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Weekly Update, October 9

Weekly Update, October 9

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This Sunday, October 11
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Pride 2020: Living Out Loud

Rev. Samuel Schaal / Rachel Gardiner / Logan Donahoo / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

We speak, and we listen, to a variety of perspectives on living out loud as LGBTQ+ on this Pride weekend.

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 Hosts Inquirers Series for Newcomers — 11:30 a.m., Zoom

Today in the first of three Inquirer Series sessions:  Roots: an overview of Unitarian Universalist history and the history of First Unitarian Church.

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

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Passcode:   1U

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Children & Youth Religious Education

At-home RE continues on with week 2 of 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 offer three weekly opportunities for online fellowship. Dungeons & Dragons for Middle School continues on Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to join us for  Family Connection & Support Group Fridays at 3:30 p.m.  Dungeons & Dragons for Elementary School meets on Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.

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.



Pride in the Streets begins 12:00 p.m. at the Parliament House. Pride in the House goes online at 8 p.m. See details below.


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

Mystic Grove Seeker Class – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., via Zoom

Curious about Paganism and/or Unitarian Universalism?  Is this the path for you?  Mystic Grove, 1U’s pagan affinity group, welcomes both newbies and long term pagans to share questions and experiences in live discussion.  This month we engage “Paganism  – Truth  & Tales” and ” Wicca & Witchcraft.” Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for connection info.  It will also be posted on the Mystic Grove Facebook group.  This series is drop-in friendly.  Come for it all or just the topics you like best.



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

Small group cottage meetings on Zoom are sponsored by the ministerial search committee for conversation focusing on our hopes and dreams in the next ministry. Meetings continue through Oct. 11. Sign up: https://forms.gle/YwDAuBRnTnUMBNCfA

Beyond Categorical Thinking – Oct. 16-18, 2020 – Last Call!

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a workshop for congregations searching for a new minister from the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations. The Ministerial Search Committee invites all members and friends to participate. This workshop includes a 90-minute Zoom meetings Friday Oct. 16 @7-8:30 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 17 @10-11:30 a.m., followed by Sunday service. Please click here for details and registration information! Please register by Oct. 13.


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

Sundays 11:30 a.m. via Zoom

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

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Passcode:   1U

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

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.


Celebrate Pride 2020

Saturday, Oct. 10

Pride in the Streets Starts 12 p.m.

A 17-mile vehicle procession includes three 1U vehicles from our church. decorated with banners from the church branding us as “Working for Equality for All Since 1912.” The procession starts at 12 p.m. at the Parliament House on N. Orange Blossom Trail and winds around for 17 miles.  This is not a parade:  the procession goes with the flow of usual traffic which will also be on the streets. Here’s a link to a Google map of the procession:


The procession should take one hour, and will go past our church campus on Robinson in the first third of the route.  Those who wish to gather at church are encouraged to do so.  All must distance, wear masks, and stay safely out of the street. Be there to support our three vehicles (which may be separated by that point, given that we’re driving in regular traffic) as they pass by.

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.  Katherine Vaccarro is the October 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 but practices deep listening?  For confidential listening in a nonjudgmental way contact the Lay Pastoral Associates at  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.


Free u-pick veggies at 1U

Come pick part of your dinner from the 1U Garden. We grow chemical-free food for anyone who wants it. Bring a bag and knife and help yourself. Ready this week: green beans, peppers, Brazilian spinach, sugar cane, green papaya and roselle. Contact: Rene Stutzman.


Share the Plate – PLEASE CAST YOUR VOTE!

Click THIS LINK to be redirected to our voting form. This year we have a couple of changes. Instead of 8 organizations we are now selecting 12 organizations to make the Share the Plate a year-long program. Additionally, we will kick off each month with an introduction to the organization and provide opportunities each Sunday to donate to accommodate our online environment.
Voting closes on OCTOBER 28!


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