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1-3-2019 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, secretary@uuutica.org
                                   
Highlights this week
  • Please hand in your Guest at Your Table boxes this Sunday
  • Last week for collecting warm jackets, hats, scarves, etc.
  • Restorative Practices Training through CER on Jan 19th in Hastings on Hudson
Choir meets at 9:30AM - Join any time!
 January Services 10:30 AM
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM

January 6, 2019 “Transmogrified” Rev. Kimberley Debus
Sometimes, when our ideas, beliefs, and perspectives seem stuck, it’s helpful to take them apart, mix them up, and see what is possible.  What happens when we do this with our Unitarian Universalist Principles?
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Jay & Debra Hagenbuch
Greeters, Glenn Coin & Linda Mackos

January 13, 2019 Celia Bogan, operations director for Hope House, will talk about the organization's mission to feed the hungry in Utica and its move to a new location this year to serve a growing population in need. Hope House has been serving meals to the needy for 26 years, and averages nearly 100,000 meals a year.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Linda Mackos & Mary McGuirl
Greeters, Ken Drake & Ro Hall

     Please sign up for Hospitality/Greeters for 2019. We need some for January 20th then the rest of the 2019 year. Sign-up sheets are on the bulletin board by the sanctuary. Our Utica Cluster Service is January 27th.
     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.
Church Announcments

Please Return Your Guest at the Table Donations - The church is now collecting donations from Guest At Your Table for the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. Please return cash or a check made out to UU Utica with UUSC/GAYT in the memo line to the church office.  Learn more here: https://www.uusc.org/resources/congregations/guest-at-your-table/

THIS IS THE LAST WEEK TO BRING IN DONATIONS FOR OUR
               Holiday Tree Collection
    “Sharing the Warmth of Community"          

You have until January 13th to bring in your donations of winter hats, gloves, scarves and warm socks tp be donated to 
Dr. MLK Jr. Elementary School. beginning. 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. 

Our office secretary, Linda Williams wishes to thank the congregation for the monetary gift this year.

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      A thank you, with warm wishes for the Holidays to our congregation, was received from Evelyn's House for our generous donation of first aid supplies.
      A thank you from the CNY Veteran's Outreach Center for our donations was received.  Our congregation collected 148 rolls of toilet paper, 7 tubes of deodorant, and a 3 pack of facial tissues, all items in high demand by our local veterans in need.

Year-End Giving to UU Utica
Please consider making an extra year-end contribution to the church.  Your identifiable donations are tax deductible, and with extra funds, we are able to better “nurture spiritual community, honor diversity, and advocate for social justice.”

Please check out our latest portraits in the Sanctuary 'Art By Malu'. The art is done as an illustration/pen & ink with colored pencils, acrylic paints, enhanced via computer.

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.
Rev. Erin's week off is 12/31-1/6

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

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oard Minutes
Committee Minutes 
Our Greater UU World
Restorative Practices Training - January 19
Saturday January 19th, 10am to 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.
Restorative Practices are grounded in familiar practices: Youth Touch Groups, Covenant Groups, Chalice Circles, and respectful, direct, honest communication.
See more at: https://www.uua.org/central-east/events/youth/restorative-practices-faith-communities-918-1

 
 
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: www.uubf.org or [http://https\\:www.facebook.com/uubf.org/]https:www.facebook.com/uubf.org/
Discounted registration before January 1!!!!!
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.
DO YOU FAITHIFY?
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, www.faithify.org

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!
The Habitat ReStore  AFTER CHRISTMAS SALE! ALL CHRISTMAS ITEMS 90% OFF
ReStore Hours: Monday - Closed
                          Tuesday - 12pm-4pm
                          Wednesday - 10am-4pm
                          Thursday - 10am-4pm
                          Friday - 10am-4pm
                          Saturday - 10am-3pm
                          Sunday – Closed
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:

Sunday
  • 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) 
Monday                       
Tuesday
  • 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                                                                   
Wednesday
  • All weeks, Buddhist Zen Meditation* 6 PM (S)          
Thursday
  • All weeks, (not if 5th wk), A Course in Miracles 7-8:30 p.m. (P)
Friday 
Saturday 
  • 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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