This Week at First Universalist
March 14, 2016
Please note that the church office will be closed on Friday, March 18.  
This Week's Service
Sunday, March 20:
10:30 a.m. Service - Stories and Songs of Light and Dark.  This year, two spring holidays coincide:  Palm Sunday, marking Jesus’ symbolic entry into Jerusalem, an act that would culminate in his arrest; and the Vernal Equinox, marking a day of balance between the hours of day and night.  In honor of them both, we will lift up the interplay of light and dark in our lives, through story, ritual, and song.  Children are welcome to stay for the full service, or to go upstairs for child care.  For this service, you are welcome bring a small object that represents winter or spring for you, to be placed on the altar table.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion - Mobilizing for a Livable Climate.   Neely Kelley, New York state lead organizer for Mothers Out Front, will discuss that organization’s work in building a social movement of mothers to make a swift, just and complete transition from fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy so our children and grandchildren inherit a livable climate.
Upcoming Events
Cozy Night Supper
Join us for the last Cozy Night Supper of the church year on Friday, March 18 at 5:30 PM when we will consider the fourth source of our faith: “Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves.”  Sign up on the Faith Development bulletin board or email Michelle Yates at
Tenebrae Service 

Friday, March 25 at 7:00 PM.  Join us for this quiet service of music and readings, which honors the sacred darkness in our lives.  All are welcome for this contemplative, healing worship service.  

T-shirt Sale
First Universalist has a new T-shirt available for purchase!  Orders must be placed by April 3rd.  You can find the order form on our website, or visit the sale table in the Clara Barton Lounge after Sunday's service.  Youth and Adult sizes available for $15 each.  
Additional Announcements

GATHER THE SPIRITThe final gathering will take place Wednesday, March 16th at 5 PM in the back of the Sanctuary.  This is a midweek moment of renewal, beginning with open meditation and continuing with shared reflection upon a poem.  All are welcome to drop in.  

SOCIAL JUSTICE PLATE:  The recipient of the Social Justice plate on March 20th will be Rural and Migrant Ministries. This organization works to bring justice to farmworkers and their families.  Although farmworkers are the backbone of New York State's $4 billion agricultural industry, they are being exploited. Many farmworkers earn little more than minimum wage, with no overtime pay.  Since farmworkers are not included in the present labor laws of NYS, they are not entitled to a day of rest, nor are they eligible for workers' compensation when injured on the job although exposed to many safety hazards in their work. The organization also helps to send the children to summer camp and involves youth in an economic project. Thank you in advance for your generosity! Our own Connie Valk is on the Statewide Board, and chair of the annual fundraising dinner in October. She would be happy to add anyone from the church to the committee in charge. 

THE BOOK CLUB  selection for March 20th is Breakfast With Buddha, by Roland Merullo.   Roland's writing style is a witty and joyful one.  Please join us at 12 noon in the discussion room on the second floor.   All are welcome and it is not necessary to have read the book.  The April 24th selection is The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander.  For questions contact either Shirley Bond at  or Sarah Singal at
BEGINNING MEDITATION PRACTICE:  Starting Wednesday, March 23rd from 5:15-6:30 PM in the Sanctuary.  This group will meet each Wednesday - all are welcome!  Please contact Kathy Russell at for more information..

UU HISTORY SESSION #5:   "Evolution"- Beyond Christianity (1861-1960)  will be repeated Thursday, March 24th from 1:30-3:30pm in the Church Sanctuary. All are welcome. The Final Session #6: "Merger and Beyond" will be held on April 7th.

ANNUAL SLD ASSEMBLY:   The nominating Committee is pleased to announce that delegates for the annual St. Lawrence District Assembly have been nominated. For further information regarding the District Assembly please visit: .  Please consider attending this important event April 1 & 2 in Syracuse NY.

PATH TO MEMBERSHIP CLASS:   On Saturday, April 9th, we will hold a Path to Membership class that we hope all new members and those considering membership will attend.  On Sunday, April 10th, we will welcome all new members during the church service.

RAIHN* WEEK APRIL 3-10:  Please join us in welcoming RAIHN families at First Universalist during the week of April 3-10. Even if you haven't been trained, you are welcome to help with set up or other tasks.  If you would like to learn more before volunteering, we have opportunities to "shadow" experienced volunteers. Sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer,  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence         

PASSOVER SEDER: Clara Barton Lounge, Friday, April 22nd at 6:00 PM. Based on tradition, it will have a distinctly UU flavor and be an open inter-generational participatory event with children and youth most welcome. (Prizes for whoever finds the Afikoman).  Matzoh ball soup, a la Gilbert & Ward-Baker, traditional beverages, and ritual foods will be provided. Sign-ups will begin March 27th so we can prepare appropriately.  A pot luck dinner will be part of the event so capacity will be limited.  If you would like to help or have questions, please call Lew Ward-Baker at 244-6968 or email at

This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, March 14
  • RMRRC Meeting (rental), Clara Barton Lounge, 6 pm
  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Sarah), Volunteer Office, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 16
  • Gather the Spirit, Sanctuary, 5 pm
  • Committee on Ministry (Rec. Celie), Volunteer Office, 7 pm

Thursday, March 17

  • Deadline for Weekly Announcements, noon 
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm

Friday, March 18

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

Saturday, March 19

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

Sunday, March 20

  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • Stewardship Team Meeting, Volunteer Office, noon
  • Book Group, Adult Lounge, 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