Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, February 1 at 9:30am & 11:15am
Services will be led by our Youth Group
Our plate collection will help support

Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

Condolences to Mara and Jule Sanchez on the passing of Mara's mother. Mary Ann Pawlikowski, 88, passed peacefully with all the family around her. Any cards, thoughts, love or faith wishes should be sent to Mara Sanchez at 2695 Chili Ave, Rochester, NY 14624.

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
February Worship Theme

In her poem Maybe , Mary Oliver tells us… “Nobody knows what the soul is, it comes and goes like the wind over water.”

As Unitarian Universalists, we sometimes struggle with this word, Soul. We try to define it, and understand its purpose in our lives. Yet here in our church, we often use it. Soul Matters is the core of our Adult Spiritual Development program, and the Soul Assembly is the name of our Saturday worship. On some level, we have decided it’s important and necessary for our spiritual life. Read more here.
Minister's Column
by Rev. Joel Miller

Three weeks ago, the movie The Post was released. It retells part of the story of a secret government analysis of the Vietnam War that was copied and leaked to American newspapers. Only two of those papers risked publishing parts of those documents: The New York Times and The Washington Post.

It was risky because the administration of President Nixon was willing to use the powers of government to prevent the publication of this analysis -- now called “the Pentagon Papers.” Read more here.
Happening this Week
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.

Thinking about Membership?   Join us for UU201 after worship services this Sunday, February 4 . Contact Shannan Foos with questions.

Muffins, Muffins galore will be available this Sunday, February 4, in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge. With every purchase, you will be supporting our UU/Schools Partnership with Schools #22 and #15, and enriching children's lives. For more information, contact Cass Doyle

Last call to see artwork, sent to us from Honduran students, after services this Sunday, February 4, in Gilbert Hall. For questions, contact Carol Thiel

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 .  

Food Donation Rules Reminder : Food or non-food items must be in standard sizes, not bulk or large containers, and no glass containers. Contact Alison Wilder for questions. 

From our Environmental Task Force:  There is a strong executive budget for the environment with one exception. What’s left out is a solution to single-use bag waste. More here .

Our Events Calendar is online!

Calls to Action and Other News
Roof Communication Team Report:  As of the last Roof Progress Meeting on December 21, 2017, the roof project is substantially complete. The outstanding items for completion are summarized in the accompanying punch list. Because we have not reached Project Final Completion, this is hopefully the next to last report of the Roof Communication Team. A final report will be made sometime after March 31, 2018. Read the full report here .

All are welcome to Literature and Visual Arts (LAVA) group’s discussion of The Boys in the Boat by Daniel Brown on Friday, February 9, 7:00pm .

Discover the fun of our soulful community and join Intergenerational Game Day at our church on Sunday, February 11, at 12:30pm . For questions or suggestions, email Fritz Lange .

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.” For more information, 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 the discussion. Contact Audrey Perry with questions.

Grant Money Available :  Through Friday, March 23, the First Unitarian Grants Panel is accepting applications for grants of between $2,000 and $4,000 from the Social Justice Fund, and the Josephine and Paul Wenger Fund for Peace through International Understanding. Information, applications and sponsor forms are available here . Additional questions may be directed to Mary Palmer .

Thank You for Your Generosity! Two weekends a month, our plate collections go 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 $15,666 back to our greater community. On January 7, $835.87 was collected for The Children's Agenda. On January 13 and 14, $1,057.20 was collected for our church. On January 21, $885.12 was collected for Flower City Habitat Women Build. On January 28, $833.50 was collected for our church. 

Our Events Calendar is online!

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