Join us this Sunday
August 12, 2018

10:00 am Morning Servi ce:   The Next Big Social Justice Challenge.  Animal rights activists are often portrayed as kooks for suggesting that animals have feelings and rights. But I believe they are on the forefront of an important social justice issue. We will explore why some of us may be so resistant to their message. 
— Peter House, Summer Minister 

Drop-In Discussion: BS Jobs. Some jobs are so pointless that even the people who do them don't think they're of any use.  BS Jobs by David Graeber is about people in such jobs. Phil Ebersole will summarize the main points of the book and lead a discussion.

Upcoming Events


A brand new Phillips HeartStart AED has been purchased by our First Universalist congregation and is mounted in the area between the sanctuary and the Clara Barton Lounge, near the administrator's office. It is labeled “AED”. Please join us for classes in using the AED and saving a life on the following dates: August 12, 19, and September 2, 9, or 16. You can participate in an American Heart Association class led by instructor Kate Fleury, RN, BSN. The classes will be held in the sanctuary at 12:30 pm on Sundays after church. You will learn basic CPR and use of an AED so you can be a more prepared hero. There is no written test to receive a certificate of attendance!


Please join us August 26 at 11:15 am -- 1:30 pm, upstairs in the Chalice Room for a discussion of the book Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue . Also, please bring any book suggestions you may have for the 2018-2019 year. We hope you had a pleasant summer reading,relaxing and having fun.
- Shirley Bond and Sarah Singal


Office Hours Are:
Tuesday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:30 am – 5:00 pm
Thursday: Study Day. Open hours will be held at a coffee shop (TBD)
Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(860) 389-4697
Rev. Lane Campbell is accepting appointments starting August 7 through August 16. These will be the first set of appointments within a two week period. Check the Court St. bulletin board and sign up for your desired day and time.

Joys and Concerns
From the Caring Committee

Heather and Bill Jones welcomed a new grandchild this past week.

Margaret Gallagher sold her house and is moving to Buffalo to be closer to her family.

With sorrow we inform our congregation that Bill Hickok has passed. Details about his memorial will be coming soon.

Reach out to Jessie Werner at The Hurlbut Nursing Home, 1177 E. Henrietta Rd., Rm. 73A, Rochester, NY 14623. She would appreciate cards and visits.

Lillian Kellogg is at Edna Tina Wilson Home, 700 Island Cottage Road, Rochester, NY 14612. Cards are welcome. Ellie Chaffee is at Hill Haven Nursing Home, 1550 Empire Blvd., Webster, NY 14580. Cards are welcome.

Eleanor Siegfried is Monroe Community Hospital, 435 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY 14620. Cards are welcome.

Also, cards and calls are welcomed by Robert Doane, who is home after treatment at Strong Hospital and is receiving chemo therapy. (585) 288-1643.

Lois Baum is home from an ER visit - cards are welcome.

Jim Sittnick is likely getting a new kidney in November!!

Additional Announcements

THANK YOU! WONDERFUL RAIHN VOLUNTEERS: A week ago, with the help of volunteers from St. Mary's, Aldersgate, and others, our congregation provided safe shelter and good food to 5 RAIHN families who are temporarily homeless -- 5 Moms and 9 children, including 6 toddlers ages 4 and under and 4-week-old twins. It was a busy week to be sure!
RAIHN MATCH: We have reached the $700 mark for the R ochester A rea I nterfaith H ospitality N etwork match. Our goal is $1,000. When we reach our goal, a friend of the congregation will donate $2,000. The total of $3,000 will be sent to the RAIHN Day Center to make improvements for comfort and security. Checks can be made out to First Universalist Church with ' RAIHN Match' on the memo line. Or you can place cash in an envelope labeled the same and drop it in the offering plate on a Sunday.
COMMUNICATIONS COMMITTEE: We need a volunteer who likes to take portrait photos. We will assemble a revised Staff/Board photo display during August. Here’s your chance to use your fancy camera. Email the church office at if you can volunteer for this.
OUR BEAUTIFUL SANCTUARY PIANO: Our piano is provided by the Eastman School of Music, as we are the hosts of the Thursday lunchtime concerts during the year. This summer, the piano will be undergoing some maintenance and repair. When the Eastman piano is unavailable, we will be using an electronic instrument provided by a church member. Thanks to Eastman, and to church friends for their efforts to keep the music going during summer services!
PROJECT TEAM SUGGESTIONS: The Project Team consists of members who have been approved by the Board of Trustees. The team reports to FIAC and the Board and is tasked to come up with and submit a recommendation on a targeted project for congregational involvement that satisfies our mission of dealing with systemic racism in Rochester.  The Project Team welcomes your suggestions and comments at 
CHURCH LIBRARY & BOOKSTORE SUMMER HOURS: The church library and bookstore is closed through August 26 but will open only on August 19. We will resume our regular weekly schedule again starting September 2.
SUMMER READING: FIAC and the Project Team recommend When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele (available in the church library ONLY on August 19).
T o submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist,"
no later than Wednesday at noon.   
Peter House , Summer Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates ,
Minister of Life Span Faith Development

Director of Music

Andrea Lewis , Office Administrator / Editor

150 S. Clinton Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604 | (585) 546-2826 |