Update - 4-20-17
THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE – April 23rd, at 10:30 am
The Ethics of the Biome: An Earth Day Service
Pastor Sunshine Wolfe and Worship Associate
As UUs, we covenant with the interdependent web of life. Earth Day is a reminder of that covenant—that promise to be in healthy relationship with this beautiful planet. Through the work of indigenous activist Winona Laduke, UU Tim DeChristopher, and others, we will consider what our ethical responsibility calls us to do.
SPAGHETTI DINNER FUNDRAISER IS TOMORROW!
May Memorial’s PR Committee is proud to sponsor a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser, which will take place TOMORROW, April 21st. This delicious Italian feast will feature homemade savory sauces, including Vegan!
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 http://www.folkus.org or at the door.
VOTE FOR NEXT YEAR’S CHANGE FOR CHANGE RECIPIENTS
Starting today, members and friends of May Memorial will be able to vote for their five choices to be next year’s “Change for Change” recipients. You can vote by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YQL9XCD. It’s easy and just takes a few minutes! Voting will be open until May 3rd.
IT’S “BE KIND TO YOUR FRIENDLY LOCAL BOOKKEEPER” WEEK!
Okay, I made that up, but our bookkeeper, Leslie Dendy, and I have two requests as she prepares to close out MMUUS’ books for the current 2016-17 fiscal year:
1) If you pay your pledge by check, write the pledge year to which you want the payment applied on the check. If you are making advance payments on your new 2017-18 pledge, it’s important to indicate that on the check. All payments received between now and June 30, 2017 will be applied to your 2016-17 pledge unless indicated otherwise!
2) Please check your soon-to-be-arriving pledge statement! If you have overpaid your 2016-17 pledge and want to move any payments to 2017-18, notify Leslie by May 31st, at email@example.com. After the books are closed, it is no longer possible to move payments – the accounting software will not permit it. If you have any questions, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 504-1024. Thank you! ~ Jane Fagerland, Finance Committee
SYRACUSE GROWS PRESENTS THE 2017 SPRING RESOURCE DRIVE
This Saturday, April 22nd (Earth Day), 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, 2110 South Salina Street
The Spring Resource Drive is an all-day volunteer event where Syracuse Grows volunteers and community gardeners deliver compost, wood chips and manure to over 20 community gardens throughout Syracuse. Volunteers will also work in community gardens to clean debris, weed, and ready gardens for spring planting.
We'll begin at 9:00 am this Saturday, April 22nd at 2110 South Salina St. in Syracuse. There, volunteers will shovel compost and wood chips into pick-up trucks (driven by community volunteers) for delivery to our vast network of community gardens. We'll need volunteers there to help shovel! Also, several of our member gardens are hosting work days and need volunteers to do general garden clean up and to get the gardens ready for spring planting. We have multiple sites where we need volunteers. We also need volunteers willing to drive their pick-up trucks! Drivers will be compensated for fuel and cleaning costs of their truck.
Syracuse-Area Gardens in Need
• 341 Midland Avenue Community Garden | 9:00 am-2:00 pm
• 610 Gifford Street Community Garden | 11:00 am-1:00 pm
• Brady Faith Farm, 150 Ford Avenue | 10:00 am-1:00 pm
• Eastwood Community Garden, Mosley Drive & Sunnycrest Road | 9:30 am
• Northeast Community Center Garden, 808 Hawley Ave | 9:30 am
• PEACE Community Garden, 136 Martin Luther King E | 8:30 am-4:30 pm
• Rahma Edible Forest Snack Garden, 3100 South Salina Street | 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
• RISE Garden, 120 Seward Street | 9:00 am-12:00 pm
• Southwest Community Farm, Midland & Bellevue Avenue | 9:00 am-1:00 pm
• West Colvin Street Community Garden, 1675 West Colvin Street | 10:00 am-2:00 pm
• West Newell Street Community Garden, 612 West Newell Street | 9:00 am-3:00 pm
Volunteers should dress for the weather, wear closed-toe shoes, and bring a water bottle! Beverages, snacks, and lunch will be provided.
If you’re interested in volunteering at the main site or in a garden, or if you have questions, please contact Syracuse Grows at email@example.com or (206) 459-2829.
OPEN MISSION/VISION WRITING CONVERSATION THIS SUNDAY
A MMUUS Mission Statement informational conversation will take place in the Sanctuary this Sunday, April 23rd, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm.
TRANSFORMING SPIRIT: RACE: THE POWER OF AN ILLUSION—PT. I
This Sunday, April 23rd, at 12:00 pm in the Memorial Room, this first part in a three part Transforming Spirit series will discuss how race was created in the United States. Part 1 will explore the how science historically supported the creation of race and then later disproved it. Parts 2 and 3 explore the events in American history that formed current understandings of race/racial identity.
CLIMATE ACTION AND DISCUSSION AT FIRST UU
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY OUTREACH ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE
Beginning at 6:30 pm next Friday, April 28th, May Memorial will host the 2017 Multicultural Community Outreach Artistic Experience, which is sponsored by May Memorial’s Green & Social Justice Committee, and coordinated by Alfred Frederick, of the SUNY Oswego School of Education’s African and Brazilian Academic and Cultural Exchange Initiative.
Performing at the event are Nancy Kelly, Sam Wynn, West Africa Drums and Dancers, Gospel/Jazz/Blues Presentations, as well as story-telling, a fashion show, and more! There will also be a raffle of African and Brazilian artifacts to aid underprivileged children in the Republic of Benin (West Africa).
For more information, please call (315) 446-4339.
CALLING ALL BAKERS, SNACK-MAKERS, AND HELPERS
Help is needed with the memorial reception for Charlie Wollowitz on Saturday, May 6th. The Memorial Service will begin at 2:00 pm on May 6th, with the reception to follow. Volunteers are needed to make cookies or petit sandwiches or to help with miscellaneous tasks in setting up and taking down the reception.
SHOULD MAY MEMORIAL SUPPORT “BLACK LIVES MATTER”?
Black Lives Matter is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for degradation, disfranchisement and deadly oppression. It affirms African-Americans’ contribution to this society, their humanity, and their resilience.
Our Reverend Sam May preached that “the nation would continue to suffer, that God would extract a horrible justice upon the nation if blacks did not gain the ‘full participation in all the rights and privileges of freedmen, on the same conditions that are accorded to the white citizens.’”
Black Lives Matter supports the very UU principles we hold dear: the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equality, compassion and the democratic process towards correcting the very ills that our own namesake warned.
Your Green & Social Justice Committee has scheduled two sessions to discuss this timely issue, one already having taken place on April 9th, and another meeting scheduled for May 7th, at noon in the Sanctuary. We invite all May Memorial members to attend the remaining session so that you can voice your comments, concerns and questions about whether we as a congregation should support Black Lives Matter.
SECOND ANNUAL ARTS ON GENESEE SHOW
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!