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Weekly Update, October 24, 2019

Weekly Update, October 24, 2019

This Sunday, October 27, at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary

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.

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 & Youth Religious Education

Reminder: This Sunday, Oct. 27, is an Intergenerational Halloween Service with costumes, singing, dancing, and more. All children stay in the Sanctuary—there are no classes.

Reminder: The Nursery is for children under age 5.

In our Nursery:

Kristin Mataluni and Miss Emma report the class dumped out almost every bin of toys and had a blast. An impromptu soccer game followed during fellowship after service. Some of our friends had so much fun they didn’t want to leave.

In Dr. Seuss (ages 3-6)

The two Karens who taught, Karen Cowden and Karen Ramberg became Sneetches and crawled through the tunnel as they got stars added or removed from their bellies. Are Sneetches with Starbellies better? We talked about justice.

In Star Wars (ages 6-9)

Mary Murphy, Cindy Schleier and Michelle Tichy had the Force with them as they introduced a search for truth and meaning: We talked about how we are free to make our own choices about spiritual beliefs. We looked at world religious symbols and created our own symbols to represent things we valued.

In Harry Potter (ages 9-13)

Team Leader Rhonda Rodriguez and Lynn Ricketts report the class finished the Potions lesson by making Felix Felicis, aka Liquid Luck. We discussed which Horcrux to tackle next. Our new challenge will be the Hatred Horcrux!

In Youth Group (High School)

Allison Larson and Matt Nalley led the youth group in the first hour in making their group covenant. In the second hour they got to know each other while making cards for the Caring Circle – their first service project! Paul Burdette helped during the second hour.

Other Sunday, October 27 Activities

Inquirers Series Begins Today — 11:45 am-1:00 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:

Oct. 27 – Questions and Answers with the Membership Team
Nov. 3 – UU History, Principles and Sources
Nov. 10 – Faith Development – children and adults
Nov. 17 – Social Action and Community Service
Nov. 24 – 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-aquatinted potluck on Dec. 6 at 7-9 p.m. in Gore Hall.

Wrestling with our Understandings around Race — 12:00-1:00 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.

Thanksgiving Sign-Ups Start Today!

It’s time to make your Thanksgiving reservations for the 1U  beloved community dinner! You have been hearing about this traditional dinner for weeks and now starting October 27 you can find the Thanksgiving Dinner information table at Social Hour. Make your reservation, ask questions, decide what dish you would like to prepare and bring, or volunteer to help with the dinner. We’re looking forward to talking with you about this special and heartwarming meal. You can also go to perfectpotluck.com to sign up as well. Type in Vaccaro (the coordinator’s name) followed by 1128 (the Thanksgiving date) to make your reservations and decide what dish you would like to bring. Ask at the sign up table about special considerations if you are willing to roast a turkey or make a pot of gravy. We want everything to be homemade and delicious for everyone to enjoy! Hoping to see you there!

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – October 25

Saturday – October 26

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 – October 28

Tuesday – October 29

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 a bag lunch at noon; all are welcome. The Alliance will not meet on Tuesday, November 5, because Gore Hall is a precinct for the Orlando Municipal election. Our monthly business meeting will be on November 12. 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 30

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 31

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.

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)   Note: No session this evening

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

1U Seeks Part-Time “Building Hosts”   (Application deadline: Nov. 11)

1U is creating five new part-time jobs: Building Hosts, and is looking for applicants. A host will be on campus, for example, to help people who have booked a room for a meeting or wedding. They must open the room, stay through the event and lock up afterward. They will also assist the folks who have booked the room and make sure church equipment is operated properly. Application deadline: Nov. 11. Here’s a link to more information: https://www.orlandouu.org/building-host-job-description/. Want to apply? Contact Rene Stutzman or the church administrator at churchadministrator@orlandouu.org

Day of the Dead Service November 3: Bring Pics & Mementos

To honor a loved one who has died either recently or long ago, please bring a modest-sized picture or memento to service on Nov. 3 for our memory table. The memento may be anything that reminds you of the presence of the one you have loved. We will also name and remember church members who have died in the previous year.

In Memoriam: Sally Oliver

Longtime member Sally Oliver died on September 29 in Minneapolis, where she had moved in 2011 to be closer to her children. She volunteered for many years with the Alliance where she worked on donated clothing – assessing it, pricing it, hanging it up, repairing it. The Alliance still uses “Sally’s Box” that holds the tools Sally used. She was a faithful church office volunteer, serving every Friday to help with copying and folding the order of service and visitor information. She assisted the Church Administrator with whatever work needed to be done. Mother of eight, she was a petite lady with a large sweet nature and warm, angelic smile. She was involved in social justice issues, especially empowerment of women and reproductive rights. A memorial service is scheduled November 8 in Minnesota.

