11-15-2018 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:
  • Bread Sale to benefit UUSC this Sunday!!
  • Sign up to make cookies/candies for our December 15th sale
  • Saturday, November 17th, 4:00PM, Celebration of Life Memorial for Roger MacCasland
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
November Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30AM

November 18, 2018 "A Chance to Heal" Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
There are memories we store in our bodies, especially traumatic ones. There may be a way to heal them, to repair ourselves through our memories. The service will be followed by the annual Bread Sale to support the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.
The UUUtica choir will perform.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Glenn Coin & Ken Drake
Greeters, Travis Olivera & Stephanie Markham

November 25, 2018 "Giving thanks" Worship Committee
As we mark Thanksgiving, members of the UUU community will explore the idea of gratitude: what it is, how to cultivate it, and how it can inspire us to do good works.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Diane Stebbins & Dianne Cronauer
Greeters, Allen & Ro Hall
Please sign up for Hospitality/Greeters for 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. 

Weather Permitting...we will be raking leaves at the church THIS Saturday, November 17th at 1 PM. Bring your rakes

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.     

UUSC - Justice Across Borders Bread Sale – Nov. 18, 2018   

Please join us in supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee with a bread sale and Guest At Your Table 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.                    Please price your bread!

Tuesday, November 27th, 1:30PM Lunch Bunch will meet at the Phoenician Restaurant
December 11th, 4:30PM, 4th Annual Peace Carol Commemorating the World War I Christmas Eve Peace Truce of 1914. The UUU Peace Carol will be held on the steps of the Oneida County History Center beginning at 4:30 PM. A reception will follow along with a Posting of the Colors by the Proctor High Jr. ROTC and words from Rev. Erin. The RSVP Readers Theater will present letters from soldiers on the Western Front to loved ones back home, closing with the Proctor High Choir. Join us for a coming together of our community in the spirit of the original Truce.  

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December 15, 1-4 PM , First Annual UUU Christmas Cookie & Candy Sale, Bakers & Confectioners Needed. Kay Burgess is looking for 30-50 volunteers to bake a minimum of two dozen cookies for a Christmas Cookie Fundraiser. A Sign Up Sheet is posted on the bulletin board outside the sanctuary. Candy makers are encouraged to make homemade candies for the event as well. IMPORTANT: VOLUNTEER Bakers & Confectioners MUST sign up before Wednesday, November 28th.


Rev. Erin's official office hours are changing to 1-4 on Tuesday afternoons.  You can also always make an appointment.  And, her "day off" each week will be Friday. These shifts will help her be available to you at times that should work better for everyone.

Thank you from Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School -  A thank you note for school supplies, from Mrs. Kimberly VanDuren, Principle of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, was received. Special mention was made of the appreciation that staff, teachers and students feel knowing that their neighbors think about and offer our support to them. Mrs. VanDuren assures us that these supplies are very much needed by the children and will be put to good use.  The note has been posted on the Social Action/Green Sanctuary Bulletin Board. Together we make a difference.

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
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

United Nations Association (UNA)
December 6th is our Holiday Dinner at Symeon’s Restaurant at 6 PM. Cost is $25/person.

At Unity Hall:
Friday, November 16 at 8 PM, Skip Murphy and The Merry Pranksters. Skip's vision and versatile harmonica playing breaks through traditional format limitations. The jump, jive, and retro feel of his early band Out of the Blue kept people dancing and happy and earned him a SAMMY (Syracuse Area Music Award) and induction into the SAMMY Hall Of fame. Find more information here.

Saturday November 17th 10AM-2PM, The Mohawk Homestead is having their annual Holiday Basket Celebration. The public is invited to attend to see the colorfully decorated baskets, Christmas tree, television, and gift certificates available.

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.

Levitt Amp
It's time to vote for the Levitt AMP live music series. This 10 week summer concert series at Kopernik Park in the Oneida Square Arts District is in the running against 40 other cities. The Levitt AMP grant award is sponsored by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation with only 15 winners. We've enjoyed the series the past three summers. To register & vote click here. Voting will be open until 8 PM Nov. 20 with winners announced Tuesday Dec. 18 

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 on the 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. Attention: The Re-Store will be opening a tool room and they are accepting donations of hammers, screw drivers, paint, nuts & bolts, screws/nails, drills, wrenches, tool boxes etc. The Tool Bin will officially open Mid-November!
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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