1-24-2019 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
  • PLEASE plan to bring something for the potluck after the service and to either help set up & clean up.
  • 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 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.

**We are hosting a potluck after the service - please plan to bring something and to help with set-up or clean-up. Volunteers needed since we were unable to get folks to sign-up last Sunday**

Rev. Erin's week off is Monday January 28-February 4

February 3, 2019 "Trusting in the Power of Love" Rev. Jeff McArn
How does a culture shift from adversarial mistrust and abuse to cohesive mutual affirmation? Dr. King believed it depended on a commitment to the deep, joyful, mysterious, creative, demanding, powerful work of love. But what is love? 

Jeffrey McArn has been College Chaplain for Hamilton College since 1996, and has served as summer minister for a small church on Grindstone Island in the St. Lawrence River since 2005. For the last five years he has taught a course in the Religious Studies Department entitled: American Freedom and Protestant Thought. Jeff works with both the Protestant Chapel Community and the Interfaith Community at Hamilton College, where he also works in local community outreach and service learning initiatives. He has taught classes on "The Art of Listening," "Conflict Resolution," and "1968." He also serves on the boards of the Interfaith Coalition of Greater Utica, the Johnson Park Center, and the National Abolition Hall of Fame & Museum in Peterboro, NY.

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 next week, Feb 3rd, 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.

Please Submit Sunday Announcements in Advance                                   
If you would like an announcement to be included on Sunday morning, please send it to Linda Williams ( by 9:00AM on Thursday morning. We will print announcements in the order of service, which everyone can easily reference later. The Worship Committee recognizes that urgent things can come up, in which case please legibly write out the announcement for the worship leader prior to the service. We hope to designate service time as fully sacred through this practice. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

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.

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 

"Bayard Rustin was a key behind-the-scenes leader of the black civil rights movement—a proponent of nonviolent protest, a mentor to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the principal organizer of the landmark 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. And he was gay and open about it, which had everything to do with why he remained in the background and is little known today in comparison to other leaders of the civil rights movement."

Learn more here.

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 24th, 6 PM, 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 9th8 PM, 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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