Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, November 12, 2017 9:30am and 11:15am
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Jule Sanchez, co-leading
"Jazz Spirituality and Unitarian Universalism"
Featuring a Jazz trio from
the Eastman School of Music
Our plate collection will help support
The National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House

November Worship Theme
As UUs, how do we find spiritual connection through Surrender?
Surrender is not a spiritual concept that is familiar to us as Unitarian Universalists. In fact, I venture to say that not only are we unfamiliar with it, but more often than not, it makes us uncomfortable. We bristle at the mere thought of it.

Most of us do not embrace the concept of “let go, and let God.” We either consider that God needs our help, or that our purpose is to do the work that God would do, if she were here. To read more, 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
Greater Good News:
The Winners Are...
Interim Work Update:
Call for Nominations
Holiday Worship Schedule
A Response to the Mass Shooting in Texas
by Rev. Tina Simson
Since last Sunday’s mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs Texas, I have been trying to find words to express my grief that, in a place of love, connection and sanctuary, such tragedy occurs again. I have not found the words.

I also search for words to express my outrage that this carnage has become an acceptable byproduct of a powerful lobby that distorts the inherent values of democracy. I have not found the words for that either.

As your minister, I struggle to find words of comfort to offer to you. To read more, please click here .
Here are the latest opportunities to stay informed, strengthen
your faith, and connect with the community. Click on the red links to learn more about each opportunity.
Happening This Week - click on the red links for additional information!
“The Sweet, Simple Things” Now showing in the Williams Gallery, works by artist and church member Laura Wilder.
Labyrinth Quest invites you to join us for a Labyrinth Walk at our church this Thursday, November 9, 7:00-9:00pm.
The inaugural meeting of the new Immigration and Refugee Task Force is this Thursday, November 9, 3:30pm in Room 115. Come and join us to help set the agenda for the coming year, and learn about opportunities to help these two populations in our community. 
Join in the 55th Anniversary Celebration of our building this Friday, November 10, 7:00pm in the Williams Gallery, and for a conversation with our architect Louis Kahn, portrayed by Lew Ward-Baker. Marlin Potter, a project manager who worked with Louis Kahn, will also share his memories. 
Benefits Boutique will be this Saturday, November 11, 10:00am-4:30pm and Sunday, November 12, 10:00am-1:00pm. Support the change we wish to see in the world.  

Next Up at Café Veritas is John Gorka this Saturday, November 11, at 7:30pm
Double your reading fun this weekend. Our Church Bookstore will be open this Sunday, November 12, 10:00am-1:00pm in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge, with a table upstairs at the Benefits Boutique on both Saturday, November 11, 10:00am-4:30pm , and Sunday, November 12, 10:00am-1:00pm .
Please join Carol Thiel and the Honduras Task Force in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge on Wednesday, November 15, 6:00pm for an update on their current programs. This is a potluck supper with discussion, and a video program.
Calls to Action
UU/Schools Partnership needs volunteers! Contact Cassie Carbone to sign up or for details.
WE NEED HELP with hospitality and ushering for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service , on Thursday November 23, at 10:00am. Let’s show the community our radical hospitality! Contact Fritz Lange .
Support RAIHN ( Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network) with food and fun at their Shop ‘Til You Drop Fundraiser on Tuesday, December 5, 5:00-9:00pm.
Don’t forget the Brighton Food Cupboard when you next go shopping. If you contribute more cranberry sauce or stuffing and the Thanksgiving baskets are finished, they can be saved for the Christmas baskets.

Sign up this Sunday with the Hospitality Team to bring your favorite potluck side dish to our annual Thanksgiving Holiday Meal on Sunday, November 23, 2:30pm.

Click here for this week’s Green Tip from your Environmental Climate Task Force.

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Other News and Reminders
Our events calendar is online ! Be sure to view it often and keep up with all the activities happening at our church!
The agenda for the next Board of Trustees meeting is now available on our church website.
Surrender to your inner child and join in some community fun for Intergenerational Game Day next Saturday, November 18, 4:00-7:00pm.
Don't miss the next Soul Assembly service Saturday, November 18 at 7:00pm when local recording artist Meg Gehman joins Orange Sky on a musical and artistic journey into the theme of Surrender.
Next Sunday, November 19, after both services, Jenna Bernardi will offer brief Tarot Readings in exchange for a donation to the Grace Fund. 
First Muse: British Buddies  next Sunday, November 19, 7:30pm. 
The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is at our church this year on Thursday, November 23, at 10:00am. Join our Muslim, Jewish, Catholic and Protestant siblings in a tradition that originated with our congregation, Temple B'rith Kodesh and First Universalist in 1874.
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220 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14610   

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