This Week at First Universalist

April 20 , 2015


First Universalist Church


First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY



Rev. Celie Katovitch


Director of Music: 

 Bryan Holten  


Director of
Life Span Faith Development:

Michelle Yates

Office Administrator: 

Kris White
This Week's Service:
The Night Pond: Contemplating the cycle of stillness and movement.

As much as we desire to be productive and useful as we labor in the fields of life, there is a voice within, calling us to cease all mental and physical striving. Take some time to contemplate this idea, and use it to find your own night pond waiting for you at the center of your life work. Guest Speaker: Paul Swiatek.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Free to Choose. Almost all Americans believe they should be free to decide things for themselves, but with certain exceptions such as abortion, gun ownership, use of marijuana, vaccination and so on. Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion of freedom and its exceptions.

Let Your Voice Be Heard:  Stewardship 2015


Thank you, thank you,  for sharing your voice,  and your support!  Most of our members and friends have returned pledge cards for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  If we have missed you, it's not too late!  Please return your pledge card today,  or e-mail your pledge to Collector Bill Jones at 

Adult Religious Education


"Articulating Our UU Faith" This three session workshop considers how do we talk about, share or answer questions about our faith as Unitarian Universalists. Wednesday evenings - April 22nd, 29th and May 6th - 6:30-8:00 p.m. RSVP to Michelle at (585) 310-2484 or

book club Book Group


April's book choice is Rodrigo's Land written by our very own Steve Farrington. We will meet Sunday, April 26th at noon in the adult lounge. Join us for this sure to be lively discussion. The author will be present. Contact Sarah Singal or Shirley Bond.

RAIHN Car City 2015


Help Put the Brakes on Homelessness: A car is no substitute for a home.  


Car City is a fundraiser as well as a way to shed light on homelessness in Rochester.  Families, youth groups and other teams are invited sleep in their cars at Asbury Methodist on Saturday, May 2nd.  There will be evening activities, including live music and a sundae bar.  Local Author Sonja Livingston will share excerpts from her book Ghostbread and reflect on growing up in poverty in Rochester.  


If you don't want to sleep in your car but want to support RAIHN Car City, join Team VirtUUal.  Here's how - Go to, click on the SIGN UP/DONATE NOW box, enter Team VirtUUal in the SEARCH box, and you're on your way to helping our UU team reach its goal.  Your support will directly assist homeless families as they work to achieve sustainable independence.  Thank you!

This Week at First Universalist




April 20



Social Justice Committee Meeting, 6 pm


Committee on Ministry, Volunteer Office, 7 pm




April 22



Announcement Deadline, noon


Paper Outlook Deadline, noon


Communications Committee Meeting, Off-site, 1:30 pm


Library Committee Meeting, Library, 2 pm


Adult RE, Adult Lounge, 6:30 pm




April 23



e-bulletin Deadline, noon


Eastman Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm




April 25



SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge, 8 pm




April 26



Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


Book Group, Adult Lounge, 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.



MAY 3: FLOWER COMMUNION is a time-honored UU tradition in which flowers are shared among us, in recognition of our human unity and diversity. This year's Flower Communion service will be on May 3rd. All are welcome to bring a flower (or several) to share. 


MAY 4: ADVOCACY DAY: Monday, May 4, from 10am to 3:30pm, Interfaith Impact of New York State sponsors an Advocacy Day in Albany for legislative visits. Specific issues the IINYS Board has chosen to emphasize are: the Women's Reproductive Security Act, Trans Gender Civil Rights (GENDA), Humane Alternatives to Long Term Solitary Confinement (HALT Solitary Act). You are invited to attend. Dick Gilbert is coordinating transportation.  Contact him for further information at 244-7403 or 738-8229 or


MAY 13: REMEMBERING LAURETTA: Friends of Lauretta Young are invited to gather in the adult lounge on Wednesday May 13 from 6:30 to 8pm to share stories, thoughts and memories about her.  You are welcome to bring snacks and beverages to enjoy.  Brief readings will be presented to open and close our time together.

Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance. ~Morgan Freeman

First Universalist Church | 150 S. Clinton Ave. | Rochester, NY 14604