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HAPPENING SUNDAY, JUNE 20, 2021

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
"Such is Life"
Rev. Margalie Belizaire, preaching

Rev. Margalie Belizaire will preach her last sermon with us, and our Religious Education seniors will "bridge" into young adulthood on this Sunday. Afterward we’ll gather to express our gratitude and best wishes to Rev. Margalie as she prepares to begin her next journey in ministry.
HAPPENING SUNDAY, JUNE 27, 2021

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
UUA General Assembly
Closing Worship Service

Join us virtually for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship, recognizing the importance of shared ministry and the many innovative approaches to worship created by congregations during the pandemic. Worship leaders include Rev. Jen Crow, former Assistant Minister at our church.
Conversation and Connection following the service
Connect with friends, old and new. It’s our coffee hour, just held virtually. 
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.
NEWS & EVENTS THROUGH JULY 1, 2021
Summer Newsletter Schedule - Every other week!
As we move into summer, staffing transitions, study leave and the occasional vacation, beginning with this newsletter, we will be sending out the Weekly Connections Newsletter every other week through July. Remember you can always check our online events calendar, too.
 
Elder Tree - Saturday, June 19 at 10:00 AM
As we collectively slow down a bit, let us celebrate the arrival of summer with shared memories from this past year. After this, Elder Tree is taking a break, but we may offer one in July and August depending on interest. 
 
Rev. Margalie’s Farewell Service and Youth Bridging - Sunday. June 20 at 10:00 AM
As we transition into summer, Rev. Margalie will preach her last sermon with us and our seniors will "bridge" into young adulthood. Afterward we’ll gather to give our gratitude and best wishes to Rev. Margalie as she prepares to begin her next journey in ministry. 
 
Summer Solstice Outdoor Event - Monday, June 21 at 6:00 PM
Our First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship will be offering this in-person gathering on our church grounds to celebrate the beginning of Summer. Readings, a short silent meditation, and walking the labyrinth will be part of this hour-long event. COVID protocols will be followed. To be held rain or shine! Bring a chair and an umbrella. Questions? Contact Carolyn.

Intergen Dance-N-Skate - Friday, June 25 from 6:30-8:00 PM in lower parking lot
Bring your skates, dancing shoes, rollerblades, or whatever your feet fancy to this outdoor intergen (all ages) community fun event! Musical mix and liquid refreshment will be provided with spaces for both dancing and skating. RSVP here if you're in! 

Thank you to the 54 folks who participated in the workshop: Fostering LGBTQ+ Intersectional and Inclusive Spaces. Here is one of the many positive comments about the program: “The presenters and personal anecdotes were very powerful. I learned that each of us has a unique evolving space on the gender spectrum. My understanding and sensitivity were deeply enhanced. The vulnerabilities, subtleties and sensitivities of all people were well examined, furthering my growth and promoting my desire to assist more effectively with inclusion for all. I’m so grateful I was invited to attend and wish that more will have the opportunity to benefit from this education.” Thanks again to all who attended. We look forward to seeing you all at our next LGBTQ+ offering!
PASTORAL SUPPORT - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU
We are saddend to learn of the passing of the spouse of member Greg Garvey, Kathleen McGarvy, on June 1st. May we hold them in our hearts. Notes of condolences can be sent to Greg and his daughter, Abigail, age 11. "To live in hearts that love is not to die"

We’re here for you! Pastoral Care is available through our Pastoral Care phone line 585-270-0851 or email us at caring@rochesterunitarian.org. Everything you share will be held in confidence.
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS
Intergen PRIDE Carnival! - Friday, July 23, 6:30-8:30 PM on church grounds
Mark your calendars for an intergen (all ages) fun event to celebrate our LBTQIA+ pride!
Share some time with friends and family through art, music, story, and games that lift up the joy of inclusive love and dignity!  

Environmental Justice Ministry Green Tip
There’s been a lot of talk and press lately regarding electric vehicles. In a bit of irony, General Motors, widely(dis)credited for killing the electric car, is making a commitment to introduce 30 new global electric vehicles by 2025. Many other automakers either currently market electric vehicles or are intending to do so in the near future. Additionally the Biden administration has plans for a $174 billion incentive for domestic production of electric vehicles. Whether or not you think an electric vehicle is in your future, an electric vehicle may be in your future. To learn more, go to www.Earth911.org and search for “electric vehicles.” And please remember to: Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle.
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