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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021
**Remember to spring forward your clocks one hour on Saturday night!**

Children’s Worship at 9:30 AM
"Holding On Tight For A Year As Families"
Sheila Schuh, Director of Religious Education, co-leads

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
"What a Year It's Been"
Co-led by Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, Rev. Margalie Belizaire, and members of First Unitarian Church

Connection & Conversation at 11:00 AM

Stewardship Campaign Begins this Sunday

Our Annual Stewardship Campaign begins this Sunday. Check you mailboxes at home and your email in the coming week for the many easy ways to make your financial commitment to our church for the 2021-22 fiscal year.

Next Sunday, March 21, Spring Equinox Intergen Worship Service at 10:00 AM!
There will not be a Children's Worship next Sunday
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.
EVENTS THROUGH MARCH 20, 2021
Elder Tree - Saturday, March 13 at 10:00 AM (New Time)
It’s been a year since we first gathered under the Elder Tree to share the stories of our lives. This week we’ll reminisce about favorite memories of our Church. Come tell us about your most memorable time, an event or service that brought you joy or laughter, a project we did collectively that had meaning for you. Please join us via Zoom; phone access listed above.
 
Black Lives Matter Silent Vigil - Saturday, March 13 at Noon
Our church community is invited to participate in these weekly silent vigils, held each Saturday at 12:00 PM at various locations. Led by Elders and Allies of Black Lives Matter Free the People ROC, the locations for this Saturday, March 13 are: Route 441 & Five Mile Line Road, Penfield 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.
 
You “UU’ed The Vote!” - now come meet our elected officials!
The Rochester Chapter Interfaith Impact of NYS is pleased to invite you to attend their Annual Legislative Briefing on Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM. - virtually - in the comfort of your home. The format and program this year are a break from their 30+ year tradition. They have invited our newly elected NYS legislators from the Rochester area to share their priority issues for the Senate and Assembly. The invitees are:
 
  • Assembly Member Jen Lunsford
  • Senator Jeremy Cooney
  • Senator Samra Brouk
  • Assembly Member Sarah Clark
  • Assembly Member Demond Meeks 
 
Each official will have time for their prepared remarks followed by a Q & A. To attend you will need a zoom link and be part of the Q & A. To join, please send your email address to John Keevert. We look forward to “seeing” you, both past attenders and newcomers, at our annual Legislative Briefing on March 14th! Attendance is limited, and you do not want to miss this opportunity to meet our new NYS Senators and Assembly Members.

Starting Point - Tuesday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Want to join a Soul Matters group? Or Wellspring? Or delve deeper at First Unitarian? Take part in Starting Point, an in-depth look at Unitarian Universalism, First Unitarian history, our community, and your own personal beliefs. It will take place over two (2) virtual meetings via Zoom, on March 16 & 23 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM. This class is for newcomers and seasoned members alike! Please email Shannan Foos, Membership Coordinator, as soon as possible to register!
 
Touchstone Vespers Service - Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 PM 
All are welcome to join us next Wednesday for a Vespers Service, where we come together in solidarity and candlelight, to lay down the burdens of the day and ground ourselves in beloved community. Please join us via Zoom; phone access listed above.
This Day in Recovery: 365 Meditations” Book Launch - Saturday, March 20 at 1:00 PM
Please join co-authors Revs. Lane Campbell and Katie Kandarian-Morris as they launch and celebrate the new Skinner House publication, This Day in Recovery: 365 Meditations. This book seeks to be a resource for Unitarian Universalists and spiritual seekers whose lives have been touched by addiction. They will share some of the stories as to how this book came about, read some excerpts from the book, and have some time for questions and answers. For Rochester folks, request a signed copy here, or order the book directly from the inSpirit bookstore. First Unitarian Church is co-sponsoring this event with First Universalist Church of Rochester. Let’s come together to continue an honest dialogue in our denomination about recovery! The event may be viewed through the following Zoom link.
PASTORAL CARE, JOYS AND SORROWS
An online memorial service honoring beloved longtime member Woody Thomas will be held on Saturday, March 20 at 4:00 PM in the church’s main Zoom room.

We are saddened to share the news that member Noel Gray Lawson died at age 93 on February 28. May we hold her family and loved ones in our hearts and prayers.

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

Support from First Unitarian - We’re here if you need us!
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS
The Environmental Justice Ministry asks us to participate in cutting back on the use of plastics in our lives. For these last three weeks in March, are you and your family able to eliminate or almost eliminate at least one source of plastic each week? Some of us may be just starting this effort while others may have already made good progress. Visit the “Goodbye Plastics” information sheet and challenge for each of use to participate in. Along with sharing Green Tips each week, our Environmental Justice Ministry has its own Facebook page for current Green Tip topics and sharing relevant climate and environment information. Everyone is invited to share thoughts and posts. Your ideas on eliminating plastic in our lives are welcome!! REDUCE REUSE RE-PURPOSE RECYCLE 
Baby/Child Dedication - Sunday. March 21, at 10:00 AM
Ours is a tradition that blesses and pledges our support to our children. To learn more visit here. If you have not had your child formally dedicated, and are a member at First Unitarian, please contact Rev. Shari. We would love to include your family!!
Congregational Meeting - Sunday, March 28 at 11:30 AM
The First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY, Board of Trustees voted at its January 11, 2021, meeting to call a Special Congregational Meeting (per Bylaws Section 4.3) for the first reading of three proposed bylaws changes. The meeting will be held via the same Zoom link as is used for worship services. Learn more here.
Green Tips - Go Green the Easy Way: 7 Simple Product Switches to Reduce Plastic Waste
Transitioning to more eco-friendly products can start small. Whether participating in your local recycling program or switching to LED light bulbs, your conservation efforts will add up and make a difference. Here are our (Better Homes & Gardens) favorite products that make going green painless:

  • Reusable Water Bottle: Swell Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  • The New Dryer Sheet: Reusable Wool Dryer Balls
  • Reusable Straw: Stainless Steel Reusable Straws
  • Our Favorite Eco-Friendly Disposable Diapers: Pampers Pure Protection Diapers
  • Compostable Utensils: Repurpose Compostables Utensils Combo Set
  • Refillable Dental Floss: Glass Dental Lace by Lucky Teeth
  • Produce Bags: Earthwise Reusable Mesh Produce Bags
In Case You Missed It!

  • March's Soul Matters Packet on Abiding Deeply is a great grounding in our Unitarian Universalist theology. Even if you're not in a Soul Matters group, be sure to check this one out.

  • The recent presentation by the Police Accountability Board, co-sponsored by our church and First Universalist, can be viewed here.

  • Last Sunday's Youth Group-led Worship service an be viewed here.
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.
First Unitarian Church of Rochester
Through spiritual connection in community, we

Listen deeply to others and ourselves
Open to wonder and transformation
Serve with love and humility
220 Winton Road South
Rochester, NY 14610