Upcoming Worship Services

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.

Sunday, January 21 at 9:30am & 11:15am
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Suzy Farrell, worship associate
Charting the Course for
Our Road Ahead
A note from the President of our Congregation, Tim Farnum:

As we enter the year 2018, our Board of Trustees is undertaking an ambitious project to renew and refine the ends that form the basis for the policies and practices of our church. Organizing it will take the efforts of all of us on the Board, but it will only be completed successfully if the grand majority of congregants participate. We need to hear the voices of our congregation, and understand what we, the congregation, want to create with each other and in the world. 
It is a key tenet of Unitarian Universalism that our churches are not defined by creed, church hierarchy or minister – but by congregants in covenant with each other.  We decide who we are as a faith community. As we, the members of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, move forward in our transition and begin searching for a new minister, we each have a vital role to play in helping to chart our course as we embark on Our Road Ahead – together. During February and March of this year, we will gather in small groups to share our stories about our church and our wishes for its future, deepening our connections with each other, and building a shared vision of the community we hope to be. In these important gatherings, each congregant will have the opportunity to help clarify the core values, mission and goals of our church. To read more on this important initiative, click here.
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

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
All are invited to a presentation on Policy Governance, being offered this Saturday, January 13, 6:00-7:00pm; and two sessions on Sunday, January 14, at 10:30am or 12:30pm, all in Room 110. Policy Governance is being used by the Board of Trustees to guide the operations of our church so we can realize our values and aspirations, particularly important as we prepare to search for a new Senior Minister. Mark you calendars!

Thinking about Membership? Join us for UU201 after services this Sunday, January 14. Contact Shannan Foos for more information.

Youth Group will be sponsoring a blood drive this Sunday, January 14, 9:00am-2:00pm  in the Williams Gallery.

A New Soul Matters Group for People of Color:   This Soul Matters group is a new pilot program open to adult church members and friends who identify as people of color. It will meet once a month to reflect on the worship theme from the members’ heart centered and unique perspective. Participants will be asked to assess their experience as group participants, and offer feedback on the process and the material to the facilitators, and to the Minister of Spiritual Development. This group follows the same covenant and format as other Soul Matters groups. A maximum of 10 people can participate, and will start meeting on Thursday, February 15, 6:00-8:00pm . If you are interested in joining or would like more information, contact Ahlia Kitwana or Barb de Leeuw.

The Black Lives Matter Task Force meeting is re-scheduled for this Sunday, January 14 at 12:30pm in Room 119.

Everyone's invited to Gilbert Hall after services this Sunday, January 14 , to see artwork from the Religious Education/Honduran student exchange, and enjoy some sweet Sunday munchies.
Spiritual direction is a time-honored way to help another person deepen their spiritual life through exploration of life’s profound questions such as Who am I? Why am I here? It's now being offered here at our church. To read more, click here, or contact Spiritual Directors Rev. Joy Collins (left) and Rev. Libby Moore (right).

Our church bookstore will be open this Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm, featuring the book Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity, and Power in Ministry by Mitra Rahnema.
Our next exhibit in the Williams Gallery features paintings by Casey Cardillo . Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, January 19, from 6:00-8:00pm

Our Events Calendar is online!

Calls to Action
The Rummage Sale Committee urgently seeks storage space for donated items. Can you help?

Our Plate Committee is scheduling organizations to receive the generosity of our members. Information and submission forms can be found here .

Recommendations for the Search Committee will be accepted until Sunday, January 21 , at table sessions after Sunday services, or by email.

A Green Tip from the Environment Task Force.

If you enjoyed the Inaugurating Hope event at our church last January, the Pachamama Alliance will be holding a similar event again this year.
Other News and Reminders
Vipassana Meditation, from the Buddhist tradition, is a simple form of mindfulness and breath awareness. All are welcome to join, every Monday at 7:30pm .
 
Are you considering a leadership role within the church? If so please review the UUA Offerings and consider taking the Centered Leadership course, starting this month. Questions? Email the Nominating Committee.  

Check out the Wednesday Morning Book Club's book selections for February and March!

Elaine Weiss, a journalist and author, will be the keynote speaker for this year's Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon in February. Join the First Unitarian table at this special event. RSVP today!
Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.