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Weekly Update, September 5, 2019

Weekly Update, September 5, 2019

News Flash!

Annual Ingathering Water Communion Service & Potluck Lunch

and,

Religious Education Orientation, UU Wellspring Info Session

and,

Dinner with Friends Sign-up Deadline

details for all the above in Sunday – September 8 listings

and,

Upcoming Leads Needed for Two Events

Details in Other News

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Friday – September 6

Saturday – September 7

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.

Sunday – September 8

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

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.)

Water imported from Northern California, purchased by various agencies to refill the underground water basin (aquifer), is showing up in the upper reaches of the San Gabriel River off Encanto Parkway in Duarte, Calif.

Worship — 10:30 am, Sanctuary     

Annual Ingathering Water Communion Service, by Transition Minister Rev. Samuel Schaal

As streams and rivers seek the sea, so we gather for another year of ministry. This intergenerational service features our traditional water communion, wherein our church family gathers to celebrate the new church year. Bring a bit of water to represent your summer and add to our communal bowl as a symbol of how our individual lives flow together to create 1U. The Chalice Choir performs.  A potluck lunch in Gore Hall follows the worship service. Bring a favorite dish to share.

Children’s Religious Education (CRE)

Today our annual Water Service will be Intergenerational. Some children and youth will participate in the service, and special packets of activities will be available. There are no RE classes.  Only children ages 4 and under will have the option to leave for childcare in the Nursery.

Water Service Potluck Lunch — Immediately After Worship Service, Gore Hall

Celebrate the new church year and share stories about your summer at a potluck lunch in Gore Hall following the worship service. Plan to bring a favorite dish to share with friends and family.

Religious Education (RE) Orientation — 12:15 pm, Assembly Room

Anyone who is teaching or assisting with RE should attend. Anyone who wants to learn more about teaching or assisting with RE may attend. Anyone with questions or opinions about RE can attend. Remember, you may have attended or taught RE in the past, but the Future is calling and the Future, our Future needs YOU!”

UU Wellspring Info Session — 9:30 am, Gathering Room

UU Wellspring is a yearlong spiritual deepening program created for Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Sam and Linnea Nelson will be leading groups on Wednesday nights, about twice a month, beginning in October. Note that the all-day October 5 retreat is required for all participants. Alternate opportunity: information session online Tuesday, September 10 at 7:00 pm. RSVP to director@uuwellspring.org. You will receive the online Zoom log in if you are attending the online session. More information at www.uuwellspring.org.

Dinner with Friends Sign-up Deadline 

Get to know your fellow members by sharing a meal and companionship in a small group gathering. Join your 1U friends on September 14 at 6:00 pm in the homes of member hosts. Each person attending brings a dish to share as one part of the meal. Sign up forms are available on Gaby’s Table during coffee hour or on the 1U website. Hosts are needed, especially in child-friendly homes. Call Ann Mount (number listed in member directory) or email dinnerwithfriends@orlandouu.org.

Monday – September 9

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.

Tuesday – September 10

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 business meeting and a bag lunch at noon; all are welcome. For further information contact us at alliance@orlandouu.org.

UU Wellspring Info Session — 7:00 pm, Online via Zoom login

UU Wellspring is a yearlong spiritual deepening program created for Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Sam and Linnea Nelson will be leading groups on Wednesday nights, about twice a month, beginning in October. Note that the all-day October 5 retreat is required for all participants. RSVP to director@uuwellspring.org. You will receive the online Zoom log in if you are attending the online session. More information at www.uuwellspring.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 11

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 12

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.

Mystic Grove Class 7: Kitchen Witchery — 7:00-9:00 pm, Gore Hall

We continue to explore various demonstrations from “Kitchen Witchery” by Cerridwen Greenleaf. Learn how to bring the sacred into the simple acts of making meals, teas, and crafts from the garden and kitchen. This week’s topic is “Cooking Up Lots of Love” led by Mary and Lesley. Drop in friendly. $5 donation suggestion to replenish supplies. Facebook RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/cookinguplotsofolove.

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 15 – “All Will Be Made Alive,” 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.

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.

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? Stop by our table at the Opportunities Fiesta, or 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-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.

The Dreamers’ School Finds a Home at 1U Starting September 9

We are happy to welcome The Dreamers’ School (TDS) to our campus on Mondays and Tuesdays beginning on September 9. The Dreamers’ School is a Waldorf-inspired hybrid program for homeschool students. Students in grades K-9 meet for classes taught by professional teachers two days a week. The teachers send home lesson plans for the other three days a week. Hybrid programs like this, where students get to mix traditional school attendance with home instruction, are becoming more prevalent as time moves forward.

TDS is happy to bring the Waldorf education movement to Orlando. Waldorf education is a developmentally appropriate, experiential, academically rigorous approach to education that integrates the arts into all academic disciplines. Students at TDS take classes in math, science, language arts, yoga, history, art, theatre and more. The Dreamers’ School aims to inspire lifelong learning in all students and to enable them to fully develop their unique capabilities. TDS is happy to have found a home at 1U where its values and its desire to serve the community are in alignment. More info: http://www.thedreamersschool.com.

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.

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 

Members of the Caring Circle offer kind, practical efforts to church members experiencing significant joys, concerns, sorrows, or changes in their lives. We follow up on Joys and Concerns from Sunday worship and other notices from church members and offer help with phone calls, greeting cards, rides to church events or medical appointments, and assistance with meals, pet care, etc., during a member’s recuperation.  Contact our CC coordinator, Linda Piantieri at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org for details or to participate in this ministry. CC contact for September is Ann Mount who may also be reached at CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org.

Caring Circle Resources for Hurricane Preparation or Cleanup

Hurricane season is not over! Contact the Caring Circle about sign-up sheets for helpers and helpees. Forms are on the 1U website Caring Circle page  (https://www.orlandouu.org/connect/programs/caring-circle/ ). Contact Caring Circle coordinator Linda Piantieri (phone number in member directory online) or CaringCircle@OrlandoUU.org) to plan now to be more comfy when that hurricane comes!

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 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.

September 14 — 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.

September 15 — 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.

September 15 — 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 activiites 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.

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.

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 22 — Nora Staton Bookstore Open

Please join us in the Gore Hall foyer for the quarterly opening of the Nora Staton Bookstore. 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.

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 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.

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 7 — Join the Fun at Parramore New Image Youth Center 

Work with  youth grades 3-8 making bracelets and polishing nails. A girls day with some super guy volunteers joining us as well! Many of these kids come from mom-only households and would benefit from men being present as well. We will meet at 12:45 pm for set up, and the young people will arrive about 1:00. Each volunteer will work with 2 kids.  Bring kids or grandchildren  10th grade and over that love to help!  Supplies will be there for us, but  if you have additional you can bring, there is extra credit! Please RSVP by August 31 to Steph Garber at blooddrive@orlandouu.org.

September 11 — 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. 11 & 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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