This Week at First Universalist

April 27 , 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:
Flower Communion

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. 

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Free and Fair Trade.

Congress is now considering the Trans Pacific Partnership agreement involving the USA and 11 other Pacific nations.  Critics say its purpose is to enact the corporate agenda into international law.  Phil Ebersole will make a presentation on the TPP.

Thank you, thank you!  


The 2015 Stewardship Campaign has been successful, and most First Universalist members and friends have made a pledge to support the 2015-16 budget.  We only need a few more to reach or surpass last year's total!


Thanks to co-chairs Glenda Brayman and Howard Spindler as well as Bill Jones and the finance team for working on the campaign. And many thanks to all who brought pies to share on Stewardship Sunday!


If you forgot to make your pledge, or have recently made the decision to do so, it's never too late!  Please contact Bill Jones at to make your pledge via e-mail, or request a pledge card.

Healthy Sisters' Soup Sunday

Soup Sunday is this Sunday, May 3. Healthy Sisters' Soup and Bean Works will be providing soups for Coffee Hour on May 3rd. Members and friends will be able to purchase soups after tasting several of their offerings.The revenue from products goes directly back in to the program, making every purchase vital to its success.

The program objectives are two-fold: To provide a successful work experience that will result in employment, moving women from dependence to independence; and to generate revenue from sales in support of program operations, ultimately helping more women. Each year, Healthy Sisters' Soup & Bean Works helps approximately 25 women receive job training, earn a stipend, and develop self-confidence in order to enter or re-enter the workforce.

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.

This Week at First Universalist




April 28



Paper Outlook Production, Volunteer Office, 2 pm




April 29



Announcement Deadline, noon


Adult RE Class, Adult Lounge, 6:30 pm




April 30



e-bulletin Deadline, noon


Eastman Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm




May 2



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




May 3



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


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


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Soup Sunday, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


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 6: 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 29 and May  - 6:30-8:00 p.m. RSVP to Michelle at (585)310-2484 or


MAY 2: 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!


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

Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. ~John Harrigan

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