This Week at
First Universalist
October 10, 2016
This Week's Service
10:30 a.m. Service: Bread SundayJoin us for this annual ritual of community and nourishment. Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  The Third Reconstruction.  Phil Ebersole will review and lead a discussion of The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics and the Rise of a New Justice Movement by the Rev.William J. Barber II.   This is the UUA’s recommended Common Read for 2016-2017.
Upcoming Events
Bread Sunday - Oct. 16

Members and friends are invited to bring their favorite bread to share on our annual Bread Sunday on October 16. The prayer, "give us this day our daily bread," is a reminder to live one day at a time. When Marie Antoinette allegedly dismissed the cries for her citizens to eat cake if they had no bread, it indicated the callousness of the powerful. So, it is fitting that we recognize the centrality of bread in our lives with this Sunday observance and celebration.  Please let Bill Elwell know if you plan to bring bread to the common table.

Race to Justice 

Are you compelled by the racial justice conversation? Not sure where to start? We've heard you! Our year-long Faith Development program, "Race to Justice," explores how the story of race in our personal lives, our culture, and our national history intersects with personal, institutional, and community stories of our faith.  For more information, see the church bulletin board or visit the RE page on our website. Please let our facilitators, Rev. Michelle Yates and Suzie Gutierrez, know at if you would need to be in the Tuesday or Thursday group, and if you could do either. This will help us to keep the groups balanced.  

  • Thursday Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 13th,
    Oct. 27th, and Nov. 10th.

  • Tuesday Group: 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Oct. 18th, Nov. 1st, and Nov. 15th.

Fall Clean-up Day - Oct. 22

The  2015 Fall Clean-up Day has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 22nd starting around 9 AM. If you have ever wanted to volunteer for the church, or to get to know the building (as well as other members) a little better, this is a perfect opportunity! There will be all kinds of cleaning, fixing, etc. to be completed – something for all skill levels. Bring along your favorite tools or cleaning products. Breakfast snacks and a light lunch will be provided. Socializing and fun will also be part of the agenda. For more information, please contact Tom Ruganis at 746-7796 (cell) or 442-2968 (home) or email  

Additional Announcements

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY OPPORTUNITY:  New Small Group Ministry sessions are starting soon, one day-time and one in the evening. The sessions will be held in The Chalice Room.  Contact Connie Valk if interested.

EASTMAN LUNCHTIME CONCERT SERIES: Beginning October 20th, concerts will be held each Thursday at 12:15 in the Sanctuary. They are free and open to the public, and bagged lunches are permitted.

PARKING REMINDER:  This is a friendly reminder that the left side of our parking lot (facing REOC) is rented during the week, and at this time is completely full.  Please refrain from parking in those spots between 7am-6pm, Monday-Friday.  If visiting the church during that timeframe, please park against the building, along the street in any metered spot, or in a nearby garage.  Thank you.

2016 CONVENTION:  The New York State Convention of Universalists invites you to attend this year’s convention on October 21st and 22nd.  It will be held at the UU Church of Utica and the Unitarian Church of Barneveld.  A copy of this year’s brochure can be found on the bulletin board outside of the church office.  If you are interested in being a delegate, please contact Shirley Bond as soon as possible ( or 325-6084).

BOOK GROUP:  October's book selection is "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doeer. A stunningly ambitious book about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.  Book Group meets at noon on the last Sunday of the month in the Chalice Room. Any questions happily answered by Sarah Singal ( or Shirley Bond (

PRACTICES FOR INTERCULTURAL DIVERSITY:  You are invited to take part in a Central Eastern Region Leadership Conference on Sunday, October 29th from 9-4 at the UU Church of Buffalo.  Cost is $18 (includes lunch).  Register at by Oct. 25. 

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, or Moritz Wagner

FREE FILM EVENT:  There will be a free showing of the film The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism, and Community at Wood Library (134 N. Main Street, Canandaigua) on Monday, October 17th at 7PM in Mary Parmele Hamlin Meeting Room Side B. It is considered to be the best and most inspiring, enlightening, and creative social issue documentary on climate change. It cannot be seen online.  Refreshments and discussion to follow. For information, contact Lynn Cronise (585-229-2248).

To submit an item for "This Week at First Universalist", e-mail no later than Thursday at noon.  

This Week's Calendar of Events

Monday, October 10

  • RAIHN Host Week - through Sunday, October 9
  • Office Closed

Tuesday, October 11

  • Social Justice Task Force, Volunteer Office, 6 pm

Wednesday, October 12

  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:30 pm
  • Board Meeting, Chalice Room, 7 pm

Thursday, October 13

  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", 12 noon
  • CANCELLED:  No Minister's office hours today
  • Race to Justice - Thursday Group, Chalice Room, 6:30 pm

Saturday, October 15

  • Private Event (rental), Sanctuary, 10-1
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and 2nd Floor Lounge (rental), 8 pm 

    Sunday, October 16

    • Drop-In Discussion, Chalice Room, 9:15 am
    • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
    • Refreshments, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
    • RAIHN Host Week ends
    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 Life Span Faith Development: Michelle Yates 
    Director of Music: Stacey Yang

    Office Administrator:  Melissa Davies
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    Rochester, NY 14604
    (585) 546-2826

    Office Hours:  Tuesday-Friday, 9 - 3:15