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HAPPENING THIS SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2021


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

Worship Service at 10:00 AM
Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan, preaching

Connection & Conversation at 11:00 AM
Stick around after the service to casually connect with others - say hello to a member of our sibling church visiting this month and to someone new!

UU 101 Class at 11:30 AM
New-ish to us? If you're wanting to learn more about our church and faith, this is the drop-in class for you! Use this Zoom link to connect. Questions? Reach out to Shannan Foos.

A special welcome to our sibling church - Pullman Memorial Universalist Church in Albion, NY, joining our services throughout the month of January. We are enriched by your presence!
Our church's main Zoom link, for all Worship Services, Wednesday night programs, and Elder Tree on Saturdays. No internet? Call 646-876-9923 and enter meeting ID #5852719070.
SAVE THE DATE!
Rev. Shari's Installation at First Unitarian!
On Sunday, January 31 at 10:00 AM there will be a very special service: The Installation of our called lead minister, Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan. Originally scheduled as an in-person service in March 2020, this special ceremony is an important spiritual acknowledgement and demonstration of commitment for both the called minister and their congregation. Let’s all be there!
JANUARY THEME: EMBRACING ACCOUNTABILITY
In this first month of the new year, our Worship theme invites us to explore Embracing Accountability. Our services and small groups will delve into this throughout the month. Check out the January Soul Matters packet. Interested in joining one of our Soul Matters groups? We'd love to have you. Reach out to Rev. Margalie for more information and to get connected.
EVENTS THROUGH JANUARY 16
Elder Tree - Saturday, January 9 at 12:00 PM
This week's Elder Tree welcomes Colleen Hurst, one of our church historians, to tell the story of her own life. All are welcome to join us in our our main Zoom room. If interested in being a future guest, contact Libby Moore.

Wednesday Night Programming: UU 101 - Wednesday. January 13 at 7:00 PM
Each Wednesday at 7:00 PM, we offer mid-week programming! Next Wednesday, Membership Coordinator Shannan Foos will lead UU 101. If you're new to us, this is a great class to take to learn more about our church and the Unitarian Universalist faith. If you've been with us a while, it's a great refresher and we'd love to hear about your first experiences with the church (UU101 of yester-year). If you have a friend or family member who has asked you, "Hey what's that church/faith all about, anyway?" - invite them along! All are welcome to join us in our main Zoom Room.
 
The Non-Fiction Book Club - Thursday, January 14 at 3:00 PM
This month’s selection is The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. A winner of the National Book Award, the book explains how the foundations of today’s secular scientific thoughts have their origins in the Renaissance. All are welcome to attend. For further information and the zoom link, please contact Jo Cone.

Free, online Guided Meditation Series - starts Thursday, January 14
Start out the new year cultivating calm and centeredness. Online classes will be held on Thursdays at 3:00 PM and 5:30 PM. January 14, 21 and 28. Beginning meditators welcome. Questions or to sign up, email Rev. Joy Collins or call/text 585-749-0695. There is no cost and space is limited.

Starting Point - January 16 from 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM (with a one hour lunch break)
A virtual meeting, this class is for newcomers and seasoned members alike! Want to join a Soul Matters group? Or Wellspring? Or delve deeper at First Unitarian Church of Rochester? Take part in Starting Point, an in-depth look at Unitarian Universalism, First Unitarian Church history, our community, and your own personal beliefs. Please contact Shannan Foos to register by January 10.
Our online events calendar lists all of our upcoming events that are open to the public.

PASTORAL CARE NEWS
We are saddened to share the news of the passing of long time and beloved member Doug Evans. Our deepest condolences go out to his wife Betty Evans and their large extended family. Many church members have expressed their sense of loss, concern and need for connection with Doug's family at this time. A Memorial service will be held live online via Zoom on Saturday, January 16 at 7:00 PM (EST). If you don't have internet, you can still join via phone: Call 646-876-9923, and enter meeting ID #5852719070.

We also join our hearts and send condolences to church member David Ryder who’s father, John Speed Coombs, passed away due to Covid complications this week.

In care and remembrance, we announce that former member Th. Emil Homerin passed away on December 26, 2020. His wife, Nora Walter, is a past president of our congregation.
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.
CALLS TO ACTION & OTHER REMINDERS
Environmental Justice Ministry's (EJM) Green Tip
Part of EJM's mission is to challenge us in ways to REDUCE our disposable consumables by providing helpful tips and ideas to be useful to our Earth. Would you like to shorten your grocery list, save some money and reduce your ecological footprint? With a 2021 resolution to REDUCE our consumerism, Earth 911 offers tips such as four ways to re-think our use of trees, dryer sheets, plastic bags, disposable razors and more. Visit them to read and see more Green Tip suggestions. REDUCE REUSE RE-PURPOSE RECYCLE

Our work is made possible by your support
If you are a pledging member or friend and would like to make a payment towards your pledge, you can do so easily online using Simple Church. If you're not a member and you'd simply like to make a one-time online donation, please use Simple Give. We are truly grateful for every donation made!

Letter from our Congregational President
In case you missed it, here is last week's letter to the congregation from Gregory North.

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.