This Week at First Universalist

September 14, 2015

First Universalist Church


First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY

Rev. Celie Katovitch
Director of Music:
Carol Xiong

Director of 
Life Span Faith Development:
Michelle Yates

Office Administrator: 
Melissa Davies

This Week's Service:
Fifty Shades of Green

Please  join us for this service at 10:30 am. Rev. Celie Katovitch.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: #BlackLivesMatter.   Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion on what the movement is all about.

Change in Minister's Office Hours

There will be no community office hours at Java's this Thursday, September 17th. Java's hours will resume next week.
Backpacks for School 7

Help a child begin the school year with a backpack and school supplies!  This year we will again provide backpacks for children at School 7 who need them, and we will also provide basic school supplies - paper, pencils, spiral notebooks, three ring binders, and glue sticks.  Buy a backpack or several, and/or school supplies, bring the backpacks and receipts on Sundays in September, and Sarah Singal will help you turn in the paperwork to get reimbursed. You're welcome to join us as we take the gifts to the school.  We have a healthy backpack fund, thanks to the generosity of this congregation! 
Social Justice Plate Offering
On September 20, the first social justice plate this year will go to RAIHN, Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network.  Area congregations provide food and safe housing while families are temporarily homeless.  During the day the families are at the Day Center and the children can go to their usual school.  This organization is overwhelmingly volunteer-based and has a limited budget; please give generously!
Unirondack Weekend 
October 2-4, 2015
Please join fellow Rochester UUs for a weekend at Unirondack, the camp in Lowville, NY, owned by our St. Lawrence District. The weekend has been organized for many years by members of the First Unitarian Church, and members of First Universalist are also welcome to participate. 
The weekend includes 5 collaboratively prepared meals starting Saturday morning, and bunk beds in cabins with electricity and running water (but not heat). Hiking, kayaking/canoeing, crafts, games, quiet time, campfire/sing-along, and other activities shared usually by 50-70 people.
$80 per adult covers lodging and meals; reduced prices for children.  For more information, a table will be set up in the Clara Barton Lounge after the service on 9/20.  Payment by check to Dave Vanable.  Registration form at the table or from MJ Curry at

This Week at First Universalist
September 14

RAIHN Host Week

September 15

RAIHN Host Week

September 16

Announcement Deadline, noon

RAIHN Host Week

September 17

e-Outlook Deadline, noon

RAIHN Host Week

September 19 

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

RAIHN Host Week

September 20

Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15
Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
Buffet Dinner, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

RAIHN Host Week ends

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.
September 21:  Interfaith Prayer Service
Celebrating a national week of moral action for Climate Justice.  Join your voice, thoughts and prayers for the future in an interfaith prayer service on Monday,September 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 at St. Mary's Church.  Our own Ann Rhody and new Music Director Carol Xiong will perform.  

September 23:   Adult Religious Education - UU History Series
Part 1:   From Jesus to the Protestant Reformation.
The first of six sessions.  In each session we will watch one video from the UU History series Long Strange Trip:  2000 years of UU History produced by Ron Cordes (approx. 1 hour), followed by facilitated discussion and conversation. Wednesdays once per month from 6:30 - 8:30 pm.  Feel free to come to one or all sessions as you can!  RSVP Michelle Yates at or 585-310-2484.  

September 24:  Our parking lot is being resealed Thursday, September 24.  Please do not park in the lot; plan ahead to find alternate parking.  Our apologies for the inconvenience.  Restriping will take place the following day.  
September 27:   THE BOOK GROUP will meet from 12-1 pm in the Adult Lounge. 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.

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