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Weekly Update, February 6, 2020

Weekly Update, February 6, 2020

This Sunday, February 9, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Healing: Becoming Whole, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

Is spiritual wholeness possible when a cure is unlikely? How might we be resilient in the face of illness and disability?

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 we do a trial run of a creative style of UU religious education for children–Spirit Play–based on the Montessori Method. See www.spirit-play.com. We welcome feedback

Nursery: Heather Coddington and Emma Dixon report that last Sunday was a quiet one in the Nursery.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday teachers Christine Fullerton and Craig Alig read a story about Gertrude McFuzz, a bird jealous of a fellow bird with more feathers. The children did artwork related to the story and discussed the meaning of jealousy. This Sunday Bartholomew Cubbins comes to town with his hats and an unreasonable king.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Tim Wiley, Michelle Tichy and a room full of Padawans, learned about our sense of taste. We talked about different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, savory and added a new one: gross. We had fun doing a blind taste test with baby food while holding our noses and discovered smell affects how we taste things. The Padawans enjoyed chatting about food and eating. This Sunday is about Fear and how we avoid the path to the dark side.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Ken Dukes and Daryl Fullerton report that last Sunday a new Wizard made a wand and one Wizard made a magic fishing pole. We practiced charms on each other. We discussed all the schools and libraries that banned Harry Potter and the reasons why. We did a word puzzle and found hidden Harry Potter words. This Sunday we investigate numerology and the power of the number seven in many world religions.

Youth (High School): Last Sunday was Youth Group. Melinda Raiford and Allison Larson report: “We watched a TEDx Talk from an improv comedian on how being right can get people stuck, preventing progress and connection. We discussed how being right has affected us and some of the solutions we’ve used.” Rene Stutzman gave a tour of the 1U garden. The youth decided to grow watermelon, eggplant and Roma tomatoes. This Sunday is Virtue Ethics class. Want to learn more about the new Youth Group and our 6 Pillar Model for shared leadership? Interested in helping? Save Feb. 23 for a presentation after the worship service.

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 9, Activities

Leaf Blower Club Members Needed for Next 5 Sundays

Looking for volunteers to blow leaves for the next 5 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 9 is covered. If you can do it one or more other Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. — Your LTME Team

Adult RE:  Movie Talk — 9:00 am, Community Room (classroom in the NW corner of the Enrichment Center)

Join the Oscar movie discussion today. Which Best Picture nominee is the Best UU Picture, best illustrating our UU Principles? The 9 movies nominated for Best Picture are: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Irishman, Parasite, 1917, Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, Joker, Little Women, Ford v Ferrari.

Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting  — 12:00 noon-3:00 pm, Gore Hall Room 1 
Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. While we normally meet first Sundays, due to the History Wall sessions, this month we meet on Feb. 9 for our deep chair meeting. Guests welcome as we discuss the next ritual, classes, craft circles and more! More info: mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – February 7

Saturday – February 8

Tai Chi for Health — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (Note: no session today!)

Today, Tai Chi will be cancelled for one session so your teacher can participate in the 1U Oscar Brunch. Our regular schedule of 9:00 am Tues/Thurs/Sat will resume on Tuesday the 11. 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.

8th Annual Eating Oscar Brunch — 9:30 am, Gore Hall

This is your chance to cast your edible vote for Best Picture. Bring a dish that represents your favorite movie from the nominees for Best Picture.

Seeds of Intention/Nurturing a Life We Love Coming Around Again — 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Assembly Room

After a wildly successful year of connectedness and mindful living, we’ve decided to do it all over again (with updated content)! Join Melissa Baker and other beloved community members on Feb. 8. Practice different forms of grounding, meditation, movement, sacred ceremony, and creative projects for healing and expression. Woven into these sacred gatherings will be Melissa’s learning from more than 25 years of spiritual development (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). In this first workshop of seasonal focus, we review the status of our lives to determine what we shall release that no longer serves our best lives, and to what we shall open to receive, as we work together and individually over the coming year to manifest the lives for which we yearn. These are the seeds of our intention which will be harvested and celebrated at year-end.

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.

For those returning, please bring last year’s life chart, if you have it, the contents of your box of surrender for the burning bowl, and [FOR ALL] a photo of your youngest self (as an infant, if possible). If you’d like to write about what comes up for you, please feel free to bring a journal.

The cost of this workshop is $65 / $50 for members of 1U. A portion of proceeds will be donated to 1U. For those curious but wishing for a better idea of how we spend out time, consider connecting with Sandy Cawthern or Sharon Durrant, who attended most workshops in 2019. Come grow with us! Contact Melissa Baker (listed in the online member directory) and see her blog here for more general information.

Jamie Anderson Concert — 7:00 pm, University UU Fellowship (11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, 32817-8332)
Singer/songwriter Jamie Anderson has been a traveling troubadour for over 20 years, serving up her inimitable mix of humor and insight across the USA and Canada.  “Her music…is truth-telling and magical mythology that invites the listener to lean in to the larger circle of life.”–Holly Near.  Tickets can be ordered here: https://jamieandersonorlando.brownpapertickets.com, $15 /$20 at the door. For more info: uuconcertinfo@gmail.com

Monday – February 10

Tuesday – February 11

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

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program in 2020, 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 12

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 13

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

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program in 2020, 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.

Other News

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend!

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

Feb. 16 – 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?

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

Joe will share the highs and lows of his ministerial formation. What does Mr. Rogers have to do with any of this? The answer might surprise you. 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.

Inquirers Series  — 11:45 am-12:00 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.

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.

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.

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.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates have been trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Church members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. If you are a 1U member in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.


Plan Ahead

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

February 15 — 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.

February 17 — 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.

February 20 — Compassion & Choices: Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying

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 from 6:30-7:30 pm. No cost, but *RSVP required. RSVP at http://tiny.cc/Orlando.

February 22 — Hearts & Hands 2020 Auction, 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm, Gore Hall
Join us for a fun night of silent auction, live auction, and entertainment. Your ticket ($15 through Feb. 16; $20 after) covers attendance, finger food, soft drinks, and FUN! Bring cash ($5 bills will be handy) for raffles, donations, beer, and wine. Checks, cash, or credit card payment required on the night of the auction for your awesome silent and live auction purchases.

March 6-7 Camping Adventure 2020: Kelly Park in Wekiva Springs State Park

Sign up now. Spaces will fill up fast! All ages welcome. Group potluck dinner and campfire Saturday evening, nature walk, canoeing, swimming, playgrounds, hiking, wildlife observation, biking, campfire, kayaking (we will have a few kayaks available; bring your own tube or rentals available). Fee: $3 a night per person at the group site, which has space for 25 persons and is close to hot showers and flush toilets. Additional full-service sites nearby for those with campers (separate reservation required). Some extra tents available. Contact Alan Oberholtzer today to sign up (contact info in online directory). Check in 2-5 pm March 6, check out by noon March 8.

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

Clean the World. Clean the World takes partially used soaps, shampoo and conditioner from hotels to recycle and use for those in need. We will work in dynamic teams sorting product donated by hundreds of area hotels. Their volunteer space is not climate controlled. Wear closed toed shoes and comfortable clothing and bring a refillable water-bottle. PLEASE register by following this link (each individual group member must do this). Kids must be at least 8 years old to participate, ages 8-15 must have a parent or guardian accompany them. 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. Questions? Contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.


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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