Biggest Tomato and Garden Work Party May 20th

Here is Lisa-Marie with a ‘mater from one of the seedlings Cat and Julia started for the church garden. It’s a whopper. I encouraged Lisa to pick it before it was fully ripe to make sure none of our critter friends took a bite out of it.

It is far and away the biggest tomato we’ve ever produced!

A very big thank you to the gardeners who helped make it happen.

All welcome to come participate in the next Garden Work Party on May 20, 2023 any time from 9 AM to 12 PM for more garden fun.

~Rene (Garden Coordinator)

Black Cat Café Open Mic Live Performance – May 12, 2023

Black Cat Café Open Mic Live Performance in Gore Hall –  Friday, May 12th, 6:30 to 10:00 pm

Are you a bard, troubadour, musician, singer, poet, actor, dancer, comedian, or highly skilled fool? The Black Cat Cafe is live in Gore Hall! Join others and share your love of live performance at the Black Cat Café for a positive experience. Or, just come and enjoy the show.

Doors open at 6:30 pm for signup and performances begin at 7:00.

For more information email  

April/May 2023 CUUPS Worship List

The April/May 2023 CUUPs National Worship List is out!
Beltane marks the point about halfway between the spring equinox and summer solstice. It is one of the cross-quarter day celebrations. Some pagans celebrate it by lighting bonfires, dancing around maypoles, making flower crowns, and more.
Join any chapter on the worship list to visit and learn about Beltane and different ways to observe it.
1U’s Mystic Grove CUUPs is having our Beltane next Saturday April 29th!
6:30 PM Meet and Greet
7:00 PM Ritual
8:00 Potluck
All welcome!  Dress is “come as you are.” Email for more info.

Ready, Set, Solar! for Nonprofits Workshop


I would like to invite you to this event sponsored by Solar United Neighbors of Florida and the Interfaith Environmental Alliance of Central Florida. The Inflation Reduction Act allows nonprofits to get cash payments in place of the Federal tax credits that individuals and businesses receive for going solar or improving electric efficiency. Many of us received the 30% credit when we went solar, now churches can save also.

At the present time First Unitarian Church of Orlando (1U) does not have a concrete plan to go solar and we have 10 years to access the Federal $; however, it would be good if our church leaders educated themselves about the opportunities and savings from the IRA.

If you are involved with other nonprofits, pass this invitation along!

Sunday, April 30th
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. EDT
First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 East Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32803

RSVP here to attend in-person or virtually

This is a workshop you can’t afford to miss! Here’s a list of who should attend.

  • Nonprofit organizations 
  • Community-based organizations
  • Faith-based organizations & places of worship
  • State & local government buildings
  • Public & private schools

We need your help to spread the sunshine! Please forward this invitation to anyone in your network who might be interested.

We hope to see you there!

Mike C.

P.S. Solar United Neighbors of Florida and IEACF both got their start at 1U!

Flower Garden Help

We have never had any money allocated in the church budget for the Flower Garden.  However, we did apply to the board for money this year, and we have high hopes they will help– and we hope you will help, too! Here’s how:

  1. Give from the stash in your garage (or wherever) little bud vases that have a small (about the size of a quarter or slightly larger) opening that we can use for a bouquet of fresh flowers from our garden and deliver to members/friends who are in “Flower Need.”

  2. Meet Linda P. and Jean S. on a Saturday morning at the Flower Garden 8:00 –10:00 am, to help cut flowers and greenery and make arrangements to be distributed on the next day, which is a Sunday. Contact us in advance to be sure we will be there on the Saturday you choose to help. We are there most Saturday mornings, but not all!

  3. Grow seedlings at your home from seeds (supplied) in potting soil (you supply) for 4-6 weeks, then plant them in our flower garden, marking them with wooden markers (supplied) so others do not think they are weeds. Contact email below.

  4. Sign up for a day to fertilize flowers and greenery. Bring 20-20-20 fertilizer and/or special flower-bloom-boost fertilizer, and go for it on everything that is not a rose bush or a newly planted seedling. Be sure to let us know at what date you want to sign up for so that we don’t double fertilize because too much fertilizer kills plants.

  5. Sign up to bring your pump sprayer and neem oil to spray Podocarpus that has sooty mold (black crud) on it. Must be done at dusk per the schedule. Please contact in advance for important details. Podocarpus is excellent greenery for use in our arrangements.

  6. Sign up to wash the plant/bacterial residue that is dried up in the already-used and returned vases on our closet shelves in Gore Hall because dried up bacterial stuff` will kill the flowers when the vase is next filled with water.

  7. Sign up and purchase the 3 bags of pine bark mulch for the path and/or the 6 bales of pine straw that we use in the flower garden 2 x/yr. and distribute it in the garden/path.

  8. Sign up on the schedule to bring fresh flowers to a Sunday service once a year or more to commemorate a special date in your life, or in the life of a loved one.

  9. Donate money by sending it to church clearly marked “FLOWER GARDEN.”

  10. Advise us of a church member’s or friend’s contact info of someone who needs fresh flowers delivered to their door because of special difficulties/concerns/joys.

Contact or Sign-up:

Arrangement for New Member Dinner.
Arrangement for New Member Dinner.
Red snapdragons and red and white bleeding hearts and greenery from our Church Flower Garden.
Jean S. tending to the newly donated Crinum lilies.

Visit Web Team Info Table March 12!

Come visit the Web Team Info table before and after church on March 12, 2023!

Here you can visit our station helpers and ask them questions or tour the


Would you like to help out? There’s many ways you can contribute to the Web Team ministry! We are

  • Seeking reporters from varied ministries to write articles and email them in
  • Seeking photographers who attend church events to take pix and email then in
  • Seeking editors familiar with WordPress or willing to learn to help post articles and pictures.

Interested? Email Cat R. or John H. at for more info!

2023-03-12 Web Team Info Desk Flier

2023-03-12 Join Web Team Flier

11th Annual Florida Unitarian Universalist Women’s Retreat – March 31 – April 2

Join us Friday, March 31, 2023 to Suday April 2, 2023 for “A Weekend Gathering of UU Women” featuring Shelley Graff facilitating Singing in Sacred Circle!

  • Friday evening we will get to know one another and create community
  • Saturday one-hour workshops offer choices
  • Singing in Sacred Circle with Shelley Graff
  • Free time in the afternoon for personal exploration
  • Sunday we share a UU Service bringing it all together

DaySpring Conference Center is conveniently located off I-75 just north of Sarasota on Florida’s West Coast. The beautiful campus nestled under ancient oaks and located on a cove of the Manatee River offers a serene setting for our annual retreat. Take a look.

$232 per person covers expenses for a semi-private room plus meals for the weekend.
A limited number of single rooms are available at $304 each.
8 women share a cozy cottage with 4 bedrooms and 4 baths, a screened porch and common area.

Come join us for an enriching and memorable weekend.

For more info contact. Helen Leddy