10-3-2019 UU Church 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
  • Rev. Erin's Installation 2PM Saturday, please RSVP!
  • This Sunday, stay after the service to help empty the kitchen cabinets to prepare for renovations!
  • October Sanctuary basket collection is for toilet paper
 October Services 10:30 AM 
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM
Choir meets 9:30AM, Join any time!

SATURDAY October 5, 2019, 2PM, Installation Service for Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
Join us, along with Rev. Erin's friends, family, and colleagues as well as members of our community as we install Rev. Erin Dajka Holley as the settled minister at UUUtica. Please RSVP here and if you are capable of helping out earlier in the day, contact Jack Pendrak 

October 6, 2019 “Finding Our Way” Rev. Darcey Laine
In the Anglo-Saxon tradition, each person has a wyrd, a destiny that flows like a creek in its bed. Does Universalism have a wyrd? Does this congregation have a wyrd? If so, how can we discern it and embrace it's flow? What is the path that only we can follow? 
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Debra Hagenbuch
Greeters, Katie Spires & Ro Hall

October 13, 2019 Maria Lallier, Guest Speaker
Maria is the owner of Young Einsteins, a Reggio Emilia inspired preschool. She started working in child care in 1997 and instantly gained a passion for working with young children and a vision to one day own a school. At that time, she felt a strong sense of how 3 and 4 year olds were challenged every day with social competence. In 2002, while working as a preschool coordinator she was introduced to the Reggio Emilia Approach. This changed her life in the field of early childhood as her perception on teaching shifted to have much more meaning, seeing children as competent and independent thinkers. She believes in giving children an opportunity for discovery and serenity, to create an atmosphere where children, teachers and parents feel at ease and to create and sustain interaction, relationships and cooperation.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality & Greeters - WE NEED 2 volunteers for each 

Church Activities/Events 
October 5th, 2 PM, Installation Service for Rev. Erin Dajka Holley

Help us have a great Installation Service

  • Have you RSVP’d? The Planning Committee needs to know how many chairs to set out and how much food to prepare. Please use this link right now:
  • Do you have a cooler? The Installation Kitchen Team needs coolers. Leave yours in Rev. Erin’s office on Sunday, pick it up the next Sunday. (Let Rev. Erin know:
  • Can you help? While not a pot-luck, we need help with decorating, setting up, food serving, and cleaning up. Also, ushers. (Let Jack Pendrak know:
  • See invitation below and click here to RSVP
October 21st, 6:30-8:30PM, Harvest The Power: Lay Leadership Class
The Nominating Committee is pleased to offer a four week leadership course (Mondays through Nov. 11th), Harvest The Power (Part I), which provides leadership skill development that goes hand-in-hand with faith development, helps lay leaders grow in spirit as they grow as leaders, and addresses the reality that today’s leaders operate at a time of rapid cultural change, both in and outside our congregations. If you might be interested in this course, please contact Melissa Barlett
Church Announcements

Help empty the kitchen cupboards after the service Sunday to prepare for the kitchen renovation. which starts this week. See Jack Pendrak if you can help.

October Sanctuary Basket Collection - is for Toilet Paper. Our goal is 300 rolls
Use this link to RSVP

2019 Fall Festival Report

The Second Annual Fall Festival took place this past Saturday, Sept. 28th. The weather cooperated offering up lots of sunshine and pleasant early fall temperatures. Rev. Erin said that she invoked ministerial privilege with the weather gods, and Ro Hall said that she recited some prayers for good weather. Whatever they did, it worked.

The festival could not have happened without the many congregants who volunteered to help with the event. Special recognition goes out to the other members of the Task Force: Jeff Chard, Doreen Markson, Nancy Bender, and Jerry Reed. Also, Linda Mackos and Jackie Leisos, past festival co-chairs, were available with advice and suggestions when asked. Barbara Linsley also distributed flyers to crafters in August. Members who helped with set up, the day of, and clean up included Jack Pendrak, Kim Bywater, Kimball Pierce, Jackie Leisos, Stephanie Markham, Doreen Markson, Ro Hall, Jared Thorp, Kasey Coleman, Marc Mario, Carol Cable, David Jones, David Hill, Denise Nepveux, Nancy Bender, and Debra Hagenbuch. Thank you all!

In addition, a special thank you goes out to the musicians who provided wonderful music throughout the day. Performers included SoulShine - Jeff Chard & Betsy LaPorte, Nook n Crannie - Matt Mielnick & Ann Carey, Vinyl-45 Duo - Ernie Marcello & Jeff Chard, and The Voices of Madison County vocal group. Thank you as well to Aaron and Melissa Shupp for the use of their canopy for the performers.

Total proceeds for the event were $715

Respectfully Submitted,

Melissa Barlett & Ken Drake, Co-Chairs

October collection basket will be for toilet paper!!! Our goal is 300 rolls

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. 
Rev. Erin's non-paid week off is October 7 - 14.
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!

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 2 PM: Unirondack Annual Meeting. 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 found here and on the bulletin board.

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.

October 3rd, 7PM, The Upper Mohawk Valley chapter of the United Nations Association is proud to bring you a program about Refugees and Global Migration presented by Dr. John Bartle of Hamilton College, Associate Professor of German and Russian Languages and Literatures. Join us at the NEW Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, 201 Bleecker St, Utica, NY. Refreshments will be served and questions are welcome. This program is free and open to the public. Learn more here.

October 4th, 5:30-7:30PM, Special exhibition at The Other Side Gallery featuring work by the late artist Edward Christiana (1912-1992), dubbed “painter laureate of the Mohawk Valley” by MWPAI colleague Easton Pribble. Read more here. Flyer here.

October 13th, 3PM, Festival of Sacred Song in the Welsh Tradition, Gymanfa Ganu, at Tabernacle Baptist in Utic), sponsored by St. David’s Society of Utica. Leading the singing will be conductor Jay G. Williams III from Clinton. He will be accompanied by Michael Moore on the organ and Jeanne Jones on the piano. Special music will be provided by select choirs from Tabernacle Baptist Church.  Following the singing, a “te bach” (afternoon tea) will be held in the social hall. All are welcome to attend. More information here. 

October 19th, from 9AM–3PM, Racism in America & Our Community, a workshop hosted by Patrick Johnson, at the Zion Lutheran Church, More information and RSVP at

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
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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