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Weekly Update, October 1

Weekly Update, October 1

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This Sunday, October 4 
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Listening to Our Lives 

Rev. Samuel Schaal / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

In these days, what are we hearing from within that informs our life out in the world?

Service streamed at 10:30 a.m.: Click here for the Facebook page of First Unitarian Church of Orlando or Click here for ZoomVideo on demand at https://www.orlandouu.org


After Worship

Informal Fellowship — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Join us for fellowship fun!

Link: https://uuma.zoom.us/j/92261786137
Passcode:  189674


Welcome Center for Newcomers — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Today is Q&A with the Minister–all are welcome to chat with Rev. Sam and discover more about 1U.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87592586779?pwd=QW11eTVmTXhVR2xYZGlaZklZcmRaUT09 

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Passcode:   1U

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Wrestling with Our Understanding of Racism — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

All are welcome to join the discussion.  We will discuss the recent articles LA Times Reckoning with Racism.

Zoom Link: http://bit.ly/1U-WWOUR 

Meeting ID: 875 4710 7749

Passcode: 2020


Mystic Grove 1st Sunday Meeting — 12:00 p.m.- 2 p.m., via Zoom

Mystic Grove is 1U’s Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter.  The monthly meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend online via Zoom. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for Zoom connection info.


Children & Youth Religious Education

At-home RE continues into October. Check the RE update and private RE facebook page on Friday for lessons and videos. Supply kits are still available for pick up upon request!

We welcome a third weekly fellowship opportunity – Dungeons & Dragons for Elementary School! This group meets on Saturdays at 4.  Dungeons & Dragons for Middle School continues on Thursdays at 5. And as always, all are welcome to join us for  Family Connection & Support Group Fridays at 3:30.

Contact REcoordinator@orlandouu.org for Zoom passwords and more information about at-home RE supplies!

This Week


Family Connection & Support Group Online – 3:30 p.m., via Zoom

Parents, kids and youth welcome. Bring an art project to show everyone and stay to enjoy some virtual drawing games! Zoom information can be found here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/642808627.



Volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank –  1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

For those preregistered. Volunteer slots are full. Second Harvest is at 411 Mercy in Orlando.

Orlando Pagan Pride Day Online –  1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. online via Zoom and YouTube

Mystic Grove, 1U’s pagan affinity group, offers a sampler “Seeker 101” class about pagan paths and gives the closing worship at Orlando Pagan Pride Day, part of the Pagan Pride project. Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. The project helps you find pride in your path if you’re Pagan, and if you’re not, helps you understand your Pagan friends.  For information: https://www.orlandopaganpride.com.  This year’s charity is Second Harvest Food Bank.


Tuesday Oct. 6

Alliance Meeting — 11:00 a.m., via Zoom

The Alliance meets via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Contact Alliance@Orlandouu.org for more information.



WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Tea at Ten — 10:00 a.m., via Zoom

WUURL gathers for weekly “Tea at Ten” chats each Wednesday (except for the fourth Wednesday at 11:30 a.m.). Not on the WUURL list? Contact wuurl@orlandouu.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.

Drop-in Covenant Group – 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., via Zoom

In this time of COVID-19, are you needing a little extra support, a little connection, or an opportunity to explore spiritual thoughts?   Join this special Drop-In Covenant group.  You do not need to be currently in a covenant group. All are welcome.

Link:  https://tinyurl.com/drop-in-covenant

Meeting ID: 581 227 0111

Passcode: 2020



Meditation Group – 7 – 8:00 p.m., via Zoom 

Each session we gather for conversation around a specific topic related to mindfulness meditation, then experience a 20-minute sit. For more information contact meditation@orlandouu.org

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6632950846



Tai Chi for Health— 9:00 a.m., Wadeview Park

We gather at Wadeview Park, 2177 S. Summerlin Ave., just south of Kaley near Boone High School. Social distancing is maintained and masks are required. If you need gentle exercise, join us. For information, email taichi@orlandouu.org.


Ministerial Search Committee News

Cottage Meetings Continue Through Oct. 11

The next step in in our process is a series of conversations in cottage meetings. We’ll meet in small groups on Zoom and the search committee will facilitate a conversation focused on what we want in our next minister. Meetings continue through Oct. 11. Sign up: https://forms.gle/YwDAuBRnTnUMBNCfA

Beyond Categorical Thinking Oct. 16-18 

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a UUA workshop for congregations in search of a new settled minister. The search committee invites all members and friends to participate.  The weekend includes 90-minute Zoom meetings Friday Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., followed by the Sunday service with pulpit guest the Rev. Keith Kron, Director of Transitions for the UUA. Please register by Oct. 13.  For details and registration, see https://www.orlandouu.org/minister-search/beyond-categorical-thinking/


Curious about 1U? Inquirers Series After Worship Each October Sunday

11:30 a.m. via Zoom

Especially for newcomers or any interested in an introduction to 1U and Unitarian Universalism.

