Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, November 5, 2017 9:30am and 11:15am
Memory Tree Intergenerational Service
Led by Rev. Joel Miller and Sheila Schuh
Music by First Unitarian Choir, Thom Snell
Our plate collection will help support our church

This weekend, with the children, we will gather in the Sanctuary as a whole community to mark the celebrations and mourning of all we have loved; with a time to honor those who have died, and other losses. Using leaves as a metaphor for the changes and losses that have happened in our lives, this service offers a way to accept loss as part of life.
President's Column by Tim Farnum
As President of the Congregation, it is my hope that we as a congregation can build a community of appreciation, kindness, thoughtfulness, and listening — to become the change we wish to see in the world. I hear from time to time of people who have been deliberately excluded from an activity by an organizer, and I worry that these kinds of exclusions run counter to the community we seek to nurture here. To read more, click here .
Roof Communication Team Report
A great deal of work has been accomplished on the roof replacement project since we last reported to the congregation in early September. As of the end of October, we are approximately 90% complete on the overall roof project. This means that both the roofing and the sheet metal work are both approximately 90% complete. This is a good point to detail the highlights and problems encountered during the construction phase of the project that began in early September. 

Some of the problems, which were anticipated and budgeted in the original estimate, such as the drain leak in the choir room, and inspection of the roof drains and vents, have been completed. To read more, 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.
Gratitude, Joys and Sorrows
Thank You for your Generosity!
Two weekends a month, our plate collections normally go to a community organization outside our church. On the other weekends, the collection goes directly to support our church budget. This fiscal church year, we have already donated $10,897 back to our greater community! On October 1, $998.73 was collected for the UUSC Irma Hurricane Relief Fund. On October 8, $2,321.95 was collected for IBERO - Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Fund. On October 15, $771.05 was collected for Big Brothers Big Sisters. On October 22, $847.70 was collected for our church. On October 29, $715.37 was collected for Interfaith Impact of New York .

Please hold the Millikan family in your thoughts. Mark Allan Millikan died in Melrose, MA in early October. He was the son of Allan Millikan and the late Nancy Millikan . In addition, Dan and Sandy Hollands report that long-time member Fran Hollands is in Strong Memorial Hospital for evaluation after a broken hip. Cards are appreciated. 
Rev. Tina is on vacation. If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please contact Rev. Joel Miller at 585-271-9070 x106

Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 5 .
Be sure to turn your clocks back one hour when you go to bed Saturday night!

Happening This Week - click on the red links for additional information!
Meditation Classes with Jan Cook . Three spaces on Wednesday afternoons Thursday evenings.
 
Roc/ACTS Public Action Meeting and Potluck Supper is this Thursday, November 2 . RSVP to Penny Quill or Tom Perry.
 
The next meeting of the LAVA (Literature and Visual Arts) group is this Friday, November 3.
 
Starting Point is offered this Saturday, November 4, 9:00am-2:00pm. Register by emailing Membership Coordinator Shannan Foos.
 
UU/Schools Partnership Bagel Sale this Sunday, November 5, after each service .
 
After services this Sunday, November 5, at 10:30am and 12:15pm , our Junior Youth Ministry will host a No One Left Behind Forum . All are welcome!
 
Uke Jam this Sunday, November 5, at 1:00–3:00pm.
 
Currents Discussion Group is meeting on Wednesday, November 8, 12:15-1:45pm.
 
UUs Reading Non-Fiction will be meeting again on Wednesday, November 8, 7:00-8:30pm to discuss The Making of Donald Trump , by investigative journalist and author David Cay Johnston.
 
The next meeting of the discussion group Aging Gratefully is Thursday, November 9, 1:30-3:00pm.
 
Labyrinth Quest is on Thursday, November 9, 7:00-9:00pm.

On display in Williams Gallery: "The Sweet, Simple Things" - works by artist and church member Laura Wilder.
Calls to Action
A Request for Action from your Environmental Climate Task Force . When you go to the polls on Tuesday, November 7, the New York League of Conservation Voters (NYLCV) recommends you turn over your ballot and vote YES on Proposition 3 , the Community Health & Safety Land Bank Amendment to the NYS Constitution.
 
UU/Schools Partnership Needs Volunteers to help with crafts and games at Abraham Lincoln School #22's Fall Cultural Awareness Night: In the Eyes of Hispanic Heritage on Thursday, November 9, 6:00pm.
 
Benefits Boutique will be on Saturday, November 11, 10:00am-4:30pm and Sunday, November 12, 10:00am-1:00pm. New this year, Kids' Gift Making Stations, Saturday, November 11, 12:00-3:00pm in the Williams Gallery, $3 per craft, or 2 crafts for $5, with 100% of the proceeds going to support our social justice action.
 
WE NEED HELP with hospitality and ushering for the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service , on Thursday November 23, at 10:00am. Please consider being an usher or a greeter, or bringing some cookies for the reception following the service.
 
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.
 
Cranberry sauce and stuffing still needed for Thanksgiving baskets provided by the Brighton Food Cupboard. Thank you for helping serve needs greater than our own!
 
You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed. Some choose to send a check directly to the church.
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!
Roof construction is underway! Until further notice, the south parking lot is unavailable for church use. Also note that the back door is to be used as an emergency exit only.
 
The inaugural meeting of the new Immigration and Refugees Task Force is Thursday November 9, 3:30pm in Room 115. 
 
Join in the 55th Anniversary Celebration of our building on Friday, November 10, 7:00pm in the Williams Gallery.
 
Next Up at Café Veritas is John Gorka on Saturday, November 11, at 7:30pm
 
Join the Honduras Task Force on Wednesday, November 15, 6:00pm for a potluck supper and presentation on the fall trip with the University of Rochester’s Global Health program.
 
Surrender to your inner child and join in some community fun for Intergenerational Game Day on Saturday, November 18, 4:00-7:00pm in the Williams Gallery. 
 
Join us for a glorious evening of music by British composers on  Sunday, November 19, 7:30 pm. 

Kahn’s Corner today continues the quote from Wendy Lesner’s newly published book You Say to Brick – The Life of Louis Kahn.
 
The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is at our church this year on Thursday, November 23, 10:00am. Please join our Muslim, Jewish, Catholic and Protestant brothers and sisters for a joyful celebration of gratitude.
First Unitarian Church
220 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14610   

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