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Weekly Update – July 25, 2019

Weekly Update – July 25, 2019

News Flash!

Saturday: Bingo Fundraiser with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Details in Saturday – July 27 listings


Sunday: Religious Education Committee Meeting

Details in Sunday – July 28 listings


Rev. Schaal Joins 1U Staff August 4

Details in Plan Ahead


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Pledge Reminder

Pledge/contribution statements were emailed to 1U members and supporters on Wednesday, July 17. Please review your statement and contact the church office (churchadministrator@orlandouu.org) if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Friday – July 26

Saturday – July  27

Tai Chi  — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (No class today; Classes resume July 30)

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. If you have any questions, please contact instructor Katherine Vaccaro via her directory listing or email the Church Office (fuco@cfl.rr.com). The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit, so the weekday folks will be encouraged to attend Saturday class as well.

BINGO Tonight 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

Ready for a night of total fun? Join us –  all are welcome to this 1U fundraiser, hosted by the Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  Prize baskets for winners! Cards are $5 donations. Light refreshments will be provided for players. Note:  All players must be 18 or older and non-players that are not working the event will be asked to wait outside Gore Hall.

Sunday – July 28

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

Each pint of blood can save up to three lives! Make an appointment by going to oneblood.org and get a cool new OneBlood hat when donating! For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Let It Be a Dance,  by Worship Associate Linnea Nelson

Linnea will explore spiritual practice for Unitarian Universalists of all backgrounds and theological leanings.

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!

The intergenerational lessons for this summer will be from Gathering the Spirit:  https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/gather.

We MUST have at least two teachers each week to offer the classes. Having children in the program is NOT a requirement. Please let us know which Sundays you are available to assist. A member of the Children and Youth Ministries team will contact you before scheduling you for a Sunday.  You may also complete a DCYM volunteer form:  https://forms.gle/5hzBsEJxhuDn6iYw8 . Questions? Contact the team members at dcym@orlandouu.org.

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

No ARE offering today

Plan Ahead:

August 11 — 9:30 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events – in this case, movies.  Join the movie discussion on Toy Story 4 in the Community Room.

“Getting to Know 1U” Session – 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Classroom A

The 1U Membership Team continues to host monthly “Getting to Know 1U” sessions and all are welcome to attend. Bring your coffee and questions, chat with the minister and Membership Team folks. Learn what you need to know:  What is Unitarian Universalism? What is the history of First Unitarian? How can I get involved in this ‘beloved community?’ What is the path to official membership in the congregation?

Religious Education (RE) Committee Meeting – noon-1:00 pm, Enrichment Center Room 5

Please come one and all for the first meeting of this newly formed committee! 1U President Mary Dipboye has asked Michelle Tichy to serve as Interim Chair to help the group get started and to work with Rev Sam. The committee will focus on the families of children and youth, ages 0 to 18. At the July meeting, the Committee will make a plan for upcoming Sunday morning RE sessions and review its Charter. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, contact Michelle Tichy and Cindy Schleier, Board Liaison to RE Committee.

Planning Team Meeting for OPPD 2019 – 12:30-2:00 pm, Gore Hall Classroom B

Mystic Grove sponsors the planning meetings for Orlando Pagan Pride Day (OPPD). Would you like to help plan this event or volunteer? Join us! It will be held on Oct 5, 2019 in the Carter Center at Bill Frederick Park. OPPD is part of the larger Pagan Pride Project: http://www.paganpride.org/. Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/377521632888292/.

Monday – July 29

Tuesday – July 30

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio 

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. Members will find her contact info in our online directory, or contact the church office (fuco@cfl.rr.com). The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit, so the weekday folks will be encouraged to attend a Saturday class as well.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by a bag lunch at noon. Please join us, all are welcome. For July we voted to give $500 to the New Image Youth Center (NIYC). 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 pm, EC Studio

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

Wednesday – July 31

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.

Choir Practice — 7:15 pm, Sanctuary 

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

Thursday – August 1

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio

All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. Members will find her contact info in our online directory, or contact the church office (fuco@cfl.rr.com). The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit, so the weekday folks will be encouraged to attend a Saturday class as well. Update: Please note that Tai Chi will be cancelled for four sessions in late July: No class on July 20, July 23, July 25, and July 27. Classes will resume the regular schedule on July 30.

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.

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

Upcoming Sunday Services: Theme – Spiritual Practice and What it Means for UU’s

August 4 — Janus: A Dialogue on Endings and Beginnings, by 1U Transitional Minister Rev. Sam Schaal and Bridging Minister Rev. Dr. Janet Newman.

