Our Electronic Outlook
October 4, 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: 
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This Week's Service:
God Is Not God's Name

Whether in its masculine or feminine form, any name for god is just too small. THIS IS BRING A FRIEND SUNDAY, PLEASE DO SO. I'll try my best not to disappoint. J Rev. Martha L. Munson. 

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Children's Sabbath. Beating Swords into Plowshares: Ending the Violence of Guns and Child Poverty is the theme of the 22nd annual Children's Sabbaths observance, a time to remember children and our responsibility to keep them safe and growing.  Ten-year-old Jack Sullivan, the Founder of Catherine's Peace Team, upon the death of his cousin Catherine, a first grader in Sandy Hook Elementary, quickly organized a team of young children and adult friends dedicated to keeping Catherine's memory and her love of animals alive.  Let the children lead the way!  Elizabeth Osta will facilitate. (As part of First Universalist observance of Children's Sabbath, our social justice plate on Oct. 20th will be for an animal sanctuary being built in Catherine's memory.)

magnifying glass From the Ministerial Search Committee:

Cottage Meetings? Isn't the Survey enough information?


The answer is "no". The word "cottage" conjures up the words "small and comfy". Discussion in small, informal groups generates different ideas from the data gathered from surveys and large group gatherings.  That's why the Ministerial Search Committee (MSC) is eager to gather your collective thoughts within Cottage Group Meetings in order to help determine the qualities we want in the best candidate for settled minister.

Sign up by contacting the 'host" for the meetings! 




Places (all in the City of Rochester)

Saturday 10/5

7-8:30 PM

Home of Lisa Gwinner, 11 Greenview Drive

[email protected]


Sunday 10/6

12-1:30 PM

First Universalist Church

Sarah Singal [email protected]


Monday 10/7

5:30-7 PM

First Universalist Church (pizza supper)

John Wellin [email protected]


Friday 10/11

1-2:30 PM

Home of Dolores DaLomba, 96 Vermont Street

[email protected]


Sunday 10/13

12-1:30 PM

First Universalist Church

Dolores DaLomba [email protected]


Tuesday 10/15

5-6:30 PM

Home of Tom Ruganis, 225 Highland Parkway

[email protected]


Thursday 10/17

7:30-9 PM

Home of Chris DeGolyer, 256 Berkeley Street

[email protected]



Cozy Friday Night Suppers


Join us for the first fall Cozy Friday Night Suppers with Faith Development on October 25, 5:30 to 7:30 PM.  Supper, with a vegan option, is provided.  All sessions this year will be based on the Seven Principles of the UUA.  


Come, deepen your understanding of that pesky Principle #1: We affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  Sign up on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge, or contact Connie Valk [email protected] or 585-467-3191.

RAIHN2 Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN) Host Week 


The skies are blue, and leaves are turning many colors. It's a beautiful time of year, but nights are growing cooler, and some families don't have a place to live. Let's help them out during our RAIHN Week at First Universalist Church from November 10-17. 


You can now add yourself to the RAIHN Week schedule online through Volunteer Spot, or contact Chris DeGolyer.


This Week at First Universalist




October 5



Leadership Assembly, Clara Barton Lounge, 9:30 am


Cottage Meeting, Off-site, 7 pm


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




October 6


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


Cottage Meeting, RE Room 31, noon


House Committee Meeting, RE Room 34, noon


Path to Membership, Adult Lounge, 12:15 pm


Renovation Dinner, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 pm




October 7



Cottage Meeting, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 pm


Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm




October 9



Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 11 am


Announcement Deadline, noon


Membership Committee Meeting, Volunteer Office, 5:45 pm




October 10



e-Outlook Deadline, noon



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, October 13: So What Are You Coming Here For? This week if it's for a catchy title or engaging topic, perhaps you will stay home. I hope not.  I think that there are lots of reasons for you to be "present and accounted for" regardless of what's in it for you.  I'll be here; please join me. Rev. Martha L. Munson.


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, October 13: Behind the Kitchen Door.  Most of us eat in restaurants, but we don't know what goes on behind the kitchen door-what workers are paid, what their conditions are, how immigrants and people of color are treated, how many come to work sick.  Shirley Bond will lead a discussion based on Saru Jayaraman's book, Behind the Kitchen Door.


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


BROCKPORT ECUMENICAL OUTREACH COMMITTEE (BEOC), a faith-based organization serving migrant and seasonal farm workers, will have an information table in coffee hour this Sunday. The Brockport UU is an active member of this organization. You will have an opportunity to donate to BEOC during the plate offering in November.


FALL ORIENTATION SERIES: We'll begin on October 6 by watching and discussing Voices of a Liberal Faith, a DVD about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist.  On October 20, Reverend Munson will lead the group in discussing where each of us has come from theologically, and where we see ourselves today.  On November 3, we'll talk about our strengths and talents, involvement in the church community, and how we, as your church community, can help and support you on your faith journey. They will start at 12:15 and last for about an hour. Childcare will be provided. So please join us for one or all of these sessions.  All are welcome! Contact Nancy at [email protected].


BREAD SUNDAY: October 20th. Members are encouraged to bring their favorite home-made bread to share during coffee hour.  MOCHA will provide the butter, jellies, jams, cream cheese to enrich the offerings.  If you will provide bread for this service, please let Bill or Becky Elwell know of your offering. 


FALL CLEAN-UP DAY has been scheduled for Saturday October 19, starting at 9:00 AM.  There will be all kinds of cleaning, fixing, painting, etc. jobs to be completed.  Bring along your favorite tools or products.  Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be provided.  Much socializing fun will also be part of the agenda.  For more information, contact the church office or Alain Perregaux at [email protected] (654-5794).


THE NOMINATING COMMITTEE is seeking 4 candidates who would like to attend the Annual Meeting of the New York State Convention of Universalists (NYSCU)  to be held  October 25-26, 2013 at St Paul's Universalist Church in Little Fall, NY.  Please contact Tom Williams at [email protected] if you are interested.    


RECYCLING: It is gratifying to see signups for the new recycling initiative. There are 3 easy steps: 1) take home the green bins in the office and kitchen; 2) leave them on the curb on your pickup day, or take them to your recycling center; and 3) return the empty bins. For questions, see Karen Dau. Thanks so much!


RAIHN HOST WEEK:The skies are blue, and leaves are turning many colors. It's a beautiful time of year, but nights are growing cooler, and some families don't have a place to live. Let's help them out during our RAIHN Week at First Universalist Church from November 10-17. You can now add yourself to the RAIHN Week schedule online through Volunteer Spot, or see Chris DeGolyer today during coffee hour.


ST. LAWRENCE DISTRICT WOMEN AND RELIGION is hosting the Fourth Annual Women's Spirituality Conference on October 11-12 at the First UU Society of Syracuse. For more information about the conference and to register, please visit our website at: www.slduuwr.org. Call or email Jody Brown at (315) 476-0447 or [email protected].


PEACE VIGIL: Weekly, Sunday Noon-to-1 PM, at Goodman Street & East Ave. Your choice of peaceful signs to hold, if you will.  Just show up or contact Hal Bauer.


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: Cameron Communities Ministries, 48 Cameron St, Tuesdays 9 am -1 pm in the clothing house. Please contact Eleanor Siegfried 465-0324.


EASTMAN LUNCHTIME CONCERTS will resume Thursday, October 13. Concerts are held 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] or 225-2301.


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

A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be.  ~Douglas Pagels
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Office Administrator:
Kris McCarty-White           
E-mail: [email protected]