This Week at First Universalist
October 26, 2015
Please note that the Church Office will be CLOSED
Monday, October 26 - Friday, October 30.  
Thank you.
This Week's Service
Good Heavens. “Heaven” was once central to Universalist theology, but that emphasis quickly shifted to a focus on this life. On this Day of the Dead, we will consider what traditions that embrace this or similar holidays might have to teach us– about the idea of an afterlife, and about our life now.  10:30 AM.  Reverend Celie Katovitch 

Drop-in Discussion:  Our American Food.  Hal Bauer will discuss the effects of large scale, commodity agriculture on America’s health and environment based on his experience in health research and organic farming and through Wenonah Hauter’s work as executive director of Food and Water Watch and her book Foodopoly. Hal will show a 15 minutes, animated, educational video at 9 AM for those who are willing to come early.
Upcoming Events
Service of Ordination - Michelle George Yates
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 1st at 5 PM at the UU Church of Amherst, 6320 Main St. in Williamsville.  Reception to follow.  Donations of food are welcome. 
 Wednesday, November 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.  American Unitarianism: Organic & Transplanted (approx. 1 hour video), with facilitated discussion and conversation to follow.   RSVP Michelle Yates at or 585-310-2484.   Childcare available if requested one week in advance. 
CHANGE is coming!
It's time to 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.  
Additional Announcements
LEVEL 2  RAIHN* TRAINING FOR EXPERIENCED VOLUNTEERS:  Wednesday, November 4th, 6:30 - 8:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Pittsford.  Learn more about how culture, trauma, and poverty have shaped RAIHN guests' experiences.  For more information or to sign up, contact Chris DeGolyer ( or Jen Canning (506-9050,  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: Keeping families together. Getting families home for good.

GUEST AT YOUR TABLE:   For our Second Sunday Inter-generational Activity on November 8th, we will be kicking off Guest at Your Table!  Guest at Your Table is an annual fundraising and education program that supports the human rights work of the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee).  In this, the UUSC's 75th year, the program will be highlighting the empowerment of refugees and displaced people.  Our children will help hand out GAYT boxes, and UUSC video clips will be available to view after worship. 

MINI-CHATAUQUA IN ROCHESTER:   Nazareth College, Hickey Center is pleased to invite you to a Symposium - On a Planet in Peril and Our Moral Responsibility, October 27, 1:30-6:30 PM at the Nazareth College of Rochester, Otto Shults Community Center, Forum.  Keynote speakers include Dr. Adam Frank, Professor of Astrophysics, and Dr. Sandra Steingraber, Biologist, author, and cancer survivor.  Talks include "Abrahamic Traditions on the Environment" and "Indian and Native Traditions on the Environment."  This event is free and open to the public.  For more information click here.

SHOP 'TIL YOU DROP & DINING FOR RAIHN: Tuesday December 1st, 5-9 PM at Pittsford Plaza.  One World Goods, a fair trade gift store that sells quality handcrafted items, apparel, jewelry and coffee from around the world, and family-owned Hobby House Toys, specializing in educational toys, games, puzzles, science, puppets and much more, will donate a portion of their proceeds to RAIHN. Bennuci’s Restaurant will donate 20% of your dining check to RAIHN.  Reservations suggested: 264-1300.

This Week's Calendar of Events
Tuesday, October 27
  • Paper "Our Outlook" Production, Volunteer Office, 2 pm
Wednesday,  October 28
  • Membership Committee, Volunteer Office, 6:30 pm
Thursday,  October 29
  • Eastman Lunchtime Concert Series, Sanctuary, 12:15 pm
  • Committee on Ministry (Rev. Sarah), Volunteer Office, 7 pm

Saturday, October 31 

  • SNYP AA, Clara Barton Lounge and Adult Lounge (rental), 8 pm 
  • Daylight Savings ends (2 am) - Don't forget to set your clocks back!
Sunday,  November 1
  • Choir Rehearsal, Choir Room, 9 am
  • Drop-in Video, Adult Lounge, 9 am
  • Drop-In Discussion, Adult Lounge, 9:15 am
  • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
  • Coffee Hour, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
  • Finance Committee, Volunteer Office, noon
  • Music Committee, Choir Room, 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
Contact Us
150 S. Clinton Avenue
Rochester, NY 14604
(585) 546-2826

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