Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

What Does It Mean To Be Ready for a Capital Campaign?
Bring your own dinner and join in listening, learning, and discussion of the question: What Does It Mean
To Be Ready for a Capital Campaign?  Monday, September 24, 6:00 in the King Room.

This recorded webinar is led by consultants from Stewardship For Us and UUA Central East Region staff.

This is the first of two webinars on capital campaigns.  The second will take place live at 7:00 Tuesday, September 25 in the King Room.  The second webinar is focused on the nuts and bolts of running a capital campaign.  The first is an intro to capital campaigns, their risks and gifts, and what readiness for a capital campaign looks like.

From the facilitators:
Recommended resources to view before the first webinar:
These are blog posts from the Stewardship for Us team highlighting some important facets of the capital campaign process. This blog is a fabulous resource for general stewardship guidance as well and we encourage you to bookmark it!

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

Peace Fair – September 23, Noon – 4pm
UUCSS is one of the many sponsors of the Peace Fair to be hosted by the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs, from noon – 4pm on Sunday, September 23. Lots to see and enjoy, not least the ‘Concert Across America to End Gun Violence’ which features 4 hours of live music including Afro-Latino, Traditional Folk, Reggae, and Rock provided by a variety of great musicians (not least our own Dan Berggren).  There will be many exhibits promoting PEACE, free-trade items, family-friendly activities, and a community lunch/conversation (free will donation). For information on the week’s events and more about the fair itself, go to To view the flyer, please click on the following link

Women’s Luncheon Update
The next Women’s Luncheon will be Tuesday, October 9th, at 12:30 at the Thirsty Owl on 184 S. Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY, 12866. There are only 7 parking spots at the restaurant. Parking is available on both sides of the street, on Whitney Place.
All are welcome and we happily invite newcomers to join us.
For reservations, please email Lisanne Powers at We look forward to seeing you there!

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.

October 15 – “God: A Hyman History” – Reza Aslan

‘Learning About UU’ classes now scheduled
The next round of Learning About UU classes has been scheduled.  The two-part series will be held on Thursday evenings October 18 and 25 from 7 to 9 P.M.  These classes give newcomers to the congregation an opportunity to learn more about our congregation and our faith as well as to meet other new congregants.  A sign-up sheet will be in the back of the sanctuary. Please affix your name thereto or email any of the following people to sign up or ask questions: Nedra Stimpfle (, Dennis Herlihy (

‘In Her Shoes’ – A Glimpse Into the Lives of Women Experiencing Domestic Violence
The scenarios in ‘In Her Shoes’ are based on true stories – the real-life experiences of women with abusive partners. It is a stimulation to help participants understand, in a very compressed period of time, the ups and downs that victims of domestic violence experience over the course of many years.
This event is sponsored by Wellspring and UUCSS. Please click on the following link to view the flyer

End of Life Program – The Conversation Workshop – Sunday, October 28, 2pm – 4pm
The UUCSS Care Team will be facilitating our second program on End of Life Issues.
The Conversation Project is dedicated to helping people talk about their wishes for End of Life Care.
Join us for a workshop that will give you the skills and the courage to have these conversations.
Workshop leaders: Bonnie Edelstein, Director Death with Dignity-Albany and Nancy Willie Schaffer, advocate for Medical Aid in Dying legislation.
RSVP’s appreciated to guarantee materials for your use.
Contact Marian Bigelow 518-587-3847 or

Sunday October 28, 2018, 2pm-4pm
UUCSS Sanctuary 624 N Broadway

September’s Theme: Vision
What Does It Mean To Be A People of Vision?
On the one hand:
Where there is no vision, the people perish. (Proverbs 29:18, KJV)
On the other:
What will mess you up most in life is the picture in your head of how it is supposed to be. (Unknown author)
As Unitarian Universalists, we know that one vision isn’t enough. As clear as our perspectives may be, we all know by now that none is complete. To see the entire view, we need everyone’s vantage point. So, being a people of vision is clearly tricky. We need to hold true to our vision, and yet know when to allow another’s point of view to take center stage. And yet, we don’t just have to see things from others’ points of view; we get to see things from others’ points of view.
This month, we explore how to be a people who ask each other “Are you staying true to your vision?” but who also say with a smile, “What new vision is calling to you?”
“Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” —Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: A New Hope

For resources to explore vision as a spiritual theme, see this month’s packet:…
In it, you’ll find poems, songs, ideas for activities, links to articles, as well as book and movie suggestions.

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!


“School Days” – Immigrant Stories: In Their Own Words
Listen to young people from local schools talk about their immigration experiences in the next Immigrant Stories on Sept 25 at 6:30 pm at the Spring Street Gallery (110 Spring St.). Refreshments will be served at this free event. Please click on the following link to view the flyer

NYSCU 192nd Annual Meeting, Fellowship, and Workshops Event
All Unitarian Universalists are warmly invited to attend the NYSCU’s weekend of fellowship and workshops at their 192nd Annual Meeting to be held at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Syracuse. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Gretchen S. Sorin where the subject of her lecture will be “Driving While Black”: African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow. Please click on the following link to view the flyer containing more information on this event and how to register to attend.

Gospel Festival with Dr. Raymond Wise – Saturday, October 20, 2018
The Mohawk Valley Chorus invites adults and high-school students to join them for a day-long workshop at Johnstown High School which includes a master class and rehearsal, followed by a 30-minute concert for family and community members. Lunch and snacks will be provided and included in the ticket price.
Please click on the following link for more information and to view the flyer.

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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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

September 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Stewardship
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Private Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Safety Task Force Open Meeting
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Governance Task Force
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • Capital Campaign webinar September 11 7:00-8:30
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • LWV Voter Registration Training Day
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • Board of Trustees
  • Care Team Meeting (off site)
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Small Group Ministry Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Brooks BBQ Fundraiser
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Hospitality Teams Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • What Does It Mean To Be Ready for a Capital Campaign?
  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • Part 2 - Capital Campaigns Webinar
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship