Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Special Message from the Planning Committee

Future Planning Committee Events:
Let’s Plan to Build our Future

Vote on our Next Step
Sunday, December 10th at our annual meeting

Please mark your calendars now, details to follow.

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

A Message from your “Welcoming Congregation” Team

New Restroom Signs!
Have you seen the new restroom signs at UUCSS and wondered why they’ve been changed? Check out the “W H Y” hand-out, available this Sunday. You can also view it by clicking on this link. Y-final-version.pdf

This Month’s Theme

Theme: Abundance
“Abundance is not about having what you want, but about noticing what you have, and multiplying it through sharing it, multiplying it through your manner of being in this world.”  — Rev. Angela Herrera

In November we will be exploring abundance as a theological idea and a spiritual practice.  Find resources for your own exploration of this theme here:

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

With a Little Help from Our Friends
The Social Justice Committee is looking for people with friends in the downtown merchant community who would be willing to ask them to display one of our “All Are Welcome” signs in their shop window. The signs will be available at the back of the Sanctuary during hospitality hour on Sundays. Please come and pick one up if you’d like to display one at your home.

Guest At Your Table
On Sunday, November 12th our Youth launched their fall service project, Guest At Your Table. The campaign theme this year is Small Change is Big Change. Each Sunday up until December 17th, our children will be collecting your spare change to contribute towards this program. Please look for the dedicated GAYT boxes posted through the congregation to make a deposit. You can also contribute by check or credit card by visiting the UUSC website:

Guest at Your Table (GAYT) is UUSC’s annual intergenerational program to raise support for and awareness about our work to advance human rights. Since UUSC works in over 25 countries, with over 75 grassroots partners, there are thousands of individuals involved in and who benefit from the work that our members make possible. GAYT is an opportunity to celebrate grassroots partnership, support human rights, and learn about just four of these individuals – the “guests” in Guest at Your Table.

UUSC’s grassroots partners make a big difference in their communities, and so does your participation in GAYT. That is why this year’s program theme is Small Change is Big Change.This year’s guests include a leader of local efforts to respond to climate change in the South Pacific and a Burmese human rights activist. For more information about UUSC’s work in Burma over the past 15 years, please visit

Saratoga Unitarian Book Group
The Saratoga Unitarian Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year. We begin at 6 PM in the King Room with a light supper brought by members of the group. Around 6:45 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.

Book selection for Nov 20 – “Commonwealth”,  Ann Patchett

Become a Friend of the Care Team
The mission of the Care Team at UUCSS is to put into action the commitment made during Joys and Sorrows each Sunday:  There is a love holding you.  We are looking for a few more people who would like to spread the love by becoming Friends of the Care Team.  Perhaps you would be able to provide transportation to a church service or event, help get someone to an appointment, prepare a meal, visit someone who is ill, or offer some other assistance as your schedule allows.  No meetings necessary!  We would just give you a call when we need some help to see if you are available.

One way to join our team as a Friend is to fill out a bright yellow Care Team card now in the racks in the rear of the sanctuary.  You can leave your completed card in the basket on the Welcome Table or give it to one of the members of the team:  Nancy Berggren, Marian Bigelow, Beth Flynn, Bev Lawson, Faye Mihuta, or Arliss Nygard.

Though we try our best, the Care Team doesn’t always know who is in need of our assistance.  Anyone in the congregation can inform us of a need by filling out the back side of the yellow card and placing it in the basket on the Welcome Table.  You can also contact us by email at–or speak directly to one of the team members.

As George Odell reminds us in one of our hymnal’s responsive readings: “All our lives we are in need, and others are in need of us.”  Thank you for being part of this loving circle and helping to make UUCSS such a caring and compassionate congregation.

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!


Operation: A Caribbean Christmas
The Giving Circle is now launching Operation: A Caribbean Christmas, spreading holiday comfort and joy to the children and families struggling to rebuild their lives after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. These families have been enduring so much hardship. The task of rebuilding their lives is ongoing. The holiday season looks bleak for so many, and we feel that a dose of Christmas cheer will be a welcome boost to their morale and hope for their future.

Due to the enormous challenges faced in transporting large quantities of gifts to, and the dire situation still faced by so many in the islands, we have decided that the best way to contribute is to collect VISA gift cards placed inside a holiday greeting card with a heartfelt personal message.

Gift cards have the added benefit of empowering and enabling parents to choose their own gifts and bring joy to their children, and will also give much needed support to the local island economies. A personalized holiday message will provide comfort during this stressful time and show we are thinking about and care about them.

Our partners in St. Thomas, My Brothers Workshop, and in Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico Recovery Fund, will distribute the cards to needy families.



Your holiday card with a personal message and VISA gift card (or check payable to The Giving Circle) can be dropped at:

  • The Inn at Saratoga, 231 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Their front desk is open 24/7 to take your donations.
  • Fingerpaint, 395 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Drop off between 9 a.m. and 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

or mail it to The Giving Circle, PO Box 3152, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Be a Santa’s helper (contact person) at your school, place of business, place of worship, organization or group. We can set you up with greeting cards and a poster/flyer. No pressure. You would just need to spread the word and collect donations. Please email for more information and to get started.


Please consider helping in whatever way you can. Together, we will make a difference.

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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Building and Grounds
Care Team
Green Sanctuary
Religious Education
Social Justice

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

November 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Planning meeting: Transgender Day of Remembrance service
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Planning Committee Pot-luck and World Cafe
  • RE Hike
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Welcoming Congregation Team Meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Janice away
  • Yoga Group
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Wreath Making Event
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Board of Trustees Meeting
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • 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)
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal