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Weekly Update, January 16, 2020

This Sunday, January 19, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

A Network of Mutuality, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

Martin Luther King called the nation to racial justice, pushing beyond white leaders’ discomfort. Likewise, the minister of First Unitarian of Orlando in that era, John C. Fuller, advocated a theology of equality that burst through the polite discourse of the day. Both men saw the possibilities of radical mutuality. The Chalice Choir performs.

The New Image Youth Center (NIYC) is our Share the Plate (STP) partner this month. Dr. Shanta Barton-Stubbs will share information about an exciting new program offering for their youth.Please be as generous as possible in support of their mission.

History Wall Continues Today After Worship

First Unitarian Church has notable events in its history:

…In 1911 a noted Unitarian minister, the Rev. Mary Safford, gathered a small group in the library of Caroline and (former Orlando mayor) Mahlon Gore who were interested in liberal religion.

….In 1912 the church officially started with the Rev. Caroline Gordon as first minister.

…Was a leader among congregations in the 1950s and 1960s on racial desegregation in Orlando.

Join us for the next History Wall session today in Gore Hall at 11:45 am. A light lunch will be served.  All are welcome:  old-timers, newcomers and guests.

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

The Religious Education Committee meets today (and each second Sunday) at noon in Classroom 5.  If you have ideas or questions about the program, please drop in.

Nursery: Last Sunday nursery children stacked rings and performed with puppets, report Heather Coddington and Kristin Mataluni.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday Kathleen Smee and Rev. Marni Harmony focused on our search for truth and meaning.  After Rev. Marni read Oh, the Places You’ll Go!, some of our youngsters wanted to go to New York! This Sunday the Sneetches will help us explore what it means to accept each other.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Eileen Simoneau and Jock Smee were the Jedi Masters as they worked on the sense of touch through yoga and identifying objects sight unseen. Our children are overjoyed when yoga is part of Star Wars class! This Sunday the young Padawans will explore a Jedi’s sense of hearing through music.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Potter team teachers announced they have fun things planned next month, like code breaking with ancient runes! Caroline Stasny, Jonathan Gray and Ken Dukes welcomed several new students into Dumbledore’s Army 1U Branch.  The folded origami golden snitches were a hit. They discussed how we can transform the way we think about ourselves and the way others see us. This Sunday we work on the Poverty Horcrux and discuss how poverty affects individuals and communities and how to work together for social justice.

Youth RE & Youth Group (High School): Our Youth toggle between Virtue Ethics class and Youth Group. Last Sunday in Virtue Ethics, the youth looked at examples of courage in songs throughout history with Carrie Morgan and Elizabeth Horn. They enjoyed journaling and beads. In this Sunday’s Youth Group, teens help decide the spring semester schedule

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, January 19, Activities

Drop-in Covenant Group — 9:15-10:15 am, Enrichment Center Gathering Space

This is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. All are welcome. The topic this month is….Possibilities.

Pick It Yourself Treats — Before & After Worship, 1U Community Garden

Come pick fresh tomatoes, kale, green beans, leaf lettuce and herbs from the 1U community garden on the west edge of our campus. They’re ready now. Can’t beat the price – free!

Adult Religious Education: Share the Plate (STP) — 9:30-10:15 am, Gore Hall Room A

Today’s share the plate recipient is New Image Youth Center. Join Toni Crabtree of NIYC as she shares information on an exciting new program offering for their youth.

Who Have We Been? History Wall Experience Continues — After Worship, Gore Hall

Join us for the History Wall experience today and continuing each week through Feb. 2. A light lunch will be served. Facilitated by Rev. Sam, the congregation is invited to tell the stories of the congregation’s odyssey through the years. Notes on our remembered history will remain posted on the wall through the month. All are welcome:  old-timers, newcomers and guests. This is part of our transitional work in answering the question: “Who have we been?”

Interfaith Yoga Project: Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can – 3:00 pm, St. Andrew Church

Join Father Leo and the St. Andrew Catholic Community Church, along with the Interfaith Yoga family, in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with an inspiring, song-filled and elevating practice. Let’s gather for guidance in the wisdom of the words of MLK. All welcome!! Location:  St. Andrew Catholic Community Church, 801 North Hastings Street, Orlando 32808.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – January 17

Craft Circle Shrinky Dink Chalice Jewelry — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Kitchen
Guest teacher Lindsay S. shows us how to use “shrinky dinks” to make lightweight UU chalice jewelry, holiday ornaments, sun catchers and more! $5 donation welcome to help replenish art supplies. Do you have talents to share? Want to host a craft? Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

Saturday – January 18

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

If you’re looking for some gentle exercise, please join us in the Studio. We meet Tues, Thurs and Sat from 9;00-10:00 am and hope that fits in your week. Suggested donation (100% to 1U) is $5/class up to a max of $30/month. No need to contribute to participate — all are welcome! Email  taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class.

RUUM Attends Brevard Symphony Orchestra, — 2:00 pm, Melbourne
RUUM field-trips to see and hear Brevard Symphony Orchestra (BSO) Visual Concertos. It features audience favorites like Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Finlandia, William Tell Overture, The Moldau, and From Bohemia’s Woods & Fields, supplemented by spectacular photos synchronized to the music. Tickets are required. We will meet for lunch at a Lebanese restaurant called Cedars Cafe at 12:30 pm.

