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

Thank you, Gregg Pratt!

by Pam Collins, Board President. When I was at Albany UU, we used to give out a yearly "Unsung Hero Award." As you might imagine, we never lacked for candidates that deserved recognition; if anything, we struggled to choose just one person each year. There are varying opinions on the use of such "awards" (consider all the folks whose feelings might be hurt) so I'm glad we haven't adopted the practice, but it is important, nevertheless, to call attention to the folks who work so hard to keep UUCSS viable and strong -- especially those who are not all that visible to the congregation on a regular basis.

Honoring Our Beloved Dead

It has become an annual practice for us to honor and remember our loved ones who have died. Usually, inspired by the altar-making traditions of Dia de los Muertos and other faith traditions, we have created an altar together in our sanctuary featuring photographs of our loved ones and names written on colorful construction-paper “leaves.”

UUnmask the Goods: a UU Saratoga Fun- and Fund-raiser

Updated 10/15/20: Our on-line goods and services auction, open to the public, will take place from Friday October 30th through Saturday November 7th, followed by the evening of November 7th with an hour long zoom auction for our congregation only emceed by our own auctioneer extraordinaire, Peter Marino. PLEASE SHARE THE AUCTION LINK BELOW WITH YOUR FRIENDS AND RELATIVES. WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR BIDDER BASE!!!
Brent Wilkes

Honoring the Life of Brent Wilkes

An online memorial service celebrating the life of Brent Wilkes will take place Saturday, October 24, at 11:00am. The memorial service will be hosted by the UU Church of Reading, MA, and led by Reading’s minister, Rev. Hank Pierce. Please click above for information on how to join the service.

Kindness is a Breeze

It’s great to connect with each other through Zoom worship and other UU Saratoga Zoom programs for children, youth and adults, but we can also reach out to one another any day of the week via phone, email and the U.S. Postal Service — and fortunately, we have Breeze to make that easier!

New Middle School RE Programming

Our Religious Education collaboration with Albany UU is enabling us to present some new programming, especially for our older children and youth. Now is the time to register your children! Click above for more information.

This Month's Theme

A Spiritual Theme for October: Deep Listening

Listening helps us find our way. The listening of therapists allows us to navigate our way through life. We turn to prayer to hear God’s guidance. We listen to experts so we can get ahead. Like a flashlight that leads us through the darkness, listening helps us keep on course. And yet our faith says not quite. There’s so much more to it than that. Listening doesn’t just guide us through the world, it says. It also creates our world.

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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.

Be in the Know! Early Voting in Saratoga County

Do you live in Saratoga County? Want to know where you can go to vote early? Early voting begins Saturday, October 24!

Important Message for the Breakfast Group

Now that the weather will most likely prevent our meeting outdoors, we will be returning to Zoom for BREAKFAST at 9 AM.

Jeremy Reflections: Discovering Grace at Life’s End

Four and a half years ago, Jeremy Sykes was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a terminal disease which is gradually shutting down his lungs. Jeremy has been facing this end of life time with a great deal of courage and grace, and has been sharing insights with friends and after services on Sunday mornings.

GATP for October: UUA Disaster Relief Fund

This month our Give Away the Plate will support the UUA Disaster Relief Fund, specifically to help our UU friends challenged by the fires in California.

Maximize your support with an IRA qualified charitable distribution

If you are 70 1/2 or older and own a Roth or traditional IRA, the Charitable IRA rollover or Qualified Charitable Distribution(QCD) offers advantages to your charitable giving. Click above to find out more!

Free Stream of Nia and Restorative Classes led by Linda Wilkes

Linda, an active UUCSS member prior to moving to the Boston area, has developed a world-wide virtual classroom in response to Covid restraints.

Yoga & Meditation for the Whole Family

Updated: 9/18/2020. Click above for an update to the weekly Yoga and Meditation meeting held by Dr. Chris & Helen.

Compassion Training for Pastoral Care Teams

Recent discoveries in neuroscience show that not only is compassion an innate capacity rooted in our care system but a skill which can be deliberately trained and strengthened like a muscle. When faced with challenges or suffering, we can train our empathic response to turn toward compassion which in turn offers protective and beneficial factors for us and others.

Shifting the Tao te Ching

Join Rev. Joe for "Reading the Tao Te Ching" every Wednesday at 6pm! During these gatherings, we read one verse of the Tao te Ching in several translations and meditate on and discuss the insights we find there.

Covid-19 and End of Life Wishes

As hard as it is to think about, and as difficult as these conversations may be, it seems more important than ever to have your wishes known.

UUCSS Book Group List for 2020-2021

Check out the UUCSS Book Group list of books planned for 2020-2021!

Check Here for Updated Online Opportunities for Connection

Updated 7/3/20. 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.

Zoom Basics

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

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