This Week at First Universalist
May 2, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, May 8
10:30 a.m. Service - Heroines. On Mother’s Day, we will look to the stories of some of the women who shaped our faith, in ways large and small, and the legacy they have left to us today.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion - South Africa RevisitedTwenty or so years ago, the Rev. Richard Gilbert visited South Africa with a delegation of ministers investigating the white minority government’s policies of apartheid.  In April, he revisited the country, now ruled by members of the black majority, and he will discuss what he saw.
Upcoming Events
Spring Clean-up Day - May 7

Saturday, May 7th, starting around 9:00 AM.  If you have ever wanted to volunteer for the church or to just get to know the building as well as other members a little better, this is a perfect opportunity! There will be all kinds of cleaning, fixing, painting, etc. jobs to be completed – something for all skill levels.  Bring along your favorite tools or cleaning products.  Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be provided.  Socializing and fun will also be part of the agenda.  For more information, please contact Tom Ruganis at 746-7796 (cell) or 442-2968 (home) or email to [email protected].  

Food Ingathering - May 8

Consider donating a non-perishable food item on Sunday, May 8th.  A collection will take place during the service and donations will go to the Community Food Cupboard.  Most needed items include peanut butter, canned beans & proteins, hearty soups & stews, brown rice, canned vegetables, whole grain pasta, and whole grain cereal.  A Gentle Reminder:  Please remember to check the expiration date on donated items.  We want to share healthy, fresh food with our neighbors. Thank you!

Save the Date - May 22

Understanding Homelessness in Our Downtown Neighborhood

Rev. Celie, the Homelessness Task Force, and the Board invite all members and friends of the congregation to a presentation at noon on Sunday, May 22, in the Sanctuary.  Several local experts will speak with our congregation about the diverse factors influencing homelessness in downtown Rochester.  We encourage all members to attend who are able; the hour may be especially helpful to those with limited prior experience with homelessness beyond RAIHN.  The primary goal of this hour is not to come to decisions or solutions, but simply to take one more step in learning more about this complex topic.  

Additional Announcements

RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION:  A new Adult RE class begins Thursday, May 12th from 6-8 PM in the Clara Barton Lounge.  We will watch Part 1(The Difference Between Us) of California Newsreel's 3-part documentary about race in society, science, & history, to be followed by facilitated discussion and conversation.  Teens are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please RSVP so we can plan enough seating (Michelle Yates - [email protected]).  Childcare available if requested a week in advance.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PLATE collection for Sunday, May 15th will support young readers and writers via the organization called Writers and Books. We are hoping to be able to give a scholarship to a couple of students so they can attend the summer program.  

NOMINATING COMMITTEE NEWS:  Have you thought of serving on our Nominating Committee? We are looking for two new members to join us. Committee members must be active members of the church for at least two years. This committee does not require a huge time commitment; we meet 4 to 6 times a year when needed. We work together to select nominees for all elective offices, and official delegates to denominational meetings. Any Nominating Committee member will be happy to give you whatever information you need. Please let Shirley Bond or Marcy Klein know by May 15th if you are interested. Thanks for thinking of us! – Shirley Bond, Glenda Brayman, Marcy Klein, Virginia Sykes and Howard Spindler

UU GENERAL ASSEMBLY:  Are you interested in attending this year's UU General Assembly in Columbus, Ohio, June 22nd to June 26th? The theme will be “Heart Land, Where Faiths Connect,” and the meeting will celebrate our multi-faith world. We are looking for three delegates. Please let Shirley Bond or Marcy Klein know by May 15th if you are interested or if you need further information.

THE BOOK CLUB meets Sunday, May 29th at noon in the discussion room.  This month's 
selection is "The Garden of Evening Mists" by  Tan Twan Eng. The story takes place in Malaya in 1951 and is filled with all the components  that draw readers to books. The author writes eloquently and captures 'stillness on paper.' You do not need to have read the book to join us. Any questions please see Sarah Singal or Shirley Bond.

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   [email protected]  for more information.

CHURCH-WIDE CONTEST: Renaming the Adult Lounge!  The contest for renaming is open to all members and friends of First Universalist.  Youth are encouraged to suggest names, too.  How do you participate in this creative endeavor?  Here are the simple rules:
  • Complete a form from the Communications Bulletin Board, and place it in the envelope there.  --OR--
  • Email your suggestion to our Office Administrator at [email protected].
The deadline is June 26th.  The winning name will be announced in September, after the Communications Committee sifts through the entries and carefully chooses the one that fits best.  
This Week's Calendar of Events
Wednesday, May 4
  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:15 pm
  • Worship Associate Meeting, 2nd Floor Lounge, 7 pm

Thursday, May 5

  • Deadline for Weekly Announcements, noon 
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm
  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Sarah), Volunteer Office, 7 pm

Saturday, May 7

  • Spring Clean-up Day @ First Universalist, 9 AM
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

Sunday, May 8

  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Food Ingathering, Sanctuary, 10:45 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]
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150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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