Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, January 28 at 9:30am & 11:15am
"Are Unitarian Universalists Missing the Mark on Sin?"
Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper, preaching
Thom Snell, worship associate
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About Our G uest Pr eacher
Rev. Dr. Kristen Harper has served the Unitarian Church of Barnstable for 16 years. Prior to that, she served congregations in Lansing, Michigan and Ormond Beach, Florida. As the longest serving woman of color in a congregational setting, she was only the second woman of African descent to be called through the settlement process to a Unitarian Universalist faith community. Rev. Harper received her doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School in 1999. She has been married to her husband Jay for 19 years and they live on Cape Cod with their four cats and Syd, their mini-Schnauzer. 
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

Thank you to all who contributed their time (and blood) to the recent blood drive held here at our church. Our American Red Cross representative was pleased to report that our donors provided enough units of blood to impact 87 lives!

Thanks to the donors who left bags and boxes adding up to 80 pounds that were delivered to the Brighton Food Cupboard on Monday.

Our gratitude to Carol Thiel and the Honduras Task Force for our recent special program and exhibit of our Honduras partnership exchange.

Special thanks to all our Our Whole Lives facilitators who are in the midst of a 7-8 week session of sexuality education for our 6-9th graders.

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
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. We look forward to charting our course for the road ahead - with YOU! Click here to learn more .
Happening this Week
Our Church Bookstore will be open this Sunday, January 28, 10:00am-1:00pm.

Bring your ukulele for a Uke Jam this Sunday, January 28, 1:00–3:00pm. Contact Dave Teegarden for more information.

Pledge Payment Options:  You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed. Some choose to send a check directly to the church. Another good alternative is automatic ACH contributions from your checking account. They are the easiest way for our Church Office to receive pledge contributions. They are easy to set up and save us credit card fees. Your monthly contributions would come out of your account on the 15 th of each month. Contact Al Gundlach at 585-271-9070 x103 if you are interested.
Our Events Calendar is online!

Calls to Action and Other News
Multiple openings are available on our crews to pack BackPack Food at Foodlink. To sign up, send your full name(s) to Chris Farnum and she'll reply to confirm.

A New Soul Matters Group for People of Color:   This Soul Matters group is a new pilot program that 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.

Wednesday Morning Book Club next meets on Wednesday, February 7, at 11:15am to discuss The Known World by Edward P. Jones. All are welcome. For questions, contact Joyce Henzel . Correction to last week’s Wednesday Morning Book Club post:  The reading for the Wednesday, March 7 meeting is Zealot by Reza Aslan. 

UU/Schools Partnership Seeks Volunteers:   School #22 is having their next Expo on  Thursday, February 8, 6:00-7:30pm and are in need of volunteers. Contact Cassie Carbone if interested.

The next meeting of Aging Gratefully , on Thursday, February 8, 1:00-2:30pm, will discuss “What is our community and what do we do to improve it?” For questions, contact Garry Mount .

Kahn’s Corner:  Paul Goldberger, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning architectural critic, has a lengthy review of Wendy Lesser's new biography of Louis Kahn in The Nation. Read it here .

Currents discussion group next meets on Wednesday, February 14, 12:15-1:45pm to expand on last month's topic and discuss “Gender Role Expectations in Our Society: How They Affect our Perceptions of Sexual Harassment and Assault.” If you would like to be included in their mailing list, contact Gary Pudup .

When UUs Reading Non-Fiction next meets on Wednesday, February 14, 7:00-8:30pm, the discussion will be on This Fight is Our Fight: The Battle to Save America's Middle Class , by Elizabeth Warren. All are welcome to join in the discussion. For questions, contact Audrey Perry .
Elaine Weiss, journalist and author, is the keynote speaker for this year's Susan B. Anthony Birthday Luncheon Wednesday, February 14, 12:00-1:30pm.  Susan B. Anthony was a longtime member of our congregation, and our church will have our own tables at the luncheon. Tickets are $75. We need to secure paid reservations soon. For more information, call Sally Whitbeck at 585-461-3150.

Our Events Calendar is online!

Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.