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Weekly Update, October 10, 2019

Weekly Update, October 10, 2019

This Sunday, October 13, at 1U








Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

Get Found! by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

On this LGBTQ+ Orlando Pride weekend, we ponder how it is that the individual journey of coming out is also an experience within community, especially religious community. To be a true individual, we need to get found and to belong.

Adult Religious Education — 9:30 am in the Community Room

No ARE program 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’s Religious Education News:  The Future is Now for Children and Youth

Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6)

Cindy Cohen and Kathleen Smee morphed into elephants last week to read Horton Hears a Who. Whenever Horton said, “A Person’s a Person No Matter How Small” they connected the Seuss philosophy to our first 1U principle:  Everyone is Important.  Karen Cowden made a command appearance to join the herd of elephants. “All the children were very focused and participated fully.  We played with Horton blocks and went outside to play and sing a song: “Two elephants went out to play on a spider’s web one day.” Back inside we used pipe cleaners and pom-poms to make a clover that might have Whos living on it.”

Star Wars (ages 6-9)

Eileen Simoneau and Jock Smee introduced Orange Light Sabers representing justice, equity and compassion along with fairness and kindness to others.  The young Padawans were focused as they built their own X-wing fighters. When Eileen did Star Wars yoga, the children loved it.  The Yoga-Star Wars connection was very spiritual. There were teachable moments – When someone is on your yoga mat how do you respond with kindness and compassion?  This Sunday we introduce Yellow Lightsabers and talk about how we accept and learn about ourselves and others.

Harry Potter (ages 9-13)

Jonathan Gray and Ken Dukes report that the Harry Potter book drive to fight the Illiteracy Horcrux is in full swing!  Daryl Fullerton was present as we made posters. We set up six boxes in Gore Hall and they’re filling up fast! We’d like to get our donation to Friends of the Orange County Public Libraries, so bring your gently used books this Sunday, Oct. 13! Any book is accepted if it’s not a reference book and in good enough condition to resell. Thanks for your support!

Youth Group: Sharing the Journey (High School)

Cat Rigby, Team Leader for our High School Youth Group, with Melinda Raiford and our high school teens welcome Allison Larson as our newest Youth Advisor!  During the two-hour Youth Group, at times Paul Burdette facilitated while Michelle Tichy and Tim Wiley sat in during the games.  Mary Ann Horne and Neil Boris also stopped by. The team reports: the first covenant group session from “Sharing the Journey” went great and we tried the Deep Fun Energizer games and rummy. (Remember: bring your games from home on first Sundays.) We meet again Oct. 20 to continue “Being Together Part 2” from “Sharing the Journey” as we work on our group covenant. For the fellowship hour that day, we’ll make cards for the Caring Circle as our first small service project. On Nov. 17 we tie-dye shirts and Dec 7 we work at the food bank, then go out for ice cream. We’ll also do the “Secret Santa” gift exchange in December. Want to be a guest helper or chaperone? Help in other ways behind the scenes? Email team lead Cat Rigby at youthgroup@orlandouu.org. We welcome juice boxes and other “no fridge” snacks for the teen snack cubby year-round! Our youth program toggles between Youth Group and Youth RE. This Sunday is Youth RE continuing with our Virtue Ethics curriculum.

Other Sunday, October 6 Activities

Caring Circle Meeting — Noon to 1:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Caring Circle members and those interested in knowing more about Caring Circle are invited to a lunch meeting today. Light lunch provided. We’ll share info with those who are interested in knowing more about CC, complete a list of who will be the contact person for each month, enjoy lunch with special guest Rev. Sam, and be finished by 1:00. No commitment necessary to learn more about this important group who offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Caring Circle Contact for October is Kathy Homblette who may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Last Call: Children’s Religious Education Book Drive Benefiting Friends of OCPLS

Our Harry Potter class of 9-13 year olds is taking on illiteracy by sponsoring a book drive to benefit the Friends of the Orange County Public Library. Please scour your shelves and fill our collection box located in the lobby of Gore Hall! Any book is acceptable as long as it’s not a reference book and is in good enough condition to resell. Thanks for your support!

