Upcoming Virtual Worship Services
Sunday, May 03
Worship service at 10:00 AM!
with Children's Worship at 9:30 AM!

Sunday, May 10
Worship service at 10:00 AM!
with Children's Worship at 9:30 AM!

Meet meet us online (live-captioning also available there), or if you do not have access to the internet, call 646-876-9923,
and use meeting ID #5852719070
Stewardship Campaign is Ending - Have You Pledged?
If you have not yet pledged, please do so TODAY. Our campaign is drawing to a close and we need to turn our sights toward building a budget for next year. A huge thank you to those who have already pledged for 2020-21! Go here to pledge now. Questions? Contact Kim Joy
Gratitudes, Joys and Sorrows
Our hearts are with the family of Elizabeth “Betty” Habach McCallum , who passed away on April 21.

We were saddened to learn of the death of former staff member David Chamberlain , who worked as a Sunday sexton at our church for many years. Our hearts go out to his family.  

Our hearts are with Valera D’Esopo whose husband, Robert D’Esopo , passed away on April 23.

“To live in hearts that love is not to die.”
Care of our community is our first priority right now. If you are ill, have been hospitalized, have decided or are ordered to self-quarantine and need food or other supplies, or are simply worried about how you will respond to these needs, please reach out to Rev. Bob and our pastoral care team at Caring@RochesterUnitarian.org or 585-270-0851 .

Have You Lost Your Job? Revs. Shari & Bob ask that if you’ve lost your job please let the ministers know, via a note to Caring@RochesterUnitarian.org or phone call to the Pastoral Care line: 585-270-0851 . Whether you’d want a moment of nourishment for your soul or spirit, a friendly voice on the line, or need to talk about financial assistance, please don’t hesitate. Also, if there is enough interest we may create an online session for congregants in this situation to gather.
Our 2020-21 Candidates for Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee
Announcing Our 2020-21 Candidates for Board of Trustees and Nominating Committee: Our Board of Trustees nominees are: Lynn Kinsman , Jon Horne , Mara Sanchez , Gregory North (President), Robert Lyubomirsky (Treasurer) , Barb de Leeuw (Moderator). Our Nominating Committee nominees are: Danette Johnson and Maren Kyle. There will be an opportunity to meet the candidates after worship on Sunday, May 17 via Zoom.  Click here for more information on each candidate.
This Week's News and Reminders
A new month means a new worship theme! May's worship theme is Nurture Generations . Click here to read Rev. Shari's take on how we are called to nurture generations, followed by this month's Soul Matters Packet.

A Note on Zoom Security: Last week before the children's service and then again during the adult service, mischief makers--to use the most generous term-- interrupted our gathering with the intention of being offensive. The worship team and our volunteer ushers responded quickly to minimize this disruption and violation of our sacred gathering. We will continue to monitor and strengthen our practices and Zoom has and is constantly updating their security measures. Here are some guidelines about what you can expect and what we need from you to help keep our gatherings both safe and inclusive: 
  • Please use your name so that ushers can identify you easily upon entry
  • Please refrain from using the "Gallery" view and use the "Speaker" view to limit the possibility of your family viewing inappropriate material
  • We will be limiting the open chat option to certain segments in worship; you will however, be able to chat with the hosts. 
  • Our ushers and multiple co-hosts have roles in screening and responding to intrusions; if you are accidentally disconnected and cannot log back in, please accept our apologies in advance! This likely will not happen, but if it does, call in or use another device to rejoin the same gathering. 
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we are trying to be as welcoming to visitors as we can without making it less friendly for our members to access!
Are you between the ages of 18 and 35 and looking for spiritual connection with your peers? The UU Young Adult Group is meeting over Zoom on Friday, May 1 at 6:30pm . If you are interested, please email Enri or Jenna .
Elder Tree , held each Saturday at noon, is a virtual gathering hosted by Rev. Libby Moore which features a different elder member of our congregation each week. This Saturday, May 2 , join us as longtime member David Friedman shares some stories from his life. The following Saturday, Ellie Stauffer will be our featured guest. Zoom link

Thinking about Membership? Want to know more about what it means to be a member? Please join us for UU 201 after worship this Sunday May 3 at 11:30am . UU 201 offers the information you need to discern whether you are ready to make the commitment of membership and what joining involves. We will meet via Zoom . No sign-up needed. New Member Joining Weekend will be May 16 and 17 so please come to UU 201 if you are interested in joining then. If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact Shannan Foos .
First Unitarian Buddhist Fellowship: Silent Meditation, Mondays at 7:00pm: Free, 40 minute unguided meditation sessions followed by conversation in community with others. All levels and drop -ins welcome, No registration required. For the online password protected access, please email  here .
Calls to Action
To everyone who saw Harley’s announcement for the UU EcoChallenge 2020  during service last Sunday and thought,  “That’s so cool, I should join in!” , now is your time to get started !  The theme for this week is: Food! Join us this week as we strive for more sustainable methods of food preparation and limiting food waste! The challenge runs from April 19 to May 31, and is built to inspire us towards Climate Action by  educating  us on issues surrounding climate change, spreading  awareness  of what we can do to help, and  empowering  us to do it! Join the action at  here. You can reach out to Harley with comments or questions. It’s going to take all of us together to change the world!
The Immigration Ministry is still coordinating the Mask Making project. This week we delivered to Volunteer Legal Services Project. Those masks will go to the migrant farm-workers. There is still a great need for masks and mask making materials. Please join us! And a big thanks to all the people who have helped. It has been a nice church activity. Call Bob Ames (585-236-3523) or Mary Hammele (585-322-2439) or email us.
Brighton Food Cupboard Request:    With the church no longer getting actual food donations for the food cupboard, why not substitute cash donations? You can participate by making out a check each week to the Brighton Food Cupboard, with “First Unitarian Church donation” on the memo line, and mailing it to Jewish Family Service of Rochester, 441 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607, their sponsor. Contact person: Alison Wilder , 585-342-2459.
In Case You Missed It

Last week's State of First (U)nion!
Recently featured in Rochester's Democrat & Chronicle , church member Gretchen Volk wrote a piece about her time volunteering in a Covid unit in a hospital in Brooklyn. Check it out here!

Sheila Schuh shared some thoughts on Resiliency with us this week in this week's Tuesday church check in !
Missed a recent worship service? Check out First Unitarian’s YouTube Channel (and while you’re there, please click on subscribe!), where you will find recordings of recent Children’s Worship and regular Sunday Worship services. We will upload new videos weekly.   
Looking for daily connection? We are gathering at noon each day Monday-Saturday for a drop-in hour in our main Zoom space. This Saturday: Elder Tree hosted by Rev. Libby Moore (this Saturday features David Friedman , Mondays: TBA, Tuesdays with Rev. Shari, Wednesdays with Will Hayes , Thursdays with Thommy , Fridays: TBA. Connect via Zoom . You can also listen in by calling 646-876-9923 (Meeting # 5852719070).

Also join us each Wednesday at 7:00pm for Touchstone Vespers!
If you’ve never used Zoom before, feel free to call our Zoom Help Hotline - 585-250-0610, Wednesday-Friday between 2:00-5:30 PM . If you need a quick training on how to connect to any of these, please do reach out via the tech helpline during the hours listed above – we’d love to have you join us!