Happening This Sunday
Sunday, October 4, 2020

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
(Children's Worship at 9:30 AM)

"The Good Samaritan"
Rev. Margalie Belizaire. preaching

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 connection and conversation following the worship service!
Are you new to First Unitarian? Please join us for UU 101: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church, this Sunday October 4 at 11:30 AM. We will be meeting through this Zoom link. For more information about First Unitarian and our membership classes contact Shannan Foos.   
Next Sunday, October 11, 2020 Worship Service at 10 AM
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, preaching
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows
We’re here if you need us! Pastoral Care is available through our Pastoral Care phone line (585-270-0851) or email

Our hearts go out to Carolyn Dancy, whose brother Kenneth Coit passed away last week in Raleigh, North Carolina at the age of 82. “To live in hearts that love is not to die.”
Other News and Reminders
Free Online Guided Meditation Series. In these times of so much distress, it can be helpful to take an hour a week to practice being centered and calm. Online (via Zoom) classes on Thursdays at 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM; October 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29. First time and beginning meditators welcome. Being gently guided to fully embody yourself is such a gift of self-care! Best if you can attend at least four. Questions or to sign up, email Rev Joy Collins (or call/text 585-749-0695). No cost. Space is limited. It is wonderful to center your heart in a small community!

NEW Mid-Week Programming: Looking for an opportunity to connect with our community outside of Sunday mornings? As we transition into our fall programming on Wednesday evenings, we’re retiring our noontime connections on Tuesday and Thursday. Beginning Wednesday, October 7, we will offer Touchstone Vespers, a short 30 minutes evening worship service of poetry, music, and meditation every other week. On alternate weeks, also Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, we will offer a rotating schedule of church programming, including music & arts (choir practice!), social justice, and spiritual deepening. On October 14, we’ll have the opportunity to learn about trauma response and stress management with Rev. Julie Taylor of the UU Trauma Response Ministry. 

Elder Tree continues on Saturdays at noon, with this week's featuring Paul Suwijn. The Zoom link for all of these offerings is here
 
We look forward to connecting and engaging with you this fall and beyond! For families with children in RE, here's the weekly schedule for both children and caregivers.

We have seen a recent increase in email phishing scams. These scam emails initially appear as if they are from the church or a staff member, but are in fact from a bogus email sent by scammers who are hoping people will respond and send gift cards. Church staff email addresses can be found on our website. If something looks off in an email to you, feel free to reach out to us directly before responding.
Our Criminal Justice Ministry invites you to Laughs for the People, an evening of comedy, education, and voter registration sponsored by Free the People ROC. This is an in-person event on Sunday, October 4 at 5:00 PM at the Highland Bowl. For more information, go here
 
The Criminal Justice Ministry, the Elders and Allies of Free the People ROC, and Black Lives Matter invite you to attend a socially distanced (masks required!) commemoration of the many lives lost to police brutality on Friday, October 9 from 12:00 - 1:30 PM (rain date: Saturday, October 10 at 12:00 PM) at Highland Park on Goodman about halfway between Highland Ave and Elmwood Ave. Bring blankets, chairs, and signs if you have them!

Want to get to know us better? Want to join a Soul Matters group or Wellspring? Take part in Starting Point, an in-depth look at Unitarian Universalism, First Unitarian history, our community, and your own personal beliefs. This will be a virtual meeting over Zoom on October 15 and 22 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM (please plan to attend both meetings). This class is for newcomers and seasoned members alike! Please contact Shannan Foos, Membership Coordinator to register by October 9.
The Immigration Ministry is hosting a Zoom presentation by Fr. Sean Carroll, Director of Kino Border Initiative in Nogales, Sonora, Mexico on Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 PM. His presentation is titled “Update from the Southern Border”. As we deal with the Daniel Prude killing, COVID-19, and the upcoming election, the building of “The Wall” and the inhumane treatment along the southern border continues. Please participate in Fr. Sean’s talk to get up-to-date information from a person whose “boots are on the ground.” Click here to register. Donations are requested on a scale, as you are able to pay. Proceeds will benefit the Kino Border Initiative and the First Unitarian Immigration Ministry. Thank you for contributing to these efforts to support immigrants and asylum seekers.
Calls to Action
Is your family interested in recording one of our Greater Good skits to share with our children and youth so that they may learn about the organizations? Please contact  Sheila if you can make this year's voting experience informative and fun!
Want to learn more about local candidates before voting? Check out the League of Women Voters’ debate series between candidates for the New York State Senate and Assembly, and the Monroe County Clerk. For more information on dates, times, and how to access the debates, click here. Another local debate is being sponsored by RocACTS, the Children’s Agenda, and the National Black Nurses Association and will be held on Tuesday, October 6 at 7:00 PM. To register, click here.
There are many ways to participate in our community's fight for racial justice. If you are unable to participate in protests, but want to be updated on what is happening and actions you can take from home, please email Kristi to be added to our First Unitarian Social Justice Updates and Actions from Home email list.
 
The League of Women Voters invites you to join them as they walk through low voter turnout areas and distribute important voter information on Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18 (they will be placing door hangers, not interacting with residents). If you are interested, please email Sue Steepy (or call 585-377-9094) no later than Friday, October 9.
In Case You Missed It
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