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Weekly Update – June 28, 2019

Weekly Update – June 28, 2019

News Flash!

Saturday Tai Chi Class Begins

Details in Saturday – June 29 listings


Farewell and Celebration for Jess Hunt

Details in Sunday – June 30 listings


Eva Brinson Celebration of Life

Details in Wednesday – July 3


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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 – June 28

 Class 6 Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra – 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Room 1

Moon Circles are Closed Circles limited to 10 adults at a time. This allows the Moon Circles to provide a safe space for listening, sharing, and fostering deeper connections. (Childcare is not provided.)  We are studying Chakras this block and continue with the Third Eye Chakra and Crown Chakra. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2071551166270025/.

Saturday – June 29

Saturday Tai Chi starts Today!! — 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 – June 30

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

The Power of We: Reflections on the UUA General Assembly, by 1U Members & Friends

 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.

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. 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.

Farewell and Celebration for Jess Hunt – after service, Gore Hall

All are welcome to join in this, as we thank Jess for her service.

Monday – July 1

Mystic Grove Summer Survey (Deadline: TODAY)

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.

First Monday Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – July 2

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.

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 3

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.

Eva Brinson Celebration of Life Service — 3:30 pm, Sanctuary

We will hold a Celebration of Life for longtime 1U Member, Eva Brinson today, followed by a catered reception in Gore Hall.

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 – July 4

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.

RUUM Meeting  — 11:30 am, Marlow’s Tavern

The Retired UU Men will lunch at Marlow’s.

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 7“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.

July 14 To Be Determined

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

As 1U prepares to welcome Rev. Sam Schaal as Transition Minister, some thoughts about what it means to practice hospitality with one another and with “strangers.”

July 28“Woo-woo and UU”  by Linnea Nelson

An exploration of  how spiritual growth is accessible to all of us.

Missed a Sunday?

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

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, for July is Dayle Steakley, both of whom 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 5 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/.

July 7 — Meeting to Discuss Next Steps with Children and Youth Religious Education, 11:45 am, Room B

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

July 7 — Mystic Grove First Sunday Monthly Meeting, 12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

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/.

July 10 — 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.

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 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

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