This Week at First Universalist
April 11, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, April 17:
10:30 a.m. Service - Stewardship Sunday.  Today we’ll mark the culmination of Stewardship season with a celebration of abundance and gratitude.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion - Presidential Primary.  Who should win the New York presidential primaries? Who will win?  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion.
Upcoming Events
"Growing Cities"  Film Event

Friday, April 15 at 7 pm in the Clara Barton Lounge.  You are invited to a screening of this documentary film about urban farming and revitalizing our cities. (97 min.) Discussion after the movie with Sara Scott, Coordinator of Horticultural and Environmental Programming, City of Rochester. For a listing of other Earth Week events, click here.

Stewardship Sunday

Stewardship Sunday is this Sunday, April 17!   If you have already returned your pledge card, thank you!  If not, please be kind to our finance volunteers and be sure to return your pledge card by Sunday.  This year, you can make you pledge online.  And join us next week to celebrate your “piece of the pie!"

 RAIHN Car City 2016

Help Put the Brakes on Family Homelessness on April 30th 
A car is no substitute for a home. Car City is a fundraiser as well as a way to shed light on homelessness in Rochester. Families, youth groups and other teams are invited sleep in their cars at Asbury Methodist Church on Saturday night, April 30th. There will be food and evening activities, including Car-aoke, a sundae bar and Bedtime Yoga. In addition, local photojournalist Arleen Thaler will speak about her recent article about hunger and poverty in Rochester. 

If you don’t want to sleep in your car but want to support RAIHN Car City, join Team VirtUUal. Here’s how:
Go directly to the Team VirtUUal page by clicking on this link - then click on the Donate Now button. 
The rest is up to you. Your donation in any amount will be gratefully received and will directly help families get home for good.
*RAIHN: Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network

Additional Announcements

RAIHN TRAINING: Our RAIHN Week is over, but if you missed out, you can join us for our next RAIHN Week on July 10-17. First, attend RAIHN's new volunteer orientation on Tuesday, April 12th, 6:30-8:30 PM at United Church of Pittsford, 123 S. Main St, Pittsford  Then you will be ready to join our cracker-jack volunteer team! (RSVP to Jen Canning,, 506-9050. 

A BOUQUET OF SONG:  April 21st at 12:15 PM.  Enjoy a free concert featuring Cecile Saine, soprano, with our own Howard Spindler, piano, who will deliver a colorful and sweetly scented array of melodies for your listening pleasure.  Songs of Handel, Bellini, Schubert, and more.  

PASSOVER SEDER: Clara Barton Lounge, Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM. Please sign-up if you haven't done so already  so we can prepare appropriately.  A pot luck dinner will be part of the event so capacity will be limited.  If you would like to help or have questions, please call Lew Ward-Baker at 244-6968 or email at

THE BOOK GROUP will meet at noon on April 24th to discuss "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." For questions contact either  Shirley Bond at or,  Sarah Singal at

SERVICE IN THE PARK:  April 23rd at noon, including a Blessing of the Animals. All are welcome, with creaturely friends of all shapes and sizes (as well as stuffed animals or photos of pets of blessed memory) in tow!  
Some things to keep in mind:
* We’ll gather near the platform area in the park (directly across the street from church).
* Use your best judgment of your pet’s comfort level around other beings in judging whether to bring them to this gathering “in person.” (Pictures may also be blessed.)
* Remember leashes for dogs, carriers for cats, snakes, turtles, etc.
* Bring lots of water for your pet, in addition to any supplies needed to clean up after them. We will have plastic bags on hand.
Hope to see you at this fun and festive service!  Rain location: Sanctuary 

CLEAN SWEEP:  Join First Universalist as we take part in the city's annual clean-up day on Saturday, April 30th.  This is a fun day that includes free food, t-shirt, and ticket to a Red Wings game for all volunteers.  To sign-up with the church, contact Shirley Bond.   

BECAUSE BLACK LIVES MATTER:   This amazing and highly effective organization is having its Annual Community Luncheon on Thursday, May 5th from 11:30AM to 1:30PM at the Riverside Convention Center. Tickets are $40. Teen Empowerment (TE) is a non-profit youth organization working in Rochester’s southwest neighborhood. Located on Genesee Street, TE works to create social change by hiring youth, ages 14 to 21, and then training them as community organizers, providing them with the support, resources and ongoing training they need to organize initiatives that involve both youth and adults in addressing community issues. If you are interested in attending and learning more about how TE is making a difference to the youth in Rochester, contact Eric Van Dusen at

CLEAN-UP DAY : The 2016 Spring Fall Clean-up Day has been scheduled for Saturday May 7th, starting around 9:00 AM.  If you have ever wanted to volunteer for the church or to just get to know the building as well as other members a little better, this is a perfect opportunity! There will be all kinds of cleaning, fixing, painting, etc. jobs to be completed – something for all skill levels.  Bring along your favorite tools or cleaning products.  Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be provided.  Socializing and fun will also be part of the agenda.  For more information, please contact Tom Ruganis at 746-7796 (cell) or 442-2968 (home) or email to  
BEGINNING  MEDITATION PRACTICE  will take place in the rear of the Sanctuary each Wednesday from 5:15 - 6:30pm through May 25th.  All are welcome - no experience necessary.   Please contact Kathy Russell at  for more information.
This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, April 11
  • Rochester Model RR Club, Clara Barton Lounge (rental), 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 13
  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:15 pm
  • Board Meeting, Second Floor Lounge, 7 pm

Thursday, April 14

  • Deadline for Weekly Announcements, noon 
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm

Friday, April 15

  • Growing Cities Environmental Film Screening, Clara Barton Lounge, 7 pm

Saturday, April 16

  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

Sunday, April 17

  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • House Committee Meeting, RE Office, noon
Thank you for keeping us updated, both when you schedule events and when you need to cancel one!  Please continue to do so.  Send news of your events to; or call 546-2826.
Minister:   Rev. Celie Katovitch 
Director of Music:   Carol Xiong 

Director of Life Span Faith Development:   Michelle Yates 
Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies
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