Our Electronic Outlook
September 12, 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:
Stuck in the Elevator.

In a spiritual-but-not-religious age, what's religion good for, anyway? Rev. Celie Katovitch.

This Week's Drop-In Discussion: Israel and Palestine.  How did they get that way?  What does the future hold?  Is there anyone willing to take the first step for peace?  Harvey and Janet Rothbeind will co-host a discussion.

Ladies who lunch Ladies Who Lunch


Ladies Who Lunch is returning. Last year this roughly monthly pay-your-own-way lunch was popular. 


This month the lunch will be Tuesday, September 23, at noon, at Amore, the Italian restaurant at the East Avenue Wegmans. Members and friends of the church are invited; this event is women-only.


Please contact Sarah Singal at ssingal@rochester.rr.com if you would like to come.

This Week at First Universalist




September 13



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




September 14



Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am


Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15


Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am


Food Ingathering, Sanctuary, 10:45 am


Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am




September 17



Announcement Deadline, noon


Paper Outlook Deadline, noon




September 18



e-Outlook Deadline, noon


Mindfulness Meditation, Adult Lounge, 6 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, September 21: Freight and Freedom.We are approaching the period known as the "Days of Awe" in the Jewish tradition. We will explore the insights of this holy time: a time of both heaviness and lightness of spirit.  Rev. Celie Katovitch.


NEXT DROP-IN DISCUSSION: Sunday, September 21: An Addictive World.  Paul Graham wrote a provocative article

 http://www.paulgraham.com/addiction.html in which he argued that all of the things we describe as addictive are accelerating and we should not want to stop the process. Bill Elwell will lead a discussion of our own addictions and of how we are living and have always lived in an addictive world.


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!


FOOD INGATHERING: TODAY Sunday, September 14. Donations of non-perishable food items will be collected to benefit The Community Food Cupboard on Nester Street.


POTLUCK AND ENTERTAINMENT: Friday, September 19, 5:30 pm. Potluck supper in the Clara Barton Lounge followed by a performance of Canada's Circus Orange at the Fringe Fest in Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. This is a family friendly event.


A SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING will be held NEXT SUNDAY after the service on Sunday, September 21.


INTERESTED IN JOINING THE KEEPERS OF THE FLAME? Please see Michael Van Arsdale after the service for more information.


BOOK GROUP: Sunday September 28th, 12:15, in the Adult Lounge. This month's selection is "Year of Wonder" by Geraldine Brooks, a book which gives us a glimpse into the strangeness of history that simultaneously enables us to see a reflection of ourselves. No in-depth analysis--opinions welcome. For further information please see or e-mail Shirley or Sarah.


NYSCU ANNUAL CONFERENCE: The New York Convention of Universalists ( NYSCU) will hold its annual conference on Oct 3-4 in Watertown.  First Universalist is entitled to 5 delegates to the conference. If you are interested in being considered as a delegate please contact Tom Williams at busterdawg_1947@yahoo.com. Here is a link to the conference brochure: http://nyscu.org/AM_brochures/2014/2014_AM_brochure.pdf


OUR (PAPER) OUTLOOK, NOW IN COLOR! The monthly newsletter, often referred to as the Paper Outlook, is available online. You can view the September edition by going to the Learn More box of our website and  clicking on the Monthly Newsletter link. http://uuroc.org/wp-content/uploads/September-2014-Our-Outlook.pdf


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.


Be willing to learn from the spiritual teachers all around you, however unlikely or unlike you they may be. ~Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Please submit e-Outlook articles to:  Office Administrator:
Kris White           
E-mail: office@uuroc.org