Weekly Update, May 21
We will continue gathering online-only through September 1
Please see Other News for further details
1U This Sunday, May 24
Worship — 10:30 am, Online via Zoom and Facebook Live
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. The Chalice Choir returns.
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
Informal Fellowship — 11:30 am, Zoom
Link is: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137. You need the password sent in the email e-blast on Friday.
Children & Youth Religious Education (On break until June)
This week in RE, join us on Zoom for an Art Party! See the Wednesday, May 27 listing below for details. All other RE is on a programming break until June. The previous weeks of virtual RE are now available at the website and here.
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.
We also honor the silent joys and sorrows that we hold in our hearts.
Coming Now Through Next Week
Friday – 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.
Saturday – May 23
Tuesday – May 26
Wednesday – May 27
Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.
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 28
In-Person Campus Meetings Remain Suspended Through Sept. 1
At its May 18 meeting, your Board voted that in-person meetings at church would remain suspended through Sept. 1, unless circumstances change. Online worship and meetings continue. Also, all visitors on campus must wear a mask if there is another person present and maintain a physical distance of at least six feet. We will continue to evaluate the situation. Whatever the future brings, we will be guided by the common good and safety of our diverse multi-generational church community. As always, reach out to your Board (BOT@orlandouu.org) or Minister (email@example.com) with your concerns, questions or suggestions.
Upcoming Sunday Services
May Worship Theme: What does it mean to be a people of THRESHOLDS?
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
Ready for you to pick in the 1U Garden this week: Pole beans, yellow pepper, bell pepper, kale, leaf lettuce and salad greens. The pole beans are in raised bed 4 and on a teepee on the back edge of the perma-garden. (Follow the yellow brick road.) The peppers are in beds 3 and 6; and the kale is in bed 4 plus at the front edge of the perma-garden. The lettuce and salad greens are in bed 3. Also, there’s now a gray basket at the front of the garden. Please take any veggies you find there. They’re things that reaally needed to be picked, but also come into the garden and browse, pick, nibble, bag and take home some of our other bounty. Watch this space for news when the mangos on the tree in the parking lot are ready. It won’t be long. Questions: contact Rene Stutzman (contact info in 1U Online Member Directory).
Second Harvest Share-the-Plate Update
Many of you have already donated to 1U’s online fundraiser for Second Harvest food bank to help the hungry in our area at this difficult time. We are at $15,447, $1,000 of which is the congregation’s half of a matching grant offered last Sunday. (The $1,000 match earned will be included in the early June total.)
If you are able to give (or give again)…any amount, it will be greatly appreciated. For every $10 donated, Second Harvest can provide 40 meals to kids, seniors, and families in our community. Will you please help our neighbors in need? You may send a check to Amy at the church or give online at https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl. Thank you to all who have participated…many more than once. Feel free to share the Second Harvest giving link with friends: https://tinyurl.com/tlk2lcl.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
June 7 — Mystic Grove Monthly Meeting, Noon-2:00 pm, Online with Zoom
The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Everyone is welcome to attend the 1st Sunday Monthly Meetting. 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! Email email@example.com for connection details no later than 12 hours before the event.
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