This Week at First Universalist
January 11, 2016
This Week's Service
Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday. Today we will honor Dr. King’s legacy in word and song, and reflect on how we might bring that legacy to bear on the present moment.  10:30 a.m. with Rev. Celie Katovitch.

Drop-in Discussion:   Active Listening.  The message heard is not always the message sent. Janet Rothbeind will introduce Active Listening, a technique for improving communication by requiring listeners to paraphrase what they hear and check with the original speakers as to whether they’ve understood correctly.  9:15 a.m.
Upcoming Events
Social Justice Newcomers Session
Are you interested in learning more about what the Social Justice Committee does and the issues they are focused on?  Join us on January 17th, 12:00 p.m. in the second floor lounge for a newcomers session.  This session is open to visitors, as well as new and long time members.  Members of the Social Justice Committee will be in attendance to discuss the committee's work and to answer questions. 
Train for RAIHN*
Learn how you can join other church members in helping temporarily homeless families get back on their feet. Attend a two hour training session about putting the RAIHN philosophy into action. Attending a training session is not a commitment, but  we hope you will join us as a volunteer during our next RAIHN Week, April 3-10.

Two training sessions are available in the next month:

1) Tuesday, January 19th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Messiah Lutheran Church, 4301 Mt. Read Blvd., Rochester 

2) Tuesday, February 2nd, 7-9 pm at Temple Beth El, 139 S. Winton Rd., Rochester

I f you plan to attend one of these sessions, please RSVP to Jen Canning, or 506-9050.

2016 Service Auction
Auction action is heating up!  Our annual service auction is approaching:  It’s on February 7th right after the church service!  As our biggest fundraiser of the year, the auction’s formula for success is fun, lots of donations, and many participants.  Donation forms are available at church, or you can donate online at our website.  The auction team already has some great surprises planned, so don’t miss out on the fun!  Contact Paula Marchese with questions or for more details.
Additional Announcements

UU HISTORY SERIES:  Join us on January 21st from 1:30 - 3:30 PM for Part 4 of our UU History Series, Universalism: Murray to Ballou.  (Please note the new date and time.)  Please RSVP so we can plan for enough space and seating to Michelle Yates at or 585-310-2484.  Childcare available if requested a week in advance.

THE BOOK Group :  On January 31st, the Book Group will discuss Being Mortal, by Atul Gawande at 12 noon in the second floor lounge. For questions see Shirley Bond or Sarah Singal. 

REACH UPDATE:  The last social plate collection for REACH was over $625!  Thank you for your very generous contributions to REACH (Rochester Emergency Action Committee for the Homeless).  And, thanks to all who have volunteered at the facility.

SUPPORT PAID FAMILY LEAVE:   Job/financial security versus caring for a newborn or caring for a sick family member:  a difficult choice that no one should have to make.  Support updating NYS's temporary disability program by signing a post card to our legislators.  While socializing at the coffee hour on January 17th, visit the table where information on paid family leave and post cards are available. 

NO CONTROL FILM EVENT:   Greater Rochester Coalition Against Gun Violence presents No Control, a documentary film exploring how we deal with gun violence in America, Tuesday, January 19th at 6:30 pm at The Little Theatre and Café.  Preceded by a presentation of Joe Quint's photo journalistic work on gun violence victims and followed by a talk-back and action items. First Universalist is a co-sponsor of this event.  

CHURCH BOOKSTORE ADDS NEW BOOKS:  The First Universalist church bookstore is open in the Clara Barton lounge during coffee hour following Sunday services.  We recently ordered four new titles from the UUA Bookstore to our book sale table.

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson.  A powerful true story about the potential for mercy in all of us, and a clarion call to fix our broken criminal justice system.  This is the UUA recommended Good Read for 12015-2016.
  • Small Group Ministry by Robert L. Hill.  An accessible and thorough guide to this growing grassroots movement by one of its most ardent practitioners and proponents.
  • Listening Hearts: Fourteen Gatherings for Reflections and Sharing by Christine Robinson and Alicia Hawkins.
  • Landscapes of Aging and Spirituality edited by Kathleen Montomgery.  In 14 essays, elders reflect on the experience of aging and how it intersects with their spiritual lives.

WEATHER-RELATED CLOSINGS:  During this winter season, please note that cancellations of church activities can be viewed at  
This Week's Calendar of Events
Monday, January 11
  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Sarah), Volunteer Office, 7 pm
Wednesday, January 13
  • Communications Committee, Volunteer Office, 1:30 pm
  • Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm
Thursday,  January 14
  • Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 8:45 am
  • Announcement Deadline, noon
  • "This Week at First Universalist" e-Newsletter Deadline, noon
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm
Friday, January 15
  • Cozy Night Supper, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 pm 
Saturday,  January 16
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 
Sunday,  January 17
  • 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
  • Social Justice Newcomers Session, Adult Lounge, 12 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; or call 546-2826.
Minister:   Rev. Celie Katovitch 
Director of Music:   Carol Xiong 

Director of Life Span Faith Development:   Michelle Yates 
Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies
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Rochester, NY 14604
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