Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  “Mysteries, Yes.”  Mary Oliver writes, “Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous to be understood.” These mysteries shimmer through the seasons of Hanukkah, Advent, and Solstice.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Bless Our Roots.  Church members harmonize quite well and they make good things happen. It’s magic! David Malone will lead as we explore how good people from diverse cultural roots and experiences combine their good skills and spirits to make a great church.
Upcoming Events
Need a midweek space to relax as holiday busyness begins to fill up our days? You are invited to join Rev. Celie and office manager Melissa Davies from noon to 1 on Wednesdays, December 7th, 14th, & 21st. Come listen to some meditative music, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, and relax with the popular practice of mandala-coloring. A variety of designs will be provided; no art experience necessary. Church and community members welcome.  
Mitten Tree

We will once again be collecting items to decorate our mitten tree with. Please bring in store-bought, handmade, or barely used mittens, gloves, scarves and hats to place either under the tree or just on the chancel floor to the right. All adult and children's sizes are needed. Donations will be gratefully accepted until Christmas, after which they will be distributed to the chronically homeless.  Thank you! 

Cozy Night Supper - Dec. 30
The December 30th Cozy Night Supper will be a potluck but otherwise follows our usual format of dinner at 5:30, program at 6:30 and clean-up at 7:30!! The RSVP lets us know how many tables to set up and materials to prepare.  This program centers around the 6th UU Source, Spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature. Let us know by signing up on the Adult Education Board in the Clara Barton Lounge or by contacting Kathy Russell that you will be bringing your favorite dish and holiday spirit.
Do you know the seven "R's" of sustainable living?

The EcoJuustice Group is helping us rethink the way we use and dispose of everyday items; to be mindful of consumption, our earth, and our relationship to things. Over the next few weeks, they would like to share with you the seven R's of sustainable living: 

#5 - REPAIR: Fix or upgrade your objects rather than throwing them away.

#4 - RE-USE: Share with others.  Find new uses for old objects. 

#3 - REDUCE consumption of energy and materials. 

#2 - REFUSE:  Don't consume what you don't need to. 

#1 - RECYCLE:  Close the loop and remake.  

Additional Announcements

CITY SING:  Sunday, December 18th, 4-6 PM. In a year when our world and our city have often felt divided, a coalition of Rochester faith communities and non-profit organizations are responding by gathering together to join our voices in song. All are invited to gather with friends and neighbors at School 17-Enrico Fermi. In small groups we will walk through the JOSANA neighborhood, singing songs of peace and unity from many different religious and secular traditions. Participants are invited to bring a candle to carry with them. Songbooks will be provided. Remember to dress warm!

CHRISTMAS COOKIES:  If you are planning on attending the Christmas Eve service, please consider sharing a dozen of your favorite Christmas cookies, homemade or store bought.  Please let Tom Williams know at or 663-4362.  Thank You.

BOOK GROUP: The next Book Group will meet on January 29th, 2017 (no December meeting) to discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There are lots of copies in the library, so enjoy your read and we will see you in January.

ADOPT A RAIHN FAMILY:  The Caring Committee is collecting gifts for a family of three; mother, daughter (17), & daughter (11). We'd like this year to be a special Christmas of love. This family is moving from homelessness to a place they can call home. If you care to join in the giving, please bring small gifts and/or stocking stuffers to the Clara Barton Lounge on Sunday, December 11th or 18th. For those wanting to provide a gift for their special wishes, please speak to Becky Elwell after today's Service in the Clara Barton Lounge. Thanks in advance for your caring gift.

START THE YEAR RIGHT WITH RAIHN:  January 1-8 will be our next RAIHN* Week when we will house and feed temporarily homeless families at our church. We have some spots available for new volunteers and also the opportunity to "shadow" experienced volunteers. See Chris DeGolyer after the Sunday service or contact her at  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.

EARTH NEEDS YOUR HELP: Before you throw something in the trash, please take a moment to determine if it can be placed in recycling.  If is a 1 through 7 plastic, rinse it off and recycle it. If it is clean paper or cardboard, recycle it. If it is steel or aluminum (including clean aluminum foil) recycle it. Remember, only YOU can prevent landfills.  ~ From the Eco-Juustice Team

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS:  In the event that the Rochester City Schools are closed due to weather, the church office will also be closed that day.

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 |