May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society
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3800 East Genesee Street • Syracuse, NY 13214
Sunday Worship & Youth Program at 10:30am

Update - 3-16-17


THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE – March 19th, at 10:30 am  

Joyfully and Lovingly Given

Pastor Sunshine Wolfe


It can seem so obvious that generosity is a good thing. Yet, it is repeated time and again in religious and wisdom texts—why? Some may answer that it is a response to greed. Yet, through study and practice one discovers a deeper reason grounded in the human spirit. More than a response to greed, we will discuss the necessity of giving to love a fully meaningful life.





Are you a new visitor wanting to learn more about May Memorial? Perhaps you are thinking of becoming a member by signing the book? Then please join us this Sunday, March 19th, at 11:45 am for an introduction to Unitarian Universalism, May Memorial, and what it means to become a member. All are welcome here.





Greetings from the MMUUS Stewardship Committee! We’re happy to report the 2017-18 Canvass got off to a rousing start last weekend. Saturday afternoon and evening was the intergenerational potluck and game night — just as we’d hoped, families with kids in the Religious Education program showed up in droves. There were children under every foot, it seemed, all having a good time, along with the adults. The food was delicious as well. Everyone endured the stern Stewardship Lecture with good humor.


Sunday after the service came the Third Annual Chili Cook-Off and Cookie Bakeoff Stewardship Kick-Off (we really do need a better name for this — how about Godfrey?) Kudos to the medallion winners: Patricia McDermott for meat chili; Mike Dillon for vegetarian chili; Janet Hiemstra for cookies. Thanks to the other contestants: Carroll Grant, Dale Sherman, Gretchen Lasser, Don Milmore, Ruth Yanai, Stephanie Cross, and Ann Pearson. Thanks also to Stephanie Cross and Alexa and Gary Carter for making additional big pots of tasty chili to satisfy the multitudes after they sampled the competitors’ offerings. Alexa did a splendid job shepherding this event from start to finish. In case you thought these things just happened by themselves, her crew included Don MacKay and Adele Toney (salads and dishwashing); Fred and Chris Fiske (bread); Mike Remington, Chris Fiske, Lynne Perry, Janet Hiemstra and Linda Wobus (serving). Good job, all!


“I am very pleased with the way the cook-off went,” Alexa noted afterwards. “Hope the rest of the campaign goes as well.”  Thanks again, Alexa!  Now that the “fire of commitment” has been stoked by all those good chilis and cookies, it’s time to fill out pledge forms, drop them off in the box in the foyer or mail them in. Remember, pledge increases of $300/yr. or more will be doubled, thanks to the matching fund.


~Fred Fiske,

Co-Chair, MMUUS Stewardship Committee





Have you lost anything at May Memorial? Items that have been left behind in the building, including the kitchen, will be on display in the Social Hall during coffee hour this Sunday (March 19th) and next (March 26th).





Due to this week’s blizzard, the History Committee’s meeting that was to take place on Wednesday, March 15th, has been rescheduled for this coming Wednesday, March 22nd, at 8:00 pm in Room 8. All are welcome!





May Memorial’s PR Committee is proud to sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, which will take place on Friday, April 21st. This delicious Italian feast will feature homemade savory sauces, including Vegan!


The PR Committee will soon be asking for volunteers to bake cookies, make theme baskets, and help in other ways. Prospective volunteers are asked to contact the committee at


Tickets will be available in the Social Hall on Sunday, April 9th, and Sunday, April 16th. Please purchase tickets ahead of time (if possible) so we can more accurately predict food preparation needs. Ticket Prices: Adults-$9, Seniors (60+)-$7, Children (5-12)-$5, Under 5-free. Plus, a raffle of theme baskets: $1 per ticket, or twelve for $10.


And after dinner, why not treat yourself to a Folkus concert by the popular performer David Wilcox at 8:00 pm?  Tickets can be purchased at or at the door.





We still have a couple of openings on the Worship Associate Team. If you are interested in being a Worship Associate, please send Pastor Sunshine one paragraph on how you would benefit from being a Worship Associate.


Volunteer in Religious Education? No worries! The Worship Associate Team allows for flexibility. We ask that you commit to 8-9 Sundays per year and you can schedule those around the RE terms.


Please email Pastor Sunshine ( with your paragraph by this Saturday, March 18th.





Would you like some support and care as you engage in justice work? Accountability groups meet monthly for an hour and spend half of the time talking about specific actions participants have taken toward justice and the second half in reflection on a spiritual them related to justice- similar in format to small group ministry or spiritual enrichment groups. If you need support, resilience, and/or accountability, you are welcome to join one of these groups. Contact Pastor Sunshine at to sign-up. These groups are open to all members and friends of May Memorial. Meeting times are the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1:00 pm and the 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. Pick the time that works best for you.





March 27th, April 24th, and May 22nd, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at First UU


This is a new, informal but facilitated discussion group for people interested in getting together one night a month to share ideas and concerns regarding action that we can take, both individually and collectively, to address anthropogenic climate disruption. If you are concerned about climate change and would like to take action, or more effective action, and want to become a part of a positive, supportive network of people with similar concerns, such a group might be a good fit for you. The group will meet on the fourth Monday of each month from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at First UU. Feel free to contact group facilitator, Jim D’aloisio ( or call (315) 391-5459), with questions and ideas. Or simply show up, and be welcomed. This will be a long-term struggle, and it's better to do it together. 





Mark your calendars for Father’s Day Weekend 2017 (June 17th-18th) for the Arts on Genesee Fine Arts & Crafts Show. Once again the event will take place all around our campus with many vendors settling into our newly expanded and cleared garden glade. Plan to attend, volunteer your time, and contribute food for vendors and volunteers to enjoy. More details to come!