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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, APRIL 4, 2021
Children's Worship at 9:30 AM
Sheila Schuh co-leads

Easter Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, preaching

This Sunday’s Worship Service will be featuring a special virtual choir collaboration between our very own First Unitarian Choir and singers from UU churches in Binghamton, Canandaigua, Central Square, Oneonta, Syracuse, and Utica.
Use the Zoom link above for all Worship Services, Wednesday night programs, and Elder Tree on Saturdays. No internet? Call 646-876-9923 and enter meeting ID #5852719070.
Next Sunday April 11, Worship Service at 10:00 AM led by Rev. Eileen Casey-Campbell
EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 10, 2021

Tenebrae Service - Friday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
Tenebrae (“shadows”) is a traditional service of lament held during the three days before Easter. With music, readings, and the extinguishing of candles, we recognize that the hope and joy of Easter follows the despair and death of Jesus of Nazareth. Progressive Christians and sometimes Unitarian Universalists practice this Holy Week meditation with contemporary readings that trace contemporary “crucifixions.” If you are able, gather seven candles for this service. We will extinguish them together during the service. Church's main Zoom link.


Elder Tree - Saturday, April 3 at 10:00 AM
Elder Tree is pleased to welcome Kyle Williams as our speaker this Saturday. Kyle is one of our church trustees and we look forward to hearing his life story. Whether or not you consider yourself an elder, you’re welcome to participate in this practice of being open to wonder about one another’s lives. We meet via Zoom; phone access listed above.

Black Lives Matter Silent Vigil - Saturday, April 3 at Noon
Held each Saturday at noon and led by Elders and Allies of Black Lives Matter Free the People ROC, the locations for this Saturday, April 3 is at Route 31 & Route 96 (4 Corners) of Pittsford, and at 16 W. Main Street in Honeoye Falls. Masks and physical distancing are required. Since these vigils are focused entirely on Black Lives Matter, only signs supporting BLM are encouraged. Questions? Contact Trish Dorland.
Connect with your church community every Wednesday at 7:00 PM! 
Looking for an opportunity to connect with our community outside of Sunday mornings? We offer a rotating schedule of church programming, including music & arts (choir practice!), social justice, and spiritual deepening. All are welcome to join us via Zoom; phone access listed above.
PASTORAL CARE, JOYS AND SORROWS
Caregivers Support Group 
If you're providing care for another and would like to connect with others who are also caregivers, we hope you'll join us on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12:00 PM. The next meeting is on Wednesday, April 14. Our facilitators, Elise Wall and John Farrell, hope to see you there. To attend, please visit the zoom link here. For more information, email Rev. Margalie.

Please visit "In Memoriam: A Tribute to Rev. Dr. Elizabeth M. Strong" written by Rev. Carol S. Haag and Rev. Carol Taylor With assistance from Rev. Barbara Coeyman and Rev. Jay Atkinson.

Support from First Unitarian
In these uncertain and anxious times, we want you to know that First Unitarian is here for you. If you need support in any way, we hope you'll reach out. Pastoral Care is available through our Pastoral Care phone line 585-270-0851 or email us.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Bedtime Stories for Love and Justice
In celebration of Trans Day of Visibility, our RE ministry will be reading Julián Is a Mermaid written by Jessica Love on Thursday, April 1 at 7:00 PM. 
Fifth Grade OWL begins
Last Sunday in RE, a group of volunteers pitched a party tent for the first outdoor 5th Grade OWL meeting! We had to make some creative adjustments due to wind force! Bringing this in-person offering to life is a team effort, thank you to everyone who has contributed!
Junior Youth Jubilee
Seventh and eighth graders welcomed guest co-leader, Pam Adams, this past Sunday for our lesson on JUST communication in the session, "Relating Across Differences." This teaches basic interpersonal dynamics related to equity, with attention to power and intersectionality.  

Questions about RE? Contact us!
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS
The Legacy Society Invites You - Plan Your Own Funeral Series
First Unitarian's Legacy Society is planning a series of workshops to inform and advise members on issues related to planning for the final stage of life. These workshops will include information about how funerals and memorial services are conducted at First Unitarian, the role of the Pastoral Care Team in supporting families who have experienced a death, financial legacy planning such as wills, trusts, and bequests, and creating an Ethical Will. The first of these workshops will take place virtually during the Elder Tree gathering online on Saturday, April 17, at 10:00 AM. For questions, contact Jan Miller or call Bruce Fredericks at 585-233-2857.  
The June 2020 Congregational Meeting Minutes were approved during our Congregational meeting on Sunday, March 28. Please visit here to view the final Minutes.
Environmental Justice Ministry (EJM) News & Green Tips - A New Way to Reduce Plastic Pollution

  • Producer responsibility is a strategy that engages manufacturers in the entire life cycle of their products, including end-of-life disposal. It’s a radical shift from the way Americans usually think of materials’ life cycles: once you buy something you are responsible for it even if it’s no longer functional. But the shift to producer responsibility is necessary to enable a circular economy. 

  • Today there are 19 states with multiple mandated extended producer responsibility (EPR’s) programs.

  • The World Wildlife Fund focuses their EPR efforts on eliminating plastic pollution in South East Asia and China. Although EPR has not yet revolutionized product lifestyle systems the success of current programs will expand the process as we move forward in time. See details of this strategy at here.

  • Are you wondering what the most effective solutions for global warming really are and what you can do? Project Drawdown (DD) invites you to see both the possibility of reversing global warming and to discover your important role in that process. Join us for a one hour updated DD 2020 program (on Zoom) on April 15, at 7:00 PM. Sign up here for this free event.

  • The EJM is also organizing a team to participate in the Great Lakes Spring Sweep Cleanup. The cleanup is sponsored through the Seneca Park Zoo Society. We will be cleaning up Durand Eastman Beach on Saturday, April 24 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Tools, bags, and gloves will be provided. This is open to all ages. If you are interested, please contact Keith Abel.

Remember: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose, Recycle.
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