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Weekly Update, July 31

Weekly Update, July 31

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This Sunday, August 2
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Why Be Religious? Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

In our increasingly scientific world, why be religious?

Service streamed at 10:30 a.m.: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org


After Worship

Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Join us for fellowship fun!

Link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137
Password:  189674


Welcome Center for Newcomers — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Are you new? Would you like to learn more about our congregation? Join us to learn more and ask any questions you may have!

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87592586779?pwd=QW11eTVmTXhVR2xYZGlaZklZcmRaUT09 

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Password:   1U

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Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Join us for our regular monthly meeting.  We will discuss the 21 day Racial Equity Challenge, view a Facebook video together and have conversations about # Wall of Moms group.

Link: https://tinyurl.com/1U-WWUR-8-2

Meeting ID: 875 4710 7749
Password:   2020


Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., via Zoom

First Sunday meetings of the Mystic Grove, First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group, are a great way to get to know us. Everyone is welcome to attend online via Zoom to discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Virtual BYO lunch to follow the meeting for those wanting online fellowship. Zoom link will be posted on the day at the Facebook event page or you can email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGmeetingAug2020


First Sunday Fellowship Zoom Social Gatherings — 5:30 p.m., Zoom

Today is the first Sunday of the month, and instead of going out to dinner together as we did pre-Covid, 1U members and friends will have Zoom social gatherings at 5:30 p.m. First Sunday Zoom Fellowship groups are all over town: in Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, in West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway. Join us to meet new people and deepen existing relationships. Anyone is welcome at any group. Hosts maintain email invitation lists for each area. To be added to an area invitation list, host a new area group, or get more information, contact Marty Haddad at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.


Children & Youth Religious Education

Welcome to week 7 of our at-home summer RE program for families! Check the website, private RE facebook group, and RE weekly update to access the activities. RE fellowship next week will be our Family Connection & Support group (all ages) on Wednesday, August 5 at 3 p.m. and our Dungeons & Dragons group (middle school and up) is now meeting on Thursdays at 1  p.m! If you would like a set of supplies for your family or to RSVP to fellowship events, respond here or contact Sarah at REcoordinator@orlandouu.org.

This Week

Saturday – August 1

Lammas 2020 Online Ritual 7 p.m.– 9 p.m., via Zoom

Lammas is the point between the Summer Solstice and the Fall Equinox. Join the Mystic Grove, 1U’s pagan affinity group, in celebrating the start of harvest time. Themes include:

— celebrating the bounty of the earth
— giving thanks for blessings
— preparing for the transition of harvest time (physical and spiritual)

Online ritual is at 7 p.m., and virtual potluck at 8 p.m. for those who would like fellowship time after the worship. Zoom link will be posted on the day at the Facebook event page or you can email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGLammas2020

Tuesday – August 4

Alliance – 11 a.m., via Zoom

The Alliance meets on Zoom August 4 at 11 a.m. (a link will be sent a few days before the meeting).  For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Wednesday – August 5

Family Connection & Support Group — 3:00 p.m., Online via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.

Drop-in Covenant Group – 7 p.m – 8:30 p.m., via Zoom

In this time of Covid, are you needing a little extra support, a little connection, and even an opportunity to explore spiritual thoughts?   Join this special Drop-In Covenant group.  You do not need to be currently in a covenant group, anyone is welcome to join us.
Link:  https://tinyurl.com/drop-in-covenant

Meeting ID: 581 227 0111

Passcode: 2020

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten Gathers on  Weds.  August 5, 12 &19

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten — 10:00 a.m., via Zoom

WUURL gathers for weekly “Tea at Ten” chats on all the Wednesdays of the month, EXCEPT for the fourth Wednesday when we meet at 11:30 a.m. Join us for casual check-ins and community. Want to participate but not yet on the WUURL list? Contact wuurl@orlandouu.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.

