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Weekly Update, November 21, 2019

Weekly Update, November 21, 2019

Submissions Needed By Monday for Next Eblast

The Thanksgiving holiday makes for a short week for staff, so the Eblast will be published on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Thus, the deadline to get information into this bulletin will be Monday, Nov. 25, by 5 pm.

This Sunday, November 24, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Gratitude Reconsidered, by Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

How might we give thanks in a world where there is so much injustice and need?

Adult Religious Education — 9:30 am in the Community Room (the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center)

No ARE offering today.

Children & Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Sunday Schedule

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

For more information: RECoordinator@orlandouu.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Children & Youth Religious Education This Week

In our Nursery: Our Nursery staff,  Heather Coddington and Kristin Mataluni report a very busy morning with our youngest UUs playing ball and kitchen and pushing the shopping cart around!

In Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday Cathy Spoone and Lynn Ricketts sent the children on a treasure hunt as they talked about our 4th Principle – our free and responsible search for truth. Team Seuss read Oh, The Thinks We Can Think. This Sunday we’ll talk about our 5th Principle and that we should all have a say on what is important to us using the book: I Am Not Going to Get Up Today.

In Star Wars (ages 6-9): Richard Cook,  Melinda Raiford and Mary Murphy joined forces last Sunday and launched the new and improved Star Wars curriculum with a lesson and activities on the light side and dark side. This Sunday the padawans will review the light saber colors and decorate their own light sabers! PewPew!

In Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Jonathan Gray and Caroline Stastny report the class had a good conversation about fear and worry and how to handle them. This Sunday the Potter team will focus on figuring out how to begin the bullying PSA to tackle the “hate horcrux.”

In Youth Group (High School): Our Youth toggle between Youth RE and Youth Group. Last Sunday in Youth Group Cat Rigby and Allison Larsen led the HS covenant group topic on Worship, after which the teens had fellowship fun making tie-dye shirts while listening to special guests Bev and Craig Alig, Carie Mendyk, and Heather Neff share their favorite youth group memories. Did you know they are all past youth advisors? This Sunday features the RE Class Virtue Ethics. The topic is Courage. After class, parents will drop off Youth at Five Below at 12:30 p.m. and wait at Barnes & Noble cafe. Josh Goldstein and Cat Rigby will chaperone the teens as they window shop for “Secret Santa” ideas then walk to the cafe in the bookstore for a “Youth Families Snack Social.” Mary Ann Horne and Paul Burdette will be saving some tables there. Younger siblings welcome! Email Cat Rigby at youthgroup@orlandouu.org with questions.

New to 1U? After Time for All Ages, you are welcome to accompany your child to the Labyrinth outside our Sanctuary. Our Religious Education Teachers will be there to provide guidance about the best class for your child and to answer any questions you have.

Belated note: Check out photos of the 2019 Intergenerational Halloween Service here.

Other Sunday, November 24 Activities

Drop-in Covenant Group — 9:15-10:15 am, Gathering Space

This group is to allow folks who need child care to be able to attend a covenant group. All are welcome. The topic for this month is Attention.

Inquirers Series  — 11:45 am-12:00 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Wondering what makes 1U “tick”? Join us for any or all of our Inquirers Series sessions with the minister and various lay leaders. Today’s topic: Membership and Congregational Life (covenant, governance, membership, stewardship). For those ready to join the congregation, we will welcome new members in worship on Dec. 8, with a get-acquainted potluck on Dec. 6 at 7-9 p.m. in Gore Hall.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 11:45-12:45 pm, Assembly Room in the Enrichment Center

This is an open meeting on the fourth 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 our experience, 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.

Thoughts About Thanksgiving

We can anticipate delicious turkey smells, how beautiful the table looks, how tasty the meal will be, and how much we will enjoy the laughter that goes with the holiday meal. But the 1U Thanksgiving is really about gratitude, joy, and caring for the welfare of others. For the pilgrims at Plymouth Rock it was about being alive, sustaining their physical survival and freedom to  practice religion in their own particular way. So it is at First Unitarian. We gather in thankfulness, feeling joy at being together, glad to have made it through another year, and the very strong belief in the right of each person to define their own individual spirituality. Please consider joining us at 5:00 pm November 28 in Gore Hall. For the  practical dinner details and last minute questions go to PerfectPotLuck.com. The passwords are Vaccaro and 1128. Or see the 1U Facebook page. No one will be turned away for any reason, all persons will be welcomed.

