In-Person Sunday Service
Sundays at 10am
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Livestream Sunday Service
Sundays at 10:00 am 

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Coffee Hour
Sundays at 11:00 am
First UU Commons & Courtyard
A chance to interact with others from First UU for reflections on Sunday’s service!  Coffee, tea, doughnut holes will be provided.

Wednesdays

Walden Hill Wednesdays – Last Walden Hill Wednesday was May 22
We will be back September 11, 2024
September Through May

Join us Wednesdays for a shared meal, followed by opportunities for community for all ages.
 
5:30 – 6:15 pm – “Tupper” Supper provided by cook teams; free will donation
6:15 – 7:00 pm – Forum – A weekly community conversation on topics relating to justice, spirituality, church life and the wider community. Some forums include guest speakers from our justice partners or other community groups.
6:15 – 7:00 pm – Various Activities
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Choir Rehearsal

Are You Interested?

The following Adult Faith Development Groups are needing your input. Please fill out the forms for each group to assist the facilitators in setting up these new Adult Faith Development groups.

Building Empathetic Connection: A Nonviolent Communication Practice Group

Fill out the form HERE
Are you disheartened by the oppositions and divisions in our society? Do you sense the social disconnection and isolation in our communities? Do you long for deeper connections with others? Are you searching for ways to bring more compassion and peace to yourself and your relationships? 

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a method focused on developing deeper empathetic connection between individuals for increasing capacity to de-escalate and resolve conflicts. NVC offers hope because the methods focus on “what is alive in each person” and seeks to move away from judgment/blame and shift the conversation instead to the basic needs we all have, which in turn allow us to find solutions that get everyone’s needs met. This group will be facilitated by Stephanie Evans Hanson and Rose Mish. No prior experience necessary. This group will explore the concepts and skills outlined in the book, “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life” by Marshall Rosenberg, PhD.

Please fill out this form HERE if you are interested in attending attending an initial trial class in September.

“Meeting in the Middle” Discussion Group
 
Meeting in the Middle ~ A group for sharing and mutual support around changes in midlife that affect body, mind, and spirit.
 

A group for sharing and mutual support around changes in midlife. Themes will include changes in social circles, death of loved ones, chronic illness, and processing grief and trauma at the personal and societal level. Through reading, writing, and other creative endeavors we will work toward integrating life lessons and creating a vibrant, healthy “second adulthood.”

 

Upcoming Events

Creative Arts Series ~ Pet Portraits with Jenni Brass
Paint by Patch Pet Portrait class by  Foxy’s Art Box
Thursday, July 25 ~ photos must have been submitted by July 11
6pm-9pm ~ Commons
The paint we’ll be using is acrylic–which tends to stubbornly stick to fabric. Please wear clothing you don’t mind getting a touch of paint on just in case. Check out Foxy’s Art Box for incredible examples of pet portraits! 

Saturday Park Play-date
Saturday, July 27 ~ 10am – 12pm
Boundless

Visit Forestville State Park
Cave Tour OR Horse Drawn Carriage Ride
Saturday, July 27 ~ Meet at church at 10:30am
Please join us for this fellowship event, the fourth in a series of visits to MN State Parks.  Down in a secluded area of Fillmore county, Forestville was a bustling town in the 1860’s, but as the population moved away, it became a “ghost town”.  Now the town and the area around it has become Forestville State Park, dominated by large basswood and maple trees.  Forestville is about 1 hour away from Rochester, southeast of Spring Valley.  We will carpool from the church at 10:30am.  Bring your lunch for a picnic in the park, followed by a 1-1.5 hour hike at a relaxed place through the forest. Then you get a choice: either take the mystery cave tour (recommend you reserve tickets for 1:40 tour) or stay above ground to visit the historic ghost town (horse-drawn carriage tours are offered that day, weather permitting).  If you are considering attending, either by driving yourself or joining the carpool, please let walk leader Anna Lovrien
(annalovrien@gmail.com) know.
$15 Tickets for the 1:40 pm scenic cave tour can be reserved at https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_parks/tours/mystery_cave.html

Squash Blossom Farm Pizza and Music
Thursday, August 1, 2024 ~  6- 8 pm
Go to HERE to order a pizza for 2, cost with tax is about $27.50
Bring lawn chairs
Deb and Mark Mowry hosting

Roots and Wings
Connections for Unitarian Universalists Families
2nd Sunday Family Group
Chapel
August 11 ~ 11:15 – 12:30pm (after the 10am service)
An opportunity for adults with young children to connect. Childcare is provided

Walden Lane Workday
3rd Saturday of the month May through October

Saturday, August 17
9am – 12pm
Outdoors

“Meeting in the Middle” Discussion Group
Monday, August 19 ~ 6:30pm ~ Commons
Third Monday of the Month
A group for sharing and mutual support around changes in midlife. Themes will include changes in social circles, death of loved ones, chronic illness, and processing grief and trauma at the personal and societal level. Through reading, writing, and other creative endeavors we will work toward integrating life lessons and creating a vibrant, healthy “second adulthood.”

