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Weekly Update, June 11

Weekly Update, June 11

We will continue our online-only gathering through at least September 1

NEW E-BLAST DEADLINE: Please note our new deadline to receive submissions is now Tuesday at 3:00 pm. Thank you!

1U This Sunday, June 14

Worship — 10:30 am, Online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Rooted, Inspired, Ready! Mary Ann Horne, Cindy Schleier, Joan Nelson, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

How have our roots formed us for this day? How are we inspired to be a transformative faith? How are we ready to face oppression and challenges of today? Some of our delegates to the (online) General Assembly of Unitarian Universalist congregations on June 24-28 ponder this year’s theme.

Service streamed at 10:30 am: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo will remain posted on https://www.orlandouu.org

After Worship

Informal Fellowship — 11:30 am, Zoom

Link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137
Password:  see Friday’s e-mail e-blast for Password

Welcome Center for Newcomers — 11:30 am, Zoom 

Linkhttps://uuma.zoom.us/j/87592586779
Password:   1U

Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism — 11:30 am, Zoom

How have you changed? And how are you changing?  Sharing thoughts and feelings from this past week and reactions to: A Special UUA President’s Column: A Message to White Unitarian Universalists by Susan Frederick-Gray, 6/4/2020

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87547107749?pwd=djhwUEJBak5NUFFXZ09XNEdneUozQT09

Password: 2020

Children & Youth Religious Education (On break)

All previous weeks of virtual RE are now available at the website and here. Our series of at-home summer RE lessons will be available next week! If you want to sign up to receive a box of supplies, please sign up here! Continue to join us on Zoom for an informal Family Connection & Support Group, now at 3:00 pm on Wednesdays. Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627

Your Care Team

Your Care Team stands ready to help you and to stay connected during these times. We are composed of two 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 efforts to church members experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes by providing rides to medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc. Lynn Rigney is the June contact, reachable at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Joys and Concerns

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

Will you be ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ during Hurricane Season? Contact your hurricane partner NOW and make plans! No hurricane partner? Caring Circle can help you get one. If you want help, or can help others, don’t wait until the winds start to blow. Email CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

We remember the 49 victims of the June 12, 2016 Pulse nightclub tragedy and honor their memories. We continue to offer witness to the unjust death of George Floyd, and work through towards dismantling white supremacist structures in our nation. We affirm the presence of hope and resilience as we move forward together through the Covid-19 pandemic. Jeter Walker is a proud grandfather for the fourth time with the birth of Elanor Louise Seaton in Greensboro, NC, the first child of daughter Betsy and her husband, Eric. Libby Jackson shares her joy about NASA Spacex Astronauts’ successful launch and docking with the International Space station recently. We continue to remember all those affected in the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who are ill and their families.


Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – June 12

Moon Circle Class 5 — 7:00 pm Class, 8:00 pm ritual; Online via Zoom

Taking inspiration from UU curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom,” Mystic Grove teachers Cat and Mary adapt it for all adults. Each month we examine a decade of life either looking back or looking forward. This class reflects on “Our 20’s” and you are invited to bring a photo of yourself in your 20’s to share if desired. Think “drop in covenant group plus ritual honoring the decade of the month.” Register for this free online class by emailing mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 12 hours before the event. Zoom connection information will be sent to you.

Saturday – June 13

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health has resumed its regular Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule. We’re meeting at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Av, just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need some gentle exercise and have more schedule flexibility, please join us. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – June 16

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health has resumed its regular Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule. We’re meeting at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Av, just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need some gentle exercise and have more schedule flexibility, please join us. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Alliance Meeting — 12:00 pm, via Zoom (Note time change)

The Alliance will hold its annual meeting online today. A link will be sent to all members a few days prior to the meeting. We will vote on our 2020-21 budget and Board officers. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Wednesday – June 17

Family Connection & Support Group — 3:00 pm, 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.

Online Drop-In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm, via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5812270111

Are you needing extra support or connection, or an opportunity to explore spiritual thoughts? Join this special Zoom Drop-In Covenant group. You do not need to be currently in a covenant group. Anyone is welcome to join us.

Thursday – June 18

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health has resumed its regular Tues/Thurs/Sat schedule. We’re meeting at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Av, just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need some gentle exercise and have more schedule flexibility, please join us. For more information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.


Other News

In-Person Campus Meetings Remain Suspended Through September 1

At its May 18 meeting, your Board voted that in-person meetings at church would remain suspended through Sept. 1, unless circumstances change. Online worship and meetings continue. Also, all visitors on campus must wear a mask if there is another person present and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet. We will continue to evaluate the situation. Whatever the future brings, we will be guided by the common good and safety of our diverse multi-generational church community. As always, reach out to your Board (BOT@orlandouu.org) or Minister (revsam@orlandouu.org) with your concerns, questions or suggestions.

Upcoming Sunday Services

June Worship Theme: What does it mean to be a people of COMPASSION?

June 21 — Living the Question, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

How to deal with the challenges of the day?  Perhaps by inviting the questions with open hearts. The poet Rilke advises to trust in the difficult.