Chalica Kits by Mystic Grove – 11:30 am-12:30 pm, Gore Hall

Mystic Grove helps you celebrate Chalica with “ready to go” candle kits and readings! Get yours in coffee hour during November. Kits are $5-$10 suggested donation, nobody turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds benefit the 25th Annual Winter Solstice Service supplies on Dec 21. Chalica is a week-long celebration of Unitarian Universalist Principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a holiday organized around Unitarian Universalist values. This year Chalica begins on Dec .2 and lasts seven days. Each day, a chalice is lit and the day is spent reflecting on the meaning of that day’s principle and doing a good deed that honors that principle. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – November 22

Saturday – November  23

Tai Chi — 9:00 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. The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit. Please email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am.

Monday – November 25

Tuesday – November 26

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 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. The moe you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall  

Today at 9:00 am we’ll be setting up our annual Holiday Boutique and would appreciate anyone who can help. We’d also appreciate donations of holiday and giftable items. Our annual Holiday Potluck Luncheon will be on December 10, details to come. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U’s mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Folk Ensemble — 7:30 pm, EC Studio

Everyone welcome. No particular skill level needed. If you enjoy sing-alongs, please join us.

Wednesday – November 27

Wednesday Morning Meditations at UUUF — 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 at the University Universalist Unitarian Fellowship, 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817.

Choir Practice — 7:30 pm, Sanctuary 

The Chalice Choir rehearses until 9:00 pm under the direction of Aubrey Connelly-Candelario. All are welcome!

Thursday – November 28

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (Will be held today-to help you relax from holiday stress)

For those of you who normally work on Thursday, here’s an opportunity to try Tai Chi at our regular 9:00 am time. It’s a great way to burn some calories and relax before the festivities begin. All are welcome, class is free, with a ($5) donation to 1U requested. Katherine Vaccaro, our Tai Chi instructor, welcomes you and any questions. The more you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

Eclectic Music Collective Practice — 7:00 pm, Sanctuary (Note: no session today due to Thanksgiving)

EMC (Eclectic Music Collective) is an open musical collective. The group seeks and encourages 1U members with varied musical abilities and interests to collaborate and create an eclectic range of musical offerings in support 1U’s mission. Key objectives include preparation for musical performances supporting Sunday services and 1U related events. Effective collaboration will be the primary intention and framework.

Mindfulness Meditation — 7:00-8:00 pm, Studio (West end of the Enrichment Center) (Note: no session today due to Thanksgiving)

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

Adopt a Poinsettia

Throughout December, 1U’s Flowers Team decorates the Sanctuary and main meeting rooms with poinsettias. We invite 1U members and friends to add to the December decor. If you are interested, you can participate in these ways:

Donate funds toward the mass purchase of the poinsettias (suggested donation: $15, all contributions welcomed–leave with Gaby at 1U Central on Sundays; provide your name & email address if you want a copy of the purchase receipt). If you write a check, make it out to 1U (First Unitarian), and put “poinsettias” in the subject line at the bottom of your check.

Donate a potted poinsettia(s) in any size or color you’ve purchased yourself. (This plant will need to be one you are willing to bring to 1U on December 2 and leave until the first Sunday in January.)

Questions?  Email flowers@orlandouu.org

Upcoming Sunday Services – November Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of ATTENTION? 

Dec. 1          On Regret, Remembrance and Reparations, by Worship Associate Neil Boris

A powerful conversation with a Rwandan anthropologist about remembrance have influenced my thoughts about reparations. America is at a crossroads. Which way might we turn?

Dreamers’ School Info Session December 15

Curious about who we are sharing our campus with? Come join us at 11:45 am in Room A for “Meet and Greet with Sarah Barrett of The Dreamers’ School.”Sarah will tell us about the school, how it works as a hybrid classroom-home schooling program, and its philosophy and inspiration from Waldorf Schools.

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 by providing rides to medical appointments, and/or help with meals, pet care, etc., during a member’s period of recuperation. Bev Alig is the CC contact for November, and may be reached at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org

1U Collaboration on Food Pantry Needs with Joy MCC Church

With a note of gratitude to all who have contributed over the years to the food collected for Catholic Charities, 1U is embarking on a new collaboration with Joy MCC ((JMCC) church, to support their food distribution ministries. Possibilities are varied, including contributing requested food, helping at their food pantry (they feed 100 families a week), assist with creating holiday meals, cash support, and education. The Joy MCC staff and volunteers involved in this work are eager and grateful for any participation on our part.

