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Weekly Update – January 31, 2019

Weekly Update – January 31, 2019

News Flash!

Community Garden Work Day and Workshop

Details in Sunday – February 3


Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan February 17

Details in Plan Ahead


Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update.

Friday – February 1

Moon Circle Class — 1:00-7:00 pm, Room 1

Moon Circle for January through June 2019 offers students a chance to learn about chakras! In the first hour you learn about the chakra of the month and discuss questions related to its themes. The second hour is lunar ritual based loosely on the chakra themes. Students meet once a month for six months on 4th Friday at 7 PM in Room 1. Cost is $30 for the series to replenish art/ritual supplies. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register and hold your spot. Tuition is due in cash or check at the first class. Class is limited to 10 students. Cannot make it? Want the “facebook lite” option? You can follow along from home by joining the Facebook Group. The Facebook group is free: https://www.facebook.com/groups/392058691535488/.

Saturday – February 2

Imbolc – 7:00 pm Ritual, 8:00 pm Potluck to follow, Gore Hall

Come celebrate Imbolc with Mystic Grove! We will be honoring Brigid and preparing for the new year in two ways. To release the old, we will be doing a knot spell. For welcoming the new, we will be making beeswax candles and blessing them for home altars. Dress is “come as you are” or colors of the season — white, pink, yellow, light green, red, brown. If you come early or during potluck–you can browse the gently used pagan book table. They are sold by donation at the greeter area and benefit the MG Scholarship fund for those who want to take our classes but need tuition assistance. Cost: Free, $5-$10 donation welcome to replenish worship supplies at the greeter table. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/308712389921283/?active_tab=about.  More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1209643279189976/.

Sunday – February 3

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Reverence and Reverends:  Ministers and How They Got That Way, by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

 Ministry is on the minds of many folks at 1U.  The ending of Rev. Kathy Schmitz’s ministry, the ordination of Christine Dance and the beginning of her ministry, a new role as Bridging Minister for Janet Newman — do these make you wonder what it takes to make a minister? Clue:  Lots of reverence.  The Chalice Choir will perform.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

CRE Plan Ahead:

Second Annual yUUth Zombie Prom 

The yUUth group is excited to host our second annual yUUth Zombie Prom! And we are asking for your help, in the form of donations of funds and gifts.

We will be using any donations from this year, along with last year’s donations, as scholarships for yUUth who would like to visit The Mountain this summer.

We also need prizes for our Prom King, Prom Queen, and Prom Queer. Gift cards, fun toys, and other items appropriate for young adults from ages 12-18 would be greatly appreciated. Please talk to Josh or Jess for clarification or to donate. Thank you for supporting the youth of First Unitarian!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here)

9:30 am in the Community Room – No offering today

Plan Ahead:

February 24: 9:30 am in the Community Room Movie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On Sunday February 24 at 9:30 am join the movie discussion on all the Oscar Nominees. Ten films from 2018 are nominated for Best Picture but which is the Best UU Picture? Which movie best exemplifies UU principles? The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is a mixed Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando.  It was organized in 2001 for the purpose of creating a Pagan community within the framework of Unitarian Universalism. To achieve that purpose, the Mystic Grove focuses on the areas of learning, teaching, worshiping, serving and fellowship. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists or in sympathy with UU principles.1st Sunday meetings are a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. 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 after the meeting. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2240091129605014/.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:00 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center

This is an open meeting on the first 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 ourexperience, 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.

1U First Sunday Fellowship 

This is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more or finding a group near you, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

We would love to bring together a group in the Maitland/Casselberry area (or other northern suburbs). Please contact me if you would like to know more about how you might play a part in expanding this fellowship opportunity into your area, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Community Garden Work Day and Workshop, 5:00 pm Work, 7:00 pm Turmeric Workshop

If you haven’t been in the 1U Community Garden lately, you should stop by. There is an abundance of things to eat. This is the time to try new plants/dishes/foods! Meanwhile, we’re getting the ball rolling with our garden in 2019! As a bonus, we will harvest turmeric and our Garden Guru Caitlin will lead a workshop on how to make fresh golden milk from turmeric to use in teas and lattes — yum! The schedule will be:

5:00-7:00 pm Work in garden
7:00-8:00 pm (or immediately following work session) Turmeric Workshop in Gore Hall

Join us for one or both events. All are welcome! As always, please bring water, work clothes, close-toed shoes, and gloves to the work session. If you would like, bring a brown-bag dinner for the workshop.

Monday – February 4

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!

