Happening This Sunday
Sunday, August 23, 2020

Worship Service at 10:00 AM 
Second Annual Rochester UUs from Clinton to Winton Worship
Led by Rev. Lane Campbell, Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, Rev. Darcey Laine, Rev. Margalie Belizaire, Thom Snell, and Brock Tjosvold

Rev. Lane Campbell and her congregation join us from the First Universalist Church of Rochester. We will also be joined by the congregations of the UU Church of Athens and Sheshequin, the UU Church of Cortland, and the UU Fellowship of Big Flats.
Rev. Lane Campbell
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan
Rev. Darcey Laine
Rev. Margalie Belizaire
Thom Snell
Brock Tjosvold
Children's Worship at 9:30 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!

Are you new to First Unitarian? Did you discover us through our online worship services and want to learn more? Please join us for UU 101: An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and First Unitarian Church, this Sunday August 23 at 11:30am. We will be meeting through this Zoom link. We will have an hour to talk about UU faith and what opportunities you have to connect with our community. No need for prior registration, just join us through the link provided. For more information about First Unitarian and our membership classes contact Shannan Foos.
**Next Sunday, August 30, 2020: Animal Blessing Worship Service at 10:00 AM – Intergen service! Bring your animals to worship (more details to follow) **
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows
Jenn and Charlie Carter would like to announce the birth of their baby, Laurel Rose Sunshine Carter, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 9:38am. Our warm congratulations to all!

Our hearts are with the family of longtime member Samuel Brundage, who passed away in August 11 in Auburn, NY. No services are planned at this time. Cards can be sent to Sam’s son, Dr. Brian Brundage at 48 Willowbrook Drive, Auburn, New York, 13021. "To live in hearts that love is not to die."

Make the First Unitarian Connection! Got a need? Support with a meal? A weekly hike? A childcare partner? Can you offer something? A family an hour of online education support? A grocery run? 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
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

Join us for Elder Tree, Saturday, August 22, at noon. This week’s Elder Tree will feature Suzy Farrell. Click here to join. All are welcome!

Grief group to cope with death of spouse or partner: This monthly grief group meets online for anyone who needs support following the death of a spouse or partner. It is led by Rev. Lynn Acquafondata, affiliated community minister. Group meets online on the first Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. Contact Rev. Lynn (585-330-1340) to register or for more information.
Calls to Action
Make the First Unitarian Connection! Got a need? Support with a meal? A weekly hike? A childcare partner? Can you offer something? A family an hour of online education support? A grocery run? Please use our First Unitarian Community Facebook page to post a need or an offering! Thank you for being the church! And being safe!

The Criminal Justice Ministry invites you to the world premier screening of Clarissa Uprooted, a documentary from Teen Empowerment in which youth interview elders in the community about black Rochester. The screening and talkback, hosted by the Little Theatre, will be held on Friday, August 21 at 6:30pm. Follow this link for a preview of the film . Click here for the link to the Little Theatre’s Facebook page, which will host the screening.
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 will upload new videos weekly.