Join us this Sunday
March 04, 2018
10:30 am Morning Service: Nurturing the Spirit.  What nurtures your spirit, both in your “normal” day-to-day life and in those times when you’re in real pain and feeling alone? In this next in a series of sermons on spiritual practices, we’ll look at a variety of practices and how they can deepen our lives.
—Rev. Peggy Meeker

9:15 am Drop-In Discussion: Pursuing Justice in the Empire State.  Dick Gilbert, President of Interfaith Impact of New York State (IINYS), will lead a discussion on the problems and possibilities for justice in our state. IINYS is a recognized member of the UUA State Advocacy Network. Among issues to be addressed are health care, voting reform, environmental stewardship, criminal justice reform and church / state separation—and how we get involved.

12 Noon UU & YOU (Unitarian Universalism and You): A short First Unitarian orientation session is held the first Sunday of every month in the choir room (room 25, second floor). Join us on March 4th for an 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 short overview of Unitarian Universalist history and principles.

Upcoming Events

Passover Seder

Our Passover Seder will be held in the Clara Barton Lounge on March 30th at 6:00 pm.
It will be a UU edition of the traditional family event with song and story in English and Hebrew and will include active participation by children school-age and above, and a potluck dinner served around 7:15 pm. Traditional ritual foods and beverages will be provided. All guests are welcome! Sign-up for those planning to attend begins March 4th after church. To volunteer help or for more information, please contact Lew Ward-Baker, via .
Annual Chili Cook Off!

March 11 th after the service. This contest is open to anyone who attends First Universalist as a member, friend, or guest and reflects our principle of the inherent worth of all humans. Highlight your culinary skills and contact Bill Elwell to enter the competition.

Additional Announcements

ILLUMINATING JUSTICE FILM DISCUSSION: Join us March 11th in the sanctuary at 12:00 noon for Incarceration in the Criminal Justice System . The film will last no longer than 45 minutes to leave time for discussion. Please email Rev. Michelle Yates with film, clip, or documentary ideas at .
INTERFAITH IMPACT of NYS (IINYS) ROCHESTER CHAPTER: The Annual Legislative Briefing, “A Better Prescription for Health Care in New York State,” will be held Sunday, March 11th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the First Unitarian Church on South Winton Road. 
CHURCH LIBRARY AND BOOKSTORE: Books for Browsing, Borrowing and Buying. The First Universalist library and bookstore are open each Sunday during coffee hour.  We have a lending library, a discount bookstore, a free children's bookshelf, a free magazine exchange, and sometimes free books.
I MPLEMENTING AN AED PROGRAM (Automated External Defibrillator): Your friend next to you has just fainted and is now turning blue. What will you do next? Call for help or "Be the Help". By taking the Automated External Defibrillator classes coming soon, your friend might be around to thank you. Signing up is not crucial, attending the class is. We need everyone. For more information see You Tube videos. To be part of the emergency team please contact Janine Casillo via .
EMAIL SCAMMING: There have been several recent email scamming attempts targeting email addresses at the church. Please assume that any incoming email message asking you to send the church’s money (or your own!) anywhere might be fraudulent. Do not reply to such a message, or click on any internet links appearing in the message; instead, forward it to and delete it from your in-basket. It will be reviewed to determine whether any follow-up is needed. Thank you!
THURSDAY LUNCHTIME EASTMAN AT WASHINGTON SQUARE CONCERTS: These concerts are held every Thursday from 12:15 pm to approximately 12:45 pm. Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performances, and admission is free. For more information visit .
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 need drivers. If you'd like to volunteer as a driver, contact Jeannie Gloss via . Many thanks!
REMEMBRANCE QUILT PROJECT: The Remembrance Quilt Project highlights the loss of life by gun violence, with an invitation to contribute a block of fabric to represent the family or friend whose life has been taken by gun violence. Now through March 31st. For more information contact Lentory Johnson, chairperson, (585) 749-3494, The Light the Way Committee.
T o submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist," e-mail  
no later than Wednesday at noon.   
The Reverend Peggy Meeker , Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates , Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Xiaoyu Yang , Director of Music

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