Tuesday – February 5

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

The first Tuesday of each month is our business meeting. We will be voting on a charity to receive funds from our treasury. If you have donated goods to the Resale Shop, paid membership dues or given a monetary donation to the Alliance, we will be deciding where your gift will be most needed in the community. The Alliance does not keep any of the monies given it. Come join in the activity of the Alliance. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30. Officers meet at 11:00 and all members meet over a bag lunch at 12:00.  Thank you for any support you have given.  For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Yoga Canceled Until New Instructor Found

A new yoga instructor is being sought. Please pass any recommendations to Rev. Kathy at minister@orlandouu.org.

Band Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

Welkin & EMC practice.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

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

Wednesday – February  6

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUS – 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. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUS (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Society) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

A Chordia Practice – 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice – 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – February 7

RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting, 11:30 am, 1U Assembly Room

RUUM, the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s group,  has our next monthly group meeting today. All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings at 11:30 am on the first Thursday of each month in the 1U Assembly Room for BYO Lunch and conversation. For further information or questions contact Craig Alig at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

Missed a Sunday?

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

Rev. Christine Dance is ordained; Gratitude for Generosity!

Gratitude for the generosity of all who helped create a wonderful ordination experience for Christine Dance on January 26. 1U was able to provide a lovely reception following the service, as well as presenting Christine with a custom-made stole called “The Fire of Commitment,” two beautiful orchids and funds to help toward moving expenses. No word yet on where that new spot will be. We wish Christine and Karen all the best as their journey continues.

The $2223.51 offering collected during the service was split between two UUA programs, the Living Tradition fund and Black Lives UU. Thanks to Joe Donatone for his informative and passionate request.

Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan February 17

Staying Safe at 1U: A Plan for Action – Have you ever wondered what steps we take to protect our children here at 1U? Do you know what we will do if you ever have a medical emergency while you are on campus? Have you thought about what will happen if a protester disrupts our church service; or worse, if a really bad actor comes on our campus? The 1U Safety Plan we are developing addresses these concerns and much more. It also asks for your help in staying safe at 1U. We invite you to a preview of our draft safety plan at noon in the church sanctuary. At this meeting of about 30 minutes, we will present an overview of the plan. And we will provide background information that will be helpful if you read the draft document when it goes online at our website.

1U Group Auction Items Sought (Donations due March 11)

Calling all Groups at 1U! If you are in a covenant group, musical group, social justice action group, gardening group, RE Class, or any other 1U-affiliated group, consider building a basket together for the Hearts and Hands Auction being held 5:30 pm, April 6! Each person brings in one or two smaller items around a theme your group chooses: i.e. gardening, mystery books, toys, or games. Stop by the auction table in Gore Hall or read all about it online!

If you’ve ever been to a UU service auction in any church, there are three things you know for sure:

1. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday evening

2. UU people are extremely creative folks

3. You’re having so much fun you’re surprised at how much money is raised to benefit the church

Some items auctioned  at this and other UU congregations have included a murder mystery dinner party, lullaby singing for a child, a simple will from an attorney, a riverboat cruise, homemade pickles, leaf raking in the fall, use of a time-share, music lessons, artwork, handmade jewelry, brunches…the sky’s the limit! If you have something or can do something, someone will buy it. It’s really that simple. And that much fun! Please use this link to complete your donation to the 1U Hearts and Hands Auction. All proceeds go to 1U.

Share the Plate Update

Wow!—In January, we contributed $1739.75 for Harbor House of Central Florida. Let’s see if we can keep that up in February, when we’ll be sharing the plate with Zebra Coalition. Zebra Coalition is a network of organizations which provide services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and all youth (LGBTQ+) ages 13–24. The Coalition assists young people facing homelessness, bullying, isolation from their families, and physical, sexual and drug abuse with individualized programs to guide them to recovery and stability.

Still Needed: Collections for Food Pantry

The need for items at local food pantries is as great as it ever has been. If you are able to share with others, please bring canned and dry goods in their original (unopened) containers and place them in the large blue bin in Gore Hall. We have a regular pick up by Semoran Food Pantry. If the bin is full, place items next to the bin. Thanks for sharing your bounty with others! Examples of donatables are: dried or canned beans, peanut butter, canned fish and meats, fruit snacks, canned vegetables, rice, pasta, crackers, etc.

Update Your Contact Information!

Keeping in touch with 1U members and friends is important. You can help keep those communication lines functioning by alerting the office about changes in your contact information: email address, street address, preferred phone numbers. Having current contact information allows 1U to keep you in the loop with all kinds of information about events. It is also vital that current information is available for electronic banking arrangements. Contact Amy Fairweather at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org or call the church office at 407-898-3621. We appreciate your help with this!

Plan Ahead

February 8 — Black Cat Cafe, 7:30-10:30 pm, Gore Hall

Join us at this open-mic coffeehouse to share and enjoy great music, poetry, stories, dance & more! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or visit on the Web.

