A religious community concerns itself not only with spiritual development; it also invites all people into a circle of connection, caring, fun, and friendship. We value and support each other through opportunities to both give and receive care and we develop treasured connections by gathering together for celebration and fun.


Upcoming Leadership Meetings…

Board of Directors: Wednesday, December 20, 7:00 pm
(meets 3rd Wednesdays)

Program Council: Wednesday, January 3, 7:15 pm
(meets 1st Wednesdays, every other month)

Save these Dates…

Friday & Saturday, December 1-2 – Handcrafted Bazaar
Sunday, December 24 – Single service at 10 am – Candlelight services at 4 & 6 pm, with a Cookie Reception between services 5-6 pm

Upcoming Events…

Presenters Needed for Armchair Travelers Series
Did you take a fabulous trip recently? Would you like to share some photos and information with an eager group of armchair travelers? Please contact Robin Taylor to get on the winter 2018 schedule!  RobinESTaylor@gmail.com

Books for sale! Sunday, November 19
Between services in the Commons
Grace and Simplicity are the monthly themes for November and December, and Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer has recommended the following:  Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, and Plain Living:  A Quaker Path to Simplicity, edited by Catherine Whitmore.  These featured books will be for sale between services on Nov. 19. Purchase a book as a gift to yourself or for a friend. But, if you have no money because it was spent at the church auction, you can check out each of these books for free in our church library.  If you are looking for a book for a young person, the Library Committee recommends Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, by D. B. Johnson, which will also be offered for sale.

Thanksgiving Fellowship at the UU Church
Thursday, November 23 / 1 pm / Commons
Join us for our annual group Thanksgiving feast.  It is important to sign up on the poster board in the Commons with the number in your party and what you will bring so that we know how to plan.  We will have hors-d’oeuvres and snacks at 12:30 p.m. and we will serve dinner potluck style from 1–3 pm.  Contact: Judy Jensen

Fellowship Planning Meeting
Wednesday, November 29 / 7:15 pm / Hearth Room
Calling all fun people! It is time to plan some Winter Activities to help us get to know our fellow UUs better.  All are welcome! Please bring your ideas for activities or special interests that would make a  great fellowship event to the Fellowship Committee Meeting (aka The Ministry of Fun).  The only limitations are your imagination and energy!  If you have a great idea, but can’t make the meeting, please contact us: Lyn Smith, lyn.d.smith@gmail.com, 358-2807 or Robin Taylor, RobinESTaylor@gmail.com, 254-1963

Handcrafted Bazaar
Join us for our 6th Annual Handcrafted Bazaar, featuring local artisans showing their unique, recycled and handcrafted wares! The First UU Handcrafted Bazaar is not your average church craft show!  We are dedicated to bringing you unique creations for your holiday gift needs! Support local artisans, while supporting your community and put the Handcrafted Bazaar on your shopping destination list!

Friday, December 1 / 6-9 pm / UU Member & Friends Shopping evening with wine and appetizers
Saturday, December 2 / 9 am-3 pm / Open to Public

“1940s Radio Hour” at the Civic
Saturday, December 2 / 7 pm / Rochester Civic Theatre
John and Myatt Helmers will host a fellowship outing to see “1940s Radio Hour,” directed by our own Laurie Helmers at Rochester Civic Theatre.  RSVP to the Helmers by November 22 (533-8265).  If we can get 20 people, we will be able to get a 10 percent discount off the regular price of $31 adults, $26 Seniors, $21 Students. (John will order your tickets and you can pay him that night.)

“1940s Radio Hour”:  A different time is evoked in this award-winning, marvelous theatrical show, a live broadcast of “The Mutual Manhattan Variety Cavalcade” from the Hotel Astor’s Algonquin Room on December 21, 1942. The spirit of that bygone era, when the world was at war, is accurately captured as the harassed producer copes with all manner of mishaps between cast and crew. Song list includes “(I’ve Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo,” ”Love Is Here to Stay,” “That Old Black Magic,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Blue Moon,” “I’ll Never Smile Again,” “Jingle Bells,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “I’ll Be Seeing You,” and more.

