Our Electronic Outlook
March 8, 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

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Office Administrator: 
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This Week's Service:      
Universalism for a New Day

Universalism was founded a faith of an all-loving deity.  Or, as one wag observed, it was a church with "soft seats and no hell".  What might this mean in our time? Rev. Martha L. Munson

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Violence and Mental Illness.  In the light of all the gun-death tragedies this past year, psychological issues have not been covered as well as gun ownership issues.  Janet Perregaux will help us explore the traits and behavioral characteristics that may tell us over time what to watch for in people who are having difficulties in their lives that might in time tempt them to violence against themselves or others.
history scroll
History Project

The Interactive History Project is tomorrow, Saturday, March 9, at 10 am in the Clara Barton Lounge. Please join the Transition team and Martha to consider the place of our congregation's story.
First U building

Interim Ministry 


It is with extreme pleasure that I share the news that the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to extend Rev. Munson's contract for a second year of interim ministry with us. As you know, interim ministry is typically a two-year journey where the congregation and the interim minister work together to address concerns and build foundations for the eventual search for a settled minister. 


We have made a great deal of progress, and look forward to the continuing journey as it unfolds in the second year. We will be starting some of the preparations for the settled minister's search very soon...stay tuned for more details.


--John Wellin, on behalf of the Board of Trustees


Spring Forward
Spring Forward

Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday, March 10 at 2 am. 

Remember to set your clocks AHEAD one hour before you go to bed Saturday night.  
Connie Valk's mother died on Saturday March 2nd.  Many of you will remember Anna Hurst's presence with Connie at First Universalist.  Services will be in the summer in PA.  We send our sympathy to Connie and her brothers.  

This Week at First Universalist




March 9



Interactive History Project, Clara Barton Lounge, 10 am


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




March 10


Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Food Ingathering, Sanctuary, 10:45 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


LUUnch BUUNch, Off-site, noon




March 13



Announcement Deadline, noon


Adult RE, Adult Lounge, 6:30 pm




March 14



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Lunchtime Concert, Sanctuary, 12:15


Building Bridges, Clara Barton Lounge, 6:30 pm





NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, March 17: Ministry DoesYou 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


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, March 17: 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.


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.


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 March 10 at Dac Hoa, 230 Monroe Avenue at noon after the service.  The prices on the menu are modest; the food is yummy.  There are also over a dozen vegetarian options.  All are welcome!


STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN 2013: LOVE WILL GUIDE US  It's #131 in the grey hymnal (check it out!), and it's the theme of this year's stewardship campaign! From now through Stewardship Sunday, April 21, we'll be celebrating the ways that love guides us in our care for the church, one another,  and the wider community.  We welcome Heather and Bill Jones as this year's stewardship co-chairs. 


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 [email protected] 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 [email protected] 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 ([email protected]) 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.


IN THE HOT SEAT: GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE AND ITS EFFECT ON US: Rochester Interfaith Impact of NYS holds its annual legislative briefing at Temple Sinai, 363 Penfield Road, Sunday, March 10, from 2-4 pm. For information call Judy Schwartz 585-442-5111 or Dick Gilbert 585-244-7403.


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 [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.


To connect with the great river we all need a path, but when you get down there there's only one river. ~Matthew Fox
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