This Week at First Universalist

June 1, 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:

Love the Hell Out of the World


Universalism in our day, looking back over the year we've had as a congregation on annual meeting Sunday. Rev. Celie Katovitch.


This Week's Drop-In Discussion: The Iran Deal.  Phil Ebersole will make a presentation on the agreement between the U.S., Iran and the other great powers and lead a discussion on its consequences.

The Annual Meeting will be held in the sanctuary immediately following the service.

RAIHN* Week Needs Volunteers


In two weeks (June 14-21)  we will host temporarily homeless families at First Universalist. We still have about 20 openings for volunteers. If you haven't trained yet, the next volunteer training session will be held Tuesday, June 9th, 6:30-8:30 PM at First Unitarian Church,  220 S. Winton Rd, Rochester.  If you haven't trained, you are still very welcome to help with set up or lunch on Sunday, June 14th or clean up on Sunday, June 21. Please sign up after church or contact Chris DeGolyer ( or 461-3616). 


*Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network

This Week at First Universalist




June 3



Announcement Deadline, noon




June 4


e-bulletin Deadline, noon





June 6



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




June 7



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


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


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


ANNUAL MEETING, Sanctuary, immediately following the service


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.



JUNE 7: ANNUAL MEETING for First Universalist will be held June 7 immediately following the service. Key agenda items will include approval of the 2015-2016 annual budget and election of church leaders. The deadline for submitting annual reports is Friday, May 22. Annual reports will be available Sunday, May 31.


JUNE 7: LIBRARY, BOOKSTORE TO CLOSE AFTER JUNE 7: The church library and bookstore will be open in the Clara Barton lounge before and after the congregational meeting.  It will be closed for the season June 14 and 21.  We have a free magazine exchange, used books for sale for 25 and 50 cents and new books for sale at a discount.  We'll be clearing out all the 25-cent books, except for children's books, before we re-open again, so this will be your last chance to take advantage of these bargains.  If you have a book borrowed from our library, we ask that you return or renew it before we close for the church year.


JUNE 20: CHURCH PICNIC:Saturday, June 20, Lake View Shelter 1 at Webster Park, noon-4 pm. Parking is on the other side of Lake Rd. What to bring:  A dish to pass, something to grill, your drinks, and board games, sports equipment (e.g. badminton, Frisbees, bocce sets etc.)The church will provide dishes, utensils, napkins, condiments, and the heated grill.


JUNE 24-28: GENERAL ASSEMBLY:June 24-28, Portland, OR. The theme is Building a New Way. Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. 



CALLING ALL MUSICIANS! Our summer services will be starting on June 27, and music for those services is provided by volunteer musicians.  Could you be one of them?  Even if you have just one piece you've always wanted to try to perform, we'll make a time and place for you to do it, whatever your voice or instrument.  Please contact the summer music coordinator, Ann Rhody at for more information.


FOOD INGATHERING VOLUNTEER NEEDED: We are looking for another volunteer to help take food from our Ingathering services to the Nester Street Community Food Cupboard. If interested please contact Ed Deller at or 967-9141 or talk to Charlie Gibson.


KEEPER OF THE FLAME: The Keeper sets out the chalice, candles, stones for joys and sorrows and puts them away. Each person is Keeper every 4-6 weeks. Please see Michael VanArsdale if you are interested. Couples can do this together.


THE BOOK CLUB WILL NOT BE MEETING JUNE, JULY, OR AUGUST. We will meet again September 27th. We will be discussing "Dreaming in Cuban" by Christina Garcia. A remarkably funny yet endearing novel set in Cuba and Brooklyn. A great read for this time in history. The book is short, lively, and informative. For further information please contact Sarah Singal or Shirley Bond.

Let your love be like the misty rains, coming softly, but flooding the river. ~Malagasy Proverb
First Universalist Church | 150 S. Clinton Ave. | Rochester, NY 14604