This Week at First Universalist
November 30, 2015
This Week's Service
Of Freebies and Freedoms.  A consideration of some of the varieties of religious freedom. Rev. Celie Katovitch

Drop-in Discussion:  The Devils Is in the Details.  Well-meaning programs and reforms often fail because the people in charge don’t consult the people affected.  Jessie Werner will give some examples from her own experience, and lead a discussion.
Upcoming Events
ROC the Day with us tomorrow!
This year, First Universalist of Rochester will be participating in ROC the Day on December 1st ("Giving Tuesday").  ROC the Day is a 24-hour, online event that provides people an opportunity to support non-for-profit organizations doing great work in the Rochester community, including First Universalist .  You can help us by getting the word out!
Shop 'Til You Drop & Dining for RAIHN  
Tuesday, December 1st, 5-9 PM at Pittsford Plaza.   One World Goods, a fair trade gift store that sells quality handcrafted items, apparel, jewelry and coffee from around the world, and family-owned  Hobby House Toys, specializing in educational toys, games, puzzles, science, puppets and much more, will donate a portion of their proceeds to RAIHN.   Bennuci’s Restaurant will donate 20% of your dining check to RAIHN.  Reservations suggested: 264-1300.  
Click HERE for more info!
UU History Series
Our Adult Religious Education class continues on Wednesday, December 2, 6:30 - 8:30 PM in the Clara Barton Lounge.  Part 4: Murray to Ballou (approx. 1 hour), followed by facilitated discussion and conversation.  If you haven't been able to attend the first few sessions, it's okay!  Anyone can join at any time.
RSVP Michelle Yates at  or 585-310-2484.   
Additional Announcements
PREPARATION MEETING FOR REGIONALIZATION:  The St. Lawrence District Board invites you to hear about our regionalization plans.  The Board and our regional staff are facilitating meetings in our congregational clusters to tell you where we are with regionalization and to get your input.  This is to prepare our congregations, and their delegates, for the vote to dissolve our district in favor of our region, the Central East Region, at our upcoming District Assembly next spring. 
First Universalist will host a cluster meeting on Saturday, Dec 5 at 1pm.

IT'S HOLIDAY SHOPPE TIME!  Our Holiday Shoppe will be in full swing on Sundays through December 20.  Avoid the malls!  Stop by the table in the Clara Barton Lounge to find wonderful gifts, crafts, and baked goods.  Get your shopping done while helping to support our church.  Do you have items to donate for the Holiday Shoppe?  You can bring them to church any time. We are looking for items which are new and can be sold for $20 or less (“re-gifting” is encouraged!), as well as hand crafted items and baked goods. Contact Paula Marchese ( ) with any questions.

HOLIDAY COLLECTION FOR FIRST UNIVERSALIST STAFF :  The plate collection on December 6TH will be used for holiday bonuses for our staff at First Universalist in appreciation of the wonderful work they do.  Please give generously.

DECK THE HALLS WITH... CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS! Please help make the sanctuary beautiful for Christmas by ordering a poinsettia plant for $8. You can place your order with Marcy Klein, Ruth Fitzgerald, or Eileen Fernandez by Sunday, December 13th.  Please specify whether you will take the plant home after the Christmas Eve service or donate it to our Congregation without Walls.  If you'd like to dedicate the plant in memory or honor of someone, we'll list his/her name in the Order of Service on Sunday, December 20th and on Christmas Eve.  Also, if you'd like to deliver a plant to someone, we welcome your help! 

MITTEN TREE:   This year our church children will decorate the mitten tree on December 13th. Please bring in store bought or handmade or barely used mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to place either under the tree or just on the chancel floor to the right. All adult and children's sizes are needed. Donations following the 13th will still be gratefully accepted, until after Christmas. Stuffed animals cannot be used. Thanks in advance!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY: A temporary shelter, referred to as "REACH House" will run for six months this winter for men and women who are chronically homeless.  Besides financial support, REACH is looking for people to volunteer with day-to-day operation of the shelter.  REACH House welcomes groups, or individuals, willing to prepare meals, donate their time and serve the meals to the REACH House community of approximately 30 "guests."   If you are interested in joining a group from First Universalist Church to volunteer your time, and/or help prepare a meal, contact Carole Hoffman:  More information about REACH and how to donate can be found in the December issue of "Our Outlook" or online at

TRAVEL-SIZE TOILETRIES NEEDED:   Do you have a collection of toiletries from hotel stays?  Would you be willing to donate some to the REACH House?  The new shelter urgently needs travel-size shampoos, conditioners, toothbrushes, toothpaste, lotions, tissue packets, combs and brushes.  Please leave what you can in the REACH box in the Clara Barton Lounge any Sunday this month.  Thanks!

UNDIES SUNDAY:   The Homeless Task Force is asking for donations of underwear (mostly men, some women) for REACH House guests - any size/style (the men prefer boxers).  Must be NEW. To be donated ASAP - contact Lois Baum at .    

WORKING TVs WANTED:  Do you have a working TV that you could donate to First Universalist's RAIHN program?  Our RAIHN guests appreciate having the privacy of their own rooms, and a TV in their room can go a long way in making them feel at home, especially if they have young children who go to bed early.  If you can help, please let Marti Eggers or Sarah Singal know.  Thanks so much!

NAME TAGS:   We have removed all the old stringed name tags from the name tag boards in the hall.  They are in a plastic bag on the Membership shelves in the Volunteer Office if you would like to take yours home.  If you need a new name tag, please add your name to the list on the greeter table.  Thank you.
This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, November 30
  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Sarah), Volunteer Office 7 pm
Tuesday, December 1 Wednesday, December 2
  • UU History Series, Clara Barton Lounge, 6:30 pm
Thursday,  December 3
  • Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 8:45 am
  • Announcement Deadline
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm
Saturday,  December 5
  • CERG - Regionalization Plans, Clara Barton Lounge & Sanctuary, 1 pm
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 
Sunday,  December 6
  • 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
  • The Holiday Shoppe, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • Finance Committee, Volunteer Office, noon
  • House Committee, RE Office, noon
  • Private Rehearsal, Sanctuary, 1 pm
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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Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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