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Weekly Update – June 13, 2019

Weekly Update – June 13, 2019

News Flash!

Sunday: Drop-in Summer Covenant Group Starts 


After Service: Online Member Directory Class

Details for both in Sunday – June 16 listing


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Friday – June 14

Annual Father’s Day Slide Show Photo Deadline

Want to include your dad in our Father’s Day remembrance? Get your picture to Dave Shine at photos@orlandouu.org by noon today. Images will be compiled into a slideshow. You may, if you like, include his name, year of birth and, if relevant, death. Be sure to include how you would like to be listed. “Alternative” fathers and like-a-fathers are welcome, but be sure to indicate how you would like them listed. Examples: “Dan Jones (1936- ), like a father to me, Sylvia Brown.” “Joe LeBlanc (1920-1998), my Dad, Julio LeBlanc.” If you submitted a photo last year it will be used this year unless we hear from you.

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.

Saturday – June 15

Sunday – June 16

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

A 4-month summer drop-in Covenant Group session is slated to begin today. This is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. The summer Covenant Group will be held from  9:00-10:00 am on the 3rd Sunday of June through Sept. Regular-term Covenant Groups resume in October; sign-up is in September.

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Generational Reflections:  Honoring Our Young Adults

This is the last in the series of generational reflections. These members in their twenties and thirties have wisdom beyond their years.

We’ll also honor fathers with a special power point of photos contributed by 1U folks.

Additionally, Rev. Janet (Bridging Minister) and Rev. Kierstin (Affiliate Minister) will co-officiate a Ceremony of Dedication to Children during the service.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

9:15 am-1:00 pm Nursery for ages 9 months thru 4 years (EC Nursery)

10:30 am-11:30 am Children join in service with their parents

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. Director of Children and Youth Ministries Jess Hunt will contact you before scheduling you for a Sunday.  You may also complete a DCYM volunteer form:  https://forms.gle/5hzBsEJxhuDn6iYw8 . Questions? Contact Jess 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:

July 7 – 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.

Member Directory Class – Noon-1:00 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A

After church, come get instruction on how 1U members (only) can access and update their entry in our church’s online Member Directory. Class will be repeated at the same time and place on June 23. Drop-in and — if you can — bring your own laptop, tablet, or smart phone for hands-on help. Carolina Lofgren will show you how to add your hobbies, church involvement, photo, and a short biography that will help others in the church and our new Transition Minister learn more about you.

Mystic Grove Book Discussion: Pagan Voices Class 5, 12:00 pm-2:00 pm, Room 1

This 6-session book group meets on 3rd Sundays in Room 1 after coffee hour and reads the selection of the month out loud followed by discussion. While you don’t need the “Pagan Voices” book to drop in and check it out, your experience will be enriched if you do get your own text. Today’s session is hosted by Lesley. We take a look at “Designing Ritual for All” by Maggie Beaumont, “Cultural Sharing and Misappropriation” by Carol Bodeau. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/148867342696439/.

Monday – June 17

Monthly 1U Board of Trustees Meeting — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

1U members and friends are welcome to observe Board Meetings. To bring an item to the Board’s agenda, contact an Executive Committee member at least a week before the meeting. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – June 18 

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.

We are considering adding a class at 9:00 am on Saturdays, if there is sufficient interest. Either contact Katherine directly or call/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 a Saturday class as well.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Come join in the Alliance activity every Tuesday. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30 and will be followed by a potluck lunch at noon (a potluck is held the third Tuesday of every month).

Thank you to everyone who renewed their Alliance membership in May. This month we donated $500 to the Coalition for the Homeless to purchase school shoe for children later in the summer. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

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 – June 19

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 – June 20

DRUUMM 2.0 Participation Deadline

We are excited to announce the beginning of a new Organizing Project Initiative intended to strengthen our work at the local and regional level. Overseen and directed by Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons, we are beginning with a brief survey of members and friends who identify in some way as Unitarian Universalists of Color as to learn more about our community needs. In particular, we are seeking to better understand the gap between “what is” and “what should be.” Survey closes TODAY. Participate here:  https://tinyurl.com/DRUUMMSurvey

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.

We are considering adding a class at 9:00 am on Saturdays, if there is sufficient interest. Either contact Katherine directly or call/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 a Saturday class as well.

