11-7-2019 UU Church Newsletter
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Highlights this week
  • Please send all future newsletter articles to
  • Stewardship Task force looking for help, contact Jack Pendrak
  • RE is looking for fleece fabric donations

November Services 10:30 AM 
Coffee and Refreshments 11:30 AM
Choir meets 9:30AM, Join any time!

November 10, 2019 “Let’s Talk about Death” Glenn Coin
UUUtica member Glenn Coin will discuss the growing death cafe movement and how it inspires us to lead better lives.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Brenda & Cheryl Torruella
Greeters, Roz Kearney & Jack Pendrak
November 17, 2019 “Practice Paying Attention” Rev. Erin Dajka Holley
For many of us, spirituality is bewildering and mysterious. The traditional spiritual practices feel strange and isolating. By paying attention, we might just touch on the elusive experience of being spiritual. The UUUtica Choir will be performing.
Music Coordinator, Bob Ford
Hospitality, Phyllis Brockley & Jackie Leisos
Greeters, John Camilleri & Jerry Reed

 Church Activities/Events 
Nov 11th, 6:30-8:30 PM Harvest the Power Leadership Class
Session 4 of the four week course. Contact Melissa Barlett if interested.

Nov 24th, 12 noon, Fundraising Committee
Agenda includes review of the 2019 Fall Festival and planning for the 2020 Stewardship and Pledge Campaign, which Jack Pendrak has agreed once again to chair. If you have an interest in helping out with Fundraising, please feel free to join.

Nov 24th, 4-6 PM, Youth Group (ages ~11-14)
UUUtica youth and interested friends should join us to chat about life issues and spirituality with a focus on how our spirituality relates to current events in our world. There will be snacks!
Church Announcements
New submission email for this newsletter! Please send all newsletter articles to from now on, and please continue to do by 9:30AM each Tuesday for publication on Thursday.

The Stewardship Taskforce is looking for a few good UUers to help plan the Stewardship (pledge) drive this year.  If you are interested in lending your talents to this important Taskforce, please contact Jack Pendrak (  Your voice is needed.”

Looking for donations of double sided fleece material that can be made into blankets to donate to Stevens-Swan Humane society. Our children will be helping to create the blankets on Doc. 8th in RE. Please bring the material to the church or let Steph Markham ( know if you have a donation.

Our November basket will be for First Aid Supplies:
peroxide, alcohol, antibiotic ointment, Band-Aids, gauze, tweezers, nail clippers, emery boards etc. Our goal is 100 items

We always collect non-perishable foods in the kitchen.
See our current items collected here! .

Rev. Erin's "drop-in" hours are
1-4 PM, Tuesdays or to make an appointment, click here:

Rev. Erin is off on Fridays. Her unpaid week off is November 4-10
Have a question about a business or procedural issue? Check the FAQ here!
Our Greater UU World
Click here for information from the Central East Region on other activities available for various aspects of UU life and ministry!

November 23, 10 AM-3 PM Worship Associate training led by Rev. Kimberley Debus at UU Fellowship of Northern Westchester in Mt. Kisco, NY.  During this five-hour session, we will explore the qualities of open-hearted and expansive worship, how to approach the choosing of elements for the service, refine practical skills, and prepare for working as a worship team within your congregation. We'll also talk about expectations for guest speakers. Registration link coming soon.
The theme for General Assembly in June 2020 is Rooted, Inspired & Ready!
We are in touch with our theological roots, we are engaged in transforming our faith, and we are fired up to take action in the wider world. Learn more about GA 2020 and start your registration today! Save the dates June 24-28th. 2020. Read more information here.
From Black Lives of UU 

The Harper-Jordan Memorial Symposium was last weekend, and if you missed it and want to see just some of the events, check out the Black Lives of UU Facebook Page for tons of videos!

From Our Community
Feel free to submit community announcements for local non-profit events or events members are involved in. Send in necessary details of events and links to external sites for more information.
Hatha Yoga will be starting here at the church November 8, 2019 at 7 PM. It will be led by Bill Skinner. If you are interested he can be reached at 315 825-5217 or email:

Melissa Barlett is participating in Extra Life, a 24-hour gaming marathon this weekend, Nov 9-10th to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. Details and online donations can be found here.
See Church Calendar Here 
Double click on Worship to see service details

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, 6:45 PM (P)  
   2nd week, Communications meeting 6 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 5th wk), A Course in Miracles 7-8:30 p.m. (P)

Friday -  Hatha Yoga* 7:00 PM (S)

   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 Pot Luck* 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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