Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Eyes on the Prize: March 22
Join me to watch again, or perhaps for the first time, this classic documentary about the civil rights era that was made by Henry Hampton. Henry Hampton was the UUA Director of Information and in that role had gone to Selma in 1965 and participated in the UUA Commission on Race and
Religion. Observing the media’s power to influence public opinion, Hampton founded the film company Blackside, Inc., and produced the documentary Eyes on the Prize, which first aired in 1987.

Bring your own dinner if you would like!

Our first gathering began on February 8 and we will continue to gather in the King Room on Thursdays at 5:30 for further episodes. Each episode is an hour long, so we’ll be done in time for singing folks to head up to choir practice by 7:00.

Singing Our Faith To Life!  Hudson Mohawk UU Cluster Weekend – March 24-25, 2018

Join us for a song-filled weekend with Dr. Glen Thomas Rideout, Director of Worship at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, MI. On Saturday, join us at the Albany congregation Saturday 9am-1pm for a day of making community, building faith, and creating music together with Dr. Rideout. On Sunday morning at 10:30, join us for a joyous worship celebration at Doane Stuart School in Rensselaer.

The Saturday workshop is open to all — all voices (from non-singers to trained vocalists), all ages. In our time together, Glen Thomas will be sharing his thoughts about what it means to sing our faith to life, and he’ll be teaching us songs by rote. At the end of the workshop is an optional brown bag lunch, where we can gather to talk, network, and enjoy each other’s company.
The Sunday service will incorporate music we’ve learned and other songs, along with readings, prayers, homilies.

To learn more about Dr. Rideout, visit the Ann Arbor website ( Further details about the weekend’s events will be shared soon.
We look forward to being together!

March’s Theme: Balance
There is peaceful
There is wild
I am both at the same time
Nayyirah Waheed 

Our focus and theme for March is Balance
The observances of March remind us that balance is not simply a destination, but also a place of invitation. It’s not a static space of peace, as much as a stillpoint on which we pivot and turn to something new. It’s not just about rest, but about resting up for a journey. Yes, balance allows us to catch our breath, but it’s also about finding our center so we can end all our aimless wandering around. It’s fine to think of balance by imagining the Buddha sitting peacefully under a tree, but we can’t let that overshadow the image of a diver balancing way up there on her diving board, pausing to re-gain her composure and courage so she can leap and go “all in.”

See the theme packet for readings, questions, and suggestions for spiritual practice.  There are also recommended books and movies.  You can see the packet here:

On Tuesday, March 27, at 7:00 in the King Room, gather to share your experiences of “balance” and to hear the reflections of others.

“Balance is not better time-management, but better boundary-management.” —Betsy Jacobson 

“I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.”  —E.B. White 

Special Message from the President of the Board of Trustees

Last Sunday, March 11th I heard my congregation scream, “All are Welcome Here!” and commit to finding a way that this can be true. At the Congregational Meeting and Vote on the Planning Committee recommendation 95% of our members voted to support the Planning Committee as they begin, in earnest, a search for a home beyond the walls and land of 624 North Broadway.

Almost 50% of our Congregation participated in the vote and if we had been able to provide a way for those unable to be present to vote we would have been well over 50% participation. Your engagement in our decision making is almost as important as the decision we made last Sunday.

Change is inherently uncomfortable and comes with a certain amount of risk. It feels good to make decisions. I’m proud to serve a Congregation who accepts the change and risk we need to build stronger and deeper community within and beyond our walls.  

Let us invest in the future we believe in. Let us give thanks for all that has brought us to today and let us not just dream but join together and actively cultivate our future. Onward!

Louise Gava, Past Chair of the Planning Committee and Current UUCSS Board President


Give Away the Plate Program

This month’s GATP will be in honor of Women’s History month and we will be giving Sunday’s offering to the Saratoga Springs office of Planned Parenthood, one of the nation’s leading providers of high-quality, affordable health care for women, and it is the nation’s largest provider of sex education.

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

Care Team – Workshop Notes from March 4

As promised, here are the notes from our March 4th “Wishes at Life’s End.”

Planning and communication are key to ensuring your wishes are honored when the time comes.

This is a list and description of current forms in NY State:

Health Care Proxy – Designate One person to be in charge of medical decisions. Be sure that
person is well aware of your advance-care wishes and is willing to execute them.

Advance Care Directive – Will give further guidance to your Health Care Proxy and Medical
Providers. This will ensure that your wishes are known and honored.

Dementia Provision – You can make your wishes known to family, health care proxy and
medical providers ahead of time if you should develop dementia as to your care at different
stages of dementia.

