Join us next Sunday
December 19, 2021
Sunday Service: Let The Sun Shine In
As we prepare ourselves for the Winter Solstice and the returning of the sun, let us sit with our own stories from the past year. There will be a ritual to welcome the sun and much time for reflection.

Speaker: Rev. Lane Campbell

Please only attend in-person if you have been fully vaccinated. We also ask that anyone attending in-person wear a mask and socially distance from others.

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Via phone:
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Meeting ID: 131-764-422
Worship Service Video: 12/12/21
A Time to Pause, Think, Reflect 
with Patti Goodwin, Dolores Da Lomba,
Tom Williams, and Kitty Forbush

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Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion
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 in this blurb title!

- This Week: Political Cartoonists Part 2
Political cartoonists’ takes on recent social and political issues: the coronavirus pandemic, the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, the situation with Afghanistan, “critical race theory,” and, of special concern to the cartoonists, freedom of speech. We’ll look at a wide variety of opinions on these issues. “Let the controversies be the beginning of conversations, not the end.” Elaine Miller presents.

- Next Week: Winter Solstice with Rev. Lane
Come to hear stories, share stories, and share experiences with the observance of the winter solstice. New to winter solstice? No problem; this will be a time for learning as well as asking questions.

Wednesdays | Midweek Meditation
Weekly Midweek Meditation sessions are back up each Wednesday at 11:30am! On second Wednesdays, we hold an extended Midweek Meditation, with an extra half hour of sharing and meditation following the traditional format. A time to connect for deep breathing, meditation, singing, and silence. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!

Thursday, Dec. 16 | Eastman at Washington Square
Dances From Many Lands
Eastman at Washington Square Concerts take place on Thursdays at 12:15 to 12:45pm in our sanctuary. December 16 is "Dances From Many Lands": Eastman Collaborative Piano Faculty members Priscilla Yuen and Irina Lupines will finish up our fall season with a joyful performance of dances from around the globe! Admission is free! Please wear a mask and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary with you.

Dec. 19 | After Church Ice Skating & Holiday Socializing
Join us over at MLK park for a casual gathering at the ice skating rink on Sunday, December 19 from 12-1:30pm. Hot chocolate will be provided on the Court St. side of the rink. Bench seating is very
limited. You may bring bring a folding chair. Skating is $5 for adults, $2 for children, and $3 for skate rental. Skates and sizes are limited.
It will be the last day of ROC Holiday Village. Contact Rev. Michelle with questions, RSVPs, or interest in helping at

Bookstore and Library Will Stay Open Dec. 19!
The church library and bookstore will continue to be open Dec 19 for browsing, borrowing and buying. "Braiding Sweetgrass" will be for sale for $15. Charlie Courtsal's new book, "Revolutionary Girl", with illustrations by Kitty Forbush, will be for sale for $10 (all funds raised by sales of this book will support the programs of the First Universalist Library). Other new books will be for sale at half price. Please bring exact change. Used books will be available for whatever you choose to donate.

Multi-Platform Worship Feedback Form!
How was worship for you these past few Sundays? We would love to hear more about your experience! Please click here to access our feedback form!

Sign up to be an Usher and/or Greeter in-person!
Since we are back in the building, we are in need of in-person Ushers and Greeters! Sign up to be an in-person usher and/or greeter here:

Have You Gotten Your Booster Shot?
If you received the Pfizer and are 16 years of age or older or the Moderna vaccine, and 18 or older, you should get a booster at least six months after completing your primary COVID-19 series. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, and 18 or older, you should get your booster at least two months after receiving your COVID- 19 vaccination. Although COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing severe disease, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild or moderate disease. We are not yet requiring booster shots for in-person church services and other church-related activities because of the scheduling difficulties at several of the sites providing the shots, but we may require this in the future. So, in line with recommendations, your First Universalist COVID Taskforce urges you get boostered up!
Joys & Sorrows
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 are giving us permission to read it aloud at our 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

Brock Tjosvold,
Director of Music

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