This Weekend
"Coming Home"
Rev. Tina Simson, Preaching

Saturday, April 8, 2017
4:30pm Music by Orange Sky

Sunday, April 9, 2017
9:30am Music by Zachary Zwahlen
11:15am  Music by Zachary Zwahlen and
the First Unitarian Choir

This week, our Plate collection will help support

Next Weekend
Rev. Joel Miller, Preaching
Joys & Sorrows
Let Us Keep You In Our Thoughts and Prayers
If you have a joy or concern to share, please contact Rev. Tina Simson at or 585-330-9177 for inclusion in our newsletter.
Minister's Column b y Rev. Joel Miller
Two of the seven principles of the Unitarian Universalist Association call on us to work for social justice with each other and in the world. In earlier generations, our spiritual forbears were active in supporting women's rights, the right to freedom of speech, to voting rights, and to civil rights. And, more recently, we've been working for racial justice.
But even as so many Unitarian Universalists worked hard to bring more justice to this world, our forebears - and ourselves in these generations - have sometimes not reached our own goals for living lives of justice. Unitarian Universalism, nationally, missed an important opportunity to better serve the need of Black Unitarian Universalists in the 1960s, for example. Since then, our national association of congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), has been working on goals to encourage our congregations in their own racial justice efforts--especially by welcoming more diversity in how congregations worship and support their leadership. The UUA has also pledged to represent our congregations well by becoming more assertive in welcoming diversity in its own staff. To read more, click here.
Special Congregational Meeting
Special Meeting of the Congregation this Sunday, April 9, at 1:00 pm.
Agenda items are as follows:  A call to order and certification of a quorum; appointment of tellers; approval of the June 12, 2016 and September 25, 2016 Congregational Meeting Minutes; and, approval of the plan to finance the new roof. To view the agenda, click here

The Board of Trustees proposes the following funding plan:

Sybil Craig Building Maintenance Fund
$    153,630
Property Maint & Improvement Fund
$    155,000
Capital Campaign Account
$      41,370
Endowment Draw of up to  . . .
$    550,000
$   900,000
Further information will be available at the meeting.
Together We Thrive
We had the Kick-Off for the Annual Budget Drive (ABD) last weekend. Now the work begins as we pledge to meet our goal of $834,000 by the budget drive deadline of Friday, May 21. During this time, there will be a "Together We Thrive" communication center at the kiosk in our church Lobby. Weekly Thrive Team Reports showing our progress - number of pledges received, total amount of pledges, and dollar amount matched for increased pledges - will be posted there. Very soon, a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) will be available to answer questions about where we have been and where we are going here at our church. When contacted by a volunteer from our church, please welcome them. Be prepared to make your pledge, and talk about your experiences with our church. Please consider volunteering to help with the drive and contact one of the ABD Committee members: John Solberg and Paul Suwijn (co-chairs), Sue Ames, John Farrell, Cynthia Looney, Louise Paulsen.
Happening in the Week Ahead
Financial Planning Seminar
Are you worried that your money may not last long enough? When should you start taking money from your IRA? Should you get long term care insurance? To hear how to answer these questions, come to the free Financial Planning Seminar in the Williams Gallery this Saturday, April 8, 1:00pm, presented by Randolph Rowe, CLU and JD, from the Lincoln Financial Group. Sponsored by the Legacy Committee. To reserve a seat, email Cynthia Looney at .
Bookstore Open This Sunday
Our bookstore will be open this Sunday, April 9, 9:00am-1:00pm. With the spring weather upon us, it's not too soon to be gathering some really good books for your summer reading enjoyment. We continue to have a variety of new titles to peruse and all books are discounted at least 20% off list price. We also have a variety of donated new books at discounts of at least 50% off list price. So stop in and check out some great books for summer (and spring), chat with other congregants and the bookstore volunteers, and support our church community.
Jon Manasse and the Amenda Quartet: Brahms and Bartók
Join us for the final First Muse Chamber Music concert of our tenth season this  Sunday, April 97:30pm. Clarinetist Jon Manasse (Eastman and Juilliard faculty) will join the Amenda Quartet for the rich, Romantic  Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Johannes Brahms. Filling out the evening are the jovial  Italian Serenade of Hugo Wolf and the stunning  Second String Quartet of Béla Bartók. You'll want to be in the hall to feel the energy of live chamber music! Tickets ($5 / $10 / $20) are available at the door, as well as after church services on Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9. Twenty-five percent of ticket revenue is donated directly to UU/Schools Partnership. For more information, click here.
Currents Discussion Group
The Currents Discussion Group meets monthly to explore topical issues selected by the group.  You are welcome to attend as many or as few of these discussions as you like.  The topic for April will be "Money and Medicine:  Restructuring the Healthcare System."  Dave McLaughlin will moderate the discussion when we meet on Wednesday, April 12, 12:15pm To be included on the distribution list and receive articles prior to the meeting, contact Dave McLaughlin at , with "Currents" on the subject line.
UU's Reading Non-Fiction
April's book selection is Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick.  This book examines the complex relationship between Washington and Arnold which ultimately culminated in a betrayal that forced Americans to realize that "the real threat to its liberties might not come from without but from within."  All are welcome to join our discussion on Wednesday, April 12, 7:00-8:30pm. For questions, c ontact Audrey Perry at or 585-244-4013.
Aging Gratefully and Humor
The next meeting of Aging Gratefully is Thursday, April 13, 1:30-3:00pm in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge. Aging Gratefully is a group for anyone age 60+ meeting to discuss a topic related to aging . This month's topic is "Humor," and all are welcome.
Ongoing Meditation with Practices from the Best Seller The Book of Joy
Join Jan Cook, and wonderful practitioners with all levels of experience, to explore contemplative practices for each of the Eight Pillars of Joy offered by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and H.H. Dalai Lama. These are interfaith practices for our time which embrace Perspective, Humility, Humor, Acceptance, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Compassion, and Generosity. Practices will be held on eight Thursday evenings as follows:  April 13, 20, 27; May 4, 11; and June 8, 15, 29. Donations accepted. Register for four, six or eight sessions by contacting Carolyn at .
Now Showing in the Williams Gallery: UU/Schools Partnership Art Show
The children of Schools #15 and #22 have created their best artwork for the UU/Schools Partnership Art Show, showing now through Tuesday, April 18 in the Williams Gallery. We have held this show for many years and it is delightful for the children, their parents and guests.
Upcoming Events & News
Church's New Website is Up and Running!
Our newly designed and mobile friendly website is live!  Be sure to check it out: We are grateful to the Jenna Fava Design Company for their expertise and guidance with this large undertaking.  Our Events Calendar is back, too!  
Earth Day Share Out!