Cook4Kids
Tuesday, August 20
Drop off at the side entrance of the Jeremiah Program
2915 Jeremiah Ln NW, Rochester, MN 55901.

Calling all chefs!
Love creating tasty dishes that satisfy others? Miss Walden Hill Wednesdays? Well, have we got an opportunity for you! Our Social Justice partner in August will be the Jeremiah Program. We want to widen the circle and show even more of our generosity by joining in their Cook4Kids program on Tuesday, August 20.
We need volunteers to prepare the meal, serve, and clean up. Click on the link and show your support! Email Shelly at justice@uurochmn.org for more information.
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050E45AEA82EA7F94-49837306-august

Creative Arts Series ~ Alcohol Ink painting with Sue Nielson
Thursday, August 22 ~ 6-8pm~ Commons 

Saturday Park Play-date ~ Chalk the Lot
Saturday, August 24 ~ 10-11:30am
First UU Lower Parking Lot ~ Sponsored by the UU Fellowship Team

The State Parks of Southeast Minnesota
Saturday, August 24
Myre-Big Island ~ Lake Views and restored prairie

Continuing Through the Summer

Dungeons and Dragons
Fridays, 7-10pm ~ Commons
Dungeons and Dragons (D & D) is not like any game you have ever played before:

  • There is no “right way” to play.
  • It’s non-competitive as there are no winners and losers.
  • It is not Dungeon Master versus The Players.
  • It is not like a video game with set solutions.
  • Overcoming situations is up to their imagination.
  • It is “collaborative storytelling.” The Dungeon Master (DM) presents the scene and the players describe what they do.
    For the summer months, we will play short episodic adventures that take one to two sessions to complete so people get some experience. All games are open for other church members/friends who would like to stop by to observe the games.  You may come and go as you wish.

History Center Village Farmers Market Meetups
Tuesdays, June 18-Oct 1

Down by the Riverside Free Concerts
Sundays, July 14 – August 22
6:30pm, Mayo Civic Center Park
Look for the “Love your Neighbor Sign!”


Happening Fall 2024

Sunday, September 8, 1pm
All Church Picnic and Scavenger Hunt at Viola Road  property

UUA Common Read ~ “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
September 19 – October 3
Hearth Room ~ 7 – 8:30pm (4 sessions)
Contact Amy Nelson – Director of Faith Development for more information
First UU has a few copies of each book to check out.

We will have a 90 min. discussion using the Discussion Guide from the UUA.  You can choose to read one of the following two books: “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz or “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz adapted by Jean Mendoza and Debbie Reese. 
Our goals for this Common Read will be to:
•Provide a framework for people to respond to Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States
•Invite participants to explore the colonization and settlement of Indigenous lands and the expansion of the United States at the expense of Indigenous people
•Build awareness of Indigenous resistance to colonization and current work to assert sovereignty.
•Explore responsive actions our Unitarian Universalist faith requires of us.

UU Handcrafted Bazaar
Saturday, September 28, 10am-4pm

First UU Lower Parking Lot
Register HERE
Celebrating the creativity of the community! 
For 15 years the UU Church has brought together incredible community artists for a festive day celebrating the creativity of the community! 
Help from the congregation is also needed for setup and tear down.
Sign up to Volunteer
HERE

Saturday October 12, 6pm
Chili & Pie Cook Off
Annual Service Auction

2024/2025 NEEDED – Beginning September 2024

Small Group Facilitators – Do you have an idea for a faith development group at First UU or interested in facilitating an already existing group? Contact Amy Nelson or any First UU Staff member for more information.

Cook Team Leaders/Members  – Interested in leading or becoming a member of a Tupper Supper cook team? Contact Melissa Eggler or any First UU staff member for details on how to join. Click HERE to join a cook team.


Facilitators needed for 2024-2025 Chalice Circles
Go HERE if you are interested in becoming a facilitator

Chalice Circles, our small group ministry at First Unitarian Universalist Church, are small connection and discussion groups that use the church wide “Soul Matters” curriculum and meet our needs for belonging and meaning. These groups which meet monthly, build friendships and provide opportunities to contemplate the big questions of life. Chalice Circles are designed to enrich our community with the sort of conversation and attentiveness that can be difficult in the busy life of a growing congregation. When congregation members are having their needs for connection and spiritual deepening met, they want to give back to their faith community.

If you have enjoyed your experience as a member of a Chalice Circle over the years, OR are interested in learning more, we invite you to consider deepening your connection to this vital church program by serving as a Chalice Circle Facilitator for the 2024/2025 session.

A Chalice Circle Facilitator:

  • Holds the space for all members of the group
  • Keeps the process feeling safe and fair to everyone
  • Participates as a member of the group
  • Receives easy training, you choose the date/time of your circle

We are looking to add facilitators for:

  • Young Adult Group (Ages 20-30)
  • All female group
  • All male group
  • Co-ed group

For more information, inquire with Melissa Eggler
congregationlife@uurochmn.org