This Week at First Universalist

March 23, 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 Donkey in the Crowd and the Elephant in the Room

Through Palm Sunday runs the theme of peace as the heart of faith. Yet, in this year that has seen the rise of ISIS, an old, persistent question arises with new urgency: what is the relationship between religion and violence? Rev. Celie Katovitch.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: The Devil You Say!  Why do we lie so frequently? Is it part of being human? It is argued that in any 15 minute conversation with another individual there will be at least three lies. Bill Elwell will examine the history of lying that began in the Garden of Eden, based on the book, The Devil Wins: A History of Lying.

Dollar man Money 101


Please join us for "Money 101!!" Sunday, March 29 at 12:15 PM What is Stewardship? How is money used at First Universalist Church? How do I know how much to pledge? How can I support the church if I don't have much money?  


On Sunday, March 29 at 12:15, please join Rev. Celie and Stewardship leaders for a short session as they walk you through some basic information about finances at First Universalist. Perfect for newer members and friends, or those who would like a refresher about how the whole thing works.

book club Book Group


The March book will be The Road From Coorain, by Jill Ker Conway. We will meet March 29, the LAST Sunday in March, at noon, in the Adult Lounge.The two contact people for that book club are Sarah Singal and Shirley Bond. 


Also. ..The April's Book Club choice is Rodrigo's Land written by our very own Steve Farrington. We will meet April 26th at 12 noon in the adult lounge. Join us for this sure to be lively discussion. The author will be present.

Tenebrae Service

On Wednesday, April 1st, there will be a Tenebrae service in the sanctuary at 7 pm. This is a quiet service of music and readings honoring the sacred darkness in our lives, the mystery of loss, and the possibility of healing. Candles are extinguished throughout the service, until at its end, only the light of the chalice remains. All are welcome.

This Week at First Universalist




March 25



Announcement Deadline, noon


Paper Our Outlook deadline, noon


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




March 26



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm




March 27



District Assembly, Niagara Falls, NY



March 28



District Assembly, Niagara Falls, NY


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




March 29



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


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


Money 101, Sanctuary, 12:15 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.



EASTER PLANTS: Please help decorate the sanctuary for Easter by ordering a plant for $8.  Marcy Klein and Marti Eggers will be taking plant orders through Sunday, March 29th. Please specify whether you want to take the plant home with you after the Easter service or want to donate it to a member of the home congregation. If you'd like to dedicate the plant in memory of or in honor of someone, we'll list his/her name in the Easter Sunday Order of Service. Also, if you'd like to deliver a plant to someone, we could use your help!


RECYCLING: The church hauler does not take our recycling. Please help by taking the blue bins home. There's a signup sheet in the lounge, on the small stand-up bulletin board near the cabinets. See Karen Dau with questions.  Thanks so much!  

COFFEE: Our church is now purchasing fair traded, organically grown coffee from the Coffee Connection, with three locations in Rochester. Its mission is to empower women in recovery from drug addiction as well as teach job skills. A win-win UU value!

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A WAY TO MEET PEOPLE AT FIRST UNIVERSALIST?  Why not usher?  The duties are easy:  greet people at the sanctuary entrances and hand out order of service; take up the offering; count those attending; give the joys and sorrows cards to the minister; count the offering and process checks after the service.  This would not be an every Sunday duty. Contact Karl Abbott, 256-2611.


EASTMAN LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: Concerts are held in the sanctuary each Thursday at 12:15 pm. They are free and open to the public.



NOW-APRIL 19: LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD! Our annual stewardship campaign is here!  We will begin soliciting pledges next week and will conclude the campaign on April 19th with an old fashioned pie fest in the Clara Barton Lounge following the church service. Please watch for a stewardship mailing, and please let your voice be heard by making a financial contribution to First Universalist for 2015-2016.


MARCH 25: RAIHN TRAINING: Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 PM, St. Paul's, 25 Westminster Rd. Learn more about the issues our families are facing that shape their experiences, such as culture, trauma and poverty All are invited!  RSVP to Jen Canning, 585-506-9050.


MARCH 27-29: DISTRICT ASSEMBLY will be March 27-28, 2015 in Niagara Falls. This year's theme is "Deep Roots, Broad Wings". If interested, please contact Tom Williams.


APRIL 3: PASSOVER SEDER: Reservationsfor the Passover Seder dinner on April 3 in the Clara Barton Lounge continue after church this week and next.  Please contact Lew Ward-Baker at 244-6968 or if you have questions, to sign up, or want to help.  Kids and guests will be welcome to this traditional/ UU- flavored fun event.


APRIL 5-12:RAIHN HOST WEEK: First Universalist Church will host temporarily homeless families with help from St. Mary's, Church of Love, and Aldersgate. If you haven't attended training for RAIHN, you can still volunteer to help with set up, clean up, and launder bedding. If you're unsure what a specific task involves, ask us about shadowing a seasoned volunteer. To volunteer or to ask questions, contact Chris DeGolyer ( or 461-3616) or Marti Eggers.


APRIL 11: HAVEYOU BEEN COMING TO FIRST UNIVERSALIST FOR A WHILE and feel that you have found a spiritual home here?  If you are considering formally becoming a member of our congregation, we invite you to attend a Path to Membership class on Saturday, April 11, from 10-12:30.  We will  spend time together exploring the dimensions of membership, and share a tasty brunch.  Those deciding to become members will be formally welcomed into the congregation on Membership Sunday, April 12.  Childcare will be available if requested.  Please contact Nancy Gaede (256-2611) to sign up for the Path class and to make child care arrangements. THE DEADLINE FOR BOTH IS SUNDAY, APRIL 5. If you cannot join us on April 11 but are interested in membership, please contact Reverend Celie as soon as possible.

Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding. ~Albert Einstein

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