Weekly Update, May 14
We are gathering online only during the stay-at-home order.
In-person events scheduled in May and later months may be canceled or postponed. Please stay tuned.
1U This Sunday, May 17
Worship — 10:30 am, Online via Zoom and Facebook Live
On the Threshold of a New Congregation, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
On this day of the annual meeting, we are on the threshold of this historic congregation moving into its future. Becoming a new congregation isn’t becoming different—it’s moving toward a deeper way of being church in a new generation. The Congregational Annual Meeting follows at 11:30 am.
Service streamed at 10:30 am: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for Zoom. Video will remain posted on https://www.orlandouu.org
1U Annual Congregational Meeting — 11:45 am, online via Zoom
Our Annual Congregational Meeting will be held virtually today. The following meetings will be held online with this link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137. You need the password sent in the email e-blast on Friday.
11:30-11:45 am Arrive. Members enter names into “chat”
11:45 am-noon 1U Endowment Board Annual Meeting
noon-1:00 pm 1U Congregational Annual Meeting
Members and friends are welcome to attend, however, only members can vote. The meeting packet was sent on Sunday, May 10 with subject of “Important Annual Meeting Information.” This same email will be sent again on Friday, May 15. The voting form is the first link in the email. Use the voting form to submit your vote now through Monday, May 18 at 1:00 pm. Votes are being taken on next year’s budget, nominees for the Board and the Nominating Committee, and nominees for the Ministerial Search Committee.
Children & Youth Religious Education (On break until June)
RE is on a programming break until June. All previous weeks of virtual RE are now available at the website and here <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bTC0VGMEl7d828IMozjR6EfQgL7QLi81ceUGPT-wU44/edit?usp=sharing>. In the meantime, let’s stay connected on Zoom (Wednesdays at 5:00 pm.) for an informal, 30-minute Family Connection & Support Group. Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627
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. In May contact Jenny Lockington at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.
Joys and Concerns
To share your joys or concerns please contact Gaby Cabrera at programassistant1U@gmail.com.
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.
Elizabeth Horn shares that her family is celebrating the successful cancer treatment for her stepfather, Sam Walters.
The church’s Mystic Grove pagan affinity group celebrated their 18th birthday last November. This month they mark four years as a chapter in the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans. They say thanks to 1U for the church’s continued support and encouragement.
Linnea Nelson has passed her exam to be a Master Level Credentialed Religious Educator, awarded by the UUA.
In these difficult days, we continue to remember all those affected by the pandemic, especially those who are isolated, at risk, those who are helping others, and those who need help.
We remember Ahmaud Aubrey, a young black man murdered by two white men while jogging in a Georgia suburb in February. This is another incident in a long and growing list of black people killed by white people; evidence of the continued evils of racism and white supremacy.
We also honor the silent joys and sorrows that we hold in our hearts.
Coming Now Through Next Week
Friday – May 15
Teaching Craft Circle: Simple Origami 102 — 7:00 pm, Online via Zoom
HS Youth Julia comes back to teach more origami! You will learn old favorites like the “heart chain” and “crane” along with new designs! BYO paper, scissor and markers if desired. Printer paper is fine, it does not have to be special origami paper. If you have string or thin ribbon and tape, that will be helpful for “heart string.” Register for this free online class by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 hours before the event. Zoom connection information will be sent to you.
Saturday – May 16
Tuesday – May 19
UU Wellspring Info Session — 3:00 pm, Online via Zoom
Want to learn more about UU Wellspring, the spiritual deepening program for the UU Soul? Request the link from Gaby (programassistant1U@gmail.com) and join us today or Thursday, May 21 at 8:00 pm. You can come to either info session.
Wednesday – May 20
Parents, kids and youth welcome. We have been exploring our interconnected web with the laughter of youth, children and parents. Join us for a virtual virtual color scavenger hunt. How does this work? If Sarah says “yellow” we will all rush about our homes to find something yellow!
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 – May 21
UU Wellspring Info Session — 8:00 pm, Online via Zoom
Want to learn more about UU Wellspring, the spiritual deepening program for the UU Soul? Request the link from Gaby (programassistant1U@gmail.com) and join us today.
Upcoming Sunday Services
May Worship Theme: What does it mean to be a people of THRESHOLDS?
May 24 – On the Threshold of a New Faith, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
Sixty years ago this month, representatives of historic Unitarianism and Universalism met separately and simultaneously to decide an important question: Should the two traditions consolidate? They overwhelmingly said yes and a new, yet continuing, tradition was born. Their affirmation continues to birth new visions for this age.
May 31 – On the Threshold of a New Self, Rev. Samuel Schaal, Sarah Gray, Aubrey Connelly-Candelario
Becoming a Unitarian Universalist is not just about finding a new faith. It can also be about finding a new self.
Come Pick Free Veggies in the 1U Garden
Want free vegetables, grown on 1U’s campus by church members and friends, without chemicals? Grab a bag and knife and come pick your own at the 1U Garden. It’s on the west edge of the church campus. Ready now: Pole beans, yellow squash, yellow peppers, cucumbers, leaf lettuce, other salad greens and kale. The pick-ready pole beans are in bed No. 4 and a second stand way at the back of the perma-garden. (Take the brick path as far as it goes then look for a bamboo teepee.) Squash is in bed 7; leaf lettuce and salad greens are in beds 3 and 7. The yellow peppers are in bed 6. Pickable kale is in bed 7, plus some at the very front of the perma-garden on both the north and south sides. (Gotta look carefully, though.) Be generous to yourselves! Don’t take tiny snippets, take a bunch. We’ll grow more. Also, wander back into the perma-culture garden behind the raised beds. It’s full of edible things, most of them green leafy plants. Try creating your own salad mix: nasturtiums, katuk, Brazilian spinach, cranberry hibiscus and moringa. Questions: contact Rene Stutzman (contact info in 1U Online Member Directory).
Second Harvest Share-the-Plate Update
The donations continue to come in for our ongoing fundraising drive for Second Harvest Food Bank. We are now at a total of $11,872.11. We thank everyone that has so kindly given. Second Harvest Orlando feeds more than 550 food pantries across Central Florida’s seven counties. If you wish to give (or give again) you may go to https://tinyurl.com/w5ucezf and click on the button that says “Donate without shopping” in order to give online with a credit card. Or you can send a check to Amy at the church office. Our goal of $20,000 is attainable as we spread the word for the record number of unemployed among us who greatly need our assistance.
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
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 email@example.com.
May 22 — Moon Circle Class 5, 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 20’s” and you are invited to bring a photo of yourself in your 20’s to share if desired. Think “drop in covenant group plus ritual honoring the decade of the month.” Register for this free online class by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 12 hours before the event. Zoom connection information will be sent to you.
May 31 — Q&A With the Minister, 11:30 am
Curious about 1U or Unitarian Universalism? Join Rev. Sam and the Membership Team online for a Q&A session to learn more about our inclusive free faith. Watch for link in the next few weeks.
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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First Unitarian Church of Orlando
Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal
Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen