Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

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


Gun BuyBack Program a Success!
The gun buyback program, co-sponsored by the City of Saratoga Springs, our congregation, and local businesses, was hosted at our meetinghouse on Saturday, June 2. In a recently received letter from Meg Kelly, Mayor of Saratoga Springs, it is stated:

         “The final count included 16 shotguns, 32 rifles, 33 pistols, and 6 pellet guns collected from 53 people from Saratoga, Schenectady, Albany, Rensselaer, Washington, and Warren Counties.”

The letter goes on to say that the event was well received by the public and had gone beyond the expectations of all involved. Our help in making this event a success is much appreciated and deemed invaluable.

Last chance to sign up for The Band’s Visit (see announcement below)
Also, payment is now due for reservations.
Questions: Sue Bender Wilkinson, Marian Bigelow and Julie Holmberg

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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Connect with a Group

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

July 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Meeting (Jack, Mike, and Janice)
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Men's Group Meeting
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • Breeze Transition
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • Board of Trustees
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Saratoga Pride LGBTQ Support Group 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
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)