Join us next Sunday
Oct. 31, 2021
Combined Sunday Services
at 10am with First Unitarian:

First Universalist's annual Remembrance Sunday, honoring all who have died in our lives. This service will feature earth-based stories and rituals of grief as well as a litany of remembrance. To have the name of your loved one who has passed in the last year included in the litany, please email it to Rev. Lane at by Tuesday, October 26. If attending in-person, plan to bring a picture or a memento of a loved one for a collective grieving altar built together in the Sanctuary.

Our church community will have both an in-person outdoor option with our sibling church, First Unitarian, as well as an online option over Zoom. People are invited to mask for our outdoor in-person worship services.

Speakers: Re. Lane Campbell, Rev. Shari Halliday-Quan,
and Rev. AJ van Tine

First Universalist will be worshipping in a hybrid format through the end of October at 10am.

Via phone:
Dial 646-876-9923,
and enter the
Meeting ID: #585 271 9070
We are asking folx who plan to attend in-person to RSVP. Here's the link to RSVP:
Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion: Open Topics
So much going on. Is there something on your mind that you would like to share and unpack? Or would you just like to be together in community, listen and ponder? Drop-In Discussions are virtual! We meet on Tuesday nights from 6:30-7:30pm. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link, or click the Zoom meeting link on the title of this blurb!

Wednesdays | Midweek Meditation
Weekly Midweek Meditation sessions are back up each Wednesday at 11:30am! On second Wednesdays, an extra half hour of sharing and meditation will follow the traditional format. A time to connect for deep breathing, meditation, singing, and silence. Look on the First Universalist homepage for details and a link!

Oct. 25 | The Naming Ceremony of the Civil Rights Heritage Site
Grab your friends and join us at Baden Park at 5:30pm! Located at 525 Upper Falls Blvd. Our own Civil Rights Park, commemorating the lives of local civil rights activists, will allow the Black community to find its own voice, in the telling of its own story. To be built in Baden Park in commemoration of the struggles and achievements of the local African American community, beginning with the work of Frederick Douglass up to the ongoing civil rights movement. The Civil Rights Heritage Site is a collaboration between the City of Rochester and the Black Community Focus Fund. We hope to see you there!

Oct. 31 | Mujeres Divinas Supply Drive
This past Sunday, after church there was a showing of the short movie After I Pick the Fruit and discussion with Mujeres Divinas, an organization of female immigrant workers. This Sunday 10/31 the 6-8th graders are hosting a drive for requested items.
  • hygiene items
  • gently used clothing
  • shoes
  • winter gear
Donation box is located in the First Unitarian lobby. Contact with questions.

Nov. 6 | Leadership Assembly: New Date!
Are you a current church leader or perhaps a future church leader? Please plan to attend First Universalist’s annual Leadership Assembly on Saturday morning, November 6 from 9am to noon. (This date is different than previously announced to avoid conflicting with NYSCU’s annual meeting.) While our bylaws define leaders as committee chairs, your Board of Trustees welcomes a broader definition and seeks to nurture future leaders. We invite you to identify as a leader and come!

Can you help the garden committee?
As you tidy up your garage or gardening corner, maybe you could help out the church gardens. Do you have any extra mulch, seasoned compost, soil, or potting soil? Any extra lumbar for repairing or rebuilding our raised beds? Any large planters? And any plants that need thinning? We could use some asters, purple cone flowers, butterfly weed, or late blooming cranesbill geraniums, late blooming anemones, hardy chrysanthemums. Contact us at Thanks!

From the Finance Team: Giving during our combined services with First Unitarian
During our joint services, the plate collection will be managed by our friends at First Unitarian. They will handle the joint social justice plate offerings (listen for announcements about which organizations are the recipients). We very much appreciate First Unitarian’s hospitality, and for regular Sundays, we have offered (and they gratefully accepted) to have the whole cash plate donation go to them to assist with their expenses (including the rental of the tent).
If you would like to make pledge payments or plate donations directly to First Universalist, please mail a check to the church, or give online at Please do not place checks for First Universalist in the plate at our joint services, as those may not get to us in a timely fashion. Thanks so much!
-Ann Rhody, Finance Committee Chair

Small Group Ministry Openings: Opportunities for Connection
Small Group Ministry is designed to foster connection, caring, spiritual growth and development, and to strengthen the fabric of our church community by exploring various topics.

Participants commit to attending a series of about six sessions. Sometimes, individuals continue with the same group for longer periods of time. Each group is led by a trained facilitator and will meet either via Zoom or outside in someone's yard.

Three of our Small Group Ministry groups have openings for new members starting immediately!
  • 1st and 3rd Wednesdays at 7pm
  • Every other Monday at 1pm
  • Every other Thursday at 7pm

Interested in joining a group? Take a look at the description on our website ( under the “Connect” tab, and complete the survey regarding your interest and availability. Email questions to Rev. Michelle at
Joys & Sorrows
Please send your Joys and Sorrows to be read at our Sunday Worship service to

Note: When you email a joy or sorrow to us, you are giving us permission to read it aloud at our Sunday service and possibly publish it in this weekly email. Thank you!
To submit an item for 'This Week' at First Universalist
please e-mail it to: 
(no later than noon on Wednesday of the week prior to publication)

Rev. Lane Campbell,

Rev. Michelle Yates,
Minister of Life Span Faith Development
(585) 310-2484

Brock Tjosvold,
Director of Music

Emma Barry,
Office Manager
150 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826 |