Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, December 3, 2017 9:30am and 11:15am
“Chasing Lucifer: When Enough is Enough”
Rev. Tina Simson, preaching
Thom Snell, worship associate
The plate collection will help support Connect & Breathe .

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 7:00pm
Soul Assembly with Orange Sky

Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 9:30am and 11:15am
Greater Good Intergenerational Services
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Jule Sanchez, worship associate
December Worship Theme:

As UUs, how do we find spiritual connection through Enough?

At first, we may find the answer in the well-worn maxim, “we must live simply, so that others may simply live.” However, it’s not so easy. There are so many dimensions of the concept enough that affect the way we live, how we see ourselves and others, and what we are called to do and be in our world. Does continual striving for more separate us from our deepest self? Will spiritual connection come when we allow ourselves to stop striving and rest in knowing... click here to continue . 
Happening this Week
 Join us at Cafe Veritas!
Next up at Cafe Veritas: Come hear musician Michael Braunfeld this Saturday, December 2, 7:30pm . Tickets available at the door or online .

News from the Nominating Committee:  Have we heard your voice? There is still time! Recommend up to three people for the Search Committee for our next senior minister. Consider the names of people in your circles that are trustworthy, good team members and have the well-being of the entire congregation in mind. Your recommendations will help us assemble a strong, diverse search team. Stop by the Nominating Committee table after services this Sunday, December 3 , to talk with us, or email your recommendations to: nominating@rochesterunitarian.org .
T-shirts for sale this Sunday!
The Environmental Task Force will be selling T-shirts after services this Sunday, December 3 . The price is $12 for sizes small through x-large and $14 for 2x-large. We'll also bring the remaining buttons and "Good-bye Plastic" items for a few greener holiday gift choices. 
Uke Jam:  Please join us for an informal session of music making this Sunday, December 3, 1:00-3:00pm . We play an eclectic mix of tunes, some selected from The Daily Ukulele (the yellow book). For more information, email Dave Teegarden .

The First Wednesday Book Group next meets on Wednesday, December 6, 11:15am to discuss the nonfiction book Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky. All are welcome. For questions, contact Joyce Henzel .

Upcoming Art Show in the Williams Gallery:  Beginning Wednesday, December 6. birds will be flying on the walls of the Williams Gallery in “Nature’s Beauty,” a photography exhibit by Joseph Woody, self-taught wildlife and scenic photographer. His favorite subject is the common loon; he has occasionally been called "Birdman.” The natural world ignites his imagination so that he is passionate about capturing images of various wildlife and landscapes. His wildlife and nature interests extend to many four-legged creatures, especially bears, deer, foxes and coyotes. Most of his photographs are from the Adirondacks and the Western New York area, but he also enjoys photo trips to the western United States, Canada and Kenya. You are invited to meet the artist at the opening reception on Thursday, December 7, 6:00-8:00pm . This exhibit runs through Monday, January 15, 2018.
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows
A special WOW and thank you for the huge collection of donations for School #22's Student Holiday Store . No elves needed when you are part of our congregation. We'll continue collecting donations of gift wrap, gift boxes, tissue and bubble wrap to protect fragile purchases. If you have any items that you would like to donate to the sale, they would be greatly appreciated as well! Jewelry, small games, balls, toys, hand creams, tools, handbags, scarves, blankets, etc. would all make great gifts for the Student Holiday Store!  

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 $12,790 back to our greater community. On November 5, $931.76 was collected for our church. On November 12, $963.47 was collected for Susan B. Anthony House. On November 19, $929.36 was collected for Flower City Habitat for Humanity - Women Build. On November 26, $543.50 was collected for our church (including $88.50 collected at last week’s Thanksgiving dinner). At the Interfaith Thanksgiving service last week, $2,791.22 was collected for the IBERO- Maria Fund and the Burma Task Force- Burma Muslims (50% each); each organization will receive $1,395.61.

If you have a concern about a member of our
congregation, please don't hesitate to contact
Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
Calls to Action
Hospitality Greeters Needed!  Please consider helping us open our doors to new friends and create deeper connections. Training is provided. If interested, email Fritz Lange
The Brighton Food Cupboard prepares Christmas baskets . We can once again bring stuffing and cranberry sauce to the church food collection basket in the Lobby to help those in need celebrate with a Christmas meal. Other food and toiletries are always accepted, except please, no glass jars. For questions, email Alison Wilder .

Click here for another green tip from the Environmental Task Force.

Uknitarians are collecting warm outer clothing, especially coats, hats, mittens/gloves for children ages 5-12. Clothing can be handmade, gently used or store bought. Items may be dropped off any time at the UU/Schools Partnership area in the Workroom.

Pledge Payment Options:  You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed. Contact Al Gundlach at 585-271-9070 x103 if you are interested.
Other News and Reminders
Literature And Visual Arts: All are welcome to a discussion of The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead, on Friday, December 8, 7:00-8:30pm .

Uknitarians will have knitting circles on Saturday, December 10, 10:30-11:15am (between services) to keep the children at Schools #15 and #22 warm this winter. Join us!

Want to learn more about the Search Process? Join the Interim Conversation next Sunday, December 10, at 12:30pm , just after the second Sunday service.

Drop-ins are welcome to join Currents Discussion Group in discussing “Rediscovering Our Shared Values” on Wednesday, December 13, 12:15-1:45pm.

All are welcome to join UUs Reading Non-Fiction on Wednesday, December 13, 7:00-8:30pm to discuss The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History , by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Aging Gratefully next meets to discuss “Our Bucket List” on Thursday, December 14 , 1:30-3:00pm.
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Rochester, NY 14610   

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