Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:30am and 11:15am
"At Night You Can See the Stars"
Rev. Tina Simson, preaching
Sue Steepy, worship associate
Our Plate Collection will help support The Children’s Agenda

Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:00pm
Soul Assembly with Orange Sky

Sunday, January 14 at 9:30am & 11:15am
"Words in the Web"
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Jill Poremba, worship associate
Plate collection will help support our church
January Worship Theme: Shadow
As UUs, how do we find spiritual connection through exploring and owning our Shadow?
“Things are not getting worse. They are getting uncovered. We need to hold each other tight and continue to pull back the veil.” I read this quote recently on a friend’s Facebook page, and thought how relevant it is to our world today, and how hard it is to experience. This month, as we delve into the worship theme of Shadow, we will intentionally walk into the personal and collective corners of our soul. This is spiritual work; work that requires honest reflection and tenderness. To read more, click here .
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

Please keep the family of Fran Hollands in your thoughts. Fran passed away last week after a short illness. A private memorial reception was held at the church, no further service is planned.

Please hold Ronna Abbot in your hearts. She is currently home after receiving a terminal diagnosis last week. She welcomes calls, cards and visits. Please call first. Check the church directory for contact information.
Thank you for your generosity! Two weekends a month, our plate collections go to a community organization outside our church. On the other weekends, the collection goes directly to support our church budget. For a weekly breakdown of amounts and organizations that benefited from our plate collections, click here .

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
Happening this Week
This Saturday, January 6 at 7:30pm, Cafe Veritas presents singers/songwriters in the round, featuring Scott Regan, Cammy Enaharo, Steve Piper, and Madeleine McQueen .

Our Bookstore has a limited number of copies of Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry edited by Mitra Rahnema. Pick up your copy this Sunday for $14.

The Black Lives Matters Task Force meets this Sunday, January 7 at 12:30pm to discuss a new name for the Task Force that better fits their current goals, to work towards participating in a number of community projects, and to appoint liaison folks for each of those projects. All are welcome to attend.

The agenda for the next Board of Trustees meeting ( Tuesday, January 9 at 6:30pm) is available here. The approved minutes for last November's meeting are available here. The draft minutes for last December's meeting are available here.

Currents meets on Wednesday, January 10 at 12:15pm, to follow-up on last month's discussion with "Our Sacred Right to Vote."

Jan Cook begins a six-week meditation class next week. Details here.

Could the Dust Bowl have been prevented? UU's Reading Non Fiction discusses that issue with their next book The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan.

Aging Gratefully discusses "How We Engage to Make Our Community or the World Around Us a Better Place" on Thursday, January 11 at 1:30pm .

Our Events Calendar is online!
Calls to Action
First UU Plate Committee is currently seeking organizations to receive the generosity of our members. To submit your suggestions, click here .

Youth Group is sponsoring a Blood Drive on Sunday, January 14. Receive a $5 Dunkin' Donuts gift card when you come to donate. Sign-up here .

Last call for Gilbert Spirit Fund p roposals for small grants to not-for-profit organizations concerned with social justice and/or the arts. The deadline is February 1. Information and the application can be found here.

It's bitter cold out! The Brighton Food Cupboard could use soups, canned meat and fish, beans, rice or pasta. Thank you!
Other News and Reminders
Policy Governance is particularly important as we search for a new Senior Minister. Three presentations on the subject are scheduled next weekend, Saturday and Sunday, January 13 & 14 . Check our Event Calendar for exact times.
Do you know any members who are thoughtful, team oriented and represent a diversity of involvement across church life? The deadline for recommendations to the Search Committee is January 21.

Tips to be green about exercising in your weekly Green Tip from the Environmental Task Force.

The Rummage Sale Committee urgently seeks storage space for donated items. Can you help?
Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.