Our Electronic Outlook
January 31, 2014


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
Director of Music: 

 Bryan Holten

Contract Minister for Religious Education: 

 Lori Staubitz


Office Administrator: 
Kris White






         This Week's Service:         

Guest speaker Dick Gilbert will share with us on this day.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Identifying As a Muslim in America. Do you ever wonder what to say to Muslim people in your life? Come see a very short film about identifying as a Muslim in America, and see how our beliefs can coexist well. Generally, the world today sees Muslims as "untouchable", people are afraid to start a conversation with a Muslim, worrying where to start, or how politically sensitive it could end up. Instead, find out how to see Muslims as just your average Jane or Joe, and how Muslims will welcome you as new friends.  Sophia will present this group with the help of two local Muslim sisters. Bring any questions you may have. Facilitated by Sophia Fretter.
auction Auction Booklets 

Auction booklets are available online. Please visit the auction page on our website, or go to 

The Service Auction and luncheon is this Sunday, February 2, in the Clara Barton Lounge, immediately following the service.

This Week at First Universalist




February 1



SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge, 8 pm



February 2



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


SERVICE AUCTION, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am




February 3



Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm



February 5



Exploration of UU Theology, Adult Lounge, 10 am


Announcement Deadline, noon




February 6



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm


Thank you for keeping us updated, both when you schedule events and when you need to cancel one!  Please continue to do so. Send news of your events to
office@uuroc.org; or call 546-2826.



NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, February 9: Theodicy: the Problem of EvilEvil is a source of no small distress among religious liberals.  Where does the "bad stuff" come from and why can't (don't) we do more to combat it? Rev. Martha Munson


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, February 9:  How Big Box Stores Impact the Community They offer cheap prices, all-in-one shopping and consistency from store to store, but what are the costs of having big box stores in your community?  How do they impact local taxes,  governments, politics, services, education, employment, traffic, and community organizations?  What happens when a big box displaces a local business?  Can this trend be stopped? Facilitated by Dwight Montague.


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.


ARE YOU NEW TO FIRST UNIVERSALIST?  Have you come a few times and want to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation?  Then stop by the Welcome Table  in the Clara Barton Lounge during coffee hour.  You'll find friendly folks there every Sunday who are eager to talk with you!


FOOD INGATHERING: The monthly Food Ingathering is next Sunday, February 9. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected to benefit The Community Food Cupboard on Nester Street. There is a particular need for soup, canned vegetables, and mac & cheese.


THE BIG DAY HAS FINALLY ARRIVED!  Our annual service auction will be held today after the service in the Clara Barton Lounge.  A delicious lunch will be available while you sign in and get your bidder number- then let the bidding begin! If you didn't get a chance to look at our many offerings in the auction, we have extra booklets available for you.  Don't miss out on the fun- or our biggest fundraiser of the year!


PRINTED DIRECTORY: It's been some time since a printed directory has been published.  Before we do so, we want to be sure the information is accurate. We would like you to confirm, correct, or add your information by the end of February. Look for our master copy, along with directions, in the Clara Barton Lounge beginning January 12. Thanks for your help.


TRAIN FOR RAIHN (Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network) Please join all the wonderful volunteers who host temporarily homeless families at our church. Enjoy  meeting new people and working together as you provide a welcoming place to stay during our next RAIHN Week from February 23 to March 2.  Most volunteer spots are for a couple of hours. Step 1:  Attend the two-hour RAIHN volunteer training program on Tuesday, February 4th, from 6:30-8:30 PM at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 28 Lincoln Ave in Pittsford.  You will learn what the RAIHN program is all about as well as the skills you need to volunteer.  Step 2: Contact Chris DeGolyer (chrisdeg@frontiernet.net or 461-3616) to sign up for a volunteer spot during RAIHN Week. Questions? Ask Chris or Marti Eggers or Sarah Singal.


LADIES WHO LUNCH will meet on Thursday, March 6 at White Swans Asian Cafe at 798 Clinton Ave for authentic Asian Fusion, Chinese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai and Vietnamese food. Interested? See Marti Eggers, who will be coordinating this lunch.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR RECYCLING EFFORTS! To those of you who take out the recycling every week: your efforts are much appreciated. If you would like to help out too, there is a signup sheet on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge.  You can see Karen Dau for details, or reach her at selway@frontier.com.  Thanks again!


DISTRICT ASSEMBLY 2014: MARCH 28-29, ERIE PA: A  joint effort with the Ohio-Meadville District and the St. Lawrence District. District Assembly will take place at the Avalon Hotel and Convention Center, Erie, PA. Among our attendees, two may be designated as official delegates. If you would like to serve in this capacity, please contact Tom Williams at busterdawg_1947@yahoo.com For more information about the District Assembly visit: 


EASTMAN LUNCHTIME CONCERTS: Concerts are held on Thursdays in the sanctuary from 12:15 to 12:45, are free, and open to the public. 


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 rfitzgerald001@rochester.rr.com 225-0555,or Eileen Fernandez, eileenff2@yahoo.com.


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


Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia

Please submit e-Outlook articles to:  Office Administrator:
Kris White           
E-mail: office@uuroc.org