Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service: Beloved Community. Continuing our series of sermons on spiritual practices, we’ll reflect on the meaning, the practice, and the blessings of beloved community, a vision—built on right relationship—in which all people share in life’s gifts.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion: UU Ministers of Color Speak.  One of our UU Common Reads for 2017-2018 is Centering: Navigating Race, Authenticity and Power in Ministry, edited by the Rev. Mitra Rahrema, an Iranian-American and lifelong UU. It consists of essays of UU ministers of color about the challenges of serving predominantly white congregations. The book is on sale in the church bookstore. Phil Ebersole will quote from the book and lead a discussion.
Upcoming Events
Change Drive
For the first two Sundays in November, the Caring Committee encourages you to empty your change into our collecting buckets in the Clara Barton Lounge. This donation supports a discretionary fund that helps members, friends, and staff during the joys and sorrows of life’s journey.
Book Sale
Due to a glut of donations of good used books, the church bookstore will hold a mammoth book sale during coffee hour on November 12th , offering several boxfuls of newly-donated books for 25 cents each.
Luunch Buunch
The Luunch Buunch is an informal gathering of folks from First Universalist at a local restaurant about one Sunday a month. This year's first meal will be held on November 12th at Burger Bar in Wegman's Pittsford Plaza. The December 10th gathering will be at Flavors of Asia, and on January 7th it will be held at Pita in College Town. Everyone is welcome! Please contact Joyce Gilbert with any suggestions for other restaurants.

Additional Announcements

UU & YOU: AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR CHURCH:  Held the first Sunday of each month, at 12:00 PM in the Choir Room (room 25, second floor). Come to an informal informational gathering especially designed for visitors and friends who want to know more about us and our liberal religious movement. This roughly 45-minute get-together offers attendees an opportunity to get to know one another and this congregation better, and includes a quick overview of Unitarian Universalist history and principles, and the story of this congregation. No registration required --- just drop in when you can.

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 or Bob Remley with your interest and availability.

MONTHLY FOOD INGATHERING:  Consider donating a non-perishable food item on Sunday, November 12th . The Community Food Cupboard is in need of low sodium and low sugar items. Laundry detergent, diapers, and personal care products are always needed as well. Thank you for your continued support of this important community resource!

SECOND LEVEL TRAINING FOR EXPERIENCED RAIHN* VOLUNTEERS:  If you have already attended a RAIHN volunteer training and would like to learn more about the issues RAIHN families face, consider attending the Second Level Training on Wednesday, November 15th , 6:30-8 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd, Rochester. RSVP to Jen Canning, or 506-9050. Questions? Ask Chris DeGolyer, Marti Eggers, or Sarah Singal after the Sunday service. *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK CANNON CEREMONY:   On Thursday, November 9th at 2:00 PM, Mayor Lovely Warren invites you to attend a special ceremony to Re dedicate the monument of the WW I cannon in Washington Square Park. This cannon was given to the City of Rochester in 1921 by the Italian government in thanks for the heroic efforts of our city’s Italian-American soldiers in that war.

THURSDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS:  Eastman at Washington Square Thursday lunchtime concerts take place right here at First Universalist. The concerts begin at 12:15 PM and end at approximately 12:45 PM. Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performances, and admission is free. For more information and the Fall 2017 performance schedule visit .

PEACE VIGIL: A peace vigil is held every Sunday from 12-1 PM on Goodman St. and East Ave. near the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Call Hal Bauer at 335-2623 with any questions.

INTERFAITH THANKSGIVING SERVICE:  The annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at 10:00 AM at First Unitarian (220 S. Winton Rd.) on Thanksgiving day.

USHERS & GREETERS NEEDED:   Have you ever wondered how to give service to First Universalist Church, but didn't know where to start? Consider signing up to be an usher or a greeter. Ushers and greeters participate in an essential ministry of welcoming members and visitors. They set the tone in greeting worshipers and welcoming them to our historic church, and they are usually the first congregational members that new people will meet. If you're interested, and would like to receive an email copy of the Usher/Greeter Guide which describes the two assignments, please drop an email to:
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

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

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