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Weekly Update, November 27, 2019

Weekly Update, November 27, 2019

This Sunday, December 1, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

On Regret, Remembrance and Reparations, by Worship Associate Neil Boris

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

Adult Religious Education: Movie Talk — 9:30 am in the Community Room (classroom in the 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. Today, 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.

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-11:30 am Children remain in the Sanctuary for Intergenerational Service

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 were caught singing to the youngest UUs! (The kiddos liked it!)

In Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6): Last Sunday Jonathan Gray and Christine Fullerton organized bean art as they talked about our 5th Principle: We should all have a say on what is important to us. They used the book: I Am Not Going to Get Up Today. This Sunday features The Grinch; all Whos are welcome!

In Star Wars (ages 6-9): Cindy Schleier and Mary Murphy used chaos bottles and recited the Jedi code as they reviewed meaning of light saber colors. The Padawans then made their own light sabers and went outside to practice. This Sunday features the spiritual role and use of light sabers.

In Harry Potter (ages 9-13): Rhonda Rodriguez and Daryl Fullerton welcomed four new students as they cared for magical creatures and created new magical creatures using modeling clay and other art supplies to bring new ideas to life! This Sunday we work on the anti-bullying PSA.

In Youth Group (High School): Our High School Youth Program toggles between Youth Group and Youth RE. Last Sunday the Virtue Ethics class focus was Courage with Elizabeth Horn and Carrie Morgan. The youth listened to music about courage and talked about why music helps us feel stronger. They read the Japanese folktale The Farmer on the Hill and talked about ways to be more courageous and support one another. After class, Josh Goldstein and Cat Rigby chaperoned the teens as they window-shopped for “Secret Santa” ideas, then attended a youth families snack social with Mary Ann Horne and Paul Burdette.  This Sunday the covenant group topic is One of the Loneliest Nations on Earth. During fellowship, the teens continue making watercolor cards. 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.

Other Sunday, December 1 Activities

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! This is the last Sunday to get yours during Coffee Hour! 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 our Unitarian Universalist principles. The holiday first emerged in 2005 out of a wish to have a celebration organized around Unitarian Universalist values. This year Chalica begins on Monday, 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. See https://tinyurl.com/mychalicabook5thedition to download a free booklet about Chalica. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info.

Monthly Mystic Grove Meeting — 12:00-1:30 pm, UUUS (Note: Change in Location)

The Mystic Grove is an eclectic Pagan group affiliated with First Unitarian Church of Orlando. Today we are giving the sermon at UUUS. As a result, 1st Sunday monthly meeting will be held at our sister church at noon. This is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend. We will discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Lunch at a nearby restaurant to follow for those who wish to enjoy fellowship. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

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.

First Sunday Fellowship

Today is the first Sunday of the month, and that means 1U members and friends will be having dinner together in neighborhood restaurants. We have First Sunday Fellowship groups in Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, in West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway. These gatherings are opportunities to meet new people and deepen existing relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group, and attending different groups helps you to get to know more folks in the congregation! Since times and locations vary, we have hosts who maintain email invitation lists for each area. If you’re interested in being added to an area invitation list, in hosting a new area group, or in getting more information, contact Marty Haddad at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – November 29

Saturday – November 30

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 – December 2

Tuesday – December 3

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  

Please bring a bag lunch and join us for our monthly business meeting at noon. On Tuesday, December 10, at noon, Pat and Cathy Spoone will host the annual Holiday Potluck Luncheon. The luncheon will be at Orlando Lutheran Towers, 300 East Church St., on floor 11. Carpool rides from the church will leave at 11:45. There is also metered parking on Church Street between Lake Ave. and Liberty Ave. 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, Enrichment Center Studio

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

Wednesday – December 4

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 – December 5

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.

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

RUUM, the Retired Unitarian Universalist Men’s group, will have its next monthly group meeting. 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 email: RUUM@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.