October 4: Q&A with the Minister in the Welcome Center

October 11: Roots: an overview of Unitarian Universalist history and the history of First Unitarian Church.

October 18: Faith Development and Social Justice: How we work to transform individuals and the world.

October 25: Connecting with Congregational Life:  How to get involved, including how to become a member.


Pride 2020: Vehicle Procession & Online Celebration

Saturday, Oct. 10

Pride in the Streets Starts 12 p.m.
A 15-mile vehicle procession includes three 1U trucks decorated with banners from the church branding us as “Working for Equality for All Since 1912” and other messages of our community witness. The procession starts at 12 p.m. at the Parliament House on N. Orange Blossom Trail and winds around for 15 miles.  The procession will go by our church campus on E. Robinson Street, eventually ending up back at the Parliament House. Those who wish to gather at church must distance, wear masks, and stay safely out of the street. If you are interested in being in one of the vehicles, email RevSam@OrlandoUU.org. Masks and distancing required. Preference given to LGBTQ+ members and friends.
See https://comeoutwithpride.com/pride-in-the-streets/

Pride in the House Online at 8 p.m.
An online celebration includes a 15-second video from our congregation as a Pride sponsor. Tune in at 8 p.m Oct. 10.
See  https://comeoutwithpride.com/virtual-extravaganza/


Register Now for UU Justice Florida Events 

Get ready for after the election with two meetings engaging justice themes. Register here to receive Zoom links for the next event. For information contact mmhartgering@gmail.com

Being a Social Class Ally Social Justice Workshop

Oct. 15, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

Explore how class and classism shape our lives and organizations — as well as our work to challenge injustice, white supremacy and inequality. We’ll examine our class backgrounds and explore ways to become better class allies.


Our Compassionate Community 

The Care Team supports members and friends in two ways: Caring Circle offers practical, tangible efforts to those experiencing significant joys, sorrows, or changes. Patty Reynolds coordinates the group and is the September contact. Caring Circle can also help you find a hurricane buddy. Contact CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

 Do you need a buddy, a listener, someone to talk to who WON’T give advice?!  Someone who will JUST LISTEN?!  Confidential listening in a nonjudgmental way… is available! Please contact the Lay Pastoral Associates by emailing PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org

Joys and Concerns

To share your joys or concerns please send an email to joysandconcerns@orlandouu.org


But Wait, There’s More!

How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi: Common Read
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sundays Oct. 18, Nov. 15

Two of the three sessions remain. How to be an Anti-Racist helps us understand and uproot racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves.  Sign up here  for the Common Read and you’ll receive additional information and a Zoom link for the meetings.


Updates from the 1U Garden

Ever tried “Florida cranberries”? They’re not berries at all. They’re from the roselle bush, and in the 1U Garden it’s picking time. We’ve got a dozen of those bushes heavy with fruit. Pick the wine-colored pod then pull off the deep red outer petals. That’s what tastes like cranberries. Chop them up and put them in yogurt or on oatmeal. Make a cobbler. Brew them into a bright red tea. Add spices and make a Jamaican punch. What else in the garden is ready? Peppers, green papaya, Brazilian spinach and in a week or two, there’ll be green beans. All of it is free. Come with a bag and knife. Help yourself but please leave enough to share. Contact: Rene Stutzman.


Share the Plate

Thank you to everyone who gave so generously this year! We had a RECORD-BREAKING year giving over $30,000 to organizations in the Orlando area doing great things for the community! THANK YOU! Click here to check out the results. Stay tuned to see which organizations were nominated and how you can vote for your top picks!


Your Gifts Support Our Ministries

Thank you for your generosity. Here’s how to give:

1U Website – Use the Donate button on the upper right-hand section of the home page and follow the directions.

Text – Send a text to 407-456-7082 with the amount you’d like to contribute. Make sure to include the dollar sign before the amount (for example: $50). NOTE: Do not place a space between the dollar sign and the dollar amount. Within a few minutes, you’ll be sent a text with a link to register. Click on the link. Enter your cardholder name, and credit or debit card information. You will receive a text verification and a receipt via email. For future giving, send a text with the amount you are giving and it will process automatically. For donating to Share the Plate, use the texting code: sharedplate

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First Unitarian Church of Orlando

Phone: 407-898-3621

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Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org