Here is how you might be involved:

bring one or several of these items for their 11/17 drive (a collection box will be labeled and available in Gore Hall; stores are listed as preferences, but are not required):  Children’s snack fruit cups (Dollar Tree), Mac & cheese in box (Wal-Mart brand), grape jelly (Dollar Tree), small stuffed animal or small toys such as CRS Hot Wheels for Christmas (Dollar or Wal-Mart).

assist at their Thanksgiving meal bag construction on Monday, 11/25 at 6:00 pm at their site 2351 S Ferncreek Ave Orlando, FL 32806

consider being part of a team to liaison and plan with Joy MCC. Team tasks could include, for starters, forwarding JMCC requests to 1U congregants, arranging for collection (they have agreed to pick up food as needed), planning for education opportunities, sharing information about volunteer opportunities. Contact Kathy Homblette for more specific details, at Welcometeam@Orlandouu.org.

Having Issues with the 1U Member Directory Log-in??

Any member who has recently logged into the online Member Directly may have noticed that a second log-in (same login information) is now required. And, once that has been completed, a Profile” page appears which is a page of no use to members. That’s a problem that the Church Office knows about and is working to fix. Our apologies for the frustration the extra steps will cause. Please bear with us until it has been resolved. In the meantime, please do stop by Gaby’s table in Gore Hall on Sundays and pick up a very short instruction sheet on how to get to the directory. The  screenshot pictured here shows how members can drag down from the little house graphic to VISIT SITE. Then they can path over to RESOURCES, then down to MEMBER DIRECTORY. It’s a circuitous route for now, but we hope this will be corrected soon!

Missed a Sunday?

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

1U Auction News

Planning has begun for 1U’s Hearts and Hands 2020 auction on Saturday evening, Feb. 22!  Be sure to mark it on your calendar now. We already have some exciting donations, including Karen Ramberg’s condo for a week in Lido Key, 4 hours of window washing by Rene Stutzman, kayaking for 2 with Ann Mount, and a pair of tickets to The Capitol Steps on March 12 given by Lindsay Stroh.

We are looking for more donations. We need gift cards, invites to dinner in your home, home baked cookies made and delivered, theater tickets…anything  that you can give from your heart or your hands to help support the work of 1U!  Note: please NO  clothing, furniture, hanging wall art, or “garage sale” items. Also, no more than three of a similar item per donor.

Donation forms (for tangible items and for services/events) can be downloaded from the Auction webpage, and they are also available either by email (auction@orlandouu.org) or on Sunday at Gaby’s table. You can return the completed forms at Gaby’s table, or you can send them to the church office. Please let us know what you can give.

Others have kindly committed to help out the committee as we take on this job. WE NEED YOU! If you would like to volunteer, please alert us by email (auction@orlandouu.org) or in person. Any of us on the committee can use more hearts and hands to get this effort moving.

Pastoral Care Associates

Pastoral Care Associates have been trained to provide a confidential, caring presence to congregants undergoing stressful life challenges. Church members can receive compassionate care when they are in pain, sick, lonely or struggling with changes. If you are a 1U member in need, contact our Pastoral Care Coordinator at PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.

UU Holiday Cards Now Available!

Check out the beautiful UU holiday and solstice cards available online now at https://www.uuabookstore.org/Holiday-Cards-C1408.aspx .

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

December 1 —Listening Circle:  Process and Be Heard, 12:00-1:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

Listening Circles are for those needing a place to process feelings and be heard in response to the tragic news of a local prominent minister who sexually abused a youth, then committed suicide. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, have lost a loved one in the past because of suicide, are having difficulty with the situation, or just need a place to process and be heard, these sessions will include some members of the Lay Pastoral Care Associates (LPCA) and Rev. Sam.  In the meantime, if you need support, reach out to the LPCA (pastoralassociates@orlandouu.org) or our minister (revsam@orlandouu.org). We recognize that these events might cause some, including survivors of sexual abuse, to re-experience painful memories. These are not therapy sessions, but listening sessions where you can be heard. A second session is slated for December 8.

December 1 — Movie Talk, 9:30 am in the Community Room (far right corner of the Enrichment Center)

Movie Talk is a monthly discussion group that allows us to examine our principles through shared cultural events – in this case, movies.  Sunday, December 1st at 9:30 am, join the movie discussion on Motherless Brooklyn. How can a person, Lionel (Edward Norton), with physical and mental handicaps, preserve his dignity in a cruel, corrupt city? Lionel avoids cynicism and embraces righteousness.

