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Weekly Update – May 3, 2019

Weekly Update – May 3, 2019

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Sunday: Wrestling with our Understandings around Race

Details in Sunday – May 5


1U Annual Congregational Meeting: May 19

Details in Plan Ahead for May 19


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Parking Reminder
Please remember that there is no parking around the driveway adjacent to the Enrichment Center, except where the parking stops are in the grass. The walkway was not designed for the weight of cars and the driveway is needed for fire truck access, if required. For those members that are able to, please park off campus on the side streets, to allow others to park closer to the buildings. If you see someone park in this area, please politely ask them to move. Thanks-Your LTME Team

Friday – May 3

Mystic Grove R & D — Holidays & Holy Days, 7:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends helps CUUPS curriculum team. The goal is publication for General Assembly in June 2020. We also work on our own publications. This month the first hour makes progress on our “pagan path cheat sheet” and the second hour prepares materials for May 26th where we ask the congregation and general public what classes they’d like us to host for the next program year. Learn more about CUUPS here. Learn more about General Assembly at https://www.uua.org/calendars/uua/general-assembly-2019. Facebook RSVP here.

Saturday – May 4

Mystic Grove Beltane Ritual — 6:15-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

Come as you are or dressed in colors of the season: Red, white, green, yellow, etc in bright tones. Floral headbands encouraged. This time we are having a guest ritual by Blackthorn Coven in the Jolean tradition. Meet and Greet at 6:15 in Gore Hall Classroom B. Learn about Blackthorn Coven, Mystic Grove, and First Unitarian. Ritual begins at 7:00 pm, potluck at 8:00. As a kindness to others, please be sure your dish is labeled with name of dish, name of cook, and any allergenic ingredients. All welcome. Children under 18 please come with a parent or guardian. Cost: Free. $5 love offering welcome. For more info, email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/593903117792338/.

Dancing at Beltaine  — Expressing Divine Love,  10:00 am-5:00 pm (9:30am registration), Assembly Room.

Join Melissa Baker and Marna Rasmussen for the third in their series of workshops which nurtures the cycle of our lives along with the celebration of the changing seasons… the seeds we planted are coming into bloom and tender blossoms are dancing in the light. (While it helps to have attended one of our Seeds of Intention workshops, it is not necessary. Reach out to Melissa@BeeAuthentic.Me for pre-work.)

Beltaine is a cross-quarter holiday on the Celtic calendar. It is the mid-point between the spring equinox and summer solstice, and celebrates the sensuality and fertility of Mother Earth. Each of these events include a mindful deep dive into the intentions we hope to manifest this year, a creative / art project, and some kind of physical activity that resonates with the energy of the season.

This workshop is all about self-love and nurturing the love that resides within. Our homework is to consider the words we use when we face our own reflection. What does that inner dialogue sound like? Write it down and bring it with you for processing and healing. Come dance with us (literally… there will be a lesson)!

Registration begins at 9:30am. Supplies and a light lunch will be provided. Please dress for comfort and bring your own beverage (water, coffee, and tea provided) and your journal, if you’d like to write about what comes up for you. The cost for this event is $65 per person / $50 for Members of 1U – Sponsored by 1U Pastoral Associates. Cash at Registration or Paypal. SPACE IS LIMITED. Please RSVP only if you can commit to the full day.

Sunday – May 5

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Celebrating William Ellery Channing’s (and UU’s) Most Influential Sermon

On this date in 1819, William Ellery Channing gave the most widely read and influential sermon in our denomination’s history: Unitarian Christianity. It was a key milestone on the way to creating the American Unitarian Association. Today’s worship service will include readings and reflections related to that sermon. We offer a single worship service at 10:30am. All are welcome! See you in church.

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:

May 12 — 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 May 12 join the movie discussion on LittleLittle is a body swap comedy that poses questions: Are justice, equity and compassion for everyone or just for adults?  In our search for truth, can we find answers in our past? See the movie, then join the discussion through the lens of our UU Principles. (Note: the Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center).

