Upcoming Worship Services

Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 9:30am and 11:15am
"Flying Together"
Rev. Vail Weller, preaching
Rev. Tina Simson, co-leading
Our plate collection will help support Big Brothers Big Sisters

Sunday's Sermon
Flying Together                      
Rev. Vail Weller

What inspires the starling to move in harmony with the other birds in the group? How does your living generously lead to increased generosity in others? How might abundance transform your community? 
Rev. Vail Weller is Congregational Giving Director at the Unitarian Universalist Association, which means she manages the Annual Program Fund that encourages congregations to support other congregations through covenantal giving to the Association. Vail loves visiting congregations across our movement, and has seen a lot of them as a lifelong UU as well as a parish minister. She has served in West Virginia, Michigan, and most recently San Mateo, California, where she still resides. She shares her life with her children, Zinn and Denison, her husband David, and her dog Macy.
Update from the Reference Team
Regarding Brubaker Recommendations

The members of the reference team that worked with Dr. David Brubaker during the 2015-16 church year were Bill Fugate, Ajamu Kitwana, Suzanne Farrell, Andy Poremba, David Friedman, Glenn Cook, and Chris Graziano. We are pleased to offer this update on the primary recommendations that came out of our work together:

Celebrating What is Good : There is much "Good" going on at our church. We sense a more buoyant and optimistic attitude among congregants and less angst or stress in general conversation. We seem like a happier lot. To read more, click here .
Here are the latest opportunities to stay informed, strengthen
your faith, and connect with the community:
Gratitude, Joys and Sorrows
We had a standing room only crowd here for author Debby Irving's presentation on "Waking Up White." Grateful to our Social Justice Council and to Rochester Area Community Foundation for helping support events addressing racism!

Gratitude for Continued Donations : The food collection cart was full again last weekend even though there are competing requests for hurricane relief. Thanks to all who remember our needy neighbors close by as well as those afar. Powdered or canned milk, juice or canned fruit, soups, toothpaste or diapers, the Food Cupboard provides them all. For questions, contact Alison Wilder 585-342-2459.

The memorial for Jim Goff , husband of Brian Hurlburt , will be held at our church on Saturday, October 21, at 1:00pm . We continue to hold Brian and Jim’s sisters, Janice and Wendy, in our hearts.

Please hold the family of church member Peter Cardegna in your thoughts and prayers. Peter died from a short but serious illness. His Celebration of Life will be held at the First Universalist Church on Clinton Avenue on Saturday, October 21, at 2:00pm . Rev Joel Miller and Rev. Michelle George-Yates will officiate. Peter and his children belonged to First Universalist when the children were growing up. 

"To live in hearts that love is not to die."

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
This Friday, LAVA discusses Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina Click here for details.

Lucy Kaplansky performs at Café Veritas this Saturday; details and t here .

Please enjoy some hearty soup (suggested donation $3 for social action cause) made by our Spiritual Survivor Junior Youth after services this Sunday.

If you’re new to our church and want to explore ways to get connected, please join us after either service this  Sunday   for UU101. Details here .

After both services this Sunday, Jenna Bernardi will offer brief Tarot Readings in the Williams Gallery in exchange for a donation to the Grace Fund .  

Join the Uke Jam in the Youth Room this Sunday for an informal session of music making. More here .

This Sunday, The Environmental Task Force, in collaboration with Pachamama Alliance, will present a short video "An Introduction to Project Drawdown," f ollowed by a discussion of the book Drawdown, edited by Paul Hawken, uncovering a path forward that can roll back global warming within 30 years. Details here .
Bethlehem Beyond the Wall , a new view of a familiar place shows Bethlehem through the eyes of the men, women and children who live there. This unusual exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from the Josephine and Paul Wenger Fund for Peace through International Understanding of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, with support from Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) Rochester , and will be on display through October 14 at the Lorette Wilmot Library Lobby, Nazareth College. For more information on this event, click here .
Calls to Action
Call for Gilbert Spirit Fund Proposals: Updated information about the Gilbert Spirit Fund and the new application form have been posted on our church website. Proposals are due by February 1, 2018, either in hard copy to the church or by email as noted on the application form. Contact the selection committee chair, Jane Tuttle , with any questions. 
Our latest Williams Gallery exhibit " Facing Racism," which explores racism through historical photos courtesy of Monroe County’s archives, and through the Take it Down Exhibit from Rochester Museum and Science Center, closes October 23 .
Our events calendar is online! Be sure to view it often and keep up with all the activities happening at our church!
Other News and Reminders
Roof construction is underway, so until further notice, the south parking lot is unavailable for church use. Also note that the back door is to be used as an emergency exit only.

Click here for this month's Kahn's Corner , and a continuation of last month's quote from Wendy Lesner’s newly published book You Say to Brick – The Life of Louis Kahn.

FUUn Bunch next meets on Friday, October 27, 7:00pm. For more information, click here .

November's selection of the First Wednesday Book Group is Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo. Looking ahead to December, the selection will be Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America's Most Storied Hospital by David Oshinsky. Click here for all the details.

Have you attended UU101 and are now ready to find your place at our church? Then j oin us for Starting Point. Details here .

Join in the 55 th Anniversary Celebration of our building and for a conversation with our architect Louis Kahn, portrayed by Lew Ward-Baker. This event is sponsored by the Kahn Building Appreciation Committee.  All details here .
Pledge Payment Options: You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed. For details, click here .
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