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Weekly Update, June 19

Weekly Update, June 19

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 21

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

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.

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 

Password:   1U

Children & Youth Religious Education (On break)

Our at-home summer RE program for families starts this week! Check the website, private RE facebook group, and RE weekly update to access the activities. All previous weeks of virtual RE are now available at the website and here. Recurring RE fellowship has been expanded to include Dungeons & Dragons for middle and high school (alternating Thursdays at 1, starting 6/18) and Virtual Playdates for elementary (alternating Fridays at 12, starting 6/26). Our Family Connection & Support group (all ages) is still Wednesdays at 3:00 pm. Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627 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.

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 and Dayle Steakley is the July 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 are hopeful in our nation that the peaceful protests continue to bear witness to the structures of racism in our nation.  We hold the family of George Floyd in our hearts. His funeral service was held in Houston last Tuesday. We are grateful for the work of so many—here in Orlando and around the nation—working to end white supremacist structures and work toward a society that works for all.

We remember all those who are affected by Covid-19. We affirm hope and resilience as we move forward together.

In our congregation — Craig and Beverly Alig are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary today (June 14)

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – June 19

Virtual Bonfire Party — 7:00 pm, Online 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.

Saturday – June 20

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.

“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.

Monday – 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.

Tuesday – June 23

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 

The Alliance held its Annual Meeting and elected the following officers:  President – Charlotte Kendall, Vice President – Arlene Delleur, Corresponding Secretary – Lindsay Stroh, Recording Secretary – Marylynn Boris, and Treasurer – Cathy Spoone.  We voted to give $500 to the Capital Campaign and $500 to 1U as our annual pledge. We will hold Zoom meetings on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at 11 am (a link will be sent a few days before the meeting).  Please send membership dues of $15 per person or $25 per couple to the church office, c/o the Alliance. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Wednesday – June 24

WUURL Monthly Gathering — 11:30 am, via Zoom

In addition to monthly meetings on the 4th Wednesdays (at 11:30am), WUURL has added weekly chats; “Tea at Ten” is offered on the other Wednesdays of the month. This is a chance for casual check ins, as we all try to stay safe, and engaged and in community during these trying and turbulent times. We share what we’re reading, watching and thinking about. Interested in participating but not yet on the WUURL Google Group list? Contact wuurl@orlandouu.org for more information, and to access the current Zoom links.

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 25

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.

Friday – June 26

Moon Circle Class 6 — 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 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.

Other News

In-Person Campus Meetings Remain Suspended Through September 1

In-person meetings at church remain suspended through Sept. 1. But there’s plenty happening online.  If you need to visit the campus, you  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 and 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 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? Join the Mystic Grove and bring your scarves, drums, and other noisemakers and enjoy song and dance with this Summer Solstice service.

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.

Mango giveaway this Saturday, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Those big, luscious mangos are finally ready, and we want to give them to you, free! This Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. come to the church parking lot. and we’ll simply give you some. Maximum five per family. It’ll be a face mask, social distancing thing. If you’re in a car, pop open your trunk, and we’ll put them there. On foot or a bicycle? Put the bag that you’ve ever-so thoughtfully brought on the ground, and we’ll pop ’em inside. While you’re on campus, check the 1U Garden for tomatoes, green beans, cucumbers and a variety of greens. Bring a bag and knife. 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.

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.

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   


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