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – October 11

Gen X Video Game Nite —7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall Classrooms A & B

Born roughly between 1960 and 1980?  Friends, welcome! We are single, coupled, divorced, widowed, remarried, working and sometimes in the Sandwich Generation: still raising kids with one hand and doing eldercare with the other. This was NOT our MTV! We’re taking the night off for video and BYO board game fun!  Contact Cat Rigby for more info or join us on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1UGenX/.

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

Come on out to watch the Halloween edition of Black Cat Open Mic! We never know what seasonal pieces the artists will bring, but we bet you’ll have a screamin’ fun time! 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/blackcatoct2019.

Saturday – October 12

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.

Come Out With Pride Parade and Booth — 4:00 pm-6:00 pm, Lake Eola

This year we have registered for fifty walkers (no trailer or truck); we will be joined by the UUUF as well! This event is well attended (crowded) and subject to change, so everyone’s flexibility and good humor throughout is much appreciated. Here’s the plan:

Gather in the 1U parking lot today at approximately 2:30.  We will have posters for walkers to carry, and business cards with UU principles on them to hand out. Feel free to walk to Lake Eola from the church parking lot if you are able and willing to do so. We will shuttle people down to the parade route. All parade walkers are to be in place by 3:30. We will be assembling prior to the parade along S. Rosalind, between Livingston and Ridgewood. See map

Our Entry Name is FIRST UNITARIAN CHURCH of ORLANDO. We are to line up in Block #4, Order #8.

If you’re not able to walk, we invite you to enjoy the parade from the sidelines. (No trailer or truck will be available.) Arrive early to find a shady spot. Please remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, bring water, snacks and sunscreen. And, please wear a Standing on the Side of Love shirt, a yellow shirt, or any 1U T-shirt. Rachel Gardiner is our awesome parade coordinator. Thank you, and we’ll see you at the parade.

Monday – October 14

Tuesday – October 15

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 more you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

The Alliance — 10:30 am, Gore Hall

Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30, followed by our monthly potluck lunch at noon; all are welcome. 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 – October 16

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 – October 17

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 more you practice, the more you’ll benefit.

RUUM October Social Activity  — 10:00 am, Florida Forever (4755 N. Kenansville Road, St. Cloud, Florida)

RUUM members and their partners will explore the wild at Florida Forever. We will take their Trail Buggy Adventure Tour and then have lunch at their restaurant. The tour costs $20 per person and is 45 minutes long. It’s about a 40-minute drive from Orlando. The Trail Buggy Adventure is a guided tour for the adventurer who prefers the knowledge and excitement that comes with seeing native Florida wildlife in their natural habitat. It brings visitors deep into the wilds of Florida in the comfort of a one-of-a-kind Trail Buggy. We’ll see the expanse of Forever Florida starting with the pastures of the Crescent J Ranch. There we’ll learn about Florida’s rich history of  ranching, and view the herds of endangered breeds of Spanish Colonial cattle and horses. The tour continues to the adjoining Allen Broussard Wildlife Conservation Area, where we will see native ecosystems containing countless wildlife species while learning about the conservation efforts in place to keep Florida the wild and adventurous.

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

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!

Upcoming Sunday Services

October Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of BELONGING?

Oct. 20      The Spiritual Practice of Congregational Governance, by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

Creating community in a democratic, self-governing congregation is deep in the values and history of Unitarian Universalism. But it is more than mere governing—it’s a spiritual practice. The fall Congregational Meeting follows in Gore Hall at 11:45 am. The Chalice Choir performs.

Oct. 27      Special Intergenerational Service on Halloween and Samhain by Religious Education

Be sure to wear a costume, especially if you are under 18! Oh, and it is likely to be rather noisy.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Inquirers Series: UU History and Practice

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Join us for these six sessions as we explore the history and practice of our free faith. These sessions are drop-in friendly — join us when you can. Classes meet from 11:45 am-1:00 pm in Classroom A of Gore Hall:

October 27: Questions and Answers with the Membership Team

November 3: History — Principles and Sources

November 10: Faith Development — Children and Adults (Covenant Groups, Small Groups)

November 17: Social Action and Community Service

November 24: Membership and Congregational Life (Covenant, Governance, Membership, Stewardship)

December 8: Welcome to 1U Member Recognition during the Sunday Worship Service

1U Community Garden News

Our fall garden is starting to sprout and grow. Come take a look. We just planted two raised beds with tomatoes, green beans, kale, carrots and salad greens. We planted them for you. Once they’re mature, come pick some for your table. We also have food to pick now in the permaculture portion of the garden, just beyond the raised beds. That includes green papaya, red hibiscus and sugar cane. A tip if you’re new to green papaya: Don’t pick a big one. Choose one that fits comfortably in your hand. It’ll make handling it in the kitchen easier. Got questions or need help? Contact communitygarden@orlandouu.org. Rene Stutzman leads the group.

