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

Update - May 5, 2016


THIS SUNDAY’S SERVICE – May 8th, at 10:30 am

Music Sunday

Glenn Kime and the May Memorial Choir


This Sunday’s service will feature the Choir performing five hymns of Ernst Bacon, with Nancy Pease as accompanist. The entire service will be based on our hymnal as a source of meditation, history, and of course, some singing.





May Memorial’s office will be closed this coming Monday, May 9th.  The office will reopen at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 10th.





It Was Up to Us, and We Did It!  As we near the end of a very successful annual budget pledge campaign, the Stewardship Committee thanks all the generous supporters of May Memorial!  Pledge income pays 77% of church expenses, and 2016-17 pledges have put us in excellent financial shape for an important year.  Here is a summary of the results:


  •   An astonishing $213,058 was pledged this year. Pledge increases were matched with another $11,084, bringing the total pledge amount to $224,142! 


  •   112 pledges have been received to date, with 63 increased from last year.  Amazing!


  •   32 pledges qualified for matching dollars. Extra appreciation goes to those who raised their pledges and qualified for matching dollars.  You doubled the impact of your pledge increases!  And extra, extra appreciation to the generous members of the congregation and Board of Trustees who contributed to the Matching Fund.


If you haven’t returned your pledge, it’s not too late.  There are pledge forms by the white Pledge Box in the church lobby, or you can talk to any of us on the Stewardship Committee. 


In gratitude,

Jane Fagerland, Fred Fiske, and Stephanie Cross





If you have not yet done so, please submit your annual reports to MMUUS office administrator Brian Betz at The deadline is Wednesday, May 25th.  


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.


Reports received after May 25th run the risk of not being included the 2016 MMUUS Annual Report.





May Memorial’s Green & Social Justice Committee is sponsoring a fundraiser for the People for Animal Rights of Central New York, which will be held at May Memorial on Saturday, May 14th, from 2:00 pm—5:00 pm.


This fundraiser will feature musical performances by May Memorial’s own Richard Weiskopf, who will perform classical and pop music pieces on the piano; Eileen Rose,  a talented musician whose repertoire includes original and traditional songs performed on the Appalachian dulcimer;  Kristin Gitler and David Goldman round out the musical entertainment with traditional American, Celtic, and French-Canadian pieces performed on the Appalachian dulcimer and acoustic guitar.


The People for Animal Rights of CNY will also have original animal notecards for sale, along with information on how to help animals.


Tickets in advance are $8 per person or $13 per family. Checks should be made out to “People for Animal Rights” and mailed to People for Animal Rights, P.O. Box 15358, Syracuse, N.Y. 13215.  Those paying by credit card are instructed to visit, and click on the “Donate” button.


At the door, tickets will be $10 per person or $15 per family CASH OR CHECK ONLY.


The price of your ticket can be considered your first year of dues to the People for Animal Rights of CNY, if you aren’t a member already.  Your ticket purchases are tax deductible.


Questions? Email or call (315) 488-PURR (7877) between 8:00 am and 10:00 pm.





12:00 pm / $10/session  


The Drum Circle led by Sandra Sabene that was originally scheduled for Sunday, May 15th has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 22nd, beginning at 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary


Sandra Sabene, from the Liverpool Art Center, offers a relaxing rhythmic interaction which offers drummers opportunities to express, explore and play with percussion. All levels are invited and beginners are warmly welcomed. Sandra offers a quick hand drum lesson in the beginning and then we all enjoy riding the waves of soothing rhythms and upbeat releases.  


$10/person. Bring your own drum or reserve one.  


Please RSVP to Carroll Grant at 882-4910 or





The Membership Committee is pleased to announce another meeting of the new and improved UU101. The purpose of this informative presentation is to answer questions and teach attendees about both Unitarian Universalism and May Memorial.  All who are interested are invited to attend this meeting in the Memorial Room at 12:00 pm on Sunday, May 29th.


If you have any questions or would like more information, you may contact the committee at