Upcoming Worship Services

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

Saturday, December 16 at 5:00pm and 7:30pm
Winter Solstice Services

Sunday, December 17
NO SERVICES

Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

A big thanks to our Bi-Fri helpers for installing a brand new floor in our church elevator. Thank you all for keeping our building in tip top shape! If anyone has an interest to join this group, please contact Dave Schwardt .

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
 Upcoming Art Show in the Williams Gallery: You are invited to meet Joe Woody, a self-taught wildlife and scenic photographer, at the opening reception of his exhibit “Nature’s Beauty” on this Thursday, December 7, 6:00-8:00pm . This exhibit runs through Monday, January 15, 2018.
Join LAVA and discuss The Underground Railroad, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead, on Friday, December 8, 7:00-8:30pm .
Soul Assembly!
Join us this Saturday, December 9, 7:00pm as we come together to sing, dance, and wrestle with the dynamics of our inner and outer worlds. Our core mission: Joy as resistance! Come as you are and leave with a little more fuel to carry you through. We are so pleased to welcome two very special guests this month! Our friend Jonathan Stills returns to our church to share his incredible voice and open heart, and Cha Ron Sattler-Leblanc from Moms Demand Action will talk to us about gun violence in America and how we can be most effective in supporting efforts to save lives.

Our Coming of Age Youth (9th graders) will be serving up soup for a suggested donation of $3-5 to benefit the Greater Good Project this Sunday, December 10, after each service .

On Sunday, December 10, after both services , we will be offering  Our Common Life , a class to learn more about what is involved in being a UU parent. 

If you are a parent who has not yet been oriented to OWL Sexuality Education for your 6-9th grader, please attend a session this Sunday, December 10, 12:30-2:30pm.

Our Bookstore will be open this Sunday, December 10, 10:00am-1:00pm , the last time it will be open in 2017.

Learn how to knit or crochet with Uknitarians on Sunday, December 10, 10:30-11:15am, between services , and help keep the children at Schools #15 and #22 warm this winter.

Rev. Joel invites you to an Interim Conversation on Sunday, December 10, 12:30pm , just after the second Sunday service. This conversation will be on the search process for our church's next senior minister.

At our next Currents discussion, we'll strive to rediscover the shared values that can unite us on Wednesday, December 13, 12:15-1:45pm.

If humans epitomize the fittest beings ever to survive, then why are we rushing headlong toward our own destruction? Discuss this with other UU's Reading Non-Fiction on Wednesday, December 13, 7:00-8:30pm .

Aging Gratefully discusses “Our Bucket List” on Thursday, December 14 , 1:30-3:00pm.
Special Event:
Solstice Services Next Saturday Night!

Please join us for First Unitarian’s Solstice Celebration, Saturday, December 17, at 5:00pm or 7:30pm . We will gather in the Sanctuary with Rev. Joel and Rev. Tina, Sheila Schuh, and Thom Snell and our choir. Members of the Youth Group, RE, and the congregation will offer a deep and inspiring celebration. Together we will find the gifts of darkness and welcome the light that shines in each of us. 
ROOF COMMUNICATION TEAM UPDATE

The roof replacement project is nearly complete and well-tested after three very large rainstorms and NO major leaks! There are two very minor leaks that are being addressed. There has also been additional work required beyond what was contracted. To read more, click here .
Calls to Action
Uknitarians are collecting warm outer clothing, especially coats, hats, mittens/gloves for children ages 5-12.
 
For updated information about the Gilbert Spirit Fund , click here. F or the new application, click here .
 
The Brighton Food Cupboard needs more cranberry sauce and stuffing for the Christmas Baskets .
 
You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed. For more on that, click here .

Please consider helping us open our doors to new friends and create deeper connections, email Fritz Lange and train to be a Hospitality Greeter!
Other News and Reminders
The approved October 2017 minutes, and draft November 2017 minutes, are now available here . They are also posted on the Bulletin board in the Lobby. The agenda for the upcoming meeting on December 12 can be found here .
 
All are invited Thursday, December 21, 6:30-8:00pm, for a Solstice Meditation .

A Youth Group Alumni Reunion Potluck , will take place Wednesday, December 27, 5:00-9:00pm in Gilbert Hall.

Real winter temperatures are predicted to arrive this week! For another green tip from the Environmental Task Force, click here
First Unitarian Church
220 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14610   

Church Office is open
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm

585-271-9070
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