Home Weekly Update – May 16, 2019

Weekly Update – May 16, 2019

Weekly Update – May 16, 2019

News Flash!

Saturday:  Investing 101 with 1U Endowment Board

Details in Saturday – May 18

and,

Sunday:  1U Annual Congregational Meeting

Details in Plan Ahead for May 19

and,

End Money Bail Watch Party and Donation Drive May 30

Details in  Plan Ahead for May 30

 

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Pledge Reminder
If you have not already pledged for the upcoming fiscal year (which begins July 1), please do so as soon as possible. Pledge cards are available in Gore Hall foyer.  Questions?  Contact Amy in the church office (407-898-3621 x5, fuco@cfl.rr.com).

Friday – May 17

Mystic Grove Teaching Craft Circle: Element Banners — 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

We create bright bold new elemental banners from Kona cotton with felt applique for the Midsummer 2019 service in half size (approx 10 in x 36 in) and full size (approx. 20 x 72 in). Come help out and learn to make your own in similar style! Colors used are:

Air = Kona Corn Yellow
Fire = Kona Rich Red
Water = Kona Royal
Earth = Kona Pesto
Spirit = Kona Purple

Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/709272489469979/?ti=ia.

Saturday – May 18

Investing 101 Seminar — 9:00-11:30 am, Gore Hall Room A

Improve your knowledge of investing basics at this interactive seminar sponsored by your Endowment Board. Short videos will be shown and discussed. Topics include:  Stocks, bonds, mutual and exchange-traded funds, asset allocation, IRAs, 401k’s, robo advisers, etc. Michael Cohen and Mike Haddad will lead the discussion. To reserve, send an email to Endowment@OrlandoUU.org or sign up at Gaby’s table on Sundays.

Sunday – May 19

Free-Will Collection to Support Joe Donatone on His Seminary Journey

Each year, Iliff School of Theology matches congregational financial contributions up to $4,500. Your contribution will be matched 100%. A collection basket will be placed in the sanctuary foyer and Gore Hall today before and after service.  All donations will be consolidated and sent to Iliff on Joe’s behalf.  Cash and checks are welcome; please make checks out to “First Unitarian Church of Orlando”, with “Joe Donatone” in the memo field.  Your contributions will be greatly appreciated!

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

The Wizard of UUs/Us, by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

This  service welcomes new members of 1U, recognizes and celebrates 1U volunteers, and will allow us to say good-bye to Joe Donatone as he leaves for summer chaplaincy. We’ll also consider what community means to us. Welkin & the Chalice Choir will perform. The Annual Meeting follows directly after the service.

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!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here

No Adult RE offering today.

Plan Ahead

June 9 — 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).

1U Annual Congregational Meeting — 12:00 Noon, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Annual Congregational Meeting. As is customary, the 1U annual meeting will be preceded by the Annual Meeting of the First Unitarian Church of Orlando Endowment Fund. All active members of First Unitarian Church are also members of the Endowment Fund.  Friends/Supporters and inactive members are welcome to attend, although only active members may vote. Documents related to the meeting, including the Meeting Agenda; Proposed Budget for FY2020; Draft Minutes from the congregational meeting held October 14, 2018; and, the Nominating Committee’s slate of candidates with their biographies can be viewed by clicking on this link. A light lunch will be provided.  Childcare will be available.

Caroline Gore Legacy Society Recognition at Annual Congregational Meeting

The Caroline Gore Legacy Society seeks to honor people who have contributed to the 1U Endowment and to encourage others to follow their example. Anyone who donates $2,500 or who has arranged for (or made) a bequest to the Endowment Fund is eligible for recognition. Each year, at the Annual Meeting, new Society members are recognized and their names are added to the Society’s roll on the Endowment’s webpage. If you have newly-qualified and would like to be recognized, please notify Julia Chinnock, in person or at endowment@orlandouu.org.

Monday – May 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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – May 21  (No session today!  See you on May 23 for our next session)

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 followed by a bag lunch at 12:00 noon. A potluck lunch is held the third Tuesday of the month at 12:00.

May is membership renewal month: $15 for individuals, $25 for couples. Look for Shirley in her crown or any Alliance member after church. Thank you so much for any support you have given. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

RUUM Activity Day at the Orlando Science Center — 10:30 am

Our RUUM Activity for members today will be a guided behind-the-scenes tour of the Orlando Science Center starting at 10:30 amFollowing the tour we will lunch at Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, 1562 N Mills Ave in Winter Park. Please RSVP to RUUM@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 – May 22

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 – May 23

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.

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 Worship Schedule (Sunday at 10:30 am unless noted)

May 26“Generational Reflections: Honoring Our 1U Teens and Younger UU’s.”

Missed a Sunday?

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

Now-May 27, Registration 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.

DRUUMM 2.0 is HERE!

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.

Children and Youth Ministries Needs Teachers for Spring!

The final Teaching date is May 26.  You do not have to have children in the program to participate. Here’s how to help: first, decide if you’d like to work with ages 4-7, 8-12, 12-18, or a mixture. Second, decide what level of commitment you can provide. Also, decide if you want to be involved in planning the weekly sessions or just implementing them. Finally, contact Jess with your interest decisions and best contact info: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Here are the topics, and only 10 sessions will be chen from each curriculum:

Treasure Hunting with ages 4-7 
This curriculum contains 34 sessions to choose from. Overall, it is an enabling device to encourage exploration of children’s worries, fears, hopes, wanderings and loves, so that they may gain knowledge of themselves, others, and their Unitarian Universalist faith. The primary goal of the teacher is to create an atmosphere of acceptance and mutuality. As teachers, we create this atmosphere in part by our willingness to share the joys and pains of our own lives.