1U Thanksgiving Feast 2019 — 5:00 pm Gathering, 5:30 dinner, Gore Hall (RSVP Required; Deadline Nov. 24)

You are cordially invited to Thanksgiving at 1U. Friends, family and neighbors are welcome. No one will be turned away. In order to allow time to plan, shop and cook, please make reservations no later than Sunday, November 24. Cost: $5.00 per person; children no charge. Sign up sheet is at 1U Central, Gaby’s table. Turkey and traditional holiday sides will be provided along with wonderful Thanksgiving smells. Please bring your holiday potluck to share. Vegans, Vegetarians and other diet preferences will be accommodated, please bring potluck dishes appropriate for your dietary needs to round out your fare. Come enjoy candles, flowers and real tablecloths in an elegant and friendly celebration dinner with your beloved community! Please also bring groceries for our pantry box to help feed others less fortunate than we. Prepared foods in boxes, plastic jars and bottles will be just right!
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 .

Caring Circle Invites You

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical, tangible efforts to other church members who may be experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. Monthly Contact volunteers 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 serve by providing phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and help with meals and/or pet care during a member’s period of recuperation. Kathy Homblette is the contact person for October, who may be reached at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org

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.

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

October 18 — 3rd Friday Craft Circle, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Heard of origami? How about kirigami: where you also cut the folded paper? This month Lesley guides us through folded-paper and cutting techniques to make patterns. Class is free. $5 donation welcome to replenish art supplies. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/kirigamicraftcircle2019.

October 20 — Share the Plate with Planned Parenthood

Do you know what is the most frequently utilized reproductive health service provided by Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida (PPSWCF)?  You might be surprised to learn that it’s testing for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs). They performed 15,400 STI tests last year. Additionally, Planned Parenthood provides Pap tests and breast exams, as well as family planning assistance to many in our community who might otherwise be unable to obtain them.  About 80% of PPSWCF patients have no Medicaid or commercial insurance. Today, we’ll share the plate with Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida. Alliance and church member, Shirley Jantzen will speak from the pulpit on Planned Parenthood. Please note, The Alliance will match $1000.00 of your donations! Please give generously to support our longtime allies in providing accessible healthcare.

October 20 — 1U Congregational Meeting, 11:45 am, Gore Hall

All active members of 1U are encouraged to attend the Congregational Meeting to be held in Gore Hall after the worship service. Here are links to the two documents associated with this meeting:

October 2019 – Agenda for Annual Congregational Meeting (PDF)

May 2019–Annual Congregational Meeting Minutes for Approval (PDF)

October 20 —Regular Covenant Group Signup Deadline

Covenant groups are a small group ministry with gatherings once a month. Covenant group topics will be themed with the services. This year Covenant groups will meet October-May on the 3rd week of the month. We have groups on Sunday night, Monday night (young adult), Tuesday afternoon, Tuesday night and Thursday night. You can sign up online: tinyurl.com/cgroupsignup.

October 21 — 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.

October 24 — Mystic Grove Class 2: Comparative Religion, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Do you have World Religion knowledge gaps? Want to learn more about some of our faith neighbors? Our Great Courses DVD series class is for you! Come for the whole series or just the ones you like best. Using five major religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism) as illustrations of how religions can address the same core issues in parallel and different ways, award-winning Professor Charles Kimball of the University of Oklahoma leads us on an exploration of religion’s complex and multidimensional nature. Today’s topics are “The Sacred, The Holy, and the Profane” and “Sacred Time, Sacred Space, Sacred Objects.” Class is free. $5 donation welcome. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/comparativereligionclass2. You don’t have to be a Mystic Grove member to attend.

November 3 — Movie Talk, 9:30 am, Community Room (the 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.  Join the movie discussion on Judy. This film about Judy Garland asks us to consider what happens when our search for truth and meaning isn’t free and responsible. For Judy Garland the answer included depression, alcoholism and substance abuse.

