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Weekly Update – May 23, 2019

Weekly Update – May 23, 2019

News Flash!

Transition Minister Selected

Details in Other News


Thursday: End Money Bail Watch Party and Donation Drive

Details in Thursday – May 30 listing

Weekly Update E-Blasts are always posted on the 1U website

under the News and Events menu/Weekly Update

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 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 .

Saturday – 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.

Sunday – May 26

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Generational Reflections: Honoring Our 1U Teens and Younger UU’s

Jackie Boris, Cooper Boris, Cammie Horne, and Lex Knight will offer homilies based on the same two questions that each generation has been asked in this ongoing series.

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).

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/.

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?

Monday – May 27

Registration Deadline 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.

WUURL Second Anniversary Celebration — 11:30 am, Enrichment Center Assembly Room

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) celebrates its second anniversary today! A plant-strong (vegetarian and vegan options) potluck will be featured, rather than the usual brown bag option.

WUURL meets on the 4th Monday of the month, in the Assembly Room of the Enrichment Center. Our focus is creating fellowship and opportunities to explore the community together. Typically, we bring our own lunch and gather for conversation and/or a speaker. Other outings are often scheduled at other times during the months. While many of us are retired, that is not a requirement for participation. Come give it a WUURL! To learn more, contact Kathy Homblette at WUURL@Orlandouu.org.

Tuesday – May 28  

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.

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 29

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 30

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.

End Money Bail Watch Party and Donation Drive — 6:00-8:00 pm, Gore Hall

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.

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.

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

Death Announced:  Longtime 1U Member Eva Brinson

With sadness, we announce the death of longtime 1U Member, Eva Brinson. A memorial service is planned for July (date & time not yet known), when her family will be able to attend.

1U to Welcome Transition Minister Sam Schaal August 1

As 1U enters a period of transition ministry, we will have an experienced guide in Rev. Samuel R. Schaal. He comes with an impressive background as a minister and a transition ministry expert. A member of one congregation he served described him as “a compassionate, smart, driven minister who brings a wonderfully light touch to services and events.” Another said: “He made us look at ourselves to figure out what we needed to do to get ready for a new settled minister, and that wasn’t always comfortable. But we benefited from his service.”

Currently completing a stint as Transitional Assistant Minister at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Houston, Rev. Sam has, since 2000, served UU congregations of all sizes in transition. A Texas native and graduate of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, he has worked in community ministry with non-profit organizations doing outreach to various groups, including homeless LGBTQ youth. He has also given his time
to charitable organizations, inter-faith groups, and various UUA projects. Rev. Sam’s credentials go beyond the church door. He holds certificates in non-profit
management and financial planning and has experience as a wealth manager and corporate communicator. In ministry, he says he uses these business skills to help congregations “connect healthy finances to church mission.”

In his interview with the 1U Interim Search Team, Rev. Sam said he believes worship services should “use all the senses” and that “everything can be ministry.” He said he was drawn to our application because 1U seemed like a congregation “ready to do some work.” We look forward to having him with us. To learn more about First Unitarian Church of Orlando’s new transition minister, you can visit his website: https://samuel6079.wixsite.com/home.

Missed a Sunday?

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


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.

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, and for June is Lynn Rigney, both of whom 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

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

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 Education Series — 6:00-8:00 pm, EC  Room 1

This LWVOC-sponsored summer reading and discussion group exploring women getting the right to vote through the lenses of race, class, gender, and national origin, is led by UCF history instructor Patricia Farless. Dates for these Thursday evening  sessions: May 30, June 13, July 11 and July 18.

The book for the first session is Feminism & Suffrage by Ellen Carol DeBois. For the second session, the book is African American Women in the Struggle for the Vote, 1850-1920 by Rosalyn Terborg-Penn. Details for early-supper-before-session-meetups TBA at the first meeting. 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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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

Email: RevJanet@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org