Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, February 25 at 9:30am & 11:15am
"The Sound of Silence"
Rev. Tina Simson, preaching

Note from Rev. Tina: My sermon this Sunday is about the #metoo movement. It will be a hopeful but challenging sermon. If anyone feels they may be triggered by the topic, please feel free to skip church this Sunday, and know that we hold you gently in our hearts. Yours, Rev. Tina.

Jill Poremba, worship associate
The 9:30am service will feature music by Orange Sky
Our plate collection will help support our church.
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows

Please hold the family of Susan Reynolds in your hearts and prayers. Sue died last week unexpectedly. No service is planned at this time. Condolence cards can be sent to Sue’s home (122 Holcroft Rd., Rochester NY 14612); her family will be checking the mail there.

If you have a concern about a member of our congregation, please don't hesitate to contact Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104.
Special Interim Minister's Update
by Rev. Joel Miller

I loved writing my update about how fun the “Our Road Ahead” sessions are. But, today, I’m rewriting this update to you after the shootings at the high school in Florida. I was just 2 blocks away when the shooting at the Columbine High School started 19 years ago. I spent that day with teens rescued from the school and their parents as they waited in torment for their children to return to them safely. Some did not return, as you know.

I find the ceaseless repetition of these tragedies almost unbearable. Click here to read more.
Happening this Week
The Racial Justice Conference entitled “Diving into our White Culture to Surface Racial Justice” that had been scheduled for Saturday, February 24 has been cancelled. The keynote speaker and workshop leader Kenny Wiley regrettably had to cancel; a replacement speaker could not be found.

Our Church Bookstore will be open this Sunday, February 25, from 10:00am-1:00pm. This week, we are again featuring two books: It's Even Worse Than You Think - What the Trump Administration is Doing to America by David Cay Johnston and You Say to Brick: The Story of Louis Kahn by Wendy Lesser.

News from the Nominating Committee : Since the wrap-up of the recommendation process, the Nominating Committee has been working diligently to assemble a Search Committee for our next senior minister. We are attempting, with great care, to compose a team that will represent the needs and goals of the entire congregation, and search thoughtfully for the best possible match for our church. On Sunday, April 15, 2018, at the congregational meeting, members will have the opportunity to vote on the slate of nine people put forward by the Nominating Committee. Please save the date for this important milestone in the life of our church.

Beginning next Wednesday, February 28 , artists from the Arena Art Group are enriching the Williams Gallery walls with their exhibit “Expanding Dimensions” with their own individual styles and expertise in their chosen mediums. Just take a peek and the diversity and quality of the artwork will draw you in.
Honduras Task Force will meet for potluck on February 28 at 6:00pm. Come to this important meeting and help outline the Task Force's roles in Advocacy, Direct Service, Education, and Spiritual Growth.   For more information, contact Barbara Gawinski .

Our Events Calendar is online!
Calls to Action

First Unitarian Auction needs volunteers to help with the planning as well as the day of the event. If you are interested in helping at one of our church's main fundraisers, please contact Jackie Lange.

This Week’s Green Tip from the Environmental Task Force: One important mission the Environmental Task Force has taken on this year is to address the overwhelming accumulation of plastic waste our poor planet has to absorb. We can help the effort by bringing our own stainless steel water bottle for a fill-up to go. Reduce, Reuse, Re-Purpose, Recycle.

Rummage Sale Donations : If you're downsizing, donate! For boxes and smaller items, contact Janis Miner at 585-764-1903. For larger items, contact Kim Joy .

Rummage Sale Volunteers Needed . Sign up now to be the first to see the great treasures that will become available. Email Sandy Hollands to volunteer.

Don’t Leave Home Without It!  (Something for the Brighton Food Cupboard, that is.) Soup, tuna, canned fruit or vegetables, cereal, baby diapers, whatever box or can a person in need might want. It will be appreciated! For more information, contact Alison Wilder.  
Other News & Reminders

Click here for this month's Kahn's Corner.

First Wednesdays Book Club meets Wednesday, March 7 at 11:15am, to discuss The Known World by Edward P. Jones. For more information, contact Joyce Henzel.

The next meeting of Aging Gratefully is Thursday, March 8, at 1:00pm to discuss "How Do We Say Goodbye to People and Places We Love?"    For more information, contact Garry Mount.

UU’s Reading Non-Fiction will next meet on Wednesday, March 14, 7:00-8:30pm  to discuss Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right by Arlie Russell Hochschild. For questions, contact Audrey Perry.

Please save the date , Sunday, March 25, at 3:00pm for an organ concert " Words with Organ Friends: Organ Music from Many Eras Inspired by Human Language and Stories .” 

Kahn Book Discussion : On Monday, April 30 at 7:30pm, join a discussion of Wendy Lesser’s book You Say to Brick , about Louis Kahn, our church architect. For more information, contact Nancy Koch .
Emergency Pastoral Care for members: 585-271-9070 x104.