Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Join Us on May 20th for a Sunday Service, Lunch, and Workshop Event

Please check the all-congregational email that was sent out on Saturday, May 5 for more detailed information.

What does it take to be “interculturally competent”?

Rev. Joe and the Welcoming Congregation Team would like to announce a special Sunday service on May 20, 2018, at 10:00am, to be held by guest minister, Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer. The service is to be followed by a lunch, after which there will be a special workshop on what it takes to be “interculturally competent”. This is a not-to-be-missed event that can provide for us valuable tools and resources as we strive to become a more welcoming congregation.

Rev. Evin serves the Central East Region of the UUA as a Congregational Life Consultant, specializing in the areas of Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Intercultural Competency work, and as the Primary Contact for congregations in upstate and central New York.

Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for announcements containing more detailed information on this wonderful event.

May’s Theme: Creativity

Creativity: May’s theme for worship and religious exploration
“If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.” —The Gospel of Thomas

This month, we’ll be exploring “creativity” in worship and religious exploration.  For inspirational quotes, provocative articles, and ideas for making creativity part of your life this month, check out the packet of resources you’ll find here:

“We have no hope of solving our problems without harnessing the diversity, the energy, and the creativity of all our people.”  —Roger Wilkins

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


Evening Renewal – Performance by  John Shoemaker
Singer/Songwriter, Meditation Instructor and Life Coach John Shoemaker will be giving a free performance at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Saratoga Springs Evening Renewal service on Sunday, May 20th from 5-6 pm. John will be singing his inspirational songs and offering insightful reflections on the eternal quest to make the most of each day. John’s performance is humorous, thought-provoking, down to earth and dare we say maybe even a little profound. It is recommended for those who want to listen to good-hearted music, ponder some cool things, and have a fun and meaningful experience. We’re pretty sure you won’t regret coming, and you can’t beat the price, so mark your calendar and let’s make it happen! God willing and the creek don’t rise, we’ll be hoping to see you there. You can learn more about John at his website

Saratoga Unitarian 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.
May 21 – ”Lincoln and the Bardo” by George Saunders.
See weekly announcements’ mailing for future selections, or check back on this page.

Join Us for a ‘The Reluctant Radical’ Screening and Discussion
Our Social Justice Committee will host the screening of the video The Reluctant Radical at our Meeting House on Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 2 PM.  The video captures the story of the radicalization of one man who becomes convinced of the threat posed by Climate Change. It’s a story of both the threat of global warming and the duty to act to counter that threat. The public will be invited to attend and we will have a chat about the video. Please save the time and plan to participate.

Donate Your Gently Used Treasures to the UU Rummage Sale
After you’ve practiced the life-changing magic of tidying up this spring, keep the momentum going by donating your gently used treasures to our Rummage Sale. The sale will be held June 9, with items collected the week before.

Housewares & Décor
Clothing (in good condition): Adult, Children & Baby
Sporting Equipment
Games & Toys (no stuffed animals or plush toys)

Special notice about Electronics and Baby Equipment: Please contact Jeff or Jillian Ehrenberg ( before donating these items, as some types are not able to be sold.

Thank you for taking this decluttering action and sparking joy in someone else’s life.

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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Green Sanctuary
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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

May 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • WC Committee Meeting
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Men's Group Meeting
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • Sustainable Saratoga?
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Sustainable Saratoga Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Leadership Committee
  • Care Team Meeting (off site)
  • Gentle Stretching - 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
  • Welcoming Congregation
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • What Is Intercultural Competency? Workshop
  • Evening Renewal
  • 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)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Plant Fair
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal