite game, snacks and a playful spirit! Children are welcome with their families.

March 11 — Donation Deadline for 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More 

The auction team is ready to receive written descriptions of what you plan to donate. Note that the team will help out with editing the description and to finalize the pricing. Please complete the online form or a paper form available at Gaby’s table after services. If you have a business that you would like to request a donation from, PLEASE contact Lindsay Stroh first so we don’t all approach the same businesses. Remember that the funds raised support the services and programming of 1U! Auction date is April 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Donation descriptions due March 11. Contact the auction team to get a business donation form or with any questions: auction@orlandouu.org.

March 11 — 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.

March 18 — 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.

April 6 — Hearts and Hands Service Auction, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Be part of a great party to raise funds for 1U! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by bidding–first at a silent auction, then at a live auction with an entirely different set of items. Finger foods, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. Will you bid on a future dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all are available! Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions at auction@orlandouu.org.

If you know of a business to approach for a donation, please contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org to coordinate. We don’t want to make multiple requests to businesses.

You can find Auction Frequently Asked questions and a lengthy list of possible donation ideas here. Individual donations can be submitted by filling out the donor form online at:(https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRbyfvO4Xnp1YxCWCwSa9E9tQDMoTx8RztHYuBSGDkB4YwYA/viewform?usp=sf_link) or at our auction table at coffee hour. You can also contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org.

April 7 — 1U Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:30 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

June 2 — 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

July 28 — 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

History Center’s Brechner Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy.” 

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters in support of the League’s celebration of historic events that begins in 2019
and culminates with the centennial of women’s right to vote in 2020. Each presentation is free and takes places 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center, located at 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking available at Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center program details visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org.

February 17 Leslie Kemp Poole of Rollins College presents “Women: Fighters for Florida’s Environment.” Poole, an environmental historian and League member, was recently featured on PBS in “The Swamp,” a documentary about the Everglades.

March 10 — Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law will present “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” This program spotlights the League’s eight-decade battle for fair districts and constitutional reform in Florida

April 14 — Titled “The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” this last 2019 Brechner event will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers.

April 5-7 — 9th Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.


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


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