This Week at First Universalist
May 30, 2016
Please note that the Church Office will be closed today for Memorial Day.

JAVA’s OFFICE HOURS: There will be no Java’s office hours on June 2nd. Final Community Office Hours of the church year will be June 9th from 1:30-2:30.    Thank you.
This Week's Service
Sunday, June 5
10:30 a.m. Service -  Flower Communion. Join us for this beloved annual tradition. Bring a flower or two from your garden to share. (We will also have plenty of blooms available.) Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion - Who Was Harriet Tubman? Phil Ebersole will discuss the life and achievements of the person whose face will soon replace Andrew Jackson’s on the $20 bill.
Upcoming Events
GRCC Faith in Action Celebration Dinner

On June 7th at 5:30pm, over 500 people representing more than 25 faith communities will meet for the Annual Faith in Action Celebration Dinner at Pittsford Burgundy Basin Inn to recognize and honor the many people in our faith communities who have put their faith in action daily.  Our own Lois Baum will be honored for her leadership with the homeless committee on the REACH project.  Dinner tickets are $40.00.  Mail check to GRCC, 2 Riverside St., Rochester 14613.  Memo: 1st U Table.  Please inform Becky Elwell that you plan to attend and sit at the First Universalist table ( or 585-313-2358)


Learn how you can join other church members in helping temporarily homeless families get back on their feet. Attend a training session on Wednesday, June 8th, 6:30-8:30 PM at New Hope Free Methodist Church, 62 North Union St, Rochester. RSVP to Jen Canning, or 506-9050. 

Once trained, we hope you will join us in welcoming RAIHN families at First Universalist during our next RAIHN Week, July 10-17th. Even if you haven't been trained, you are welcome to help with set up, clean up, or laundry.  Sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer,  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

Annual Meeting & Picnic

The annual meeting for First Universalist will be held Sunday, June 12th immediately following the service. All members are encouraged to attend. Friends are welcome. Key agenda items include approval for the 2016-2017 budget and elections for key positions. 

Sunday, June 19th will be the annual picnic starting around 1 pm.  The picnic will be held at the Riverbed Shelter in Genesee Valley Park.  Maps and details will be coming.  Questions, contact Karl Abbott at

Additional Announcements

ADULT FAITH DEVELOPMENT - PART 3:   June 9 th  from 6-8 PM in the Clara Barton Lounge.  We will watch Part 3 (The House We Live In) 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 to Michelle Yates ( ).  Childcare is  available if requested one week in advance.

MEMORIAL WALK:   We miss Lauretta so much! In memory of her birthday on June 17th, friends of Lauretta Young will be gathering at Ontario Beach Park for a walk and casual picnic.  We will meet at the Sailboats sculpture around 6:15 p.m. and start out at 6:30 p.m. for a walk to the Lighthouse (about a half hour walk), and back, returning to the park for a casual picnic dinner.  All are asked to bring your own brown bag supper, or pick it up at one of restaurants or concessions in the park.  Please bring lawn chairs or blankets as tables may be in short supply. Questions, contact Shirley Bond ( ) or Marcia Weaver (  In the event of light rain, we are still on.  In the event of a storm, a rain date will be arranged later.  

NEIGHBORHOOD PILGRIMAGE UPCOMING:  A pilgrimage need not take place in a faraway holy city. On Saturday, August 20th, from 9 to noon, there will be a chance to embark on a unique walk around our own church neighborhood. Our journey will take us to nearby places “on the margins”-- spaces of human and environmental vulnerability around us. It will include prayer/ meditation, journaling, and space to process together in response to what we see.  We will be led by Deacon David Palma, of St. Mary’s Church. The walk covers a distance of about 2 miles. If you are interested in attending, please e-mail Rev. Celie ( ) by June 19th. We will take the first 10 RSVPs we receive.

SAVE THE DATE: July 16th at 1:00pm is the 2016 Pride Parade! Come out to see your favorite community bands, floats, kings & queens, politicians, churches, community groups, and more.

BOOK CLUB:  Who doesn't love the summer? Yippie! By the way, we will not be  meeting in June, but we are hoping to have a September book selection choice  by June 1st. Our first fall gathering is September 25th. If you have any questions  they will be happily answered by Shirley Bond at or  Sarah Singal at
This Week's Calendar of Events

Wednesday, June 1

  • Board Meeting, 2nd Floor Lounge, 7 pm

Thursday, June 2

  • Deadline for Weekly Announcements, noon 

Saturday, June 4

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

Sunday, June 5

  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Second Floor Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • House Committee, RE Office, 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