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Weekly Update – July 5, 2019

Weekly Update – July 5, 2019

News Flash!

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race

Details in Sunday – July 7 listings


Welkin Becomes EMC


August 4:  Rev. Schaal Joins 1U Staff

Details for both the above in Other News


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Pledge Reminder

The church fiscal year ends on June 30.  All those who have not yet completed their pledge for the current fiscal year are urged to do so as soon as possible. To help us credit your pledge payments properly, please note in the memo filed of your check which fiscal year your payment is for (current fiscal year:  7/1/2018 – 6/30/2019 or the upcoming fiscal year:  7/1/2019 – 6/30/2020). Thank you!!  Have questions?  Contact Amy in the church office (FUCO@cfl.rr.com).

Friday – July 5

Mystic Grove First Friday Projects 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

The Mystic Grove will work on material for Orlando Pagan Pride in the fall! July we’ll be working on giveaway necklaces and prayers beads. Guests welcome. If you would like to help, feel free to drop in on the first Friday each month. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2303981549838406/.

Saturday – July  6

Tai Chi  — 9:00 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. 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.

Sunday – July 7

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

What Does it Mean to Forgive? by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

Forgiveness is a difficult concept for us even though we have been raised to exercise it. A well-known book by Anne Tyler, Saint Maybe, gives us some easy-to-take theology about forgiveness based on a family in Baltimore.

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

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.  On July 7,  join the movie discussion on Rocketman. What happens when, rather than searching for truth, you seek to hide it, avoid it, disguise it? Ask Elton John. We will inevitably make comparisons between Bohemian Rhapsody, the life of Freddie Mercury; and Rocketman’s story of Elton John. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

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.

Mystic Grove First Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:00-3:00 pm, Classroom A

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group 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. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/368402000458290/.

First Sunday Fellowship — Times and Locations Vary

Another chance to get together and enjoy other 1U friends!  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. Anyone is welcome to attend any group that is of interest to you… get to know more folks in the congregation! Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Monday – July 8

Tuesday – July 9

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

Monthly business meeting today at noon. Help us determine which organization will receive a needed donation. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by a bag lunch at noon (a potluck lunch is held the third Tuesday of every month).

If any at-large member would like to occasionally help in the Resale Shop on the third Sunday of the month after the church service, please let Charlotte Kendall know. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Aging Support Group Monthly Meeting – 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A 

A group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.

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 – July 10

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.

RUUM Meeting  — 11:30 am, UCF College of Medicine

The Retired UU Men will visit UCF College of Medicine at Lake Nona to  learn about and discuss their Willed-Body Program.

Choir Practice — 7:15 pm, Sanctuary (Note: Choir is on hiatus until August)

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

Thursday – July 11

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.

Class 3: Kitchen Witchery — 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

In this series, we explore multiple demonstrations from Kitchen Witchery by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Learn how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen. Today’s topic is “The Kitchen Witch’s Garden” with a 1U Garden tour led by Mary. You can view the syllabus at https://mysticgrovecfl.wordpress.com/education/kitchen-witchery/.

Drop-ins welcome. $5 per class to observe the demo and if supplies allow, you can also do the activities. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/895168924168193/.

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 Service Themes

July 14A Little Bit of Me, with Dave Shine

The service includes music by Eclectic Music Collective (formerly Welkin), and Dave’s reflections. Dancing may ensue.

July 21Radical Hospitality as a Spiritual Practice, by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

 This topic is especially relevant since 1U’s Transition Minister, Sam Schaal, will soon join the 1U staff. However, this spiritual practice is essential at all times for the health of 1U and its congregants.

July 28Let It Be a Dance,  with Linnea Nelson

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

August 4  — Rev. Sam Schaal and Rev. Janet Newman will share the service

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.

Vote for 1U Member and Professional Comedian Logan Donahoo in “Best of Orlando Readers Poll 2019

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.

Updated Building Use Policy Discussion Session July 21

The Building Use Policy and related documents have been updated. A committee of church members worked with staff and researched documents and fees at other facilities in order to update the policy for 1U. A meeting to discuss the new Policy will be held on Sunday, July 21 from noon to 1:00 pm in Room A.
The document includes three parts: Building Use Policy, Fee Schedule and Facility Use Agreement. Click on the links to each document to review prior to the meeting.

Listening Circle Rescheduled for July 28

Change is never easy, you fight to hold on, and you fight to let go.” On Sunday, July 28, the 1U Pastoral Associates group is hosting an opportunity to express and explore your feelings about the changes 1U is facing. A Listening Circle is a safe and compassionate space of listening and meditation as we prepare ourselves for the next step of the transition. Time/location: 12:00-1:00 pm in the Gathering Room. To RSVP or if you have questions, please email pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Welkin becomes EMC; New Name Brings New Mission

Beginning July 1, Welkin has assumed name and mission of EMC (Eclectic Music Collective). EMC will be 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. Please watch this and other 1U communications platforms for more details, including rehearsal schedules as well as wants and needs for upcoming Sunday and other services. We look positively forward to composing the next musical chapter of 1U’s story with and for our 1U friends and family. Thank you most sincerely for your support, love, encouragement, and good will as we move forward to support 1U’s mission with music! — EMC

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, who also 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

July 12 — 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.

July 14 — Board Meeting to Discuss Next Steps with Children and Youth Religious Education — 11:45 am, Room A

The Board is holding a meeting to discuss next steps for Children and Youth Religious Education. Hope you can join us!

July 21 — 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.

June 27 — Mystic Grove: Kitchen Witchery Class 2, Gore Hall

In this 8-session adult summer series on 2nd and 4th Thursdays, we explore various demonstrations from “Kitchen Witchery” by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Learn how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen. Today’s topic is “Tools of the Trade” Led by Lesley. $5 donation welcome to replenish supplies.

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.

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 transition minister, you can visit his website: https://samuel6079.wixsite.com/home.

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.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

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

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

July 11 Lost Women’s History:  Getting the Vote League of Women Voters-Orange County Education Series, 6:00-8:00 pm, EC  Room 1

This LWVOC-sponsored summer reading and discussion group focuses on developing a better understanding of both the white and black women’s rights issues before 1920, including the key forces in play in the U.S. from 1850 to 1920. This exploration of women getting the right to vote through the lenses of race, class, gender, and national origin is led by UCF history instructor Patricia Farless. Dates for the final Thursday evening  session is July 18. These sessions are sponsored by LWVOC History Committee but all are welcome. Sessions free; donations for room rental appreciated. Comment by several attendees of early sessions:  “This set of insights is a real gift to those who are able to take advantage of it.”

Skinner House Books Seeks Book Proposals by July 15

Skinner House Books is seeking proposals for a book of religious rituals for occasions that aren’t normally marked with rituals, as well as nontraditional approaches to otherwise familiar rituals. Rituals might include, but are not limited to, occasions such as gender transition, adoption, bridging into elderhood, blending two families into one, and many more. Deadline for submission is July 15. For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2Wo7liO.

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