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Weekly Update, September 12, 2019

Weekly Update, September 12, 2019

News Flash!

1U Congregational Meeting October 20

details in Other News

and,

Info Session: Charitable Giving & Tax Savings Without Itemizing

details in Sunday – September 15 listings

and,

Upcoming Leads Needed for Two Events

Details in Other News

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Friday – September 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/blackcatsept2019.

Saturday – September 14

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (Note for September 21, there will be no Tai Chi class)

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 and Thursdays at 10:00 am and Saturdays at 9:00 am. However, class is cancelled for one session: Saturday, September 21.

Dinner with Friends — 6:00 pm, Various Homes in the Area

Join your 1U friends in the homes of member hosts. Each person attending brings a dish to share as one part of the meal. These are small group dinners with members and friends you will enjoy getting to know better. For info, call Ann Mount (number listed in member directory) or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Sunday – September 15

Drop-in Summer Covenant Group — 9:15-10:15 am, Enrichment Center Gathering Space

Today is the last meeting for our Summer Drop-In Covenant Group. The Summer “drop-in” group is designed for current Covenant Group members and those interested in learning how Covenant Groups work. Our topic will be Rest, Renewal and Balance. Ellen Tetlow will be the Anchor. Regular covenant groups resume in October. Sign up ASAP!

Adult Religious Education (All sessions are drop-in friendly! All are welcome! Learn more here

Share the Plate 9:30-10:15 am, Room A

For September, we’ll share the plate with the Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH). Founded in 1993 by Dr. Rick Baxley, HCCH’s mission is to tend to the needs of the homeless and uninsured residents of our community in an atmosphere of dignity and  respect. Terri Betts, HCCH’s Director of Development, will be our guest in Adult RE today to tell us more about their work. She will also speak from the pulpit during our worship service.

Plan Ahead:

October 6 — 9:30 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk

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 The Goldfinch in the Community Room. The novel, The Goldfinch, by American author Donna Tartt, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2014. The movie, The Goldfinch, opens in theaters on September 12. This tale of a stolen painting and a stolen life reminds us that in our search for truth and meaning, we may search the past for clues to our future. The painting, The Goldfinch, hangs in the Mauritshuis in The Hague, Netherlands. (Note: The Community Room is the classroom in the far right corner of the Enrichment Center.)

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary     

All Will Be Made Alive, by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

We’ll explore early Universalism’s roots and how it informs our modern notions of being connected to each other and all there is. The Chalice Choir performs.

For September, we’ll share the plate with the Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH). Founded in 1993 by Dr. Rick Baxley, HCCH’s mission is to tend to the needs of the homeless and uninsured residents of our community in an atmosphere of dignity and  respect. Terri Betts, HCCH’s Director of Development, will be our guest during our worship service today, to tell us more about their work.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

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

Visitors and Guests: While your children are welcome to stay in service with you, if you would like to take advantage of our Children’s offerings please accompany them to the Enrichment Center and fill in a visitor/guest information form before returning to service. Contact for more information: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

We MUST have at least two teachers each week to offer the classes. Having children in the program is NOT a requirement. Please let us know which Sundays you are available to assist. A member of the Children and Youth Ministries team will contact you before scheduling you for a Sunday.  You may also complete a DCYM volunteer form:  https://forms.gle/5hzBsEJxhuDn6iYw8 . Questions? Contact the team members at dcym@orlandouu.org.

Info Session: Charitable Giving & Tax Savings Without Itemizing — 12:15 pm, Gore Hall Room B

Would you like save on taxes when you donate to 1U and other charitable organizations – even if you don’t itemize? Join Endowment Board officers Mike Haddad and Michael Cohen for half an hour info session on ways to save.

Youth Group Orientation — Noon-2:00 pm, Assembly Room

Are you a middle or high school student interested in Youth Group? Bring your parents to Orientation! We are making our new charter and planning activities the first hour over potluck snacks.  Then fellowship board games the second hour.  Bring snacks to share and games to play! For more info, youthgroup@orlandouu.org.

Monday – September 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. Exec Members include the President, President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, Minister, immediate Past President.

Tuesday – September 17

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 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 – September 18

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. Join the University UU folks on Wednesday mornings from 8:30-9:00 am- ish, at the UUUF (Unitarian Universalist Unitarian Fellowship) located at 11648 McCulloch Rd, Orlando, FL 32817. Note that UUUF is now officially a Fellowship.

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 – September 19

Tai Chi — 10:00-11:00 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)

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 Congregational Meeting — Sunday, October 20, 2019 at 11:45 am in 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)

Upcoming Sunday Services

September Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of Expectation?

September 22 – “Does the Arc of the Universe Really Bend Toward Justice?” Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

If the universe bends toward justice, why does injustice have such a hold on us?  The Eclectic Music Collective performs.

Missed a Sunday?

