Join us this Sunday

10:30 a.m. Service: Music Sunday . This service will be a celebration of the music of the season, featuring many of our own musicians in special selections as well as our own choir--and a few guests--in a presentation of Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols," for choir and harp.

Reminder: 2nd Sunday Food Ingathering.

Drop-In Discussion: A Brand New Approach to Community? After a local tragic crime, Rochester native Peter Lovenheim decided that it was time to get to know his neighbors. His startling decision was to counter living “in a comfortable enclave … among strangers” by a practice that will amaze you! His seminal book is called In The Neighborhood : The Search for Community on an American Street. John Belli will facilitate the discussion.

Illuminating Justice Film and Discussion Series: Today and every second Sunday of the month through April 2018, one or several film clips on a justice issue will be shown in the sanctuary after service at 12:45 pm. Films will last no longer than 45 minutes to leave time for discussion. Please email Rev. Michelle Yates with film, clip, or documentary ideas at December 10 - Racism in Art & Media, January 14 - Justice and Health Care. February 11th, March 11th, and April 8th, 2018 - Topic TBA.

Upcoming Events


Friday, December 8, 6-8 pm. Parents and children are invited to share dinner, a brief family worship, activity/craft for kids and discussion groups for parents and older kids. Our planned topic will be "What to Do with the Holidays?"

Do you have any burning questions or topics you would like to discuss with other UU parents? Are there any theological questions your kids have been asking or wrestling with? Let Rev. Michelle Yates know this for future gatherings.

Food will be provided so please rsvp so we have an idea of numbers. Please also let Rev. Michelle know if you have food allergies or restrictions at .
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Our September Cookbook sale was so successful that we plan to have another during coffee hour on December 10. Jan Hickman and others will provide high-quality cookbooks for sale at bargain prices. The books will be available for sale one time only. Proceeds go to the church.

Also, remember the church bookstore has used books for sale for 50¢ each and new the UUA Bookstore has books for sale at half price. The bookstore also has a shelf of free children's and young adult books, a box of other free books, and a free magazine exchange.
The Luunch Buunch is an informal gathering of folks from First Universalist at a local restaurant about one Sunday a month. 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.


Want a break from those Christmas cookies and fruitcake, tasty as they are? A COZY NIGHT SUPPER held Friday, December 29th from 5:30-7:30 in the Clara Barton Lounge might be the answer. Our potluck dinner will be from 5:30-6:30pm. The program from 6:30-7:30 will focus on Festivals of Light. And who couldn’t use a little light this time of year? A sign up sheet is on the hall bulletin board or contact Kathy Russell at . Your let us know that you will be attending, noting what yo would like to bring - salad, dessert, main dish, bread, fruit or vegetables. Your RSVP will allow us to know how many folks to plan for. Drink, silverware and dishes will be provided. All are welcome!



Our Christmas Eve (Evening) Service will be on Sunday, Dec. 24 th from 7pm – 10pm. If you are planning on attending and you can contribute a dozen Christmas cookies, please let Tom Williams know at or call 585-663-4362.

There is no Book Group December 31. January's selection is " A World Lit By Fire " by William Manchester, and February offers us " The Reluctant Fundamentalist " by Soshin Hamid. Questions to Shirley Bond or Sarah Singal.

Sponsoring a RAIHN Family: The holidays are a time of extra joy and generosity. In that spirit our church will be sponsoring a RAIHN family of 5 from December who moved from the program into their new home this past Friday. We welcome volunteers to shop for family members; your participation will make the season bright. Please see Paula Marchese in the Clara Barton for details.

During RAIHN Week, January 7-14, 2018 , we will turn our church into a home for temporarily homeless families by converting our classrooms into bedrooms, cooking meals, staying overnight, washing bedding, and providing other help. To join our volunteer team, sign-up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer, chrisdeg@frontiernet. If you would like to learn more before volunteering, we have opportunities to "shadow" experienced volunteers.


  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.


  Eastman at Washington Square Every 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 .

It's Coming: Auction 2018! Our annual service auction is scheduled for Sunday, February 4th , after the service. Donation forms will be available on the church's website in early January 2018, so you can spend your December dreaming of what you can bring to the auction table! Be part of the fun by donating a service, item, or experience; by volunteering to help, and of course, by attending the auction and participating! Contact Paula Marchese for information.
Holiday Mitten Tree

We will decorate our Christmas tree in the sanctuary with warm winter accessories for children and adults in our community who need them. Please bring them any Sunday between now and the 24 th and place them on or under the tree. We welcome warm mittens, scarves, hats, socks, etc., whether hand-made or store-bought. Donated items will go to School #7 and the REACH homeless shelter. Questions to Lisa Gwinner.

Additional Announcements
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

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