11-8-2018 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:
  • Plan ahead - Bread Sale to benefit UUSC November 18th
  • Rev. Erin has new office hours, Tues 1-4 and day off, Friday
  • Thurs 11/15, see The Happening sponsored by Climate Action at Hamilton College
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
November Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30AM

Rev. Erin’s week off is November 5-11

November 11, 2018 "Purpose and The Pursuit of Happiness" Rick Werner
Rick is a retired philosophy professor from Hamilton College, will talk about the importance of purpose in happiness. Rick began teaching at Kirkland College in 1975, then joined the staff at Hamilton when the colleges merged. He taught classes in environmental ethics, morality and the pursuit of happiness.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Jack Pendrak & NEED 1 volunteer
Greeters, David Hill & Denise Nepveux 

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, NEED 2 volunteers
Greeters, Travis Olivera & Stephanie Markham

Please sign up for Hospitality/Greeters
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. 

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.     
Sunday, November 18th, Bread Sale to benefit UUSC 78th Anniversary - Justice Across Borders
Please join us in supporting the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) with a bread sale and Guest At Your Table (GAYT) 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.

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. 

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.

The Board of Trustees extends a profound THANK YOU to Linda Mackos and Jackie Leisos for their tireless work organizing our first annual - and very successful - Fall Festival. Not only did this event raise funds for the church, but also, and perhaps more importantly, raised our profile in the community, introducing us to many people otherwise unaware of “that little church in the woods on Higby Road”. Thanks also to the many members of the congregation who volunteered to make this event such a success. 

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

Starhawk program at UU Society of Syracuse
The First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse is sponsoring an event featuring Starhawk, on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7PM – 9PM. Starhawk is one of the most respected voices in modern earth-based spirituality. She is a permaculture teacher, a veteran of progressive movements, from anti-war to anti-nukes, and is deeply committed to bringing the techniques and creative power of spirituality to political activism and community organizing. The program is planned to be an evening of wisdom and energy-shifting. It is open to the public. Read more.
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

Sunday, November 11th, 2PM, 'Armistice: A Pageant in Voices'  
On the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I, Oneida Public Library, in collaboration with the Oneida Community Mansion House, will present a readers theater production with music of “Armistice: A Pageant in Voices.” Find more information here.

Thursday November 15th, 7:30 PM “THE HAPPENING, a film about Alternative Energy by James Redford, will be shown at Hamilton College followed by a panel questions & discussion. “The Red Pit”, 127 Kirner-Johnson Blg., (Map Blg. #14), Parking – Right on Green Apple Way off College Drive, top right. Sponsored by Hamilton Clubs: Environmental Action, Vegan, & Slow Food, CCL: Citizens Climate Lobby, UUUtica Climate Action Subcommittee

United Nations Association (UNA)
  • Thursday, November 15th the local chapter of the GenUN, comprised of young people ages 15-25, will give a presentation to be held at UUUtica at 6 PM.
  • December 6th is our Holiday Dinner at Symeon’s Restaurant at 6 PM. Cost is $25/person.
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.

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

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) & 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 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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