This Week at First Universalist

May 18, 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:
Why Be Good?

It's a question people have been asking Universalists for ages. Rev. Celie Katovitch.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Manifest Destiny.  Was there a time in American history when we Americans did things that are just as bad as what ISIS is doing now?  Harvey Rothbeind will lead a discussion of the Indian Wars and other episodes of American history.

musical notes 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.

groceries 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.

RAIHN Car City


You may have missed the RAIHN Car City sleepover, RAIHN's largest fundraiser of the year, but you can still support Team VirtUUal on line or directly until June 1st.  Just go to and follow the Car City donate buttons and prompts, or make a donation by check or cash directly to the team leader, Marti Eggers  Every donation will help the team meet its goal.  Help us raise awareness that: A car should not be a replacement for a home...

Permaculture Service in the Community Garden 


A worship service will be held outside in our church garden on Friday, May 29th, at 6:15 pm. We'll celebrate the beginning of planting season in word and song, and join together in blessing the earth. The service will last about 1/2 hour; members of the garden crew will be present afterward to share info or answer questions about this ministry. All are welcome.

This Week at First Universalist




May 18



Committee on Ministry, Volunteer Office, 7 pm



May 19



Planting Party, Garden, 1 pm



May 20



Announcement Deadline, noon


Paper Our Outlook Deadline, noon




May 21


Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 9:30 am


e-bulletin Deadline, noon


Eastman Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm




May 22



Annual Report Deadline, noon



May 23



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




May 24



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


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 19: PLANTING PARTY: Tuesday, May 19 from 1-4. Get a hands on introduction to permaculture in our vegetable garden. Learn what plants we have so far and learn how and what to weed. Sign up for garden watering. Soak up the fresh air and let spring sink farther into your bones. Meet at the raised beds at the southwest corner of church. Postponed if pouring rain.


MAY 30: SPRING CLEAN-UP: Saturday May 30,9 am-1 pm. Note that this is the Saturday AFTER Memorial Day weekend. Bring your favorite cleaning solutions and we will also supply some, too.  Please let the house committee know of any other cleaning or small repairs that you would like to have addressed. If you would like to lend a hand with this cleaning, minor repairs or smoke alarm/emergency lighting checks, please let us know or just show up!  Morning snacks and a light lunch will be provided.


MAY 31: BOOK GROUP will meet on Sunday, May 31 at noon in the Adult Lounge. This month's book is A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute. In the book, a newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during WWII. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war. Everyone is welcome to attend.  Contact Shirley Bond or Sarah Singal.


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 14-21: RAIHN* Week: June 14-21 is our next RAIHN Week, when we will host temporarily homeless families, providing them with a safe place to stay and good food. A training session for new volunteers will be held Tues, June 9th, 6:30-8:30 PM at First Unitarian Church,  Contact Chris DeGolyer ( or 461-3616) or Marti Eggers (385-4342).


SUNDAYS: One way to get involved in church is to be a Keeper of the Flame. About half an hour before the service the Keeper sets out the chalice, candles, stones for joys and sorrows. It is a quiet time to prepare for the congregation's hour together. No climbing is involved. Afterward the Keeper returns the items to the Keepers' cupboard. Each person is Keeper every 4-6 weeks. Please see Michael VanArsdale if you are interested. Couples can do this together.

Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world. ~Desmond Tutu
First Universalist Church | 150 S. Clinton Ave. | Rochester, NY 14604