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

1U Community Garden Workday September 21

We’ll have a 1U community garden workday Saturday, Sept. 21, starting at 8:30 am. If you can’t make 8:30, come when you can. We should finish well before noon. Join us at the garden, near the northwest corner of the Religious Education complex. Wear work clothes and bring gloves. We’ll trim, pull weeds and make plans about what to put into the eight raised bed plots at the front of the garden. We’ll also take you on a tour of the permaculture garden just behind the raised beds.

The church has wheelbarrows and a good many tools but you may want to bring your own (i.e. hoes, pruners, loppers, etc.). Join us. It is always a fun and rewarding morning. Questions?  Write to Garden@Orlandouu.org.

UU Wellspring is coming to 1U! Info Session September 29! Mark Your Calendar!

UU Wellspring is a year-long program for small groups of UU to meet within their congregations to explore together through readings, spiritual practices, and sharing reflections. Rev. Sam and Linnea Nelson will be leading groups on Wednesday nights, about twice a month, beginning in October. The all-day October 5 retreat is required for all participants. Join us for an information session at 1U in the Gathering Room on Sunday, September 29 at 9:30 am. RSVP to director@uuwellspring.org. You can also get more information at www.uuwellspring.org.

Immediate Vacancies for Upcoming Event Leads

The Leadership Development Team is seeking leads (one- or more- person teams) for upcoming community events where 1U has often had a presence. Perhaps this would be a good match for your interests, time and talents? Contact us at Leadershipdevelopment@orlandouu.org for more information. These are wonderful opportunities to share the values core to Unitarian Universalism, and create community connections.

Pride Parade — October 12

First Unitarian has been in the Pride Parade many times over the years, carrying a banner, and assuring folks that a church CAN be a welcome place for everyone. 1U has a spot in the parade this year, for walkers (not a vehicle). We need someone to get us organized. Tasks for a lead/s might include: publicizing the event in the congregation, encouraging participation, working on materials to hand out, coordinating access to the parade route. See Gaby Cabrera, 1U Program Assistant, for more details.

VegFest — October 26

Central Florida Veg Fest is an exciting day of colorful and educational exhibits and activities! It will take place at beautiful Orlando Festival Park near downtown Orlando on October 26 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Sponsored by Vegetarians of Central Florida, this is an event that draws lots of community groups and participants with values that align with those of 1U. Tasks for a lead/s might include: publicizing the event in the congregation, encouraging participation, working on organizing a booth with materials to hand out, etc.

Regular Covenant Group Signup Time

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.

Thanks to Long Term Maintenance Team (LTM)

Whiteboards have been installed in Gore Hall: Large ones in both Classroom A and B, and smaller ones outside each classroom and in the kitchen pantry. Please use only Expo markers on them! Pens, erasers and cleaning liquid are located in the supply box in each classroom’s credenza, as well as the one in the foyer. The boards are magnetic too, and magnets will be available shortly. Gratitude to Team LTM for tackling this project!

1U A/V Team is Practically Desperate for Helpers! (And if we can do it, pretty much anyone can.)

All those buttons on the scary-looking audio mixing board? You really only need to know how to use 3-4 of them. The rest are duplicates of those few. The only difference is which microphone the buttons affect.

Know how to use PowerPoint? Or want to learn? The 1U Audio/Visual team can teach you the basics in 30 minutes, then help you polish your skills as you run slides for the occasional Sunday service.

If you’d like to amaze your friends and enchant the congregation, contact audioteam@orlandouu.org, or you can just show up at the A/V room right before or after service. Your jaw will drop when you see how easy it is!

Most importantly, the team is down to only 2 regularly available members, and it takes 2 people each Sunday to get the job done. That means that the same 2 volunteers are providing these services every single Sunday, with few or no breaks. Your help would make a huge difference for the team and the congregation (if you want sound and visuals, that is)!

Caring Circle 

Caring Circle contact in September is Ann Mount, who may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org, and whose phone number can be found in the online Member Directory. 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. Please contact our Caring Circle Coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry of our community who care about, and for each other.

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.

1U Community Garden Seeks Leaders, Invites Members

The 1U Community Garden was reborn at the end of our recent campus remodeling. Many of our members and a few friends worked together to establish a permaculture garden (a permanent edible ecosystem) and a few raised beds for traditional crops and flowers. The garden is self-sustaining, but portions need weeding and replanting as the seasons change. The group welcomes new members and is also presently looking for a few folks to help lead the garden projects. Leadership can take the form of a committee or a single person. Here are the basic responsibilities:

– Communicate with the group to set up periodic work times
– Coordinate with Elizabeth Horn, who helps with education events
– Be a point of contact with the church

Interested in joining the garden? Want to be part of garden leadership, contact communitygarden@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

September 20 — RUUM Monthly Member Activity

RUUM member Ben McKay has told of a piece of music he composed and arranged for his high school orchestra in 1944. Hosted by Mike Haddad at his home, Ben and Mike have collaborated to bring this music back to life by keying the 27-page, handwritten score into a computer program that plays it back as audio. RUUM will premiere this new version of Ben’s Opus preceded by a chili lunch. Ben will tell the story of its creation and Mike will demo how we made the audio.

