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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2021



Children's Worship at 9:30 AM
Sheila Schuh, Director of Religious Education, co-leads

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
“The Life and Poems of Frances Ellen Watkins Harper”
Rev. Margalie Belizaire, preaching

Connection & Conversation at 11:00 AM
Join us for a virtual conversation & connection following the worship service as well!




Next Sunday, February 14, 2021 Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, preaching
Use the Zoom link above for for all Worship Services, Wednesday night programs, and Elder Tree on Saturdays. No internet? Call 646-876-9923 and enter meeting ID #5852719070.
CONGREGATIONAL SURVEY

First Unitarian members and friends are asked to fill out this Annual Congregational Survey by February 21 - though sooner is better! All responses are kept anonymous. We are looking for your open and frank feedback on how you see things going at our church. We are so grateful for your input - thank you!
FEBRUARY WORSHIP THEME

This month's theme is Head and Heart in Harmony. This packet, put together for our Soul Matters groups, is rich with spiritual exercises, thought provoking questions, and many other resources. If you are interested in joining a Soul Matters group, we'd love to have you.
EVENTS THROUGH FEBRUARY 13, 2021
Online Free Guided Meditation Series: Looking to cultivate calm and centeredness in a group? Online (via Zoom) meditation classes Thursdays February 4, 11, 18 and 25 at 3:00 PM and at 5:30 PM. Beginning meditators welcome. Being gently guided to fully embody yourself is such a gift of self-care! Best if you can attend all four. There is no cost; space is limited. Questions or to sign up, email Rev Joy Collins or call/text 585-749-0695. It is wonderful to center your heart in a small community!

Elder Tree - Saturday, February 6 at 12:00 PM
Dick Schwartz, a long-time member who’s worn many hats, will share his story under the Elder Tree this Saturday at noon on the church Zoom. We welcome everyone to listen and ask questions. We’re always eager to hear about your life. If you’d like to share your story, please contact Libby Moore. Join us in our main Zoom room.

Beloved Conversations Informational Meeting - Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 PM
Come one come all to an informational meeting about “Beloved Conversations.” This is the program that the R3 team is encouraging us to undertake as a church community in our pursuit of “the goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all,” as our sixth principle states. This is “a program for UUs seeking to embody racial justice as a spiritual practice. In Beloved Conversations, we are here to heal the impact of racism on our lives, in order to get free together.” Come on Wednesday, February 10 at 7:00 PM in our Church’s Zoom Room to learn more about how you can be part of this journey. You can also email Rev. Margalie for more information. Looking forward to continuing this conversation with you.

The Non-Fiction Book Club - Thursday, February 11 at 3:00 PM. All are welcome. This month’s selection is Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo. A National Book Award winner and a N.Y. Times Non-Fiction Book of the Year, “Forevers'' is the story of life in a Mumbai undercity. For more information, contact Jo Cone.

Embracing Rochester's Black History - This three-part Black History Month program benefiting the creation of a Rochester Civil Rights History Site in Baden Park is to be held on Saturdays, February 13, 20 and 27, with each event beginning at 7:00 PM. Details and Registration here.
PASTORAL CARE, JOYS AND SORROWS
We are saddened to learn of member David Malone’s passing. After a long illness, David passed away at home in the loving care of Shirley Malone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. “To live in hearts that love is not to die.”
We’re here if you need us! Pastoral Care is available through our Pastoral Care phone line 585-270-0851 or reach out via email. Everything you share will be held in confidence.   
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS
Take The Chalice Challenge!
Find yourself wandering around your kitchen looking at the same old food? Well, Youth Group has a contest for you! ALL AGES are invited to use your UU ingenuity and create a chalice out of food items for all of us to vicariously enjoy! Here are the guidelines:
  • Low to no food waste
  • 95% edible
  • Use food on hand  
  • Create a chalice of your imagination or UU passion! 
 
How it works: Register here and donate if you wish to our Youth Group fundraiser (Honduran Student Scholarship) - all ages welcome! You will receive instructions that will ask you to create your chalice, upload your photo with a description by February 21, (eat your chalice!), and attend an online awards event. A public Kudos Board will feature all of our creations! Please contact Robert if you have any questions.

Green Tip(s) from Environmental Justice Ministry!
We've got food waste on our minds, and have gathered some great tips and opportunities that each of us can do to help reduce greenhouse gasses. Check them out here!

Greater Good! The Greater Good campaign this year has been a resounding success. Over $50K were shared between the two recipients, City Roots and Worker Justice (Mujeres Divinas). Members of the Greater Good Team find it inspiring and exciting to vet and work with applicants for these grants. We are looking for several people to join our team. If you are a new member of the church, a parent, or a youth and have interest in learning more and/or joining the team, please contact Jenny Gaul.

Silent Vigils sponsored by Free the People Roc & BLM Elders and Allies are held every Saturday from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. Several church members attend these regularly, and more folks are always welcome. Here is a list of future locations

Our Hospitality Team is looking for Zoom volunteers! 
Our online services are made possible by a group of volunteers who keep us safe from Zoom bombers and let folks into services. We are currently recruiting folks to join our Online Hospitality Team. If you want to learn more about how to help or are proficient at Zoom, we'd love to have you! Contact Shannan Foos if interested.

Police Accountability Board (PAB) Presentation - Friday, February 19 at 6:30 PM
The new Police Accountability Board is making history helping our community reimagine public safety. Board Chair Shani Wilson and Executive Director Conor Dwyer Reynolds will talk about the creation of a working coalition to address Gov. Cuomo's executive order for a citywide plan to reform and reinvent policing, and their research findings & the PAB's initial recommendations, plus a request for community input to shape this vision. Hosted by: First Unitarian Church of Rochester, First Universalist Church of Rochester, and The Unitarian Universalist Church of Canandaigua. Admission is free but registration is required: Register here.

Our First New Member Joining Weekend of 2021!
On Saturday & Sunday, February 20 and 21, if you have been in our community and are ready to join us as an official member, please reach out to Shannan Foos, Membership Coordinator. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Gilbert Spirit Fund seeks qualified applicants to apply to receive funds to continue their social justice work or projects promoting art and music or building partnerships to support the goal of world peace. Organizations with a connection to members of First Unitarian will be given preference. If you belong to or know of such an organization, please let them know of this opportunity. The deadline for applying is March 1, 2021. All applications this year are on-line and can be found on our website along with guidelines for applying. Questions? Please email Christine Gordon or call 585-377-9002. 

Connect with us on Social media!
On the church's YouTube channel you can view past services, Elder Tree stories, and more. Our Facebook community is a place to build community, to ask for and offer help, and to share resources. If Instagram is your scene, we post there weekly as well.