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Weekly Update, February 27, 2020

Weekly Update, February 27, 2020

This Sunday, March 1, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

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.

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

Next Sunday an exciting style of intergenerational worship for kids and adults includes activity tables in the Sanctuary, and youth-tailored messages and music. Michele Grove, our religious education consultant, will be in the pulpit. If you want to talk about how you and your family will experience this service, ask a Smee—Kathleen and Jock are greeting and ushering today. 

Nursery: Kristin Mataluni and Emma Dixon report that last Sunday balls, books and a puppet show filled the nursery with smiles.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday the Seuss class, led by Olivia Drouillard and Collon Fox, read the story of Bartholomew and the Oobleck. This Sunday the colorful world of the Sneetches will return and help us explore what it means to accept each other just the way we are.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday the Star Wars class with Richard Cook and Bob Leger explored the vastness of space through the view of the Hubble telescope. They returned to Earth by connecting Jedi ideas to Buddhist beliefs, and making sand and rock gardens to assist in future meditation. This Sunday the Padawans will talk about how UU justice and Jedi justice are the same and different.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Rhonda Rodriguez and Wendy Derrow report from last Sunday, “We learned about the dark arts of anxiety and depression, and how to defend against them. It’s important to ask for help when our fears and worries seem like they’re going to defeat us. There’s nothing wrong with saying ‘something’s wrong with me’ and seeking out support.”  This Sunday the Wizards will get pet care tips for Pet Dragons.

Youth (High School): Last Sunday Richard Champalbert and John Hartgering report the youth were engaged in discussing responsibility, included negotiating responsibilities and setting boundaries, and how taking too much responsibility was an issue. This Sunday the youth group has nerds and herbs on the menu.

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, March 1, 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 March 1 is NOT covered. If you can do it one or more Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. — Your LTME Team

Congregational Meeting, 11:45 am, Gore Hall

Today – Join us in Gore Hall for the 1U Congregational Meeting 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. Members are permitted to vote, and our friends and guests are welcome to attend. The Agenda is posted on the 1U website in the Members section of orlandouu.org. Childcare will be available and extra coffee hour snacks.

First Sunday Fellowship

Today is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be having dinner together in neighborhood restaurants. We have First Sunday Fellowship groups in Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, in West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway. These gatherings are opportunities to meet new people and deepen existing relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group, and attending different groups helps you to get to know more folks in the congregation! Since times and locations vary, we have hosts who maintain email invitation lists for each area. If you’re interested in being added to an area invitation list, in hosting a new area group, or in getting more information, contact Marty Haddad at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – 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.

Saturday – February 29

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.

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.

Monday – March 2

Tuesday – March 3

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  

Today is our monthly business meeting. Please bring a bag lunch and join us 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 – March 4

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.

Celebration of Life for Sharon Cilono — 3:00 pm, Sanctuary

The life of 1U member Sharon Cilono, who died February 20 after a car accident, will be celebrated at 1U today. There will be a small reception in Gore Hall following the service. If you would like to contribute small finger foods for the reception, please contact Charlotte Kendall through the member directory, or just bring your food to the kitchen between 2:30-2:45 pm. Sharon’s family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in her name to some aspect of 1U life.

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 – March 5

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) 

Thursday Night Meditation will have a guest speaker from 7:00-8:00 pm. Dr. Claudia Schippert will give a dharma talk. Claudia is a Zen Buddhist and a professor of Humanities at UCF. In addition we will have a brief meditation (20 minutes). All are welcome.

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

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend

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

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. Note: March 8 begins Daylight Savings Time — spring forward one hour (and set your clocks one hour later)!

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.

Note 2: March 8th is also STUFFIE Sunday!

We hope everyone–adults, children and youth–will bring a stuffed animal to 1U for Sunday Service. It is okay to bring more than one. More information will be forthcoming, but you may want to plan ahead to decide which stuffies will accompany you to and from service.

March 15    Holding On and Letting GoRev. 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.

