This Week at First Universalist
March 21, 2016
Please note that the church office will be closed Monday, March 21.  
This Week's Service
Sunday, March 27:
10:30 a.m. Service - Easter Sunday.  A celebration of the many ways we rise to meet life, even in the wake of despair.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion - Can We Be Good Without God?  The traditional Universalist side of our faith teaches that “all are saved.” Whatever you make of that statement, it implies we need not worry about the fear or outcome of the hereafter. If the hereafter is less a concern than traditional Christianity teaches, we are left with the here and now. What prompts us to behave in a manner that complements one another? Why should we concern ourselves with doing what we can to make our time on Earth joyful rather than miserable? How does this affect others and the planet?  David Damico will lead a discussion drawing from God. by Mark Vernon.
Upcoming Events
NEW!  Beginning Meditation Practice
Starting Wednesday, March 23 from 5:15 - 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary.  This group will meet each Wednesday through May 25th.   Anyone is welcome to drop in on any or all of the sessions.  Please contact Kathy Russell at  [email protected] for more information.
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.  

Have you found a spiritual home here?
On Saturday, April 9, we will hold a Path to Membership class that we hope all new members and those considering membership will attend.  The class will meet from 9:15 - 12:15 in the Clara Barton Lounge.  Please sign-up at the membership table in the lounge, or RSVP to Nancy Gaede ([email protected]) by Friday, April 1st.  Childcare available if requested by April 1st.  All new members will be welcomed at our service on Sunday, April 10th.
Additional Announcements

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. 
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.

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 Sunday service, or contact Chris DeGolyer, [email protected]  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence          

T he next RAIHN training will be Tuesday, April 12th,  6:30 pm, at  United Church of Pittsford, 123 S. Main St., Pittsford.
Even if you can't volunteer, here are two other ways to support RAIHN:
  • Tuesday, April 5th, Dine for RAIHN after 5 PM at Benucci's at Greece Ridge Mall. Make reservations at 227-3031.  
  • Saturday night, April 30th, participate in Car City
"GROWING TOGETHER"  is this year's stewardship theme. Stewardship is an annual opportunity to show not just our financial support for this congregation but also to share our gifts, passions and dreams for the future of our church! You will be receiving more information during services over the next month and in the mail. Pledge Sunday is April 17th.  Be sure to join us as well celebrate our growth and enjoy the pie-fest!

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 [email protected].
This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, March 21
  • Office Closed
Wednesday, March 23
  • Paper Our Outlook Deadline, noon
  • Communications Committee, Volunteer Office, 1:00 pm
  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:15 pm
  • Membership Committee, Volunteer Office, 6:30 pm

Thursday, March 24

  • Deadline for Weekly Announcements, noon 
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm
  • UU History Series (#5 repeat), Sanctuary, 1:30 pm

Friday, March 25

  • Tenebrae Service, Sanctuary, 7 pm

Saturday, March 26

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

Sunday, March 27

  • 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
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