EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

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Rev. Joe Wants You to Know


Living Out Our Resolution To Be a Sanctuary Congregation
PNEC Church wants to begin compiling a list of volunteers willing to serve as companions if the church takes in a sanctuary resident. This is just one of the ways that UU Saratoga can live out our resolution to be a Sanctuary Congregation!

There will be five three-hour time slots during each day and one overnight slot (10:00 PM-7:00 AM). A background check will be required; training will be provided.

If you are willing to volunteer or want to ask questions, contact MaryAnna O’Donnell maryannaa@mindspring.com or Terry Diggory tdiggory@skidmore.edu

April’s Theme: Emergence
Emergence is about change and new growth, it’s about becoming.  How is it that we can allow for the emergence of our best selves? How can healing emerge?  How is it that we can foster the emergence of a community centered on love?

Emergence is the theme for worship and religious exploration this month.

One of the most fascinating explorations of the idea of emergence that I’ve run across is Nancy Ellen Abrams’ attempt to combine her scientific worldview with spirituality in her book A God That Could Be Real.  In it, she explains

Emergence is the source of most of the creativity of this universe. At its simplest it works like this: When the complexity of any interacting system increases enough, the system turns into something completely new. The individual parts remain what they are, but seen together they merge, and something radically original emerges, and it follows new laws. As the physicist Phil Anderson summed it up, “More is different.”

We’ve all heard the idea of something that is greater than the sum of its parts—that’s what I think of when I think of emergence.  When I have experiences of awe, emergence is one of the ways that feels best to me to describe those experiences.

For some interesting ways to experience “emergence” as a spiritual practice, check out the resource packet you’ll find here:

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Uoq3B6OIWK8zhSDDYychFOggeXLld2zW

In the packet, you’ll also find provocative poems and quotations, suggestions for listening, reading, and watching, that explore different understandings of emergence.  Another book that explores emergence as a way of understanding leadership is called Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown.  It’s a wide-ranging, unconventional book exploring how “Emergence is beyond what the sum of its parts could even imagine.”

May April be a month in which you experience the emergence of blessings in your life.

Rev. Joe


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 administrator@uusaratoga.org


General Announcements

Community Farm Day at Soul Fire Farm
April 21 (Saturday) 9:30 leave UUCSS (carpool), arrive back 2:30  (Potluck lunch included)
9:30 am – 2:30 pm (one hour travel each way; 10:30-1:00 farm work; 1-2:30 potluck lunch and farm tour)

Soul Fire farm is committed to food sovereignty. It aims to end racism through food justice and training of young Black and Latinx farmers. It is an active farm that provided food to 250 low income households in 2017. It reached out to over 4,000 people in 2017 alone in multiple programs it offers to different age groups.
http://www.soulfirefarm.org/food-sovereignty-education/volunteer-opportunities/

All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes
Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

We host volunteers of all ages to help us sort and repack all kinds of donations. We run two hour shifts between 5:00pm and 8:00pm Monday through Thursday evenings as well as on weekends between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to help us organize primarily non-food items such as bedding, school supplies, personal hygiene products, clothes, and other items to get distributed to the Food Bank’s member agencies.

Rebuilding Together time again!
Our UU family will be executing another project for Rebuilding Together on either May 12 or May 19 this spring. Please contact Bill Boehmke or Hal Bigelow to indicate your availability for the two dates.  For those who have not participated, this is a terrific community event, helping our neighbors stay safely and more comfortably in their own homes. Normally involves a 6 to 7 hour workday. Ask Hal or Bill for details.

New Member Sunday
The congregation’s next New Member Sunday ceremony will be held on May 13, 2018.  This is an opportunity to join a congregation that has become of vital importance to the community and, to an even greater degree, a haven for like-minded religious liberals in these troubled times.  In addition, a number of important decisions will need to be made by the membership in the coming months. In order to be able to vote on these issues, you will need to be a member of the congregation for 30 days.  For further information, and to advise as to your wish to be included in the ceremony, please confer with Rev Joe (minister@uusaratoga.org, (518) 584-1555), Dennis Herlihy (dennispherlihy@gmail.com), Nedra Stimpfle (nedra.stimpfle@gmail.com) or Audrey Belt (beltaudrey@gmail.com).

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.
May 21 – ”Lincoln and the Bardo” by George Saunders.
See weekly announcements’ mailing for future selections, or check back on this page.

Donate Your Gently Used Treasures to the UU Rummage Sale
After you’ve practiced the life-changing magic of tidying up this spring, keep the momentum going by donating your gently used treasures to our Rummage Sale. The sale will be held June 9, with items collected the week before.

Books
Housewares & Décor
Clothing (in good condition): Adult, Children & Baby
Sporting Equipment
Furniture
Tools
Games & Toys (no stuffed animals or plush toys)

Special notice about Electronics and Baby Equipment: Please contact Jeff or Jillian Ehrenberg (jeffandjillian@jeffandjillian.com) before donating these items, as some types are not able to be sold.

Thank you for taking this decluttering action and sparking joy in someone else’s life.

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 administrator@uusaratoga.org. 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 cafepress.com and entering (51750453 for men’s) or (51727319 for women’s) in the search box, or
• entering the following URL in the browser
http://www.cafepress.com/mf/109991433/design_tshirt?productId=51750453
http://www.cafepress.com/mf/109990827/design_tshirt?productId=51727319

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!


IN OUR DENOMINATION AND OUR COMMUNITY

Community Farm Day at Soul Fire Farm
May 12 (Saturday) 10 am – 12 pm, Albany Regional food Bank + lunch stop at Panera at Clifton Park after service
Sorting and Re-Boxing Donations on Warehouse Dock at Regional Food Bank of Northeastern NY (965 Albany-Shaker Road Latham, NY 12110)

https://regionalfoodbank.net/volunteer/ (More information can be found here)

All volunteers must wear closed-toe shoes
Children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult

We host volunteers of all ages to help us sort and repack all kinds of donations. We run two hour shifts between 5:00pm and 8:00pm Monday through Thursday evenings as well as on weekends between 9:00am and 3:00pm. Volunteers of all ages and ability levels are welcome to help us organize primarily non-food items such as bedding, school supplies, personal hygiene products, clothes, and other items to get distributed to the Food Bank’s member agencies.

Trans Talks II – Continuing the Conversation
Saratoga Pride presents Trans Talks II, sponsored by Saratoga Hospital and Cathy Masie, on Tuesday, May 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Excelsior Springs Ballroom, 47 Excelsior Avenue, Saratoga Springs. This free event is open to the public and will continue the standing-room-only conversation that began a year ago, addressing the needs of the transgender and gender non-conforming community as well as providing community-education opportunities for the larger Saratoga region.

The event will begin with a presentation by guest speaker Acey Mercer, LMSW, whose substantive expertise in topic-relevant social work, consulting, clinical training and policy development will be enlightening, followed by a question-and-answer period and small group discussion as time permits. Pre-registration is encouraged as space is limited. Valet parking is provided.

Click the following link to view the flyer  http://uusaratoga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Trans-Talks-II.pdf

Just in! Click the following link to read the Trans Talks II News Release dated April 10, 2018 http://uusaratoga.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/NEWS-RELEASE-Trans-Talks-II-APR-2018_v1.docx


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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Event Calendar

April 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
1
  • WORSHIP SERVICE
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
2
  • Chalice Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
3
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Sustainable Saratoga
  • Safety Team mtg
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
4
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
5
  • Men's Breakfast
6
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
7
  • Weekly Housekeeping
8
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • WORSHIP SERVICE
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
9
  • Personnel Committee
  • Worship Committee
10
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Yoga Group (Gentle Stretching)
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Men's Group Meeting
  • Finance Committee Meeting
11
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting - cancelled
12
13
  • Central East Regional UU Conference
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
14
  • UUCSS Circle Dinner
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Private Event
15
  • WORSHIP SERVICE
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
16
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • Board of Trustees
17
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
18
  • Yoga Group
  • Welcoming Congregation Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
19
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
20
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
21
  • Weekly Housekeeping
22
  • WORSHIP SERVICE
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
23
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
24
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
25
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
26
  • Choir Rehearsal
27
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
28
  • Weekly Housekeeping
29
  • WORSHIP SERVICE
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
30