Winter Holidays at First UU Church

Services and Events:

Winter Solstice Celebration (In-Person and Online service)
Tuesday, December 21 – 6:30 pm service, 7:00 fire in the courtyard (TBD)
An annual celebration of the winter solstice, with a simple service of poetry, music, and story, ending with a fire ritual in the courtyard.

Carols in the Courtyard
Wednesday, December 22 – 7:00 pm

Led by the choir, join us on the courtyard (with patio lights and heaters) to sing carols in the winter air, along with hot chocolate and cookies.

Christmas Eve Services (In-Person & Online)
Friday, December 24 – 4:00 & 6:00pm (the 4:00 service will be livestreamed on YouTube)
Evening services with traditional and modern readings, poetry, and music, ending in song and candlelight.

2021 Giving and Gratitude:

Sharing Tree & Weekly Offerings
Now through December 19 
Our annual Giving Tree tradition is a hybrid of both virtual and in-person this year. We’re supporting LINK (Living INdependently with Knowledge), Hawthorne Helps, Rochester Warming Center, & the Riverside Resource Room with this year’s donations. Choose either a virtual “tag” HERE or an actual tag from the tree at church and collect or purchase those item(s).

We’ll have you place all items in plain brown grocery bags. Use a separate bag for each organization if you are donating to more than one. Label the bag with the organizations initials (LK, HH, RWC, RRR) for virtual tags or attach actual in-person tags to the bag in advance of drop-off.

You may drop off donations anytime before December 19 and place them under the Christmas Tree at church. For folks attending church virtually, there will be a scheduled drive up & drop off on December 19, from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm at the church near the foyer/coat room area.

Reminder: Please leave the mittens on the tree and take only the tags. Thank you!

December Shared Plates:

December 5 = Split between the Church and Riverside Resource Room (RRR)
December 12 = Split between the Church and LINK (Living INdependently with Knowledge) (LK)
December 19 = Split between the Church and Rochester Warming Center (RWC)
December 24 = Entirely for First UU’s Human Needs Fund

Guest At Your Table Boxes
Sunday, November 21 through December 24
Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about key human rights issues. Since UUSC works in more than 20 countries, with over 50 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. The program is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.

Making a Gift to Guest at Your Table

Donations to Guest at Your Table help advance community-led human rights initiatives around the world. Donations of $150 or more are eligible to be matched by the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY.

To donate online, please use this secure donation page, which can also be accessed via the shortcut To donate by mail, please make checks out to “UUSC” with “Guest” or “GAYT”  in the memo field, and send to: UUSC •  PO Box 808  •  Newark, NJ 07101-0808.