1-17-2019 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
  • Sign-up for Potluck after the cluster service on January 27th
  • New procedure for service announcements from Worship Committee
  • Looking for pictures of church events and activities
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
 January Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

January 20, 2019 “Leap” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
The most frightening thing a person can do is to make a choice, especially when that choice leads into the realm of the unsure or unknown. What happens if you take the leap anyway?
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Phyliss Brockley & Jackie Leisos
Greeters, Mary McGuirl & Phyliss Rooney

January 27, 2019 “Our Shared Voice” Mohawk Valley Cluster Service
Unitarian Universalists from multiple congregations in and around the Mohawk Valley gather for a shared service at the UU Church of Utica. We will consider the possibilities inherent in working together. The Cluster Choir will perform under the direction of Mark Bunce.

The Mohawk Valley Cluster includes the Unitarian Church of Barneveld, St. Paul's Universalist Church in Little Falls, First Universalist Society in Salisbury Center, and the Camden Area Unitarian Universalists as well as UUUtica.

PLEASE SIGN-UP to help with set up & clean up and to bring something for the potluck after the service.The sheet is hanging on the bulletin board by the sanctuary.

Hospitality/Greeters sign up sheet is on bulletin board by  sanctuary.
Want another way to help?
Donate money directly to "Hospiltality" to buy snacks!
Church Announcements

Children's Bell Choir will begin this week in RE. No experience needed!

Call for Pictures. Start looking for any pictures you have of/from church. We can use them on our website, in the newsletter, in marketing efforts, and other places, too. If your pictures are in physical form, there is a basket in the office to collect them. In the next week, we’ll provide a link to upload digital pictures.

Sanctuary Basket Donations. A thank you card from Emmaus House and a thank you letter from the YWCA Transitional Housing Program were received for our congregation's donation of holiday treats that were delivered for the enjoyment of those residents. The YWCA and Emmaus House send warm wishes to our church community for a Happy New Year.    

If you have an organization you want to receive donations from our Sanctuary Basket please inform Debra Hagenbuch. All correspondence is posted on the Social Action/Green Sanctuary Bulletin Board on the outside wall of the RE room.

In order to aid the Worship Committee and Sunday service leaders, we are asking that all announcements for Sunday mornings be sent to the secretary by Thursday morning prior to the service to be printed ahead in the order of service. Beginning February 10th, morning service leaders will not be taking extra announcements on Sundays except in extenuating circumstances.

The Stewardship Committee announces the theme of the annual pledge drive will be "Moving Forward". Keep an eye out for a kick-off date and starting thinking about how you can help our church with your time, talent, and treasure.

The House committee has changed the front door lock and issued new keys. The secretary, the Minister,and the House committee Chair will give out new Keys. The Key safe will have the new key for the front door.

Please check out our latest portraits in the Sanctuary done by Mary Lou Rhodes 'Art By Malu'. The art is done as an illustration/pen & ink with colored pencils, acrylic paints, enhanced via computer. The art will be up for 1 month.

Our January collection will be for “winter blues and itches!” Bath and body washes/oils, soaps, hand and body lotions, body scrunchies etc. 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. Rev. Erin is off on Fridays.

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

oard Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World
Registration is Open for Spring Online Leadership Courses
Deeper than a single webinar or workshop, the UU Leadership Institute offers core leadership courses online with on-demand materials.  They are perfect for the congregation who wants to learn together at an affordable cost—only $30 per course per semester. Courses open on January 25, 2019.

Restorative Practices Training - January 19 10Am-4PM at the First Unitarian Society of Westchester, Hastings on Hudson NY. This training gives access to lay leaders, youth, and religious professionals to an introduction to restorative practices to better our communities’ abilities to respond to tension, conflict, hurt and disagreement. Restorative practices, which involve the skilled use of Circles, provide an opportunity to identify and address harms, restore relationships and mend community. Grounded in tools of healthy communication, this training will give an overview of restorative practices, skills and will include hands-on Circle exercises to use what you’ve learned. We especially encourage Youth Leaders, Committees on Ministry and Church Boards to attend. See more at:  

Answering the Call of Love Youth Revival Comes to Central East Region!
Youth Ministry Revivals (YMR) are weekend-long events that seek to inspire, innovate and celebrate Unitarian Universalist youth ministry. Developed in collaboration by the UUA’s Youth Ministry Roundtable and traveling around the country, no two YMRs will be exactly the same as we incorporate the local culture, invite in community partners, and continually adapt to our current social and political climate. The Central East Region is this year’s host! Join us March 1-3, 2019 at Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, MD. Registration is open at

CER Summer Institute Jobs/Camperships:  Apply Now! It takes many hands to create the magic of CERSI and your hands can play a part. That driver who takes you around in the golf cart? Campership. The person who teaches you a new art? Campership. The nurse who patches up your kid? Campership. Tie dye, bookstore, choir, religious education, vespers child care. All those activities are made possible by fellow CERSIers who applied for camperships. Each of these positions comes with a financial thank you. The value of the campership is tied to the actual costs and to the amount of work involved with doing the job. Learn what jobs are available and get links to apply at

UU Buddhist Fellowship Convocation 2019
"Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multi-medial Exploration of Race & Racism in the
U.S. through a Buddhist Lens'. April 25-28, 2019 at Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY. Featuring Dr. Jan Willis Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Wesleyan University, CT and author of several books on Tibetan Buddhism including "Dreaming Me: Black, Baptist, and Buddhist-One Woman's Spiritual Journey"
For more information and registration visit the UU Buddhist Fellowship at: or On Facebook
The annual Seaway Gathering will be held on May 3-4, 2019 in Ithaca, NY. Our theme is Drawing the Circle Wide and our keynote speaker is CB Beal on the topic of Preemptive Radical Inclusion..
But we need your help with workshops! We want the workshop offerings to fill the needs you have as congregational leaders!

If you have a topic area you would like to see offered as a workshop - something you have found that you need in your work with your congregation please tell us about it here
And if you have a program or skills to share with others, please propose a workshop here
Each year we work with a small committee of volunteers—religious professionals and congregational leaders—to work on the overall event including giving feedback on schedule, selecting workshops, and planning the day. Please send an email to Evin Carvill Ziemer or Renee Ruchotzke if you’re interested in being part of the planning.
And stay tuned for more details - registration will open by the end of February.
From Black Lives of UU

Keep your spirit balanced with the BLUU Healing Box. Still on sale now! Order yours today at
From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in here!
MVCC's Annual "Dress for Success" Event!

MVCC Is once again looking for gently used professional clothing for our students to wear for job interviews and in the workplace. 

They will be collecting through March 18th. Melissa Barlett will be glad to accept your contributions at church or contact Jeanne Litz at, 315-792-5439 to donate directly to MVCC.
Unity Hall Foundation
It may be cold outside, but things are HOT at Unity Hall these days!
  • Thursday January 17th, Open Mic NIght. Musician sign-in opens at 6, music starts at 6:30. Refreshments are available.
  • Thursday, January 24th, 6PM, The Hall hosts another free Meet The Author event with Barbara Linsley will offer insights into her creative process and discuss the steps involved in getting From Idea to Book
  • Saturday, February 9th8PM, The Hall's 2019 High Notes Music Series launches on with Annie and the Hedonists and CNY's dynamite duo Nick & Jay opening.
Get more details on all Unity Hall events at
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)                                                                                                               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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