Rev. Joe Wants You to Know

Special Message from the Planning Committee

Did you miss the Planning Committee Coffee Chat? Do you have additional thoughts or
Members of the Committee will be ready to engage with you after service. You can find us
near the chancel. Look for the following committee members: October 22nd Jim and
Nedra; October 29th Kris and Louise. In addition, Sunday Oct 22nd, Nedra and Judy will
ask the youth in RE what they hope for from a physical space for the congregation.
If you wish to view a summary of the coffee chat held last Sunday, October 15, please click
on the following link

Future Planning Committee Events:
Let’s Plan to Build our Future

Potluck and Facilitated Small Group Discussion
Saturday, November 11th 6 pm-8:30 pm

Vote on our Next Step
Sunday, December 10th at our annual meeting

Please mark your calendars now, details to follow.

Questions can be directed to any member of the Planning Committee:
Hal Bigelow, Rev. Joe Cleveland, Pam Collins, Kris Dallas, Louise Gava, Judy Halstead, Jim Mihuta and Nedra Stimpfle.

A Message from your “Welcoming Congregation” Team
Your team: Matt Memmelaar, Linda Miner, Sue Ward, Janice Leonard. We are looking to connect with the Congregation. Please reach out to us at

CHECK OUT THE BULLETIN BOARD IN THE BACK OF THE SANCTUARY! Educational information PLUS upcoming community events! Please join the UUCSS family to attend events in our community!

“Coming Out Month” film series.
Presbyterian—New England Congregational Church, 24 Circular St., Saratoga Springs.
Co-sponsored by Saratoga Pride.

Schedule (subject to change):
Oct 25 For the Bible Tells Me So (documentary about growing up and coming out gay in 5 different
Christian families)– 2007; dir. Daniel Karslake; 1 hr 35 min; unrated
Show time 6:30 PM. Each screening followed by panel discussion.

Shaping Change
Transforming Our Congregations & Communities Fall Gathering co-sponsored by Hudson Mohawk Unitarian Universalist Congregations &
The New York State Convention of Universalists Join together in Albany on Saturday, October 21, to learn and share new skills and strategies for
strengthening and transforming our congregations & communities. Rev. Dick Gilbert will offer the keynote presentation “Ruminations on the Meaning of Change”
Plus, your choice of 8 afternoon workshops, including:
• What role can UU congregations play in changing society?
• The Death (and Rebirth?) of Sunday School
• How to “decenter whiteness” to make worship more welcoming
• Finding and embracing our role in the heart of a community
• An exploration of the ways unarticulated, often unseen cultural differences trip up our work for racial justice
• Social Justice Roundtable: Sharing questions & successes
Cost: $25 per person to pre-register. $30 at the door.
Click on the link below to view the flyer for a detailed schedule & workshop descriptions.
REGISTER ONLINE NOW at or call the Albany UU office 518-463-7135
PLUS: Friday evening kick-off event featuring Dan Berggren, 7-8:30pm Oct 20. It all takes place at Albany Unitarian Universalist, 405 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12206

Give Away the Plate Program
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

This month we will give the Plate away to the UUCSS Stewardship campaign – We are needed more than ever. Donations given to the plate today will be matched up to $1000 by members Bev and Eric Lawson.

General Announcements

Evening Renewal: Sunday, October 22, 2017 – 5pm-6pm
The Journey to Makatea and other tales from Tahiti – Nicola Allain
Save the Date!
Nicola Allain will be sharing stories from experiences visiting her homeland of Tahiti. She’s titled the evening, “The Journey to Makatea and other tales from Tahiti.” Nicola recently shared some of her stories as an invited poet at Cafe Lena. Along with being an accomplished writer, she also teaches Polynesian dance and has a beautiful singing voice. She is currently on sabbatical from Empire State College.
Please share the word! Evening Renewals are an opportunity to extend our sanctuary events beyond our usual UU community.