For the next two weekends at our church, we are asking you to serve others by sharing your environmental practices.  Simply use the sticky notes provided, write down your environmental practice and your name, and stick it on the giant Lobby blackboard within one of the categories listed. Environmental practices might include, "using all natural toiletries," "writing to Cuomo about the Climate and Community Protection Act," "electric hybrid car driving," or "using homemade cleaners." The categories are "At Home," "Out and About," and "Next Steps."  By Earth Day Weekend, April 22 and 23, we will have built a collective resource in each other for encouraging deeper environmental justice engagement, with fellow UU's who can lend the know-how to get started, share tips, or take the next step.  This event is sponsored by the Environmental Climate Task Force (Adult) and the UU Environmental and Animal Team (K-5).
Roof Communication Team Report
On Tuesday, March 28, Virginia Searle, of BERO Architects, conducted a pre-bid conference and site inspection at our church with five potential roofing contractors. Also in attendance were Rev. Joel Miller and Ken Buckle, representing our church, and a representative of the roofing material manufacturer. The prospective contractors examined the roof and were briefed on the bidding procedures. All bids must be submitted to BERO Architects by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 13.  We should have more to report after the bids are received and examined.
Holocaust Remembrance Day and a Unitarian Story
In the spirit of friendship and fellowship, Temple Beth-El and Temple B'rith Kodesh warmly invite First Unitarian members and friends to their respective Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) Observances. These events are co-organized by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) at our church. Each event features a screening of Defying the Nazis: The Sharp's War, about a Unitarian minister and his wife who went to Europe to try and help refugees fleeing the Nazis. All are invited to one or both events. For more information, click here.
A Huge Thank You! 
Kudos to Sheila Schuh and the Religious Education (RE) students for cleaning up our church grounds last Sunday.  As a result of the recent wind storm in our area, our church garden was left with a huge amount of tree limb debris. The RE students provided an enormous service to our church community by picking up the debris and making our grounds ready for spring.
Lost and Found
Our Lost and Found bin is overflowing.  If you're missing something and think it might have been left at our church, please stop in the Workroom and peruse the bin.  Items not picked up will be donated at the end of this month.
Office Volunteer Needed
The Church Office is seeking a volunteer to sit at the Information Desk on Wednesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm.  Training will be provided.  If interested, please contact Carol Anne at
Tarot Readings
Next Sunday, April 16, 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. 
Adirondak Wilderness Weekend
Camp Unirondack's Spring Work Weekend is May 5-7. Work Weekends are a great opportunity for community members, new and old, to spend time together at camp while helping to improve the camp facilities.  If you have never been to camp before, Work Weekends are a relaxed and casual way to make new friends and get to know Unirondack. You contibute a minimum of three hours of work for camp during the weekend. Cost is $15 per person to cover food. For more information and to register, click here.
Black Lives Matter Banner
With the recent influx of inclement weather, our Black Lives Matter Banner became damaged. It has been taken down, and is in the process of being replaced.
Environmental Climate Task Force Green Tip of the Week
As of March 2017, a drought watch is still in effect around most of New York State. Fresh water is becoming one of our most precious resources. For a list of water-saving tips, click here.   Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Repair, Recycle.
Starting Point Class
Register your interest! Starting Point provides an enjoyable exploration of our church, Unitarian Universalism, and how we join together in community to deepen our understanding of ourselves and Unitarian Universalism. The next class will be held Saturday, April 29, 9:30am-2:00pm. To express your interest, email Rev. Carlos at with "April Starting Point" in the subject line.
Healing Circles
Listening to one another is a primary task of interim time, so we learn to trust each other again as we prepare to call a new minister to our community. Our Reference Team, through their work with the congregation and Dr. Brubaker, recommended these circles.  It is the important work of each of us as a member of the congregation. The Listening Healing Circles are scheduled through May. P lease follow  this link  and sign up for a session. Those who are uncomfortable signing up online, please call Rev. Tina at 585-271-9070 x104. If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Tina at
Pledge Payment Options
You have options in the way your pledge payments are processed.  Some choose to send a check directly to our church. Another good alternative is automatic ACH contributions from your checking account, which is the easiest way for our Church Office to receive pledge contributions. They are easy to set up and they save our church credit card fees. Your monthly contributions would come out of your account on the 15th of each month. If you're interested, please contact Al Gundlach at 585-271-9070 x103 or
Get Connected!
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Church Office:   585-271-9070 (Monday-Friday, 10:00am-2:00pm) 

Want to learn more or thinking about Membership?  Email Rev. Carlos R. Martinez at

Newsletter submissions:  Send to .
Next deadline is Tuesday, April 11 at 10:00am. 

Order of Service or Screen announcement submissions:   Send to    Next deadline is Thursday, April 13, at 1:00pm.

Building usage requests:  Email .  

For Emergency Pastoral Care:   585-271-9070 x104