Join us next Sunday
July 4, 2021
Researchers have found that the majority of our thoughts are negative. We spend a lot of time fretting over the past, or worrying about the future. But is there another mental place we can get stuck? Can our minds merge the past with the future to create fresh misery for us?

Speaker: Peter House

Note: Don't forget, this is our first 10am summer service!

Due to COVID-19 we will be holding most of our worship services online for the foreseeable future. Over the summer we will be holding several in-person outdoor worship services on July 18 and August 8.
Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion: Open Topic
What’s on your mind? Something recent in the news? A concern you have had for a while? An experience to share? We always end up with an interesting discussion when we start out without s specific topic, join us and see for yourself! 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 description!

Wednesdays | Midweek Meditation
Midweek Meditation will return on July 14 at 11:30am. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!
Summer 2021 Midweek Meditation Dates:
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • August 4
  • August 25

Calling all gardeners!
Last year’s season our plants were pretty much on their own, but this new season brings safe outdoor socializing while making our church especially attractive and celebrating our interdependence in the web of life! Please contact Sarah at if you are interested in being involved.

July 3 | POP-UP PRIDE: Pride Day at the Beach
“Pride Day at the Beach” is on Saturday, July 3, noon-5pm at Ontario Beach Park. We will be stationed in the Beachfront Shelter, along with other community organizations. Just look for the rainbows! Come and go as you please and spend the day as you like: relaxing in the park, walking through the shelter, sunbathing on the beach, or playing some lawn games. It’s all up to you, but we’ll be celebrating our pride together! Bring your own food, drinks, games, and beach gear (and be sure to clean up and carry out when you leave)!

Rainbow Seniors ROC is committed to helping seniors live their best lives connected to the community, engaged in enjoyable activities, and securely linked to the social services they need to thrive. We provide an ever-expanding calendar of activities open to LGBTQ+ seniors. This July, we’re returning to our roots to celebrate Pride with a Rainbow Seniors ROC Community Pride Picnic on Sunday, July 11, from 11am-7pm, at the Genesee Valley Park Roundhouse area.
We’re planning entertainers, a DJ, a raffle, and more!

July 31 | POP-UP PRIDE: Pride Day at the Park
“Pride Day at the Park” is a free event on Saturday, July 31* at Veterans Memorial Park in Henrietta, NY. The event starts at noon.
Home base is the Stevens Pavilion, which is surrounded by green grass and other picnic table and grill areas. Nearby, there’s a playground, field, and restrooms. Bring blankets and chairs for your crew! Come and go as you please and spend the day as you like, it’s all up to you, but we’ll be celebrating our pride together! We will have lawn games, music, and other fun to be announced. This is a family-friendly, dry/sober event. Bring your own games, food, and non-alcoholic beverages. Carry out your own trash.
*If the day is a total wash, Sunday, 8/1 will be a rain date.

August 1 | "We Remember" Memorial Service
The Greater Rochester Community of Churches – Faith In Action
Network will host “We Remember,” a community memorial service honoring Monroe County residents who have died from COVID or from other causes during these pandemic days. The ceremony will take place at the MLK Memorial Park in Rochester on August 1 from 2 to 3:30 PM. Family and friends who have lost loved ones during this time are invited to send the names of the deceased to Rev. Deborah Grohman, GRCC Administrative Coordinator, at 585-254-2570 (please spell names) or email to by Monday, July 26. The names will be read aloud during the service. Sign language interpreters will be provided. Those attending the service are asked to bring a picture or a memento of their loved one as well as a chair or blanket for seating. We ask that you please wear a mask if you are not vaccinated. Free parking will be available
on-street and at nearby city garages.
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 give us permission to read it aloud at 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

Peter House,
Summer Minister

Brock Tjosvold,
Director of Music

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