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Weekly Update, September 19, 2019

Weekly Update, September 19, 2019

This Sunday at 1U

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary     










Does the Arc of the Universe Really Bend Toward Justiceby 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.


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: DCYM@OrlandoUU.org. Also, join our Facebook group & stay informed!

Children’s Religious Education News:  The Future is Now for Children and Youth

·         Sarah Gray leads “Backyard to the Universe: Dr. Seuss and UUs” (ages 3-6)

Our Dr. Seuss class spent last Sunday reading Dr. Seuss ABC, making name tags, talking about our principles and purposes, and doing an ABC puzzle. This week, we talk about how to “Be Good Helpers” by reading Cat in the Hat and working together to build crazy towers.

·         Richard Cook leads “Let the Force be With You” (ages 6-9)

The Star Wars Jedi Academy padawans received their official padawan braids and made Chaos Bottles to settle their minds as they learn to balance Light and Dark sides of the Force. This week, we learn more about Star Wars and how it connects to UU.

·         Rhonda Rodriguez Leads “Harry and UU” (9-13 year olds)

Last week, the 1U branch of Dumbledore’s Army began its social justice mission by naming themselves the House of the Phoenix (an ideal blend of Air, Fire and Earth), establishing house rules, and making wands. This week we tackle our first Horcrux Illiteracy by beginning to plan a book drive to benefit the Friends of the Orange County Public Library.

·         Michael Mataluni leaders Virtue Ethics (High School)

Last week the youth made beaded bracelets and reflected on ethical choices they have faced. They then chose three workshop topics for this year:  Forgiveness, Generosity, and Courage. They focus on Forgiveness for the remainder of September.

·         Catherine Rigby Leads the High School Youth Group

High School youth and families gathered last week to make the annual plan of the “6 Pillars of Balanced Youth Ministry.” Youth Group meets on the  1st and 3rd Sundays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm after leaving worship.  October 6 is the next meeting. The first hour is youth covenant group using “Sharing the Journey.” The second hour is fellowship time for games, art projects, and small service projects.

An incredible team of 30+ volunteer teachers and assistants  launched this year’s dynamic program. Want to help? Complete a DCYM volunteer form:  https://forms.gle/5hzBsEJxhuDn6iYw8 . Questions? Contact dcym@orlandouu.org.

Other Sunday Activities

1U Blood Drive — 8:30 am-1:00 pm, Big Red Bus in 1U Parking Lot

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 appointment now. Contact Steph Garber with questions (phone number in online Member Directory).

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.

Nora Staton Bookstore Open Before AND after Service, Gore Hall Foyer

At the Nora Staton bookstore, you’ll find a large assortment of UU-related titles in many categories. The bookstore is open quarterly. We have some excellent purchase awards: a Unitarian Universalist tote bag OR a bumper sticker — free with a $30 purchase! Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted for payment. Questions? Contact us at bookstore@OrlandoUU.org.

No Adult Religious Education offering today before worship

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – September 20

RUUM Monthly Member Activity  —  11:30 am, Mike Haddad Home

In 1944, RUUM member Ben McKay composed and arranged a piece of music for his high school orchestra. 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. Hosted by Mike Haddad at his home, 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 they made the audio.

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

Saturday – September 21

Community Garden Workday — 8:30 am, 1U Garden

Join us in the 1U community garden for today’s workday and take home some of our bounty. We’ll start at 8:30 but if you can’t make 8:30, come when you can. We’ll finish well before noon. Wear work clothes and bring gloves and containers so we can divvy up what’s ready to pick. That includes green papaya, Brazilian spinach, red hibiscus, roselle hibiscus, sugar cane, lemon grass, basil and other herbs. Want a garden plot of your own? We’ve got eight. Just raise your hand. The church has some garden tools but bring your own, too. Contact: Rene Stutzman or Garden@orlandouu.org.

Community Garden Seeks Leaders, Invites Members

Our permaculture garden (a permanent edible ecosystem) and a few raised beds for traditional crops and flowers are open to all 1U members and friends. 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.

Tai Chi — 9:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (Note: no Tai Chi class today)

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 today’s session only.

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.

Monday – September 23

Tuesday – September 24

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

The Alliance will go to the movie Downton Abbey at the Fashion Square Mall movie theatre this week. The movie starts at 1:00 pm and we will carpool from the church leaving at 12:20. Matinee rate is $8. 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 25

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.

WUURL (Women UUs Relishing Life) Regular Meeting, 11:30 am-1:00 pm, Assembly Room (NOTE: Meetings now 4th WEDNESDAY of the month)

Bring your own lunch, and share in the fellowship. We will be discussing potential outings for the months ahead.

This group began its life in spring 2017, as a way for women in the church to connect and share opportunities for learning and fun. While
many in the group are retired, that is not a requirement of participation. Whether you are a regular attendee, or trying it for the first time, join us. All you need to bring is your own lunch; ice water will be available. In addition to a monthly gathering for lunch and conversation at the church, WUURL participants plan and host off-campus outings and adventures for those interested.Give it a WUURL! Contact WUURL@Orlandouu.org with questions, or to be added to the Google Group list for further communication.

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 26

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.

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.

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

Upcoming Sunday Services

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

September 29 – Together We are Better, by Worship Associate Rachel Gardiner

1U worship associate Rachel Gardiner reflects that in Unitarian Universalist churches we often hear “We need not think alike to love alike.” Yet do we have an expectation that we are a like-minded people, either consciously or subconsciously? How does our faith help guide us to navigate expectations in our relationships, both personal and in beloved community? Musical offerings by The Folk Ensemble.

Missed a Sunday?

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

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.

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). See Gaby Cabrera, 1U Program Assistant, for more details.

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.

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.

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 29 — Wrestling with our Understanding of Race, Noon-1:00 pm, Assembly Room (Note: Meeting Changed to Last Sundays)

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 6 — Adult Religious Education – 9:30 am in the Community Room: Movie Talk

The Movie Talk discussion group 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.)

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.

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 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.

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Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

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