This Sunday, April 23, 2017 

'how are you... Really?'

Program Group
Led by
Lenore Lupie and Deborah Friedberg

This month's Theme is 'Compassion'


If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to Gina Piazza
"Honoring our Past, Celebrating the Present & Building our Future
2017 Annual Pledge Drive
We need to hear from YOU (
if we haven't yet)! 

We have not yet had a response from over 50% of our members & friends and have only reached 55% of our goal to fund FUSW for our next fiscal year!

We need to hear from each of you as soon as possible to allow the Board & Finance Committee to make informed decisions about our future.

Please make every effort to return your pledge commitment to the Treasurer at FUSW this week.
The pledge packet materials are posted on the Stewardship/Annual Canvass page and linked below:
Upcoming Activities at FUSW
This Friday, April 21st

Congregants of all ages are welcome for Community Night where we enjoy informal fellowship, small group ministry and youth group. We look forward to deepening the ties of community together. 
  • Community dinner is open to everyone at 6:30pm. *Bring your dinner* and a plate to share if you are able, and enjoy fellowship time.
  • SR Youth Group meets 7:00-9:30pm. Bring $7 for pizza dinner. RSVP to Jen Rohr so we know how much dinner to provide. Youth will plan the May 19th Game Night, discuss wrapping up this year, youth leadership and welcoming new youth group members next year.
  • The Men's Group and Women's Group meet at 7:30pm
  • The sanctuary is open until 9:00pm for community fellowship. Bring your favorite board game and board games - bring your favorite games.

To schedule your group in a classroom on Friday night, contact Tracy Breneman.
Please bring us a photo of your mother, grandmother, or mother-in-law for our May exhibit.  Label it on the back with your name and who is in the photo.  It needs to be framed so we can hang it on the wall.  Leave it in the Administrator's (Rita) office on Sunday or during the week.  We will hang the show during the first week in May. For any questions, contact Kathleen Fay ( or Marilee Scheuneman (

Covenant: Hold the date for April 30th
The service Sunday, April 30th will focus on Unitarian Universalism as a covenental religion - and what this means for FUSW. 
After the service we will have a
Potluck lunch and informal workshop
to explore with each other what a covenant could add to our life at FUSW.

Please hold the date and plan to join us!
Covenant committee continues to meet biweekly to study and understand the nature of covenants in UU Congregations and to work toward a consensus as to how a covenant would help in FUSW's mission of deepening spirituality, nurturing community, and advancing justice.  If you would like to join us please contact Charlie Wiecha ( or 914-282-3483).  Following are some interesting sources of further information and links to covenants from other UU congregations for inspiration:


On the nature of Unitarian Universalism as a covenanting religion: 

  Example covenants from other UU congregations:  
from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Come one, come all.  Help clean up our beautiful grounds after the ravages of Winter:rake, pick up fallen branches and sticks, weed gardens, repair garbage-can platform, and much, much more. 
Questions?  Contact Nancy Eisenman or Annie Patton, co-chairs Grounds Committee
This Saturday, April 22, 2017
7:30 PM

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as "one of Canada's most revered folk poets and singers" (Toronto Star).
"He's like those Texas songwriters, the Guy Clark's and Van Zandt's and such, who take life and set it to music, in such plain but perfect language. Oh, and it rhymes. And it's catchy. Each song is a bit of common sense philosophy, mixed with a tiny bit of sadness and a lot of love" CBC New Brunswick

Saturday, May 13th at 11:00am, we will celebrate our RE volunteers with a brunch at FUSW.   RE volunteers should RSVP to
April Castoldi and Jen Rohr, the RE Co-chairs.  If you would like to contribute food or drinks for the brunch, please contact   Sarah Clarke .

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 for FUSW Annual Meeting:  Sunday, June 4th at 12noon 
Friendly reminder to submit your Annual wrap-up  by April 24th.
Social Justice Corner
Government is instituted for the common good: for the safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for the profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men.

                                                                                               President John Adams, Founding Father



Please visit the FUSW website Social Justice Upcoming Events Page by clicking   here....

This week's upcoming events include:
  • Volunteers needed Sundays to pickup & deliver for Arms Shelter, White Plains
  • Justice Mondays continue...  
  • Workshop on Skills to Transform Communities, Yonkers Public Library, 1 Larkin Center - April 19th - 6pm
  • March for Science and People's Climate March
  • Making Earth Day Banners & Posters at the UU Mohegan Lake on Saturday, April 22nd
  •  "The Age of Consequences" Film Showing in Rye Wednesday, April 26th at 7pm
  • Local Food 101: What is Community Supported Agriculture? Wednesday, April 26th at 6:30pm in White Plains
  • Local law student-led effort to pass the NYS Excess Food Act (A06750) Petition
  • Join NRDC at the People's Climate March on April 29th - SIGN UP 
  • Climate Rally in White Plains - Saturday, April 29th 11am to 12noon

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 
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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 4/19:  12pm-3pm
  • Wednesday 4/23: 9 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 4/30:    9 am - 2 pm
  • In case of pastoral emergency, call Emily at 929-376-8637 
Tracy Breneman, Director of Religious Education
  • Wednesday 4/19: afternoon
  • Thursday 4/20: afternoon
  • Friday 4/21: afternoon
  • Sunday 4/23: at FUSW
  • Monday 4/24: afternoon
  • Tuesday 4/25: afternoon
Rita Ruotolo, Administrator  
  • Wednesday 4/19; 11 am - 3 pm
  • Thursday 4/20; 12-6 pm
  • Friday 4/21; 11 am - 2 pm
  • Tuesday 4/25; 10 am - 5 pm
  • Wednesday 4/26; 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, APRIL 30, 2017
Already Love

Emily DeTar Birt


   (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 

A liberal religious community, shaping the world in our image of love.
Deepening Spirituality
Nurturing Community
Advancing Justice