Headlines

These headline stories are the most important things you should know this week. Stories that affect the entire congregation are found here, as are notices of events happening in the next week. Click the title of each story for more information.

Top Stories of the week

Online Opportunities for Connection

In a time of maintaining physical distance, we are trying to be sure we connect socially more than ever! Here are some chances to get together via Zoom with Rev. Joe and others this week.

UUCSS is Now on Zoom!

As recently reported, UU Saratoga now has its own Zoom Pro account. This means we will now be able to not only host our Sunday online worship services through this account, but also online meetings/gatherings held by our committees, teams, and small groups. See also "Online Opportunites for Connection" above for more information on planned online gatherings.

Message from the Treasurer

I hope all of you and your families are staying healthy and safe. Because many of us pay our pledges by putting checks in the basket on Sunday, I thought I would point out the alternatives.

Our Online Journey Continues

Unable to convene for a worship service at the Meeting House due to the Covid-19 crisis, we have made a plan for going forward in this new period of physical distancing. We continue to map out the main elements of a plan to sharply step up our interactions online.

Update on How to Minimize the Spread of the Coronavirus

Important information on how we can help ourselves and each other during this time. Please click on the title above for more details and for a helpful and entertaining video.

This Month's Theme

A Spiritual Theme for March: Wisdom

When the topic of wisdom comes up, so do the usual images. Walls and walls filled with dusty old books. Elders with the wisdom of many years carved into the wrinkles on their faces. Diplomas framed and filling one’s office wall. Endless letters placed in front and behind your name (Dr., PhD., LCSW, JD, Rev., etc.)

Latest Sermon

Announcements

Announcements include upcoming activities and events, as well as information you will want to be aware of as a member of the UU Saratoga community. Click the title of each announcement for more information.

The Salvation Army Needs Your Help

The Salvation Army has seen a drastic increase in their food delivery service and could use some more volunteer drivers for delivering food.

SUPPORT FOR IMMIGRANTS LOSING JOBS AND WAGES

Hotels and restaurants—the lifeblood of the Saratoga Springs economy—have been laying off workers or reducing work hours in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the workers who have been hit hardest are immigrants who may not qualify for some of the forms of government assistance that are being offered in response to the crisis.

Zoom Basics

Click the title above for a handy Zoom Basics Tips Sheet.

Sabbath

by Pam Collins I sometimes notice that Biblical injunctions, if looked at closely, have practical implications that transcend religious confines. Lately, in the age of COVID-19, the idea of “Sabbath” has gained traction for me.

Attention! Can You Sew? We Need You!

Do you have a sewing machine? Can you hand sew? The friends of the Saratoga Hospital are sewing masks to be used by staff in the nursery so that sturdier masks can be saved for infectious patients. Lucy Manning has connected us with that group; and we UU sewers are planning on making masks starting today.

The Social Justice Team Requests Your Help!

With concern for those less fortunate during this pandemic of COVID-19, the Social Justice Committee is asking our congregation to contribute to our local food pantries.

Joys and Sorrows

To preserve the privacy of our congregants, The Care Team has decided that we will no longer share joys and sorrows through our Journey Well newsletter, which is available to a wide audience beyond our church community.

Need for an Expanded Care Team during Coronavirus Pandemic

We are in unprecedented times, filled with deep concerns and questions about a previously unknown virus that will affect many. What we do know is we are part of a congregation which holds one another with love.

Thoughts from One Man’s Self-Quarantine

"Here, in the outset of my missing y’all and all the folks we’re not likely to be seeing for a while, I find myself feeling closer to every one of you than I did yesterday," writes John Fisher. "I find myself gaining confidence that we’re all going to help each other get through this."

Join Our Care Team to Lobby for “Medical Aid in Dying” Bill

Spring Lobby Day at the Capitol in Albany is Monday, April 20th. The Medical Aid In Dying Bill has gained momentum in the march toward becoming law, but individuals are needed to lobby/advocate for the bill's passage.

Events & Meetings

Call for Volunteers

We Need You! Many Ways to Help with Fundraising!

Recently the Stewardship Committee, which is very short on members, suggested that instead of joining the committee individuals volunteer for one of the major fundraisers.

Have a new UU experience in 2020!

For a musical experience and an uplifting time among some really nice people, come “try us out” and see if you are simply compelled to join!

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Community News

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Submit an Announcement or News Story

Announcements, Calls for Volunteers, and Community News can be added by any member of the UU Saratoga community. The process for submitting news involves filling out a simple form. Click here to submit an announcement