This Week at First Universalist
March 28, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, April 3:
10:30 a.m. Service - What to Do When the World is EndingA sermon in honor of Earth month.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion - Reproductive RightsKate Queary, public affairs organizer for Planned Parenthood of Central and Western New York, will discuss the role of clergy and people of faith in advocating for laws and policies that safeguard and strength access to reproductive medicine.  In addition, she will give a brief overview of recent legislative activity and goals for 2016.
Upcoming Events
Dreamers Among Us

This award-winning documentary will be screened at the Seymour Library on Tuesday, March 29th at 6:30 PM, 161 East Avenue, Brockport 14420.  Members of the Youth Group of Rural & Migrant Ministry created the film after years of fighting for the DREAM Act.  The film captures the pressing need for reform in immigration laws.  One of the “Dreamers” featured in the film will be present for a panel discussion afterward. The event is free to the public.  It is sponsored by collaboration between Rural & Migrant Ministry and Brockport Ecumenical Outreach Committee.  First Universalist Church has supported Rural & Migrant Ministry through plate offerings.   Contact Connie Valk ( for more information, or for transportation to the event.

"Growing Together"

Stewardship Drive 2016

By now, we hope that you have received a pledge card and information in the mail. Pledge cards are also available at the church, or make you pledge online.  

Questions about the process?  Click here for our “Stewardship Basics” brochure. 

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( 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!  Orders must be in by April 3.   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. 

THE LUUnch BUUnch will meet Sunday, April 3rd, 12:30 at  Napa Wood Fired Pizza, 573 South Clinton Ave.  Please consider attending.

BEGINNING  MEDITATION PRACTICE  will take place in the rear of the Sanctuary each Wednesday from 5:15 - 6:30pm through May 25th.  All are welcome - no experience necessary.  Please contact Kathy Russell at  for more information.
ANNUAL SLD ASSEMBLY:  Please consider attending this important event April 1 & 2 in Syracuse NY.  For further information regarding the District Assembly please visit: .  

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,    
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

*Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence 

EARTH WEEK AT FIRST UNIVERSALIST:  Click here to view a list of events happening at First Universalist, April 15 - 23, 2016.  All events are free and open to the public.

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

THE BOOK GROUP is pleased to announce that they will be reading:   "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." The book is now in paperback and the library has many copies.   The book group will meet at 12 noon on April 24th in the discussion  room on the second floor. All are welcome and it is not necessary  to have read the book. See you then. For questions contact either  Shirley Bond at or,  Sarah Singal at
This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, March 29
  • Personnel Meeting, Volunteer Office, 10 am
  • Paper Our Outlook Production, Volunteer Office,
    2 pm
Wednesday, March 30
  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:15 pm
  • Board Meeting, Second Floor Lounge, 7 pm

Thursday, March 31

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

Friday, April 1

  • District Assembly, Syracuse, NY

Saturday, April 2

  • District Assembly, Syracuse, NY
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

Sunday, April 3

  • 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
  • RAIHN Week Begins
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
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