This Week at First Universalist
June 27, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, July 3
10:00 a.m. Service:   The Lost Art of Cherishing. As 21st Century Americans, we live with such abundance, and have so many choices, we have forgotten how to cherish. Re-learning this valuable skill will not only improve our own lives, but it will make the world a better place for everyone. — Summer Minister, Peter House

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  African-Americans and Independence Day. In 1852, Frederick Douglass gave a speech here in Rochester on “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” He said the fine words of the Declaration of Independence applied only to white American citizens and not to black American slaves. In 2014, a black woman, Danielle Allen, published a book, Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence, in which she argued that the Declaration’s ideals were relevant to black people. Phil Ebersole will discuss the ideas in her book.
Upcoming Events
Volunteers still needed for RAIHN Week, July 10-17

On Sunday, July 10th we will be welcoming 4 or 5 temporarily homeless RAIHN families into our church where they will stay for the week.  Many volunteers are still needed, especially for evening meals and breakfast preparation, overnights, and Saturday evening.  Please contact Sarah Singal ( to sign up.  Thanks!

March in the Pride Parade - July 16

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.  Gathering time is 1:00 PM.  If you purchased a First Universalist T-shirt, this is its debut. 

Please sign up on the Social Justice bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge with your contact information or email Connie Valk at

If you have never marched with the group before, come join us as UUs continue to take this stand for social justice.  

Additional Announcements

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

LIBRARY TO OPEN TWO SUNDAYS IN SUMMER:  The First Universalist library and bookstore will be open for browsing, borrowing and buying on July 17 and August 14 during coffee hour after the Sunday services.  Keith Stott will be librarian on July 17 and Shirley Bond on August 14.  The weekly schedule will resume September 11.

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

Tuesday, June 28

  • Paper Our Outlook Production, Volunteer Office, 2 pm
  • Finance Committee, Volunteer Office, 6:30 pm

Wednesday, June 29

  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", noon
  • Communications Committee, Volunteer Office, 1 pm

Thursday, June 30

  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Sarah), Volunteer Office 7 pm

Saturday, July 2

  • Baby Shower (rental), Clara Barton Lounge, 10 am
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and 2nd Floor Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

Sunday, July 3

  • 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
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Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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