‘Learning About UU’ classes now scheduled
The next round of Learning About UU classes has been scheduled. The second of a two-part series will be held on Thursday October 26th 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 ( or Audrey Belt (

T-Shirt Order:
Anyone interested in ordering a T-shirt with the UUCSS name can place their order using the order form located at the back of the sanctuary or by sending their information to The T-shirts will cost $25 each. If you would like a T-shirt but cannot afford one, please contact Rev. Joe Cleveland.
Each order should include the following information:
1) which type you want (Men’s or Women’s short sleeve), 2) the size you want, 3) quantity, and 4) your contact information (email/phone number). Color is limited to black.
The design can be viewed by:
• going to and entering (51750453 for men’s) or (51727319 for women’s) in the search box, or
• entering the following URL in the browser

Please provide payment (cash or check) before the date of the order (tentatively 10/25/17).
Our church administrator, Janice, will collect payments and submit the final order.

Saratoga Unitarian Book Group
The Saratoga Unitarian Book Group meets on the 3rd Monday of the month throughout the year. We begin at 6 PM in the King Room with a light supper brought by members of the group. Around 6:45 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.

Book selection for Oct. 30 – “The Last Days of Night”, Graham Moore.

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!


Intersection of Faith & Health: Role of Faith Communities in Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
NYS State Dept. of Health AID’s Institute’s Division of HIV/STD/HCVPrevention in collaboration with MidHudson Regional Hospital and other key partners, will convene the above forum on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at the Sister M. Ann Elizabeth Conference Center in Poughkeepsie, NY.
Please click on the attachment below for more information.

NYSCU Annual Meeting – October 20-21, 2017 – All UUs Welcome!
Please consider joining the NYSCU’s Annual Meeting – October 20- 21, 2017.
The keynote speaker will be the Reverend Richard Gilbert, retired UU minister, author and President of Interfaith Impact of New York State. His talk will be “Ruminations on the Meaning of Change”, which will reflect on the impact of recent events on individuals as Unitarian Universalists and as citizens in a democracy.
Conference registration can also be done online as well as sending a printed copy (included in the attachment below.
Please click on the attachment link below for more information.

SUSTAINABLE SARATOGA is sponsoring SARATOGA RECYCLES DAY.   The U.S. throws away an average of 25 BILLION pounds of textiles a year.  That’s about 82 pounds of waste per person, per year.  Of that, 15% is donated or recycled, 85% ends up in a landfill.  We can do better!!!

Save textiles: old clothes, coats, shoes, rags, sheets, towels, quilts, blankets, curtains, comforters, tablecloths hats, gloves, purses, socks…for distribution to people in need or to be repurposed such as for dog beds.

Save electronics (except old TVs or computer monitors) – $5 charge per household for electronics.

Save old bicycles for repair and reuse.

Save anything that has to do with sewing, knitting and needlecrafts for a creative reuse organization.

Bring all you have saved to the Saratoga Springs High School Parking Lot on Saturday, October 21, 2017.

For more information call Julie 518 368 2350 or Audrey 518 430 2094.

Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women Program
This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.
Please click on the link below, or visit for more information on eligibility and how to apply for this award.
Live Your Dream Award Flier

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

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

October 2017

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Chalice Group
  • Women's Luncheon
  • Mayor's Clergy Commision
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • RE Hike
  • Resistance & Transformation: UU History, Theology, and Social Justice
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • Worship Committee
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Janice away
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • Membership Committee Meeting
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • UU Weekend at Silver Bay
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • All-Ages Potluck
  • Coffee Chat
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Board of Trustees
  • Yoga Group
  • RE Committee Meeting
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Wellspring
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • Men's Breakfast
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Learning About UU, part 1
  • Social Justice Committee Meeting
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • Evening Renewal
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)
  • NA Race is Over (rental group)
  • Planning Committee Meeting
  • Choir Rehearsal
  • Learning About UU, part 2
  • 12 Step Meditation (rental group)
  • Weekly Housekeeping
  • CODA - 12 step meeting
  • Augustine Fellowship
  • UUCSS Book Group
  • No Choice 12-Step Group (rental group)
  • Building & Grounds Committee Meeting
  • Janice away
  • Yoga Group
  • NA Invitation to Live (rental group)