Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Live Like You Were DyingA sermon in honor of All Souls Day.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Election 2016.  We’ll discuss the national election, who will will and who should win.  Phil Ebersole will lead the discussion.
Upcoming Events

Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society

Our church is a participating member of RocACTS, a local, diverse, interfaith organization working for social justice in our community and state (example: Implicit Attitudes of Race presented at our church  by Jon Greenbaum, organizer for RocACTS).  We need more members of our congregation to become active and participate in the Task Forces of RocACTS.  RocACTS Mission statement is “Congregations will engage in public life more intentionally and boldly as central to their doing justice.” Please consider working on one of these task forces:     
1. Criminal Justice - 2nd Monday, 6:00 - 7:30 PM     
2. Education - 4th Thursday, 7:00 - 8:30 PM
3. Poverty/jobs - 1st Tuesday, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
4. Clergy - 3rd Tuesday, Noon  (bag lunch)
If you are interested in joining a task force or if you want more information, contact Becky Elwell (text 585-313-2358 or email or Shirley Bond (email          
Young Adult Gathering - November 13
We are noticing a critical mass of young adults (18-35 yrs old) in our congregation!  We would love to support a Young Adult group, events, or other connections. Let's gather to meet & greet, and consider what you might be looking for in a Young Adult community within our congregation. Please join us after service on November 13th or contact Rev. Celie & Rev. Michelle at to share your ideas and interest.
Youth Group & Bridging Group

We are so excited to have started our Youth Group and Bridging Group!  

Our Youth Group will be for 9th-12th graders (or home school equivalent) and aim to meet about two times per month. The next meeting will take place Sunday, November 6, 12-1:30 pm.

The Bridging Group will support High School Seniors (or equivalent) ages 17/18 through Young Adults 20yrs old or younger. It will use a Small Group Ministries format looking at life transition topics relevant to the group, and will also aim to meet two times per month. The next meeting will take place Sunday, November 13,12-1:30 pm..

For a full schedule of dates, please visit

Additional Announcements
RACE TO JUSTICE: Our groups have already begun, but  there is still room in the Thursday group . Please contact our facilitators, Rev. Michelle Yates and Suzie Gutierrez at  if you are interested. Next scheduled meetings:
  • Thursday Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10th
  • Tuesday Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 1st and Nov. 15th

BOOK GROUP: November's book club selection is called  Queen of the Fall  by Sonja Livingston. Sonja is a local author and writes about her experiences growing up in Rochester. She writes in a poetic and meaningful way. If you read  Ghostbreads  by Sonja and enjoyed it, you will like this book also.  Any questions happily answered by Sarah Singal ( ) or Shirley Bond ( ).

MESSAGE FOR ALL AGES WORKSHOP: Do you enjoy the MFAA part of our service? Have you ever thought, "That looks like fun! I could do that!" If so, please contact Rev. Michelle Yates at or come to this workshop on November 20th after the service. We'll talk about the technical and creative elements of sharing a story for MFAA.

TRAIN FOR RAIHN*:   If you have already trained and would like to learn more about the issues our RAIHN families face, please consider attending the 2nd level training on Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport.  RSVP to Jen Canning,  or 506-9050. Questions? Ask Chris DeGolyer, Marti Eggers, or Sarah Singal after the Sunday service.   * Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

BEGINNING MEDITATION:  Join us each Wednesday through November 16th from 5:30-6:30pm in the rear of the sanctuary (doors will be open 5:15-5:30). No experience is necessary and you need not be a member to attend. For more information contact Kathy Russell at, or Moritz Wagner   

THAT'S A WRAP!  The 2015-16 fiscal year ended on June 30, 2016. How did the church spend money?  Where did we go over budget, and where did we save?  These and more exciting details are in the annual Treasurer’s report!  Copies are available by emailing the church office, or checking the Finance area of the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge.  

INVESTING IN OUR FUTURE:  The church’s endowment is managed by Bob Reeves at Geovest Advisors.  His expertise has helped the church grow its “nest egg” and support our mission.  If you are curious about our specific investments, and the performance of our endowment, the Finance  committee  is happy to share recent reports with you.  Please email the church office, or contact Finance chair Ann Rhody at  if you are interested.

To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail  no later than Thursday at noon.  

Rev. Celie Katovitch, Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

Melissa Davies, Office Administrator
150 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604 | (585) 546-2826 |