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Weekly Update – May 30, 2019

Weekly Update – May 30, 2019

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Saturday: Long Term Maintenance & Enhancement Team Work Morning

Details in Saturday – June 1


Sunday: 1U Blood Drive  Drive

Details in Sunday – June 2 listing


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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 31

Saturday – 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.

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

We once again head 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!

Dinner with Friends 

Dinners will be held today around 6:00 pm at the homes of various church members. Each person brings a different part of the meal.

Sunday – 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.

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Notes on an Unsentimental Journey, by Rev. Dr. Janet Newman

Flower Communion Sunday! Bring flowers. Sermon theme: A journey I undertook several years ago opened my mind and heart. This Flower Communion service will open our beings to the beauty that surrounds us.

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!

The intergenerational lessons for this summer will be from Gathering the Spirit: https://www.uua.org/re/tapestry/multigenerational/gather.

We MUST have at least two teachers each week to offer the classes. Having children in the program is NOT a requirement. Please let us know which Sundays you are available to assist. Director of Children and Youth Ministries Jess Hunt will contact you before scheduling you for a Sunday.  You may also complete a DCYM volunteer form:  https://forms.gle/5hzBsEJxhuDn6iYw8 . Questions? Contact Jess at dcym@orlandouu.org.

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).

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/369707950451077/?ti=ia.

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 – June 3

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 – June 4  

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. Today is our monthly business meeting at noon.  A potluck lunch is held the third Tuesday of the month at 12:00.

Thank you to everyone who renewed their Alliance membership in May.  We really appreciate the support as we continue to serve the community in our target areas of children and youth, the homeless and women, especially in the area of reproductive health. 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 – June 5

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 – June 6

RUUM Regular Monthly Meeting — 11:30 am, 1U Assembly Room

RUUM, the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s group, will have our next monthly group meeting today. All are welcome to attend our monthly meetings at
11:30 am on the first Thursday of each month in the 1U Assembly Room for BYO Lunch and conversation. For further information or questions contact
Craig Alig at RUUM@orlandouu.org.

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

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 Wednesday, July 3, at 3:30 pm, in the sanctuary.

Craft Creation and Auction  June 9

Make flaming chalice ornaments, suncatchers and earrings too! There are still spaces available for this crafting and auction event on Sunday, June 9, from 1:00-2:30 pm in Gore Hall. Snacks and craft materials provided. $10 per person–you may share your project with a child. Patterns provided or design your own. Sign up and see the samples at Gabby’s table. Donated by Lindsay Stroh.

Drop-in Summer Covenant Group Starts June 16

A 4-month summer drop-in Covenant Group session is slated to begin June 16. This is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. The summer Covenant Group will be held from  9:00-10:00 am on the 3rd Sunday of June through Sept. Sessions will be held in the Enrichment Center Gathering Space. Regular-term Covenant Groups resume in October; sign-up is in September.

Upcoming Sunday Service Themes

June 9    Service by Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen, Affiliate Minister to 1U, engaged in community ministry,

June 16   Sermon: “Generational Reflections:  Honoring Our Young Adults.” This is the last in the series of generational reflections. These members in their twenties and thirties have wisdom beyond their years. We’ll also honor fathers with a special power point of photos contributed by 1U folks.

June 23  Service arranged and conducted by Mystic Grove to honor our connection with the summer solstice.

June 30  Several 1U members and friends will reflect on their experiences at the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, OR.

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 June is Lynn Rigney, 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

June 7 — Mystic Grove R&D: Holidays and Holy Days (1st Fridays) 7-9:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove and friends help CUUPS curriculum team develop “Holy Days and Holidays” for UU Ministers. Want to help educate ministers about your Pagan or Earth Centered path? Bring your list of holidays and holy days and contribute to the compilation! The goal is publication for General Assembly in June 2019. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/759556771057899/?ti=ia.

June 9 — Popcorn Theology (Inside Out)

In this 6-session series on 2nd Sundays, we explore the selections from “Popcorn Theology for All Ages” — the latest from the “popcorn collection.” This is an intergenerational class for families and adults who are young at heart. Popcorn and lemonade provided! This month we explore the connection between UU Principle 1 and the themes of Inside Out. The film is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley where five personified emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust —try to lead her through life as she and her parents adjust to their new surroundings after moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. More info at: https://www.facebook.com/events/421936338552029/?ti=ia.

June 10 — 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.

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 13 — 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.

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.

August 1 — 1U Welcomes Transition Minister Sam Schaal 

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.

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

June 13 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: June 13, July 11 and July 18.

The book 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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Phone: 407-898-3621

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Bridging Minister: Rev. Dr. Janet E. Newman

Email: RevJanet@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org