This Week at
First Universalist
September 26, 2016
This Week's Service
10:30 a.m. Service: The Art of Letting Go.  As autumn progresses, the leaves are beginning to let go. If only we could do this as easily as they. Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Corruption of Our Democracy. Phil Ebersole will lead a discussion on corporate influence on American politics, which is a UU Study-Action issue for 2016-2020. 
Upcoming Events
Food Ingathering - Oct. 9

Consider donating a non-perishable food item this Sunday, October 9th.  A collection will take place during the service and donations will go to the Community Food Cupboard. Most needed items include peanut butter, canned beans & proteins, low-sodium soups & stews, brown rice, canned vegetables, whole grain pasta, and whole grain cereal.  Let's help provide local seniors and families with nourishing food during these cold months!

A Gentle Reminder:  Please remember to check the expiration date on donated items.  We want to share healthy, fresh food with our neighbors. Thank you!

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.

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.

Additional Announcements

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).

FALL CLEAN-UP DAY:  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

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 (

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 3

  • Office Closed

Wednesday, October 5

  • Social Justice Plate Committee, Volunteer Office, 10 am
  • Beginning Meditation Practice, Sanctuary, 5:30 pm

Thursday, October 6

  • Staff Meeting, Volunteer Office, 9:30 am
  • Announcements Deadline for "This Week at First Universalist", 12 noon
  • Minister's office hours, Starry Nights Cafe @ Central Library, 1-2 pm

Friday, October 7

  • Private Event (rental), Sanctuary, 4-6 pm

Saturday, October 8

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

    Sunday, October 9

    • Drop-In Discussion, Chalice Room, 9:15 am
    • Sunday Service, Sanctuary, 10:30 am
    • Food Ingathering, Sanctuary, 10:45 am
    • Refreshments, Clara Barton Lounge, 11:45 am
    • RAIHN Host Week begins
    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