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This Week at First Universalist
October 12, 2015
This Week's Service
9:15 - Drop-in Discussion:  Who Was Clara Barton? Phil Ebersole will provide background on this famous 19th century Universalist.

10:30 - Bread Sunday . Join us for a joyful service culminating in the chance to break bread together, in this annual First Universalist tradition.  
Upcoming Events
RAIHN Training Session
Thinking of volunteering for RAIHN? Learn how you can join with other church members to help some temporarily homeless families get back on their feet.  Attend the next RAIHN* training session for new volunteers on Tuesday, October 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 4115 Dewey Ave., Rochester.  The session will cover how RAIHN works, why it’s needed, who are the families we serve, and what you need to know to volunteer.  Once trained, consider volunteering for a spot during our next host week, January  3-10, and you will be giving some homeless Rochester families a wonderful gift. 

For more information or to sign up for training, contact Jen Canning, RAIHN coordinator of volunteer services (506-9050 or or Chris DeGolyer (  Or you can just show up!  

*Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence  
Bread Sunday

The breaking of bread together has from time immemorial symbolized a bond of friendship and peace among the participants. We will share bread with each other in our annual observation of Bread Sunday on Sunday, October 18.

Members and friends are invited to bring bread for sharing for coffee hour following our regular Sunday service.  Please let Bill Elwell know if you will bring an offering of bread.
Melissa, a re you bringing a contribution of bread to Bread Sunday?   We would love to share a little about the traditions, family connections, stories and people connected to your recipe or selection. If you would like to share a few words about what your bread, or the process of baking it, means to you, please e-mail Rev. Celie ( ) or leave a note in her church mailbox.
Not My Life Film Event
The film Not My Life , a documentary by Academy Award nominee Robert Bilheimer about human trafficking, will be screened at First Universalist Church on Sunday, October 18 at 6:30 PM, with a discussion to follow. 

Filmed on five continents, in a dozen countries, Not My Life takes viewers into an astonishing array of how children are exploited.  Filmmaker Bilheimer says, “Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and beds of children, and yet no one knows this is happening.”

There is no entrée fee, but any donations will be forwarded to the Not My Life Human Trafficking Awareness Action Center (
Fall Clean-up Day
The 2015 Fall Clean-up Day has been scheduled for Saturday, October 17th, starting around 9:00 AM.  If you have ever wanted to volunteer for the church or to just 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, painting, etc. jobs 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 to
Lunchtime Concert Series
Our 20th season of Eastman at Washington Square concerts opens on Thursday, October 15, beginning at 12:15 in the sanctuary. 

Eastman at Washington Square Concerts feature students, faculty and friends of the Eastman School of Music, and are jointly produced by the Eastman Community Music School and First Universalist Church. The concerts are intended to last about 30-40 minutes, and are offered every Thursday from mid-October until the beginning of June, excepting holidays.
Church Directory Update
Throughout the month of October, we will be asking you to confirm or correct the information that we currently have in the church directory.  If you are unable to view the directory after services, please e-mail your current contact information to .  Thank you!

THANK YOU!  Children and adults at School 7 send many many thanks to this congregation for donating 38 backpacks along with some school supplies during this year's Back Pack Drive! 

Additional Announcements
RURAL & MIGRANT MINISTRY:  Harvesting Justice Symposium, Reception & Dinner.  Join us at Temple B'rith Kodesh, 2131 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618 Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.  First Universalist is represented on R&MM’s Board.  We are forming a UU table to lend our voice to advocate for those who, in spite of harsh working conditions, bring food to our tables. The cost of the symposium before the dinner is $50 per person; the dinner & reception is $50 extra.  Part of the cost makes it possible for farm workers to join us at the event.  Contact Connie Valk at for more details and to make your reservation by October 15.

EVENING WORSHIP SERVICE:   Friday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.  Join John Akers and Rev. Celie for an uplifting evening service of singing and sharing. Come to light a candle, place a stone, voice prayers, sorrows, and gratitudes, and most of all, to have your heart lifted by song.  

BOOK CLUB:  The Book Club will be meeting October 25th to discuss Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire.  This memoir recalls Carlos' airlift from Cuba to America in 1962 at the age of 11.  All are welcome!  Come join us in the Discussion Room from 12:15 - 1:15.  Contact Shirley Bond or Sarah Singal with any questions.

YOU ARE INVITED!   The UU Church of Amherst, along with the UU Church of Hamburg, will be jointly Ordaining Rev. Michelle George Yates (our Director of Lifespan Faith Development) on Sunday, November 1 at 5:00 p.m. at the UU Church of Amherst, 6320 Main Street, Williamsville, NY.  Reception to follow.  Donations of food are welcome.

CHANGE IS COMING!!  Grab that old jar of loose change and bring those quarters, dimes, and other coins to church on November 1 & 8. We’ll pool our change and help to support our church’s programs, both within our walls and out in the community.  Watch for the change collection table in the Clara Barton Lounge.  

RAIHN TRAINING SESSION - LEVEL 2:  A second level training for experienced volunteers is planned for Wednesday, November 4, 6:30 - 8:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Pittsford.  This training goes further into how culture, trauma, and poverty have shaped RAIHN guests' experiences.  For more information or to sign up, contact Christine DeGolyer ( ) .  Or you can just show up!
This Week's Calendar of Events
Wednesday,  October 14
  • Board Meeting, Adult Lounge, 7 pm
Thursday,  October 15
  • Deadline for Written Announcements, noon
  • Deadline for "This Week" e-Newsletter, noon
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm

Saturday,  October 17 
  • Fall Clean-up Day, 9 am
  • First Unitarian Group Tour (private event), 6:15 pm
  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 
Sunday,  October 18
  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • Not My Life Film Event, Clara Barton Lounge, 5:30 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; 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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150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

Office Hours:   Monday-Friday,  9:30-2:30