Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  As We Come Marching, Marching. The Women's March in Washington last month was an unprecedented showing of resistance and grassroots power. Parishioners Kitty Forbush, Newcomb Losh, Elizabeth Osta, and Karen Ruganis, who were present at the march, will share their experience with us. You won't want to miss hearing their reflections! 

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  The Future.  Que sera, sera.  A popular song of the 60's and sound track for an ad on television in English means: Whatever will be, will be; the future’s not ours to see.  Well, we can't help thinking about the future. Are you pessimistic or optimistic, and is either position tenable?  Bill Elwell will lead a discussion of what we fear or relish about what lies ahead.
Upcoming Events

Caught up in mental chatter about The World of All Things Disturbing? Whether it’s politics, work, relationships, health, etc., we can get overwhelmed. On Saturday, February 25th, 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. we will explore the tools of Mindfulness and Meditation, and show you how to get unhooked. Experience practical steps for coping with the many issues we face every day that can derail us and eat away at inner peace. Joy Leccese and Kathy Russell presenting. A coffee-and-snack break is included. RSVP to Joy at, or sign up on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge. All are welcome. No fees.  

"From Age-ing to Sage-ing: Elderhood and Spirituality"
Adult Religious Education Class

Returning and expanded by popular demand!  

So you're getting older. What does that mean? How does that change things? Based on the A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Ronald Miller, this 4-session workshop/discussion group will reflect on our personal experiences of aging, look at models of aging from various cultures, and revision our framework for aging and creating meaning in our later lives.

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ the Irondequoit Library (1290 Titus Ave.)

Presented by Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development. RSVPs and questions can be directed to Michelle at

Cozy Night Supper - March 3

Our final Cozy Night Supper for the 2016-17 church year will be Friday, March 3rd.  This dinner, from 5:30 to 7:30, will be held in the Clara Barton Lounge.  This will be a potluck  and all who are able will provide a simple salad, bread, dessert or main dish (soup/stew/chili/casserole) along with you wonderful camaraderie! At 6:30 we will focus on a program presented by our Race to Justice groups. Let us know of your ability to attend by signing up on the Religious Education Bulletin Board in the Clara Barton Lounge or by contacting Kathy Russell at  Your RSVP/sign up allows us to prepare appropriately.  Child-friendly activities exploring this topic will be arranged if you make a request one week in advance. 

Additional Announcements

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PLATE  recipient for February 19th has been selected, and it is Interfaith Impact. Many of us are familiar with this group of clergy leaders who lobby Albany for human rights equality. This hearty band of religious leaders is constantly challenging the status quo.  

WANT TO BE A LITTLE GREENER? Use the First Universalist dishwasher and forego single use throw-away dishes. Our dishwasher guru, Karl Abbott, will be giving lessons after church February 26th. Other hours by appointment. Free! Newbies and forgetful veterans welcome. Thanks in advance, Karl!

BOOK GROUP will not meet on January 29th due to the congregational vote taking place after the service. Book Group will resume on February 26th to discuss "Americanah" by Chimamanda Adichie. Any questions happily answered by Sarah Singal ( or Shirley Bond (

LUUNCH BUUNCH:  Everyone is welcome to join in this after-church lunch gathering on March 5th at the Mediterranean Kebab House @ 3047 West Henrietta Road.  Specifics: Order at counter (Dutch treat).  If Dick and Joyce Gilbert know in advance that you’re coming, we may be able to arrange a buffet for greater choice and lower cost. Contact Joyce at

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY:  A new group is forming. New sessions, co-facilitated by Bob Remley and Connie Valk, begin March 9th, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and will be held every two weeks. Sign up on the Clara Barton Lounge bulletin board, or contact Connie or Bob.

CHILI COOK-OFF:  Join us for our annual Chili Cook-off after the service on March 12th!  Do you have a prize chili recipe you would like to showcase?  Let Bill Elwell ( know if you plan to participate in this battle for chili supremacy among Universalists of Rochester.  Or, simply come and enjoy some warm chili dishes and vote for your favorite!

INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Have you found that First Universalist Church is your spiritual home?  Join us for the Path to Membership session on April 1, 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon with brunch served. Rev. Celie and others will give you information to help you to decide if you would like to pursue membership.  Contact Connie Valk  to register.  Let her know if you need childcare.

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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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