UU Ethnic Lunch Series
Thursday, December 7 / 1:00 pm / Pho Tai Vietnamese Restaurant
The next UU Ethnic Lunch will be held at Rochester’s Pho Tai Vietnamese Restaurant, 1726-37th St. NW (intersection of 37th St. & 18th Ave. NW).  Paul and Sue Anderson will be the hosts. Pho Tai has a simple decor with an airy and naturally-lit dining room with space enough for a large group of UU’s.  The menu is extensive and reasonably priced, and the service has been found to be prompt and friendly. If you plan to attend, please let the Andersons know by Wednesday, Dec. 6

Adult Night Out & Kids Pancake & Pajama Party – A fundraiser for the UU Walden Hill Youth (WHY) Group
Saturday, December 9 / 5 – 9 pm
Drop your child(ren) off and enjoy a date night, a night of relaxing, or a night of holiday shopping! We welcome any child six weeks to twelve years old for crafts, games, movies, and a pancake supper. Suggested donation price: $12.00 per child.  Our staff is CPR certified, first aid certified, and Child & Babysitting Safety (CABS) certified. The nursery will be available for children 6 six weeks to three years of age. Pancake supper will be served from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  RSVP is not necessary but would be appreciated for planning crafts and supper. Any questions or to RSVP contact Derik Robertson at youthprogram@uurochmn.org

Christmas Cookie Exchange
Sunday, Dec. 17 / 10:35 am / Conference Room
Make the most of your holiday baking by exchanging some of your favorite treats for other people’s specialties. Bring 48 of your most delicious and delectable homemade cookies to exchange for different, delicious, and delectable homemade cookies! Bring your cookies and an empty container(s) large enough to hold 48 cookies. For more information or to RSVP, contact Rachel Froud (RachelCFroud@gmail.com or call/text 990-9049).

UU Christmas Eve Services and Reception
Sunday, December 24
(single regular service in the morning at 10 am)
4 pm & 6 pm Candlelight Services in Sanctuary
5 pm Cookie Reception in Commons
Please join us for punch and conversation between services. We invite you to bring a plate of cookies or savory treats to share (finger foods only, please). Hospitality help is needed for both services and the reception. Please sign up here:     http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4aafae28a2fb6-uuchristmas

Armchair Travelers
Friday, January 12 / 7 pm / Commons
The 2018 Armchair Travelers series will kick off with a presentation on Camp Unistar by the Nelson, Gupta, and Taylor/Lobl families. Ever wondered why people say Camp Unistar is magical? Want to try blowing a conch? Experienced campers are invited to share their memories, and we’ll let the newbies in on all the secrets and mysteries. Bring a little snack to share for a Unistar-style Happy Hour. Questions: Robin Taylor at RobinESTaylor@gmail.com


Sharing / Volunteering…

Community Food Response
November 29 / Shifts 1:30-4:00 pm and 4:35-6:40 pm / Bethel Lutheran Church

Help sort or distribute food recycled from hospitals, restaurants, and bakeries for families in need. Contact Ella VanLaningham.  Sign-up and a fuller description are available at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904084eaea728ab9-uucfrdays

Hawthorne Helps Project:

Getting Ready for Winter Blue Barrel Collection: 

Lotion, Cough drops (throat lozenges – 30 count), NEW Adult winter caps, mittens or gloves
KNITTERS – Time, talent & yarn donations are welcomed (winter caps, mittens, gloves, scarves & neck warmers)
Barrel is located in the Commons at the base of the stairs

 Mini-Store Dates for your calendar: Tue. 11/21; Wed. 12/6; Tue. 12/19.  Shifts from 9:30-12:30 pm & 2:30-5:30 pm. Contact Sandy MacLaughlin for more information.



Clara Barton Guild 
Tuesday, January 9 /11:30 am / Hearth Room

UU Book Club 3rd Tuesdays at 6 pm
Tuesday, November 21/ 6 pm / Commons
Book: The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough
Hosted & reviewed by Linda Wagner
Potluck supper at 6 pm followed by discussion

Great Books Club – 1st & 3rd Tuesdays
November 21 / 9:30 am / Conference Room
UUs and the community at large are welcome. For information about upcoming readings, contact Sandy Ramage.

UU Horton Bridge Generally 3rd Saturdays
7:00 pm / Joyce Lewis’ home


Classes, Study Groups, Interest Groups…

Racial Justice Task Group (RJTG) Book Group
2nd Sundays (starting November 12) / 2 pm / Clara Barton Room
First group read will be White Trash, by Nancy Isenberg.  Other books relating to race and economic justice topics will be used in the future.  Contact: Paulette DeMers

Class: “The Bible as an Historical Document”
2nd Sundays / 7 pm / Conference Room

Lecture and discussion facilitated by Frank Druktainis & Jim Olson. All are welcome!

Study Group: Principle 4
4th Sundays / 7 pm / Hearth Room

The Principle 4 Study Group is centered around a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Contact: Anne Black-Sinak

Study Group: Chosen Faith
4th Tuesdays / 7 pm / Hearth Room

Contact: Anne Black-Sinak

Interest Group: Humanism
3rd Mondays / 7:00 pm / Hearth Room

Contact: Pat Calvert

Interest Group: Buddhism
1st Mondays / 7:00 PM / Clara Barton Room

Questions? Contact Frank Druktainis