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, Pam Collins, Kris Dallas, Louise Gava, Judy Halstead, Jim Mihuta and Nedra Stimpfle.

This Month’s Theme

Theme: Hope
This time of year is often referred to as the “season of hope”, especially by those raised in a Christian tradition. At this darkest time of year, we reach for signs of hope. But what is hope? Is it a reassurance that everything will be ok? Or is a goad that things should and can be different? Or is it something else? I would love to hear stories of your experience of hope in your life. Let’s get together Tuesday, December 19 at 7:00 in the King Room. We can share stories of “hope” with each other and explore together the meaning and significance of hope in our lives. What might it mean to be a “people of hope”? Consider also bringing in a symbol or token that represents the essence of your story. You might also want to keep that symbol/token close to you during the weeks before we meet, as a way of both helping you remember the details and offering gratitude.

This month’s theme for our worship services and religious exploration classes is “hope.”

You’ll find many resources for exploring “hope” in this month’s theme packet:

May the winter holidays treat you gently,
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

General Announcements

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.

Dec 18- (No book) – Holiday celebration and book choice discussion

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!


Immigrant Stories: “Holidays” – December 13
Almost everyone celebrates a holiday, be it religious, national, or personal, and in this way we are
brought to empathy, understanding and common ground. What holidays were celebrated in native
countries? Have immigrants continued to observe their traditional holidays? Have they assimilated?
Have social pressures or interests affected continuing these traditions? Storytellers will weave in
holiday insights and experiences while sharing immigration stories.
No reservations required. No charge for admission. Doors open at 6:15pm. Donations at the door
will be shared by Saratoga Immigration Coalition and Caffe Lena. “All Are Welcome Here” window
and lawn signs and t-shirts will be available.
Sponsored by Saratoga Immigration Coalition.

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

December 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • Coffee Chat
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting
  • 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
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Annual Meeting
  • RE Hike
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 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
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Yoga Group
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Sharing Stories of Hope
  • Janice away
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Movie Night In
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship --Canceled for tonight
  • Christmas Eve Candlelight Service
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship