Update - 5-18-17
THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE – May 21st, at 10:30 am
Join the MMUUS/First UU Teenz this Sunday for their annual service, and be sure to stay for the informational budget discussion, which begins at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary.
White supremacy is the “water that we swim in.” Following up on the May 7th, “Workship” service for the #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn, this workshop will cover the basics of white supremacy culture and systems. How do we understand the roles these systems play in our daily lives and what can we do to transform them? Special emphasis will be placed on history, microaggressions, and cultural norms. Please join us in May Memorial’s Sanctuary, this Saturday, May 20th, beginning at 9:00 am.
This workshop is offered by Pastor Sunshine Wolfe, an experienced facilitator and trainer in anti-oppression and anti-racism. Please contact gher at email@example.com if you have questions. To register for the teach-in workshop, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090d4aacab2aa4ff2-uuwhitesupremacyt.
INFORMATIONAL BUDGET DISCUSSION IS THIS SUNDAY
This Sunday, May 21st, at 12:00 pm, there will be an informational discussion in the Sanctuary on the 2017-18 MMUUS Budget.
This is an ideal opportunity for you to have your budget questions answered by those writing it. All members are encouraged to attend.
ANNUAL REPORTS DUE WEDNESDAY
The following are to submit their annual reports to Pastor Sunshine (firstname.lastname@example.org) BY THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th:
• Office Administrator (Brian Betz)
• CareRing Committee (Carol Bickart & Peggy Ryfun)
• Director of Religious Education (Stacy Sceiford)
• Religious Education Committee (Larissa Brenner)
• Ministerial Intern (Bethany Russell-Lowe)
• Music Director (Glenn Kime)
• Green & Social Justice Committee (Peter Cannavo and Barbara Kamerance)
And the following are to submit their annual reports to Brian Betz (email@example.com) BY THIS WEDNESDAY, MAY 24th:
• Building & Grounds (Mariah Ducey)
• Capital Campaign Treasurer (Deirdre Stam)
• Denominational Affairs Committee (Kent Lindstrom)
• Finance Committee (Deirdre Stam)
• Fundraising Committee (Randy Archambault)
• History Committee (Mary Louise Edwards)
• Hospitality Committee (Alexa Carter and Linda Wobus)
• Membership Team
• Memorial Garden (Randy Archambault)
• Music and Arts Committee (Lynne Perry)
• President (Mariah Ducey)
• Public Relations Committee (John Percival)
If you have already emailed your annual report, please disregard this notice.
If you are a new committee chair and are unsure what to write, or would like to see a copy of your committee’s past annual report submission, please contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reports received after May 24th run the risk of not being included the 2017 MMUUS Annual Report.
ARTS ON GENESEE UPDATE
Please stop by the Arts on Genesee table in the Social Hall on Sunday to:
• Pick up a yard sign for your lawn
• Sign up to bring food for our vendors and volunteers
• Collect postcards and posters to distribute to public places in your neighborhood
• Volunteer to work at some time during the weekend
This event requires help from all members of the congregation, so please get involved any way you can!
Thank you! ~ MMUUS Arts on Genesee Committee
IT’S A MAY MEMORIAL WORKDAY PARTY!
All able-bodied folks are asked to join us on Saturday, May 27th, for a workday party at May Memorial. We will start the morning with bagels at 9:00 am and finish around 3:00 pm, at which time cake will be served.
There is much to be done on our grounds! We need to bring light to the walkway. We need strong backs to dig a hole for a post, and we need to dig some trenches in which to install conduit. We are also going to strip the bridge, in anticipation of a capital project, to resurface the bridge. Please bring shovels and gloves, and a post hole digger would be handy.
SUMMER COFFEE HOUR HOSTS NEEDED
Please consider volunteering to co-host coffee hour in June, July, or August. See Don MacKay in the Social Hall on any Sunday or email him at email@example.com to sign up.
MMUUS TEAM FOR THE ONONDAGA LAKE CONSERVATION CORPS
The Green & Social Justice Committee is organizing a team from MMUUS to be part of the Onondaga Lake Conservation Corps, an award-winning program offering citizens the opportunity to help restore and sustain the Onondaga Lake Watershed. The first event of the season will be held on Saturday, June 3rd, from 9:00 am-noon at the Onondaga Lake Visitors Center off of I-690, exit 7. We would be planting native vegetation and doing citizen science bird surveying. If you would like to be part of this “Green Team”, contact Barbara Kamerance at firstname.lastname@example.org or (315) 402-2591.
NEW MEMBER RITUAL & WELCOME BREAKFAST – JUNE 4
Our next New Member Ritual & Welcome Breakfast will begin at 9:00 am on Sunday, June 4th, in the Memorial Room. To become a member of the congregation, you will need to sign the Membership Book. If you would like to sign the book, please let Pastor Sunshine know in the next couple of weeks.
If you have signed the book in the last 12 months to become a member, please RSVP for the breakfast at to Pastor Sunshine at email@example.com.
NEXT PROGRAM COUNCIL MEETING
The Program Council meeting scheduled for Sunday, May 21st, has been moved to Sunday, June 4th, immediately following service, in the Memorial Room. This session is for calendaring for the 2017-18 church year.
SWEET MEETING SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 4
Don’t forget to bring a dessert to share on Sunday, June 4th. We’ll start snacks and coffee at 6:30 pm, with the Annual Meeting beginning at 7:00 pm.
GET INVOLVED WITH THE 2017 CNY PRIDE PARADE
May Memorial and First UU will be marching in the CNY PRIDE parade on June 17th again this year…yay for Syracuse UUs! If you are interested in marching and/or helping out with our table at the festival, please use the following sign-up link to let us know what you can do! www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F054BABAD23A5F58-syracuse
UU REVIVAL AT MAY MEMORIAL – AUGUST 12
A UU Revival? Is that even possible? Of course it is, and it’s happening right here in our beautiful garden this summer! We’ll have lots of music, a delicious potluck, an inspiring outdoor service, networking and fun with fellow UUs from all over central New York. Be sure to join in this UU Happening.
A committee of dedicated volunteers from several UU churches has been meeting for a year to get all the details worked out. The goal is to have fun together as we make connections with our sister churches. Our own garden is the perfect place to gather, and we can always move inside if the weather does not cooperate.
Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/o/cny-unitarian-universalists-12812652109 to find details of the day’s schedule and to register. This event is free and promises to be the highlight of the summer.
Questions? See Alexa Carter, Fred Fiske, Kent Lindstrom, or Miriam Pia.
We welcome volunteers from MMUUS to help with preparations for the day and to serve as hosts and hostesses for our visitors.
OUR CARE BASKETS
Please remember to purchase food and toiletry donations for our baskets in the foyer. In doing so, we support those in our community who struggle to have even their basic needs met on a daily basis. Let us all chose to “walk the talk” as we live our UU principles valuing others and showing compassion.
Some suggested donations: canned fruits, peanut butter, cereals, baby food, macaroni and cheese, easily prepared “quick foods” for teens after school, deodorant, shampoo, feminine hygiene products, toothpaste, baby wipes, diapers, canned tuna.