Upcoming Worship Services

Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 7:00pm
Soul Assembly with Orange Sky
Special Guest Jay Stetzer

Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 9:30am & 11:15am
“Loving and Leaving”
Rev. Tina Simson, preaching
Joe Simson, worship associate
Plate collection will help support our church .
This week many of us learned, through Facebook , of a cruel and anonymous racist attack on Christina Rivera, Director of Administration and Finance at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist and member of the UUA Board of Trustees. This attack came from a member of her congregation.

As disturbing as this is, it is not entirely shocking. We understand that overt attacks and micro-aggressions are common for people of color, including staff of color, in our denomination. We know that we are complicit when we are not actively working to change cultural norms rooted in white supremacy, that allow and minimize such behaviors.

We, as staff of First Unitarian Church of Rochester, hold in solidarity and support of Christina Rivera and her family. We are committed to work to change institutional racism that inhabits the culture of our denomination. We are committed to live our values in relationship with all our members, in building beloved community. 

Rev. Tina is available to anyone who wants to meet to talk about this. Please contact her at tsimson@rochesterunitarian.org .

Remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour before you go to bed this Saturday night!
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

Thank you for your generosity! Two weekends a month our plate collection goes 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 $17,902 back to our greater community! On February 4, $780.15 was collected for Reconnect Rochester. On February 10 and 11, $706.07 was collected for our church.  On February 18, $1,455.66 was collected for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism. On February 25, $749.07 was collected for our church.
Wow! Two Grocery Carts Full This Weekend! Thanks to all who made a difference: 177.5 pounds for two weeks of donations! A reminder that the Food Cupboard asks that we not donate food in glass containers to prevent breakage (and a mess). For more information, contact Alison Wilder

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
News from our Nominating Committee:

News from the Nominating Committee: The Nominating Committee continues to assemble the Search Committee for our next senior minister. Some have asked, "Why present a slate instead of individual members for the vote?” That’s an important question. As the Nominating Committee has undertaken this process, we have followed the recommended procedures of the Unitarian Universalist Association. In following them, we have taken great care to consider the recommended interests, abilities, and skills needed to serve on a search committee. By presenting the congregation with a slate of nominees, we are able to put forward a balanced cross section of the congregation. Ideally, a slate is a representative group of members who will have the interests of the entire congregation at heart. While not every subgroup in the church will find one of their own on the team, the slate can be mindful of each facet of the congregation as they approach their work. Consider that voting for individuals does not ensure a well-balanced group. In the coming weeks, biographies of the Search Committee members will be displayed in the Lobby for perusal. An opportunity to meet the slate will be offered soon, details to follow. Please remember to save the date, April 15, 2018 , to attend the congregational meeting. 
Happening this Week
The next meeting of Aging Gratefully is this Thursday, March 8, at 1:00pm.  The topic for discussion is "How Do We Say Goodbye to People and Places We Love?" Please note that the regular meeting time has changed and is now 1:00-2:30pm. For more information, contact Garry Mount

Meet many of the artists from the Arena Art Group at the Opening Reception for the current Williams Gallery Art Exhibit “Expanding Dimensions” this Friday, March 9, 6:00–8:00pm

This Friday, March 9 at 7:00pm, the Literature and Visual Arts (LAVA) Book Group will discuss The Distance Between Us by Reyna Grande , this year's selection for the Rochester community's annual "Rochester Reads" book discussion. For more information, click here for the LAVA Book Group webpage .

UU 101 Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church:   If you are new to our church, please join us after either service this Sunday, March 11 , for UU101 - a 45-minute class which offers an introduction to Unitarian Universalism, UU history, and ways to get connected here at our church. No need for prior registration, just join us after the service at the literature rack. Children are welcome! For more information, contact Shannan Foos

Our church bookstore will be open this Sunday, March 11, 10:00am-1:00pm .

Bagels This Sunday! If you missed seeing bagels last week, you can get your favorite this Sunday, March 11 before and after services, while supplies last.

Bring your ukulele this Sunday, March 11, 1:00–3:00pm for an informal session of music making. Contact Dave Teegarden for more information.

Interfaith Impact of NYS, in conjunction with our Social Justice Council, is sponsoring a legislative briefing this Sunday, March 11, at 2:00pm entitled “A Better Prescription for Health Care in New York State.” All are welcome, and invite your friends. 

Currents discussion group will meet on Wednesday, March 14 from 12:15-1:45pm to discuss “The Common Good / Individual Liberty: Balancing the Two.”

UU’s Reading Non-Fiction will next meet on Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-8:30pm to read Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right , by Arlie Russell Hochschild. For questions, contact Audrey Perry .

Our Events Calendar is online!
Other News & Reminders

The First Unitarian Pancake Breakfast will be next Sunday, March 18.  Come join the fun as we welcome spring in our Equinox Intergenerational Worship Service and enjoy a community pancake breakfast! To help out with flipping, serving, etc, sign up here

Next Sunday, March 18, after both services , Jenna Bernardi will offer brief Tarot readings in exchange for a donation to the Grace Fund. Sign up that day at her table in the Williams Gallery for your appointment.

Free Family Concert to Benefit Environmental Charities:  Saturday, March 24, at 5:30pm .

Please save the date, Sunday, March 25, at 3:00pm in our Sanctuary, for a free organ concert "Words with Organ Friends: Organ Music from Many Eras Inspired by Human Language and Stories.” 

Mother’s Day Plant Sale : Mark your calendar for Sunday, May 13 for this annual rite of spring at our church. More details will come in future newsletters, or contact Nancy Koch or Alison Wilder

Click here for this week’s Green tip from the Environmental Task Force.
Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.