June 28 Finding Wild, The Mystic Grove CUUPS at 1U

What is “wild” in your spiritual practice? Where can you find it? How does doing it help you experience joy and self compassion?

UU Wellspring Information Video

Watch this video from 1U members and others about their experience in UU Wellspring, a year long spiritual deepening program that will begin again in August. Retreat is required on August 8 from 1:00-5:00 pm. (on Zoom) and you can sign up for the Tuesday afternoon 2:00-4:00 pm group or the Thursday evening group 8:00-10:00 pm group. Tuesday is led by John Hartgering and Beverly Alig; Thursday is led by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen. Contact Linnea Nelson with questions or Gaby Cabrera to sign up. Spaces are still available in both sessions and we hope to finalize groups this month so that we can send out the welcome letters to everyone at once.

Come Pick Free Veggies in the 1U Garden

Ready to harvest in the 1U Garden this week: tomatoes, green beans, cucumber, peppers and sunflowers. Two giant sunflowers have lost their petals and are heavy with seeds in the perma-garden. (They’re near the papaya tree on the west edge of the garden.) Come help yourself. Also, some of the mangos, finally, are ready for picking. The tree is in the middle of the parking lot near the signs that read, “Park here last.” Look for those that are bright yellow and red. Please take no more than five per family. Once a greater percent is ripe, we’ll haul out a ladder and strip the tree then set up a drive-through give-away. Watch this space for details. If you have questions, contact Rene Stutzman.

Second Harvest Share-the-Plate Update

Many of you have already donated to 1U’s online fundraiser for Second Harvest food bank to help the hungry in our area at this difficult time. We are at $15,447, $1,000 of which is the congregation’s half of a matching grant offered last Sunday. (The $1,000 match earned will be included in the early June total.)

If you are able to give (or give again)…any amount, it will be greatly appreciated. For every $10 donated, Second Harvest  can provide 40 meals to kids, seniors, and families in our community. Will you please help our neighbors in need? You may send a check to Amy at the church or give online at https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl. Thank you to all who have participated…many more than once.  Feel free to share the Second Harvest giving link with friends: https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl.

Orlando Solar Co-op Opens to All Orange County Homeowners

1U is partnering with the City of Orlando to offer homeowners a pathway to accessing 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. At 1U, you may also contact either Mary Dipboye or Michael Cohen to learn more.

To Make Offerings

Here are convenient ways for you to continue your generosity during this time:

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

Text – Simply 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. Once your registration is complete, you will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, simply send a text with the amount you wish to give, and it will process automatically! For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate


Plan Ahead   

June 19 — Virtual Bonfire Party, 7:00 pm via 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 mysticgrove@orlandouu.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.

June 20 — “1U Socially Distant Moving Party” — 10:00 am, Sanctuary and Classrooms 2-4

It’s time for us to clear out the sanctuary for MPaul (our contractors) to start their work on our renovations on Monday, June 22. Today we move packed and labeled items to temporary storage in Enrichment Center Classrooms 2, 3, & 4 and remove any items that are no longer needed. We need able-bodied volunteers who can help make quick work of clearing it all out. We should be able to get it all taken care of that one day–perhaps just in the morning with enough helpers! Suzanne Oberholzer is working with the groups that have items in the sanctuary to get things sorted, packed, and ready to go. During this process we will make every effort to work as distantly as possible. Please arrive masked and bring gloves if those make you feel more comfortable. We will have hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies available. For those of you who remember our moving parties during the Enrichment Center and Gore Hall renovation, consider this a “Moving Party Lite” compared to that experience. And, in case you’re wondering: We are not moving the pews- MPaul will take care of shifting and protecting those as they work in the space. Questions? Contact Suzanne Oberholtzer.

June 21 — Summer Solstice Service Photo Submissions Deadline

The Mystic Grove will present the sermon Finding Wild on June 28 in celebration of the Summer Solstice. You are invited to submit pictures of you and your family with a candle or chalice, or alternately, a short video clip of summer play, dancing, or “jumping for joy.” These will be included in a music video set to Enter the Center by Abbi Spinner McBride, who has graciously given us permission to use her music. All are welcome at 1U! Listen to the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1YAShZwKL2g. Submissions go to mysticgrove@orlandouu.org, no later than June 21.

June 26 — Moon Circle Class 6, 7:00 pm Class, 8:00 pm ritual, via Zoom

Taking inspiration from UU curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom,” Mystic Grove teachers Cat and Mary adapt it for all adults. Each month we examine a decade of life either looking back or looking forward. This class reflects on “Our 30’s” and you are invited to bring a photo of yourself in your 30’s or a picture of what you would like to do in your 30’s if desired. Think “drop-in covenant group plus ritual honoring the decade of the month.” Register for this free online class by emailing mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 12 hours before the event. Zoom connection information will be sent to you.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

Let’s ‘UU the Vote’

The new UUA electoral organizing campaign website: “UU the Vote” (uua.org/UUtheVote, https://www.uua.org/liberty/electionreform) provides an Association-wide strategy to help UUs grow and sharpen their skills for faith-based electoral organizing from now until the 2020 election. 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.

 


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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org