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Weekly Update, September 26, 2019

Weekly Update, September 26, 2019

This Sunday, September 29, at 1U

Adult Religious Education  

No Adult Religious Education offering today before worship

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary     

We Are Better Together, by Worship Associate Rachel Gardiner

1U lay leader 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 sub-consciously? 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.

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

Please welcome Sarah Gray as our new Interim Religious Education Coordinator for children and youth. Sarah, her husband Jonathan, and their daughters, Lily and Savannah, have been members of 1U for several years. Sarah is active in volunteering in RE. She is a lifelong UU having grown up in the UU Congregation of Gwinnett in Lawrenceville, Georgia. She is experienced in developing and implementing educational curriculum for K-12 students, and managing staff and volunteers at the Orlando Science Center. She will work with Rev. Sam, a religious education consultant yet to be chosen, and the Religious Education Committee to continue the inspired work started by lay leaders of creating a dynamic program for our children and youth. Her position is half-time.

·         Kristin Mataluni and Heather lead the “Party Animal Party” in the Nursery (infants)

Nursery was quiet last week–too quiet because of a puppy. The electronic stuffed puppy ceased to function, but Kristin is doing repairs at home so the “Party Animal Party” can resume this week!

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

Our Dr. Seuss class talked about how to “Be Good Helpers” by reading The Cat in the Hat and working together to build crazy towers. This week, they read Green Eggs and Ham and talk about the importance of trying new things.

·         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 they learn more about Star Wars and how knowledge of history connects to UU principles.

·        Mike McCleskey and Ken Dukes Lead “Harry and UU” (9-13 year olds)

Last week 1U’s branch of Dumbledore’s Army under the House of the Phoenix continued its social justice mission by establishing house rules and making wands. This week they tackle our first Horcrux (curse)Illiteracy by beginning to plan a book drive to benefit the Friends of the Orange County Public Library. Please bring your gently used books to the Gore Hall lobby before the October 13 deadline.

·         Melinda Raiford and Susan Pins lead “Virtue Ethics” (High School)

Last week the Virtue Ethics youth reflected on their beliefs about and experiences with forgiveness, contemplating what forgiveness looks like in different situations. They explored and discussed the paths to and problems reaching forgiveness using a forgiveness maze. Forgiveness will continue as their study subject this week

·         Catherine Rigby Leads the “6 Pillars of Balanced Youth Ministry” High School Youth Group

October 6 is the next Youth Group meeting. The first hour will be a covenant group using “Sharing the Journey.” The second hour is fellowship time for games, art projects, and small service projects. Youth Group meets 1st and 3rd Sundays from 11:00 am-1:00 pm after leaving worship.

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

UU Wellspring is coming to 1U! Info Session Today — 9:30 am, Gathering Room

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! RSVP to director@uuwellspring.org. You can also get more information at www.uuwellspring.org.

Understanding Race — Noon-1:00 pm, Assembly Room (Note: Meeting Changed to Last Sunday Each Month)

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.

Planning Meeting for Orlando Pagan Pride Day 2019 — 12:30-2:00 pm, Room 1

Mystic Grove sponsors the planning meetings for Orlando Pagan Pride Day. It’s the last one before the event where we cover volunteering and last touches! If you have time and talents to share and want to assist, please join us. Come lend your helping hands and make this a wonderful community event!

Coming Now Through Next Week

Friday – September 29

Saturday – September 28

Tai Chi — 9:00 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. Please email taichi@orlandouu.org for information about the class, which regularly meets Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 9:00 am.

Monday – September 30

Tuesday – October 1

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (Note: Time change is a permanent change)

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

Join us for our monthly business meeting at noon, all are welcome. Updating the Resale Shop begins at 10:30. 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 – October 2

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.

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 – October 3

Tai Chi — 9:00-10:00 am, Enrichment Center Studio (Note: Time change is a permanent change)

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

Having Issues With the 1U Member Directory Log-in??

Any member who has recently logged into the online Member Directly may have noticed that a second log-in (same login information) is now required. And, once that has been completed, a Profile” page appears which is a page of no use to members. That’s a problem that the Church Office knows about and is working to fix. Our apologies for the frustration the extra steps will cause. Please bear with us until it has been resolved. In the meantime, please do stop by Gaby’s table in Gore Hall on Sundays and pick up a very short instruction sheet on how to get to the directory. The  screenshot pictured here shows how members can drag down from the little house graphic to VISIT SITE. Then they can path over to RESOURCES, then down to MEMBER DIRECTORY. It’s a circuitous route for now, but we hope this will be corrected soon!

Upcoming Sunday Services

October Worship Theme:  What does it mean to be a people of BELONGING?

Oct. 6          Turning Toward Forgiveness, by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

This week is Yom Kippur, the highest and holiest holiday in the Jewish calendar, a time of repentance, reconciliation and asking for forgiveness. How might we forgive and allow ourselves to be forgiven? The Chalice Choir performs.

Oct. 13        Get Found! by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

On this LGBTQ+ Orlando Pride weekend, we ponder how it is that the individual journey of coming out is also an experience within community, especially religious community. To be a true individual, we need to get found and to belong.