Using the Roman God, Janus, as  symbol of change and new beginnings, Rev. Sam is recognized as 1U’s Transitional Minister and Rev. Janet ends her Bridging Ministry.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Flowers Team Down to Only 3 Active Members; Are You Interested in Joining?

Have you noticed the decorative flora at the pulpit during Sunday services? Simple, beautiful and easy for anyone to do! Spot the pretty bouquets at grocery stores and elsewhere? Do you grow flowers or ornamental shrubs? Pass a friend’s garden or wildflower field en route to church? Love to create floral arrangements? Want to make an almost effortless contribution to our community on the occasional Sunday? We even provide the vases! Join the Flowers Team and help provide pulpit flowers & greenery for a few services a year! On the Sundays of your choice you can supply purchased cut fresh flowers, a potted plant or flower, an orchid, wildflowers, something from your garden or that of a neighbor (after you are given access)– even fine silk arrangements. Then you can take it home, give it away, or leave it in Gore Hall for church visitors to enjoy. No need to attend early services to participate! To learn all the details or to join the team right now, email Karla Kizzort at flowers@orlandouu.org.

Join 1U A/V Team

Want to learn about sound systems, or how to present a slide show or video? Then the 1U Audio/Visual team is for you! You don’t need to be an expert to join in the fun. Personalized training is provided, and you can polish your skills as you go. Contact us at audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can always just show up at the A/V room right after service to chat. More info here.

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. Those who volunteer to be Monthly Coordinators 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. Other 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., during a member’s period of recuperation.  Please contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about, and for each other.  CC contact for July is Dayle Steakley, and the August contact is Linda Piantieri, both of whom may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Pastoral Care Associates

These can be challenging and difficult times as we try to understand what is happening in the world and how it relates to our personal lives. It can be comforting to know you’re not alone and it helps to have someone from 1U’s faith community listen, care, and offer support. Pastoral Care Associates are fellow 1U members who have been especially trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Through this minister-extending program, 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.

To Report Campus Maintenance or Repair Needs

Please contact the Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement (LTME) team at ltm@orlandouu.org.

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

August 1 — 1U Welcomes Transition Minister Sam Schaal 

As 1U enters a period of transition ministry, we will have an experienced guide in Rev. Samuel R. Schaal. He comes with an impressive background as a minister and a transition ministry expert. A member of one congregation he served described him as “a compassionate, smart, driven minister who brings a wonderfully light touch to services and events.” Another said: “He made us look at ourselves to figure out what we needed to do to get ready for a new settled minister, and that wasn’t always comfortable. But we benefited from his service.”

Currently completing a stint as Transitional Assistant Minister at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, Rev. Sam has, since 2000, served UU congregations of all sizes in transition. A Texas native and graduate of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, he has worked in community ministry with non-profit organizations doing outreach to various groups, including homeless LGBTQ youth. He has also given his time to charitable organizations, inter-faith groups, and various UUA projects. Rev. Sam’s credentials go beyond the church door. He holds certificates in non-profit management and financial planning and has experience as a wealth manager and corporate communicator. In ministry, he says he uses these business skills to help  congregations “connect healthy finances to church mission.”

In his interview with the 1U Interim Search Team, Rev. Sam said he believes worship services should “use all the senses” and that “everything can be ministry.” He said he was drawn to our application because 1U seemed like a congregation “ready to do some work.” We look forward to having him with us. To learn more about First Unitarian Church of Orlando’s new minister, you can visit his website: https://samuel6079.wixsite.com/home.

August 2 – Mystic Grove 1st Friday Projects, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1\

Gather for working fellowship on 1st Fridays! This month we continue to make give away beads for Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2019 on Oct 5th. We also staple chant books and have a rehearsal for our Aug 10 Chant Class at Sublime Elm to benefit Orlando Pagan Pride 2020’s rental fee. If you want to sing with us, pop on by! RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2589262614440384/.

August 3 – Chairs Orientation Day & Leadership Development, Gore Hall, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

“Orientation Day” for all Chairs and other committee officers! Come for the campus tour, your new room key codes, help updating your 1U website pages, help planning your Opportunity Fiesta tables and more! This year the Opportunity Fiestas will be Aug. 18 and Aug. 25 at coffee hour.  Church members will be able to meet lay leaders and learn about what small groups they would like to participate with in the 2019-2020 church year! For more info see Cat Rigby or Kathy Homblette.

