Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, September 17
9:30am and 11:15am
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching, 
Otto Cuyler, co-leading 
Plate collection will go to support RAIHN .

Sunday, September 24
9:30am and 11:15am
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching,
Joe Simson, co-leading


Soul Assembly 

Join us for the kick-off of Soul Assembly! This new monthly celebration of music and arts, featuring our in-house band, Orange Sky, will debut this Saturday, September 16 at 7:00pm. Our inaugural event will feature a guest appearance by members of Roc Bottom Slam, Rochester’s award-winning slam poetry team, as well as performances by several of our youth members. Come ready to sing, dance and socialize!
Here are the latest opportunities to stay informed, strengthen
your faith, and connect with the community:
Gratitude, Joys and Sorrows

Thank you Bi-Fri’s for all you do! Who are the Bi-Fri's, you ask? They are a caring group of mostly golden agers, who provide volunteer labor and skills for the church. In the past 20-odd years, they have worked on many projects, large and small. Over the years, Bi-Friers have saved the church many thousands of dollars in repairs that would otherwise have been hired out. This is a large church with a number of needs, and we could use more energy and help. Generally they meet the first and third Friday of each month (Bi-Fridays).  If you would like to help, or would like more information, please call Dave Schwardt at 585-671-6670.
 
Schools #22 and #15 are off to a good start with a little help from their friends.  A special thank you to our congregation for all the school supplies donated from the end of last year to the beginning of this year. We delivered over 20 boxes of pencils, crayons, notebook paper, art supplies, and posters. The school staff is very thankful!

Let Us Keep You In Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
Upcoming Events

View the complete listing in our online events calendar !

Racial Justice Presentations
In association with the “Facing Racism” exhibit in the Williams Gallery, the Rochester community's Take it Down Planning Committee has scheduled three opportunities to view the exhibit, hear about racism today, and learn about actions people can take locally to work toward racial justice. Click here for details.

Our church bookstore will be open this Sunday, September 17, 9:00am-1:00pm.  Click here to hear more.

The Environmental Climate Task Force encourages you to attend a talk by the Pachamama Alliance on the many, varied approaches that will be needed to bring greenhouse gas concentrations under control, this Sunday, September 17, at 6:30pm. Details here .
Calls to Action

Volunteers needed! All members, congregants and UU friends who are interested in volunteering at this Saturday's Soul Assembly should gather at the Welcome Table in the Lobby at 6:00pm or email Fritz Lange . Click here for details .
 
Seeking volunteers for the BackPack Food Brunch on Saturday and Sunday, September 23 & 24. Click here for details.
 
Join our BackPack Food volunteer crew for food-packing sessions at Foodlink to alleviate hunger for children and families. Details here .

Are you a crafter of wood, fabric, pottery, jewelry, yarn, photos, paint, soaps, recycled items? Social Justice Council is looking for new crafters to sell their wares at the annual Social Justice Council Benefits Boutique . Read more here .  

UU/School's Partnership Needs volunteers with 1-2 hours free, one day per week. Click here for details.

Brighton Food Cupboard has asked for the following items this week: toiletries, cereals (but not corn flakes), and baby diapers, sizes 3, 4 and 6. And thanks for the cart full of donations last Sunday! For questions, contact Alison Wilder .
 
You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed. Click here for more info.
Other News and Reminders
 
Roof construction is underway, so 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.

Our First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship is planning to start a new “Introduction to Buddhism” group. Click here for more.
 
First Muse Chamber Music opens the season Sunday, September 24 at 7:30 pm. More information is available here .
 
Friends of Labyrinth Quest , we invite you to join us this fall for two labyrinth walks at our church. Details here .
 
First Wednesday Morning Book Discussion Group will discuss the book Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving on Wednesday, October 4, 11:00am-12:30pm.  Read more here .
 
New Soul Matters Group Starting
Are you inspired by the Eastern philosophy? Are you curious how these wise sources might connect to our monthly worship themes? If so, click here

Waking Up White     
Our Social Justice Council is bringing to town Debby Irving, author of the 2014 award-winning book Waking Up White. More here .
 
Click here for a Green Tip from your Environmental Climate Climate Task Force.
First Unitarian Church
220 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14610   

Church Office is open
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm

585-271-9070
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