Happening This Sunday
Sunday, September 6, 2020

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
“Silly Octopus”
Rev. Rachael Hayes, guest preacher from the Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst in Massachusetts.

What can an unexpected encounter with an octopus teach us about living wholeheartedly? And what might Ralph Waldo Emerson and poetic theater have to do with it? Please join us for a service that is silly, soulful, and meets you where you are.
Meet us online (live-captioning also available there) or if you do not have access to the internet, call 646-876-9923, and use meeting ID #5852719070

Stay for a virtual coffee hour following the worship service!
Next Sunday: September 13, 2020 at 10:00 AM is our Homecoming Service!

Homecoming: Whether you're joining online worship for the first time, haven't missed a week yet, or somewhere in between, welcome home! Our church year begins by celebrating the merging of our waters in a ritual re-imagined so everyone can participate at home. This all-ages service at 10 AM will be led by Rev. Margalie Belizaire, Sheila Schuh, Thommy Snell, Shannan Foos, Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan--and you!
Homecoming Special Invitations
On the Road to Homecoming Special Invitation: In preparation for our homecoming service on Sunday, September 13, all are invited to come to participate in the merging of our waters ritual--curbside! Please bring a small amount of water from your home (an oz or two) to drop off at the church between 5﹘7 PM on either Tuesday, September 8, or Wednesday, September 9.

Families with children and youth are invited from 2 - 4 PM on Tuesday, September 8 to help prepare the space. Decorate the drive-thru for homecoming with colored chalk and ribbons (bring your own or use what will be out). Pick up K-5 Workshop resource packets, Pre-K and Youth items, family chalice supplies and a gift to bless the new school year. Bring your water for the fountain. Masking and social distancing required. Go before you go – the church will not be open for the bathrooms!

POC Family Homecoming Zoom Dessert, Friday, September 18 from 7-7:45 PM! If you are, or someone in your family is black, indigenous, or a person of color, please come enjoy some dessert and a chance to connect. Contact Pam Adams for zoom info!
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows
We are so grateful for the leadership, support and loving hospitality work that Lynette Blake has offered our church over the last 2 years. Lynette stepped up into the Hospitality Captain position when we needed her most and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help make our Hospitality Ministry run smoothly. We wish Lynette the best as she steps down from this role and enters others within our church. Thank you so much Lynette for your commitment to making our church a Beloved Community!

Make the First Unitarian Connection! Got a need? Can you offer something? Please use our First Unitarian Community Facebook page to post a need or an offering! Thank you for being the church! And being safe!

We’re here if you need us! Pastoral Care is available through our Pastoral Care phone line (585-270-0851) or email
Other News and Reminders
Supply Drive for Refugees Helping Refugees at our church parking lot this Friday and Saturday 10 AM - 2 PM! (See details under Calls to Action section below). 

Noontime Connections continue! Join the church’s Zoom room at noon each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday for casual connection with other members.

Elder Tree will take a break for Labor Day weekend and will pick up again on September 12 with guest Dick McNamara. Click here to join. All are welcome! If you’d like to share your story, contact Rev. Libby Moore

Religious Education Kicks Off on September 13! RE is not the same! We have different choices and connection points for children, youth, parents, and families. To view the RE Fall Schedule, click here. Please register your child and help us know how your family may be participating. And reach out if you have any needs, suggestions, or questions whatsoever. In faith ~Sheila.

POC Family Homecoming Zoom Dessert! If you or someone in your family is black, indigenous, or a person of color, please come enjoy some dessert and a chance to connect! Friday, September 18 at 7-7:45pm Contact Pam Adams for zoom information.

Registration is now open for online Meditation classes with Jan Cook and an amazing supportive community of practitioners. Deepening Meditation on Wednesdays, Ongoing Meditation on Thursdays, and Meditating from the Body Introduction will be held on September 19. To register contact Carolyn. Donations will be accepted; no one is turned away for lack of funds. Class size is limited to support the zoom experience!
UU Parenting/Grandparenting as a Spiritual Practice: Got family stress? Please join us for bi-monthly offerings for spiritual deepening and resourcing as we move through uncertainty and challenges together. Mindfulness, communication practice, and always some laughter for our imperfections included! These meetings will be held from 8:45 - 9:45 PM on September 21, October 5 and 19, November 2 and 16, and December 14. Click here to join.
Calls to Action
The Immigration Ministry is supporting Refugees Helping Refugees as they reopen their office and welcome clients back with COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. We are holding a supply drive to collect PPE and sanitizing products to help them do that. Please stop by for our socially distanced drop off in the First Unitarian Church parking lot on Friday, September 4 and Saturday, September 5 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Items needed include: hand soap, hand sanitizer, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, paper masks, touchless thermometers, and cash or checks payable to Refugees Helping Refugees. Masking and social distancing required. Go before you go – the church will not be open for the bathrooms!

UUtheVote: To learn about opportunities to phonebank and help register voters, click here
In Case You Missed It
Missed a recent Worship Service, Children's Service, or Elder Tree? Check out First Unitarian’s YouTube Channel (and while you’re there, please click on subscribe!), where you will find recordings. We upload new videos weekly.