Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Youth Bridging Sunday: Friendship and the Beloved Community. We are delighted not only to host a Bridging Ceremony for our graduating youth, but for them to offer the service this morning. Please come to know our youth, and what belonging to a UU community has meant to them.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Health Care for All.  We’ll talk about the need and the possibility for universal health care in the U.S.  Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion, drawing on T.R. Reid’s The Healing of America.
Upcoming Events
Community Garden Planting Party - June 6

There will be a planting party Tuesday June 6th, between 9 and 11 am. Please join us. Routine garden tending will follow on Tuesday mornings. Come when you can or come every week. Don't come if it's pouring rain. Also, garden waterers needed. Sign up for a week during June, July, and August. Contact Sarah Singal (

Journey to Justice - Launching June 10

With the congregational approval of the topic of racism as its Social Justice Project for the next two years, we are ready to delve into details. On Saturday, June 10th from 9:30 - 12 noon, Jon Greenbaum from RocACTS will lead a workshop here at First Universalist. He will focus on how we as individuals and as a congregation can engage in these efforts to eradicate discrimination and work together toward greater justice, and build a wider tent for the beloved community of which we are all a part. 

Annual Church Picnic - June 11

Sunday, June 11th will be the annual picnic starting around 1 pm. The picnic will be held at the Long House Shelter in Seneca Park.  Maps are posted on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge. Bring a dish to pass, something to grill, and your drinks. Please make a sign, for your dish to pass, with the ingredients for people with food sensitivities. The shelter and toilets are handicap accessible. Questions, contact Karl Abbott at

RAIHN Week and Training Opportunity

During RAIHN Week, June 25-July 2, we will turn our church into a home for temporarily homeless families. To volunteer, sign up in the lounge after church on Sunday, or contact Chris DeGolyer, if you have questions. A training session for first time RAIHN volunteers will be held on Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30-8:30 PM at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd.,(corner of East Avenue), Rochester. Even if you can't attend training, you are welcome to help with set up or other tasks.  If you would like to learn more before volunteering, we have opportunities to "shadow" experienced volunteers. *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: keeping families together. Getting families home for good.

Additional Announcements

ECO-JUUSTICE GROUP:  Next EcoJustice meeting will be held off-site on June 14th, 9:30 am. Please see Sarah Singal for details.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY LIVESTREAM:  Interested in seeing some General Assembly (GA) Events Livestreamed at Church? Wish you could go to UU GA this year or at least see some of the highlights? Rev. Michelle, our Director of Lifespan Faith Development, can only be present for some events, but is happy to support others in setting up the technology to livestream some of the highlights at church. Please email Rev. Michelle at if you are interested and want to help in making more of the evening and weekend events available to all.

LIBRARY SUMMER SCHEDULE: The library and bookstore will be open in the Clara Barton Lounge during coffee hour on June 4, closed on June 11 and open again on June 18.   During the summer they will be open on only two Sundays - July 16, with Marcia Weaver as librarian, and August 13 with Keith Stott. 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.

Do you enjoy the mellow, friendly vibe of summer services at First Universalist, and the excellent preaching of our summer minister, Peter House? We need a few folks to help make it happen. You don't need to be at every service; summer service team members take turns being present to welcome visitors, be a resource for Peter, and make sure things run smoothly. Please talk to Bridget Watts or email if you have questions or would like to help.

THE CHILDREN'S WORSHIP TEAM IS EXPANDING! 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

SUMMER SCHEDULE:  Our summer schedule beings Sunday, June 25.  Our worship service will begin at 10:00 a.m., followed by coffee hours and Drop-in Discussion at 11:15.  

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

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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