11-22-2018 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:
  • Hang the greens and decorate the sanctuary with Membership on 11/28 at 6:30PM
  • Sign up this Sunday to bake cookies/candies for our upcoming fundraiser on Dec 15th
  • Guest at Our Table raised over $100 at the bread sale for UUSC
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
November Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30AM

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. 

Tuesday, November 27th, 1:30PM Lunch Bunch will meet at the Phoenician Restaurant

Thursday Nov. 29, 6:30 PM Decorating the Sanctuary for the Holidays
The Membership Committee is looking for volunteers to help in decorating the sanctuary in preparation for the holidays. Join us for hot cider and good company as we make the church look festive. All who come are welcome to bring their favorite holiday snacks to share.

Sunday, December 2, 12:00 Noon Decorating the Christmas Tree with the Children The young and young at heart are invited to stay after the coffee hour to decorate the church Christmas tree together. Everyone's help and participation is welcome as we get ready to celebrate.
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.


Next week there will be an extended newsletter. If you have information about church events/interests that would better served in over 100 words for the month of December, please be sure the secretary has them by Tuesday morning.

UUSC Bread Sale & GAYT Kickoff                     
Our bread sale brought in 34 loaves of donated bread raising $106.75 plus $25.00 in donations toward the GAYT fund drive. There was chocolate bread, pumpkin, cranberry and nut breads. There was beer batter bread and muffins; along with more traditional breads like wheat and multi – grain.                      
Jay's Honey Wheat bread, which has become a traditional mainstay for this event, didn't make it to the table as it was spoken for ahead of time. GAYT boxes were taken home by children and adults to be returned after the holidays. Thank you to everyone and enjoy your bread!

Thank You From Common Thread CSA
Our church serves as a host site for people who want fresh, healthy food during the summer months.  The shed on our property is used for delivery and pick up of farm fresh vegetables.  In lieu of payment for use of the building, our church receives a box of vegetables each week which in turn is donated to Mother Marianne’s Westside Kitchen.  The program is sponsored by the Social Action Committee and the House Committee.  Ken Drake coordinates the effort, Malcolm Buffington provides the space, and Doreen Markson picks up and delivers the UUU box of vegetables to the soup kitchen every Wednesday.  Wendy and Asher Burkhart-Spiegel of Common Thread CSA appreciate our church’s effort in making fresh, healthy food available to people in our area. 

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.

Last week for November collection of First Aid Supplies: December we will be collecting Seasonal sweets and candies, healthy non-alcoholic beverages, hot choocolate mixes, nut mixes, etc. The goal is 50 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.

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.

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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