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

Don’t Forget This Sunday’s Important Coffee Chat!

Remember to stay tuned this Sunday May 16th, immediately following our service, for the second in a series of coffee chats about our future. Harry Moran will be our featured speaker, and his focus will be first and foremost, to celebrate the contributions of each member of the planning team before COVID changed our lives. Click above for more information.

Only ONE Week To Go Until The UUCSS Plant Fair!

Updated 5/14: Our yearly UU plant sale fundraiser is Saturday May 22 from 10 to 1 and Sunday May 23 from 12 to 3, just ONE WEEK away. We still need volunteers to staff the sales on Saturday and Sunday...ESPECIALLY SUNDAY! Please contact Bill Boehmke if you can help. If you have plants for the perennial sale, please deliver them to the children's play area behind the church between Thursday at noon until Friday at noon.

Meet Toast & Bob at the UUCSS Plant Fair!

You won't want to miss the chance to meet Toast & Bob, the Bog Turtle sock puppets made in honor of Biodiversity Sunday, on Saturday, May 22 at the UUCSS Plant Fair! Click above for more information on our special endangered species art project and to view a special slideshow.

“Exploring UU” Sessions Continue!

The Membership Team invites you to the next session of “Exploring UU.” Newcomers and congregants are welcome and encouraged to attend. On Monday, June 1st, Rev Joe will present a zoom session on The Six Sources. Watch for more information and the Zoom link in Journey Well on May 21st.

This Month's Theme

A Spiritual Theme for May: Story

Stories don’t just embellish our lives; they make and even dictate our lives. This might be the most important reminder of this month. Indeed, who of us hasn’t felt controlled by a story? Stuck in a story? Hopeless about the way our story will end up? Simply put, our stories often write us as much as we write them.

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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.

“Exploring UU: The Six Sources” — What do we turn to?

Join Rev. Joe on Monday, June 1st @ 7pm.
What may set Unitarian Universalism apart from other faith traditions more than anything else could be the sources we go to when looking for truth and meaning. In this one-hour session, Rev. Joe will guide us through a brief look at each of the Six Sources presently articulated by UU's as the sources we draw from, and the lessons we draw from those sources.

Vote May 18 in School Board Election!

What happens in our local elections is extremely important — when we UU’s included commitment to the democratic process in our principles, we meant at all levels. And with important issues like bearing arms on school grounds and how racial justice and inclusion is part of school and district policy, it really matters who gets elected.

UUCSS Book Group Meeting – May 17 @ 6:30pm

Anyone is welcome at the monthly UUCSS Book Group, which meets on the 3rd Monday of each month throughout the year. During this time of sheltering in place, we meet virtually on Zoom. At 6:30 P.M. on the appointed day, we check in with each other and then discuss the book for that month. Click above for more information on this month's meeting.

Prepare for GA By Joining Two New Board Webinars

The UUA Board invites you to register for two new webinars. Each webinar will last 75 minutes and advance registration is required. Both webinars will be recorded and posted on uua.org for on-demand viewing.. Click above for more information on how to join.

Care Team Recommends Several Films on the Topic of Dying with Dignity

The Care Team, which has been lobbying for NYS’s passage of the Medical Aid in Dying Act, recommends several films. Click above for more information on how you can watch "Here Awhile" and "How to Die in Oregon", and "When My Time Comes."

GATP for May

The May recipient for our Give Away the Plate program will be the Saratoga Immigration Coalition. Click above for more information on how you can contribute.

UUCSS Web Camps: Stay Connected, Meet New People, Learn New Things

Web Camps enable members and friends of the congregation to stay connected in meaningful ways between Sunday services. Come join us at Web Camp! Click above for more information on how to join.

What to Expect After the Covid Vaccine

Information from the CDC regarding what we may experience after receiving the Covid-19 vaccination. Click above for more information.

Upcoming Soul Matters Web Sessions

Join us in a smaller, quieter setting to explore and share your personal experiences with the Soul Matters themes we use for Sunday services. Each Soul Matters Web Camp session stands alone, so come for all sessions or come as you can.

Locks Changed: Essential Use Only

The door codes to enter the meetinghouse and offices have been changed. Click above for more information.

We’re Giving Justice in New York State a NYUUJ!

NYUUJ is New York UU Justice and it is our new official statewide UU justice advocacy network. NYUUJ (say it kinda like “nudge”) will be a way of gathering the collective power and energy of UU’s across New York to advocate for our values in the state we call home. Click above for more information and on how you can get involved.

Covid-19 Vaccine and Community Help Facebook Group

This information has been shared in our Facebook UU members group (thank you Susan Hamlin). If you have Facebook, it's one more way to keep up with scheduling information in and around the Capital District area for the Covid vaccine. Click above for more information.

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!

Join Rev. Joe for “Reading the Tao te Ching”

Join Rev. Joe every Wednesday at 6pm on Zoom for "Reading the Tao Te Ching"! 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.

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 4/14/21. 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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