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Weekly Update, February 20, 2020

Weekly Update, February 20, 2020

This Sunday, February 23, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

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?

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

This past Sunday, we piloted Spirit Play, a Montessori-based approach to religious education. Michelle Tichy used symbols from all the colors of the rainbow to tell a story about the seven promises of Unitarian Universalism and the colors that represent them. The children were then invited to choose how they wanted to explore the story. The whole room was full of rainbow colors as they used paint, clay, blocks, scarves, and more. Sarah Gray, Marni Harmony, and Mary Murphy assisted the children and asked wondering questions during this self-directed process.

Nursery: Heather Coddington and Kristin Mataluni report that last Sunday was a busy day in the nursery. Fun activities included “reading” the Sunday comics.

Speaking of our Nursery, did you know our Nursery Team provides childcare every Sunday starting at 9:15 am?  If you need childcare for a meeting after Service, the team will stay until 1:00 pm. If you have a meeting or group that potentially needs childcare, contact Sarah Gray, Interim Coordinator of Religious Education, 1urecoordinator@gmail.com, or Cell 404-431-1482 to make arrangements.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday was Spirit Play. This Sunday the Seuss class will be reintroduced to Bartholomew Cubbins, but this time we will focus not on his hats, but on what happens when the weather is Oobleck.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday was Spirit Play. This Sunday the Star Wars class will examine the connections between Buddhism, Space, Star Wars and our UU Principles.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): This Sunday the Harry Potter class will practice defense against the Dark Arts.

Youth (High School): Our Youth toggle between Youth RE: “Virtue Ethics” and Youth Group: “Sharing the Journey.” Last Sunday was Youth Group.  We watched Monsters Inc. movie clips and talked about things that scare us and “childish things” that one sometimes must put away. This Sunday is the Virtue Ethics topic of Responsibility. After the Service join us in Classroom A at Noon for a brief presentation. You can  learn about the “6 Pillars of Balanced Youth Ministry” model and how we’ve applied it this year, preview next year’s HS Covenant group topics, get advice for greeting teens and young adults at coffee hour,  and help brainstorm ways you can help support Youth next year.

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 23, 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 – on the backside of the black wire shelves. Using your own is fine too. The task takes 30-45 minutes and should be done by 10:00 am. Sunday February 23 is covered. If you can do it one or more other Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. — Your LTME Team

Wrestling with Our Understandings around Race — 11:45-12:45 pm, Enrichment Center Assembly Room

This is an open meeting on the last Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to our experience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at: https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – 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

Saturday – February 22

Auction Today!

Click HERE to go to the Hearts & Hands Auction page, where you can see the schedule of events AND VIEW THE LIST OF ITEMS AVAILABLE. Auction items are sold in three different ways: silent auction bidding, live auction bidding, and fixed-price limited offerings (things like dinners, events, and big planter pots). You’ll want to get there when doors open at 5:30 pm to get the fixed-price limited offerings — once they get the full number of bids, they’re closed. 

It’s going to be a great party — with finger foods, soft drinks, beer & wine, a 50/50 Raffle, and the Heads and Tails game (with a $100 gift card to Firebirds Wood Fired Grill as the prize).

After the live auction, we’ll have dessert and coffee while we listen to a lineup of entertainment organized by our Music Director Aubrey. Auction winners will be able to check out in small groups, so no long lines! 

See you at 5:30 pm in Gore Hall!  (Remember: free childcare for kids during the auction in our 1U Nursery!

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.

Monday – February 24

Tuesday – February 25

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 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, Gore Hall, 7:00 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Wednesday – February 26

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.

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) Gathering, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Rm

Bring your own lunch and share in the fellowship. We are building connections! This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

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 27

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.

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.

Comparative Religion — 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Do you have World Religion knowledge gaps? Want to learn more about some of our faith neighbors? Our Great Courses DVD series class is for you! Come for the whole series or just the ones you like best. Today’s topics are “Ritual Sacrifice in the World’s Religions” and “The Human Predicament – How to Overcome It.”

Other News

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

Next Sunday – Congregational Meeting in Gore Hall at 11:45 after the service. Important news will be shared regarding the RE Program, our Ministerial Transition Process, and our sanctuary renovation project plans. There will be a kickoff launch to our 2020-2021 Pledge Drive. The process of selecting the seven persons to serve on the Ministerial Search Committee will be discussed, with nominations being accepted March 1 through April 5. Only members are permitted to vote, but our friends and guests are welcome to attend. The Agenda is posted on the 1U website in the Members section of orlandouu.org.

In Memoriam

We sadly announced the death of church member Sharon Cilono early on Feb. 20. Her passing was peaceful, surrounded by family while in hospice care following a tragic car accident last week. Memorial services are pending and will be announced when available.  Our prayers and hearts are with the family.

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend

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

March 1     Spirit Rising, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

Through the generations of this congregation, the church has risen to meet the issues of the day. Today we stand on the cusp of our future. How are we growing together into the church of our dreams? We launch the Generosity Campaign to empower our ministries for 2020-21 and beyond. The Chalice Choir performs.

March 8     Lessons from Athena (Greek Goddess of Wisdom and Beloved Dog), Michele Grove, D. Min., Interim Religious Education Consultant with Rev. Samuel Schaal and Sarah Gray

What’s the difference between wisdom and knowledge? Athena, the goddess of wisdom from Greek, is also the name of one of the preacher’s beloved dachshunds. We will explore the wisdom of both sages.

March 15    Holding On and Letting Go, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

What serves us and what does not? What do we hold to and what do we release from our lives?

March 22   Why I Am a Unitarian Universalist, Worship Associates

A variety of perspectives on why we are Unitarian Universalists. What wisdom does our path bring to us and to the world?

March 29   Universalism Faces a New Age, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

At the consolidation of Unitarians and Universalists in 1961, the Unitarian culture dominated. In the demands of the 21st century, it may be time for Universalism to regain its vitality in our faith tradition. What wisdom ways does our Universalist heritage suggest?

Missed a Sunday?

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

Community Garden Spring Planting March 7

Time for spring planting in the 1U garden. We’ll gather at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 7, for a workday that will include pruning, weeding and planting. Also, as of Monday, Feb. 17, the Dreamer School is in charge of the two raised beds in the back row that are closest to the Enrichment Center. Those formerly were to be you-pick beds. Now they’re strictly for the Dreamer School. There are still two you-pick beds. Look for signs that show you which ones.

Share the Plate Update

February’s Shared Plate Collection this past Sunday included a total of $1352.11 for the Hope CommUnity Center. Thank you to all of our generous contributors!

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!

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.

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 Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org if you need help or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about and for each other. March contact of the month will be Cindy Schleier.


Plan Ahead

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

Monthly Moon Circle is back on 4th Fridays! This year’s theme is inspired by inspired by the Becoming Women of Wisdom UU Curriculum. Open to all adults, tuition is $30. Two 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: mysticgrove@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 8 — 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.

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.

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

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.

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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org