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3800 East Genesee Street • Syracuse, NY 13214
Sunday Worship & Youth Program at 10:30am

Update - 8-2-17


THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE – August 6th, at 10:30 am  


w/ Randy Archambault (Worship Associate)


In today’s world, it is easy to feel unsettled by the news, the internet, and by our general pace of life. The women’s vocal ensemble Concinnity is responding to these concerns with a service of music “Visions of Hope”. This program consists of songs about preserving our fragile environment, empowering women, supporting marginalized people, and about justice, equality, peace and love. Concinnity hopes this music will inspire those in attendance to carry forward the message of peace and love to their communities, thereby lessening the darkness in the world.





Your Search Committee seeks your convictions, desires, and comments about the new minister we’re pursuing. We’ve sent a survey to every May member and friend (if you haven’t taken it yet, you can still take it online at Call us if you have questions about it.

We’re also arranging several cottage meetings with Search Committee members. We’d prefer if you would sign up to attend one of these meetings because it’ll help us in planning, but you’re welcomed to come even if you don’t R.S.V.P.  Either use the R.S.V.P. listed, or click on the following link:


  • August 5th, Saturday, 12:00 pm - 2:00pm—Beach Bash @ Green Lakes with Larissa Brenner & fruit salad, sandwiches, sodas; R.S.V.P. to;


  • August 10th, Thursday, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm – At the home of your host Rob Neimeier for some savory selections! R.S.V.P to;


  • August 20th, Sunday, 11:30 am w/ your Coffee Hosts Eliza Bailey and Rob Neimeier;


  • August 22nd, Taco Tuesday, 6:00 pm - 8:00pm @ the home of Eliza Bailey with Stephanie Cross, and tasty tacos for all. R.S.V.P. to;


  • September 10th, Sunday, 9:00 am - 10:30 am - CHILD CARE PROVIDED. In the Memorial Room with your hosts Larissa Brenner and Stephanie Cross, and bagels, fruit, and coffee for all. R.S.V.P. to;


  • September 16th, Saturday, time TBA, at Unirondack with your host Stephanie Cross. R.S.V.P. to


  • September 17 th, Sunday, noon - 1:30pm in the Memorial Room with your hosts Eliza Bailey and Don Milmore, with bagels, cookies, and fruit (BYO drinks). R.S.V.P. to;


  • October 1st, Sunday, noon - 1:30 pm (CHILD CARE PROVIDED). Everyone (including R.E. families and guides) are invited to join hosts Eliza Bailey and Rob Neimeier in the Memorial Room (and bring your delicious dishes from the First Sunday Luncheon!); and the Teenz are invited to join hosts Stephanie Cross and Josh Cronlund in the Teen Room for pizza and drinks!






May Memorial is hosting a blood drive with the American Red Cross this Friday, August 4th, from 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm in the Social Hall.


The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives. Blood donations are currently being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, and more donations are needed now to replenish the blood supply. If eligible, please make your appointment to give at the May Memorial blood drive, hosted by the Roots & Shoots Club, and JD High School students.


All presenting donors at blood drives from July 31st to August 6th, 2017 will receive a $5 Target eGiftCard.


To schedule an appointment, please go to






UUs from all over Central New York will be gathering on our beautiful lawn to celebrate, worship, sing, picnic and network this summer.


Visit for a detailed agenda of the day and to register for this free and family friendly event.


If you would like to get involved in the planning and preparation for the day, contact Alexa Carter at






September 15-17, 2017


New and returning families, individuals and people of all ages are encouraged to participate in the Fall family weekend at Unirondack. Since 2008, this intergenerational Unirondack weekend has been a source of early fall community building for our UU congregations. This year, it is scheduled for Friday, September15th (starting at 4:00) through Sunday, September 17th, 2017 (ending around 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm). Unirondack is a UU Camp and Conference Center, 2 - 2.5  hour drive from Syracuse in the western Adirondacks, near Lowville, NY. To see the Unirondack facilities/environment, the website is:


There are cabins and heated sleeping spaces with indoor bathroom facilities. People hike, bike, read, play games, go boating, talk, nap, arts, crafts, sport games or just sit by the lake soaking in the beauty. Group activities are encouraged and are led by the weekend participants. 


The 2017 cost will be: $65/PP for those over 10 years old; Children 3-10 years $62 ; Children under 3 are free. The cost to Unirondack is $52 for 2 nights per person; the additional $10-13 is for the 5 meals. This fee is inclusive of 2 nights (F, S) lodging, 3 meals Saturday and Sunday breakfast & lunch. Friday dinner is on your own. (brought in the car, eaten out or cooked there) Snacks and transportation are not included in this rate. Reservations and/or questions, contact Stephanie Cross at  






Our most excellent office administrator, Brian Betz, will be leaving us soon to become his father’s full-time caregiver in Oswego. Brian’s last official day at May Memorial is August 2nd. We all wish him the best in this endeavor, and you can bet we will be sending him thoughts of strength and patience for this challenge. We would like to gather for a farewell lunch potluck on September 24th, after Brian has had a chance to move and MMUUS folks have returned from summer vacations. If you are able to join us on September 24th right after the service, please bring a dish to pass and perhaps a written message or card to send along with Brian. 


To help with planning for this send-off, please RSVP what you would like to bring or how you could help us to or Alexa Carter at Alexa Carter and Don Milmore will be asking for contributions towards a cash gift; this was Brian’s choice rather than a present. Please join us to express our gratitude to Brian!

Brian’s new address as of September 1st  will be 51 East Mohawk Street, Oswego New York 13126. His personal email is Please join us on September 24th to express our gratitude to Brian!






What is the BCT Workshop? The BCT Workshop is a three hour long program begun by the UUA in 1988. It is designed to promote inclusive thinking and prevent unfair discrimination during a congregation’s search for a settled minister. It uses conversations, case studies and actual events from UU congregations to increase awareness of discrimination in issues such as gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, ethnicity, mental health, class, age and size.


When is the BCT Workshop?  Saturday, October 28th, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm


Why attend the BCT Workshop? The UUA mandates that all congregations searching for a new minister offer this Workshop. May Memorial is very fortunate to have as the facilitator for this Workshop Rev. Keith Kron, the UUA Transitions Director. Rev. Kron oversees the entire ministerial search process for the UUA. He will conduct the worship service Sunday, October 29th.


Please save these dates: October 28th, from 9:00 am-12:00 pm, and in Sunday worship on October 29th.