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

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General Announcements


Women’s Luncheon
The July Women’s Luncheon will be held on the second Tuesday of July to avoid the weekend of the 4th.  We will go back to the Ripe Tomato Restaurant on Route 9, where we can reserve the lovely sunroom and be able to close out sounds from the rest of the restaurant.

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.

July 16 –  “The Dry” – Jane Harper

Join Us for a Summer Potluck!
The RE and Membership Committees will be co-hosting a summer potluck, Sat. June 23 at 5:30 pm, in the sanctuary. The congregation as a whole is encouraged to come as there will be plenty of WINE and VEGAN food!”

Evening Renewal: Sunday, June 24th at 5 PM
The Labyrinth – Rev. Judy Lenihan
A special event is planned for our June evening renewal.  Rev. Judy Lenihan, 2017 graduate of One Spirit Seminary, will present on the labyrinth. Along with being an interfaith minister, Judy is a trained labyrinth facilitator.  She will share information about labyrinths as well as some personal stories. She will bring a portable labyrinth that we can lay on our sanctuary floor, so we will all experience walking the labyrinth. We will gather in our sanctuary at 5 PM on June 24. We look forward to seeing you.

Theater trip to NYC (UUCSS fundraiser) SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2018
Please join our UU friends and supporters for a fun-filled a bus trip to NYC on Saturday, October 13.  Participants will have the option of purchasing tickets for the Tony-nominated musical, The Band’s Visit, which tells the story of a band of Egyptian musicians who get lost in the desert, end up in a remote Israeli community, and learn to bridge a seemingly unbreachable cultural divide .  Says one review, “It rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, and ultimately, brings us together”. Our bus will leave from Wilton Mall at 7:00 AM and drop us off at Bryant Park in midtown Manhattan. It will pick us up at the end of the day (7:00 PM) at Bryant Park and return us to Wilton.

Prices for this event are:

Bus + mezzanine (center) theater tickets: $135
Bus + orchestra theater tickets: $195
Bus only: $60

Space is limited and our tickets are being held conditionally, so we need you to sign up for this event in the next three weeks.  If you are interested (and we hope you are!), you can sign up with Marian Bigelow, Sue Bender, or Julie Holmberg.

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!


“The Right to Bear Arms”: The Second Amendment and Gun Violence
Thursday, July 12, 7 pm
The Second Amendment to the United States Constitution is at the core of the contemporary debate over gun policy and gun control, as “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” has been variously interpreted and understood. Join members of the Saratoga Springs interfaith community in an evening of learning and shared reflection on this complex topic, as we welcome Eric Ruben, legal expert on the Second Amendment (his bio below) for a presentation and discussion of the Second Amendment’s role – historical, doctrinal and political – in the ongoing debate over gun policies.

This program will take place at Temple Sinai, 509 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, and is co-sponsored by Temple Sinai, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, the United Methodist Church of Saratoga Springs, and the Presbyterian New England Congregational Church.

Eric Ruben is a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice where his work focuses on weapons law and the Second Amendment. He is a frequent commentator on the right to keep and bear arms, publishing articles in the Yale Law Journal Forum, Journal of Law and Contemporary Problems, and Duke Law Journal, as well as popular outlets such as The Atlantic, New York Times, Jurist, and various legal blogs. Mr. Ruben also is an Adjunct Professor at NYU School of Law, where he teaches a course on weapons regulation. Mr. Ruben received his J.D. from NYU School of Law, where he was an Articles Editor for the NYU Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and is a graduate of Saratoga Springs High School, class of 1999.

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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Religious Education Pancake Breakfast
Religious Education 4th Saturday Potlucks
Soul Matters
Third Saturday Potlucks
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Event Calendar

June 2018

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Gun Buy-Back
  • Film: The Reluctant Radical
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Personnel Committee
  • Chalice Group
  • EAC Saratoga Unites Meeting
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Lucy Manning - private meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • UU Rummage Sale
  • Stewardship Committee Meeting
  • Private Event
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • Gentle Stretching - Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Men's Group Meeting
  • Finance Committee Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Flower Service in the Park
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • 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
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • 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