Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Onward. With the election behind us, it’s time to ask: Where do we go from here? A meditation on American spirituality -- its aspirations and its promise. Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  ROC/Acts The Rochester Alliance of Communities Transforming Society is an interfaith organization that identifies social justice issues and works for change in our community.  Jon Greenbaum, organizer for ROC/Acts, will do a presentation and lead a discussion on the organization’s work. 
Upcoming Events
Food Ingathering - November 13

Consider donating a non-perishable food item this Sunday, November 13th.  A collection will take place during the service and donations will go to the Community Food Cupboard. Most needed items include peanut butter, canned beans & proteins, low-sodium soups & stews, brown rice, canned vegetables, whole grain pasta, and whole grain cereal.  Let's help provide local seniors and families with nourishing food during these cold months!

A Gentle Reminder:  Please remember to check the expiration date on donated items.  We want to share healthy, fresh food with our neighbors. Thank you!

Young Adult Gathering - November 13
We are noticing a critical mass of young adults (18-35 yrs old) in our congregation!  We would love to support a Young Adult group, events, or other connections. Let's gather to meet & greet, and consider what you might be looking for in a Young Adult community within our congregation. Please join us after service on November 13th or contact Rev. Celie & Rev. Michelle at to share your ideas and interest.

Cozy Night Supper - November 26

This year’s Cozy Night Supper series will begin Friday,  November 26th  (the day after Thanksgiving) from 5:30 to 7:30  i n the Clara Barton Lounge.  Come enjoy fellowship and a nourishing meal while learning a bit about our fifth source, Humanism. Sign up in the Clara Barton Lounge at the Information Table or on the Religious Education Bulletin Board.  Questions? Contact Kathy Russell a t .
Additional Announcements
RACE TO JUSTICE: Our groups have already begun, but  there is still room in the Thursday group . Please contact our facilitators, Rev. Michelle Yates and Suzie Gutierrez at  if you are interested.  This is the last week to sign-up. Next scheduled meetings:
  • Thursday Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 10th
  • Tuesday Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15th

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: November's book club selection is called  Queen of the Fall  by Sonja 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 ( ).

MESSAGE FOR ALL AGES WORKSHOP: Do you enjoy the MFAA part of our service? Have you ever thought, "That looks like fun! I could do that!" If so, please contact Rev. Michelle Yates at or come to this workshop on November 20th after the service. We'll talk about the technical and creative elements of sharing a story for MFAA.

TRAIN FOR RAIHN*:   If you have already trained and would like to learn more about the issues our RAIHN families face, please consider attending the 2nd level training on Wednesday, November 16th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Church of the Assumption, 20 East Ave., Fairport.  RSVP to Jen Canning,  or 506-9050. Questions? Ask Chris DeGolyer, Marti Eggers, or Sarah Singal after the Sunday service.   * Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

BEGINNING MEDITATION:  Join us each Wednesday through November 16th from 5:30-6:30pm in the rear of the sanctuary (doors will be open 5:15-5:30). No experience is necessary and you need not be a member to attend. For more information contact Kathy Russell at, or Moritz Wagner   

NEW PRICES FOR BOOKSTORE: From now on, all purchased books in the church bookstore are half the publisher’s list price, or less.  Donated children’s and young adult books are free for the taking.  Other donated books are still 50 cents or less, and we still have a free magazine exchange and free stuff in the blue box.  The bookstore and library are open in the Clara Barton lounge during coffee hour.

ROC CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:  Open House for Rochester's Climate Action Plan. Held at City Hall, 30 Church St, Wednesday, November 9, 6-8 pm. Learn about the plan and share your feedback.  

JAZZ CONCERT:  Eastman School of Music students will be performing a memorable evening of jazz standards on November 11 at First Unitarian Church, 220 Winton Road South. The concert will benefit schools #22 and #15. Tickets are $10.

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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