This Week at First Universalist
October 19, 2015
This Week's Service
One Like the Sea Let’s take a trip abroad with Frederick Douglass across the Atlantic seeking evidence to combat racism and global support for racial equality at home. What will we find? What will we learn? What message does Douglass have for us 150 years later? Are we various as the waves or one like the sea?  Verdis Robinson.  10:30 a.m.  

Drop-in Discussion:  Making Government Respond.  How can citizens, organizations and local government be made to work together for the public good. Jessie Werner will present some ideas, based on her personal experience.  9:15 a.m.
Upcoming Events
Evening Worship Service
Join John Akers and Rev. Celie Katovitch this Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m. for an uplifting evening service of singing and sharing. Come to light a candle, place a stone, voice prayers, sorrows, and gratitudes, and most of all, to have your heart lifted by song.  
Book Club
The Book Club will be meeting October 25 to discuss  Waiting for Snow in Havana,  by Carlos Eire.  This memoir recalls Carlos' airlift from Cuba to America in 1962 at the age of 11.  All are welcome! Come join us in the Adult Lounge from 12:15 - 1:15. Contact Shirley Bond with any questions.
CHANGE is coming!
It's time to grab that old jar of loose change and bring those quarters, dimes, and other coins to church on November 1 & 8.  We’ll pool our change and help to support our church’s programs, both within our walls and out in the community.  Watch for the change collection table in the Clara Barton Lounge.  
Additional Announcements
2015 NYSCU Representatives:  We are pleased to announce this year's representatives from First Universalist at the Annual Meeting of the NYS Convention of Universalists on October 23-24 in Oneonta:   Dolores Da Lomba,  Karen Dau,  Richard Gilbert,  Michael Scott, and  Bridget Watts.  

CHURCH DIRECTORY UPDATE:  Throughout the month of October, we will be asking you to confirm or correct the information that we currently have in the church directory.  If you are unable to view the directory after services, please e-mail your current contact information to  Thank you! 

BECOME A MOCHA VOLUNTEER:  This is a great way for a UU prayer (service is our prayer) and only asks for a commitment of once every 7-9 weeks.  Our current coffee hour hosts have been doing it for quite some time, and some new folks willing to step in would be greatly appreciated.

YOU ARE INVITED:   The UU Church of Amherst, along with the UU Church of Hamburg, will be jointly Ordaining Rev. Michelle George Yates (our Director of Lifespan Faith Development) on Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. at the UU Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville, NY.  Reception to follow.  Donations of food are welcome.

RAIHN TRAINING SESSION - LEVEL 2:  If you are an experienced volunteer, you can learn more about how culture, trauma, and poverty have shaped RAIHN guests' experiences at the second level training for experienced volunteers on Wednesday, November 4th from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Pittsford.  For more information or to sign up, contact Chris DeGolyer ( or Jen Canning (506-9050,

MINI-CHATAUQUA IN ROCHESTER:  Nazareth College, Hickey Center is pleased to invite you to a Symposium - On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility, October 27, 1:30-6:30 PM at the Nazareth College of Rochester, Otto Shults Community Center, Forum.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Adam Frank, Professor of Astrophysics, and Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Biologist, author, and cancer survivor.  Talks include "Abrahamic Traditions on the Environment" and "Indian and Native Traditions on the Environment."  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information click here.

This Week's Calendar of Events
Wednesday,  October 21
  • Paper "Our Outlook" Deadline, 12 pm
  • Library Committee, Clara Barton Lounge, 2 pm
  • Social Justice Committee, Clara Barton Lounge, 6 pm
  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Celie), Volunteer Office, 7 pm
Thursday,  October 22
  • Deadline for Written Announcements, noon
  • Deadline for "This Week" e-Newsletter, noon
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm

Saturday, October 23 

  • NYSCU Weekend Conference, Oneonta
  • Evening Worship Service, Sanctuary, 7 pm
Saturday,  October 24 
  • NYSCU Weekend Conference, Oneonta
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 
Sunday,  October 25
  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • Book Group, Adult Lounge, 12:15 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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