Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Ingathering and Water Communion. This will be water communion with a twist. Instead of bringing water, spend these last days of summer paying attention to water, in all the ways it comes into your life. Whether it’s rain drops, the St. Lawrence River, or water from your kitchen faucet, watch it. Listen to it. Pay attention to what you smell, feel, taste. Then come and share with us one thing that you are especially grateful for. This service will be intergenerational, so kids will need to pay attention to water too! - The Reverend Peggy Meeker

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Between Two Shores: Immigration, Identity and Home. Chaudry will discuss ideas in the novel, Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, which is about the life of a young Nigerian woman in the post 9/11 USA, and also draw on the ideas of Edward Said in Nationalism and Colonialism.
Upcoming Events
Welcome to the start of a new church year!
Please note that starting this Sunday, September 10th, our services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Drop-in Discussion will be held at 9:15 in the Chalice Room.

Office Hours are: Tuesday - Friday, 9 -3:15 (Closed Mondays)

Library and Bookstore Re-opening:  The church library and bookstore will resume normal operation following Sunday's service during coffee hour. To celebrate the re-opening, we'll have a special sale of cookbooks, donated by Jan Hickman, with proceeds to be added to the bonuses of our hard-working paid staff.
Remembering Charlie Gibson - September 23
A memorial service for Charlie Gibson, long-time and beloved member of our congregation, will be held Saturday, September 23rd, at 10:30 a.m. in the church Sanctuary. The Reverend Peggy Meeker will be officiating.

Volunteer Opportunity
There are many ways to show that our congregation honors those no longer with us. One way is by helping with the tasks needed to have the service and reception go smoothly. Stop by the Caring Committee table in the Clara Barton Lounge to sign up for tasks great and small.
Please Join Us for RAIHN Week
During RAIHN* Week, September 24-October 1 , we will turn our church into a home for temporarily homeless families. We will convert our classrooms into bedrooms, cook meals, stay overnight, wash bedding, and provide other help. To join our volunteer team, sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer, if you have questions. If you'd like to learn more before volunteering, we have opportunities to "shadow" experienced volunteers. * Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.
Additional Announcements
ADVOCACY TEAMS WORKSHOP: Rochester Friends Meeting extends an invitation to neighboring congregations to join in a session to learn effective techniques in legislative advocacy on Thursday, September 14th at the Mennonite Fellowship. To learn more or to register, visit

SOCIAL JUSTICE PLATE: It is that time of year again. Back to School! Many of our volunteers work with the children of School 7. Our September 17th collection will be earmarked for the purchase of backpacks. We have done this previously and the excitement and thanks by the children cannot be overstated.
Please be as generous as you feel comfortable, and thank you.

BOOK GROUP:  Join us on Sunday, September 24th at 12 noon in the Chalice Room for a lively discussion of Sex Wars by Marge Piercy. If you have a couple of books you would be willing to recommend for our 2017-18 year please bring the titles with you. All are welcome and it is not necessary to have read the book. Hope to see you there. For questions contact either Shirley Bond and Sarah Singal at .

CONCERT ACROSS AMERICA: Join us on Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a special edition of Eastman at Washington Square, in collaboration with The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. This is one of many concerts that will be taking place all across the United States on this day. The event, called A Concert Across America, is in remembrance of the victims of gun violence. Participating artists will include faculty members and students of Eastman Community Music School and some members of our own First Universalist Church. Musical numbers will be interspersed with lessons and readings. Julia Figueras (WXXI) will be our MC. This is a free event; donations are welcome.

UUA FALL LEADERSHIP DAY: October 14, 2017 at the UU Church of Buffalo. Leadership as a Team Sport : This leadership conference is designed to address a number of common areas of shared ministry for congregations. The day features a keynote by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke followed by workshops on various areas of shared ministry and networking time. Register by Oct. 13 at .
To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail  no later than Thursday at noon.   

Peter House, Summer Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

Melissa Davies, Office Administrator
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