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Weekly Update, March 26, 2020

Weekly Update, March 26, 2020

1U This Sunday, March 29

Worship — 10:30 am, Only on Facebook Live

The Wisdom of Universalism, Rev. Samuel Schaal, 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.

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 and on orlandouu.org (click Worship / Miss a Service?)

Inquirers Series: Membership and Congregational Life 11:30 am, online via Zoom

Join Rev. Sam, Board President Mary Dipboye, and the Membership Team as we continue our exploration of Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church. This week:  Membership and Congregational Life. We will meet online via Zoom. Use this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/780305946

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

Connecting — As we navigate face-to-face isolation, we are trying new ways to stay connected. Be sure to check your email and Facebook for the most recent news and group video calls. The links below will direct you to at-home programming and links to Zoom calls.

This Sunday, March 29

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 3.29.2020. We will begin a series of lessons this week on “Love Surrounds Us.”

3:00 pm online via Zoom: Youth Group Covenant Group & Check-In

Teens and parents are welcome to attend. This week our focus topic is What Is Sacred? Can’t make it? You can still do the session as a family later in the week. Get it at https://tinyurl.com/1uyouthgroup03-29-20

We are reaping what we sowed. The lessons we have shared with our Youth are being acted upon in this time of crisis.  One of our teens dropped off magazines, batteries, and treats for her grandmother (no face-to-face visits). Another youth made and delivered apple galette for elderly neighbors.  Two teens are helping grandma with a pregnant dog. When we said “inherent worth and dignity” in our RE classes, they were listening.

7:30 pm online via Zoom: Harry Potter Popcorn Theology

Continuing lessons learned from the Harry Potter RE class, but ALL are welcome! If possible, please watch Deathly Hallows Pt 1

From Your Care Team (Pastoral Care Associates and Caring Circle)

Covid-19 Care Plan: If you would like to sign up to be a phone or e-mail buddy, please contact PastoralCare@orlandouu.org or CaringCircle@orlandouu.org and let us know:

(1) if you can help another, or

(2) if you would like some help for yourself.

We want everyone to know during these unusual times that we can stay in touch with each other since we are a community that cares about and for each other.

Joys and Concerns

We offer these joys and concerns while we cannot meet in worship in person:

We offer heartfelt condolences to Julie Emmer whose mother Dorothy Warmke died peacefully in her sleep March 18 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. She was 92.

Our hearts and prayers are with Charles Davis. His wife, Carol, was recently transferred to hospice care and has since died from complications of cancer treatment. Charles welcomes your calls and cards. His response may be slow as he journeys through these days.

Congratulations to 1U member Irma Scudder who recently turned 101.

Libby Jackson reports that after 3 months with a broken ankle she is happy to have started physical therapy for walking.

A friend of the congregation, Victoria Goddard, with our renovation contractor MPaul, has been diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. She is feeling well and starts chemo March 27. She has blessed us in her work. Our healing thoughts are with her.

Please also send healing thoughts to Karla Kizzort, diagnosed this week with myasthenia gravis.

Wednesday, April 1

Family Connection & Support Group — Noon, Online via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. Join us on your work or school lunch break. Bring a craft or something you have been working on for a “show and tell!”

New! Online Drop-In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm, Online via Zoom

In this time of Covid-19, 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 via Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/5812270111

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – March 27

Moon Circle Class 3 — 7:00-9:00 pm, Online with Zoom

Taking inspiration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3cnKDpWXy8  from UU curriculum Becoming Women of Wisdom, we examine the decades of our lives past and those to come to create our own “decade story.” The first hour is like a covenant group. The second hour is lunar ritual. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register. Class is free (or sliding scale) but limited to 15 students. There are spots still available.

Saturday – March 28

Tai Chi at 1U — 9:00 am, Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday (These sessions have been canceled)
One of our few in-person group activities still scheduled is our Tai Chi class. During coronavirus restrictions we are meeting outdoors and keeping 6′ of distance from each other. 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.

Stress Club: Lunch & Pictionary — 1:00-3:00 pm, Online with Zoom

Some Mystic Grove members gather on 4th Saturday for lunch out to de-stress. This month we bring lunch to the computer for fellowship. We will also try playing pictionary. Will it work? Will it be weird? Let’s find out together! Connection details at https://www.facebook.com/events/949564595461094/

Wednesday – April 1

Zoom Drop In Covenant Group — 7:00-8:30 pm,

In this time of COVID-19, are you needing a little extra support? A little connection? Even 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.

Join Zoom Meeting online at https://zoom.us/j/5812270111

Or call in with One Tap Mobile:

+16465588656,,5812270111# US (New York)

+13126266799,,5812270111# US (Chicago)

Or call in either number below and enter meeting code: 5812270111:

+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)

+1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)


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

Missed a Sunday?

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

Find Solace, Leafy Greens in the 1U Garden

It is peaceful and quiet, especially in the early morning. If you are out for a walk or on the way to the store and need a place to meditate or escape, stop by. Let this lovely, verdant place with herbs, trees, vegetables and buzzing bees soothe you.

Available this week at the 1U Garden: Leafy greens. We’re a “u-pick” operation, so bring a knife and a bag and cut some leaf lettuce and spring salad greens that are planted inside several concrete blocks that border some of our raised beds. Step into the perma-garden just behind. We recommend our Brazilian spinach, but you’ll also find nasturtiums. Both the leaves and blossoms are edible. If you venture outside the garden you’ll find a loquat tree loaded with fruit just outside the southeast corner of the RE complex. Over in the parking lot green space, near the church office – where the signs read “Park here last” – the smaller of two trees is a mulberry bush. Come pick its dark purple berries. They look and taste like blackberries.

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 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 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. Jenny Lockington is CC contact for April and can be reached at the same email address.

Special Website Member Section

We’ve moved some information on the website. Questions? 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: All in-person events on the 1U campus are canceled through at least April 9 during the county stay-at-home order. Later events may be canceled)

April 4 — Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteer Date, At Second Harvest Facilities

Please join with other members of 1U to support the Second Harvest Food Bank at this time of great need. As this unusual time continues, many neighbors are without income and filled with fear how they will feed their families. Second Harvest has literally hundreds of new people arriving at the doors of the many food banks they supply here in Central Florida. At the same time, their shelves are low and they need our help. Please give whatever amount you can afford.  Gifts small and large will combine to allow us to live out our UU values and help the less fortunate right here in our own community. If you have questions, please contact Steph Garber at Bloodrive@Orlandouu.org. Thank you for your gift.  We are all in this together:  https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl

April 5 — Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting, Noon-2:00 pm, Online

The Mystic Grove is First Unitarian Church of Orlando’s covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter. 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, worshipping, serving and fellowship. The monthly meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend online. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. We the meeting is done, those who want to linger for a fellowship time may do so. Connection details at https://www.facebook.com/events/163494798319251/

April 10 — Black Cat Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm-12:00 am, Gore Hall (This event has been cancelled)

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.

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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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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