November 8 — 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/blackcatoct2019.

November 9 — Seeds of Intention Workshops, Noon-5 pm, Assembly Room (RSVP required by November 7) 

Persephone’s Passage – A Journey Into the Underworld, A Samhain Workshop is Melissa Baker’s seventh workshop in a series of eight, which began February at Imbolc. Our sacred gardeners will find themselves at the final harvest. We will celebrate those who have gone before, and through mindful meditation, greet them at the edge of the Underworld. This will be an abbreviated version of the Samhain Retreat. Please plan to bring photos of those you wish to honor on the other side of the veil for the Ancestors’ Altar. The $50 donation will cover venue, a light snack (so, please have lunch before arrival), and supplies for creating a sacred keepsake to remember your journey with lost loves and the seeds of wisdom Persephone has offered. $45 for !U members, with a portion of proceeds going to the general fund. RSVP required by November 7 to ensure supply availability. Payment may be made in cash upon arrival, or via Paypal or Zelle (please inquire). This event is sponsored by 1U Pastoral Associates. For more information and to register contact Melissa, whose contact information is in the online Members Directory.

February 22 — Hearts & Hands Auction

Save the date for our next Hearts & Hands 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!

Regional UU and Other Community Events and Activities

October 16-20 — UU WomenSpirit Autumn 2019 Retreat

You are warmly invited to return to the source of our wisdom and inspiration—the Mother’s Holy Well. We will experience the Temples of Vision, Joy, Healing, Power, Harmony, and Unity, and consider how we create these sacred spaces in our lives. Connect with women from all over the Southeast to celebrate the Feminine Divine, as we Come to the Temple: The Mother’s Holy Well! Registration is now open online for the Autumn 2019 Retreat at the Mountain in North Carolina. For more information, see https://tinyurl.com/UUWomenFallRetreat2019.

October 20 —Help the League of Women Voters of Orange County Make History Planting “THE VOTER” Live Oak Tree, 2:00 pm, Cypress Grove Park Pavilion

Orange County’s League of Women Voters will plant a commemorative live oak, to be named THE VOTER, in a county park on October 20. THE VOTER tree ceremony will be held in the pavilion of Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave., in Orlando.  All are welcome, and there is no charge. Attendees might want to bring a chair. The event celebrates the Orange County League’s 80th birthday this year and will preface the 2020 centennial of women’s right to vote. Partners include the League’s past presidents, Orange County District 3 Commissioner Mayra Uribe, and Orange County Parks. Speakers will include former Orange County Mayor Linda Chapin, who was the Orange County League’s President in 1976-78; Commissioner Uribe; Patricia Brigham, President of the Florida League; the Orange County’s Co-President Gloria Pickar; and Joan Erwin, Chair of the Orange County League’s History Committee. The ceremony will include live music by the Citrus Singers Girl Scouts Chorus, giveaways, refreshments, and other activities. “THE VOTER tree will be a living commemoration of our precious right to vote,” said Pickar. “Live oaks can live for hundreds of years. THE VOTER can stand, spreading its branches with its tribute to democracy, long beyond the span of our lives. Now is our chance to set a living beacon that can carry our message forward to our grandchildren and future generations, heralding that the Warriors for Democracy of the Orange County League of Women Voters never give up.” For more information about the Orange County League, or to register for the free event, see LWVOC.org.

October 23 — LWV-OC “Women’s Lost History” Group with Patty Farless, 6:00-8:00 pm, Rollins College Bush Executive Center 

The League of Women Voters of Orange County hosts this reading-discussion group titled “Women’s Lost History: Exploring Women’s Right to Vote Through the Lenses of Race, Class, Gender, and National Origin” with exceptional teacher Patty Farless. To register please write to historylwvoc@gmail.com. You may also call Joan Erwin (phone number in Member Directory, texts are fine). Sessions are set for Nov. 6 & 20. Room 220. You don’t have to go the whole series to join in. You’ll learn plenty of fascinating history about our foremothers! If you’d like to carpool from Orlando to the Rollins campus, meet at the parking lot behind the First Unitarian Church,  1901 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803, between 5 and 5:15 p.m. We’ll leave by 5:15. You can reach me at 407-230-0530.

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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