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Weekly Update, March 22, 2020

Weekly Update, March 22, 2020

1U This Sunday, March 22

Worship — 10:30 am, Only on Facebook Live

Stillness in an Age of Noise

Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

History’s greatest thinkers and spiritual leaders knew how to use the wisdom of stillness, especially in times of noise and confusion.  Join us as we explore being still, calm and serene in the world as it is today.

To access the service, go to the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando and “like” the page.  On Sunday at 10:30, go to the page and access the service live.  A video of the service will remain on Facebook through the week, and it will also be posted on YouTube.

Inquirers Series: Faith Development and Social Justice 11:30 am, online via Zoom

Curious about Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church? Join Rev. Sam, Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, Sarah Gray, and the Membership Team as we engage Faith Development and Social Justice in the UU tradition. We will meet online via Zoom. Just use this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/739605189

New to Zoom? Go to Zoom.com and register for a free account. On a laptop or desktop computer (camera and microphone needed), download Zoom. On a smart phone, download the Zoom app.  Just click the link above when the meeting starts.

Children & Youth Religious Education This Week


As we navigate face-to-face isolation, we are trying new ways to stay connected. We have Virtual Religious Education and a Virtual Youth Covenant Group scheduled for this Sunday, March 22.  More events will be coming for parents, children and youth. Be sure to check your email and Facebook for the most recent news and group video calls.

This Sunday, March 22

12:00 noon online via Zoom: Youth Group Covenant Group & Check-In

After the Facebook Live Service (about 11:00 am): your family is welcome to do all or part of this week’s at-home, virtual RE lesson at 1U Virtual RE 3.22.2020.

Ask a Grandparent

Once upon a time there were long summers with few camps and no soccer and definitely no computer programming camp. What did parents do with their children? What did children and youth do for fun? You can read books (Little House, Tom Sawyer) or Google family activities, but a win-win is to call (or Facetime/Skype) a Grandparent.  Ask Grandma what she did when she was a kid and school wasn’t in session. Or ask what she did with her kids during those school vacations. When you call her, not only will you get some actionable activities, you will make a Grandparent feel valued and useful. Tip: it doesn’t have to be your grandparent – we have quite a few grandparents at 1U.

A Century + One

1U member Irma Scudder is turning 101 this Sunday, March 22. Your family might want to make Irma a birthday card; but first research 1919: pick your area of interest and surf away to 1919:

Sports ( Babe Ruth to Yankees, Green Bay Packers born)
Cartoons, films (Felix the Cat, silent movies)
Politics (unions, President Wilson, Versailles, Women’s Rights)
Disasters (Great Molasses Flood, race riots,)
Transportation (Model Ts, streetcars)
Toys (TinkerToys, electric trains, dolls, Teddy Bears, Lincoln Logs)
Treats (Corn Flakes, Oreos)
Music (Dixieland, Mandy by Irving Berlin, I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles)
Art (Picasso, Dali)

After your curiosity is sated, send Irma a card. Her address can be found in the online member directory.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Saturday – March 21

Mystic Grove Spring Equinox Celebration (Ostara), 7:00-9:00 pm, Online via Zoom

We are having Ostara 2020 online via Zoom. Feel free to join us! Mystic Grove ritual is led by a volunteer leader each time who may do it in the style of their path. Barbara offers worship in her Ecclectic Wiccan style. Printable order of service, song links, and Zoom connection info at https://tinyurl.com/MGOstara2020. Come (via your device) just as you are or dressed in colors of Spring!

Tai Chi Continues at 1U
One of our few in-person group activities still scheduled is our Tai Chi class, which meets at 9:00 am on Tues/Thurs/Sat. During the coronavirus restrictions we are meeting outdoors and keeping 6′ of distance from each other. The location is the wide sidewalk on the parking lot side of the Enrichment Center. Chairs can be brought out for those who need to be seated for portions of the class. No charge until we move back indoors, although donations direct to 1U are always welcome. Any questions? Please email taichi@orlandouu.org.

Other News


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

Worship Schedule — All are welcome to attend

March Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of WISDOM?