1U Kelly Park Camping Adventure November 8-10; Register now–Spaces Fill Up Fast!

We will be camping at Kelly Park Group Tent Campsite A (close to hot showers and flush toilets, $3 fee a night per person). We can have 25 people on the site. Pets are not allowed. There are sites for campers nearby but they must be reserved separately. All ages are welcome. We have some extra tents and equipment if needed. Please let 1U Camp Counselor Alan Oberholzer know as soon as possible if you plan on attending. You can sign up on Sunday at Gaby’s table, or email Alan at dinnerwithfriends@orlandoUU.org. Activities include a group potluck dinner and campfire Saturday evening, Nature walks. We will have a few kayaks; bring your own tube or rentals are available. Check in 2-5 pm Friday, check out by noon Sunday.

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

November Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of ATTENTION? 

Nov. 3        Life, Death and Immortality,  All Souls/Day of the Dead, by Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

What in one’s life is immortal?  We will honor the lives of church members who died in the last year. Please bring a photo or memento of a loved one you have lost, either recently or long ago, for the memory table. The Chalice Choir performs.

Nov. 10      Being Present, by by Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

Amid all the digital connectedness in our world, we are lonelier than ever. In all the distractions of our day, how might we live more mindfully to what is really present?

Nov. 17       Growing a Soul, by  Rev. Samuel Schaal, Transition Minister

The quest for truth has been a value of our Unitarian Universalist faith for centuries.  It is not merely a quest for knowledge, but being attentive to our natural spiritual growth. Channing called it self-culture.  We might call it growing a soul. The Chalice Choir performs.

Missed a Sunday?

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

Blood Drive Report

Last calendar year we had 6 blood drives at 1U. Here’s how many units were donated on each occasion:

Jan 28, 2018   21 units
Mar 25, 2018  11 units
Jun 23, 2018     5 units
Aug 5, 2018      7 units
Oct 7, 2018       3 units
Dec 9, 2018      8 units

We started the year strong, then fell off sharply. We’ve proven we can do better. Please plan to give at the upcoming 1U Blood drive November 17. For questions, contact blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

Looking for a 1U Donor!

Has anyone recently made a contribution to 1U through Wells Fargo Advisors? If so, please contact Amy in the church Office (407-898-3621 x5 or FUCO@cfl.rr.com) at your earliest convenience.

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 .

Caring Circle Invites You

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. Caring Circle Contact in October is Kathy Homblette and  Bev Alig is Contact for November. Either may be reached at CaringCircle@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

November 1 —Mystic Grove 1st Friday Projects, 7:00-9:00 pm, Room 1

Did you know this year will be 25th anniversary of the Winter Solstice Service? Do you have ideas and want to help? Join us as Mystic Grove begins planning or email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

November 2 —Thursday Night Meditation Group Hikes in Orlando Wetlands Park November 2

We will carpool from the 1U parking lot at 9:00 am or meet at the Wetlands at 10:00 am. Our hike is usually 3-5 miles at a slow pace. Part is through the woods and part on the berms. Plenty of wildlife to see and photograph. For details see Bob Leger.

November 2 — Orlando Pagan Pride Pride Meeting, 5:00-6 pm, Gore Hall Classroom A

Last meeting for the season to go over what went well and what can improve for next year. Hosted by Mystic Grove.

November 2 — Samhain Celebration, 6:15-9 pm, Gore Hall

Join Mystic Grove in honoring ancestors as Chip and Toni present ritual in the “Green Witch” tradition! Samhain is the halfway point between the Autumn equinox and the Winter solstice. Come as you are, in autumn colors, grey, or black. You may bring a photo or memento of your ancestor for the community altar. You can also bring a dish they liked to eat for the potluck. Gather at 6:15 for Meet & Greet if you’ve never attended ritual before and are curious about the Green Witch tradition or Unitarian Universalism. Ritual begins at 7:00 and potluck at 8:00. For more info or to RSVP, see https://tinyurl.com/1usamhain2019.

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 3 — 1st Sunday Meeting, 12:00-1:30 pm, Room 1

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group and Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans chapter. Rituals are volunteer led and the volunteer may choose to do the ritual in the style of their Pagan path. Although we vary in the different Pagan paths we follow, we are all Unitarian Universalists or in sympathy with UU principles. The monthly meeting is a great way to get to know us and how we work. Everyone is welcome to attend in Room 1. Here we discuss how the past ritual went, plan for next ritual, classes, craft circles, and more. For more info, email us at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

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/blackcatnov2019

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

November 6 — 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). Last sessions is set for Nov. 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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Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

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