Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Movie Showing & Discussion – BLACKkKLANSMAN, Tuesday, August 21, 5 P.M.
Join me at Bow Tie Cinema, 19 Railroad Pl, Saratoga Springs for a chance to see Spike Lee’s new film as a group and have some discussion, reflection afterward in the cafe lobby of the theater.

About the movie:
Ron Stallworth, an African-American police officer from Colorado, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan with the help of a white surrogate, who eventually becomes head of the local branch.” (IMDb).

Click on the following link to view the movie poster

All Are Welcome Here Walk & Vigil – Tuesday, August 28, 6pm-7:30pm
Sponsored by the Saratoga Immigration Coalition, the All Are Welcome Here Walk and Vigil is being held to recognize and show support, gratitude and acceptance of our immigrant community.  

The silent walk will start from 3 locations

  • City Center, North Broadway
  • Beekman St. & Oak
  • Union Ave. & East Ave.

The walk ends with a vigil at the Spirit of Life Monument in Congress Park @ 6:40pm. The vigil is a program of word and song provided by caring citizens and immigrants including our own Rev. Joe and Dan Berggren.  This is not a protest; there will be no political speeches.

All Are Welcome Here t-shirts, small signs, and lawn signs are available after worship services on Sunday’s leading up to the walk & vigil.  You’re encouraged to wear a t-shirt or bring an “all are welcome here” sign for the walk.

Volunteer as a walk peacekeeper!  There will be a short peacekeeping presentation/workshop on Monday, August 20 (6:30, Temple Sinai 509 Broadway) for anyone planning to participate in the walk & vigil.

As we eat in restaurants, stay in hotels, have our cars serviced, watch sports, receive medical care, and in countless other ways, our lives, are touched by a recent immigrant’s hand.  At a time of tremendous polarization the Saratoga Immigration Coalition hopes the “All Are Welcome Here” Walk & Vigil provides a step in dispelling misconceptions and misinformation that can lead to fear, prejudice and anger.

For more information,

view, print, and share the flyer:

Summer Theme: Blessings
In her poem “The Art of Blessing the Day,” Marge Piercy writes:

“But the discipline of blessings is to taste
each moment, the bitter, the sour, the sweet
and the salty, and be glad for what does not
hurt. The art is in compressing attention
to each little and big blossom of the tree
of life, to let the tongue sing each fruit,
its savor, its aroma, and its use.
Attention is love, what we must give
children, mothers, fathers, pets,
our friends, the news, the woes of others.
we want to change we curse and then up a tool.
Bless whatever you can with eyes and hands and tongue.
If you can’t bless it, get ready to make it new.”

This summer, I invite you to meditate on the notion of “blessings.”  Throughout the months of June, July, and August, we will be considering now and again in worship and religious exploration what it might mean for us individually and as a group to be a people of blessing.

For a collection of resources of ways to consider, explore, and practice “blessing” and blessings, follow this link: 

May you be both blessed and a blessing,

Rev Joe

Give Away the Plate Program

If there is an organization you would like the Social Justice Committee to consider for 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

UU Fundraiser: Brooks BBQ is coming to Saratoga!
How would you like to enjoy an evening away from your kitchen and support UUCSS at the same time? On Friday, 9/21, we will be dishing up BBQ for a take-out dinner. Brooks BBQ of Oneonta is partnering with our congregation for this delicious fundraiser.
Stop by the church between 5:30-7 pm on 9/21 to pick up your dinner. Dine in the sanctuary or take it home with you. There are 2 dinner options: Brooks BBQ Chicken Dinner, or a Gourmet Black Bean Burger Dinner. Both meals come with sides.
Each dinner is $12, and meals must be pre-ordered by 9/12. There will be no extra dinners available to purchase at the event, as we are ordering the exact amount from Brooks.
Dinners may be purchased after the Sunday services or on our website: Share this link with your friends – this fundraiser is open to the public.

Showcase Volunteers
Our congregation has helped Rebuilding Together for a long time in providing home repairs for low income, elderly and disabled homeowners in Saratoga County. One of their biggest fundraisers is the Showcase of Homes. If you would like to help out by greeting visitors (you will get a free ticket to the Showcase!), let me know. Available slots to volunteer are:

Sunday Sept 16 1:45-5
Sunday Sept 23 10:45-2Sunday Sept 23  1:45-5
Saturday Sept 29 1:45-5

Marian Bigelow –

Petition for Health Care Clinic for Backstretch Workers
Thank you for signing the petition placed in church last week regarding the need for NYRA to fund a medical clinic for backstretch workers.
However, we still need signatures. Despite a community effort producing almost 600 signatures, NYRA was unwilling to even receive the petition at its August 8th meeting. A significant showing of interest by the community is needed to capture NYRA’s attention. Please, support the backstretch workers who rely on this service by signing the petition. To access and sign the petition online, please click the link below.

Eric Lawson, Chair

UUCSS Book Group Meeting
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.

August 20 –  “An American Family: A Memoir of Hope and Sacrifice” – Khizr Kahn

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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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

August 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Governance task force
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • RE Retreat
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Stewardship Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Safety Task Force Training Day
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • Worship Committee
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • Men's Group Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • Board of Trustees
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Planned Parenthood Social Justice Council Meeting
  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Governance task force
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)