Our Electronic Outlook
December 26, 2014


First Universalist Church


First Universalist Church of Rochester, NY


150 South Clinton Avenue
(corner of Court St.)
Rochester, NY 14604



585.546.2826 office


minister's study
Rev. Celie Katovitch
Director of Music: 

 Bryan Holten

Director of
Life Span Faith Development:

Michelle Yates

Office Administrator: 
Kris White






This Week's Service:
A Rose in the Wintertime

On the last Sunday of 2014, as we begin the journey from the depths of winter to the season of new life and renewal, join First Universalist's worship associates for a service or poetry and music celebrating the twin themes of midwinter and spring. Worship Associates.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Stages of Faith.  Many of us experience changes in our belief and world view as we mature. James W. Fowler says in his book, Stages of Faith, that "faith is a person's way of leaning into and making sense of life." David Damico will share the fundamental ideas of Fowler's book and how our subjective path can benefit from its assertions.

Cozy Night Supper


Join us Friday, January 9 at 5:30 PM, for an Intergenerational Cozy Night Supper with Faith Development.  Dinner is provided.  Discussion will focus on our seventh  UUA principle: Respect for the Interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.  


Please sign up on the list displayed on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton lounge, or contact Connie Valk or Nancy Gaede.  If you will need childcare during the Faith Development portion of the evening, let them know one week in advance.

This Week at First Universalist




December 27



SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge, 8 pm




December 28



Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am




December 29



Social Justice Committee Meeting, Volunteer Office, 6 pm



December 31



Announcement Deadline, noon


e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Thank you for keeping us updated, both when you schedule events and when you need to cancel one!  Please continue to do so. Send news of your events to office@uuroc.org; or call 546-2826.



NEXT SERVICE: Sunday, January 4: Annual Fire Communion. Starting a fresh new year. Kitty Forbush and Tom Williams.


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, January 4:This Changes Everything.  Hal Bauer will lead a discussion of climate change <http://climate.nasa.gov/evidence/> in New York, including conservation, renewable energy, the rising ocean, water fronts, water and food, along with Naomi Klein's new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: Kids ages four and older join us every week in the sanctuary for the first portion of our worship service. Children's Worship begins after the Message for All Ages. Nursery care for babies and younger children is on the second floor provided throughout the service. We also have seating in our second floor foyer, where parents can hold their little ones and listen to the service via speaker.


ARE YOU NEW TO FIRST UNIVERSALIST?  Have you come a few times and want to find out more about Unitarian Universalism and our congregation?  Then stop by the Welcome Table  in the Clara Barton Lounge during coffee hour.  You'll find friendly folks there every Sunday who are eager to talk with you!


BOOK GROUP: Sunday, January 25 at 12:15 in the Adult Lounge. We will read Heather Menzies Jones' Nanoman. This book is available from Amazon (you will need her middle name). We will also have a copy or two to pass around. The novel takes an irreverant look at modern American life with a great deal of humor while it also tells a good story. Everyone is welcome to attend. Please contact Sarah Singal or Shirley Bond.


SAVE THE DATE and get ready to donate and bid!  Our Annual Service Auction is set for Sunday, February 1 after the service.  Donation forms will be available this week, and you can donate online, too.  Don't miss out on our biggest fundraiser of the year!  Watch for more details in weeks to come.  If you have questions, contact Ann Rhody (annrhody@yahoo.com) or Paula Marchese (pmarchese@rochester.rr.com).


PLEASE REMEMBER to keep purses and valuables with you while you're in the building.

COZY NIGHT SUPPER:  Friday, January 9.  Come at 5:30 PM and be treated to the warmth  of food and fellowship, with stimulating conversations focusing on our seventh principle.  sign-up on the Clara Barton Bulletin Board.

IF YOU ARE NEW to First Universalist or to Unitarian Universalism, we invite you to take part in an orientation session. On Sunday, January 18, we'll discuss our order of service and hymn book...the meaning behind different parts of our service and what resources you can find in our hymnal. The session will begin at 11:45 am in the Adult Lounge and last for about an hour.  Child care will be available. We look forward to getting to know you better.


EASTMAN LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: Concerts will resume Thursday, January 8. They are free and open to the public.


INTERESTED IN BECOMING A MEMBER? If you are considering making First Universalist your spiritual home, you are warmly invited to chat with Rev. Celie any time. Please drop by her office after the service or contact her to arrange a conversation. 


A CARING COMMITTEE REMINDER: When a family member enters the hospital, needs emergency meals, needs transportation to church, or wants home visits; please contact Ruth Fitzgerald rfitzgerald001@rochester.rr.com 225-0555,or Eileen Fernandez, eileenff2@yahoo.com.


HEARING LOOP IN SANCTUARY: Please use the T setting on your hearing aid or see an usher for a receiver.

For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice. 
~T.S. Eliot
Please submit e-Outlook articles to:  Office Administrator:
Kris White           
E-mail: office@uuroc.org