September 20 — Mystic Grove Craft Circle: Chalica Kits, 7:00-9:00 pm, Assembly Room

Mystic Grove is making Chalica kits to offer at October 5 Pagan Pride Day and in November coffee hours! Help make them and get yours early for a $5 donation. Chalica is a week long holiday celebrating our UU princples the first week in December. Learn more at https://www.uua.org/worship/holidays/chalica

Facebook RSVP:  https://tinyurl.com/1uchalicakits

September 21 — Autumn Equinox Celebration, 6:15 pm, Gore Hall

Join the Mystic Grove for a Mabon guest ritual by Stephanie and Ed from Pagans in the Park  The ritual will be in the Irish polytheist tradition.  For those new to ritual, gather at 6:15 am for “Meet and Greet” Q&A time. Ritual at 7:00 and Potluck Dinner at 8:00. Info at mysticgrove@orlandouu.org.

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGMabon2019.

September 22 — 1U Blood Drive 8:30 am-1:00 pm

The 1U Blood drive is upcoming and we need YOU!  The big red bus will in the 1U parking lot from 8:30 am-1:00 pm on Sunday, Sept. 22.  Please plan to give.  All blood types are needed. Coupon for a free MyPie dinner or lunch from Flippers Pizza, given to all donors! Please go to https://tinyurl.com/y6pe3rqx to schedule an appt now. You many contact Steph Garber with questions (phone number in online Member Directory).

September 22 — Nora Staton Bookstore Open

Please join us in the Gore Hall foyer for the quarterly opening of the Nora Staton Bookstore, where you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is open quarterly this year, and this is the (late) Summer event. We have some excellent purchase awards: a Unitarian Universalist tote bag or a bumper sticker for orders of $30 or more. We now take credit cards in addition to cash and checks, too!
We’ll be open before and after the worship service—10:00 am to 12:30pm.  Questions? Contact us at bookstore@orlandouu.org.

September 22 — Getting to Know 1U, 11:45 am-1:00 pm, Gore Hall room A

Meet with the 1U Membership Team and Rev. Sam to learn about Unitarian Universalism and hear more about First Unitarian (1U)! Bring your questions and get connected. Child care available in the nursery.

September 26 — Class 8: Kitchen Witchery, 7:00 pm, Gore Hall

Come to the last celebration dinner! We learned how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen. Today is Wheel of the Year and final craft projects from the text will be prepared for presentation and student exchange. Drop in friendly, $5 donation toward the dinner. mysticgrove@orlandouu.org. RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/kitchenclasscelebration.

September 29 — Wrestling with our Understanding of Race, Noon-1:00 pm, Assembly Room (Note Schedule Change)

This discussion group will be meeting on the last Sunday in the month beginning in September. This is an open meeting. The events of the past few years have called our attention to issues of race and white supremacy and our relationship to these issues. Many of us are wrestling with our understanding and possible responses. For many of us this can be destabilizing. Let us remain open in our hearts to the journey. Join us for deeper conversation within the congregation.  We are developing a new website for resources and will share that at our September meeting.

October 5 — Interfaith Yoga Starting Again!

Interfaith Yoga Project is kicking off the 2019-2020 year at 1U on Saturday October 5 from 10:30 am-Noon in Gore Hall. Embrace the winds of change by anchoring to your true self! Come breathe with friends of all faiths from the larger CFL community. Learn how breath is the key to inherent stasis and stability. All ages and abilities welcome! Extremely gentle. For more information or to register: interfaithyoga@gmail.com or find us on Facebook: Interfaith Yoga Project.

October 5 — Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2019, 10:00 am-6:00 pm, Off-campus Event

Mystic Grove is tabling at OPPD 2019! Sign up for a shift and help promote 1U. Bring can or box food for the food bank. Orlando Pagan Pride Day is part of the larger Pagan Pride Project. Through education, activism, charity and community, the project promotes religious tolerance and understanding between people with different belief systems. If you are a Pagan, the project can help you find pride and confidence in your path. If you are not a Pagan, the project can help you understand your Pagan friends, coworkers, and family members.

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/MGOrlandoPaganPride.

October 11 — 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/blackcatsept2019.

October 14 — 1U Executive Committee Meeting – 6:00-7:00 pm, Teleconference

The Executive Committee meets to set the agenda for next week’s Board of Trustees meetings. Items for the agenda are to be given to an Exec Member in advance of this meeting. Note: There will be no July meeting of the Executive Committee.

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.

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

September 25 — 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 Sept. 25, Oct. 9 & 23, and 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.

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.


Ongoing Activities, Donations and Volunteering  Resources can be found here on the First Unitarian Web site


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