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In-Person Sunday Service
Sundays at 9 and 11 am

In-Person Safety Reminders

  • Masks are required inside First UU, unless eating or drinking.
  • Vaccinations, including boosters, are expected for all who are eligible.

Link to Sunday Hospitality

Livestream Sunday Service
Sundays at 9:00 am 

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Coffee Hour
Sundays at 10:00am
First UU Courtyard and Commons
A chance to interact with others from First UU for reflections on Sunday’s service!  Coffee, tea. and doughnut holes will be provided.

Online Coffee Hour
Sundays at 10:15 am
Zoom
Password: Coffee

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86971359533

Wednesdays (September – May)

Forums ~ Join HERE
6:30-7:15 pm via Zoom or in person in the Commons.
To view the current topic or see past forums click HERE.

Upcoming Events and Activities

Please go to our HERE to submit an event to eNews and our happenings page. 

New Groups

Book Study ~ “The Magic” by Rhonda Byrne.
Join facilitator, Roxanne Schlasner, in a fall book study. “The Magic” is a book is teaching 28 consecutive days of gratitude and practices to encourage making gratitude a habit and way of life. The practices have been specifically created to fit into your everyday life. Practicing as a group gives us support in creating a new habit.

Gratitude is a feeling, practicing gratitude is to deliberately feel it. The book takes you through 28 days to discovering the magic of gratitude. 

*The first 12 days you practice using gratitude what you have now and for what you’ve received in the past.
*The next 10 days you practice use gratitude for your desires, dreams, and everything you want.
*The last 6 days you practice using gratitude in your relationships, circumstances, and yourself (every cell of your body).

Commitment to class – do one practice of gratitude everyday for 28 days. You can practice the way that fits in to your life: 1) Each day do a different practice, 2) choose one practice to do for the whole month, 3) do a different practice each week and etc.  Take time to share with the group the difficulties and successes of learning a new habit.  Interested? E-mail Amy Nelson.

Meeting times for class (meets in the Chapel):
Wednesday, November 2, at 7:30pm for hour session

Sunday, November 6, at 10:15am for 20 min. for check in
Wednesday, November 9, at 7:30pm for ½ hour
Sunday, November 13, at 10:15am for check in
Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30pm for ½ hour
Sunday, November 20, at 10:15am for check in
Wednesday, November 30, at 7:30pm for wrap up.

Our Shared Bond: A UU Support Group – Are You Interested?
The purpose of this group is to create a supportive group dynamic where we can talk openly and freely, in a safe space, about our personal, painful journey of  survivors of abuse.  This may include severe stress, panic attacks, and anxiety.  We can expect to share on-going roadblocks in our lives like feeling judged, grief, and other challenges, without the fear of being judged, as well as opportunities to challenge these roadblocks. Each person’s struggle is unique. We will find constructive ways to cope beyond having to “pretend to be normal,” and discover ways to unveil our true selves and ways of authentic belonging with people who “get it.”

We may use tools of journal writing, guided programs and such in our times together. If you are interested in a group like this, reach out to Emily Morgan emclair77@gmail.com or Gus Braga, gusbraga@yahoo.com/507-421-8871.

Events

Outdoor Property Workday
Saturday, May 21 ~ 9am-12pm
Church Grounds
Coffee, Lemonade and Treats provided! Come help with clean-up outside at church. All are welcome, no registration or sign-up required.

Rochester PRIDE
Saturday, May 21 ~ 12-5pm
Soldiers Field
Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact Lynn Degerstrom.

Women’s Voices Through Music
Sunday, May 22 ~ 3-4pm,
Sanctuary
Kathleen Covalt, violin & Jan Matson, piano will perform a program of classical music by women composers. The concert is FREE and open to the public.

Walden Hill Wednesday Night Dinner
Wednesday, May 25 ~ 5:30 -6:30 pm
Commons/Courtyard
Join us for a traditional Walden Hill Wednesday Night Dinner. Meal theme is Mediterranean Bowls. Rainbow bowls with a mashup of quinoa, spinach rice, sautéed veggies, white beans, cucumbers, olives, and hummus. Yum! So the cook team has an idea of how many are interested, please RSVP HERE.

Good Cheers! Young Adult Group
Wednesday, May 25, 7:30 pm
Courtyard
Drinks (beer & non-alcoholic) and snacks provided. (RSVP to Rev. Luke)

Creative Arts Series 
Fourth Saturday of the Month
10 am – 12 pm
Commons
These sessions are simple artistic or craft classes for any of our adult members and friends of our congregation to attend (pre-registering required!).

May 28               Meditative Color Mandalas with Melissa Eggler Register HERE!

If you are interested in sharing your artistic talent please fill our the facilitator information sheet here! Questions, contact Melissa!

Field trip to the International Owl Center
Monday, June 13 ~ 9:30 am (meet at church), 11 am program
126 E Cedar St., Houston, MN 55943
Meet your hosts Mark and Deb Mowry in the church parking lot at 9:30 am to carpool or caravan to the International Owl Center in Houston, MN (about an hour’s drive). We will attend the 11 am program at the Owl Center (also about an hour). Cost is $7/adults and $4/children aged 4-17. After the program, there is the option to picnic in the park at the nearby Houston Nature Center (free) on the Root River Bike Trail, which has a great playground and exhibits. People could also head to Barista’s for coffee or lunch. Questions? Contact Deb Mowry at DebMowry@yahoo.com Sign up at https://fb.me/e/3fHOnhZJD.

Weekly/Monthly Groups

Various days and times via Zoom/in person. A variety of small groups are being offered: book clubs, meditation groups, study groups, and many more. These groups will be held virtually and/or in person.

Mondays

A Course in Miracles
10am-12pm
Commons and Zoom

Chosen Faith Study Group
4th Monday
7-9pm
Zoom

Tuesdays

Mah Jongg
1-3 pm
Chapel
This group is open to all church members and friends. Attendees only need to bring a current Mah Jongg card as the racks and tiles will be provided. 

Zen Meditation
7-9 pm

Chapel

UU Tuesday Night Book Club
3rd Tuesday

6:30-8:30pm
Commons and Zoom

Wednesdays

Choir Practice
6-7pm
Sanctuary

Women’s Circle Book Club
3rd Wednesday
7:15-8:45pm
Chapel

Thursdays

Creative Spirits
3rd Thursday
6:30-8:30 pm
Zoom

Caring Crafters
2nd Thursday
1-3 pm
Zoom

Saturdays

SoulCollage®
Second Saturday of the Month
10 am – 12 pm
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2644604912531878
Cost $5/person
SoulCollage® is an expressive arts practice done individually or in community. Founded by Seena B. Frost, the method develops creativity and intuition through paper collage, encourages self-discovery, and provides personal guidance. Facilitated by Anne Black-Sinak, images and materials provided (bring your scissors and glue sticks), and supplies available to purchase.

Creative Arts Series
Fourth Saturday of the Month
10 am – 12 pm
Commons

Outdoor Property Workdays
Third Saturday of the Month ~ May through October
9am-12pm

Sundays

Bible as a Historical Document
2nd Sunday
Zoom

Principle 4 Study Group
4th Sunday
Zoom