Tai Chi Gathers on  Sat. August 1,   Tues August 4 &  Thurs August 6

Tai Chi — 9:00 a.m., Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health resumes its Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Ave., just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need gentle exercise, join us. For information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – August 9

Movie Talk — 9:30 a.m., via Zoom

Jon Stewart wrote and directed the political comedy Irresistible that’s available for streaming (Amazon and others).  One character in this film says “This system, the way we elect people, it’s terrifying.  And exhausting.  And I think it’s driving us all insane.” We will meet via Zoom to discuss this movie and elections, insane or otherwise.

Meeting Link

Meeting ID: 737 7749 8033
Password:  SfWpR6

Return Your 1U Covid-19 Response Survey by August 1

As 1U addresses the changing nature of Covid-19 on our worship services, our programs and all church activities, we want to hear from you about how you are experiencing the current response as well as how you feel about steps we will need to take in coming months. Please be sure to follow the link to a brief survey.  It takes only a few minutes and responses are anonymous. Thank you for your input as we consider how to ensure we take all proper steps to open our campus. Questions? Contact Joan Nelson at jnel123@yahoo.com.

Sanctuary Update 

It’s happening!! Your amazing kindness and generosity grows! Our goal for the Accessibility Campaign is $53,108 and as of Tuesday we have $51,231 pledged! If you missed our last service please view the update from Rev. Kierstin about the restroom project for the Sanctuary! 

The renovation work continues as the new AC unit is in place and operational. The staging in the Sanctuary is under construction and the plans for the all-user restrooms have been submitted to the City for approval. Please check out the pictures on the 1U website.

Thank you to all who have given so generously! If you have not pledged it is not too late! Any additional pledges will protect our reserves or be put towards our Sanctuary wish list.

To Pledge: Please send an email to karen.ramberg@gmail.com 

To Donate: Please send a check to the Church Office and note Sanctuary Accessibility Project in the memo section
Use the Donate button on the upper right hand section of our website https://www.orlandouu.org/ and fill in the boxes next to CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, with your amount  (in the first box) and Sanctuary Accessibility Project (in the second box)


Karen Ramberg on behalf of the Restroom Task Force and Renovation Team

Our Compassionate Community 

Your Care Teams

Lay Pastoral Associates provide buddy relationships of deep listening and care to be a companion with you through difficult times. Contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.  The Caring Circle offers practical help with rides to medical appointments, help with meals, pet care, etc. Greg Scott and Meg McGarry are the August contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Hurricane Season is here. Contact your hurricane partner now and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Joys and Concerns

To share your joys or concerns please send an email to joysandconcerns@orlandouu.org

We affirm that the peaceful protests and all the witness against racism and white supremacy in our nation now is an opening for the possibility for reform and restructuring following the deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta.

We continue to remember those suffering from Covid-19.

Lindsay Stroh gratefully reports that she is doing well following outpatient cancer surgery on her back.  She appreciates calls, cards and messages.

A Celebration of Life service was held last month in Pennsylvania for the son of Anita Thompson’s son Ed.  Anita couldn’t travel due to Covid concerns.  Videos were taken which Anita will be able to view and treasure.

Additionally, Anita’s apartment was flooded from the recent heavy rains.  Repairs are almost complete and Anita hopes to be back in her own home at the end of this week.

Jeannie Carter is in Ft. Lauderdale with her sister.  Her 30-year-old nephew did suddenly for a blood clot of the brain

But Wait, There’s More!

21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge Starts August 1

Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism is sponsoring a 21-day racial equity habit building challenge.  We will post readings, videos, activities to the Wrestling with our Understanding of Racism facebook page each morning for your use. For those who do not use Facebook, access the resources from 1U Racial Justice Challenge  google doc. We are using materials from the original developer of the challenge Eddie Moore and the YWCA  challenges in Cleveland and Miami. Popular research suggests that it takes 21 days to start a new behavior or habit.  Eddie Moore suggests, “For 21 days, do one action to further your understanding of power, privilege, supremacy, oppression, and equity.” Each week will focus on a different knowledge area. The first week will be on Voting and Racial Justice.

