Join us this Sunday
10:00 a.m. Service:  TBA - Peter House

11:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  On Tyranny.  Bill Elwell will do a presentation and lead a discussion based on Yale historian Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny.
Upcoming Events
Summer Services - June 25 through September 3

Starting Sunday, June 25, our worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by light refreshments and Drop-in Discussion at 11:15.  Our summer minister will be Peter House.  Come as you are able, and enjoy the casual atmosphere of our summer services.

SUMMER OFFICE HOURS:  Beginning Monday, June 26, the church office will be open Monday through Thursday, 9-3:15 (closed Fridays).

Join the Children's Worship Team!

Have you noticed more regular faces among the kids at our church? Attendance is up, and we are looking to train a few more adults to lead and assist with Children's Worship. No teaching experience needed! We will be holding our Children's Worship Team trainings Sunday, June 25th @ 11:15am-12 noon (part 1), and Sunday, July 9th @ 11:30am-12:30pm (part 2). Please feel free to come to get more information and feel out if this ministry is a good fit for you. Also we are looking for members to share a craft, memory or life experience by being our "Guest" on one Sunday. This is a great way to learn about our program first hand, and get to know the youngest members of our community. Contact Rev. Michelle with questions or to sign up at

Additional Announcements

BOOK GROUP:  Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is our book selection for June 25th. This book is perfect for the beginning of summer. The time and the location have been changed: We will meet at 11:15 in the back of the Sanctuary. Also, please bring a book title you think would be a great read for our September 24th meet-up.

LOST AND FOUND: The lost and found box is in the Clara Barton Lounge. Please take a look to see if anything in it belongs to you. Unclaimed items will be donated after June 25.

WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK NEWS:  The cannon re-dedication will not happen July 4th as previously reported. Cannon repairs have taken longer than expected. 

PRIDE PARADE:  March with us in the Pride Parade, with other UUs, on July 15.  Please sign up on the Social Justice bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge with your contact information, so that you can be notified of the exact place to meet. Or contact Connie Valk at

LIBRARY SUMMER SCHEDULE:  During the summer they will be open on only two Sundays - July 16 and August 13. These would be good times to stock up on inexpensive summer reading. They also would be good times to return overdue library books.  They're due back after four weeks.

SOCKS &TOWELS SUMMER DONATIONS:  "Homeless Heartbeats" (formerly called Homelessness Task Force) is collecting: SOCKS and TOWELS (used OR new) for footwashing at House of Mercy. There, our own Kate Fleury joins others in washing the feet of those who walk the streets. A soothing foot wash makes such a difference ... for health as well as comfort. Let's help out!  Please donate as you are able:
* Socks and/or Towels (used OR new) ~ any size, any color
* Clara Barton Lounge ~ place in box labeled for this drive
* We will collect all summer long.  HH members will deliver your donations directly to the new House of Mercy on Ormond Street.
Your compassion is greatly appreciated! 

~Lois Baum, Chair

Homeless Heartbeats (formerly Homelessness Task Force)

Gathering of Men 2017

What are a bunch of men doing in the woods on a warm summer weekend? First of all, there is  more than trees as a beautiful lake fed by a river provides canoeing, swimming and kayaking.  But it is not just a gorgeous place to relax and enjoy mother nature; it is a place where men tell  stories real and imagined, share personal highs and lows and spend much of the time in  conversation.

Where is this place? The underappreciated Unirondack located in the Adirondacks. Unirondack  is a campground with modern amenities. Started in 1951, this facility annually attracts hundreds  of Unitarian Universalists in search of renewed spirituality with a wide ranging activities for all  ages, especially the young.  The dreaded black flies of late May are largely gone by the time the annual Gathering of Men is  held. This year, the gathering was renamed to the Mark Gathering of Men in memory of Mark  Butts, a man who devoted much time and effort to maintaining this annual event. Mark had died  in a bicycle accident a year earlier.

Michael Scott, Tom Williams, Steve Farrington, Alex Pita, and Bill Elwell, with three friends from  Rochester made the trip to Unirondack the first week of June. They encourage other men from  our church to join them next year!
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
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