Monday – January 20

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.

Tuesday – January 21

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 our monthly potluck lunch at noon; all are welcome. We voted to give $500 to the Healthcare Center for the Homeless Denture Fund this month. 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 – January 22

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, Sanctuary

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

Thursday – January 23

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

January Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

We have heard from the Food Pantry staff at Joy MCC Church about their needs for January 2020. Please consider adding these to your grocery list for this week, and place them in the collection bin in Gore Hall.

Children’s snack fruit cups (Dollar Tree)
Toothbrush and small toothpaste
Small bottles of shampoo and conditioner
Small soap
Disposable razors
Body lotions

All items are much appreciated, and will support the generous work of Joy MCC with their clients. Some are in stable housing, others are homeless. Your contribution will be gratefully received. Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette at Welcometeam@orlandouu.org. I’d particularly like to chat with you if you are interested in learning more about how to take a leadership role in this community collaboration.

Sanctuary Projection System Repaired, Long-Term Secure Solution Still Sought

The Church administration team is still reviewing best options for replacing/repairing/upgrading the projection system based on proposals and recommendations we have been provided and in light of pending Sanctuary renovations. The projection system may be down for a week or two, possibly until after Sanctuary renovations are completed. Please plan accordingly.

AV Team Volunteers PLEASE NOTE: Audio-only volunteers will be needed again starting this Sunday. This is now indicated on the online AV Volunteer signup sheet.

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend!

January Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of POSSIBILITY?

Jan. 26     The Congregation is the Curriculum, Michele Grove, D.Min., Interim Religious                          Education Consultant

Religious education does not just happen in a Sunday morning class.  It happens in worship, committee meetings, choir rehearsal, potluck dinners, fundraising events, and social action gatherings. What are the possibilities when a congregation elevates religious education as a vital component of congregational life? Michele Townsend Grove is 1U’s new interim religious education consultant. This introduces future conversations on the future of 1U’s religious education identity. On Friday and Saturday this weekend, she will facilitate conversations around 1U’s current and future religious education program.

 Missed a Sunday?

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

Jamie Anderson Concert at UUUF February 8
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.  “For me, folk music tells a story about folks, simple truth-telling and magical mythology that invites the listener to lean in to the larger circle of life. Jamie Anderson is in that circle and she is singing some wonderful songs.”–Holly Near. University Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817-8332, starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets can be ordered here: https://jamieandersonorlando.brownpapertickets.com, $15 /$20 at the door.

Home Needed for Christmas Tree

Our beautiful new Christmas tree needs to be put in storage in the next week or so. It needs a home for the next 11 months. It will be disassembled into two pieces that both fit on rolling platforms. Covers are being made to protect the tree  parts/ornaments. One piece is 6′ tall and 5′ across at the bottom. The other is 6′ tall and 3′ across at its base. If you have a space in a garage or storage unit where we could store the tree it would be a big help as there is no place at the church where it will comfortably fit . We can arrange transportation.Questions and affirmations: ltm@orlandouu.org.
— Your LTME Team

1U Auction News: How Do We Make a Great Fundraiser for the Church? 

It’s easy as 1-2-3!

1.      Donate something of value that others will want to buy – services you can provide, dinner events at your home or elsewhere, items that you buy, make, or re-gift. The DEADLINE for letting us know what you’re donating is February 2! Here’s a link to the Auction web page, where there are links to the donation forms (for tangible items and for services/events). They are also available either by email (auction@orlandouu.org) or on Sundays at Gaby’s table. You can return the completed forms at Gaby’s table, or you can send them to the church office.

2.      Volunteer in putting on the event. Here’s a link to the Signup. Go there now and choose an hour-long slot where you can be a part of the action and still bid on the awesome items.

3.      Attend and Bid. Come to the Hearts and Hands 2020 auction on Saturday, Feb. 22 and enjoy the fun while you bid on all the awesome items that have been donated. Bidding isn’t the only fun – there’ll be finger foods; beer, wine, and soft drinks; 50/50 raffle; Heads & Tails game; and entertainment emceed by our very own Rene Stutzman. You’ll definitely want to be there.

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 by providing rides to medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. In January contact Gregg Buckingham at CaringCricle@OrlandoUU.org for help, or details, or to participate in this ministry.

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.

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.


Plan Ahead

January 23 — Comparative Religion — 7:00 pm-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. This week we cover “From Sacred Stories and Letters to Doctrines” and “Sacred Texts – The Bible and the Qu’ran.” Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info.

January 25 — Dinner with Friends, Various Members’ Homes, 6:00-ish

Celebrate the a Lunar New Year in the homes of members. Dinner with friends is a quarterly small-group, family-friendly potluck hosted by congregants in their homes. Dinners start at 6:00 pm. Questions to Ann Mount at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

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 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.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

January 18 — UU Service Committee VP Info Session, 4:00-5:00 pm, Home of Steph Garber & David Collins

Please join Cassandra Ryan, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee VP and Chief Development Officer. Representing the Social Justice arm of Unitarian Universalists, Cassandra will provide a brief update on 2019 activities and what we can expect in 2020. There will be plenty of time for questions. Coffee and light snacks will be served. RSVP to Steph Garber by Jan. 14 please (contact info and home address in the online member directory.


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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org