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Weekly Update – June 6, 2019

Weekly Update – June 6, 2019

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Sunday Service: Come Dressed to Play with Your Gender Expression, Step out of the Box of Gender Norms, Stretch Gender Role Ideas 


After Service: Online Member Directory Class

Details for both in Sunday – June 9 listing


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Campus Tree Management
As part of the long-term management of the trees on our campus, we implemented a tree trimming program several years ago. We strive to budget and contract trimming each year in order to keep our trees as healthy as possible. Please note that this year we are having to remove one of our laurel oaks that has reached the end of its productive life. Sadly it is the tree that provides shade in the driveway at the Enrichment Center. Our contracted tree expert noted that a trimming this year would not extend the productive life of the tree, and the dead branches would be a safety hazard for people and cars. So we are taking the tree down this week and will be grinding the stump. We plan to plant a new tree at the appropriate time in the coming year.
We thank the tree for its years of shade, oxygen and calming presence.
Your LTME Team

Friday – June 7

Mystic Grove R&D: Holidays and Holy Days (1st Fridays) — 7-9:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends help CUUPS curriculum team develop “Holy Days and Holidays” for UU Ministers. Want to help educate ministers about your Pagan or Earth Centered path? Bring your list of holidays and holy days and contribute to the compilation! The goal is publication for General Assembly in June 2019. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/759556771057899/?ti=ia.

Saturday – June 8

Sunday – June 9

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Gender Fabulous, by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, 1U Affiliate Minister (engaged in community ministry)

This Sunday, Rev. Homblette Allen will be exploring issues of gender, beauty, and joy. We encourage those who are willing, to come to church dressed for the service! Use your imagination and dress in a way that plays with your gender expression, steps out of the box of gender norms, and/or stretches ideas of traditional gender roles. Feel free to go all out or make one small change. You could paint your nails, wear a color you normally wouldn’t, try an outfit you’ve always wanted to wear and never had a place to wear it, leave off or put on make-up, wear shoes that challenge expectations, or switch styles with a friend. This service is for everyone, of all genders, ages, and experiences- come and let’s be fabulous together!

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

9:30 am in the Community Room — Movie Talk

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles regarding shared cultural events – in this case, movies. On June 9 join the movie discussion on Long Shot. Is Long Shot a romantic comedy with political overtones or a vehicle for a political message disguised as a rom-com? Either way, you know when you see the two stars,  Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron, that you will like them, root for them and the humor will be risqué. Long Shot reminds us that our search for truth often means we need to look inside ourselves for the truth, and that is always a risky search. (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 16 and 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.

Craft Creation and Auction – 1:00-2:30 pm, Gore Hall

Make flaming chalice ornaments, suncatchers and earrings too! There are still spaces available for this crafting and auction event. Snacks and craft materials provided. $10 per person–you may share your project with a child. Patterns provided or design your own. Sign up and see the samples at Gabby’s table. Donated by Lindsay Stroh.

Popcorn Theology (Inside Out)  — 12:00-2:00 pm, Room 1

In this 6-session series on 2nd Sundays, we explore the selections from “Popcorn Theology for All Ages” — the latest from the “popcorn collection.” This is an intergenerational class for families and adults who are young at heart. Popcorn and lemonade provided! This month we explore the connection between UU Principle 1 and the themes of Inside Out. The film is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley where five personified emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust —try to lead her through life as she and her parents adjust to their new surroundings after moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/421936338552029/?ti=ia.

Monday – June 10

Registration Deadline for Mystic Grove “Kitchen Witchery” Adult Series 

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. Text is provided. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/647978112338109/?ti=ia. For more information please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting. Note: There will be no July meeting of the Executive Committee.

Tuesday – June 11  

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.

Aging Support Group Monthly Meeting – 1:15-2:15, Gore Hall Room A 

A group for those facing issues of aging. Join us on the second Tuesday of each month. The group will evolve to meet the needs of the participants and will be led by Pastoral Associates Jenny Lockington and Sharon Durrant. No sign up needed.

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 12

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 13

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.

Mystic Grove “Kitchen Witchery” Adult Series  —  7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Kitchen

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. Text is provided. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/647978112338109/?ti=ia. For more information please email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

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 16   Sermon: “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. Parents whose children haven’t participated in this ceremony before are invited to let Rev. Janet know (email RevJanet@orlandouu.org) by June 10 with the children’s names.  We’ll have a brief walk-thru at 10:15 am, before the service.

June 23  Service arranged and conducted by Mystic Grove to honor our connection with the summer solstice.

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.

Mystic Grove Summer Survey (Until July 1)

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

Community Garden Link now Live on 1U Website

Check out the drop-down menu item for the Community Garden on our website under Connect —> Groups. There is also a link to the Community Garden page on the Campus Description and Maps page, as well.

Babies and Bailouts Gratitude

Many thanks to everyone who came out to learn, discuss, and take action at last week’s Babies and Bailouts Watch Party! We watched the panel discussion provided by Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), had a great conversation of our own, shared some good food, and donated more than $800 collectively to the National Bailout Fund to bail black mamas out of jail and reunite families. If you were unable to attend but would like to learn more, to watch the panel yourself, and/or donate to the Bailout Fund, please check out the links below and email Rev. Kierstin with any questions. Thank you!

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) https://www.blacklivesuu.com
National Bailout Website (to learn more and to donate online) http://nationalbailout.org
Babies and Bailouts Panel Discussion (we stopped watching at 1hr 23min) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mh-mal_Imuc
Exposing the Bail System video from last night (on Facebook) https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=586720075034181
Is Prison Necessary? New York Times article about prison abolition at https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/17/magazine/prison-abolition-ruth-wilson-gilmore.html

DRUUMM 2.0 is HERE! (Deadline to participate: June 20)

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 on June 20, 2019. Participate here:  https://tinyurl.com/DRUUMMSurvey

Annual Father’s Day Slide Show (June 14 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 on Friday, June 14. 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.

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 14 — 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

Email: RevJanet@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org