9-19-2019 UU Church of Utica Newsletter
Secretary's office hours are Tuesday 8 AM- 12PM and Thursday 8:30-11:30 AM. Please send enews information to her at no later than Tuesday morning 9:30 AM
Highlights this week
  • Looking for Volunteers for Fall Festival 
  • Member Profile: Branwen Rhiannon Drew
  • Climate Strike, 12-1pm this Friday
 Services 10:30 AM 
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

September 22, 2019 Shifting Sands” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
Sometimes, it feels as though what we know of the world and people exists as shifting sands, constantly changing and transforming. How do we open our minds and hearts to keep up with the change?
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Need volunteers
Greeters, Roz Kearney & Branwen Drew

September 29, 2019 “Open to the New” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
As our Jewish siblings welcome the new year this week, Rosh Hashanah, we will explore the ways in which our expectations can change when we open ourselves to newness.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Katie Spires & Need volunteer
Greeters, Debra and Jay Hagenbuch

Church Activities/Events
September 23rd, 6-7:30PM New UU Class (1 of 3)
Learn about UUism and our congregation. See more below.

September 28th, 10AM - 4PM Fall Festival and Craft Fair!
Still looking for a vendors, food trucks, and community organizations to join us! Sign-up at this link:

October 5th, 2pm, Installation Service for Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
See invitation below and click here to RSVP. We are looking for volunteers for decorations and food, please see below for more.
Church Announcements

Newsletter Articles
Next week will begin the monthly extended newsletter. If you have a church news article that would be best portrayed beyond the 100 word limit, the last Thursday each month is an extended newsletter, and articles should be sent to the secretary by 8:30am the Tuesday prior. Please keep topics specific to church sponsored activities and information.

Climate Strike
The Climate Action Sub-committee urges you to take part in the global Climate Strike on Friday, September 20th, 12-1PM at the Utica N-S Arterial Footbridge, 799 Warren Street. Bring a sign relating to the climate crisis. Find more information here on This global strike was begun by young Swedish activist Greta Thunberg to organize young people in an effort to curtail fossil fuels. She traveled by ship (thus saving jet fuel) to NYC prior to the UN Climate Action Summit taking place next week. 

New UU Class
If you're new to Unitarian Universalism, or a long-time UU but new to our congregation, we invite you to attend the New UU Class. Learn about UUism, the history of our congregation, how we do things here, and what it means to become a member. Rev. Erin will lead this class over three Monday nights, 6-7:30, September 23, September 30, and October 14. We will hold a ceremony during the church service on October 20 to welcome new members. Email Rev. Erin ( to let her know you plan to attend.
School Supplies Collection: September
Sanctuary Basket Collection - school supplies! This is the third year collecting for the children at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School. Notebooks, paper, binders, pencils, pens, erasers, pencil cases, crayons, markers, sharpeners, backpacks, rulers etc., are all needed to keep basic classroom supplies available for all children. This partnership with teachers/staff, who often purchase supplies for the classroom out of their own pockets, allows students to fully participate in classroom learning experiences. Your generosity and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated by the staff and the kids. Let's help kickoff another successful school year. Together we make a difference! 
Fall Festival September 28
The Fall Festival is one of three major fundraisers overseen by the Fundraising Committee during the church calendar year. The Task Force has done a great job to date and quite a few vendors are already lined up. However, more volunteers are needed. If you can work one of the shifts on the day of the festival contact Ken 
Drake or call him at 703-423-9321 to volunteer your time or to get more information about the festival. 

Use this link to RSVP
Volunteers Needed for Rev. Erin's Installation
We are looking for volunteers to help with church decorations and food preparation for Rev. Erin’s installation service which will be held on October 5th at the church. If you are interested in either, please contact Kim Bywater, Jack Pendrak, or Brenda Sears for details. Please help if you can.