March 29   10:30 am Only on Facebook Live

The Wisdom of Universalism, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

In the demands of these days, our Universalist heritage gives us particular wisdom of how to be a singular part of the greater whole of our interdependent world.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Multigenerational Space in Enrichment Center Courtyard: Lead Volunteer Wanted

Would you like to see the courtyard in the Enrichment Center transformed into a welcoming space for multigenerations? Are you the kind of person who likes hands-projects? And enjoys supervising volunteers to accomplish projects? We have a plan for the courtyard of the Enrichment Center which includes several features designed to encourage play and movement. This phase of the plan has been funded by a generous contribution from one of our families and we are eager to get started! When additional funding becomes available, the plan will expand to include a wide walkway and benches to encourage interaction. Now we need an individual to transform the plan into reality! Contact Mary Dipboye for more information (phone and email in Member Directory).

Pastoral Associates Listen, Care and Help

Do you need someone to talk to about what’s going on in your life? Someone who will listen and care but not dump advice you don’t need on you? Lay Pastoral Associates are trained listeners who will never tell you what to do…but they will listen, care, and help you sort out your feelings. Please contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org for a trained UU listener from our beloved community. Absolutely confidential!

Needs for Joy MCC Food Pantry

For March, Joy MCC has asked for donations to help restock their food pantry. Please consider adding something from the list below to your grocery cart. Items can be dropped off in Gore Hall throughout the month.

Fruit cups (individual child sized)

Baby food (NOT formula, no glass please)

Grape or strawberry jelly (no glass please)

Questions? Contact Kathy Homblette at Welcometeam@orlandouu.org

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. We 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. 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. In March, contact Cindy Schleier at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org if you need help or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about and for each other.

Special Website Member Section

We’ve moved some information on the website into a password-protected member section. There you’ll find the member directory, detailed information on church governance (board, bylaws and approved annual budgets), building and grounds information including the campus safety plan, and volunteer information for religious education. Watch the section’s evolution as it grows to become a rich resource of information for members and leaders of the church. Your directory password works for the new member section. If you don’t have a password and need one, contact webmaster@orlandouu.org.

The Alliance — Meetings Canceled Until Further Notice

We hope all our members are well and safe and look forward to seeing everyone again when the church campus reopens.  For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Plan Ahead   (Note: These events may be rescheduled or canceled)

April 4 — Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Date

This sorting and packing event is still scheduled, due to their growing need. If anyone who has already signed up to participate needs to cancel, please contact Steph Garber at Bloodrive@Orlandouu.org

April 5 — Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, Noon-2:00 pm, Online

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Everyone is welcome to attend the 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Short fellowship time to follow – BYO snack to your computer screen! Connection details at https://tinyurl.com/MGMeetingApril2020

April 5 — Wrestling with our Understanding of Race Book Study (This event has been canceled)

April 10 — Black Cat Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm-12:00 am, Gore Hall

Are you a performer? Bard, troubadour, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Enjoy being part of the audience? Join others at the monthly open mic night and enjoy wine, beer, pizza, snacks and a great show! Last month there was even an on stage marriage proposal! All are welcome! $2 donation. For more info email BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org  or go to https://tinyurl.com/blackcatapr2020.

April 12 — Movie Talk, 9:30 am, Community Room

Movie talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events–in this case, movies. Join the movie discussion on The Way Back. Embracing our own inherent worth and dignity is a formidable challenge when alcoholism and addiction have lead us on a path to anguish and self-disgust. This movie talk is scheduled for Easter Sunday which connects to the film’s themes of redemption and rebirth. Note: Ben Affleck plays the lead role in this movie based on lessons learned from his own life. The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.

April 20 — 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. Executive Committee Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister and immediate Past President.

April 25 — Clean the World Volunteer Date (Canceled until further notice)

May 10 — Blood Drive, 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus, 1U Parking Lot

Please plan to give. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Line up a specific appointment through OneBlood.org. Other dates: July 12, September 6 and November 1.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

UUMFE Species Artwork Grant

UUMFE is excited to announce that a limited number of mini-grants up to $250 are available to help your congregation create its species artwork for this year’s Procession of the Species at the UUA General Assembly (GA) in Rhode Island! To apply for a mini-grant — and to sign up for GA in general — check out this link.

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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