weekly connections
This Weekend
Rev. Joel Miller, Preaching
Rev. Carlos R. Martinez, Co-Leading

Saturday, April 1, 2017
4:30pm Music by Orange Sky

Sunday, April 2, 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
 our church.

Next Weekend
Rev. Tina Simson, Preaching
Joys & Sorrows
Let Us Keep You In Our Thoughts and Prayers
The memorial for Bob Brennan, long-time member of our church community, is scheduled for this Saturday, April 1, 10:00am. Rev. Jen Crow, a long time friend of Libby and Bob's, will be officiating the service. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers. " To live in hearts that love is not to die." 

From now through Wednesday, April 5, Rev. Joel Miller will be covering Pastoral Care emergencies while Rev. Tina is on vacation. You can reach him at 585-271-9070 ext. 106; after hours, your call will be forwarded to his private phone.  I f you have a joy or concern to share, contact Rev. Joel at jmiller@rochesterunitarian.org  for inclusion in our newsletter.
Worship Theme Article:  Transformation
What Does It Mean To Be A Community of Transformation?

Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for an unknown God.
-Henri-Frederic Ariel

Make a bit of room. Leave a little space. That may not sound like anything radical or revolutionary. But it turns out that it is one of Life's favorite ways to make us into something new. Be cautious with those cultural messages about aggressively tilling and turning up your whole soil. Watch out for all the heroic talk about striving and perfecting, struggle and control. Much of the time, transformation is a much subtler art. It's about stillness, listening and waiting to be led, not fighting with yourself and others to make sure you are in the lead. In short, when it comes to transformation, the message of spirituality is "Be careful with what you've been taught and told because much of it takes us in exactly the wrong direction."  To read more, click here.
Together We Thrive
The Kick-Off is this weekend for our Annual Budget Drive (ABD). By now you should have received a letter regarding the drive from John Solberg and Paul Suwijn, co-chairs of the ABD Committee, along with a brochure from Rev. Joel that explains our church's finances and how meeting our pledge goal will help our church continue to thrive. Plans are underway for every member of our church community to be contacted, not only to obtain their pledge, but also to hear about their experiences at our church. We have over 30 church members who have already volunteered to help contact members, but more are needed. Please consider volunteering to help with the drive, and contact one of the ABD Committee members: John Solberg, Paul Suwijn, Sue Ames, John Farrell, Cynthia Looney, and Louise Paulsen.
Board Notes
Snow Days
The Board of Trustees met by conference call during our regular meeting time because of the severe weather last week. The Interim Senior Minster's Report included an update on the roof replacement.  All of the pre bid documents are complete and ready.  The interested contractors have walked the roof to eyeball the project and the paperwork for bidding was released March 21, 2017 with bids expected 5-7 days later.  The Board voted to call a CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday April 9, 2017 at 12:30pm for the purpose of determining how the church will pay for the exterior roof replacement. To read more, click here.
Happening in the Week Ahead
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.
An Evening With Henry David Thoreau
Step back in time to 1856 as Henry David Thoreau pays a visit to our church this Friday, March 31, at 7:00pm.  Mr. Thoreau, portrayed by impersonator, historian and storyteller Richard Smith, coming to us from his home in Concord Massachusetts, will discuss his essay Walking, or the Wild. Pianist Heather O'Donnell will frame the event with a performance of the last movement of Charles Ives' monumental Concord Sonata joined by flutist Laura Lentz, playing the offstage flute part which Ives wrote to represent Thoreau playing his flute over Walden Pond. Please join us for a 200th celebration of the anniversary of Henry David Thoreau's birth with a lively and entertaining discussion of Transcendentalism, his times and ours, as Richard Smith takes questions from the audience.  Free-will donations encouraged and gratefully accepted at the door. For questions, contact John Farrell at 585-330-1418.
A Reverence for Life
It is rare that a single book changes the course of history, but some might say that Silent Spring did exactly that. In her book, Rachel Carson sounded the alarm about the dangers of uncontrolled use of pesticides. All are invited to a monologue play featuring Carolyn Coit Dancy in a portrayal of Rachel Carson as she describes, in Rachel's own words, how she came to write Silent Spring. The outcry that followed its 1962 publication forced the banning of DDT and spurred revolutionary changes in the laws affecting our land, air and water. In anticipation of Earth Day on April 22, treat yourself to this free presentation this Saturday, April 1, 3:15-4:15pm, in Gilbert Hall. Admission is free.
Gifts and Talent Auction
