Join us next Sunday
Oct. 24, 2021
Combined Sunday Services
at 10am with First Unitarian:
Claiming Ancestors

Our church community will have both an in-person outdoor option with our sibling church, First Unitarian, as well as an online option over Zoom. People are invited to mask for our outdoor in-person worship services.

Speaker: Rev. AJ van Tine

First Universalist will be worshipping in a hybrid format through the end of October at 10am.

Important Note:
The Zoom link for these services is different than the one we have been using!

Via phone:
Dial 646-876-9923,
and enter the
Meeting ID: #585 271 9070
We are asking folx who plan to attend in-person to RSVP. Here's the link to RSVP:
Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion: Political Cartoonists Frame the Issues
Let’s catch up on the political cartoonists’ takes on recent social and political issues: the Coronavirus pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the situation with Afghanistan, critical race theory, and, of special concern to the cartoonists, freedom of speech. We’ll look at a wide variety of opinions on these issues. As cartoonist Signe Wilkinson (Philadelphia Daily News) says, “Let the controversies be the beginning of conversations, not the end.” Elaine Miller presents. Drop-In Discussions are virtual! We meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link, or click the Zoom meeting link on the title of this blurb!

Wednesdays | Midweek Meditation
Weekly Midweek Meditation sessions are back up each Wednesday at 11:30am! Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!

Oct. 22-23 | NYS Convention of Universalists
Did you know that the NYS Convention of Universalists is meeting in Oneonta, NY on October 22 & 23, and that you are welcome to attend? The Keynote speaker is Dr. Gretchen Sorin speaking about "Bridges and Boundaries: African Americans and American Jews." There will also be two Workshop Sessions. Here is a link to the convention flyer.

Would you like to be a delegate from our congregation? You can attend meetings either in person, by Zoom or with a mail-in ballot. Our congregation can send up to four delegates, so please let the Nominating Committee know if you are interested by emailing The Board of Trustees hopes to select delegates at their October 13 meeting.

Please contact me at with any questions.
--Charlie Courtsal

Oct. 24 | Exploring the History of Eugenics in Rochester and at First Universalist Church
Shane Wiegand is coming to do a presentation about his recent research into the history of eugenics in Rochester and at First Universalist Church. This presentation is part of the educational work the church is doing to address racial injustice. Please join us virtually on Sunday, October 24 at 2pm for an engaging presentation and for the conversation that follows.

Nov. 6 | Leadership Assembly: New Date!
Are you a current church leader or perhaps a future church leader? Please plan to attend First Universalist’s annual Leadership Assembly on Saturday morning, November 6. (This date is different than previously announced to avoid conflicting with NYSCU’s annual meeting.) While our bylaws define leaders as committee chairs, your Board of Trustees welcomes a broader definition and seeks to nurture future leaders. We invite you to identify as a leader and come!

Can you help the garden committee?
As you tidy up your garage or gardening corner, maybe you could help out the church gardens. Do you have any extra mulch, seasoned compost, soil, or potting soil? Any extra lumbar for repairing or rebuilding our raised beds? Any large planters? And any plants that need thinning? We could use some asters, purple cone flowers, butterfly weed, or late blooming cranesbill geraniums, late blooming anemones, hardy chrysanthemums. Contact us at Thanks!

From the Finance Team: Giving during our combined services with First Unitarian
During our joint services, the plate collection will be managed by our friends at First Unitarian. They will handle the joint social justice plate offerings (listen for announcements about which organizations are the recipients). We very much appreciate First Unitarian’s hospitality, and for regular Sundays, we have offered (and they gratefully accepted) to have the whole cash plate donation go to them to assist with their expenses (including the rental of the tent).
If you would like to make pledge payments or plate donations directly to First Universalist, please mail a check to the church, or give online at Please do not place checks for First Universalist in the plate at our joint services, as those may not get to us in a timely fashion. Thanks so much!
-Ann Rhody, Finance Committee Chair

Small Group Ministry Openings: Opportunities for Connection
Small Group Ministry is designed to foster connection, caring, spiritual growth and development, and to strengthen the fabric of our church community by exploring various topics.

Participants commit to attending a series of about six sessions. Sometimes, individuals continue with the same group for longer periods of time. Each group is led by a trained facilitator and will meet either via Zoom or outside in someone's yard.

Three of our Small Group Ministry groups have openings for new members starting immediately!
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm
  • Every other Monday at 1pm
  • Every other Thursday at 7pm

Interested in joining a group? Take a look at the description on our website ( under the “Connect” tab, and complete the survey regarding your interest and availability. Email questions to Rev. Michelle at
Joys & Sorrows
Please send your Joys and Sorrows to be read at our Sunday Worship service to

Note: When you email a joy or sorrow to us, you are giving us permission to read it aloud at our Sunday service and possibly publish it in this weekly email. Thank you!
To submit an item for 'This Week' at First Universalist
please e-mail it to: 
(no later than noon on Wednesday of the week prior to publication)

Rev. Lane Campbell,

Rev. Michelle Yates,
Minister of Life Span Faith Development
(585) 310-2484

Brock Tjosvold,
Director of Music

Emma Barry,
Office Manager
150 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826 |