In-Person Sunday Service
Sundays at 9 and 11 am

Livestream Sunday Service
Sundays at 9:00 am 

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Coffee Hour
Sundays at 10:00 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.


Walden Hill Wednesdays
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

There are 3 Community Education classes discussing Energy and Sustainability scheduled for next week. All 3 courses are free, and you can sign up at the Rochester Community Education website.

These courses are applicable to discussions regarding the future building and land at the Viola site.

Neighborhood Energy Challenge – Home Energy Savings
Saturday, March 3 ~ 10-11am
The instructor works for CEE (Community Energy Services), and has experience with energy auditing and permaculture design. Find more information HERE.

Social Justice, Equity, and Infrastructure: An Engineer’s Perspective
Presenter: John Helmers
Monday, March 4 ~ 6:30-8pm
Find more information HERE.

Home Heating with Heat Pumps
(note: we are pursuing geothermal instead of an air source system)
Wednesday, March 6 ~ 6:30-8pm
Find more information HERE.

Family Work Days at the new Viola Land

Saturday, March 2 ~ 10am-1pm
Skip the gym and come help us at our new home. Green Team and other volunteers are beginning the work of clearing large buckthorn from some specific areas of the new UU property. Soon they will need your help to come with loppers and clippers, gloves and muscles to snip and dab small buckthorn, haul the downed brush and pile it for later burning.  Like everything we do outdoors, this is weather permitting, at your own risk and subject to change. Green Team members will direct the work.  For more information or to express interest, call or text Ann Sigford (507-350-2170) or email at

Fill the Freezer Drop-Off
March 2 ~ 10-11am
Start baking, and bring your treats to donate, filling our freezer with cookies, bars or other yummies to share at Sunday morning Coffee Hour! Deb Mowry will be at the church at 10am on Saturday March 2nd to receive, label and package them! We appreciate you sharing your baking talents, helping to create a warm and welcoming community at First UU! For questions, please contact Deb Mowry

Get to know UU! Visitor Chat
Sunday, March 3 ~ 12:15pm ~ Chapel
Are you new here? You are invited to an informational forum with others who are new and interested in becoming future members of First Unitarian Universalist Church.
During this time together we will connect and share answers to questions you may have about our faith or membership to our congregation.      

YoUUr Identity
Wednesday, March 6 ~ 6:15pm
Introduction Forum
3rd Wednesday of the Month beginning March 20
So many of us have chosen the faith of Unitarian Universalism – but can’t always articulate why! Join new-to-UUs or always-been-UUs as we learn and discuss what it means to be Unitarian Universalist.

Armchair Travelers
Friday, March 8 ~ 7 pm ~ Commons
Uganda and Rwanda with the
Hopefully, the weather will allow us to be back in person in the Commons for this trip to Western Uganda and Rwanda with Paul and Maggie Scanlon. You will get to enjoy the natural beauty of these two African countries and see magnificent photos of gorillas in the wild and other animals spotted in game preserves. We’ll meet for tea and conversation at 7 pm and the presentation will begin promptly at 7:15 pm.

Principled Values: Article 2 Reflection Group
Registration Required ~ Contact the Office to Register
Sunday, March 10 ~ 12:30-2 Chapel
Our national Unitarian Universalist Association has been engaged in a process to change Article 2 of our bylaws, which would shift our current Seven Principles and Six Sources to Shared Values. Join Rev. Luke for conversation and resources about the proposed changes and process. To deepen the conversation, attendance at all three forums is encouraged. The Wednesday forum will likely include a larger group of additional folks.

Building Our Future Forum
Sunday, March 17 ~ 12:30 pn ~ Commons

Day Trip to the Marine Art Museum in Winona
Saturday, March 23 ~ 10:30am
Please join us for fellowship and a visit to beautiful Winona MN.  We will be having lunch, visiting an art museum, and taking a walk over the Mississippi River.
When we arrive in Winona, we will be eating lunch at the best bistro in town, Café Sapori di Sicilia. Then we will visit the Minnesota Marine Art Museum. If the weather permits, we will finish with a 30 minute walk on the Flyway trail Winona Connector, a wooden walking/ biking bridge starting at Latsch island in the Mississippi River, which offers great views (we are likely to see bald eagles!).
You should bring $10 to cover the cost of your museum entrance, and about $15 for your lunch.

We will be carpooling from the church parking lot, meeting there at 10:30 am.  If you would rather drive yourself, meet us at the café at approximately 11:30 am or the museum at about 12:45 pm.  Carpoolers should expect to be back in Rochester at about 4:30 pm.

If you are planning to come, please let Anna Lovrien ( know, so we can keep an eye out for you, and notify you if there are any weather-related changes to our plan.

Fare-Wel-Come Potluck
Sunday, March 24 ~ 12-1:30pm
Share in a potluck as we say farewell for now to Rev. Luke as he begins his Sabbatical and welcome Rev. Ruth MacKenzie as she begins her Sabbatical Ministry.
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One Woman Play “Ann”
by Holland Taylor
Performed by Laurie Helmers
Friday/Saturday, May 10-11, at 7:30 pm and Sunday, May 12, at 2 pm
First UU Sanctuary
The legendary late Texas Governor Ann Richards is coming to our church on Mother’s Day weekend! Laurie Helmers will portray this complex, colorful and captivating woman in Holland Taylor’s inspiring and hilarious one-woman show, ANN.  You’ll be face-to-face with this impassioned icon who enriched the lives of her followers, friends, and family.
More information will be forthcoming on how to reserve your $20 ticket.