This Week at First Universalist
August 22, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, August 28
10:00 a.m. Service: The Price we Pay for Being Informed. This Sunday, we will explore how too much media connectedness can damage our spirits, rob our souls, and deplete us of the vital energy we need to work  for change. — Summer Minister, Peter House

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Evictions and Poverty.  Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in an American City, tells about how slum landlords rent unliveable apartments to desperate people, and then make huge profits off them for various bogus penalties.  Shirley Bond will review the book and share her eye-opening observations of the Rochester Landlord Tenant Court, where she spent time after reading the book.   
Upcoming Events
Jim Scott Concert - August 26

Friday, August 26 at 7:30pm at First Universalist Church of Rochester. 

"Pete Seeger and Me"

Jim Scott’s family oriented show will include music and banter from the days of performing with Pete Seeger:  memorable times for all of us. He will sing songs and arrangements from his own writing. Kids love his Rainforest song and others that let everyone participate. In between the music Scott tells stories from Seeger and about his own music. 

$15 suggested donation.

Social Justice Task Force

A Social Justice Task Force, appointed by the Board and approved by the congregation, has been created to help discern our role in helping transform the Rochester community into a more just, equitable and peaceful place. Members of the Task Force, Chair Eric Van Dusen, Connie Valk and Dick Gilbert, have met several times and have interviewed community leaders who have distinctive knowledge of the Rochester community. The Board and Social Responsibility Committee have also been interviewed. Results are being compiled and will be reported to the Board.

The Task Force now turns its attention to gathering input from members and friends of the congregation through a series of focus groups. Members of the Task Force will lead these discussions which will be collected and reported to the Board. We ask that you attend just one of these conversations:

  • September 11th at 9:15 a.m. Discussion Group in the Chalice Room
  • September 11th after Coffee, 12:00 noon in the Chalice Room
  • September 18th after Coffee, 12:00 noon in the Chalice Room

Want to see what questions we will explore at each Focus Group? Click on this link: 

Please Join Us for RAIHN Week

October 9-16 will be our last RAIHN* Week for 2016. During that week we will provide temporarily homeless families with good food to eat and a safe place to stay at First Universalist Church. If you'd like to help, sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer,, Marti Eggers,, or Sarah Singal, If you would like to learn more before volunteering, ask us about "shadowing" experienced volunteers. 

*Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

Additional Announcements

CHURCH OFFICE HOURS:  Summer hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 3:15 PM.  The office is closed on Fridays.  

To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail no later than Wednesday at noon throughout the summer.  Thank you!

This Week's Calendar of Events

Wednesday, August 24

  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", noon
  • Paper Our Outlook submission deadline, noon

Friday, August 25

  • Board Meeting, Chalice Room, 7 pm

Friday, August 26

  • Meeting (reserved for N.Losh), Chalice Room, 9:30 am
  • Jim Scott Concert, Clara Barton Lounge, 7:30 pm

Saturday, August 27

  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and 2nd Floor Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

Sunday, August 28

  • Summer Service, Sanctuary, 10 am
  • Refreshments, Clara Barton Lounge, 11 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Second Floor Lounge, 11:15 am
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 Life Span Faith Development:   Michelle Yates 
Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies
Contact Us
150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

Office Hours:   Monday-Friday,  9:30-2:30