Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service: All Hallows. With Halloween just two days away, we’ll remember some of the more “saintly” (or not) of our own ghosts, both individually and as a congregation, and reflect on our continuing relationship with them.

As a special treat, Jim Scott, UU composer, poet, performer, and activist will be joining us for this service. Jim wrote “Gather the Spirit,” one of our most popular hymns, which we’ll be singing, along with some of his other music. Jim has created an extensive body of work, including the Paul Winter Consort’s “Missa Gaia/Earth Mass,” PBS soundtracks, award-winning choral works, and seven CDs of original music. We will be blessed by his music and his presence with us.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion: Fantasyland . Has the great American experiment gone off the trail or have been been off the trail since the beginning? It’s a subject Kurt Andersen explores in a new book, Fantasyland: How America Went Haywire . Bill Elwell will lead a discussion in which he touches lightly on the evidence and argument Andersen puts forth in this provocative interpretation of American history.
Upcoming Events
Cozy Night Supper
A Cozy Night Supper will be held Friday, October 27th from 5:30-7:30 in the Clara Barton Lounge. Our potluck dinner will be from 5:30-6:30. The program, from 6:30-7:30 led by our Eco-Justice Group, includes a video describing Drawdown , edited by Paul Hawken, and then a discussion of how we can reduce our planet's atmospheric carbon levels and promote sustainability. Please let Kathy Russell know that you will be attending at or use the sign up sheet on the hall bulletin board noting what you would like to bring - salad, dessert, main dish, bread, handheld fruit or vegetables (please bring a list of ALL ingredients!). Drinks, silverware and dishes will be provided. Childcare available if requested one week in advance. Your RSVP will allow us to know how many folks to plan for and just how many three bean salads we will have!
Book Group & Reception
Our Book Group selection for the month of October is "Saving Faith" by Elizabeth Osta. She has agreed to lead a discussion of her wonderful memoir. Elizabeth is an accomplished storyteller, so this should be an event too good to miss. The Fairport library has a copy as does First Universalist. We will meet in the Chalice Room on Sunday, October 29th at 12 noon. You do not have to have read the book, but try to fit it into your schedule as it is delightful. If you have any questions, please see or e-mail Shirley Bond at or Sarah Singal at .
The congregation is also invited to attend a celebratory reception hosted the day before ( October 28th ) by Glenda Brayman at 6:00 pm. There will be food and music by the Renaissance group “Sanctuary,” and Elizabeth will talk about her book and answer questions. All are welcome.
Meet Keith Kron
Rev. Keith Kron, director of the UUA Transitions Office, plays a very important role in our search for a new minister. Please join Keith and the Ministerial Search Committee for his new workshop, Beyond Categorical Thinking--Level II, on Monday, October 30th , from 7-8:30 PM at the church. We're honored to be the first congregation to experience this new workshop.
Additional Announcements
TRAIN FOR RAIHN*:  Four times a year, temporarily homeless families stay at First Universalist for a week. We give them a safe place to stay and tasty meals. To join the volunteers who make this happen, attend the next training session on Thursday, October 26th , 6:30-8:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Pittsford, 25 Church St, Pittsford. RSVP to Jen Canning, or 506-9050. If you have any questions, ask Chris DeGolyer, Marti Eggers, or Sarah Singal after the Sunday service.
* Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

ROC/ACTS PUBLIC ACTION MEETING:   The postcards are mailed, phone calls are made, notices tacked up on bulletin boards, and clergy leaders on board. Now we need you! Please plan to attend Roc/ACTS annual public action meeting on November 2nd at 6:30pm at the Antioch Baptist Missionary Church, 304 Joseph Avenue,14605. See Robert Remley or Shirley Bond with any questions.

UU & YOU - AN INTRODUCTION TO OUR CHURCH:  Held the first Sunday of each month starting on November 5th at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary. 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.

THURSDAY LUNCHTIME CONCERTS:   Eastman at Washington Square Thursday lunchtime concerts take place right here at First Universalist. The concerts begin at 12:15 p.m. and end at approximately 12:45 p.m. Brown bag lunches are welcome during the performances, and admission is free. This week, compositions for violin and piano by Eastman School of Music faculty member David Temperley will be performed by Soo Yeon Kim on violin and David Temperley on piano. For more information and for the Fall 2017 performance schedule, visit nts/lunchtime/ .

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. Ushers 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, 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 |