Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, January 21 at 9:30am & 11:15am
Rev. Joel Miller, preaching
Suzy Farrell, worship associate
Our plate collection will help support
Charting the Course for
Our Road Ahead
It is a key tenet of Unitarian Universalism that our churches are not defined by a creed, nor a church hierarchy, nor by a minister – but by congregants in covenant with each other.  We decide who we are as a faith community. 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. During February and March of this year we will gather in small groups to share our stories about First Unitarian and wishes for its future, deepening our connections to each other and building a shared vision of the community we hope to be. In these important gatherings each congregant will have the opportunity to help clarify the core values, mission and goals of First Unitarian. To read more on this important initiative,  click here .
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

The Brighton Food Cupboard says thank you to our church for its support in 2017 and generous donation of food totaling 2000 pounds, allowing it to serve at least 400 people with food insecurity per month. Let’s keep it up! For questions or 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.
Happening this Week
News from the Nominating Committee:  The time is drawing near! The deadline to make recommendations for Search Team members is Sunday, January 21 . Consider and submit up to three names of members who are best described as team oriented, trustworthy, able to think about the "big picture," and have the diverse interests of the entire congregation at heart. Stop by the Nominating Committee table after services, or email your recommendation here .

A New Soul Matters Group for People of Color:   This Soul Matters group is a new pilot program open to adult church members and friends who identify as people of color. It will meet once a month to reflect on the worship theme from the members’ heart centered and unique perspective. Participants will be asked to assess their experience as group participants, and offer feedback on the process and the material to the facilitators, and to the Minister of Spiritual Development. This group follows the same covenant and format as other Soul Matters groups. A maximum of 10 people can participate, and 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.
Spiritual direction is a time-honored way to help another person deepen their spiritual life through exploration of life’s profound questions such as Who am I? Why am I here? It's now being offered here at our church. To find out more, click here, or contact Spiritual Directors Rev. Joy Collins and Rev. Libby Moore.
Our next exhibit in the Williams Gallery features paintings by Casey Cardillo . Please join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, January 19, from 6:00-8:00pm . All are cordially invited to attend, and view this beautiful artwork.


If you are new to our church, please join us after either service this Sunday, January 21 , for UU101— An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism , UU history, and ways to get connected here at our church. For more information, contact Shannan Foos.

Last Call! Proposals for the Gilbert Spirit Fund are due by Thursday, February 1.

This Sunday, January 21, 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.

Consider joining the Gilbert Spirit Fund Selection Committee . New people are needed to start this fall. Meetings are minimal and most of the work is done in February and early March (reviewing proposals then meeting to make recommendations). Contact Jane Tuttle if interested.

Our Social Justice Ministry is co-sponsoring a program entitled Roe v. Wade 45th Anniversary: Protecting Our Reproductive Rights , on Monday, January 22, 7:00-8:30pm.  A four-person panel will outline the actions we need to take to protect access to safe, reliable and affordable birth control and abortion. Email here for more information.

Our Events Calendar is online!

Other News and Calls to Action
Facebook is making a change that makes it less likely you'll see our church posts unless you take action to set the church as a priority in your Facebook News Feed preferences. Also, whenever you like, comment, and share, you help others see our posts. We don’t want you — or any of our 1,615 page likers, and our 1,540 followers — to miss out.

To better manage the many requests we receive to use our Church facility for fundraising events, we will be adopting a new process. Complete the Approval Request for Fundraising Event form, and submit it to Kim Joy in the Church Office. Hard copies of the form are available in the Workroom, and/or an electronic version can be sent to you, via email request to the Church Office . We look forward to continuing our support of our proud tradition of funding our ministries and initiatives in the coming year.

The FUUN Bunch will meet again at Gigi’s Italian Kitchen ( 2256 Hudson Ave, Rochester, NY 14617) on Friday, January 26, 6:30pm. RSVP to Phil Hildreth .

Check out the Wednesday Morning Book Club 's book selections for February and March!

Another Green Tip from the Environmental Task Force can be found here: You, Too, Can Compost .

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 15th of each month. Contact Al Gundlach at 585-271-9070 x103 if you are interested.

Find out how we can be part of the Finger Lakes Climate Fund on Sunday, February 11, at 2:00pm with a Monroe County team that helps households in our community. This talk is free, and co-sponsored by our church’s Environmental Task Force.
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.