Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, August 20 at 10:00am
"Be Travellers"
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching 
Rev. Tina Simson and Suzy Farrell, co-leading 

Sunday, August 27 at 10:00am
Thom Snell, preaching
Ahlia Kitwana, co-leading

Here are the latest opportunities to stay informed, strengthen
your faith, and connect with the community:
Gratitude, Joys and Sorrows

Our hearts are with Catherine Cerulli and Christopher Thomas, whose son, Owen Thomas, was tragically killed in an accident last week. Owen recently graduated from Brighton High school, and he was part of our RE program for many years. A funeral mass was held earlier this week at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. “ To live in hearts that love is not to die.”

We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the church’s volunteer gardeners. With their caring expertise and weekly commitment, our gardens and front entrance displays are simply gorgeous. Thank you all so much for this beautiful contribution to our church!

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

Black Lives Matter/Youth Lives Matter Task Force is meeting this Sunday, August 20 at 11:00am. Click here to learn what is planned .

Cafe Veritas Announces 2017-18 Season Line Up! Tickets and Season Passes are on sale now for the new season of Cafe Veritas. Click here for the upcoming schedule and to purchase tickets.

First Muse Chamber Music Series 2017-18 Season is Announced
Tickets and Season Passes are on sale now for this season’s First Muse concerts! Go to FirstMuse.org for details on our three inspiring concerts and to purchase tickets. 

Unirondack Fall Camping Registration is Now Open! First Unitarian members and friends have enjoyed a weekend getaway at Unirondack for over 20 years. This fall's weekend is Friday, September 29-Sunday, October 1. To learn more and/or register, click here

View the complete listing in our  online events calendar!
Calls to Action!

Seeking a Director of Early Childhood for our Religious Education program, to provide safe, loving, consistent childcare and Unitarian Universalist teaching for young children. To learn more or apply, click here.

Help Wanted: Cafe Veritas is seeking a Sound Technician for their monthly cafe series. Preferred that person is available for all 8 shows, but not required. If interested, please contact Jackie Lange.

Donate Blood! A blood drive will be held in the Williams Gallery on August 29, 1:00-6:00pm. Look for posters around the church. There will be $5 Target e-gift card given to donors. Go to redcrossblood.org to schedule an appointment or contact Suzy Farrell at 585-747-6379.

The Brighton Food Cupboard needs your donations! Click here for ideas

UU/Schools Partnership needs several new committee members to help with administration, education, volunteer and fund raising issues. Please contact Andrea Porter or Joe Simson if you are interested.

The Pastoral Care Team Needs Your Help! Are you a good listener? Do you have a caring heart? Do you have a few hours each month to help another church member through a rough spot? If so, please consider joining our Pastoral Care Team. If you can offer your time and your heart, please contact Rev. Tina Simson.
Other News and Reminders

Welcome our new Religious Education staff! Rev. Dr. Lynn Acquafondata will be our Director of Coming of Age (9th grade). Lynn is an affiliate minister and excited to journey with our freshman as they develop a deeper understanding of their UU faith.  Wayne Holt will be our new Youth Coordinator (9-12th grades). Wayne, who has served as an Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education facilitator as well as Coming of Age Assistant, will be now collaborate with our youth as they launch their new program model. CaTyra Polland will serve as our new Director of Junior Youth Ministry (6-8th grades). CaTyra brings much experience in empowering others and passion for youth to reach their potential- perfect for our our middle school UUs in Spiritual Survivor! Thank you for making the gift of their excellent leadership possible!

Update from Roof Communication Team: The earliest start date for the church roof replacement has been set back again and is now September 5 due to the frequent rainstorms this summer. Find out more here .

Giving Away the Plate: Do you have an organization in mind to receive one of our plate collections? Please submit a suggestion to the committee by Wednesday, September 6, for the next round of selections. Click here to submit an organization online. Paper forms are also available in our church Workroom.

Aging Gratefully Next Meeting
Aging Gratefully is a group open to anyone aged 60 and above which meets monthly to discuss a topic chosen by the group. Next meeting is Thursday, September 14 at 1:30pm, and the topic is “Our Parents.” 
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Rochester, NY 14610   

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