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Weekly Update, September 25

Weekly Update, September 25

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This Sunday, September 27
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Worship — 10:30 a.m. online via Zoom and Facebook Live

Renewal Through Repentance

Rev. Samuel Schaal / Sarah Gray / Aubrey Connelly-Candelario

To practice atonement is to practice at-one-ment with both the fractured selves we are and the ideal selves we yearn to be.  The Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur honors both. It is the most solemn day of the year, yet suffused with joy.

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

Are you new? Like to learn more about our congregation? Join us to ask any questions!

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

Meeting ID: 875 9258 6779
Password:   1U

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Children & Youth Religious Education

The at-home program for children’s Religious Education is launching THIS week! If you registered to receive a supply kit, look forward to receiving your delivery this Friday. Lessons will be posted Friday on both the RE Facebook page and in the RE weekly update.

As always, all are welcome to join us for  Family Connection & Support Group Fridays at 3:30. Dungeons & Dragons continues on Thursdays at 5.

Contact REcoordinator@orlandouu.org to learn more about how to sign up for programming or ways you can support! We are looking to add people to the RE committee and task teams – learn more here!

This Week

FRIDAY Sept. 25

Moon Circle Class 9 –  7:00 p.m. class, 8:00 p.m. ritual, via Zoom 

Hosted by the Mystic Grove, First Unitarian’s pagan affinity group. Taking inspiration from UU curriculum “Becoming Women of Wisdom,” Mystic Grove teachers Cat and Mary adapt it for all adults. Each month we examine a decade of life either looking back or looking forward. This class reflects on “Center of the Labyrinth.”  Register by emailing mysticgrove@orlandouu.org no later than 12 hours before the event. The Zoom link will be sent to you

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.



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?, 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



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


SATURDAY Sept. 26, TUESDAY Sept. 29 & THURSDAY Oct. 1

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 Sept. 27 – Oct. 11

The next step in in our process is a series of conversations in cottage meetings. We’ll meet in small groups on Zoom and the search committee will facilitate a conversation focused on what we want in our next minister. Meetings run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 11. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/YwDAuBRnTnUMBNCfA

Beyond Categorical Thinking Oct. 16-18 

Beyond Categorical Thinking is a UUA workshop for congregations in search of a new settled minister. The search committee invites all members and friends to participate.  The weekend includes 90-minute Zoom meetings Friday Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. and Saturday Oct. 17 at 10 a.m., followed by the Sunday service with pulpit guest the Rev. Keith Kron, Director of Transitions for the UUA. Please register by Oct. 13.  For details and registration, see https://www.orlandouu.org/minister-search/beyond-categorical-thinking/


Sign Up: 1U Social Justice Coalition Brainstorming Sept. 29

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

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

11:30 a.m. via Zoom

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

October 4: Q&A with the Minister in the Welcome Center

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.

Orlando Pride 2020: 1U Is There!

Saturday, Oct. 10


This year we’re distancing so there isn’t a parade, but we’re celebrating anyway.  Join us for a virtual online celebration including a short video from our congregation as a sponsor for Pride 2020.  We’ll have three vehicles in a 15-mile vehicle procession in the Lake Eola neighborhood.  If you are interested in being in one of the vehicles, please email RevSam@OrlandoUU.org. At least one vehicle will be a pickup allowing for a few people in the open air.  Masks and distancing required. We’ll limit one family in the interior of each vehicle. Preference will be given to LGBTQ+ members and friends. A lottery will be held if necessary. Depending on the route of the processing, we may gather outside in the neighborhood. More details to come.

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 one or both events. For information contact mmhartgering@gmail.com

 GA 2020 Justice Takeaway & UU Justice Guide 101

Oct. 1, 7:00 p.m. via Zoom  

Susan Leslie, Congregational Advocacy and Witness Director, UUA explores actions taken at General Assembly including:

  • Alternatives to policing and to pursue police abolition
  • Naming the harm of 400 years of colonization and working to repair its impact
  • Undoing Intersectional White Supremacy
  • Reviewing current justice opportunities at the UUA.


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. Patty Reynolds coordinates the group and is the September contact. Caring Circle can also help you find a hurricane buddy. 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.

Joys and Concerns

Congratulations to Mike McCleskey who turned 60, and also for his retirement from Lockheed Martin at the end of the month.  Bob and Ann Patton celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary last week.

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

But Wait, There’s More!

Second Harvest Food Bank Volunteering Saturday Oct. 3

Our next opportunity to volunteer as a group at Second Harvest is Saturday Oct. 3. Sign up at http://1uandmeetup.shfbcf.volunteerhub.com . You must: (1) wear a mask through the entire time period from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (2) wear closed toed shoes and (3) preregister at their site: foodbank@orlandouu.org   Second Harvest is at 411 Mercy in Orlando.


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.


What’s ready to eat right now (for free!) from the 1U Garden

We’ve got eggplant, Brazilian spinach, green papayas, roselle (aka Florida cranberries) katuk, mint and other fresh herbs. We’re also digging up sweet potatoes but are letting them cure and sweeten for another six to eight weeks. Watch this space for info on a sweet potato give-away planned for shortly before Thanksgiving. Contact: Rene Stutzman.


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

Email: webmaster@OrlandoUU.org

Website: https://www.orlandouu.org

Transition Minister: Rev. Samuel Schaal

Email: RevSam@OrlandoUU.org

Affiliate Minister: Rev. Kierstin Homblette Allen

Email: RevKierstin@OrlandoUU.org