OFFICE HOURS:  Please note that the church office will be closed Wednesday, March 29 - Tuesday, April 4.  

Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  Circles (Membership Sunday). As we welcome those who have joined our community in the past year, we’ll reflect on our covenantal tradition - and one of its famous discontents. Rev. Celie Katovitch.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Landslide. In 1975, Stevie Nicks wrote the pop hit, Landslide. The song is currently enjoying a resurgence by the Dixie Chicks. The lyrics contain a reflection of sort, “Oh, mirror in the sky, What is love? Can the child within my heart rise above?” Have you given thought to what she is singing about; do you have an answer? David Damico will facilitate.
Upcoming Events
Train for RAIHN

This week, we will host RAIHN* families at our church. Volunteers will turn church classrooms into guest rooms, serve meals, entertain children, stay overnight, and make families feel welcome. Interested in joining our volunteer team for future RAIHN Weeks? Attend an orientation session on Thursday, April 6, 6:30-8:30 PM at Mary Magdalene Church, 1008 Main St., East Rochester. RSVP to Jen Canning,, 506-9050.Questions? Ask Chris DeGolyer, Marti Eggers, or Sarah Singal after the Sunday service.  *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network: helping homeless families achieve sustainable independence

Come Build the Land, My People, We Seek

The 2017 Stewardship Campaign is here! If you have not received your stewardship materials in the mail, you can pick up a packet at the church or contact the church office. Pledge Sunday, April 9, will mark the end of the drive and we are asking all members and friends to return their pledge cards (or pledge online at by that date. Thank you!

Mindfulness & Meditation

Saturday, April 15, May 20, and June 17 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  Learn how Mindfulness and Meditation can improve your inner vision, reduce stress, increase calmness, and equip you with skills for coping with the challenges of everyday life in these turbulent times. Learn, practice, and master the wisdom of the sages without a PhD in Neuroscience and Buddhism, right in the comfort of our little Downtown Gem. Don’t miss out! Sign up now on the bulletin board in the Clara Barton Lounge. Coffee, conversation, meditation: partners on the path.

Free. Donations to First Universalist Church happily accepted but not required.  Email Joy Leccese at if you have questions. 

Additional Announcements

DONATIONS NEEDED:  Homeless shelter, House of Mercy, has opened its new, permanent location at 285 Ormond Street. Their residents are in need... kindly donate SCRUBS or SWEATS ~ new or gently used; any size. We will collect them in a box in Clara Barton Lounge ~ by April 2nd. Volunteers from our Homelessness Task Force will deliver them to the Ormond St shelter. The generosity of this wonderful church is so greatly appreciated.  ~Lois Baum, HTF Chair

ECOJUUSTICE GROUP will meet on April 9th at noon in the Chalice Room.  All are welcome to attend.

PASSOVER SEDER: Clara Barton Lounge, Friday, April 14th at 6:00 PM. A pot luck dinner will be part of the event so capacity will be limited.  Please be sure to sign-up if you plan on attending. If you would like to help or have questions, please call Lew Ward-Baker at 244-6968 or email him at

BOOK GROUP: The book selection for April is The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld. Please join us on April 30th at 12 noon in the sChalice Room on the second floor.  You don't have to have read the book, hopefully our stimulating conversation will inspire you to do so! Contact Sarah Singal ( or Shirley Bond ( with questions.

WEEKLY PEACE VIGIL:  Now ongoing since the invasion of Iraq over a decade ago, UU's are welcomed to the weekly, Sundays, Noon to 1 PM, PEACE VIGIL at Goodman St and East Ave. Questions?  Contact First Universalist church member Hal Bauer ( 

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

Rev. Celie Katovitch, Minister

Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development

Stacey Yang, Director of Music

Melissa Davies, Office Administrator
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