Happening This Sunday
Sunday, August 30, 2020

Worship Service at 10:00 AM ONLY

Join us for an all ages worship that celebrates our animal companions, honors those we have lost, and leans into the spiritual gifts of our fluffy, scaly, and feathered friends. Bring your pet, your stuffed animal – or your plant!
This is an intergenerational worship service for the all ages!
No Children's Worship this Sunday - join us at 10:00 AM
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 06, 2020: Rev. Rachel Hayes, guest preaching**
***Sunday, September 13, 2020: Homecoming***
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows
Please welcome our new Youth Coordinator, Reverend Molly Brewer! Rev. Molly, who identifies as both UU and Pagan polytheist, graduated from the Meadville Lombard Theological School and served as the ministerial intern of the First Universalist Church of Auburn, Maine and as a small group facilitator with the Church of the Larger Fellowship. Their ministry interests include size justice, neurodiversity inclusion, and creating worship and ritual. She knows this year presents unusual challenges in terms of what we can do together in person, and also views this as an opportunity to build deep commitment, resilience, and an interconnected community across distance. Rev. Molly will work virtually, and join Wayne Holt, Ahlia Kitwana, and others in assisting with Youth Group which will be online for likely most of the year. Feel free to email Molly to welcome her.

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
Our Summer Theme - Be the Church
This summer, we invite all members and friends of First Unitarian to explore our summer theme of Be the Church by identifying and committing to finding a way to Listen, Open, & Serve both inside the church community and outside the church in the wider world. Learn more here.
Other News and Reminders
Seeking volunteers to work on the Soul Matters packets. If you enjoy writing, curating and researching, this is the gig for you. We will be having a 2-hour workshop/retreat on either September 5 or 6 to get started. If you’re interested or would like to find out more, please use this link to indicate your availability to meet. Looking forward to building community with you. ~Rev. Margalie.

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

Join us for Elder Tree, Saturday, August 29, at noon. This week’s Elder Tree will feature Russell Simpson. Elder Tree will take a break for Labor Day weekend and will pick up again on September 12. Click here to join. All are welcome! If you’d like to share your story, contact Rev. Libby Moore

Dear First Unitarian parents, grandparents and guardians: The Religious Educatio (RE) ministry staff and I send you so much love and strength as we all move through these final weeks of summer into what is a largely unknown September! I want you to be able to know the ways in which RE community and learning may be integrated as you are trying to create your family's fall schedule. Your family's wholeness is a priority and we are acutely aware that at any moment, all plans may go out the window! Still, we begin again. RE is not the same. Yet, we will continue to offer you the best partnership we are able. Please register your child here 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

Free Online Guided Meditation Series. What better way to savor the beginning of autumn than to take an hour a week to practice being alive and awake! Online (via Zoom) classes on Thursdays September 3, 10, 17, and 24 at 5:30pm are still open (the 3:00pm class is full.) First time and beginning meditators are welcome. It is best if you can attend all four sessions. Questions, or to sign up, email Rev Joy Collins or call/text 585-749-0695. 
Unirondack Fall Retreat Cancelled! For all who look forward to the intergenerational weekend at Unirondack in early October, it will have to wait until next year.
Calls to Action
UUtheVote! Are you ready to commit to voting love this November? 

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. Thank you for your support.
From the Criminal Justice Ministry: The ACLU offers good advice regarding your rights if pulled over by the police, or if detained or questioned during a protes. 
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.