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Volume 75, Issue 2

Building Community with Compassion, Service, Diversity, and Spirit

October 1, 2010

We express compassion through caring, love and support for others. We serve by promoting our principles and purposes through leadership, giving and action. We are inspired by diversity to accept, respect and celebrate differences and interdependence. We grow in spirit through our religious experiences, inquiry, education, reflection and transformation.

Minister’s Gleamings

SYRACUSE

OF

OF SOCIETY

NEWSLETTER UNIVERSALIST

THE UNITARIAN

FIRST

F I R S T N UU S

Amazing Acts……….

Last night I found myself caught up in the finals of “America’s Got Talent.” The 4 finalists were amateurs, none of whom had ever performed on a stage such as the one that had hypnotized the millions of Americans who were glued to their televisions. The four that were left were; Prince Poppycock- a flamboyant but immensely talented singer, actor, set and costume designer and choreographer; Michael Grimm- an exceptional singer and guitarist from the back woods of the South; Jackie Evancho- an amazing 10 year old opera singer and finally - Defying Gravity, group of college students who utilized their technical skills in creating marvelous special effects to a musical theme.

All of these folks should have won. Yet there could only be one winner, one champion, who would take home the million bucks and headline in a show in Las Vegas. I thought about each of

the individual talents that were displayed, the effort that had gone into every second of their respective acts and the teamwork that was required by all involved; from the judges to the stage hands, lighting people, camera operators; videographers, message takers, water bearers and carpet sweepers. Each contribution culminated in an astounding result that came across as smoothly as glass.

Although our stage is not as large and viewers few, our services could not go on without those who work behind the scenes before the show goes on; to choose and rehearse the music, tune the piano, check the sound system, plan the children’s activities, set up the chancel, run off the order of service, check the lights and heat, put on the coffee, vacuum the carpet, bring the flowers, and welcome those who come through our doors.

We may not be a Las Vegas act, but, because of each and everyone who takes part in enhancing the life of our congregation in any way, our teams are most certainly top of the line winners!

Thank you all and see you in church! Sincerely, Holly

THE

Phone: (315) 4465940 / Fax: (315) 4490874 Email: firstuu@twcny.rr.com

Church Office Hours: 8:00 - 2:00, Tues.- Fri.

Consulting Minister: Rev. Holly Baylies (firstuurev@twcny.rr.com) Secretary: Ruth Yamaguchi Music Director: Rebecca Karpoff Director of Religious Education: Beth Scott President: Susan King (pilasters@gmail.com) Vice President: Diana Bellini (dianalbellini@yahoo.com)

Halloween Party: 6:00 pm, Saturday, October 30 at First UU

Join friends from both congregations for a pot luck, costume party, and haunted house. It’s fun for all ages.

We need two people to co-chair a committee with May Memorial to help in making this happen. If interested, contact Beth Scott at d.beth.scott@gmail.com or contact the church office at 446-5940.

Inside this issue:

Sundays at First UU

2

Presidents Report

3

FALL CLEANUP PARTY !!!

3

Calendar and Community Activities

4

Youth Religious Education

5

The Green Corner

6

UUA Social Justice Workshop

6

Worship Service and Music Committee

6

The Church Mouse

7

Enrichment Workshops Available

8

Susquehanna String Band Concert !!!!

9

FIRST UU GARAGE SALE !!!!

10

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