Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  To Autumn!
As the seasons turn, what wisdom and beauty can we find in the changing colors, the shorter days, the dying back, and the dance of the falling leaves?
- The Reverend Peggy Meeker

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  The State of the Church . We find ourselves at the beginning of another interim year, a time to mark the end of one chapter and look toward a new beginning. The Rev. Peggy Meeker will lead a discussion on where we’re at, how we’re feeling about it, and what we hope the future will bring.
Upcoming Events
Remembering Charlie Gibson - September 23
A memorial service for Charlie Gibson, long-time and beloved member of our congregation, will be held Saturday, September 23rd , at 10:30 a.m. in the church Sanctuary. The Reverend Peggy Meeker will be officiating. Stop by the Caring Committee table in the Clara Barton Lounge to sign up to help with this event.
Concert Across America - September 24
Join us on Sunday, September 24th at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary for a special edition of Eastman at Washington Square, in collaboration with The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. This is one of many concerts that will be taking place all across the United States on this day. The event, called A Concert Across America, is in remembrance of the victims of gun violence. Participating artists will include faculty members and students of Eastman Community Music School and some members of our own First Universalist Church. Musical numbers will be interspersed with lessons and readings. Julia Figueras (WXXI) will be our MC. This is a free event; donations are welcome.
Please Join Us for RAIHN Week
During RAIHN* Week, September 24-October 1 , we will turn our church into a home for temporarily homeless families. We will convert our classrooms into bedrooms, cook meals, stay overnight, wash bedding, and provide other help. To join our volunteer team, sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer, raihn@uuroc.org if you have questions. If you'd like to learn more before volunteering, we have opportunities to "shadow" experienced volunteers. * Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.
Additional Announcements
LENDING LIBRARY: Check out our lending library of books of liberal religious interest. It will be open during coffee hour to members, and also to friends who've been coming long enough to have name tags. The library books are arranged along the wall shelves in order of Dewey decimal number. If you have a book you borrowed last spring or before, please return it!

BOOK GROUP:  Join us on Sunday, September 24th at 12 noon in the Chalice Room for a lively discussion of Sex Wars by Marge Piercy. If you have a couple of books you would be willing to recommend for our 2017-18 year please bring the titles with you. All are welcome and it is not necessary to have read the book. Hope to see you there. For questions contact either Shirley Bond and Sarah Singal at bookgroup@uuroc.org .

NEWS FROM THE MINISTERIAL SEARCH COMMITTEE (MSC):  On August 26-27, Jeff Donahue, our UUA transitions coach, led the MSC members in a very fruitful and enjoyable retreat. We learned about the search process, wrote our covenant, and determined the roles of the seven committee members. We are pleased that Steve Munson has agreed to chair the committee. We will follow UUA guidelines for the search, a year-long process. As a first step we will survey the congregation to learn what aspects of the ministry you value the most. We will also hold cottage meetings, where we gather in small groups to discuss what we want in a ministry. Look for the survey from us soon!

UUA FALL LEADERSHIP DAY: October 14, 2017 at the UU Church of Buffalo. Leadership as a Team Sport : This leadership conference is designed to address a number of common areas of shared ministry for congregations. The day features a keynote by Rev. Renee Ruchotzke followed by workshops on various areas of shared ministry and networking time. Register by Oct. 13 at https://uua.wufoo.com/forms/k189inbl1wo40go/ .
To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail  office@uuroc.org  no later than Thursday at noon.   
Staff:
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 | office@uuroc.org