Oct. 20      The Spiritual Practice of Congregational Governance, by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

Creating community in a democratic, self-governing congregation is deep in the values and history of Unitarian Universalism. But it is more than mere governing—it’s a spiritual practice. The fall Congregational Meeting follows in Gore Hall at 11:45 am. The Chalice Choir performs.

Oct. 27      Service Information To Come. Religious Education will be offering an Intergenerational service on Halloween and Samhain

Missed a Sunday?

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

Children’s Religious Education Book Drive Benefiting Friends of OCPLS

Our Harry Potter class of 9-13 year olds is taking on illiteracy by sponsoring a book drive to benefit the Friends of the Orange County Public Library. Watch for posters and inserts in the Order of Service. Please scour your shelves and bring your gently used books to the Gore Hall lobby collection box before October 13. We need your books!

First Sunday Fellowship October 6

The first Sunday of the month means 1U members and friends will be having dinner together in neighborhood restaurants. We have First Sunday Fellowship groups in Winter Park, East of 436, Downtown, in West Orlando, South Orlando, and Conway. These gatherings are opportunities to meet new people and deepen existing relationships. Anyone is welcome to attend any group, and attending different groups helps you to get to know more folks in the congregation! Since times and locations vary, we have hosts who maintain email invitation lists for each area. If you’re interested in being added to an area invitation list, in hosting a new area group, or in getting more information, contact Marty Haddad at Fellowship@orlandouu.org.

Pride Parade October 12

This year we have registered for fifty walkers for Orlando’s Pride Parade! We will be joined by UUUF as well! Please sign up with Gaby at her table or email her at programassistant1u@gmail.com. And, please remember to dress appropriately with hats or umbrellas, comfortable shoes, and sunscreen! Please also wear Standing on the Side of Love shirts, a yellow shirt, or any UU shirt (Standing on the Side of Love shirts will be available for purchase on Sunday—limited quantities available). Our location in the parade will not be available to us until days before the parade. We will update you all accordingly when we receive those details. (No trailer will be available). If you’re not able to walk, we invite you to enjoy the parade from the sidelines. Arrive early to find a shady spot.

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 Thanksgiving Feast 2019

We are planning a fine Thanksgiving Feast at 1U! Fine turkey and trimmings, fine flowers, fine linens, fine China and fine people attending–fine vegans too.  Katherine Vacarro and Dayle Steakley are excited to co-chair this event. With only 10 weeks to Turkey Time we do need people to help us plan and execute because we want it to be as nice as possible. Please consider working with us, we need your insight and assistance. Contact Katherine or Dayle, whose phone and email info can be found in the online member directory. We look forward to working with you.  All others:  The time to make reservations will be broadly communicated, so you and your family or friends will have ample time to sign up. Right now we seek help with brainstorming and executing!

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, Kathy Homblette is contact for October. Both may be contacted at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org, and whose phone numbers 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. Contact volunteers follow up on Joys and Concerns expressed in Sunday worship, as well as notices from the minister or other church members, about short-term circumstances that may need attention. Other Caring Circle members provide phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and help with meals and/or pet care 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.

Community Garden Invites Members

From the 1U community gardeners:  We’re working on our fall gardens, growing vegetables not just for us, but also for you and your families. We just planted two raised beds with tomatoes, green beans, kale, romaine, carrots and salad greens. Come take a look! The garden is on the west edge of the church campus, beyond the parking lot. We also have food to pick now in the permaculture portion of the garden, just beyond the raised beds. That includes green papaya, lemon grass, red hibiscus (think salad) and sugar cane. You’re welcome to it! Help yourself or talk to one of us. Rene Stutzman currently leads the group. Don’t know what to do with a green papaya? Here’s a  muffin recipe that uses two cups of it.

Green Papaya Muffins  (makes 12 muffins)

1 cup sugar                                              2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/2 cup vegetable oil                             1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder                          1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt                                               1/2 tsp nutmeg

2 cups grated green papaya                   1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine sugar, egg and oil in a large bowl. Mix well. In a separate bowl mix flour with baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into the sugar-egg-oil mixture. Add papaya and sunflower seeds. Stir only until mixed. Spoon batter into greased muffin tins. Fill each cup about two-thirds full. Bake 20 to 25 minutes.

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

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, Bill Frederick Park in the Carter Center

Mystic Grove is tabling at OPPD 2019 from 10:00 am-6:00 pm! Come enjoy the day and bring a donation to the food drive! 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. Email mysticgrove@orlandouu.org for more info or if you would like to sign up to do a 2-hour shift in the tent.

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

Come on out to watch the Halloween edition of Black Cat Open Mic! We never know what seasonal pieces the artists will bring, but we bet you’ll have a screamin’ fun time! Are you a performer? Poetry, comedy, live music and more is welcome. Doors open at 7:30 pm for sign ups, performances start at 8:00. Suggested donation of $2 to enter. Pizza, treats and beverages available. More info or to Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/blackcatsept2019.

October 13 — Caring Circle Brief Luncheon & Organizational Meeting, 12:00 noon-1:00 pm, EC Assembly Room

Please join us after the service. All Caring Circle members and anyone interested in knowing more about Caring Circle are invited. Rev. Sam will speak with us as we enjoy lunch, take a group picture, discuss hurricane prep and new ideas. Bring your questions and ideas, (and laptop if you would like any help with navigating the member directory and/or our “Meal Trains”).

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

October 9 — 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 Oct. 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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