Join us this Sunday
December 31, 2017
10:30 a.m. Morning Service: December 31. Endings and Beginnings . One year ends; one year begins. Join the worship associates as we look at the endings and beginnings in life.
Drop-In Discussion: December 31. No Drop-In Discussion.

Children's Worship: December 31. No Children's Worship.
Upcoming Events
Minister’s Vacation
Rev. Peggy Meeker will be on vacation from Christmas Day through New Year’s Day, and she will also have the first of her cataract surgeries that week. She’ll be checking her email occasionally, but won’t be on duty except in the event of an emergency. The church office will be open Tuesday through Friday of that week. 


A COZY NIGHT SUPPER held Friday, February 2nd from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Clara Barton Lounge. Our potluck dinner will be from 5:30-6:30 pm. The program is from 6:30-7:30 pm. A sign-up sheet is on the hall bulletin board or contact Kathy Russell at for more information.  Please let us know that you will be attending, noting what you would like to bring - salad, dessert, main dish, bread, handheld fruits or vegetables. Your RSVP will allow us to know how many folks to plan for. Drinks, silverware and dishes will be provided. All are welcome!


Luuunch Buuunch

The Luunch Buunch, our informal gathering of folks from The First Universalist Church, will meet on January 07, 2018 at Pita in College Town. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Joyce Gilbert at, with any questions.


Book Group

January's selection is
" A World Lit By Fire "
by William Manchester,

February offers us
" The Reluctant Fundamentalist "
by Soshin Hamid.

Please contact Shirley Bond at
or Sarah Singal at with any questions.
There will not be a Book Group on December 31st.

During RAIHN Week, January 7-14, 2018, we will turn our church into a home for temporarily homeless families by converting our classrooms into bedrooms, cooking meals, staying overnight, washing bedding, and providing help. To join our volunteer team, sign-up in the Clara Barton Lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer at chrisdeg@frontiernet. If you would 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.

New Small Group Ministry

We want to start a new daytime SGM, and need to know who is interested and the day of the week that is best for you. When we get a critical number, a group would meet every two weeks in the afternoon of the selected day at the home of Connie Valk, located near the zoo. Contact Connie Valk at or Bob Remley at with your interest and availability.

Thursday Lunchtime Concerts

Eastman at Washington Square The last concert for 2017 took place here at First Universalist church on December 14th. Concerts resume January 04, 2018. The concerts will begin at 12:15 PM and end at approximately 12:45 PM. Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performances, and admission is free.
See you in the New Year!
Transport the Homeless

Would you like to drive homeless folks to--and /or--from appointments? REACH Home (102 North Union St, Rochester) staff and social workers set it all up, but needs drivers. You are not required to stay, just drop people off, or pick them up. Times and destinations vary, but offer your own schedule to make things smoother. If you'd like to volunteer as a driver, contact Jeannie Gloss: or (585) 342-4605. Many thanks!
Service Auction

It's Coming: Auction 2018! Our annual service auction is scheduled for Sunday, February 4, 2018, after the morning service. Donation forms will be available on the church's website in early January 2018, so you can spend your December dreaming of what you can bring to the auction table! Be part of the fun by donating a service, item, or experience, by volunteering to help, and of course, by attending the auction and participating! Contact Paula Marchese at for more information.
Blue Recycle Tote

The church is looking for help getting the large blue recycle bin to the sidewalk on Monday afternoons, for pick up early Tuesday mornings. It helps to live or work near by. We have some people that take a month at a time, and it would be wonderful to add some more. Please see Sarah Singal or email her at Thanks in advance!

Additional Announcements
To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail  no later than Thursday at noon.   
The Reverend Peggy Meeker, Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Xiaoyu Yang, Director of Music

Andrea Lewis, Office Administrator
150 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604 | (585) 546-2826 |