Mindfulness 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 Sunday Services – December Worship Theme: What does it mean to be a people of AWE?

Dec. 8          Waiting, by Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

The winter holidays provide a season of awe, and of waiting for what is truly true. For what do we wait?

Dec. 15        10:30 am: Soulstice, by Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

The Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere is a time of darkness and emptiness. It can also be a time of expectation and creation.

4:00 pm: Blue Christmas Service, by Rev. Samuel Schaal & Lay Pastoral Care Associates

We’re “supposed” to feel joyous in this season. The truth is, many don’t. The holidays can bring up old memories and pains. Join us for this special service acknowledging our difficulties so we might move forward more centered.

Dec. 22      Holiday Pageant Sunday Intergenerational Service

In this holiday pageant for all ages, we’ll celebrate the season with singing and story as we follow a theme of light through the winter holidays.

Dec. 24       Christmas Eve Services.

5:30 pm Intergenerational Family Service

7:30 pm Candlelight Service

We join the journey of the couple wandering in the night seeking the hospitality of strangers so they might birth the hope and possibility of a new child.  Where is hope being born in our lives? Join us for cookies and hot cider in Gore Hall between the two services. Refreshments will also be served after the second service.

Dec. 29      Opening to Wonder, by Worship Associate Linnea Nelson

Experience the simple beauty of prayerful music and a message of being open to wonder in the new year. You are invited to bring candles to add to the beauty of the service.

Share the Plate Update

The Mental Health Association of Central Florida (MHACF) is thrilled about being the recipient of Share the Plate on December 15. At 9:30 am Adult RE, MHACF CEO Candy Crawford will discuss the status of mental health care in Central Florida, and the functions of MHACF’s organization. MHACF provides programs such as their Outlook Clinic, which serves uninsured patients with anxiety and/or depression and co-occurring medical conditions. They also offer the Reflections program: an educational, supportive, safe haven for individuals looking to maintain mental wellness and prevent crisis. Their Guardian Advocate training is a four-hour certification course offered regularly throughout the year to help caregivers become better versed in patient’s rights and knowledge of the Baker Act. These and other MHACF programs offer those with mental health issues a place to turn. But with the enormous cuts from the state, funds are very tight at this time and our help is needed.  

During the December 15 service, the nonprofit Mental Health Association of Central Florida will offer further organizational information. Then all undesignated (i.e., pledge) funds collected on December 15 will be given to the Mental Health Association of Central FL. Your funds are vital. Your generous donations will enable them to continue their good works in our community.

Save the Date: Holiday Potluck Sunday, December 22

Celebrate the holidays at a potluck lunch in Gore Hall following the Children’s Holiday Pageant. Please bring a favorite festive dish to share with friends and family.

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. Linda Piantieri is the CC contact person for December.

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.

1U Member Directory Log-in Now Fixed!

Any member who has recently logged into the online Member Directly may have noticed that a second log-in (same login information) was required. This is no longer necessary. Now there’s a MEMBER column heading on the site. Click on that (or any of its sub-headings) and you’ll be prompted to log in. You can use your current login name and password. If you’ve forgotten your password, there’s a link that will allow you to create a new one. Once you’re logged into the MEMBERS section, you’ll have access to information that’s particular to current members of 1U, including the Member Directory, Board of Trustees members and minutes, Buildings & Grounds information, and volunteering with our children and youth, among other things. Check it out! If you have any problems, contact Carolina Lofgren or webmaster@orlandouu.org.

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.

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! 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 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? Bard, troubadour, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, highly skilled fool? Enjoy being part of the audience? Join others at the monthly open mic night and enjoy wine, beer, pizza, snacks and a great show! All are welcome! $2 donation. More info: BlackCatCafe@OrlandoUU.org or https://tinyurl.com/blackcatdec2019

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 16 — 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. Executive Committee Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister and immediate Past President.

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 22 — 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.

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!


Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

December 2 — 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!


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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

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