Weekly Update, July 9
NEW E-BLAST DEADLINE: Now Tuesday at 3:00 p.m.
This Sunday, July 12
Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live
Reflections on Solitude, Lisa-Marie M. S., Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
Is solitude a severance of connection to others, or an opportunity to connect with our hearts, values and spirituality? We’ll explore the value of solitude in a busy world demanding of action from those who fight for justice.
Service streamed at 10:30 am: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for Zoom. Video on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org
Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Join us for fellowship fun!
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!
Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
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1U’s Completing the Dream & Accessibility Drive Update — 11:30 a.m., Zoom
Did you hear Rev. Kierstin’s wonderful sermon, “A Congregation for All Users” last Sunday? If not, learn more by checking out this brief video by Rev. Kierstin and join our final Zoom meeting after this Sunday’s service: Link
We need your help to complete the dream. We are hearing resounding support for the recommended improvements to create four single-user, all-inclusive restrooms that are gender neutral, ADA compliant, and family friendly. To upgrade the restrooms adds about $53,000 to our budget. We have already raised over $22,000, including a $10,000 matching grant. Time is of the essence! The contractors are on site and the Board needs to make a final decision on July 20. Funding will be key in making that decision.
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To Donate: Send a check to the church office (1901 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL 32803). Note Sanctuary Accessibility Project in the memo section. Or 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 (first box) and Sanctuary Accessibility Project (second box). Thank you!
Children & Youth Religious Education
Welcome to week 4 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, July 15 at 3 p.m. and our Dungeons & Dragons group (middle school and up) on Thursday, July 16 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.
Wednesday – July 15
WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten — 10:00 a.m., via Zoom
In addition to monthly meetings on the fourth Wednesdays at 11:30 a.m., WUURL gathers for weekly “Tea at Ten” chats on other Wednesdays of the month. Join us for casual check-ins and community during these trying times. Want to participate but not yet on the WUURL list? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.
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.
Tai Chi Gathers on Sat. July 11, Tues July 14 & Thurs July 16
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 email@example.com.
Friday– July 17
Virtual Bonfire Party — 7:00 p.m., Zoom
Gather around the “virtual bonfire” with your device to share your jokes, poems, stories, songs, and more! This fellowship event is almost like a “bardic circle lite.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register, no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details to be sent to you on the day. Your turn is 5-7 min long and you may perform. pass, or you can request a performance from someone else in the circle with the understanding that they might decline.
Our Compassionate Community
If you have a short-term financial need, our Minister’s Discretionary Fund can consider a modest gift to help you, in a confidential manner. Contact Rev. Sam at email@example.com.
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. Dayle Steakley is the July 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
During this Pride month, we are joyful about the Supreme Court decision that advanced employment rights for LGBTQ Americans.
We continue to remember those suffering from Covid-19.
But Wait, There’s More!
Curious about UU Wellspring?
Watch this video from 1U members and others about UU Wellspring, a year-long spiritual deepening program beginning in August. The online retreat is required on August 8 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. We still have four spots left in the Tuesday afternoon group that meets at 2:00-4:00 p.m. and is led by John Hartgering and Beverly Alig. Contact Linnea Nelson with questions or Gaby to sign up. We hope to finalize groups this month.
Free Sweet Potatoes in the 1U Garden
In September, we’ll harvest sweet potatoes in the 1U Garden and divvy them up to anyone in the congregation who wants them. If you want some now, bring a pitchfork or shovel and help yourself! Once you dig them, let them sit for 60 days in a cool, dry place so they’ll sweeten. Most of our sweet potato vines are in the perma-garden, north of the walkway, behind the peach tree and in front of the pineapples. Questions? Contact Rene Stutzman.
Support Frontline Social Justice Leaders
Some trusted leaders and friends of mine are connecting Black, Indigenous and People of Color organizers to money and vacation homes this summer. If you have a vacation home, car, camping gear, and/or extra funds available, pledge here: bit.ly/vacation-offering. To nominate a person or organization that could benefit from access to these things, see bit.ly/mutual-aid-vacay. Matchmaking began July 1 so please fill out and share now.
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 email@example.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.
Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank
Are you available to help volunteer packing and sorting at Second Harvest Food Bank Sat. Aug 1 from 1-4 p.m.? Register at http://1uandmeetup.shfbcf.volunteerhub.com. A short training will be provided. Masks must be worn as well as closed-toed shoes.
Thank you to everyone who donated to our three month long fundraiser for the Second Harvest Food Bank! We raised a total of $20,130.02 exceeding our $20,000.00 goal! Thanks for your patience as we altered our original Share the Plate schedule to accommodate the changing landscape amidst Covid-19. We will resume the original schedule with Bridge the Gap Coalition in July, LGBTQ History Month in August, and the Adult Literacy League in September. 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.
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.
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Your Gifts Support Our Many Ministries
Especially these days, we are grateful for your continued generosity. Here 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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First Unitarian Church of Orlando
Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen