This Sunday, May 21, 2017 
"Reflections on Forgiveness"

Program Group
Led by 

This month's Theme is 'JOY'
We have   a few more steps to climb  in  our
2017 Annual Pledge Drive
to fund our next fiscal year!

If you haven't yet made your pledge, or are able to consider increasing your pledge to help bridge the remaining gap,
Please contact  Amy Jo Neill,FUSW Treasurer! 
If you emailed your pledge amount to Amy Jo,
please don't forget to fill out and return a

 Thank you for your support in building our future!
Upcoming Activities at FUSW
Game Night this Friday! 

The youth group is hosting a pot luck game night this Friday, May 19th, 7:00-9:30pm at FUSW. The whole congregation is invited!  Special invitation goes to COA 8th graders who will join youth group next year.  Bring games and food or drink to share. RSVP to Jen Rohr.  

Community Night 
This Friday, May 19th

The Men's Group and Women's Group meet at 7:30pm.

The youth group will participate in Game Night and potluck.
Path to Membership Meeting
This Sunday, May 21st    
12:00 - 1:30 pm

If you are thinking of becoming a member of the congregation or just would like to know more about the Society, we invite you to attend the Path to Membership meeting after Services this Sunday, May 21st.   We will be meeting with congregation leaders in the Minister's office. Refreshments will be served and childcare is available.
Whether or not you attend the Path meeting, we would welcome your becoming part of the congregation during the New Member Service on  June 4th.


Join us in preparing and delivering meals, clothing, toiletries, and conversation to hungry persons in Manhattan.
Breakfast Run, Sunday May 28 at 7:00 AM

We start at FUSW at 7:00 AM with cooking and packing and then we head out to NYC to serve hot breakfast and hospitality.  This is a great opportunity for families with children ages 8+ to do community service together. 
Donations of supplies and volunteers are always welcome.
Please contact Arthur Lowenstein at for what we still need and with any questions.
And save the dates for our upcoming runs:
  • Midnight Run - Friday June 23 
  • Midnight Run - Friday August 18
  • Breakfast Run - Sunday September 24

Sign-Up for Summer Services!
We need your help to make our lay-led Summer Services possible! Sign-up to lead a summer service! 

Email if you are interested, or sign-up via this online sign-up sheet or our poster in the foyer at FUSW!

Lend a Caring Hand!
We need your help to send caring cards to members from our Joys and Concerns book. Responding to the needs of our community takes only a few minutes each week, and can be infinitely rewarding. Please help to make sure our notes of appreciation keep going! 
Please email Emily if you are interested in being part of 
our Caring Committee. 

Last Wednesday Tea!
Wednesday May 24th at Noon
Say Goodbye to our Sabbatical Minister, Emily DeTar Birt as she transitions out of her staff role here at FUSW. 
Emily's Last official day of work will be Wednesday May 31st. 

Save the date 
Saturday, June 3, 7:00 PM
The First U Rock and Soul Revue
is hosting a 
"Midsummer Night's Dance Party"
Come join us for an evening of music and dancing 
as we welcome back Rev. Peggy Clarke from her sabbatical!
More details to follow...
Save the date 
Sunday, June 11
"End of Year Barbeque"
after service.
Bring some food, share some food, tell some stories, welcome summer!
Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board outside the Sanctuary or contact Irene Jong at 
Community Concert @ FUSW
This Saturday, May 20, 7:30 PM
"Gurf Morlix's voice could steer a ship through a storm." 
                                   - Brian T. Atkinson, Austin Music Magazine
This Saturday, May 20 at 11am in the Main Meeting Room
A group of people have been meditating together for several years at FUSW.  We want to reach out and invite those people who would like to practice Mindfulness mediation with others to join us.  Also, anyone who is new to meditation will be welcome and will get help to start.
For further questions, email June at
Save the date for the
FUSW Annual Meeting  
Sunday, June 4th 
at 12 noon 

Social Justice Corner
Refugee family, relocating to Our community, 
looking for beds, lamps, dressers, and bookcase. 
To help furnish their apt by June 1st, 
please email Sue McAnanama ( Or call 607-759-8495

When people made up their minds that they wanted to be free and took action, then there was a change. 
But they cannot rest on just that change. It has to continue.
                                                                                                                Rosa Parks


Please visit the FUSW website Social Justice Upcoming Events Page by clicking   here....
  • Volunteers needed Sundays to pickup & deliver for Arms Shelter, White Plains
  • Justice Mondays continue...  
  • MAKE PEEKSKILL A HATE FREE ZONE-DEFEND YOUR RIGHTS, DEFEND YOUR COMMUNITY - Sunday, May 21st from 3 - 6 p.m. St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 137 N. Division St., Peekskill
  • The LOFT LGBT Community Center's Pride Festival; only one of its kind in Westchester County - White Plains Saturday, June 3, for more information click on Facebook 
  • Hudson Valley Community Coalition helping 3 families suffering ICE detentions in the Westchester area
  • Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic Community Baby Shower 
  • Westchester Social Forum: Building the Movement for Social & Ecological Justice Saturday, May 20th  

Interested in a UU  Standing on the Side of Love t-shirt to support your social justice activities?
 Check out and  20% discount on orders of 10 or more.
Contact Bob Grejdus for more information:
FUSW Notices 

You're invited to march with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Hudson Valley (UUCHV) in the NYC Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25th.  
UUCHV is registered as an official contingent and we welcome you to join us.  

Click here to read the FAQs and email Marjie Kemper ( with "PRIDE PARADE" in the subject line to sign up.
Join the First Unitarian Society of Westchester 
Facebook group!
The First Unitarian Society of Westchester is a Facebook group for members and friends to share with the FUSW community at large. We hope this space is a dynamic environment to invite quick response and information sharing about our community.
We want to remind everyone that posts shared in this group are not reflective of the staff or stance of FUSW unless posted from the website or other FUSW sources. Much like congregational reflection, these posts reflect the voices of the individuals who post here. And much like congregational reflection, we ask that you think about the diversity of our community, including political, religious, racial, or other differences, before posting, and respect the voices of those who post here.  We want to continue to create an inclusive community online as well as in person.

Offerings (or Donations) Made Easy
Didn't bring your wallet or check book with you? Give online on your phone through our PayPal account! During our offering, take out your phone and scan the QR code to the left. You will be brought to our donations page. 
If you don't have a QR code scanner, simply type the following page into your phone's internet browser.

Staff Hours This Week 
Emily DeTar Birt, Sabbatical Minister 
  • Wednesday 5/17   12 pm - 4 pm (offsite)
  • Wednesday 5/24     9 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday 5/31     9 am - 1:30 pm
  • In case of pastoral emergency, call Emily at 929-376-8637 
Tracy Breneman, Director of Religious Education
  • Wednesday 5/17: afternoon
  • Thursday 5/18 afternoon
  • Friday 5/19: afternoon
  • Monday 5/22: afternoon
  • Tuesday 5/23: afternoon
Rita Ruotolo, Administrator  
  • Wednesday 5/17; 11 am - 3 pm
  • Thursday 5/18; 12 am - 6 pm
  • Friday 5/19; 11 am - 2 pm
  • Tuesday 5/23; 11 am - 6 pm
  • Wednesday 5/24; 11 am - 3 pm

with information about contacts and resources  
is linked above and printed copies are available at FUSW.

Rev. Peggy Clarke sends everyone her love from her sabbatical and will be back in June.   
Upcoming Services

SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017
Program Group
Led by 
Kehoe, Weber, Kelsey, Ulrich & Dowling 


   (for Hospitality, Ushering 
& Greeter Sign-Up)


(Deadline for each week is Tuesday morning )


Rev. Peggy Clarke

Emily DeTar
Sabbatical Minister

Tracy Breneman
Director of Religious Education

Rita Ruotolo
Office Administrator

Office Hours 


First Unitarian Society of Westchester 

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