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Weekly Update, January 9, 2020

Weekly Update, January 9, 2020

This Sunday, January 12, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Living Our Story, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

How does the narrative of our life shape us?  Who have we been?

The congregational History Wall experience begins today after worship in Gore Hall and continues for several Sundays.

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 Heather Coddington and Kristin Mataluni report the children were focused on making the adults laugh.

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday the Grinch, along with Cindy Lou Who and Max (dog or reindeer) attended class with Kathleen Smee, Lynn Ricketts and Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen.  This Sunday we will read Oh the Places You’ll Go and make chalk paths to our futures.

Star Wars (ages 6-9): Last Sunday Mary Murphy and Michelle Tichy were the Jedi Masters as they worked on the sense of sight. This was first of a series exploring how the senses help us connect to the interdependent web of life. This Sunday the young Padawans will explore a Jedi’s sense of touch with a session that includes yoga.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13): This Sunday there will be a breakfast at 9:00 am with coffee, donuts and curriculum planning for Team Potter volunteers and those interested in social justice. The class will discuss how to transfigure our lives in the new year as well as get started on the poverty Horcrux.

Youth RE & Youth Group (High School):Our Youth toggle between Youth RE class and Youth Group. Last Sunday Melinda Raiford and Allison Larson report that the Youth Group learned about the controversy over whaling by the Japanese and discussed the pros and cons of both sides. This Sunday we discuss upcoming Virtue Ethics sessions.

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 12, Activities

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

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

1U Community Garden Harvest Starts Now

Grab a bag. Head to the 1U garden. Lots of vegetables are ready for you to pick. In the raised beds: tomatoes, green beans, kale and red romaine. If you look inside the concrete blocks that border those beds you’ll also find leaf lettuce and salad greens, so bring scissors or a knife. From the perma-garden just behind: Try some Brazilian spinach or a green papaya. In the kitchen freezer grab a bag of frozen galangal, a ginger-like root that we recently harvested and that Mary Murphy has lovingly prepared. Questions about the garden or the food it produces? Talk to Rene Stutzman (contact info in the online member directory).

Religious Education: Movie Talk — 9:30 am in the Community Room (classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center)

Movie Talk is a monthly discussion group, meeting the second Sunday of every month, that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events – in this case, movies. Today, join the movie discussion on The Irishman. Can we, should we, cheer for and support a hitman? How far does inherent worth and dignity stretch?

Tai Chi Demonstration — 11:45 am, Labyrinth

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program in 2020, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. To encourage you, our 1U instructor Katherine Vaccaro and some of her students will do a short demo today. Join us at the Labyrinth to see a few basic moves and ask questions. Meanwhile, consider adding Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday at 9:00 am in the Studio to your weekly schedule. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am.

Who Have We Been? History Wall Begins Today — 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?”

Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline 

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. Hosts and guests may use this link to volunteer to host or participate, may sign up at Gaby’s Table, or may contact Ann Mount. Questions to Ann Mount at dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Let’s ‘UU the Vote’ — 4:00 pm, UUA Website 

The UUA will unveil our new electoral organizing campaign website: “UU the Vote” (uua.org/UUtheVote, https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform). This Association-wide strategy, from now until the 2020 election, will help Unitarian Universalists grow and sharpen skills for faith-based electoral organizing. 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 at the time of unveiling.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Interfaith Multicultural Celebration — “Dare to Love”

5:30 pm    Gather at City Hall – City Hall, 400 S. Orange Ave.

 Free parking at City Commons Garage, 460 Boone Ave.

6:00 pm    Procession to Shiloh Baptist Church – 604 West Jackson St.

 Church parking is limited

6:30 pm    Interfaith Service – Led by Fr. Rudolph Cleare.

 (Rev. Sam Schaal offers Call to Action/Benediction)

Further information can be found via the Mayor’s MLK Commission, at www.mlkorlando.com.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – January 10

January 10 —  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

Saturday – January 11

Saturday Work Morning — 9:00 to noon

We are having another work morning today. Lots of small tasks throughout the campus, both inside and outside. We’ll have most of the tools, but if you want to assist in a light cleaning of the building exteriors, please bring a broom and ladder. If you have a drill, that may be put to use. Please help us as you are able, keeping our campus safe and beautiful. Questions: ltm@orlandouu.org. –Your LTME Team

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

If you’re starting or expanding an exercise program in 2020, consider adding Tai Chi to the mix. To encourage you, our 1U instructor Katherine Vaccaro and some of her students will do a short demo on Sunday January 12 at 11:45 am. Join us at the Labyrinth to see a few basic moves and ask questions. Meanwhile, consider adding Tuesday, Thursday and/or Saturday at 9:00 am in the Studio to your weekly schedule. 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.

Monday – January 13

Tuesday – January 14

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  

Please bring a bag lunch and join us. 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 – January 15

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, EC Studio (Note change of location)

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

Thursday – January 16

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


Sanctuary Projection System Down Temporarily

The Church administration team is 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 until we have the projection system up and running again. This will be 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. 19     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.

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.

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.

1U Collaborates on Food Pantry Needs with Joy MCC Church

1U is embarking on a new collaboration with Joy MCC ((JMCC) church, to support their food distribution ministries. Possibilities are varied, including contributing requested food, helping at their food pantry (they feed 100 families a week), assist with creating holiday meals, cash support, and education. The Joy MCC staff and volunteers involved in this work are eager and grateful for any participation on our part. Consider being part of a team to liaison and plan with Joy MCC. Team tasks could include, for starters, forwarding JMCC requests to 1U congregants, arranging for collection (they have agreed to pick up food as needed), planning for education opportunities, sharing information about volunteer opportunities. Contact Kathy Homblette for more specific details, at Welcometeam@Orlandouu.org.


Plan Ahead

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.
January 18 — 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.

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.

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 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 

Please join Cassandra Ryan, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee VP and Chief
Development Officer on Saturday Jan 18 from 4-5 pm.at the home of Steph Garber and
David Collins. 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