Adrean Terrace Permaculture Garden (AT PUG)
AT PUG held its debriefing meeting on September 5th. The partners agreed we had learned a great deal our first year, and while the learning curve was quick, it was not fast enough to keep up with Mother Nature's short growing season. A core concept of this initiative was to work with inner city youth developing gardening skills using environmentally friendly practices for sustainable food production. This we accomplished beyond expectations. Our opportunities for 2020 are exciting with new networks identified assuring a more fully realized vision of this initiative being fulfilled. A full report is available by contacting Debra Hagenbuch.
New Member Profile: Branwen  Rhiannon Drew

Branwen Rhiannon Drew grew up in the Ithaca, NY where she attended the Methodist Church, and as a youth, was active in Boy Scouts. She has a Masters degree in library sciences from Drexel University in Philadelphia, a BS in wildlife biology from the Ag College at Cornell University, and also an AS degree from Tompkins Cortland Community College. Branwen is a Navy veteran who earned the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class as an electronics technician. She is an artist, a published poet, and writer with interests that include art, philosophy, gender studies, community activism. She lives in Rome.

September sanctuary basket will be for home and school paper supplies; pens, pencils, pocket folders, calculators, home filing folders, organizing materials for students and adults. Our goal is to fill the basket.

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

Rev. Erin's Office hours are
1-4 PM, Tuesdays or by appointment. Rev. Erin is off on Fridays. 
Have a question about a business or procedural issue? Check the FAQ here!

Board Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World
Click here for information from the Central East Region on other activities available for various aspects of UU life and ministry!

Unirondack Annual Meeting Notice and Invitation- Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2 PM at Unirondack - Members, Congregational Delegates, and Guests can attend. Plan to arrive between 11 AM and noon. Lunch will be provided. Members and delegates registered for the weekend can arrive any time after 6 PM Friday October 11 and leave after breakfast Monday. More information on website There is also information on
the bulletin board at UUUtica 10 Higby Rd. Utica.

October 25-26, 2019, New York State Convention of Universalists, 193rd Annual Meeting/Conference, Rochester NY.
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association. See Flyer here.
From Black Lives of UU 

The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium is Oct 30 - Nov 2 in Saint Paul, MN. If you've ever been in BLUU space before, you know that magic happens every time. For the first time, BLUU is hosting a gathering that is open to all. And while everyone is welcome to participate in the Symposium, we are prioritizing spaces for Black people, Indigenous people and People of Color, so register now!

Learn more here.

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in. Send in necessary details of events and links to external sites for more information.
Sunday, Sept. 22nd, 11:30 AM 
UUUtica's own Barb Freeman will be the keynote speaker at the 7th Annual Day Of Peace celebrated at the Peace Pole, Village Green, Holland Patent. The commemoration will begin that morning with light refreshments. Music and fellowship honoring this years theme of ; "What One Person Can Do" will follow. Rain location: First Presbyterian Church on the Green. The UN declared the first Day Of Peace in 1981. Come and join others in fellowship and embrace the role that good stewardship of our planet plays in promoting peace around the globe.
Jon Mundy:
A Course in Mysticism and Miracles.

Saturday, October 26, 2019, 1-4 PM at UUUtica
Registration $25 with advanced registration/$35 at the door. No one turned away who cannot pay. Contact Jack for advance registrations (315-527-9535 or
Monk Rowe to receive 2019 Richard W. Couper Living Legend Award.
Rowe will be inducted alongside Congressman Sherwood Boehlert, retired O-D president and publisher Donna Donovan, beloved bakery and restaurant owners Segean and Mary Ann Karam, and Oneida County Legislator Ed Welsh. The Oneida County History Center will honor these outstanding individuals for their commitment to the community at the Historical Hall of Fame & Living Legends Awards Banquet to be held at Hart's Hill Inn on Wednesday, September 25 at 5:00 pm. Call 315-735-3642 for tickets.
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, 6:45 PM (P)  
   2nd week, Communications meeting 6 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 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 Pot Luck* 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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