11-1-2018 UU Church of Utica Weekly Newsletter
Secretary's office hours: Tuesday 8-12 p.m. & and Thursday 8:30-11:30 a.m. 
Please email her your enews information by early Tuesday morning,
Highlights this week:
  • Turn your clocks back this Saturday night!
  • Get to know newer members Ryan, Sara, and Ani Miller
  • Plan ahead - Bread Sale to benefit UUSC November 18th
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
November Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30AM

Turn clocks back Saturday night November 3rd
November 4, 2018 "The Rosy Past" Rev. Erin Dajka Holley 
Sometimes, we might remember the past as better than it might actually have been. We will consider how our memories shape us and our experience of the world.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Jackie Leisos & NEED 1 volunteer
Greeters, Phyllis Brockley & Barb Freeman
Rev. Erin’s week off is November 5-11

November 11, 2018 "Purpose and The Pursuit of Happiness" Rick Werner
Rick is a retired philosophy professor from Hamilton College, will talk about the importance of purpose in happiness. Rick began teaching at Kirkland College in 1975, then joined the staff at Hamilton when the colleges merged. He taught classes in environmental ethics, morality and the pursuit of happiness.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Barbara Linsley & NEED 1 volunteer
Greeters, David Hill & Denise Nepveux 
We need more Hospitality and Greeters to fill some slots for November/December. The sign up sheet is on the bulletin board outside of the Sanctuary. New folks should sign up with someone who's done it before. Remember you don't have to spend much and if you can't help set-up/clean-up you can donate money for others to Jackie in an envelope marked "for hospitality" during collection. Questions? Talk to Jackie Leisos (315) 404-2203.

Sunday, November 4th, 9:45AM, Fundraising Committee meeting

Saturday, November 17th, 4:00PM, A Celebration of Life Memorial for long-time UU Utica member, Roger MacCasland. Roger passed away Wednesday, October 17th at St. Luke’s Hospital.
Sunday, November 18th following the service will be the Bread Sale to benefit the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Read more below.

Tuesday, November 27th, 1:30PM Lunch Bunch will meet at the Phoenician Restaurant

UUSC 78th Anniversary - Justice Across Borders - Bread Sale 11/18/1. Please join us in supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) with a bread sale and Guest At Your Table (GAYT) kickoff on Sunday, Nov. 18th. We ask that you donate and purchase a loaf of bread. Our children will be distributing the GAYT boxes. Information will be available on the humanitarian work of UUSC both here and abroad. As fear of the other and violence rips through our communities there has never been a more important time to take action and to Rise Up On The Side Of Love.

Attention Board Members please note that your mail slots in the hallway have been updated to reflect the new members. Some may have changed where they were recently. Please check weekly and weed out any old papers.               

Policy on Politics and Lobbying
As a reminder this election season, the church is a non-profit organization and therefore, there can be no advocating for or against candidates for public office on our grounds. Please see the entire policy here.

Interested in Updating Our By-Laws?
The Board will soon be assembling a task force of committed members to examine the church's by-laws, and develop proposed updates for congregational approval. More information on this to come shortly.

Sara & Ryan Miller                                                                                      
*Both of us (Sara and Ryan) grew up in the Catholic Church but as we got older, found that it didn't resonate with our values. We came to UUUtica in November of 2016 in search of a spiritual home and community for our growing family. 

*Ryan is the Director of thINCubator and is a community connector. He is committed to helping make our area a vibrant place to live, work, and raise a family. With a background in higher education, Sara is now a full-time mom and part-time yoga teacher, offering classes at In Bloom Yoga, Retro Fitness, and with various organizations throughout the area. Also a co-founder of the Utica Yoga Project, Sara is passionate about making yoga more accessible for all while supporting local organizations. Sara, Ryan and Ani all enjoy good music, food, wine, friends, family, and outdoor adventures.

*We value the freedom of supporting and nurturing our spiritual lives without the requirement of adherence to doctrine and dogma. Over the last two years, we have loved this exploration as well as the opportunity of getting to know members of the UU community. We also appreciate the way that children are integrated into the service and hope that this practice will continue as our children grow in the UU church.

November we will be collecting First Aid Supplies: peroxide, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, band-aids, gauze, tweezers, nail clippers, emery boards etc. (goal is 100 items)

We always collect non-perishable foods in the kitchen.
See our current items collected here! 

Have a question about a business or procedural issue? Check the FAQ here!

oard Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World

Starhawk program at UU Society of Syracuse
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse is sponsoring an event featuring Starhawk, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7PM – 9PM. Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is a permaculture teacher, a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism and community organizing. The program is planned to be an evening of wisdom and energy-shifting. It is open to the public. Read more.
From Black Lives of UU

Check out the Black Joy Experience album here featuring remixes of some of BLUU's favorite freedom songs and chants from some of BLUU's favorite people in movement.

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in here!
Community Events

Thursday November 15th, 7:30 PM “THE HAPPENING, a film about Alternative Energy by James Redford, will be shown at Hamilton College followed by a panel questions & discussion. “The Red Pit”, 127 Kirner-Johnson Blg., (Map Blg. #14), Parking – Right on Green Apple Way off College Drive, top right. Sponsored by Hamilton Clubs: Environmental Action, Vegan, & Slow Food, CCL: Citizens Climate Lobby, UUUtica Climate Action Subcommittee

Unity Hall Events                                                                                      
  • Silent Auction, Saturday, November 3, 4:30 - 7pm, Help yourself to some wonderful items and experiences while you help us raise funds to cover the cost of installing stage curtains and making other improvements. Beer and wine and light food provided. $10 admission.       

  • Thursday, November 15th the local chapter of the GenUN, comprised of young people ages 15-25, will give a presentation of the annual Potluck to be held at UUUtica at 6 PM.
  • December 6th is our Holiday Dinner at Symeon’s Restaurant at 6 PM. Cost is $25/person.

40th Annual Community Thanksgiving 
First Presbyterian Church 1605 Genesee St. Utica is again looking for monetary/food contributions and drivers for its Thanksgiving Day Dinner. Please contact their church at 315-732-5112 or email for more information on what help and times need to be filled. There is also a flyer here on our church bulletin board.
Come to the Habitat ReStore for all of your Christmas decorating needs! Holiday Tins, Nutcrackers, Candles, Bows, Garland, Trees, Lights and so much more.
See Church Calendar Here 
Double click on Worship to see service details

Ongoing Church Usage:

  • 1st week, House Committee meets after service (P) 
  • 2nd week, Social Action/Green Sanctuary 12 PM (P) 
  • 3rd week
    • Small Spiritual Group 12-2 PM (P)
    • Mohawk Valley Lyme Support Group* 2-4 PM (P)                           
  • 4th week, Climate Action Sub Committee 11:45 AM (P) 
  • 1st week, Worship Committee, 6:30 PM (P)                 
  • 3rd week, Finance Meeting 5 PM (P) & Board Meeting 6:15 PM (P) 
  • Last week, Lunch Bunch 1 PM at different locations 
  • All weeks, Buddhist Zen Meditation* 6 PM (S)          
  • All weeks, (not if 5th wk), A Course in Miracles 7-8:30 p.m. (P)
  • All, Heart Rhythm Meditation 8:30 AM with Jack Pendrak
  • 1st & 3rd weeks, IONS 10-11:30 PM (P) 
  • 2nd week
    • MV Bonsai Club* 1-3 PM (RE) 
    • SAGE* 5-9 PM (S)
  • 3rd week, Caps 4 Cancer* 10:30 AM-12 PM (S) 
S – Sanctuary
P – Parlor
RE – Religious Ed Room
* - Not church affiliated
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