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Weekly Update, January 30, 2020

Weekly Update, January 30, 2020

This Sunday, February 2, at 1U

 

 

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

 When the Spirit Says Do, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

Sometimes we have to emerge into the unknown, out of familiarity, out of comfort. How might we be resilient in the face of change? The Chalice Choir sings.

History Wall Continues Today After Worship

Last week we explored the history of religious education for children and youth at 1U. Join us today in Gore Hall at 11:45 am as we complete the history wall by exploring the late 1990s through today. If you missed previous sessions you can scan the notes on the wall and even add your own remembrances with stick-on notes. Through these remembrances we see patterns that help us better understand the DNA of our congregation.  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

Today after worship, Religious Education Consultant Michele Grove will facilitate the History Wall at 11:45 am focusing on religious education history at 1U. All are invited to share.

Nursery: Heather Coddington reports that last Sunday was an unusual and busy time in the Nursery with many new faces.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last week, teacher Olivia Drouillard joined forces with the nursery to teach our Seuss and nursery kids. They discussed fears with the reading of What Was I Scared Of? Today the class will be for the birds. Well one special bird, Gertrude McFuzz, who wished to be a different bird and got more than she expected.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Cindy Schleier and Richard Cook and the Padawans explored the interconnections of life forces by working on the messages we get from smell. It was a fun and fearful exploration as they identified smells and how different forms of life use this important sense to warn, to attract to feed or … This Sunday the Star Wars class will connect our sense of taste to our UU Principles.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Rhonda Rodriguez and Ken Dukes had a large group including two young Wizards who shared what they learned last week about quill craft, ancient runes and codebreaking. Once everyone was caught up and armed with a quill and a set of runes, they challenged each other by creating their own mottos for life and sharing them to codebreak. “Weird is wonderful” and “Work hard but not too hard” were some of the results. Today we’ll take codebreaking into the UU realm by developing some 1u mottos and asking ourselves what the motto of a person living in poverty might be.

Youth (High School): Our Youth toggle between the Virtue Ethics class and Youth Group. Last Sunday the Virtue Ethics teachers, Richard Champalbert and John Hartgering attended the Sunday Sermon by our new religious education consultant, Michele Grove. Sunday is Youth Group. During High School Covenant group in the first hour, we will talk about “The Importance of Being Right.” During the fellowship in the second hour, Rene Stutzman will give us a tour of the 1U garden and we will vote on what we want to plant next time. 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! Room TBA.

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 2, Activities

Deadline for Hearts & Hands Auction Donation Forms

Download forms HERE or pick up the forms at church on Gaby’s table. Your help can make our church’s biggest fundraiser more successful. Speaking of your help, we also need you to sign up for a short-duration volunteer job during the auction. Click HERE to access the online signup that describes the various positions and allows you to click-register for the one(s) that suit you. The success of this — our church’s biggest fundraiser — depends on generous people like you.     P.S. — Tickets to attend the auction go on sale after church this Sunday!

Completing the Dream Sanctuary Update Session 1 — 9:30 am, Gore Hall Room A 

Great news! The pre-construction contract has been signed! We expect this first phase of design and permitting to last about 16 weeks, with construction starting in June.  If you would like more information or details, please join the Completing the Dream Team for today’s information update meeting. A repeat of this meeting will take place at 11:45 am.

Congregational DNA: History Wall Experience Continues — 11:45 am, Gore Hall

Last week we explored the history of religious education for children and youth at 1U. Join us today as we complete the history wall by exploring the late 1990s through today. If you missed previous sessions you can scan the notes on the wall and even add your own remembrances with stick-on notes. Through these remembrances we see patterns that help us better understand the DNA of our congregation.  A light lunch will be served. All are welcome:  old-timers, newcomers and guests.

Completing the Dream Sanctuary Update Session 2 — 11:45 am, Gore Hall Room A 

Great news! The pre-construction contract has been signed! We expect this first phase of design and permitting to last about 16 weeks, with construction starting in June.  If you would like more information or details, please join the Completing the Dream Team for today’s information update meeting.

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 – January 31

Saturday – February 1

Imbolc Celebration — 6:15-9:00 pm

Come celebrate Imbolc with Mystic Grove! Our Imbolc ritual theme will be elemental rebalancing. Please join us in taking time to check in on the balance of your body, heart, mind, and spirit. Dress is “come as you are” or colors of the season — white, pink, yellow, light green, red, brown. The ritual will include opportunities for breath work, movement, and toning, and grounding, so please wear comfortable clothing. If you think you might want to lay down for breath work or grounding, please bring a yoga mat or similar as the floor is terrazzo.  Meet and Greet: 6:15 pm, Ritual at 7 pm, Potluck at 8 pm.

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.

Monday – February 3

Tuesday – February 4

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  

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 – February 5

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 – February 6

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

Leaf Blower Club Members Needed for Next 6 Sundays

Looking for volunteers to blow leaves for the next 6 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. If you can do it one or more other Sunday mornings, contact Dan Homblette at ltm@orlandouu.org. — Your LTME Team

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend!

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

Feb. 9 – 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?

Feb. 16 – Title to come, Marty Haynie, Worship Associate

With the 200th birthday of Susan B. Anthony Feb. 15, we consider the resilience of the women’s suffrage movement. Our congregation was founded by many engaged in the struggle for the right to vote. How does their resilience inform us of 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.

Camping Adventure 2020: March 6-7 in 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.

Compassion & Choices: Advocacy for Medical Aid in Dying: Feb. 20

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.

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.

Community Garden Update

Gardeners and wannabe gardeners: We’re just a few weeks away from spring planting season. Want to be part of the 1U Garden? We have eight raised beds, about 8-feet by 4-feet, very fertile, and we’re looking for people who want to claim one to grow vegetables or flowers. Tentative spring planting dates for veggies starts in mid-February. Interested? Contact Rene Stutzman (information in the online member directory).

Auction Volunteers and Donations 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.

Donating: Take a few moments to let us know what you can donate 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; gift cards you buy or ask businesses you frequent to donate.  Here’s a link to the Auction web page, where there are links to the donation forms (for tangible items and for services or events). Donation forms are also available by email (auction@orlandouu.org) or on Sundays at Gaby’s table.

You can return the completed donation forms at Gaby’s table on Sundays, you can send them to the church office, or email the scanned form to auction@orlandouu.org. Deadline for letting us know what you’re donating is Feb. 2!

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 8 — 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.

February 9 — Oscar Movie Discussion, 9:30 am, Community Room

Which Best Picture nominee is the Best UU Picture, best illustrating our UU Principles? We will meet today, February 9th at 9:30 am in the Community Room (the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center). 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”

February 8 — 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.

February 8 — 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
February 9 — Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, 12:00 noon-3:00 pm, Gore Hall Room 1 (Note Changed Date)
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.
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

February 3 – First Monday Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

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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