Join us next Sunday
November 14, 2021
This sermon began with a postcard from Missoula, Montana, and was “written” by three transcendent souls. I have a concern to share with you. It is about survival – spiritual and global.

Speaker: Rev. Dr. Richard Gilbert

Please only attend in-person if you have been fully vaccinated. We also ask that anyone attending in-person wear a mask and socially distance from others.

Via Zoom:

Via phone:
Dial 1-646-558-8656,
and enter the
Meeting ID: 131-764-422
Worship Service Video from 11/7/21
Here We Are (Again)
with Rev. Lane Campbell
Upcoming Events &
Additional Announcements
Tuesdays | Drop-In Discussion: Community Issues and the NYS Legislature
NYS Assemblywoman Sarah Clark has represented our area (136th LD) for almost a year now, and serves us on the following Legislative Committees: Aging, Children and Family, Higher Education, Local Governments, and Small Business. How do our anti-racism concerns fit in? Sarah will share her experiences with us courtesy of our FIRE Team. 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, we hold an extended Midweek Meditation, with 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!

Book Discussion | Next Sunday at Noon
Just a reminder that the book “Language of Flowers” by Vanessa Diffenbaugh will be discussed at Noon next Sunday in the rear of the sanctuary, and over Zoom! All are welcome. Look for the Zoom link on the homepage!

Thursday, Nov. 11 | Eastman at Washington Square
Piano Extravaganza I
Eastman at Washington Square Concerts take place on Thursdays at 12:15 to 12:45pm in our sanctuary. November 11 is "Piano Extravaganza I": Pianists from the Eastman studio of Joseph Rackers will dazzle! Admission is free! Please wear a mask and do not bring food or drink into the sanctuary with you.

November 9 | City Council Meeting
Rev. Lane Campbell and Members Sarah Singal and Lois Baum are speaking to City Council at City Hall on November 9 starting at 6:30pm on behalf of our church’s hope for bathroom access in the vicinity of the Washington Square area 24/7. Please join us in supporting them virtually at or See more info on the UURoc homepage under "Other Events".

Community Event: Nov. 13 | "Rematriation: Returning the Sacred to the Mother"
Presentation and discussion with Michelle Shenandoah, compelling speaker, writer, thought leader, and member of Oneida Nation (Wolf Clan). Rematriation is a contemporary movement led by indigenous women, addressing truth-telling of history, cultural revitalization, water protection, food sovereignty, and community healing. Co-sponsored by 1816 Farmington Quaker Meetinghouse and Friends of Ganondagan; admission to the talk is free, and held at 2pm at Seneca Art & Cultural Center; 7000 County Road 41, in Victor.

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 lumber 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!

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.

Two of our Small Group Ministry groups have openings for new members starting immediately!
  • 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!

  • A sorrow that Phyllis Bentley has passed away. An address to send cards will be available soon.
To submit an item for 'This Week' at First Universalist
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(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 |