Our Electronic Outlook
November 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

[email protected]  

Office Administrator: 
 [email protected]   






This Week's Service:
Beyond Categorical Thinking: 
The Van Gogh Caf´┐Ż

"The problem with stereotypes is not that they are wrong. The problem with stereotypes is that they reduce people to a single story." -Chimanda Adochie. We'll look at stereotypes and story in the context of our ministerial search.  Keith Kron, Director of Transitions at the UUA and Rev. Martha Munson.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Our Gridlocked Government.  What does it say about our American system that we have to worry about our government shutting down or not paying its bills?  Is there a better way?  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.
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Beyond Categorical Thinking Workshop

The Rev'd Keith Kron, Transitions Director for the UUA, will be at First Universalist on Saturday morning (9 - 12:30) to lead a workshop about your Search.  Ministers who are "looking" often talk with Keith about congregations.  So it is vitally important that Keith experience the strong, vibrant, engaged people that you are. So, please plan to attend.  Show him who you really are! 

Keith is my colleague, and I've attended many workshops that he's led; I can all but guarantee that he will be insightful and interesting. Your time will we well spent, in more ways than one! 

First U building

Survey Results


Curious about the results from the Congregational Survey you completed for the Ministerial Search? Your curiosity can be satisfied in several ways:


*   Check our church website under the MSC tab to view the survey charts in color: http://uuroc.org/wp-content/uploads/MSC-Survey-2013.pdf

*   Find the MSC section of the Clara Barton Lounge bulletin board to see a paper copy

*   Pick up a paper copy after the service


The results are intriguing.  You'll find surprises, affirmations, and puzzles.  Check the survey and see for yourself.

Thanksgiving Union Thanksgiving Service

The 139th Annual Rochester Area Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church (601 Edgewood Ave) on Thursday, November 28 at 11:00 am. 

This year's service is planned by representatives of the Baptist Temple, First Baptist Church of Rochester, First Baptist Temple of Penfield, Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, Islamic Center of Rochester, Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester, First Unitarian Church, First Universalist Church of Rochester, Temple Beth El, Temple B'rith Kodesh and Temple Sinai.

All are welcome!

piggy bank Thank you, thank you, for a successful Change Drive!  


The finance team sorted, rolled, and counted coins after the service last week.  The result?  Almost $600 was raised to support church programs!!  Thanks to all who brought in change, as well as participating finance members Lauretta Young, Dave VanArsdale, Paula Marchese, Ann Rhody, Bill Jones, and Dwight Montague.

This Week at First Universalist




November 9



Beyond Categorical Thinking, Clara Barton Lounge, 9 am


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




November 10



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


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


Beyond Categorical Thinking, Sanctuary, noon


RAIHN Host Week begins




November 11



RAIHN Host Week



November 12



RAIHN Host Week



November 13



Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 11 am 


Announcement Deadline, noon


Membership Committee Meeting, Off-site, 5:45 pm


RAIHN Host Week




November 14



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm



RAIHN Host Week



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 [email protected]; or call 546-2826.



NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, November 17: Why Can't We all Just Get Along? Or, Why Can't We all Just Behave Better? A service about professional aspirations and professional ethics, purchased by John Wellin at the Service Auction. Rev. Martha Munson.


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, November 17: Open forum discussion or topic to be announced.


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: TODAY, 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.


BEYOND CATEGORICAL THINKING: Rev. Keith Kron, director of UUA Transitions (formerly Ministerial Settlement), will hold a workshop titled Beyond Categorical Thinking after the service in the sanctuary today, to prepare us for our new settled minister.  All are invited!


LUUNCH BUUNCH gathers at Napa Wood Fired Pizzeria, 573 S.  Clinton Ave., at 12:15 next Sunday, November 17.  We're on the upper level.  Parking in rear.  Order from brunch or pizza menu. Want a ride?  Contact the Gilberts at 244-7403.  All are welcome!


FRIDAY NIGHT COZY SUPPER: Friday, November 22 5:30 pm. The topic is based on Principle #2 "Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations". Sign up on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge.


BOOK GROUP will meet on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 12:15 PM in the adult lounge.  The book chosen for this month is, "The View from Castle Rock", by Alice Munro, the 2013 Nobel prize winner in Literature.  All are invited to come and join in (or just listen to)  the discussion.


THANK YOU, thank you, for a successful Change Drive!  The finance team sorted, rolled, and counted coins after the service last week.  The result?  Almost $600 was raised to support church programs!!  Thanks to all who brought in change, as well as participating finance members Lauretta Young, Dave VanArsdale, Paula Marchese, Ann Rhody, Bill Jones, and Dwight Montague.


THANKSGIVING SERVICE: The 139th Annual Rochester Area Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held Thursday, November 28 at 11 am at Our Lady Queen of Peace, 601 Edgewood Ave. All are welcome.


SCHOOL 7 FOOD DRIVE: Donations of frozen turkeys, boxes of mashed potatoes, boxes of stuffing, canned gravy, canned corn, canned cranberry sauce, canned yams, mini marshmallows, cooking oil, flour, sugar, rice, pasta and sauce, vegetable oil are needed. Please contact Sarah Singal.


THE 4TH ANNUAL HOLIDAY SHOPPE:  We're back Sunday, November 24 selling gift items: some repeats (Books from Rev. Gilbert, bookmarks from Mary Louise Gerek). But we need more donations:  think re-gift (it's been in the back of your linen closet and never used); think of your own special craft-knitting, silk screening, etc.  If you can donate or want to help as a Sunday Shoppe seller, contact Paula Marchese at [email protected] , or snag her at 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 ([email protected]) if you are interested.


HELP IS NEEDED in the nursery on Sunday mornings. Please contact Carol Williams at [email protected]

RECYCLING: If you are willing to help with the church endeavor, please let Karen Dau know.  Your help is so appreciated!


COFFEE HOUR: The generous array of foods enjoyed each Sunday along with the coffee are an essential part of our Sunday service together.  A gentle reminder that monetary donations to MOCHA during the coffee hour are gratefully accepted.  Can we depend upon your support?  And we continue to look for two more people to help once every 6 or 7 weeks.


RAIHN TRAINING: If you haven't trained for RAIHN yet, please consider attending the new streamlined training on Tuesday, November 19th, from 7-9 PM at the First Unitarian Church at 220 S. Winton Rd, Rochester. No registration needed, just show up!


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 [email protected] 225-0555,or Eileen Fernandez, [email protected].


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

Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have. ~Margaret Mead

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Kris McCarty-White           
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