12-06-2018 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:
  • Peace Caroling - this Tuesday, 12/11, 4:30pm 
  • Collecting hats, coats, gloves, gloves etc. for local children through Jan
  • Climate Action provides green energy information 
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
December Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30AM
December 9, 2018 “Sustainability: It's About People” Denise Szarek
Denise, a local farmer from Three Goat Farm in Westmoreland, will speak about sustainable agriculture. Sustainable agriculture is about the environmental integrity, about the economic viability and about social responsibility, but ultimately, it's about people.  The fundamental purpose of agriculture is to meet the needs of people, to tip the ecological balance in favor of humans relative to other species.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Paul & Tammy Tenerowicz
Greeters, Barbara Whitney & Lisa Bronk

December 16, 2018  "With Reverence"  Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
How does one address a mystery?  Bring a sense of awe, that feeling that something is both wondrous and terrible at the same time.
**Choir will perform**
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Bob & Barb Whitney
Greeters, Jackie Leisos & Phyllis Brockley
Please sign up for Hospitality/Greeters for December
We need hospitality and greeters for Sunday December 23rd & Christmas Eve. We also need Greeters for Sunday December 30th. 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. 

4th Annual Peace Carol, Tuesday, December 11
Caroling will begin on the steps of the Oneida County History Center at 4:30 PM. A reception inside will begin at 5:00 PM, followed by a program with participation from the RSVP Readers Theater, Members of the Proctor High School Choir and JROTC, as well as our own Rev. Erin and Brian Howard, Exec. Director of the OCHC. This is the first year we have joined together with others, from our community, in the true spirit of the 1914 World War I Christmas Eve Peace Truce. Please join us as your schedule allows.


Sunday December 2nd the congregation helped trim our Christmas Tree in the sanctuary (picture to right). Thanks to all that stayed to help out.

The YWCA, Domestic Violence Transitional Housing Program, sent a letter of thanks and appreciation for UUU's generous donations. They want us to know how much it means to staff and the women and children to know our congregation thinks about their needs. 

2018 Holiday Tree Collection “Sharing the Warmth of Community" UUU will collect winter hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks, to be donated to Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School, beginning December 9th through January 13th. These donations will allow staff to provide children who arrive at school, without warm winter accessories, these items in a caring and discrete manner. While many organizations work diligently to provide, coats, boots, and toys for children, items such as these are harder to come by. Please share the warmth this holiday with children who brave the cold winter as they walk to school in their neighborhood. 
National Grid Clean Energy Choices Explained by the Climate Action Sub Committee 

There are 2 programs for consumers to choose alternative energy sources for their electricity:
  • Green-Up Providers - We believe this is the easiest of the choices, with 3 energy providers that clearly mark how much of their energy is from wind or small hydro.  T)here are no solar choices here to our knowledge.  The 3 choices are: New Wind Energy - Community energy (1-866-WIND-123, They offer 100% wind or 60% wind with 40% small hydro. EnviroGen - (1-888-828-8358, They offer 100% small hydro. Sterling Green from Sterling Planet - (1-877-457-7712, They offer 50% wind and 50% small hydro.
  • Click here to read more about the other programs.

December we will be collecting Seasonal sweets and candies, healthy non-alcoholic beverages, hot chocolate mixes, nut mixes, etc. The goal is 50 items.
We always collect non-perishable foods in the kitchen.
See our current items collected here! 

Rev. Erin's Office hours are 1-4PM, Tuesdays. Rev. Erin is off on Fridays.

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

oard Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World
Have you heard about FAITHIFY, the UU crowdfunding platform? This program is designed to match UU based programs and UU funders with each other, making it easier for you to find projects that reflect your values and interests and programs to find the funding they need.

Find projects that you want to support, learn more about how FAITHIFY works, and how to use it in your congregation at their website,

Registration is Open for Spring Online Leadership Courses
Deeper than a single webinar or workshop, the UU Leadership Institute offers core leadership courses online with on-demand materials.  They are perfect for the congregation who wants to learn together at an affordable cost—only $30 per course per semester. Courses open on January 25, 2019.
From Black Lives of UU

#BLUUMicro30 is looking to create Action Teams that help to foster connections between Black UUs and generate deliberate, concerted organizing efforts to create authentic linking between Unitarian Universalist resources with Black Liberation Movement spaces using small, local, direct, clear efforts.
Learn more about it here.

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

Friday, December 7th, 6PM at UUUtica: Yule Log Making Party. Join local area pagans in making yule logs for the season! Bring your own small log to decorate and any natural items you might like to add to it.

United Nations Association (UNA)
  • Read more about the UNA below!
  • December 6th is our Holiday Dinner at Symeon’s Restaurant at 6 PM. Cost is $25/person. Please read above article under Our Greater UU World.

Mohawk Valley Choral Society is presenting Handel's MESSIAH, Sunday December 9, 2018 at 2 PM at Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, read more information here. Tickets can be purchased at Center Stage Pianos, Mohawk Valley Center for the Arts, Weisser's Jewelers, or by calling 315-826-3092.

Come to the Habitat ReStore for all of your Christmas decorating needs! Holiday Tins, Nutcrackers, Candles, Bows, Garland, Trees, Lights and so much more. They are also looking for donations of Christmas decorations and are accepting donations of hammers, screw drivers, paint, nuts & bolts, screws/nails, drills, wrenches, tool boxes etc. for the new The Tool Bin.
See Church Calendar Here 
Double click on Worship to see service details

Rev Erin's Office Hours are now Tuesdays 1-4 PM
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) meeting 11/17 in November                                            Board Meeting 6:15 PM (P) 
  • Last week, Lunch Bunch 1 PM at different locations                                                                     Committee on Ministry meeting 11-27 at 5 PM (P)
  • 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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