Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Gratitude.  Led by our Worship Associates.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Open Forum Discussion.  No set topic.
Upcoming Events
Towels needed for Emergency Homeless Shelter

"Bridge Home" is this winter's emergency shelter for the chronically homeless. Located on Ontario St. (near Public Market), it is about to open and will remain open until the new, larger House of Mercy opens, hopefully early 2017 (work underway). But right now, our Homelessness Task Force is collecting BATH-SIZE TOWELS (NEW preferred) to donate to Bridge Home. Please donate as you are able:
        *Bath-size Towels (NEW preferred) ~ any color
        *Clara Barton Lounge: place in box labeled for this drive
        *No later than Sunday, November 27th.  On 11/27, HTF members will deliver your donated items directly to Bridge Home.

Visit for more info. 
Your compassion is greatly appreciated! ~ Lois Baum, Chair (

ROC the Day - Nov. 29th

First Universalist will once again be participating in ROC the Day on November 29th (Giving Tuesday). This is a 24-hour, online event that provides people an opportunity to support non-for-profit organizations doing great work in the Rochester community, like us! You can help us by getting the word out!

  • Follow us on Twitter (@UURoc) and retweet our ROC the Day tweets!
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.  
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. 

They would like to share with you the second of seven R's: 

#2 - REFUSE:  Don't consume what you don't need to. Some simple ways to do this are: remove your address from junk mail and phone book delivery lists; think twice when you're offered "free stuff" so you don't take anything home that you don't need; make a shopping list before you go to the store to prevent impulse buys.  Every small act matters!

#1 - RECYCLE: Close the loop and remake.  

Additional Announcements

OFFICE HOURS: The church office will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 24-25.  There will be no Minister's office hours on Thursday, November 24.  Happy Thanksgiving!

THANKSGIVING UNION SERVICE:  Please join us at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day for the annual Interfaith Service, this year being held at Baptist Temple, 1101 Clover St.

YOUTH GROUP & BRIDGING GROUP:  Youth Group (9th-12th graders or home school equivalent) and Bridging Group (ages 17/18 through 20) have starting meeting on alternate Sunday afternoons. Please visit for a list of dates.

BOOK GROUP will meet in the Chalice Room on November 27th at noon to discuss Queen of the Fall by Soja Livingston. Sonja is a local author and writes about her experiences growing up in Rochester. She writes in a poetic and meaningful way. If you read Ghostbreads by Sonja and enjoyed it, you will like this book also. Any questions happily answered by Sarah Singal ( or Shirley Bond (

CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS:  Please help make the sanctuary beautiful for our Christmas Eve service by ordering a poinsettia plant for $8. The Caring Committee will be taking orders on December 4th and 11th after the service in the Clara Barton Lounge.  Please specify whether you will take the plant home after the Christmas Eve service or donate it to Hospice.  If you'd like to dedicate the plant in memory or honor of someone, we'll list his/her name in the Christmas Eve insert.  

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:   "Eco-friendly" volunteer needed weekly to enter church each Monday late-afternoon or evening, to put our church recycling bins outside for Tuesday morning pick-up... until a permanent solution is found. Thank you in advance, and if you can help, please contact Sarah Singal: .

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 |