Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  A Valentine's Day Message. Rev. David S. Blanchard has served Unitarian Universalist congregations in Lexington, KY, and in Syracuse, Utica, Canton, and Rochester, NY. He is the author of the meditation manual, A Temporary State of Grace. We happily welcome Rev. Blanchard to our pulpit. 

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Shop Before You Drop.  We’ll get an overview of issues worth considering in planning end of life decisions.  Marcy Klein, Board President of Funeral Consumers Alliance of Greater Rochester and board member Elizabeth Osta will facilitate discussion on burial options, cremation info, green burial alternative as well as tips for buyers in what to look for in planning and more. Your next of kin will be so grateful for your thoughtful planning!  Plan to attend.  Before you drop!
Upcoming Events
Train for RAIHN

Join our RAIHN* team of caring volunteers to help temporarily homeless families get back on their feet. Attend a two hour orientation session about putting the RAIHN philosophy into action. Attending the orientation is not a commitment, but  we hope you will join us as a volunteer during our next RAIHN Week, March 26 - April 2. 

The next orientation session is on Wednesday, February 8th, 6:30-8:30pm at St. Louis Catholic Church, 64 S. Main St., Pittsford. If you plan to attend this session, RSVP to Jen Canning, or 506-9050.

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

Monthly Food Ingathering

Consider donating a non-perishable food item on Sunday, February 12th.  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 winter 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!

"In The Present"

Join us for a meditative Saturday morning, February 25th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. We will focus on various ways we can be "In the Present."  Please watch the Adult Education Bulletin board or see Joy Leceese or Kathy Russell ( for more information.

"From Age-ing to Sage-ing: Elderhood and Spirituality"
Adult Religious Education Class

Returning and expanded by popular demand!  

So you're getting older. What does that mean? How does that change things? Based on the A Profound New Vision of Growing Older by Zalman Schachter-Shalomi & Ronald Miller, this 4-session workshop/discussion group will reflect on our personal experiences of aging, look at models of aging from various cultures, and revision our framework for aging and creating meaning in our later lives.

Thursdays, March 2, 9, 16, and 23

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. @ the Irondequiot Library (1290 Titus Ave.)

Presented by Rev. Michelle Yates, Director of Life Span Faith Development. RSVPs and questions can be directed to Michelle at

Additional Announcements

ECO-JUUSTICE GROUP:  Due to the Annual Service Auction on Feb 5th, the EcoJuustice Group will meet at noon on February 12th in the Chalice Room. All interested in promoting sustainability of our planet are invited to attend. In particular, anyone who could help with activities related to Earth Day/Week/Month in April would be most welcome! For further information, see  Sarah Singal ( or anyone in the group.

THE SOCIAL JUSTICE PLATE  recipient for February 19th has been selected, and it is Interfaith Impact. Many of us are familiar with this group of clergy leaders who lobby Albany for human rights equality. This hearty band of religious leaders is constantly challenging the status quo.  

BOOK GROUP will not meet on January 29th due to the congregational vote taking place after the service. Book Group will resume on February 26th to discuss "Americanah" by Chimamanda Adichie. Any questions happily answered by Sarah Singal ( or Shirley Bond (

COZY NIGHT SUPPER: Our final Cozy Night Supper for the 2016-17 church year will be Friday, March 3rd.  This dinner, from 5:30 to 7:30, will be held in the Clara Barton Lounge.  This will be a potluck  and all who are able will provide a simple salad, bread, dessert or main dish (soup/stew/chili/casserole) along with you wonderful camaraderie! At 6:30 we will focus on a program presented by our Race to Justice groups. Let us know of your ability to attend by signing up on the Religious Education Bulletin Board in the Clara Barton Lounge or by contacting Kathy Russell at  Your RSVP/sign up allows us to prepare appropriately.  Child-friendly activities exploring this topic will be arranged if you make a request one week in advance. 

LUUNCH BUUNCH:  Everyone is welcome to join in this after-church lunch gathering on March 5th at the Mediterranean Kebab House @ 3047 West Henrietta Road.  Specifics: Order at counter (Dutch treat).  If Dick and Joyce Gilbert know in advance that you’re coming, we may be able to arrange a buffet for greater choice and lower cost. Contact Joyce at

INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP?  We hope you find First Universalist to be a warm and welcoming spiritual home. Please contact Rev. Celie ( if you would like to become a member of the congregation. Every April, we also offer a Saturday morning class that introduces First U and Unitarian Universalism. Stay tuned for more details. 

FOOD DONATIONS WELCOMED: We (Melissa and Rev. Celie) keep a small supply of bagged lunches on hand in the church office, to be given out to people in need who knock on our door during the week. (This is the indoor part of our "Clara's Cupboard" outreach that also includes the Little Free Library & Pantry by the garden.) We try to stock these lunches with healthy, high-energy foods, and so we are always very grateful for donations of the following items. Thank you for all you do to support this ministry!

  • Bottled water 
  • Cheese and crackers/ peanut butter and crackers 
  • Granola bars 
  • Small packets of trail mix 
  • Dried fruit or fruit in individual plastic packages 

"Greener U"

Submitted by the EcoJuustice Group

Who knew! All cling wrap ends up in a landfill because it is a plastic that is too soft and stretchy to be recycled. It has not yet been determined how harmful cling wrap is to living beings. However, the environmental impact makes a strong case for finding alternatives to cling wrap, such as:  glass jars, enamel containers, food-grade stainless steel, or cover a bowl of food with a plate, waxed paper, cloth, or nothing at all.  Read: "Six Eco-alternatives to plastic wrap"
*Respect for the Interdependent Web of All Existence of Which We Are a Part*

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
150 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester, NY 14604 | (585) 546-2826 |