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Weekly Update, September 18

Weekly Update, September 18

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This Sunday, September 20
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Renewing Our Sense of Wonder 

Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

The patterns of our lives have been pared down. This invites us to settle into our core and connect to the web of life. At the start of this year in lifespan religious education we renew our relationships, connections and sense of wonder.

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
Password:  189674


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

Like to learn more about our congregation? Here’s your place! Join us to learn more and ask any questions you may have!

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

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Password:   1U

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Volunteer Opportunity Fiesta This Sunday

This week in the Welcome Center we’ll explore our Volunteer Opportunity Fiesta where there’s information on the wide variety of groups in the congregation needing volunteers.  Have a call to serve?  Here’s your opportunity.  See the virtual Fiesta on demand here

Children & Youth Religious Education

At-home religious education is getting ready to launch September 20! To sign up to receive a supply kit, please contact Sarah at REcoordinator@orlandouu.org.

Our Family Connection & Support Group is moving to a new day and time! Join us on Fridays at 3:30 to check in and play games!

The weekly Dungeons & Dragons sessions continue on Thursdays at 5 p.m.

Want to contribute a video for at-home RE, lead a game session, or work behind the scenes to support RE this fall? Please contact us to let us know how you can help!

This Week

Friday Sept. 18

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.

Virtual Bonfire Party — 7:00 p.m., Zoom

The Mystic Grove is 1U’s pagan affinity group. Gather around the “virtual bonfire” with your device to share your jokes, poems, stories, songs, and more! This fellowship event is almost like a “bardic circle lite.” Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org to register, no later than 24 hours in advance for Zoom connection details to be sent to you on the day. Your turn is 5-7 min long and you may perform. pass, or you can request a performance from someone else in the circle with the understanding that they might decline.


Saturday Sept. 19 

Herb and Mask Giveaway — 9:00  – 10:00 a.m., Zoom

Want some fresh herbs from the 1U Garden? We’ll harvest them Saturday, then give them away to anyone who drives by between 9 to 10 a.m. There’ll be basil, rosemary, oregano and more. It’s all free. We’ll also have other giveaways: aloe vera sprouts and homemade masks sewn by 1U volunteers. Bring a container for herbs. If you want to pot a cutting, bring a pot with dirt. Questions? Contact Rene Stutzman.


Wednesday Sept. 23

WUURL (Women UU Relishing Life) Monthly Meeting — 11:30 a.m., via Zoom

Bring your lunch to this Zoom gathering with others, to enjoy fellowship and conversation. Contact wuurl@orlandouu.org for information, and to access current Zoom links.

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

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

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

Meeting ID: 581 227 0111

Passcode: 2020


Saturday  Sept. 19, Tuesday Sept. 22 & Thursday Sept. 24

Tai Chi — 9:00 a.m., Wadeview Park

Tai Chi for Health resumes its Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday schedule 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.


Thursday Sept. 24

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

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

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

Meeting ID: 663 295 0846

Sign Up: 1U Social Justice Coalition Brainstorming

Are you involved in Social Justice work?  Looking for ways to get involved at 1U? Are you an ideas person?  This special one-time brainstorming event will help the congregation begin to create a new strategy and structure for Social Justice initiatives. The focus is planning; attendance is not an obligation to future commitments.

When:  Tuesday Sept. 29, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom

To sign up: Social Justice Coalition Brainstorm

Thank you for Supporting the Sanctuary Renovation

Thank you to all who have given so generously!  We welcome additional pledges of support!

To Pledge: Please send an email to karen.ramberg@gmail.com 

To Donate: Please send a check to the Church Office and note Sanctuary Accessibility Project in the memo section.  Or use the Donate button on our website https://www.orlandouu.org/ and fill in the boxes next to CAPITAL CAMPAIGN DONATIONS, with your amount  (in the first box) and Sanctuary Accessibility Project (in the second box)

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 now coordinates the group and is the September contact. Caring Circle can also help you find a hurricane buddy. Contact your hurricane partner now and make plans! Contact CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.  Lay Pastoral Associates provide buddy relationships of deep listening and care through difficult times. If you need a phone buddy, a pastoral associate will call you for special needs or just to stay connected. Contact PastoralAssociates@OrlandoUU.org.

Need a phone buddy? The Caring Circle and Lay Pastoral Care Associates will call anyone who wants to receive informal telephone calls occasionally, whether for special needs or just to check in and stay connected. Contact Patty at pastoralassociates@orlandoUU.org to have a phone friend assigned.

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

But Wait, There’s More!

Serving With Grace Book Group

Third Tuesday of each month via Zoom @ 7:30 p.m.


Meeting ID: 873 3608 7915
Passcode: 579960

Serving with Grace by Erik Walker Wikstrom says service can be a spiritual practice. Join us to learn about our own strengths, ways to relate to others and where our passions lie. All are welcome. Discussions focus on one chapter per session. We meet each month September through April (we skip December). Hosted by the Leadership Development Team. Purchase copies of the books independently (print or electronic). For information: leadershipdevelopment@orlandouu.org.


How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi: Common Read
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sundays Sept. 20, Oct. 18, Nov. 15

Join us for a series of three discussions, each session building on the previous session. How to be an Anti-Racist presents a groundbreaking approach to understanding and uprooting racism and inequality in our society—and in ourselves. The author Ibram X. Kendi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, Boston University professor and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.  Sign up here  for the Common Read and you’ll receive additional information and a Zoom link for the meetings.

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Your Gifts Support Our Ministries

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

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