Thank you to all those who supported the Gifts and Talent Auction. Our community donated a variety of offerings to help support our church. We had 100+ in attendance and there were a lot of happy winners. A special thank you to the Auction Committee for all their hard work in organizing the event - Jackie Lange, Gail Gucker, Jill Poremba, and Nora Sheehan.  Don't worry if you weren't able to attend the event, we have some items left that need a winner. Stop by the auction table after services this weekend.
Café Veritas
Join us this Saturday, April 1, 7:30pm for Vance Gilbert and Maria Sebastian opening. Doors open at 7:00 pm, tickets are available  here .
UU101: Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church
The next class will be offered this Saturday and Sunday, April 1 & 2, after each service. UU101 is a 45 minute introduction to Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church. No need for prior registration, just meet outside the sanctuary after service; children are welcome.  
Bookstore Open This Sunday
Our bookstore will be open this Sunday, April 2, 9:00am-1:00pm and will also be open April 9 & 23. As usual we will 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 browse, chat with other congregants and the bookstore volunteers, and support our church community.
Fresh Bagels This Sunday!
The UU/Schools Partnership will be selling bagels Sunday, April 2 after services in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge.  Money raised goes to reimburse teachers for expenses as well as field trips and other incidentals.  Enjoy a fresh bagel and help the children of Schools #15 and #22 as well.
How Should We Fund the Roof Replacement?
In preparation for the Congregational meeting in April, Treasurer Anne Perry has met with some longtime members of our church to develop a firm proposal for the Board to present at that meeting. Now is your opportunity to consider the options. Please meet Anne Perry at one of the following forums:
Sunday, April 2, following the 9:30am service in Gilbert Hall
Sunday, April 2, following the 11:15am service in Gilbert Hall
General Assembly Information Sessions
Attend General Assembly from the comfort of your livingroom. Please join David Friedman and Rev. Carlos to learn how you can become a Remote Attendee or Remote Delegate at General Assembly 2017.  Information sessions will be held on Sunday, April 2, 12:30pm; or Sunday, April 9, 12:30pm. Please RSVP your participation to Rev. Carlos at cmartinez@rochesterunitarian.org  with "GA Online" in the subject line. 
Black Lives Matter/Youth Lives Matter Task Force
There will be a meeting of the BLM/YLM Task Force on Sunday, April 2, 12:30pm in Room 110. We will discuss the current status of the "Raise the Age" initiative, and how best to move forward with working on police accountability in the Rochester Police Department. We will also discuss the possibility of forming a group interested in sharing our own experiences with "whiteness," and how these experiences have shaped our views and prejudices on race. All interested folks are invited to attend. For more information, contact Len Stein at drlstein@rochester.rr.com.
Uke Jam
Bring your ukulele and join our little group this Sunday, April 2, 1:00-3:00pm for an informal session of music making.  We play an eclectic variety of tunes, some of which will be selected from The Daily Ukulele by Liz and Jim Beloff.  Contact Dave Teegarden at beakertee@aol.com for more information.
Last Week for Honduras Task Force Collection!
The Honduras Task Force will be collecting school supplies for their curriculum on Eric Carle, (regional and international children's book illustrator and writer). Please consider donating a new or slightly used Eric Carle book, large glue sticks, 12 x 12 colorful crafting paper, construction paper, scissors, markers and color pencils. A collection bin is located in the Workroom.
Wednesday AM Book Club
The next reading for the Wednesday AM Book Club is The Hotel on The Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford. The discussion will be on Wednesday, April 5, 11:00am in the Susan B. Anthony Lounge. Anyone interested in this great book is welcome. Contact johnswartz@yahoo.com for further info.
Beginning Meditation Classes Start
Beginning Meditation with Jan Cook starts next week. There will be six classes on Wednesdays beginning Wednesday, April 5 at 12:00pm, or four classes on Tuesdays, beginning Tuesday, April 11, 5:30-6:45pm. Space is limited so please contact Carolyn at livingandworking.info@gmail.com to register. For questions, contact Jan at janburkecook@gmail.com.
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? Come to the Financial Planning Seminar in the Williams Gallery on Saturday, April 8, 1:00pm, presented by Randolph Rowe, CLU and JD, from the Lincoln Financial Group, to hear how to answer these questions. Sponsored by the Legacy Committee. To reserve a seat, email Cynthia Looney at cslooney@rochester.rr.com .
Upcoming Events & News
Roof Communications Team Report
Progress on the project to replace our church roof will be moving along quickly now. Several contractors have picked up the bidding documents. This week there will be a m andatory pre-bid conference (on site, on-the-roof site visit) for contractors. Bids are due at Bero Architecture offices on Thursday, April 13 by 1:00pm. A contractor will be selected after bids are reviewed by Joel, FAC-BOT (Financial Advisory Committee to the Board of Trustees), and interested Board of Trustee members. At the Congregational Meeting scheduled for Sunday, April 9, 12:30pm, there will be a discussion about how to finance the roof replacement. A proposal for financing the roof replacement, developed by Anne Perry, Treasurer, Board of Trustees, and FAC-BOT, will be voted on by congregants in attendance. Then the work will begin with completion anticipated for June 2017.
Official Notice - Upcoming Congregational Meeting
There will be a Special Congregational Meeting next  Sunday, April 9, 2017 at 12:45pm in the Sanctuary for a pproval of the plan to help finance the new roof with the Income Endowment Fund. The maximum amount to be taken from the Income Endowment will not exceed $550,000.   According to the bylaws, business is limited to matters stated in the agenda. To view the agenda,  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 or being replaced.
Final First Muse Chamber Music Concert of 10th Season
First Muse presents Jon Manasse and the Amenda Quartet: Brahms and Bartók on  Sunday, April 9 at 7:30pm. C larinetist  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 Sunday, April 2; Saturday, April 8; and Sunday, April 9. Twenty-five percent of ticket revenue is donated directly to  UU/Schools Partnership . For more information, go to  www.firstmuse.org.
Thank You From Schools #22 and #15
Our very generous collection of underwear, socks and leggings/sweat pants overwhelmed staff with gratefulness. We delivered hundreds of items to each school. Plenty of both gender in each size. They believe that they are set for the remainder of this year and the start of next year. Thanks for the magic we do when we team up together! 
In Search of a Volunteer for UU/Schools Partnership
One volunteer is needed for one hour on Thursday mornings. We will be starting two fourth grade 4H clubs next week, from 9:00-10:00am on Thursday mornings. We have two classroom teachers, two Cornell Extension interns, and one volunteer ready. It would be wonderful to have one more volunteer to team up. If interested, please contact Andrea at porter.aa@gmail.com.
Thank You for Your Generosity!
Two weekends a month, our plate collections go to a community organization outside our church. On the other weekends, the collection goes directly to support our church budget. This fiscal church year, we have already donated $17,679 back to our greater community (excluding the Greater Good funds)!  On March 4 & 5, $919.58 was collected for our church.  On March 11 & 12, $1,183.05 was collected for UUSC. On March 18 & 19, $1,087.64 was collected for our church.  On March 25 & 26, $1,198.31 was collected for Project Unique. 
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  tsimson@rochesterunitarian.org.
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 livingandworking.info@gmail.com .
Currents Discussion Group
The Currents 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, at 12:15pm To be included on the distribution list and receive articles prior to the meeting, contact Dave McLaughlin at davebcctf@hotmail.com , 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 auperry066@gmail.com 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 open to everyone age 60+ that meets to discuss a topic related to aging . This month's topic is "Humor."
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 connections@rochesterunitarian.org with "April Starting Point" in the subject line.
Environmental Climate Task Force Green Tip of the Week
Spring is here and not very long from now there will be lots of dandelions sprouting in lawns, gardens and, well, everywhere! Instead of spraying these "weeds" with chemicals, why not make a salad from the greens? They are absolutely loaded with vitamin A and also have vitamin C, calcium, iron and other good stuff. P ick them before the fluffy seeds appear (dandelions turn bitter when they get seeds), and o nly pick dandelion greens where you know for certain that herbicides have not been sprayed. R emember that herbicides get into drinking water; not using herbicides keeps things a lot healthier for us all.
Membership Team Forming
Are you interested in engaging with new prospective members? Are you comfortable facilitating groups and possess good listening skills?  Eager to share your enthusiasm for Unitarian Universalism and our church? Then contact Rev. Carlos to be considered for the newly forming membership team. Email cmartinez@rochesterunitarian.org with "Membership Team" in the subject line. 
Get Connected!
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 cmartinez@rochesterunitarian.org.

Newsletter submissions:  Send to  announcements@rochesterunitarian.org .
Next deadline is Tuesday, April 4 at 10:00am. 

Order of Service or Screen announcement submissions:   Send to  announcements@rochesterunitarian.org.    Next deadline is Thursday, April 6, at 1:00pm.

Building usage requests:  Email  office@rochesterunitarian.org .  

For Emergency Pastoral Care:   585-271-9070 x106