December 1 — Mystic Grove UUUF Sermon and 1st Sunday Monthly Meeting

Mystic Grove goes to our sister church, University UU Fellowship to give the 10:30 am Sunday sermon Out of Darkness, Many Paths to the Sun. At times, one’s faith journey sometimes enters “the long dark night of the soul” and twists and turns expectedly or unexpectedly. Through personal stories, Mystic Grove invites you to reflect on your own dark nights and where your faith journey is today. As a result of this visit, Mystic Grove’s monthly meeting will be held at UUUS this month or at a nearby restaurant. Contact mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info.

December 8 —Listening Circle:  Process and Be Heard, 12:00-1:00 pm, Gore Hall Room A

Listening Circles are for those needing a place to process feelings and be heard in response to the tragic news of a local prominent minister who sexually abused a youth, then committed suicide. If you are a survivor of sexual abuse, have lost a loved one in the past because of suicide, are having difficulty with the situation, or just need a place to process and be heard, sessions will include some members of the Lay Pastoral Care Associates (LPCA) and Rev. Sam.  In the meantime, if you need support, reach out to the LPCA (pastoralassociates@orlandouu.org) or our minister (revsam@orlandouu.org). We recognize that these events might cause some, including survivors of sexual abuse, to re-experience painful memories. These are not therapy sessions, but listening sessions where you can be heard.

December 13 — Black Cat Open Mic Night, 7:30 pm-12:00 am, Gore Hall

Are you a performer? Poetry, comedy, live music and more is welcome. Doors open at 7:30 pm for sign ups, performances start at 8:00. Suggested donation of $2 to enter. Pizza, treats and beverages available. More info or to Facebook RSVP:  https://tinyurl.com/blackcatnov2019.

December 15 — Nora Staton Bookstore Open — Before AND after Church, Gore Hall Foyer

Looking for the perfect holiday gift? Come shop at the Nora Staton bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is open quarterly, and this is the (late) Fall event. We have some excellent purchase awards: a Unitarian Universalist tote bag OR a bumper sticker — free with a $30 purchase! Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted for payment. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

December 21 — 1U Midlife Couples Group Enjoys Winter Park, 1:00 pm, Winter Park Main Square

Join the 1U Midlife Couples Group for the 24th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas, a free outdoor concert in Winter Park.  Spend the morning shopping the Farmer’s Market, eat breakfast on Park Avenue, or simply join us on the lawn for a fun concert. Bring chairs or a blanket, sun hat, and whatever you would like to eat or drink. Be sure to stop in at 10,000 Villages for any last minute holiday gifts you need to pick up.For more information contact:  Wendy McCleskey, whose contact information is in the 1U Member Directory. Enjoy the rich sounds of Christmas as tuba, euphonium, sousaphone & baritone players of all ages gather in Central Park to perform a FREE concert from the main stage beginning at 1:00 pm. Winter Park’s 24th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas is a free one-hour concert that has become a staple on the holiday list of things to do. Take a break from shopping on the Avenue, and relax with loved ones to enjoy this annual event.

December 28 — Into the Light: Winter Solstice Workshop, 10:00 am-5:00 pm, Assembly Room

The final workshop in a series of eight led by Melissa Baker: Our Sacred Gardeners have cleared the field of their dreams, planted seeds of hope, blossomed and bloomed, harvested gratitude, and now it is time to move through darkness and into the light. Together, we will reflect on how we have grown through the seasons with a connection to our deeper selves through art, and determine what blankets of truth we will wrap ourselves in during the season of introspection. We will walk the labyrinth and journey through meditation into the tomb of surrender, as we prepare to be reborn into the light. Lunch will be provided, plus coffee, tea, water. Please bring your journal in case you’d like to write about what comes up for you. The cost for food, supplies for two creative projects, and venue is $65/$50 for 1U members (cash, paypal, or zelle). Sponsored by Pastoral Associates. Come grow with us! SPACE IS LIMITED – PLEASE RSVP IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND!

February 22 — Hearts & Hands 2020 Auction

Save the date for our Hearts & Hands 2020 Auction: February 22, 2020! Co-chairs Suzanne Oberholtzer and Carolina Lofgren are also looking for people who want to be involved: obtaining donations from businesses and members, helping with food, beverages, decorations, publicity, cleanup, etc. It takes a congregation to put on one of these events! Contact us at Auction@orlandouu.org!


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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

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