February 9 – Dinner with Friends at Member Homes All Over Town, around 6 pm

Members and friends dine together, all over town, around 6 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person attending brings a different part of the meal. Please sign up no later than noon on Feb. 3rd. Questions? Sign up by contacting Alan Oberholtzer at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org OR complete a DWF sign-up form from the basket in Gore Hall, and leave it at Gaby’s Table in Gore Hall.

February 10 — 1U Blood Drive, 9:00 am-1:00 pm, OneBlood Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Shortly you will be able to make an appointment by going to oneblood.org. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

February 11 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting.

February 17 — Safety Committee Previews Draft Safety Plan,  Noon, Sanctuary

Staying Safe at 1U: A Plan for Action – Have you ever wondered what steps we take to protect our children here at 1U? Do you know what we will do if you ever have a medical emergency while you are on campus? Have you thought about what will happen if a protester disrupts our church service; or worse, if a really bad actor comes on our campus? The 1U Safety Plan we are developing addresses these concerns and much more. It also asks for your help in staying safe at 1U. We invite you to a preview of our draft safety plan. At this meeting of about 30 minutes, we will present an overview of the plan. And we will provide background information that will be helpful if you read the draft document when it goes online at our website.

February 18 — 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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

February 22 – Moon Circle Class 2: Sacral Chakra, 7:00 pm, Room 1

There are still openings for our Moon Circle.  Part class and part lunar ritual, this 6-session series meets once a month on 4th Fridays. Tuition for in-person students is $30 for the series. This time we will be studying chakras. Can’t make it to class? You can join the Facebook group online for free and follow along from home. Registration will end for in person students once all 10 spots are filled. Facebook group slots are unlimited. For more information, please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/367780004036116/?ti=ia.

February 22 and 23 — Moss Park Camping with 1U Members and Friends 

Save the dates! Further details coming soon.

March 6 – Estate Planning Presentation – 7:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

Please join us for a presentation on estate planning basics, including topics such as wills, trusts, estate taxes, and probate. For your family’s sake, be prepared–without a will, state of Florida laws will determine what happens to your estate! This free class will be led by Linda Solash-Reed. P.L., Board Certified in Elder Law & Certified Financial Planner. For planning purposes, RSVPs are encouraged, by writing to Endowment@OrlandoUU.org or by signing-up at Gaby’s table on Sundays.

March 7 — 1U Hosts Equal Equal Justice Initiative event, 6:30-9:00 pm, Sanctuary

Orlando screening of the 60-minute documentary “The Yard,” followed by a panel discussion that includes the filmmaker. Looking for hospitality hosts and parking hosts. Description: A history professor in Memphis Tennessee discovers that the parking lot of the church he attends used to be a slave yard belonging to a general in the Confederate army. Suggested Donation $10. For more information:  https://3times.org/. RSVP to peaceandjustice@valenciacollege.edu. Partners in this event include: Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), First Unitarian Church of Orlando, Peace and Justice Institute (Valencia College), Bridge the Gap Coalition, Global Peace Film Festival, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, League of Women Voters of Orange County, UCF RICHES Program, Iota Phi Theta Fraternity Inc. (Orlando Chapter).

March 9 — Game Night! Gore Hall, 6:30-9:30 pm

Bring your favorite game, snacks and a playful spirit! Children are welcome with their families.

March 11 —Donation Deadline for 1U Hearts and Hands: A Service Auction and More 

The auction team is ready to receive written descriptions of what you plan to donate. Note that the team will help out with editing the description and to finalize the pricing. Please complete the online form or a paper form available at Gaby’s table after services. If you have a business that you would like to request a donation from, PLEASE contact Lindsay Stroh first so we don’t all approach the same businesses. Remember that the funds raised support the services and programming of 1U! Auction date is April 6, 2019 at 5:30 pm. Donation descriptions due March 11. Contact the auction team to get a business donation form or with any questions: auction@orlandouu.org.

April 6 — Hearts and Hands Service Auction, 5:30 pm, Gore Hall

Be part of a great party to raise funds for 1U! Support the programs and services of First Unitarian Church of Orlando by bidding–first at a silent auction, then at a live auction with an entirely different set of items. Finger foods, wine, beer and soft drinks will be available. Will you bid on a future dinner? A tour? Homemade pies for a year? Services, vacations, and one of a kind or limited-edition fine art, dinners, parties, or events all are available! Questions? Contact Linnea Nelson for general questions at auction@orlandouu.org.

Auction FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions):


• Tickets will be on sale after February 1st. Tickets will be available online or at the auction table at coffee hour. Invite your neighbors and friends!


• Volunteers are needed for the day/evening of the event. Contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org for more information.


