This Week at First Universalist
September 5, 2016
This Week's Service
Sunday, September 11
10:00 a.m. Service: Ingathering. As we gather together again for the new church year, we’ll explore religious community as a place of renewal and transformation -- through story, song, ceremony, and celebration. - Rev. Celie Katovitch

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  How Do We Become a Justice Congregation?  Dick Gilbert, a member of the Social Justice Task Force, will lead a focus group on priorities for the social mission of First Universalist Church.
Upcoming Events
Blessing with Ingathering Waters

We will have a short blessing of the Chalice Room (formerly the Adult Lounge) to celebrate its new name, immediately following the service on September 11th. Please plan to join us! We will also extend this ritual for anyone wishing to inaugurate a new year with a blessing from our church community. Whether starting a new chapter in school, at work, or personally, all are welcome to bring an object to be blessed that symbolizes that new beginning. Backpacks, tool-belts, laptop cases, and beyond -- all welcome!

Monthly Food Ingathering 

Consider donating a non-perishable food item on Sunday, September 11th.  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!

Social Justice Task Force

A Social Justice Task Force, appointed by the Board and approved by the congregation, has been created to help discern our role in helping transform the Rochester community into a more just, equitable and peaceful place. Members of the Task Force, Chair Eric Van Dusen, Connie Valk and Dick Gilbert, have met several times and have interviewed community leaders who have distinctive knowledge of the Rochester community. The Board and Social Responsibility Committee have also been interviewed. Results are being compiled and will be reported to the Board.

The Task Force now turns its attention to gathering input from members and friends of the congregation through a series of focus groups. Members of the Task Force will lead these discussions which will be collected and reported to the Board. We ask that you attend just one of these conversations:

  • September 11th at 9:15 a.m. Discussion Group in the Chalice Room
  • September 11th after Coffee, 12:00 noon in the Chalice Room
  • September 18th after Coffee, 12:00 noon in the Chalice Room

Want to see what questions we will explore at each Focus Group? Click on this link:

Adult Faith Development Workshop

As requested, Adult Faith Development is offering a program on "the aging experience" in September.  From Age-ing to Sage-ing is a 3-session workshop that will be offered twice at two different libraries and is open to the public. Invite your friends, but please rsvp to Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development, at with which library program you will attend, OR call the library directly.

  • Arnett Branch Library- 310 Arnett Blvd., (585) 428-8214.  Mondays, September 12, 19, & 26 from 1:30- 3:30pm

  • Irondequoit Public Library- 1290 Titus Ave., (585) 336-6060. Thursdays, September 15, 22, & 29 from 1:30-3:30pm

While not required, participants may be interested in reading From Age-ing to Sage-ing : A Profound New Vision of Growing Older, by Schachter-Shalomi & Miller, which can be found in Monroe County Public Library system.

Additional Announcements

For additional announcements including Library News, RAIHN, Book Group, and upcoming events and activities, please visit our website at  

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

This Week's Calendar of Events

Wednesday, September 7

  • Social Justice Plate Committee, Volunteer Office, 10 am
  • New Staff Orientation, Volunteer Office 11 am

Thursday, September 8

  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", noon

Saturday, September 10

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

Sunday, September 11

  • Drop-In Discussion, Chalice Room, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Food Ingathering, Sanctuary, 10:45 am
  • Blessing of the Chalice Room, 11:45
  • Refreshments, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45
  • Social Justice Focus Group, Chalice Room, 12 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 Life Span Faith Development:   Michelle Yates 
Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies
Contact Us
150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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