Our Electronic Outlook
December 5, 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:
Status: Grace

Ours is a religion of character and good works. Yet there's nothing like the holidays to make us realize that we might still need to make room for a little of this thing called "grace." Rev. Celie Katovitch.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Fight for Fifteen. Shirley Bond will discuss the arguments for a minimum wage of $15 an hour and the campaign to make it so.

The plate collection at this Sunday's (December 7) service will be used for holiday bonuses for our dedicated staff at First Universalist.  Please give generously. 

RAIHN* Needs You!

First Universalist's next RAIHN Week is Dec. 14-21 when temporarily homeless families will stay in our church for the week. Providing our RAIHN guests with good food and a warm, safe place to stay may be the most significant Christmas gift we give this holiday.

We still have six spots that need volunteers. If you haven't attended training for RAIHN, you can still volunteer to help with clean up on Sunday, Dec. 21 and receive a free lunch. If you're unsure what a specific task involves, ask us for a checklist or about shadowing a seasoned volunteer. We'll be happy to find a volunteer who will show you what's involved.

To volunteer or to ask questions, contact Chris DeGolyer (chrisdeg@frontiernet.net or 461-3616) or Marti Eggers.

*Rochester Interfaith Hospitality Network: Keeping Families Together, Bringing Families Home

This Week at First Universalist




December 6



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




December 7



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


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


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


Holiday Shoppe, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am


Book Sale, Library, 11:45 am


Orientation Series, Adult Lounge, 11:45 am




December 8



Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm



December 10



Announcement Deadline, noon


Library Committee Meeting, Library, 2 pm




December 11


e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Eastman Lunchtime Concert, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm


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, December 14: The Unexpected Guest. Through this season of Advent and Hanukah, there is woven a thread of questions about hospitality: What does it mean to welcome the stranger? What does it mean to be at home in the world? Rev. Celie Katovitch.


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, December 14: Information Bubbles.  Phil Ebersole will discuss what's called "epistemic closure," the process by which people protect themselves from hearing things that would challenge their world view?  Do UUs do this?  How can we avoid it?


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!


THE PLATE COLLECTION at today's (December 7) service will be used for holiday bonuses for our dedicated staff at First Universalist.  Please give generously.

HOLIDAY SHOPPE: TODAY during coffee hour. Please stop by to get started on your holiday shopping. Proceeds benefit special programs at First Universalist.


IF YOU ARE NEW to First Universalist or to Unitarian Universalism, we invite you to take part in an orientation session.  TODAY, December 7, 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.


JAN HICKMAN CLOSEOUT BOOK SALE: Her collection, which includes a huge selection of cookbooks, will be offered for sale in the Clara Barton lounge during coffee hour TODAY Sunday, Dec. 7.  Proceeds from the sale will benefit the church.


DECK THE HALLS WITH CANS OF FOOD (and other non-perishable foodstuffs).  We'll be collecting donations for The Community Food Cupboard on December 14, and of course this is a very important month.  If you can, let's please make this a wonderful collection for the folks who need the Cupboard at this holiday season.  While all items are welcome, some of the staples are low sodium soup, peanut butter, beans and mac & cheese.


CHRISTMAS COOKIES: If you are able to bring a dozen cookies for the reception after the Christmas Eve service, please contact Tom Williams.

BE A SECRET SANTA FOR RAIHN with gift cards - Holidays are especially difficult for homeless families.  Parents want to provide for their children - clothing, toys, a hot meal.  You can help empower these parents by donating gift cards through RAIHN.  Cards from Target, Tops, gas cards, RTS bus passes - all are welcome.  You can send your cards to the RAIHN Day Center, 34 Meigs Street, 14607, or you can give them to Marti Eggers who will deliver them to the Day Center where staff will distribute them.  Thank you!


RAIHN* NEEDS YOU! First Universalist's next RAIHN Week is Dec. 14-21. To volunteer or, contact Chris DeGolyer (chrisdeg@frontiernet.net or 461-3616) or Marti Eggers. *Rochester Interfaith Hospitality Network: Keeping Families Together, Bringing Families Home

DECK THE HALLS WITH...CHRISTMAS POINSETTIAS! Order from Marcy Klein or Eileen Fernandez by Sunday, December 14th. $9.  Please specify whether you will take the plant home with you after the Christmas Eve service or you want to donate it to our Congregation without Walls.  If you'd like to dedicate the plant in memory or honor of someone, we'll list his/her name in the Order of Service on Sunday, December 21st and on Christmas Eve.  Also, if you'd like to deliver a plant to someone, we welcome your help!

MITTEN TREE: Please bring in mittens, gloves, hats and scarves, and place them under the tree. This year, in addition to children at School 7, we will collect items for adults, and hope to provide warmth for the difficult to serve homeless population that often seek shelter around our church. Please bring bulky items directly to the House of Mercy at 725 Hudson Avenue (546-2580). Last day to drop off items is Sunday, December 28.

Please take the time to fill our orange survey form by the Social Justice bulletin board in the Clara Barton lounge. Your input will help us to prioritize issues and stay engaged in those initiatives you want to participate in.


EASTMAN LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: Concerts are  held each Thursday at 12:15. 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.

"Every piece of the universe, even the tiniest little snow crystal, matters somehow. I have a place in the pattern, and so do you. "  ~T.A. Barron
Please submit e-Outlook articles to:  Office Administrator:
Kris White           
E-mail: office@uuroc.org