R & D: Ritual Book, 3rd Thursdays – 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Come help Mystic Grove organize 17 years of rituals for our 20th anniversary. Our hope for this long- term project is publication for our 20th anniversary. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/680427485673397/.

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

June 23  Summer Solstice Service by Mystic Grove

Mystic Grove and friends will explore the theme of “personal power.” All welcome! Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season:  red, orange, yellow, green, blue in summer brights. If you would like to practice the songs at home, see the playlist at https://tinyurl.com/midsummerplaylist2019. Extra singers and drummers welcome. Drummers show up at 10:00 am with your instruments and sit in the front pews. The prelude will be an improv drum circle! Singers sit anywhere in the pews and add your choice to the chorus! Coffee Hour and potluck finger food snacks follow at noon. Drop your food offerings off in Gore Hall before crossing the courtyard to come over to the sanctuary. (As a courtesy to others, please label your dish if it contains allergenic ingredients. )
For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/341300846799706/.

June 30 Several 1U members and friends will reflect on their experiences at the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Oregon.

Also today, we’ll celebrate Jess Hunt’s time at 1U as the Director of Children and Youth Ministries. Today will be her last day, and we want to wish her well. All are invited to bring cards and letters of appreciation for her work with our children and youth. There will be a Farewell and Celebration event for Jess Hunt  today after the service as well. Please join us in Gore Hall for this, as we thank Jess for her service.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Listening Circle June 23

Our church is in a period of transition, and that can be challenging on many levels. Rev. Kathy’s unexpected resignation in particular may have brought on feelings of loss, confusion, or anxiety for some of us. On June 23 at 12:00 noon, 1 U’s Lay Pastoral Associates will hold a space for sharing of feelings and quiet contemplation related to these events in The Gathering Room. This Listening Circle will be a place of compassionate listening and gentle care for one another. Limited to ten participants. For more information email pastoralassociates@OrlandoUU.org.  Sign up at Gaby’s Table on Sunday.

Getting to Know 1U June 23 and July 28

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?  Time: 11:45 am-1:00 pm, location: Classroom A.

Mystic Grove Summer Survey (Until July 1)

Did you miss the Survey at coffee hour? You can help Mystic Grove plan upcoming Adult RE opportunities by taking a 4-question survey at https://forms.gle/jY8o7mSQKNo1AUW9A.

DRUUUM Newsletter

The June edition of The DRUUMM Beat is now available, featuring:

A Blessing for Your Hands, Rev. Jennifer Ryu
Descending Into the Creative Space of Justice Whitaker
Come Chart Our Course: Asian/Pacific Islander Caucus (A/PIC) Nominations
..and more! We welcome your submissions to editor@druumm.org. More info: https://tinyurl.com/druumjune2019

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 June is Lynn Rigney, who also may be contacted at: CaringCircle@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

June 21 — Teaching Craft Circle: Fantasy Dragon Eggs, 7:00-9:00 pm

Meet in assembly room for crafting and fellowship fun! This month our teen teacher, Lady Jai, is back and teaches us how to make our own fantasy dragon eggs based on the tutorials at our own fantasy dragon eggs based on the tutorials at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5S-MxT2W7hw and http://www.shurtugal.com/2014/09/19/create-your-own-dragon-egg-with-this-easy-and-inexpensive-dragon-egg-art-project/ . If you are an at-home player, post your pix of what you made! Cost: $5 donation to help replenish art supplies. While we will have an assortment of egg sizes, tacks, and metallic paints. Feel free to bring other embellishments: glitter, sequins, etc. for your egg. You can also do the painting with nail polish, so bring your old bottles if you like! Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1157425981085994/.

July 3 — Eva Brinson Memorial Service, 3:30 pm, Sanctuary

Please join us for the memorial service for longtime 1U Member, Eva Brinson. A reception will follow in Gore Hall.

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 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.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

June 13 Lost Women’s History:  Getting the Vote League of Women Voters of Orange County Education Series — 6:00-8:00 pm, EC  Room 1

This LWVOC-sponsored summer reading and discussion group exploring 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 these Thursday evening  sessions: June 13, July 11 and July 18.

The book for the second session, the book is African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. Details for early-supper-before-session-meetups TBA at the first meeting. These sessions are sponsored by LWVOC History Committee but all are welcome. Sessions free; donations for room rental appreciated.

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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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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