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.

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A Special Note From The Treasurer

A special message from our Treasurer. Please click the above blue title to read further.

UUCSS Wine & Chocolate Coffeehouse Auction – Saturday, February 13!

We're putting the fun back in fundraising with a Valentine's Eve Wine and Chocolates Coffee House, which will include a mini auction of some wine and some luscious desserts. Join us for music, poetry, storytelling and the auction. Please click the above title for more information.

Special Statement from UUCSS

We, the people of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, unequivocally condemn the terrorist attack on our U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021. We condemn any and all attempts to overturn the results of a democratic election. As Unitarian Universalists, we affirm and promote the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large. Please click above to read the rest of this special statement.

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!

This Month's Theme

A Spiritual Theme for January: Imagination

Imagination’s great gift is improvement. At least that is what we’re usually taught. The deep magic lies in the way it can reshape our reality. We are urged to imagine the world we dream of. A world with more justice. More peace. More love. From that, a mysterious magnetism arises, a magnetism that pulls our imperfect present into an improved future. Imagination moves us forward. It makes us better.

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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.

Compassion & Choices Virtual Campaign Kick Off – Monday January 25

While we are unable to meet in person, please join our Care Team in joining "Compassion & Choices" for the virtual launch of their 2021 campaign to pass the New York Medical Aid in Dying Act. Hosted by Senior Campaign Director Corinne Carey, we'll be joined by our legislative champions and statewide advocates.

Online UU History Course Starts January 28

The Adult Faith Development Team of UU Schenectady is pleased to invite members of the Saratoga UU congregation to participate in a course offering beginning later this month. The Long Strange Trip UU history course will be offered online via Zoom starting Thursday, January 28 for six consecutive weeks. Click above for more information.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Is Here!

The first COVID-19 vaccines are here. Due to limited supply from the federal government, availability is limited. More and more New Yorkers will become eligible as the vaccine supply increases.

Two New UUCSS Web Camps Starting Soon!

Looks like we’re going to be spending time at home a lot more than usual this winter. We invite you to come to Web Camp. Meet interesting people! Learn something new! Click above title for more information on these Web Camps.

Jeremy Sykes Memorial Fund

Jeremy passed away on Sunday, December 20th. He was a very active and beloved member of our congregation and would be very happy to know he is still contributing in some way.  Please click above to read words from his wife Tari Lee, and to find out how you can donate in his memory.

Cookies for the Homeless—The Back Story

Click the above title for a wonderful back story on how "Cookies for the Homeless" came about. Many thanks to all the cookie elves, and most of all, our ever industrious Bev Lawson for organizing such an amazing project.

GATP for January: Code Blue Saratoga

Our monthly Give Away the Plate will go to Code Blue Saratoga, a program of Shelters of Saratoga, which provides emergency shelter to...

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 gradually shut down his lungs. Sadly, Jeremy passed away on December 20th.

Reading the Tao te Ching Returns!

Join Rev. Joe for the return of "Reading the Tao Te Ching" this 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 2021

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

Check Here for Updated Online Opportunities for Connection

As of 1/23/21. 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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Call for Volunteers

Volunteers Needed to Help Monitor Our Zoom Worship Service

Help!! The usher/safety team could use some assistance with monitoring our weekly service on Zoom. Three of us are now taking turns. A few more would be very helpful.

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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