This Week at First Universalist
February 22, 2016
Please note that the church office will be closed Monday & Tuesday, February 22 & 23. 

There will be no Java's office hours on Thursday, February 25.
This Week's Service
Beyond the Warrior.  Contemplating what courage could look like for us today.  Rev. Celie Katovitch. 10:30 a.m.

Drop-in Discussion:  The Limits to Tolerance.  Unitarianism and Universalism historically have been creed-less churches. But are there beliefs that we do not tolerate?  Should there be?  How do we decide what is tolerable and what not?  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion at 9:15 a.m.  
Upcoming Events
Reducing  Racism in Rochester

On Sunday, February 28th after the service join Jon Greenbaum from RocActs, a faith-based project, in the Sanctuary to discuss the implication of the Project Implicit Task on Race developed by Harvard.   This important conversation will help us determine future steps as we talk together about how we can help reduce racism in our congregation and community.  The Social Justice Committee hopes you'll be able to join them for this discussion.

Easter Plants
Order Deadline:  March 13
Please help decorate the sanctuary for Easter by ordering a plant for $8.00.  Ruth Fitzgerald, Eileen Fernandez, and Katherine Flynn will be taking orders through Sunday, March 13th.  Please specify  whether you will be taking the plant home after the service or want to donate it to a member of the home congregation. If you want to dedicate the plant in memory of or in honor of someone, we will list her/his name in the Order of Service on Easter.  Also, if you would like to deliver a plant to someone, we could use your help!

Additional Announcements

GATHER THE SPIRIT:   For five Wednesdays of the Lenten season, join Rev. Celie for a midweek moment of renewal and spiritual deepening in the Sanctuary at 5 PM.  All are welcome to drop in on any or all of the gatherings.  If you cannot join in person, you may request a weekly e-mail with a poem to incorporate into your personal spiritual practice (send your request to

THE BOOK GROUP meets Sunday, February 28th after the service.  They will be discussing 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.  All are welcome see you then!  For questions contact either Shirley Bond at or Sarah Singal at

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 forming!  New evening sessions begin in March.  Those who sign up commit themselves to attend all five sessions:   March 10, 24; April 7, 21; May 12.  Each of the five sessions are held from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM.  This group is limited to seven participants.   Location of the sessions is the home of facilitator Connie Valk, located in the city close to the zoo.  Sign-up is on the Religious Education Faith Development bulletin board or you can email Connie at      

SHAW FESTIVAL:  Final Call for trip to the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada.  Tickets will be ordered/paid on Thursday, February 25, for May 5 trip to see “Uncle Vanya.”  Contact Joyce Gilbert (244-7403) to join the party!  

RAIHN* TRAINING for New and Experienced Volunteers:  Learn how you can join other church members in helping temporarily homeless families get back on their feet.
Please attend the training session that is right for you and join us as a volunteer for our next RAIHN Week, April 3-10th.

  • For new volunteers: Sunday, March 6th at 12:00pm (potluck at 11am), Elmgrove United Methodist Church, 1500 Spencerport Road, Rochester
  • For experienced volunteers: Wednesday, March 9th from 7:00 – 8:30pm, Temple Sinai, 363 Penfield Road, Rochester

RSVP to Jen Canning, or 506-9050.  Questions?  Ask Chris DeGolyer,, Marti Eggers,, or Sarah Singal,  

PARKING REMINDER:  Please note that the parking spaces facing REOC are rented during the week, Monday-Friday.  If you are visiting the church between the hours of 7am-6pm, you may park in the spaces against the church building.  Thank you for your cooperation.   

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS:  Please note that in the event that the Rochester City Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will also be closed.   

This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, February 22
  • Church Office Closed
Tuesday, February 23
  • Church Office Closed
  • Our Outlook Production, Volunteer Office, 2 pm
  • Membership Committee, Volunteer Office, 6:30 pm
Wednesday, February 24
  • Gather the Spirit, Sanctuary, 5 pm
Thursday,  February 25
  • Announcement Deadline, noon
  • "This Week at First Universalist" e-Newsletter Deadline, noon
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm

Friday, February 26

  • Cozy Night Supper, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 pm

Saturday, February 27

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

Sunday, February 28

  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • Book Club, Adult Lounge, 12 noon
  • Discussion on Reducing Racism, Sanctuary, 12 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
Contact Us
150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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