• We are soliciting donations of items from individuals, groups and businesses. Donations may be tangible items or intangibles such as events, trips, lessons, or services.

•  If you know of a business to approach for a donation, please contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org to coordinate. We don’t want to make multiple requests to businesses.

•  Individual donations can be submitted by filling out the donor form online (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdRbyfvO4Xnp1YxCWCwSa9E9tQDMoTx8RztHYuBSGDkB4YwYA/viewform?usp=sf_link) or at our auction table at coffee hour – Or you can contact the auction team at auction@orlandouu.org. See our list of ideas on the back.


*Tickets and gift certificates

• Shows: magic, Shakespeare, mystery, dinner theater, pirate ship, comedy, performing arts, concerts

• Theme parks

• Nature trips, day trips

• Restaurants including vegan, world wide cuisine, gourmet and family style

• Museums, observatory

• Craft adventures and parties—(with or without wine!) painting, sculpting, ceramics, arts and crafts

• Classes-dance, yoga, piano, exercise club, guitar

• Mini-golf

• Escape room

• Tickets to sports event

*Host an event at home or a club house or Gore Hall – fixed price with a limited number of participants, price and date determined

• Craft adventures and parties—(with or without wine!) painting, sculpting, ceramics, arts and crafts

• Pool party for families or just adults

• Dinner party with a theme—at someone’s home, a club house or in Gore Hall

• Scavenger hunt—at someone’s home, at 1U, at a park with a picnic. Along a historic trail finding facts

• Family contra-dance with caller

• Mystery dinner party (there are kits for this)

• Board games night

• Home repairs

• Painting

• Gardening

• Stay at my vacation home

• A day on my boat

• Original song or poem for a birthday or other event

• Entertain at an event

• Child care

• Transportation (ex. Park at my house and I’ll take you to and from the airport)

• Teach a skill/offer a class: music, knitting, computers, writing poetry, Spanish, history, grant writing

• Prepare a meal or special gourmet item on a certain date

• Gift wrapping

Tangibles (Minimum Value, $20, new or just like new items only,  these may be combined into gift baskets, no clothing, please)

• Handmade or autographed items

• Games, toys,  scarves,

• UU items, Jewelry

• Artwork

• Homemade dessert

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

February 3 – History Center’s 2019 Brechner Speaker Series Highlights Women as “Warriors for Democracy,” 2:00-4:00 pm, Orange County Regional History Center

This series is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters in support of the League’s celebration of historic events that begins in 2019 and culminates with the centennial of women’s right to vote in 2020. The series begins February 3 with historian Patricia Farless of the University of Central Florida speaking on Suffragists and Abolitionists: Getting the Right to Vote.” On February 17, Leslie Kemp Poole of Rollins College presents “Women: Fighters for Florida’s Environment.”Poole, an environmental historian and League member, was recently featured on PBS in “The Swamp,” a documentary about the Everglades.

In the Brechner Series’ third installment, Mary Adkins of the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law will present “Making Modern Florida: How the Spirit of Reform Shaped a New Constitution.” This March 10 program spotlights the League’s eight-decade battle for fair districts and constitutional reform in Florida. The last Brechner event for 2019, titled “Warriors for Democracy: The Story of the Orange County League of Women Voters,” will feature a multimedia presentation with League speakers on April 14.

“May 2019 will mark the 80th birthday of the League of Women Voters of Orange County, and August 2020 will be the centennial of women’s right to vote,” notes Gloria Pickar, the local League’s co-president for 2018-2019. “Partnering with the History Center helps us to capture and share the story of the determined women and men who have fought for many years to empower voters and defend democracy in Central Florida and beyond.”

All Brechner Series programs are free and take place from 2:00-4:00 pm at the History Center, 65 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Parking is available at the Library Garage, 112 E. Central. For details about the Brechner Speaker Series and all History Center programs, visit thehistorycenter.org or call 407-836-8500 or 800-965-2030. For more about the League of Women Voters of Orange County, visit lwvoc.org.

April 5-7 — 9th Annual Florida UU Women’s Retreat, DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend in the company of UU women from all over Florida from 3:00 pm on Friday, April 5 to 1:00 pm on Sunday, April 7. We gather in the serene setting of DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219. Tuition is $220 per person and covers expenses for a semi-private room and six meals (8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area). A limited number of single rooms are available at $292 each. A non-refundable deposit of $20 for semi-private room or $30 for a private room will reserve your place. Final payment is due January 15, 2017. Some scholarships are available. Contact Helen Leddy at helen.leddy@gmail.com to register or get the form at https://www.uuwr.org/calendar/eventdetail/70/-/florida-uu-womens-retreat.

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