This Week at First Universalist
February 1, 2016
Please note there will be no minister's office hours at Java's on Thursday, February 4th.  Thank you.
This Week's Service
The Stuff of Our Lives.  Stuff’ gets a bad rap in many spiritual conversations, but today, in honor of our annual Auction, we’ll take a second look at material things, and the meaning that can shine through them. 10:30 a.m., Rev. Celie Katovitch.

Drop-in Discussion:  How to Have Better Discussions.  We’ll talk about how to be better presenters, commenters and listeners, and how to make Drop-in Discussions better. Janet Rothbeind will lead the discussion.  9:15 a.m. 
Upcoming Events
2016 Service Auction
Our auction is this Sunday, February 7th after the service.  Lunch will be available and then the fun begins!   If you want to participate but can’t attend, proxy forms are available.  Contact Paula Marchese ([email protected]) with any questions.
Small Group Ministry
Small groups are a way to help us think about our spiritual lives through the process of sharing thoughts and experiences with others.  Those new to First Universalist as well as seasoned members are welcome to participate.  A new group is starting up (more will be added, as needed, including an evening offering):

Facilitator – Janet Clarke-Hazlett
Dates and time – Thursdays from 1:00 to 3:00 PM on February 18, March 10, March 31, April 14, and May 5.

Those who sign up commit themselves to attendance at all sessions.  Location of the sessions is in the facilitator’s home.  After you sign-up on the Religious Education Faith Development bulletin board or by emailing Connie Valk at [email protected], more details will be shared.  If you have questions, ask one of the facilitators or Connie Valk.

Additional Announcements

TRAIN for RAIHN*:  Join other church members in helping temporarily homeless families get back on their feet.  Attend a training session on Tuesday, February 2nd, 7-9 PM at Temple Beth El, 139 S. Winton Rd., Rochester.  RSVP to Jen Canning, [email protected] or 506-9050. *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

SOCIAL JUSTICE PLATE COLLECTION:  The Social Justice Plate collection for February 21st is Metro Justice.  This organization celebrated its 50th anniversary this past year.  Our First Universalist  SOCIA  members and friends work very closely with this organization and are deeply involved. Metro Justice  receives no Federal or State funding.


  • Part I:  Join us on Sunday Feb 21st after church in the Clara Barton Lounge with your iPad or laptop and be a part of a brief survey to determine social attitudes.  You can take survey on your own by going to
  • Part II:  On Sunday Feb. 28th join in a discussion in after the service in the sanctuary for an update and at noon for a discussion led by Jon Greenbaum of RocActs, a grassroots social action organization about  how we can use our survey information to help create systemic change.  

These two weeks will help form a direction for our future plans for Reducing racism.  We hope you can join us. Email or call any one of us with questions, comments and suggestions!  ~ Becky Elwell, Kitty Forbush, Elizabeth Osta and Eric Van Dusen.  

THE BOOK GROUP is pleased to announce that they will be reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. The book is now in paperback and the libraries have many copies. The book group will meet at 12 noon on February 28th in the discussion room on the second floor.  All are welcome and it is not necessary to have read the book.  See you then!  For questions contact either Shirley Bond at [email protected] or Sarah Singal at [email protected].

WINTER BOOTS NEEDED:  The REACH Homeless Shelter is in need of winter boots for both men and women. Please check the deepest regions of your closets and see what's there!  You can check your local thrift stores as well.  They are also asking again for (new) underwear.  Please bring your donations to church and Beth Ares will deliver them to the shelter.  Thank you.

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS:  During this winter season, please note that cancellations of church activities can be viewed at  

This Week's Calendar of Events
Thursday,  February 4
  • Announcement Deadline, noon
  • "This Week at First Universalist" e-Newsletter Deadline, noon
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm
  • Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 1:15 pm

Saturday,  February 6
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

Sunday,  February 7
  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Service Auction, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 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 [email protected]; or call 546-2826.
Minister:   Rev. Celie Katovitch 
Director of Music:   Carol Xiong [email protected] 

Director of Life Span Faith Development:   Michelle Yates 
[email protected] 
Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies [email protected]
Contact Us
150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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