Our Electronic Outlook
March 15, 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
Director of Music: 

 Bryan Holten

Contract Minister for Religious Education: 

 Lori Staubitz


Office Administrator: 






This Week's Service:    
Ministry Does

You are moving towards the search process for your next settled minister, a process that has evolved over time. Though you will select a team that you trust to do the nitty-gritty detail work, this process involves the whole congregation. Ministry is all that we do together - it is a verb. Rev. Priscilla Richter & Rev. Martha L. Munson
*The Reverend Priscilla Richter is serving the First Unitarian Society of Schenectady in her seventh year, and has been the Ministerial Settlement Representative for the St. Lawrence District for five years. In this work, she is coach, consultant, and cheerleader to the board and search committee throughout the process.  Please plan to stay after the service for questions and answers and to find out how you fit into this process.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Saying Goodbye.  David Damico's mother recently passed away. He said the weeks he spent with her as her health declined and the moment he looked into her eyes at the end has left a memory that he will cherish forever. What's your story of saying goodbye? Did the event bring you closer to family as his did? How did you experience the passing? Do you believe in angels, babies being born near the time of passing, a spiritual connection? Come share with us this insight and belief. David Damico will facilitate.

Virginia Durr Winton-Clinton 



 "Too Many Questions: An Evening With Virginia Durr" will be performed on Saturday March 23, 2013 at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester at 7:30 p.m. It takes place in Virginia Durr's Montgomery, Alabama home following the incarceration of Rosa Parks in 1955 for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white person. The play reveals the transformation of Mrs. Durr from a pampered southern belle to a civil rights activist. 

Tickets are available from Karen Dau, and will also be sold at the door.  Small treats are needed for the reception afterward. Please let Karen know if you're able to donate 

planned giving

Planned Giving


From time to time members and friends of First Universalist have been urged to "Remember the Church in your will", especially when we were about to approve a deficit budget. That some have has done much to lift the fiscal gloom which hung over this Congregation a generation ago.


A simple way of "remembering the Church" is through beneficiary designation on your IRA, retirement plan, or life insurance policy. This doesn't require a lawyer and may be changed whenever you wish. Examples might be "90% my spouse, 10% First Universalist Church", or Contingent 100% First Universalist, in case your Primary Beneficiary predeceases you. Treasurer Lauretta Young will be happy to provide any necessary tax identification number.


The Finance Committee


invitation Please join Lisa and Charlie as we celebrate two special birthdays with music, desserts and good times!

When:  Sunday evening, March 24 at 7 pm

Where:  Lounge of the First Universalist Church- 150 Clinton Ave. South
Enter the building from the East parking lot, off of Court Street

Plenty of on-street parking as well as parking in the Washington Square Garage.

Live Music by Taylor Buckley,  Perry Cleveland,  Paul Swiatek, our First Universalist Quartet and the "No Hell" players (recorder ensemble).

In lieu of gifts, please bring non-perishable food items for the food cupboard.


RSVP please (gwincourt@frontiernet.net)  So we'll know how many friends to expect.  :)

This Week at First Universalist




March 16



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




March 17


Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am




March 18



Paper Outlook Deadline, noon



March 20



Announcement Deadline, noon


Adult RE, Adult Lounge, 6:30 pm




March 21



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Lunchtime Concert, Sanctuary, 12:15





NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, March 24: As This Bill Sees It. After 25 years of sobriety what has this member of the congregation learned from attending all those A.A. meetings? Our speaker this morning will reflect on what he has learned about life in general and as a recovered alcoholic from attending those meetings. He will quote extensively from a book he has written on those same lessons. "Bill" (In accordance with the anonymity required of alcoholics at public gatherings, only first names should be used.)


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, March 24: Antifragile.  Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his book Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder, says that avoiding risk can be dangerous, avoiding stress can be unhealthy and maximizing efficiency can lead to collapse.  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion of these ideas.


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.


THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES voted unanimously to extend Rev. Munson's contract for a second year of interim ministry with us. We will be starting some of the preparations for the settled minister's search very soon...stay tuned for more details.


EASTER PLANTS: Please help decorate the sanctuary for Easter by ordering a plant for $9.  Becky Elwell and Ruth Fitzgerald are taking orders until March 24th.  Please specify whether you want to take the plant home with you after the Easter service or want to give it to a member of the home congregation. If you'd like to dedicate the plant in memory of or in honor of someone, we'll list his/her name in the Easter Sunday order of service. Also, if you'd like to deliver a plant to someone, we could use your help!


LUUNCH BUUNCH will gather on Sunday, April 28 at India House, 998 Clinton Avenue South, for their scrumptious buffet at noon after the service.  There are plenty of choices for vegetarians as well as omnivores.  All are welcome!


STEWARDSHIP 2013  "Love Will Guide Us." Get a jump start on stewardship!  Our 2013 Stewardship video has been released!  Find out how to pledge and how your dollars work at First Universalist.  Just go to our website, uuroc.org, to view it.  Happy viewing!


APRIL 21 IS STEWARDSHIP SUNDAY! After an inspiring worship service, we'll have cake and celebrate our shared commitment to our beloved community.  Don't miss it!


UU LADIES WHO LUNCH: Come one and all! Wednesday, March 27th at 12:00 noon at the Black and Blue Restaurant in Pittsford Plaza, 3349 Monroe Avenue. If you can attend, please contact Glenda Brayman at gkbrayman@frontiernet.net or at 585-586-9133.


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


SAINT LAWRENCE DISTRICT ASSEMBLY: April 26 & 27, Niagara Falls Convention Center. Keynote speaker is Rev. Peter Morales, the UUA President!  Please contact Board Chair John Wellin at jdweme@rit.edu for more information, and check out the event brochure at http://sld.uua.org


WINTON-CLINTON CO-PRODUCTION.  Tickets for this fundraiser "Too Many Questions: An Evening With Virginia Durr" are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $7 for students.  They can now be ordered online at http://www.showclix.com/event/TooManyQuestions or can be obtained from Karen Dau (selway@frontier.com) and Glenda Brayman.  The 7:30pm play performance at First Unitarian Church, 220 S. Winton on Sat. March 23 will be preceded at

7:00 by several selections from Glenda's vocal jazz trio Company B.


FINGER FOODS NEEDED FOR RECEPTION: Glenda and Karen are soliciting people who can contribute a dozen or so finger-food items for the reception following the "Winton-Clinton" play performance: cookies, mini muffins, petit-fours, small pastries, etc.


TRAIN FOR RAIHN: If you'd like to volunteer for RAIHN (Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network), consider attending the training session at Temple Sinai (363 Penfield Rd ) on Thursday, March 21st, from 7-9 PM. The session will cover how RAIHN works, why it's needed, who are the families we serve, and what you need to know to volunteer. Then you can use your new knowledge during First Universalist's Host Week, May 12-19, when we will host guest families who temporarily need housing. Questions? Ask Sarah Singal 261-3800), Marti Eggers (385-4342), or Christine DeGolyer (461-3616) or check www.raihn.org  

UU YOUTH WORK CAMP: July 7-13, Appalachian Folklife Center in Pipestem, WV http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/590-youthcamp2013


EASTMAN AT WASHINGTON SQUARE LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES Thursdays at 12:15 in the sanctuary. 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 rfitzgerald001@rochester.rr.com 225-0555,or Eileen Fernandez, eileenff2@yahoo.com or 225-2301.


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


Man is harder than rock and more fragile than an egg.  ~Yugoslav Proverb
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