Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Special Message from the Planning Committee

Questions can be directed to any member of the Planning Committee:
Hal Bigelow, Rev. Joe Cleveland, Kris Dallas, Louise Gava, Judy Halstead, Jim Mihuta and Nedra Stimpfle.

January’s Theme: Intention

To Live with Intention: January’s worship and religious exploration theme
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”  —Viktor E. Frankl
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…”  —Henry David Thoreau 

This January in our worship and our religious exploration classes we explore what it might mean to live with intention.  No small group meeting is currently scheduled, but you can find resources to explore this month’s theme here: 

“A person will worship something, have no doubt about that. We may think our tribute is paid in secret in the dark recesses of our hearts, but it will out. That which dominates our imaginations and our thoughts will determine our lives, and our character. Therefore, it behooves us to be careful what we worship, for what we are worshipping we are becoming.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson 

“Great minds have purpose, others have wishes.”  —Washington Irving 

Give Away the Plate Program

If there is an organization you would like the Social Justice Committee to consider for the Give Away the Plate program, please send your suggestion to

General Announcements

Evening Renewal- Death Café
Sunday, January 21st, 5-6 PM
The Death Cafe model was developed by John Underwood and Sue Barsky Reid, based on the ideas of Bernard Crettaz. ( Death Cafes have spread quickly across Europe, North America and Australasia. According to their website, they have offered 5623 Death Cafes in 52 countries since September 2011.
The model of a Death Café is simple – coffee and some sweet snacks will be served. We will sit around the table and share our thoughts about death. Rev. Betty Hurley will facilitate, but this really is a time for deep sharing.
Please consider coming and bring a friend!

An Invitation from the Social Justice Committee
In the spirit of invitation, the Social Justice Committee will begin to meet after our service on Sundays from 11:30 to 12:30. This monthly meeting change will begin Sunday February 11th. We invite any and all who are interested in social justice issues to join us with ideas and actions as we hope to “draw the circle wider” in making our community and world a more just place.

T-Shirt Order:
Anyone interested in ordering a T-shirt with the UUCSS name can place their order using the order form located at the back of the sanctuary or by sending their information to The T-shirts will cost $25 each. If you would like a T-shirt but cannot afford one, please contact Rev. Joe Cleveland.
Each order should include the following information:
1) which type you want (Men’s or Women’s short sleeve), 2) the size you want, 3) quantity, and 4) your contact information (email/phone number). Color is limited to black.
The design can be viewed by:
• going to and entering (51750453 for men’s) or (51727319 for women’s) in the search box, or
• entering the following URL in the browser

Please provide payment (cash or check) as soon as possible and before the date of the order, which will be advised once enough orders are placed to secure the lower price of $25.00.  Checks to be made payable to UUCSS. Our church administrator, Janice, will collect payments and submit the final order.

Kudos and Gratitude
UUCSS sure spreads the Love! 

Special Reminders

Safe Exiting of the Building
In the event that we need to leave our building quickly, there are three exits: the front door, a door to the left of the chancel, and the office door downstairs.  People in the front half of the congregation should exit through the door to the left of the chancel.  This exit leads to the playground.  People in the back half congregation should exit through the front door.  Children downstairs will be led by teachers outside to the playground through the office door.

Safety in the Congregation
Parents and Caregivers, please remind your children to walk inside the congregation building, especially in congested areas such as the stairs and during coffee hour. Also, when children are outside playing they must remain inside the playground. If any member of the congregation member sees a child running or playing in the gardens or parking lot, please give them a gentle reminder to stay inside in the playground for their safety. Our concern for everyone’s well-being is a top priority and it takes a village!

Thank you!


EOC Soup Kitchen Needs Our Help to Stock the Food Pantry
Please help the EOC Soup Kitchen, located at the Presbyterian-New England Congregational Church, stock its food pantry. Place donations of nonperishable food items or financial donations in the basket on the middle table at the rear of the Sanctuary. Your contributions are brought weekly to the Soup Kitchen.

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Connect with a Group

Building and Grounds
Care Team
Green Sanctuary
Religious Education
Social Justice
Welcoming Congregation

Book Group
Inquirers Group
Ladies Who Lunch
Men’s Breakfast Group
Religious Education Pancake Breakfast
Religious Education 4th Saturday Potlucks
Soul Matters
Third Saturday Potlucks
UU Family Hikes


Event Calendar

January 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Private Event - Lucy Manning. Recital for violin students
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Chalice Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Worship Committee
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting - cancelled
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Kristin Cleveland meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Janice Away
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • Welcoming Cong. Team
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Fossil Free Watch Party