Hospital Visit Form – Authorizes non-immediate family members to visit you in the hospital.

MOLST or POLST – A form to fill out, with your Dr., if you have a terminal diagnosis

NY Living Will – A written declaration of your health care wishes

There are several excellent websites with downloadable forms, more info and tools to help you.

NY State Attorney General website has a downloadable packet “Advance Directives”

Death With Dignity Albany is a local organization with many resources. In addition to an excellent “Resource” section they have monthly educational meetings.

Compassion and Choices is a great site for all kinds of info on this subject. Be sure to see the “Good to Go Toolkit” under “Plan Your Care” section

The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for end-of-life care. UUCSS would like to do a workshop on this, this fall

Do you still need some inspiration to get started? Take a look at this short TED Talk with Tom Brokaw and his physician daughter Jennifer Brokaw discussing the subject or

Your Care Team includes Marian Bigelow, Nancy Berggren, Faye Mihuta, Arliss Nygard, Beth Flynn and Bev Lawson. And we are ready to assist you when you have needs that we can help meet.

Can you help with Graphic Design?
The Stewardship Committee is looking for help designing a template for UU fundraiser graphics.

  • Photoshop or InDesign
  • 1 Template for print (8.5 x 11 handout)
  • 1 Template for website

If you would like to be considered, please send a sample of your work to Jillian Ehrenberg, by April 15.

Saratoga Unitarian Book Group
The Saratoga Unitarian Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year.
We begin at 6 P.M. in the King Room with a light supper brought by members of the group. Around 6:45 P.M. we then begin a discussion of the book for that month. The discussion lasts about an hour.
We are happy to have additional folks join us whether it’s to be a regular participant or a contributor for a particular book. TRY US OUT.
Contact Pat Goodale with questions: 584-0588.
April 16 – “The Wordy Shipmates” – Sarah Vowell
See weekly announcements’ mailing for future selections, or check back on this page.

‘Learning About UU’ classes – Part 2
The first of a two-part series of ‘Learning About UU’ classes was held on March 22. The second part is scheduled to be held on March 29 from 7 to 9 P.M. These classes give newcomers to the congregation an opportunity to learn more about our congregation and our faith as well as to meet other new congregants.  A sign-up sheet will be in the back of the sanctuary. Please affix your name thereto or email any of the following people to sign up or ask questions: Nedra Stimpfle (, Dennis Herlihy ( or Audrey Belt (

Women’s Luncheon
The April women’s luncheon will meet on the first Tuesday of April, April 3rd at 12:30 p.m.
Note New Venue: 
the Embassy Suites on Congress Street in Saratoga.  It’s opposite the CVS pharmacy with plenty of parking and a relatively quiet dining area.
I’ve missed you all and hope that a move to a new venue will be a positive step for us. we’re going to the Embassy Suites on Congress Street in Saratoga.  It’s opposite the CVS pharmacy with plenty of parking and a relatively quiet dining area.  Hopefully,  some of our snowbirds will have returned from sunny places and we can welcome them back.
Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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!


Skidmore College to Host Palestinian Voices Events
Skidmore College is hosting 4 event-series, Palestinian Voices, to broaden conversations about Israel/Palestine. All events are at the Skidmore Tang museum, and start at 6 pm. Hope you can join us for the conversations. (More information can be found at Tang website)

March 28: Student Films from Palestine: a Selection of Recent Films Made by Palestinian Film
Students in the West Bank and Gaza
6 pm, Tang (Somers)
(Desserts will be served during the discussion after the screening)

April 2: Lyd in Exile: Artists’ Talk by Rami Younis and Sarah Friedland, and Work-in-Progress Screening
6 pm, Tang(Somers)

April 26: Memory (Re)construction and Experimental Filmmaking: Google Streetview and the Palestinian Nakba, by artist Razan AlSalah
6 pm, Tang (Somers)

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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Religious Education
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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

March 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Dine, Digest, Discuss: Eyes on the Prize
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • Care Team: End of Life workshop
  • Julie Lewis Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • Stewardship
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Dine, Digest, Discuss: Eyes on the Prize
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Congregational Meeting and vote on Planning question
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Worship Committee
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Dine, Digest, Discuss: Eyes on the Prize
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • "Four Hands and a Foot" Fundraiser
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Board of Trustees
  • Student March For Our Lives organizing meeting
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • Welcoming Congregation Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Learning About UU, part 1
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • UUCSS Circle Dinner
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Private Event
  • Hudson-Mohawk UU Combined Worship
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Care team Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Theme Sharing & Discussion: Balance
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Learning About UU, part 2
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping