Our Electronic Outlook
April 12, 2013


First Universalist Church


First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY


150 South Clinton Avenue
(corner of Court St.)
Rochester, NY 14604



585.546.2826 office


minister's study
Rev. Martha Munson
[email protected]  
Director of Music: 

 Bryan Holten

Contract Minister for Religious Education: 

 Lori Staubitz

[email protected]  

Office Administrator: 
 [email protected]   






This Week's Service:
In Defense of 
'Spiritual but not Religious'

 Adam Frank, acclaimed book author, NPR commentator, and astrophysics professor at the University of Rochester will share with us on this day. The recipient of a Hubble Fellowship, Prof. Frank is an expert on stellar formation. His popular science writings include regular contributions to Discover and Astronomy magazines, and the books About Time: Cosmology and Culture at the Twilight of the Big Bang and The Constant Fire: Beyond the Science vs Religion Debate.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Expectations. "On a recent vacation to Toronto, there were several instances where I was disappointed over a number of things ranging from costs to inadequate services," David Damico said. "On reflection, my frustration was the result of my expectations caused either from lack of knowledge or poor planning. This is something I'd like to avoid in the future. In this discussion, I'd like to address expectations and how we deal with disappointment. Can adequate foresight lead to a more settled mind?"
First U building Renovation Updates

The work on the pews and floor did start on Monday April 1st as planned.  As of Wednesday April 10, the protection of the organ and piano was done, the old carpet had been removed and a strategy for the removal and re-installation of the pews was in development.  The complex task of repairing the pews has begun.
Regarding the lighting, the cabling is complete.  What is holding us up is a comprehensive strategy for the safety of those whose task will be to maintain these lights, i.e. replacing the bulbs and doing miscellaneous adjustments.
Holding the Thursday concerts and the Sunday services in the lounge is off to a good start thanks to the contributions of an ad-hoc committee with Dolores DaLomba, Tim Mullins and Karl Abbott.
For questions and comments, contact Alain Perregaux in person or at [email protected].

Unirondack Unirondack Scholarships


Unirondack is located in the western Adirondack Mountains in the midst of forever-wild forests. The main buildings of camp sit atop a hill overlooking beautiful Beaver Lake. Our performing arts center, boathouse and art shop, campfire circle, cookout area, athletic field and swimming beach sit directly at the water's edge.


Our enrollment is small relative to other chil�dren's camps, with approximately 20 counselors and 70 campers in each of our youth sessions, allowing counselors to provide personal attention to campers, creating a close-knit community. The exceptional young adults chosen to comprise our counseling staff receive professional training in leadership, program planning and implementation, conflict resolution, child development, safety and first aid, and methods of fostering an inclusive community.


Scholarships are available. For more detail, see Janet Perregaux and/or http://www.unirondack.org/.  Application deadline May 1, 2013.

  Kids Cartoon-y We Made a Difference! 

Thanks to the work of many advocates and members of faith communities around Rochester, including many of you who signed a letter last fall in support of child care subsidies for working families, the Governor and Legislature approved an increase of $3 million in funding for subsidies!  This is wonderful news to the families who, because of this assistance, will now be able to afford stable and safe child care.  And we all win in the end when the children do better in school and life because of their experiences in high-quality care early in their lives. 

On behalf of those children, THANK YOU! And please extend this gratitude to the Governor and legislators who approved this increase by making a quick "thank you" phone call or sending them a brief note; you can identify your legislators and find contact information at the following: Governor Cuomo - www.governor.ny.gov, Assembly member - www.nyassembly.gov and State Senator - www.nysenate.gov

This Week at First Universalist




April 13



Young People's AA Meeting, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge, 7 pm/Set-up, 8 pm/Meeting




April 14



Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Clara Barton Lounge, 10:30 am


Food Ingathering, Clara Barton Lounge, 10:45 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


Private Rehearsal, Choir Room, noon


Auction Dinner, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 pm




April 15



Paper Our Outlook Deadline, noon



April 16



Architect Meeting, Volunteer Office, 10 am


RAIHN Meeting, Clara Barton Lounge, 6:30 pm




April 17



Announcement Deadline, noon




April 18



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Lunchtime Concert, Clara Barton Lounge, 12:15 pm






NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, April 21: Is This a Great Congregation, or What?A celebration service about time, talent, and treasure shared. Rev. Martha L. Munson


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, April 21: Remember Haiti?  The country has faded from the headlines and TV screens since the 2010 earthquake, but its people are still struggling.  Shirley Bond will review a new book, Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti  by Amy Wilentz, an outstanding researcher who has lived there, and lead a discussion of Haiti and its proud people.


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION:Kids ages four and older join us every week in the sanctuary for the first portion of our worship service. Children's Worship begins after the Message for All Ages.  Nursery care for babies and younger children is provided throughout the service on the second floor.  We also have seating in our second floor foyer, where parents can hold their little ones and listen to the service via speaker.


FOOD INGATHERING is TODAY. Donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries, and paper goods will be collected to benefit The Food Cupboard on Nester Street.


STEWARDSHIP 2013: Love Will Guide Us "Hope inside us will lead the way.... " Pledge Sunday is NEXT WEEK!! We are aiming to have YOUR pledge in by the end of the service on Sunday- then we'll celebrate our generosity with cake and fellowship during coffee hour.  Our goals for next year are to search for a settled minister,  maintain our wonderful staff, enhance our RE program,  and more.  YOUR pledge, whatever the size,  is a critical part of these plans!  Please see Bill or Heather Jones for a pledge card or for more information. 


SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE (former Outreach Committee) will meet on Monday, April 22nd at 5:45PM in the volunteer room. We will discuss ways to gain greater community visibility for the social justice efforts we are currently involved in and others we can could join or initiative. Contact Eric Van Dusen at [email protected] for more info.


THE CHURCH LIBRARY BOOKSTORE  will have copies of the Rev. Richard Gilbert's newest meditation manuals, In the Holy Quiet and Thanks Be For These: Meditations on Life and Death, for sale following the Sunday services.  The bookstore also will have more copies of the Rev. George Tyger's War Zone Faith: An Army Chaplain's Reflections from Afghanistan.


RENOVATION UPDATE: Between April 1st and the end of June, the Sunday services and the Thursday noon concerts will be held in the Clara BartonLounge. 


BOOK GROUP: Sunday, April 21, in the Adult Lounge, at 12:15.  Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck.


UU LADIES WHO LUNCH: Tues, April 23, noon at India House, 998 S. Clinton Ave. There is a parking lot and also ample street parking. Contact Sarah: [email protected].


LUUNCH BUUNCH: Sunday, April 28 at India House, 998 Clinton Avenue South, at noon after the service.  Plenty of choices for vegetarians as well as omnivores.  All are welcome!


INTERNATIONAL BUFFET April 28 at 5:30.  sign-up  at church email Joyce Gilbert at [email protected].  $20 per person. 


SAINT LAWRENCE DISTRICT ASSEMBLY: April 26 & 27, Niagara Falls Convention Center. Keynote speaker is Rev. Peter Morales  Please contact Board Chair John Wellin at [email protected] for more information, and check out the event brochure at http://sld.uua.org.


RACIAL JUSTICE WORKSHOP: Sat, Apr 27 9am- 3 pm at DUPC, 120 N. Fitzhugh. $10 donation to cover lunch. Pre-registration is required, call Pat at 469-8249 or email [email protected] .


SCHOLARSHIPS are available for children and youth to attend Camp Unirondack this summer. Please see Janet Perregaus for details. Deadline for application is May 1


EASTMAN AT WASHINGTON SQUARE LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES Thursdays at 12:15 in the Clara Barton Lounge. The concerts are free and open to the public.


THE BOOKSTORE AND LIBRARY in the Clara Barton Lounge will be open during coffee hour for borrowing, browsing, and buying.


A CARING COMMITTEE REMINDER: When a family member enters the hospital, needs emergency meals, needs transportation to church, or wants home visits; please contact Ruth Fitzgerald [email protected] 225-0555,or Eileen Fernandez, [email protected] or 225-2301.


HEARING LOOP IN SANCTUARY: Please use the T setting on your hearing aid or see an usher for a receiver.


ROCHESTER AREA INTERFAITH HOSPITALITY NETWORK (RAIHN) is a non-profit organization of faith communities assisting homeless families in achieving sustainable independence. Every fifteen weeks, a faith community hosts RAIHN guests in their place of worship for one week. 


Our next RAIHN week starts on Mother's Day, and we can make a few mothers' lives better by providing a safe place for their families to stay. For volunteer opportunities during the week of May 12-19, 2013, please contact Chris DeGolyer at [email protected].   


Great men are they who see that spiritual  is stronger than any material force -- that thoughts rule the world. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Kris McCarty-White           
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