12-13-2018 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:
  • Don't forget to fill our Sanctuary Basket with holidays treats and goodies!
  • Plan to bring cookies or other holiday snacks for Christmas Eve
  • Collecting warm jackets, hats, scarves, etc. for local children
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
December Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30AM
December 16, 2018 "With Reverence" Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
How does one address a mystery? Bring a sense of awe, that feeling that something is both wondrous and terrible at the same time.
**Choir will perform**
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Bob & Barb Whitney
Greeters, Jackie Leisos & Phyllis Brockley

December 23, 2018 “Welcoming the Light” Worship Committee
An exploration of the Winter Solstice and the slow return of the light.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford

The 2019 Hospitality-Greeter sign-up sheets are now on the bulletin board by the sanctuary. Please start filling out the January one and any other months you wish to fill in.

December 24th, 6:30PM, Christmas Eve Candlelight Service followed by a holiday cookie social hour! Please bring cookies or other sweet holiday niblets for the social time following the Christmas Eve Service. 

January 1st, 1:00PM, All are welcome to get together for a New Year's Day lunch at SUMO Japanese Steakhouse in New Hartford, Please call Doreen Markson at 315- 272-9160 if you plan to come.


Longer December Newsletter
Next week (one week early due to holidays) will be our extended newsletter with all January Services and articles about church activities and interests that would be better served in a longer format. Please submit these articles to the secretary by Tuesday, Dec. 18th.


2018 Holiday Tree Collection “Sharing the Warmth of Community"
UUU will collect winter hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks, to be donated to Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School, beginning December 9th through January 13th. These donations will allow staff to provide children who arrive at school, without warm winter accessories, these items in a caring and discrete manner. While many organizations work diligently to provide, coats, boots, and toys for children, items such as these are harder to come by. Please share the warmth this holiday with children who brave the cold winter as they walk to school in their neighborhood. 

Guest At Your Table Boxes
You can begin returning the GAYT Boxes now through December 30th. You may leave them on the counter in the office or, if you are able, we prefer you put the money in an envelope marked GAYT with the amount and put them in the safe. If you don't know how to deposit it in the safe please don't hesitate to ask for help. We will send all the money collected and earned at our Bread Sale to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to support their work around the world including at the Mexican Border.

Sanctuary Basket
This month we hope to fill the Sanctuary Basket with all those wonderful Holiday Treats we look forward to all year. We are going share these goodies with the local homeless shelter for women and children. If our collection is bountiful we will be able to include families residing in the YWCA Domestic Violence Transitional Housing apartments. Hot cocoa, popcorn, cookies, nuts and candies are a few of the items these families find out of reach. Let's make this season bright for our neighbors who need to know they are remembered. Together we make a difference!

December we will be collecting Seasonal sweets and candies, healthy non-alcoholic beverages, hot chocolate mixes, nut mixes, etc. The goal is 50 items.

We always collect non-perishable foods in the kitchen.

See our current items collected here! 

Rev. Erin's Office hours are 1-4PM, 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
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.
Have you heard about FAITHIFY, the UU crowdfunding platform? This program is designed to match UU based programs and UU funders with each other, making it easier for you to find projects that reflect your values and interests and programs to find the funding they need.

Find projects that you want to support, learn more about how FAITHIFY works, and how to use it in your congregation at their website,

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.
From Black Lives of UU

#BLUUMicro30 is looking to create Action Teams that help to foster connections between Black UUs and generate deliberate, concerted organizing efforts to create authentic linking between Unitarian Universalist resources with Black Liberation Movement spaces using small, local, direct, clear efforts.
Learn more about it here.

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in here!
Community Events

December 20th, 6:00PM - A Service of Remembrance, Healing, and Hope
Too often, feelings of sadness have no place during the holiday season.  Join InterFaith Matters for a service that notes this, the darkest season of the year, and the presence of grief, despair, and loneliness in our hearts. The service will be held at the Tabernacle Baptist Church, 13 Park Place, Utica

Come to the Habitat ReStore for all of your Christmas decorating needs! Holiday Tins, Nutcrackers, Candles, Bows, Garland, Trees, Lights and so much more. They are also looking for donations of Christmas decorations and are accepting donations of hammers, screw drivers, paint, nuts & bolts, screws/nails, drills, wrenches, tool boxes etc. for the new The Tool Bin.

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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