Covenant Groups for 2020-2021

Time to sign up for Covenant Groups! Covenant groups are a monthly small group ministry providing spiritual deepening by exploring topics themed to worship services. Groups will meet October-May on the third week of the month. Group members are asked to commit to attend their group each month.  This year groups will begin online. The Wednesday night group will always be online. Also, if you want to check out what covenant group is like, join our Drop-In Covenant Group every Wednesday from 7-8:30 p.m. The link is in the Weekly Update each week. To sign up for a covenant group, please click here and complete the form.

 Celebration of Joe 

This past Sunday, July 26th was Joe Donatone’s MIT (Minister in Transition) last Sunday with the Tri-UU and is now moving to his next ministry as Chaplain at Cleveland Clinic. Due to Covid no in person celebration was able to be held.  You are invited to “raise a glass” in a toast of celebration and gratitude and invited to share brief anecdotes, poems or songs. Private notes can be sent to Joe via email (joedonatone@gmail.com). Plans for Joe’s October Ordination in Orlando are being revisioned.


The Adult Literacy League has been teaching Central Florida’s adults to read and write, and to speak English for more than 50 years. They recruit, train, and support volunteers in Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties to serve as one-to-one tutors and small group/class instructors to the more than 3,000 adults they serve each year.

To donate: https://www.adultliteracyleague.org/donate/  (please type “1U” in the “additional comments” section)

To volunteerhttps://www.adultliteracyleague.org/volunteer-tutor-orientation/

Becoming a Superhero Member (A monthly giving program that supports volunteers and students and allows the organization to adapt and grow): https://www.adultliteracyleague.org/theleagueprogram/

Online auction (7/25/20 and running through 8/1/20): https://www.adultliteracyleague.org/events/rbtw-2020/ and https://www.32auctions.com/adultliteracyleague.

We are also calling for nominations for the upcoming year 2020-2021. Have an organization you’d like to nominate? Fill out the form HERE.

Raised Beds Available in the 1U Garden

Want to plant a fall garden? We’ve got several 8-by-4 foot raised beds with improved soil and an automatic watering system available. Come garden with us. It’s fun! We also have two full-sized metal used wheelbarrows to give away. Nothing wrong with ’em. Just taking up too much storage space. Contact Rene Stutzman.

Looking to Volunteer During the General Election?

We are seeking volunteers for the upcoming elections on November 3. Once again we are joining the Supervisor of Elections Office Adopt-A-Precinct Program to serve our community and raise funds for the church. To volunteer on election day, you must be registered to vote in Orange County, FL, attend a training class, and be at your assigned polling place by 6:00 a.m. on Election Day. If interested, email Gaby at programassistant1u@gmail.com.

Vote From Home! 

If you would prefer to vote my mail due to concerns about Covid-19, The League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC), a grassroots, non-partisan organization, is recommending online voter registration and requesting a Vote-By-Mail Ballot (VBM) now. Early voting and voting on election day are still options, but Vote-By-Mail provides and ensures a convenient, and safe path to ensure everyone’s voice will be heard. Click the link for more information on voting options: League of Women Voters Voting Guide.

Orlando Solar Co-op Opens to All Orange County Homeowners

1U partners with the City of Orlando to offer homeowners a pathway to access affordable solar photovoltaic arrays for their homes. Orlando Solar Co-op 2020 is now open to all homeowners throughout Orange County. Since 2015, when 1U helped to launch the first solar co-ops in Florida, more than 20 1U families (1,600 families statewide) have installed solar on their homes through the co-ops. For more information, visit solarunitedneighbors.org/orlando. Contact Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.

Sharing news by text, blog, Facebook?  Add one more share:

Many of you are signed up for the 1U googlegroup and if you are, consider sharing justice information, meetings on line,  links of importance –by sending an email to 1UJustice@googlegroups.com. Not signed up?  Email Social Justice: socialjustice@orlandouu.org to sign up for the 1Ujustice googlegroups email list. We only need your first name and your email address.

Your Gifts Support Our Ministries

Thank you for your generosity. Here’s how to give:

1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.

Text – Send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $50). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link. Enter your cardholder name, and credit or debit card information. You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you are giving and it will process automatically. For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate


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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org