Weekly Connections
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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, MAY 23, 2021
Children's Worship at 9:30 AM
Sheila Schuh, Director of Religious Education, co-leads

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan and Lynette Blake, co-preaching

Conversation and Connection after the service
Join us for a virtual conversation & connection following the worship service!

UU101 - An Introduction to Unitarian Universalism and our church after the service
Are you new-ish to First Unitarian? Join Shannan via this Zoom link.  

Budget Forum at 11:30 AM
Rev. Shari and Treasurer Robert Lyubomirsky will present on the 2021-22 Budget
and take your questions. Please use the main church Zoom link to join.
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Next Sunday: All Ages Flower Communion Service - online and in person (you choose!)
See details below.
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.
EVENTS THROUGH MAY 29, 2021
“Plan Your Legacy” - Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 AM
The Legacy Society is sponsoring a series of workshops to inform and advise members on issues related to planning for the final stage of life. The video of the first workshop, “Plan Your Own Funeral” is available here. The second of these workshops, on planning your financial legacy such as wills, trusts, and bequests, will take place virtually during the Elder Tree gathering online on Saturday, May 22 at 10:00 AM. The third workshop, on creating a personal legacy with a letter or Ethical Will will take place this fall along with a Legacy Society luncheon. For questions, contact Annie McQuilken, Jan Miller, or Bruce Fredericks at legacysociety@rochesterunitarian.org or call Bruce at 585-233-2857.
UU 101 - Sunday, May 23 at 11:30 AM
Are you new-ish to First Unitarian? Did you discover us through our online worship services and want to learn more? Please join us for UU 101 this Sunday May 23 at 11:30 AM. Join us at this Zoom link. Next offering will be on June 13. For more information about First Unitarian and our steps to membership please contact Shannan Foos at Shannan Foos.
 
Budget Forums - Sunday, May 23 and Tuesday, May 25
The Board of Trustees invites congregants to one of two budget forums to be held ahead of the Annual Congregational Meeting in June. Join us online on Sunday, May 23 at 11:30 AM or Tuesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM, both to be held in our main Zoom room.
Touchstone Vespers Service - Wednesday, May 26 at 7:00 PM
Join us next Wednesday for a Vespers Service where we’ll share music, words and silence to lay down the burdens of the day in a beloved community. Please join us on our main Zoom link
 
Elder Tree - Saturday, May 29 at 10:00 AM
Not strictly for "elders," Stephanie Ketterl will be our guest on May 29! Come listen as they share some life stories. Everyone is always welcome at Elder Tree, held via Zoom.
PASTORAL SUPPORT - WE'RE HERE FOR YOU
Support from First Unitarian Church
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. 
 
  • If you would like a listening ear, you would appreciate a call from a member of our Pastoral Care Team, we will happily connect with you on the phone or on zoom. 
 
  • If you are feeling sick or have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, we want to know and support you in whatever ways are possible.
 
  • If you have lost your source of income and are worried about making ends meet, we have emergency funds to support you. 
 
  • If you need help with getting food or other essential supplies - we will do what we can to help.
 
Just reach out to Rev. Margalie Belizaire at caring@rochesterunitarian.org or call 585-270-0851. Everything you share will be held in confidence.
THIS WEEK IN RELIGIOUS EDUCATION (RE)
Last Sunday in RE, our 7th and 8th graders finished their OWL sessions for this year! Thank you so much to all of the facilitators! This Sunday, 7th and 8th groups are invited to join Emma at 9:30 AM for a nature hike and short session on addressing mental health needs, especially social anxiety. 
 
Last weekend, if you walked through the church garden you might have seen our Coming of Age (9th Grade) youth on retreat! 

Mark your calendar for our annual youth-lead rites of passage on Sunday, June 13 with our 5th grade Leap of Faith (9:30 AM) and Coming of Age (10:00 AM) online. Our youth are busy bringing these services to life and we can’t wait to share them with you! Questions about RE? Email us!
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS

Flower Communion Service
Sunday, May 30
Attend online or in-person - you choose!

We're excited to offer two (2) options for attending our annual Flower Communion Service this year! This is an all-ages gathering (no Children's Service that Sunday). Attend online at 10:00 AM via Zoom, or attend in person on the church grounds - sign-up for "in-person" is required. Have a flower or two handy if possible, though we'll have some on hand as well.
Notice of Annual Congregational Meeting - Sunday, June 6 at 11:30 AM online
The Board of Trustees will be holding the church’s Annual Meeting online, via our main Zoom link, immediately following the worship service on June 6. View the Meeting Agenda here.

The Greater Good Committee Seeks Nominations 
We are seeking members to nominate not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organizations for next year's Greater Good Gift for 2022. Complete this short form with your recommendations, which will be accepted through May 31. Questions? Email greatergood@rochesterunitarian.org.
Have you included the First Unitarian Church of Rochester in your legacy planning?   
Perhaps through a bequest in your will, or as a beneficiary on a retirement account or insurance policy? If so, we want to hear about it! The Legacy Society is updating our records, and we want to be sure to include you in all the fun events we have planned for the coming year. Please let us know, even if you think we already know, by sending an email to legacysociety@rochesterunitarian.org or calling Bruce Fredericks at 585-233-2857. 

Want to golf this season with congenial company?
"First Unitarian Thwackers" invite you to join them each Thursday for a friendly, non-competitive round of golf followed by a little lunch and conversation, if you have time. We alternate through many local public courses, so the green surroundings keep changing. It's literally a walk (or ride) in the park. If interested or have questions, please contact Paul Suwijn.


General Assembly is more affordable and accessible than ever this year! Learn the many ways you can join with other UUs across the continent!
Rochester Juneteenth 5K Run/Walk – Join Team UUROC!
In Person: Saturday June 19, 2021 1:00 PM at Genesee Valley Park 
Virtually: Anytime and anywhere through June 19
Come together to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. Join with freedom-loving people from all communities. Walk or run in celebration and witness to the continuing struggle for freedom. Donate to support the creation of a Rochester Civil Rights Heritage Site.

In partnership with First Universalist Church, together we are Team UUROC and invite you to join in this event either In person (first 200 sign-ups) or virtually. Sign up and/or donate here.

Environmental Justice Ministry Green Tip
If you watch mainstream media for any length of time, you probably see many commercials for a myriad of home cleaning products. The problem is that most (if not all) of those advertised products are harmful to not only the health of our planet, but harmful to the health of you and your family. While many (most?) home cleaning products are toxic, there are green options! Did you know that there are organic, safe, health-friendly ways to clean virtually anything and everything in your home? Check out these resources: Green Cleaning, Versatile Vinegar, and Vinegar Tips.
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