The Scoop
Online Worship, Sunday, March 22
Three Questions for Right Now

The three questions are 1. What frightens you? 2. What do you miss? 3. What makes you happy?

To join us, click
or call 1-646-558-8656 . Meeting ID 600 398 863
No password is required.
Gathering music from 10:15-10:30am while people log in
To protect ourselves and our neighbors, we will not hold in-person Sunday services for the near future. We invite you to join our online Sunday worship. Check our website at for information, updates, and opportunities for remote spiritual connection during this time.

Read the letter from our Board of Trustees HERE .
Online Worship

Join us this Sunday, March 22, 10:30am, for our online worship. To log on:

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Call  1-646-558-8656
Meeting ID 600 398 863
Let's Zoom!

Come join our worship and meetings via Zoom online teleconferencing. No password needed!

New to Zoom? Watch a video explaining how to participate HERE .

Questions? Call the free Zoom Tech Helpline offered by First Unitarian Rochester, Wed-Fri, 2:00-5:30pm, Mar 18 thru Apr 3: 585-250-0610
Online Offering

We are not passing the plate in person so please donate or make your pledge online. Our congregation and our Share the Plate partner still rely on our gifts. Go to and click " Donate ."
From Our Minister

The cancellation of in-person services for the near future might seem scary to some of you. While it may be difficult to think if it that way, it is something that should give you reassurance. Those in leadership here at FUSW are thinking of ways to keep you safe in these challenging times, and deciding not to hold services in the building was one way to do it. We love you and care for you and want you to stay well. Please reach out to me if you have any concerns or if you want to talk. My number is 518-290-0820. If I am unable to pick up, I will call you back as soon as I am able. ~ Viola Abbitt
Virtual Community

Our minister, Viola Abbitt, will be posting daily to our FUSW Facebook page so log in to see her messages. And use our FUSW Facebook Group to post your own thoughts, feelings, or news to help us stay connected while keeping ourselves safe. If you haven't joined Facebook or are unsure how, see steps HERE .
Breakfast Run

At this time we are still accepting donations as we decide how or if the Sunday, Mar 29 Breakfast Run will be held. More information to come. Contact: Art Lowenstein ( ), Annie Patton ( ).
Adult Religious Education - Online

Online Book Discussion Group, Sunday, Mar 29, 12:00pm,
Join our minister, Viola Abbitt, for an online book discussion of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States . To participate click , or call 1-646-558-8656 , Meeting ID 620 898 193 .
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Be Counted!

Your 2020 Census invitation is arriving in the mail, so be counted! Completing the census is easy. You answer a simple questionnaire about yourself and everyone who is or will be living with you on April 1, 2020. Learn more HERE :
UU the Vote

With UU the Vote , the Unitarian Universalist Association is activating thousands of UUs to mobilize for electoral justice at the local, state, and national levels. Interested in becoming involved? Contact Daria Gregg ( ) or Ginny Stillman ( ).
Share the Plate for March: Hearts and Homes for Refugees

Hearts and Homes for Refugees is a nonprofit grassroots organization that works with designated agencies to welcome, assist, and advocate for refugees. We collect for our Share the Plate partner throughout the month. Visit and click the "Donate" button.
A Poem for Today


What if you thought of it
as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now,
on trying to make the world
different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those
to whom you commit your life.
Center down.

And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love–
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.

~ Lynn Ungar, 3.11.2020
FUSW Volunteer Contacts

Religious Education : Nancy Eisenman (
Greeters : Sara Kelsey ( )
Coffee Hour Hosts : Theresa De Lise (
Sunday Bread Run : George McAnanama (
Midnight Run : Art Lowenstein ( ), Annie Patton (

For the Latest Congregation News :
Sue McAnanama ( , 607-759-8495)
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