August 3 – Seeds of Intention Workshop, 9:30 am, Assembly Room

Lammas or Lughnasadh is the cross-quarter holiday on the Celtic calendar which marks the midpoint between Summer Solstice and Autumn Equinox. Some of the seeds we planted at Imbolc are ready for harvest. We assess the progress that we’ve made in nurturing our endeavors, and we plan for future harvests, which will sustain us through the dark months of winter.

In this workshop, we honor the sacrifice of Lugh, representing that which goes before us to offer support and guidance as the days grow shorter. As we follow his lead, we prepare ourselves for a day in the distant future when we will be called to the underworld. We are talking about death, but not in the sorrowful sense. Two themes rose from my end of life studies last year, and one is that if we carry an umbrella, we are less likely to need it, and two, if we knew our days were numbered, we would live more fully each day that remains.

Registration begins at 9:30 am. Supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Please dress for comfort and bring your own beverage (water, coffee, and tea provided) and your journal, if you’d like to write about what comes up for you. The cost for this event is $65 per person/$50 for 1U Members (Cash at Registration or Paypal: Melmagick@gmail.com). SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP only if you can commit to the full day. Come grow with us! Sponsored by the 1U Pastoral Associates.

August 3 –  Celebration of Wep Ronpet, the Kemetic New Year 6:15-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

We will celebrate the end of the harvest season with an Osiris Grain Bed, tell the “How Beer Saved the World” story, and perform a red pot execration to clean out the bad things from the last year, and prepare for the start of the New Year.

6:15 pm “Meet and Greet” in living room area off the foyer. Learn about Unitarian Univeralism, Paganism, Mystic Grove, First Unitarian, what to expect at a ritual, and more!

7:00 pm – Ritual by Lesley, 8:00 pm Potluck. Clean up at 9. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/577754079386472/.

August 4 – Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando and CUUPs. 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, worshipping, serving and fellowship. August is membership month! If you’d like to join and help plan programming or simply want to support with a donation, come on out for annual member dues and group pix! Annual dues are sliding scale: $10 – $25. More info and RSVP at: https://www.facebook.com/events/520037311866810/.

August 4 –  Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism No meeting this month!

NO MEETING in August! The congregation will be celebrating after the service on August 4, as we thank Rev. Janet for her months of service as our bridging minister. AND we will be welcoming Rev. Sam Schaal as our transitional minister. Ellen Tetlow, Charles Davis, Kathy Homblette are all on the Transition Team (along with Joanne Wojtyto and Elizabeth Horn), and will be hosting the Social Hour that day. Please plan to attend and join in the celebration.

August 9 — 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.

August 10 — Clean the World Volunteer Morning, 9:00 am-noon, 2544 E Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando

1U volunteers will be going to Clean the World. Clean the world gets partially used soaps, shampoos, lotions, and hair conditioner from hundreds of local hotels. They sanitize and remake the soaps into full bars and distribute it to those in need. We will be separating the donated products over a large table. Wear comfortable shoes. It’s great fun; we can do good while gabbing. Kids are welcome if they are 8 or older! Please RSVP to foodbank@orlandouu.org. AND register by following this link (each individual group member must do this):  http://cerv.is/m?0271r1UMeetUp. Bring: A refillable water-bottle (we will have water available, and ask that you bring your own water-bottles to limit the amount of waste we create.

August 18 — Summer Drop-in Covenant Group, 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Gathering Space

This is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. The summer drop-in Group runs now through September. Sign up in September for new regular Covenant Groups starting in October.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

Vote for 1U Member and Professional Comedian Logan Donahoo in “Best of Orlando Readers Poll 2019(Deadline: August 6, 11:59 pm)

Time to vote for Orlando Weekly’s Readers’ Poll Best of Orlando 2019.  A vote for 1U member Logan Donahoo for “best local comedian” can be cast along with other “Best of” votes at https://www.orlandoweekly.com/orlando/BestofOrlandoReadersPoll2019/Page#/gallery?group=317249. Vote until 11:59 pm on August 6 EST. Winners will be announced August 21.

September 7 — Join the Fun at Parramore New Image Youth Center 

Work with  youth grades 3-8 making bracelets and polishing nails. A girls day with some super guy volunteers joining us as well! Many of these kids come from mom-only households and would benefit from men being present as well. We will meet at 12:45 pm for set up, and the young people will arrive about 1:00. Each volunteer will work with 2 kids.  Bring kids or grandchildren  10th grade and over that love to help!  Supplies will be there for us, but  if you have additional you can bring, there is extra credit! Please RSVP by August 31 to Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org

Ongoing Activities, Donations and Volunteering  Resources can be found here on the First Unitarian Web site

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Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

Email: RevJanet@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org