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:00 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center

This is an open meeting on the first Sunday of each month. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race, and understanding our relationship to those issues. Each week our attention is drawn to another event in the public eye around race and justice. Many of us are wrestling with understanding and responding to ourexperience, our emotions, and what we are called to do. It can be difficult, and for some of us it is destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to this journey. We anticipate deep conversation within the congregation, and hope for greater understanding, healing and spiritual development. You may find readings and resources at:  https://wordpress.com/posts/wrestlingwithrace.wordpress.com. Here is a video for you to view before our meeting.  Please join us whether or not you have time to view the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SZM9ZlUiiM&feature=youtu.be.

Mystic Grove First Sunday Monthly Meeting — 12:00-2:00 pm, Gore Hall Room 1

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group that is affiliated with the First Unitarian Church of Orlando. 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, worshiping, serving and fellowship. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. Facebook RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/658886051180001/

First Sunday Fellowship — Times and Locations Vary

Another chance to get together and enjoy other 1U friends!  This is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be gathering in various parts of Orlando (Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway) for neighborhood connections.These are opportunities for social interactions, a meal and/or beverage, and the chance to expand relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group that is of interest to you… get to know more folks in the congregation! Unlike “Dinner with Friends,” groups are meeting at neighborhood restaurants, not individual homes. If you are interested in learning more, contact Kathy Homblette at Fellowship@orlandouu.org. Times and locations vary.

Monday – May 6

First Monday Vegan Potluck – 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

For folks interested in a wonderful vegan meal, 1U is pleased to host this VegCF gathering ending around 9:00 pm. Join us with a vegan dish or a $10 donation and enjoy the delicious food!

Tuesday – May 7

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

The Annual Meeting of the Alliance (and potluck lunch) will be held today at 12:00 noon to elect new officers. The new membership year starts in May, at $15 for an individual and $25 for a couple (look for Shirley and her crown in May).

In the past year the Alliance has given $5,125 to the following organizations:  Coalition for the Homeless, Covenant House, Health Care Center for the Homeless, IDignity, New Image Youth Center, Planned Parenthood and Samaritan Resource Center. Thank you for supporting the Alliance in the past year. 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 8

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.

A Chordia Practice — 6:45 pm, Sanctuary

Women’s a capella group rehearses until 7:30 pm.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 8:30 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – May 9

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 12When Mother’s Day Is Complicated, by Rev. Tracie Barrett

Mother’s Day is marketed as a time of flowers and candy and the bliss of motherhood. But what do you do when it’s complicated for you or for those you love? How can we open up the holiday to encompass motherhood in all its forms, including howto sit with the harder emotions? Rev. Tracie Barrett serves as the half-time consulting minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lake County.

Missed a Sunday?

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

 Community Garden Update

The garden work event last week was productive and informative. Perennial peanut has been planted as a soil- and living things-nourishing crop and ground cover for the summer season. Planted an avocado and a loquat tree south of the garden proper. Conducted the usual weeding, tree- and shrub-trimming in both the flat and raised beds. Designated use of the 8 raised beds for the coming months to include:
1 – flowers                                                        5 – flowers
2 – herbs                                                          6 – flowers
3 – existing collards & sweet potato           7 – sweet potato
4 – peanuts                                                      8 – peanuts

Decisions for future work sessions include: Benches will be placed at the west end of the paver path and north of that location in a quiet meditative spot. The paver path will be extended east into the grass to provided a safe, level entry for accessibility. We will set another work date for starting the entry feature.

Immediate need:  Extra watering for the new perennial peanut, flowers in the raised beds and two trees. Please let the group know if the there is a day of the week that you can commit to so that we can get those plants watered (independent of the irrigation) three times per week. Contact Garden@uu.org for more information and to sign up to assist.

Children and Youth Ministries Needs Teachers for Spring!

The dates are May 12, May 19, and/or May 26. You can help out one Sunday or all of them! 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 10 — 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.

May 12 — Storm Season Preparation with Caring Circle, 9:30 am, Gore Hall Room B

For those who have concerns about the storm season or who know how they could assist others with the upcoming storm season. A preparation check list and storm safety and recovery information will be offered, supplemented by information about how Caring Circle can respond and more. For further information, contact Cindy Schleier at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org, as she is Caring Circle coordinator for this session. All are welcome!

May 13 — 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.

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.

May 19 — 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.

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.

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?

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 — Dinner with Friends  (Signup deadline:  April 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.

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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Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

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