Our Electronic Outlook
November 29, 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: 
Kris White






This Week's Service:
While You Were Sleeping

Tom Williams relates his experiences working alternate work schedules and what he has taken away from his experiences.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Interfaith Experiences.  David Damico says that part of his identification as a UU brings to mind many instances of interfaith or inter-denominational sharing.  As UUs, we find our truths in many places. With the recent celebration of the 139th "Interfaith Thanksgiving Service" in Rochester, and as we approach a season of "good will to all," you are welcomed to discuss what your experiences with other faiths have brought to your UU identity.  David Damico will facilitate.
Christmas Giving


There are many ways to give at Christmas time. Two possibilities are to adopt a RAIHN family and to give toys to School 7. The details for the RAIHN family are below or ask Marti Eggers. Details for School 7 are not yet available; see Sarah Singal. And don't forget the mitten tree! Details for that will be in the December Outlook. Warm thanks to all.


Adopt a RAIHN Family for the Holidays - The holiday season is meant to be a time of peace and goodwill.  However, for many of our RAIHN families, this time of year can be difficult as they struggle to stretch their budgets to provide gifts for their children.  To "adopt" a family, individuals, families or groups choose the size family they wish to adopt.  They will then receive a profile of their "adopted" family with ages, sizes and a wish list.  If unable to adopt a family, gift cards would be welcome.  Deadline to "adopt" is December 16th.  If you are interested in adopting a family or providing gift cards for the holiday season, or if you have questions, please contact Marti Eggers.  Thank you!

This Week at First Universalist




November 30



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




December 1



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am




December 2



Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm




December 4



Announcement Deadline, noon





December 5



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, December 8: Just Be. In this sometimes frenetic season, it can be good to take some time to breathe and be, to remind ourselves of deeper things.  This is a quiet, meditative service of song and story.  Be refreshed in spirit. Rev. Martha L. Munson.


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, December 8: 12 Years a Slave.  Phil Ebersole will review the book, 12 Years a Slave, by Solomon Northrup and the movie based on it, then lead a discussion of the history of slavery and its legacy.


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. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected to benefit The Community Food Cupboard on Nester Street. There is a particular need for canned vegetables, soup, mac & cheese, and peanut butter.


CHOIR REHEARSALS in Preparation for Music Sunday (December 15). This year's theme is "Carols from Around the World."  Sat Dec 7, 5:00p-7:00p (Sanctuary), Sat Dec 14, 5:00p-7:00p (Sanctuary). All are welcome!


COOKIES: Cookies are needed for the reception after the Christmas Eve service. If you are able to bring a dozen cookies, please do! Contact Tom Williams.


THE 4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOPPE:  We're back! Check us out during coffee hour! Last year, your generous donations set a new record for the Shoppe and helped us make that line item in the Budget come true.


FIRST UNIVERSALIST RELIGIOUS EDUCATION PROGRAM could use your help!  We have openings for volunteers in all aspects of the program including teaching, program planning, nursery care and certain one-time projects.   We hope you will join us! Please contact Charlie Courtsal (gwincourt@frontiernet.net) if you are interested.


HELP IS NEEDED in the nursery Sundays. If you're interested, please contact Carol Williams at carollovesdolls@gmail.com.


THANK YOU one and all for the gifts of food for the Thanksgiving tables of some families at School 7. Do we do turkeys? Wow, yes! Just ask Jeannie Gloss how it's done.  And all the trimmings. It was absolutely wonderful!


CHRISTMAS GIVING: Opportunities to donate toys to the children of School 7  (see Sarah Singal.) and don't forget the mitten tree! Details for will be in the December Outlook. Warm thanks to all!


ADOPT A RAIHN FAMILY FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Individuals, families or groups choose the size family they wish to adopt.  They will then receive a profile of their "adopted" family with ages, sizes and a wish list.  If unable to adopt a family, gift cards would be welcome.  Deadline to "adopt" is December 16th.  If you are interested or if you have questions, please contact Marti Eggers.  Thank you!


DINE FOR RAIHN AT BENUCCI'S, then SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP at participating stores in Pittsford Plaza - this coming Tuesday, December 3rd, from 5 - 9 pm!  Benucci's will donate 20% of the dining tickets to RAIHN if you say that you are dining for RAIHN when you come in.  (Reservations are highly recommended; call 264-1300.)  Participating stores - One World Goods, Stefan Otter Jewelers and Hobby House Toys - will donate up to 20% of their Tuesday evening proceeds to RAIHN.


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.

Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. ~T.A. Barron
Please submit e-Outlook articles to:  Office Administrator:
Kris White           
E-mail: office@uuroc.org