This Week at
First Universalist
September 26, 2016
This Week's Service
10:30 a.m. Service: The Final Form of Love“Which is forgiveness.”  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  UU Terminology. Unitarian Universalists use terms in our services similar to those used in other churches, but with different meanings—such as “doctrine,” “sacrament” and “prayer” in our affirmation of faith.  Robert Remley will lead a discussion of how UUs define certain religious terms.  Please feel free to bring up terms you think need to be discussed. 
Upcoming Events
Beginning Meditation Practice

Join us every Wednesday through November 16th from 5:30-6:30pm in the rear of the sanctuary (doors open from 5:15-5:30). This week the meditative experience will be enhanced by SANCTUARY, a Renaissance vocal group which will be unseen but definitely heard from 5:25 to 5:55.  No experience is necessary and you need not be a member to attend. For more information contact Kathy Russell, or Moritz Wagner

Leadership Assembly

The First Universalist Fall Leadership Assembly will be held on Saturday, October 1st, from 9:00-12:00.  We will gather in the Clara Barton Lounge for coffee and goodies at 8:45.  The program will begin at 9:00.  If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Nancy Gaede (


The New York State Convention of Universalists invites you to attend this year’s convention on October 21st and 22nd.  It will be held at the UU Church of Utica and the Unitarian Church of Barneveld.  A copy of this year’s brochure can be found on the bulletin board outside of the church office.  If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact Shirley Bond as soon as possible ( or 325-6084).

Additional Announcements

AGE-ING to SAGE-ING: ELDERHOOD & SPIRITUALITY:  This week is the final session of our Adult Faith Development workshop:

  • Monday, September 26th from 1:30-3:30pm
    at the Arnett Branch Library, 310 Arnett Blvd. OR
  • Thursday, September 29th from 1:30-3:30pm
    at the Irondequoit Public Library, 1290 Titus Ave. 

SOCIAL JUSTICE TASK FORCE:  If you were not able to attend a focus group, you can participate online for one more week.  Go to to complete the questionnaire.  

OVERNIGHTERS NEEDED FOR RAIHN* WEEK:   No, it's not a pajama party, but it's still fun and worthwhile, and you will get more sleep. We need volunteers to stay overnight in the church and host our RAIHN guests on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, October 9-11. To volunteer, sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer,, Marti Eggers,, or Sarah Singal, If you would like to learn more before volunteering, ask us about "shadowing" experienced volunteers.  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

RIBBON CUTTING CELEBRATION:  Join us on Thursday, September 29th at 12 noon in the front flower garden for a ribbon cutting ceremony and free refreshments to celebrate the opening of our Little Free Library & Pantry.  If you have books or items to share, you may place them in the little library & pantry or bring them to the office. Thank you!  

WITNESS PALESTINE FILM FESTIVAL:  Screening documentary and narrative films about the decades-old Palestine-Israel conflict that illustrate the realities on the ground in both Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories.  Two Blue Lines - Sunday, September 25, 2pm, The Little Theater.  Shot over a period of 25 years, Two Blue Lines examines the human and political situation of the Palestinian people from the years prior to the creation of Israeli to the present day.  Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back! – Monday, September 26th, 6:45pm, The Little Theater.  The film sheds light on what Pinkwashing is, how local activists are fighting back, and the resulting community backlash. Admission for each film $10; students $5.  

To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail no later than Thursday at noon.  

This Week's Calendar of Events

Monday, September 26

  • Office Closed
  • Finance Committee, Volunteer Office, 7 pm

Tuesday, September 27

  • Our Outlook production, Volunteer Office, 2 pm

Wednesday, September 28

  • Communications Committee, Volunteer Office, 1 pm
  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:30 pm
  • Membership Committee, Volunteer Office, 6:45 pm

Thursday, September 29

  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", 12 noon
  • Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Little Free Library & Pantry,  12 noon
  • Minister's office hours, Starry Nights Cafe @ Central Library, 1-2 pm

Saturday, October 1

  • Leadership Assembly, Clara Barton Lounge, 8-2
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and 2nd Floor Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

    Sunday, October 2

    • Drop-In Discussion, Chalice Room, 9:15 am
    • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
    • Refreshments, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
    • Eco-Justice Meeting, Chalice Room, 12 noon
    • Private Event (Moosewood Dinner), Clara Barton Lounge, 6 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 Life Span Faith Development: Michelle Yates 
    Director of Music: Stacey Yang

    Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies
    Contact Us
    150 S. Clinton Avenue
    Rochester, NY 14604
    (585) 546-2826

    Office Hours:  Tuesday-Friday, 9 - 3:15