Join us this Sunday
10:30 a.m. Service:  The Space Between. At times we find ourselves in liminal spaces – not quite where we were and not quite where we are going. We will reflect together on the power of the space between one another, the power in letting go, and the power in reaching for what is yet to be.  Rev. Margaret L. Weis.

9:15 a.m. Drop-in Discussion:  Small Group Ministry.  Our small group ministry provides members, new members, and members-to-be who are seeking deeper relationships with a safe space to express thoughts about their faith or lack thereof and about relationships.  Robert Remley and Connie Valk will share their understanding and experience of Small Group Ministry’s purpose and benefits, the basic needs it meets, and how this social joining can benefit us and our church. 
Upcoming Events
"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 Irondequoit Library (1290 Titus Ave.)

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

Cozy Night Supper - March 3

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. 

Social Justice Workshop - March 11

Everyone in the congregation is invited to a workshop led by Richard Gilbert on March 11 from 9:00 until noon to explore the implementation of the Social Justice Report our congregation has adopted.

What does "justice making" mean to our congregation? How can we equip ourselves, as a growing congregation, into ways that transform the good things we are already doing into a more disciplined approach? Background for this workshop is available by clicking on this link. 

Contact Connie Valk at if you need childcare.

Annual Chili Cook Off - March 12

Our annual Chili Cook Off takes place after the service on March 12th.  Culinary greats of First Universalists are ready to face-off in a rivalry that mirrors the cable show, Chopped (or more likely the show Cons versus Cooks). Judges of similar culinary talent (hint: members and friends of the church) select the winner for the Grand Prize of a gift card to Chili’s.

Many are invited to participate in this event but only a few will be willing to have their chili
judged in such an open competition.  If you are one of the few who have ego enough to go head-to-head with other talented Universalist cooks, please let Bill Elwell know of your desire to participate.  
Additional Announcements

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

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY:  A new group is forming. New sessions, co-facilitated by Bob Remley and Connie Valk, begin March 9th, 1:30 to 3:30 PM, and will be held every two weeks. Sign up on the Clara Barton Lounge bulletin board, or contact Connie or Bob.

BOOK GROUP: Our selection for the month of March is Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This is a memoir by an activist lawyer who learned first hand the injustices of our criminal system. Stevenson has won the"genius" grant for his work and has attracted enough financial support to be able to hire a sizeable staff (NYTimes Book Review). His book encourages us to take a long, hard, deep, look at our judicial system as it exists today. Fascinating reading. Please join us at 12 noon on March 26th in the upstairs chalice room. Join us even if you have not had a chance to read the book our conversation will encourage you to do so. Contact Sarah Singal  ( or Shirley Bond ( with questions.

INTERESTED IN MEMBERSHIP? Have you found that First Universalist Church is your spiritual home?  Join us for the Path to Membership session on April 1, 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon with brunch served. Rev. Celie and others will give you information to help you to decide if you would like to pursue membership.  Contact Connie Valk  to register.  Let her know if you need childcare.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR RAIHN WEEK: March 26-April 2 will be our next RAIHN* Week, when we will give temporarily homeless families  good food to eat and a safe place to stay at First Universalist Church. If you'd like to help, sign up in the Clara Barton Lounge after the Sunday service or contact Chris DeGolyer,, Marti Eggers,, or Sarah Singal, If you'd like to learn more before volunteering, ask us about "shadowing" experienced volunteers. *Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network 

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 |