Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Minister’s Office Hours
I will continue to be in my office on Monday afternoons, Tuesday mornings, and Thursday afternoons, but to aid in scheduling appointments and in an effort to be even more available to the congregation, I’m starting to use an online scheduling assistant.  You can schedule an appointment with me by visiting and of course, you can still always just give me a call or text at 518-290-0284.
Blessings! —RevJoe

Give Away the Plate Program
This Sunday we will be giving our plate collection to Rebuilding Together Saratoga County which helps homeowners in need in our community. In the 15 years since its founding, Rebuilding Together Saratoga County has renovated and revitalized 973 homes and 85 nonprofit centers with the help of more than 9,300 volunteers who have dedicated over 56,500 hours of their time, bringing hope and renewed pride to homeowners in need throughout Saratoga County.

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

Amahl and the Night Visitors
As a part of the morning service on Sunday, December 8, 2013, Director of Music Judith Thomas directed a company of UUCSS players in the first third of Gian Carlo Menotti’s Christmas opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. The half-hour production was videotaped by a member of the audience and is available at the link below. Also available is the Order of Service that includes more information about the players and the morning’s performance.

The Cast

Amahl: Abby Lane
Mother: Gail Grow
Balthazar: Bob McCracken
Kaspar: Dan Berggren
Melchior: Rev. Thomas Mikelson
Musicians & Dancers: Members of the Choir
Director and Accompanist: Judith Thomas


Please click the links below to view the video and the Order of Service/Synopsis:

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Order of Service and Synopsis

Last Day for Holiday Fair
This Sunday will be the last day to purchase wreaths or items from the Artisan Market. We will be selling after the service during coffee hour. There are still some wonderful wreaths, sprays, and handcrafted creations for sale. Do your holiday shopping at UUCSS!

Holiday Fair Schedule for 2018
Sunday, December 9 –  Sales after the service in the Sanctuary

Animal Shelter Donations
RE student Sophia Mason is collecting donations for the Estherville Animal Shelter, along with help from some of her RE classmates. Estherville is a no-kill animal shelter in Greenfield that has been helping animals since 1954. Donations will be collected the this coming Sunday, Dec. 9. There will be a large green plastic box by the coat area for donations.

The shelter is in need of the following:

  • Wet Cat Food
  • Kitty Treats
  • Kitty Litter
  • Cleaning Supplies

Cash or checks made out to Estherville are also greatly appreciated.
Thank you for helping Sophia and her RE friends to collect for this worthy cause! Sophia is asking for the gifts for the shelter to celebrate her 7th birthday in December.

Parent Meeting for K-2 OWL Class, December 9th, 11:15am
Please join us in the Chapin Room for a brief parent orientation for our upcoming K-2 Our Whole Lives (OWL) classes. Parents of k-2 children are welcome to attend and childcare will be provided.

Evening Renewal: Sunday, December 16 at 5 PM
Drumming from Darkness to Light
We are close to the winter solstice, so have decided to come together to celebrate the season with readings, music and drumming. The winter solstice is often celebrated with drumming, so this will be an opportunity to build our emerging drumming circle community within a winter theme. It will be co-led by Reverends Betty Hurley and Nikki Williams. Please bring a drum/rattle/tambourine if you have one to join in the drumming part.  

We will gather in our sanctuary at 5 P.M. on Sunday, December 16th. Please join us and spread the word.

UUCSS 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.

Dec. 17 – We Party!!! and discuss our favorite books

Please see last page for a list of future meetings and book selections.

December’s Theme: Mystery
Unitarian Universalists proudly announce that we are the religion that loves questions and questioning.  We might say that we love figuring out life’s mysteries. But what if mystery isn’t just something to figure out? Being interested in mystery, or being a people who celebrate mystery isn’t really about engaging life as a marvelous puzzle waiting to be solved. If we are interested in mystery, if we want to be open to mystery, we need to allow ourselves to be spoken to by life’s wonder.

This December, in worship and in religious exploration programming, we will be exploring the question: What does it mean to be a people of mystery? For inspiration for your own exploration of mystery, take a look at the collection of questions, exercises, quotes, books, and movies that you’ll find here:  

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!


Making the Invisible, Visible: A Multi-medial Exploration of Race and Racism in the U.S. through a Buddhist Lens
 Greetings from Sam Trumbore, minister of the First UU Society of Albany, and organizer for the UU Buddhist  Fellowship Convocation 2019 that will be happening April 25-28, 2019.  Please have a look at our flyer for details.

 NOTE: Discounted registration before January 1!!!!

Thanks so much for any and all support you can offer.  This convocation will be dealing with race and racism through a Buddhist lens.  We expect it will be helpful in our joint work as an Association to tackle dismantling white supremacy.

Rev. Sam Trumbore, Minister
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, New York

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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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

December 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Community Sales Day - Holiday Fair
  • 1st Sunday Pancake Breakfast
  • Holiday Fair
  • Safety Team Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Chalice Group
  • Viewing party; climate change town hall
  • Solving Our Climate Crisis: A National Town Hall
  • Women's Luncheon
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • OWL Training Parent Orientation
  • Holiday Fair
  • Meeting on the Proposed 2019 Budget
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Governance Task Force
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Stewardship
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Annual Meeting of the Congregation
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Board of Trustees
  • Care Team Meeting
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Winter Solstice Service
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship