Unirondack weekend for Central New York UU congregations

Unirondack weekend for Central New York UU congregations:

Friday Sept 14  – Sunday Sept 16, 2018

Families, Friends, Individuals – People of all ages are encouraged to participate in a Fall family weekend at Unirondack. Since 2008, this intergenerational Unirondack weekend has been a source of early fall community building for Syracuse UU congregations. This year, it is scheduled for Friday Sept 14(starting at 4:00) – Sunday Sept 16th, 2018 (ending at 2-3 pm) and we are inviting folks from many UU congregations in Central New York. Unirondack is a UU Camp and Conference Center, a 2 – 2.5 hour drive from Syracuse in the western Adirondacks, near Lowville, NY.  To see the Unirondack facilities/environment, the website is: www.unirondack.org

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. We ask that there be no electronic games since this is a weekend to spend in community with other UUs from the area. There are cabins and heated sleeping spaces with indoor bathroom facilities! People need to bring their own bedding, towels and pillows as well as their personal items.

The 2018 cost will be:   $70/PP for those over 10 years old; Children 4-10 years $62; Children 3 and under are free.   This is inclusive of 2 nights (F, S) lodging, 3 meals Saturday and Sunday breakfast & lunch.  Our costs are $31/night to Unirondack and the small balance is for group food costs for 5 meals. Friday dinner is on your own. (eaten in the car, dining out or cooked there) Snacks and transportation are not included in this rate.  Carpooling has been arranged by individuals in the past. Meals are prepared by participants and are shared in a dining hall.  Special dietary needs are carefully addressed and refrigeration is available for individual needs. Housing placements are selected by the coordinator based on group size, health needs, and order of reservation.

A 50% deposit is required to hold your space; the balance needs to be paid 2 weeks in advance of the weekend.  Please respect this payment schedule! Reservations can be made by sending your name(s) to:

Stephanie Cross at mscross1234@gmail.com.

Deposit checks should be made to “Stephanie Cross”, given to her at MMUUS or mailed to:

3844 Pompey Center Road, Manlius, NY 13104.  Please include your contact information (phone and email), names of people attending and ages of the children attending with your check.    You will receive an email confirmation.

This is a great weekend – we hope you will join us! 

Stephanie Cross, Coordinator, May Memorial UU Society, Syracuse

PLEASE WELCOME PRATIK MAMTORA, OUR NEW DIRECTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRY!

The Director of Family Ministry (DFM) Search Committee and UUCB’s Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the hiring of Pratik Mamtora as our new DFM.  Pratik was born in India, raised in the Hindu tradition, and educated in India (BA) and the United States (Masters degree)He has been an active congregant and volunteer in UU congregations in New Jersey and Illinois,and has traveled extensivelyPratik is a well-loved member of the Countryside UU congregation in Palatine, Illinois, recently serving as Interim RE Assistant, where he came to the understanding that he is called to the work of this faith. As a member of the Worship Committee at Countryside Church, Pratik was very involved in their transition to Family Ministry, and he is committed to that model. We feel that Pratik’s warm, vibrant, outgoing personality and his passion for supporting people of all ages in their spiritual journey are bound to draw new people to our congregation, and bring our vision of Family Ministry to fruition. Watch for more information, as well as opportunities to meet and welcome Pratik when he arrives in Binghamton later this summer. We feel sure that you will be as excited as we are about the newest addition to our staff team!