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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021



Chidren's Worship at 9:30 AM
Sheila Schuh co-leads

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Rev. Margalie Belizaire, preaching

Congregational Meeting at 11:30 AM

Members please join in a Special Congregational Meeting for the first reading of three proposed bylaws changes. Main church Zoom link.
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 4 (Easter), Worship Service at 10:00 AM led by Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan
Stewardship Drives Ends this Sunday!
Thank you! More than half of our congregation has completed their 2021-22 pledge! Join them! 

If you haven't yet done so,
 now is the time and it 
Email giving@rochesterunitarian.org with your pledge amount.

Listen to Director of Business Operations, Kim Joy, share just some of the ways your support helps us.
EVENTS THROUGH APRIL 3, 2021
Elder Tree - Saturday, March 27 at 10:00 AM
Join us to hear from another of our wise and wonderful members, Penny Quill, as she shares about her life and spiritual journey. All are welcome, members and friends, elder and younger alike, via Zoom; phone access listed above.

Black Lives Matter Silent Vigil - Saturday, March 27 at Noon
Held each Saturday at noon and led by Elders and Allies of Black Lives Matter Free the People ROC, the location for this Saturday, March 27 is 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.
Touchstone Vespers Service - Wednesday, March 31 at 7:00 PM - Trans Day of Visibility
Twice a month, we gather on Wednesday evenings to set down the day and nourish our spirits. This week, we celebrate Trans Day of Visibility. Please join us via Zoom; phone access listed above.

Tenebrae Service - Friday, April 2 at 7:00 PM
Tenebrae (Latin for darkness) is a service leading up to Easter characterized by gradual extinguishing of candles. It is a service of lament, for anyone with heaviness in their souls. All are welcome to this service to be held via Zoom.
PASTORAL CARE, JOYS AND SORROWS
Beloved and long-time member Dick Fitts is seriously ill with congestive heart failure. May we hold Dick and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
 
Unitarian Universalist leader and Religious Educator Elizabeth Strong passed away on Saturday, March 20. Liz’s son, the Rev. Douglas Taylor, serves the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton, NY. “To live in hearts that love is not to die."

If you’re eligible for the Covid vaccine but haven’t been able to get an appointment and could use help, let us pair you up with someone who knows how to navigate the system well! Email caring@rochesterunitarian.org.

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 at caring@rochesterunitarian.org.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
GREEN GROUP
We took a virtual tour of High Acres Landfill, as a deeper dive into food waste and environmental planning. Spring hopes include tree planting, bat box building, and celebrating the equinox. Check out this group's food waste video.
OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)
OWL starts for grades 5-9 in RE Tents on church grounds in April and May. OWL is sexuality education fosters informed, responsible, and values-based decisions about sexual health and behavior.
JUNIOR YOUTH JUBILEE
This week in RE, Spiritual Survivor (6th-8th) welcomed Rev. Margalie, Ed Tilley, and Nadia Adams for a guest panel as part of their Jubilee curriculum. Junior Youth Jubilee supports our youth in learning many facets of healthy racial and ethnic identity, with an emphasis on building skills to promote Beloved Community! Thank you to our guests for joining us for this intergenerational connection, and helping our youth widen their understanding of the complexity of experiences related to race and ethnicity!
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.  

Thank you from UU/Schools Partnership
Once again our congregation has been an amazing support for the students at Schools #22 and #15. We put out the request for boots, snow pants and other winter wear as students began playing outdoors. Thank you all for the dozen huge bags filled with just what was needed. Parents driving through the school's curbside these cold months were all very grateful. Remember those bagel sales from way back in the day? Those funds helped School #15 with their remote learning by providing headphones with microphones for a quieter, less distractible home classroom. Much gratitude from the teachers!
Environmental Justice Ministry (EJM) News & Green Tips

  • While people may know that not all plastic is created equal, they may not know that some plastics do not have to take space in a landfill or become a waterway eco-hazard for perhaps a century or more. Understanding the different kinds of plastic gives us a tool to be smarter, eco-friendly consumers. Read Chloe Sky’s article from Earth 911.


  • 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, based on the findings of Project Drawdown - a comprehensive scientific study of the top solutions. 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.
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