Auction Appreciation and Update

Many, many thanks to all who donated items and services, volunteered to put on the event, entertained us at the event, ran the audio/video, sold raffle tickets, worked for months on the Auction Team, Bob Ewald and his auction company, and all who purchased items at the auction! You gave generously of your heart and your hands, and we had a fantastic community-building fundraiser that cleared at least $20,000. Martha Hartgering took photos that captured the event’s fun, food, and decorations, as well as people in fancy outfits; you can see them here:  https://orlandouu.smugmug.com/1U-2019-2020

Become a 1U Gardener: March 7

Join us at 9:00 am on Saturday, March 7, for a workday in the 1U garden. We’ll plant spring vegetables, and if that doesn’t excite you enough, we’ll also prune, weed, work on the brick walkway and trim an overhanging oak. It’ll be fun. Bring gloves.

Wrestling with our Understanding of Race Group Moves to Book Study

Focusing on Robin DiAngelo’s book: White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, the study & discussion group will take the place of our monthly Wrestling with our Understanding of Race meeting. We will meet for three 90-minute sessions starting at 11:45 am on the following Sundays:

Sunday, March 8
Sunday, April 5
Sunday, May 3

 We will be using the UU White Fragility Study Guide for our sessions. Ten copies of the DiAngelo book will be available for checkout from Ellen Tetlow prior to the  March 8 session. Please contact Ellen to get your name on the signout list.

Gender Journeys start March 14 —  Hosted by WUURL

SAVE THE DATES!! First Unitarian’s WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) is hosting an opportunity to learn more about gender:  in our community, our families and our congregation. All are welcome to participate. No cost but donations are appreciated. More details will be available as the date gets closer. 

Saturday, March 14, 9:00 am-noon — Gender and Orientation Workshop: This workshop provided by the Zebra Coalition will cover topics like terminology, sexual orientation and gender concepts, transgender culture, coming out process, and intersectionality.

Sunday, March 22, 11:45 am-12:45 pm — Gender Journeys: a more personal, experiential view of gender. Might include storytelling, life mapping, role playing/practice. Heart work and spiritual development work. Facilitated by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen and Ellen Tetlow.

Sunday, March 29, 11:45 am-12:45 pm — Panel: Gender Journeys: focus on families making transitions. How can 1U be more welcoming to all, including families? What would be helpful for us to be aware of in the larger community?

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

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 8 — Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, Noon-2:00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Due to the congregational meeting on March 1, this month we do not meet on 1st Sunday. We meet today. Everyone is welcome to attend. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant for those who wish to enjoy fellowship. More info email: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

March 12 — Comparative Religion 7:00-9:00 p, 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 “The Problems of Sin and Forgetfulness” and “Breaking Through the Illusion of Reality.”

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/blackcatmar2020

March 15 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot

Please plan to give. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Line up a specific appointment through OneBlood.org.

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.

March 21 — Cultivating Balance at the Spring Equinox, 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Assembly Room

We’d love for you to join our beloved community, where we practice different forms of grounding, meditation, movement, sacred ceremony, and creative projects for healing and expression. Woven into these sacred gatherings will be my learnings from more than 25 years of spiritual development – which is earth based with a relationship of both feminine and masculine divine archetypes, studies in end of life doula – which informs us how to live more fully with less fear, and holding space leadership – which nurtures a safe space for authentic living. The Spring Equinox is one of two days in the year when day and night are equal, as the seasons tip into a new direction. The intentions we planted in February are beginning to sprout, and we are reminded to nurture our hard work with self-care. We will discuss and share ideas for cultivating greater balance in our lives, with an introduction to Chair Yoga with Alba Ramirez, offering our bodies the love they deserve, regardless of strength and mobility. We will feed our playful spirits with the creation of our own finger-labyrinths, as we explore the symbolism and powerful tool that frees the mind to focus on prayer and intention. Lunch is provided (with water, coffee, and tea), as are supplies for each craft project, and a safe place to explore the beauty of your own truth. The cost of this workshop is $65 with a discount for members of 1U. Come grow with us! For further information contact Melissa Baker (information in the online member directory).

March 26 — Ingathering Potluck: “Our Religious Education Identity” with Michele Grove

All are invited for a community potluck dinner at 6 pm on Friday, March 26, in Gore Hall, followed by an open discussion from 7:00-9:00 pm on our religious education identity at 1U. This launches our second weekend with religious education consultant Michele Grove. Through the weekend, various leaders will engage in the ongoing process of building on our successes in religious education as we envision our growing future for our youngest UUs.  Please bring a dish to share.

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.

May 10 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot

Please plan to give. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Line up a specific appointment through OneBlood.org. Other dates: July 12, September 6 and November 1.


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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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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