8-8-2019 UU Church of Utica Newsletter
Secretary isn't in office July or August. She will return Tuesday, September 3rd
Please email Melissa Barlett ( anything you want sent to members via email during Linda's absence. There will be no regular enews in July or August. 
Highlights this week
  • Aug 27th, 5PM, Reception for Urban Garden & Donations requested
  • Looking for Vendors & Community Organizations for Fall Festival
  • Aug/Sept collection is for school supplies!
 Services 10:30 AM 
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

August 25, 2019 “It’s No Longer the Church of My Past."  Rev. Dr. Randolph (Randy) W. B. Becker 
"As I sat and read accounts of the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalism Association in June, I got to thinking about how the spiritual community I was observing seemed nothing like the religious tradition in which I grew up and served. It would be easy to quickly assume by this that I felt disenfranchised or even excluded to the point of wondering where the church of my past had gone. Come and explore with me what it means to be part of a liberal religious movement when that movement is taking turns you might not have chosen."
**CHOIR will meet at 9:30 starting this morning**

September 1, 2019 "Hope for a better future through collective bargaining." Anthony Fragapane. 
Anthony is the spiritual care coordinator for Hospice of Central New York and a retired business agent for UFCW Local 1.

September 8, 2019 “Lift Us Up” Ingathering Service, Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
Join us as we bring together water from our lives over the summer in a ritual of gathering for the new church year. We will also welcome the leadership of this year’s Board of Trustees. This service is for all ages. The UU Choir will perform.

Church Activities/Events

August 27th, 5PM, Urban Garden Recognition Reception and Tours
The Adrean Terrace Urban Garden Recognition Celebration will be held at the Vega/Martinez Community Center. There will be a reception with food and beverages sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica and a short recognition program. Tours of the permaculture garden will be available.

August 27th, 1PM, Lunch Bunch
at Irish Cultural Center Pub

September 7th, 1PM, Larry Griswold’s memorial service will be held at the church on at 1:00 with a reception to follow.

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, Installation Service for Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
More information to come!
Church Announcements
Urban Garden Recognition Reception and Tours - Tuesday, August 27th at 5:00pm at Vega/Martinez Community Center located at Adrean Terrace
Please come and join in a celebration that gives recognition to the partners and the youth that came together and made a vision come to life, of an Urban Garden to Table Initiative, that focuses on the need to address food insecurity with nutritious foods raised with practices that are environmentally friendly and sustainable. A true celebration of diversity of partners, needs and practice. There will be a reception with food and beverages sponsored by The Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica and a short recognition program. Tours of the permaculture garden will be available. Directions/map:Turn off Culver Avenue onto Armory Drive and make your third left. Turn left at the end of the road and you will find the Center on your left with parking. It is clearly marked.

This program needs your support!
Your financial contribution helps support garden activities which include a pizza lunch in the garden for two cohorts of Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program participants on their last day in the program. The fundraising goal is five hundred dollars. Checks in support of this project are to be made out to The Unitarian Universalist Church of Utica with "Urban Garden" noted in the memo section. If it your donation is in cash it should be put in an envelope designating the Urban Garden and brought to the church. A special account has been set up. This is an initiative of our Social Action/Green Sanctuary Committee and our Climate Action Sub Committee, with the support of our board.

The Board of Trustees of the UU Church of Utica would like to announce that Paul Tenerowicz will be the President of the Board for the 2019-2020 church year. He will be addressing the congregation on Sept. 8th at our Water Ingathering service.
School Supplies Collection: July/August
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! 

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.

August/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. 
Rev Erin's week of in August is: 8/12-18

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

oard 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 weekend 2019 — Mark your calendars! Put the weekend of Sept 13-15, 2019 on your calendar for the annual Unirondack weekend for our MMUUS congregation and other UU congregations in Central New York. This is a great weekend for our UU community - I hope you will join us! - Stephanie Cross, Coordinator, from May Memorial UU Society. Read more about securing your spot here.

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 

We have 90 days until the The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium! 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.
Clinton Music and Arts Festival August 24
The Clinton Art & Music Festival offers one of the most impressive and varied musical line-ups of any Upstate music festival, featuring musical acts — from solo acoustic to 10-piece swing, Gypsy to Gospel, Irish to Oompah, Jazz to Americana.  Stages feature notable guests from all over the Northeast — and its all FREE! But there’s so much more…. art tent, and clay activities.  Everything gets underway mid-morning and goes on until dusk. Info:
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)  
   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* 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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