Riddle and Mystery with ages 8-12
This curriculum contains 16 sessions to choose from. The fist three echo Paul Gauguin’s famous triptych: Where do you we come from? What are we? Where are we going? The next ten include basic life inquiries like: Does God exist? What happens when we die? The final three are increasingly Unitarian Universalist: Can we ever solve life’s mystery? How can I know what to believe? What does Unitarian Universalism mean to me?

A Place of Wholeness with ages 12-18
This curriculum contains 12 sessions to choose from. It is an opportunity to examine their faith journeys to better understand themselves int he context of Unitarian Universalism. There are several overarching themes that structure this program. Wholeness- the primary theme- is defined as the way in which our Unitarian Universalist “outsides” match our Unitarian Universalist “insides” by understanding, professing, and living our faith. Wholeness is also important in the sense that each person is integral to the wholeness of the Unitarian Universalist community.

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 May is Fran Roberson, 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

May 24 — Mystic Grove Moon Circle: Throat Chakra, 7:00-9:00 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 during this block and continue with the Heart Chakra. Spots are still available in this class. Show up or email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.
Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/698265660569890/?ti=ia .

May 25 — Dinner with Friends Signup Deadline

Dinners will be held June 1 around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org, or sign up via this online form. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members.

May 26 — Mystic Grove Hosts Coffee Hours, 11:30 am-1:30 pm, Gore Hall

Mystic Grove hosts Coffee Hour today and celebrates the end of the church program year with activities.

Noon — in the courtyard we will be bidding Rev. Christine Dance goodbye by making her the May Queen and teaching the congregation how to dance around the maypole. Rev. Dance has accepted a position with UU Phoenix.

Anytime 11:30 – 1:00 pm in the Foyer — Cat and Lesley are holding “Meet and Greet” for 1U members to learn about Mystic Grove and give their feedback on upcoming programming. We are finalizing the summer brochure and mapping out fall 2019 and spring 2020 brochures. What educational opportunities would you like? Take the survey!

Anytime 11:30 – 1:00 pm Painting — Mary hosts a painting table. Come help pain an abstract background in acrylic that eventually will be a 7th principle tree you can sign that will be hung in Classroom 1.  Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/2277782205844312/.

May 26 — Getting to Know 1U, 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Classroom A

The 1U Membership Team hosts a “Getting to Know 1U” session as part of a longer ‘Inquirers Series” and all are welcome to attend! Bring your coffee and questions, chat with the minister and Membership Team folks. Learn what you need to know…what is Unitarian Universalism? What is the history of First Unitarian? How can I get involved in this ‘beloved community’? What is the path to official membership in the congregation?

May 30 — End Money Bail Watch Party and Donation Drive

Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) is calling on all UUs to get involved in the fight to end cash money bail. The use of money bail results in poor people being incarcerated until they plead guilty or until their trial is complete. It’s shameless and coercive profiteering. BLUU recently hosted a panel discussion about this effort and 1U is organizing a watch party to raise awareness about the harm endured by Black women, children, and caregivers at the hands of the money bail system in our country. This event is part of watch parties happening all over the country to raise funds for Black mothers affected by pre-trial incarceration. 1U’s Watch Party will be led by Rev Kierstin Homblette Allen.

1U’s Watch Party will take place Thursday, May 30 from 6:00-8:00 pm. We will come together for a potluck dinner in Gore Hall while we watch a recording of the panel, followed by an in-person moderated discussion. Participants will also be asked to donate to the bail fund that will be used to bail out black women across the country. Childcare will be available!

Join us to:
-Learn more about the money bail system that props up the prison industrial complex.
-Deepen our commitment to following the lead of black and brown folks in the UU movement.
-Create change that directly improves the lives of black women.
-Live into our UU principles.

We’re raising money to reunite incarcerated mamas with their children for #MothersDay. Will you join us? Learn more and donate at: http://nationalbailout.org #FreeBlackMamas.

June 1 — Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team Work Morning, 9:00 am until Noon

The LTME Team has reassessed work tasks and potential work dates and have set Saturday June 1 for the next work morning. Please come join us to refresh the Sanctuary by painting a few key areas, finishing grading and seeding the swale southeast of the sanctuary, touching up a few parts of the bathrooms and installing a few new information signs.We will be working from 9:00 am until noon with a snack break in the middle.We will provide the tools and materials. Looking forward to seeing you.

June 1 — Second Harvest Volunteer Day, 1:00-4:00 pm

We will again be going to Second Harvest Food bank  to assist with packing and sorting of the donations they get in for the many hungry in our area. Every first Saturday of EVEN numbered months we have a great time providing this important service to community.  Please join us again!  Please let Steph Garber know asap if you can come, as Second Harvest counts on us! Email blooddrive@orlandouu.org. Location is:  411 Mercy in Orlando and wear closed toed shoes as always.  Plenty of free parking!  Would love to see you there!

June 1 — Dinner with Friends  (Signup deadline:  May 25)

Dinners will be held around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal. Email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org, or sign up via this online form. This is a great way to get to know your fellow members.

June 2 — 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. Additional Blood Drive date: July 28.

June 10 — 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.

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 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.


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

May 30 — Lost Women’s History:  Getting the Vote League of Women Voters of Orange County (LWVOC) Education Series, 6:00-8:00 pm

Mark your calendars for this LWVOC-sponsored summer reading and discussion group led by UCF history instructor Patricia Farless. Dates for Thursday evening  sessions: May 30, June 13, July 11, July 18.  Details on books for the session TBA, as well as details for early supper before session meetups. 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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Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org