This Week at First Universalist
July 11, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, July 17
10:00 a.m. Service:   Moving to North Carolina isn’t the Answer. We all experience a degree of discontent with our lives, and we all seek change in order to enhance our own happiness. Could the real key be to change nothing? — Summer Minister, Peter House

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  The Women’s Declaration.  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion of the Declaration of Sentiments by the Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls in 1848.
Upcoming Events
TIAR Request for Participation July 14

The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester is an active member of the Rochester Coalition for Reasonable Gun Laws (RCRGL).  The Coalition is alerting everyone to a public hearing this week on a proposed County Safe Storage Law that would require that firearms are stored safely and otherwise disabled when they are not in the presence and control of their owner.  CLICK HERE to see their request for your participation at the public hearing.  We support this request and encourage you to join us this Thursday evening.  More information is in their letter.

Why march with us this Saturday?

From the Social Justice Committee: We say we want to have visibility in the community.  We say that we want our UU values known, especially after Orlando.  Here is one way we make it happen. March with us in the Pride Parade, starting at Alexander Street down Park Avenue toward Culver Road (yes, the route is different this year!) with other UUs behind our banner on July 16. Please sign up on the Social Justice bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge with your contact information, so that you can be notified of the exact place to meet. Gathering time is 1:00. OR email Connie Valk at  We usually have twenty or more First Universalists participate.  If you have never marched with the group before, come join us as UUs continue to take this stand for social justice.  We’ve been heartened by the demonstration of thanks from the LGBTQ Community. Great strides have been made, but the struggle is not over.  Transgender issues are the new frontier in NY State.  This is one way we can make a stand for social justice.

Library Open July 17

Although the First Universalist library and bookstore usually close during the summer, it will be open during coffee hour on Sunday, July 17 for browsing, buying and borrowing.  Keith Stott will be librarian, and his new novel, Unless the Sky Falls, will be available for borrowing. The library and bookstore will next open on August 14, and then on a regular weekly basis starting September 11.

Additional Announcements

RAIHN HOST WEEK runs from July 10th through the 17th.

EARTH JUSTICE:  There will be a table devoted to planet sustainability after Sunday services July 31 and August 14. Stop by and talk to other interested people and let us know your level of interest and what actions you think we should pursue.

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

Monday, July 11 - Sunday, July 17

  • RAIHN Host Week

Wednesday, July 13

  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", noon
  • Social Justice Board Task Force, Volunteer Office, 6:30 pm
  • Board Meeting, The Chalice Room, 7 pm

Saturday, July 16

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

Sunday, July 17

  • Summer Service, Sanctuary, 10 am
  • Refreshments, Clara Barton Lounge, 11 am
  • Library Open, 11 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Second Floor Lounge, 11:15 am
  • RAIHN Host Week Ends
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
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