Windows Weekly November 14, 2019
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Sunday Service 10:00 AM
November 17, “Transgender Day of Remembrance,” Dan Miyake

This service is in recognition of the Transgender Day of Remembrance, or TDOR, which was first held in 1999. That initial observance was a vigil held in response to the tragic 1998 murder of Rita Hester, an outspoken transgender woman from Boston. It also commemorated all those who were killed due to anti-transgender violence and those transgender individuals who committed suicide that year. Now an annual observance, TDOR has become an international event, with services of remembrance happening around the globe.

Music: Choir, Ann Brandon, piano

Hymn 347:  Gather the Spirit
Hymn 151:  I Wish I Knew How
Hymn 388:  Dona Nobis Pacem (Round)

Here is a place you might find the words to our hymns.

10:00 am

November 24, “Thanksgiving and the Platinum Rule,” Dan Miyake, Rev. Sam Trumbore
What would have happened if the Pilgrims had been able to learn enough about the Wampanoag to treat them as they wished to be treated? The Pilgrims got a powerful lesson in hospitality and generosity from these indigenous folks as they celebrated that first harvest together. This is the special Sunday when Rev. Sam makes mini-corn muffins to share Sunday morning during the service. We will also be celebrating New Members this Sunday.

Music: Helderberg Madrigals with Randy Rosette, piano



Mouse Makers Needed
Catnip mice are best sellers at the Holiday Bazaar. Before we can sell them, we must make them. Come to Sigrin Newell’s house at 7pm on Monday, Nov. 18 and Tuesday, Nov. 19 to help assemble mice. If you can use a needle and thread, you can join the fun. Call Sigrin for directions: 518-439-6705

Unleash Your Creativity! 
Would you like to display your creative talents by donating a hand crafted item(s) to Albany UU’s Dec. 8 Holiday Bazaar? We are looking for items that would make great small gifts, stocking stuffers, tree ornaments, pet toys or whatever you enjoy making. For more information, please contact Sigrin Newell at 518-439-6705 or .

Albany UU Safety
A reminder that the West St. door will remain locked on Sunday mornings. The Washington Ave. lobby doors will be locked 15 minutes after service begins and reopened again from 11-noon. A Welcome Table or Greeter volunteer will remain in the Lobby for the duration of the morning to monitor doors. We continue to appreciate your patience as we make this transition. If you have questions, please call the church office.

Understudy Needed
If you like to observe and record during a fast-paced event, we have just the one night volunteer job for you! The Auction Committee needs a person willing to learn the task of recording bids during the live auction on next March 21st. You would learn the ropes from our expert recorder, Kathy Harris.
Please contact Chair Randy Rosette at  or 518-783-2637 for more details.

Warmth for the Homeless
It is time again to gather blankets, sleeping bags, warm coats, etc. for those experiencing homelessness. Please put them in the bin in the coatroom. Thanks you!

Planning for weather emergencies
In the event of severe weather, a decision to cancel Sunday morning RE classes will be publicized by 9:00 PM Saturday.

A decision to cancel Sunday meditation and the service will be publicized by 8:00 AM Sunday.

The cancellation of all other classes, programs and meetings depends on a decision by the chairperson. We hope to receive information enabling a cancellation announcement two hours before the event start time.

Notice of cancellations will be posted on our website and Facebook, by email sent through Constant Contact, and announced on local TV and radio stations through the “School Closing Network”.
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open

10:00 AM
- Service, Community Hall
- Religious Exploration for Children and Youth

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing Hall
- Artist Reception, Channing Hall

11:15 AM
- Rainbow Pride Flag procession and dedication, Community Hall

11:45 AM
- Social Responsibilities Council, Room B-8

Quick Links

Denominational Affairs Links

Helpful Local Links

Sign up for a class or event

- Send and email to:
- Sign up at the Sign Up Site in Channing Hall
- Call the church office, 518.463.7135
If childcare is offered for the event, please let us know you need it when you register, including names and ages of children.

Offering envelopes

We appreciate donations of cash during the offering that occurs as part of our Sunday service. If you would like to have cash contributions recorded and acknowledged in writing for tax purposes at the end of the calendar year, please use and write your name on one of the envelopes that are available on the table in the Community Hall lobby. Thank you very much for your generosity.
Join us this Saturday, Nov.16 for our Community Breakfast! Volunteers are always needed to make this a good experience for our neighbors and community members. Contact Carol Butt for more details: 518-439-6629 or

As part of Albany UU’s Welcoming Congregation Renewal process, we are happy to announce that we have purchased a new Rainbow Pride flag that will be hung outside our building. After the service this Sunday, all are invited to join us in dedicating our new flag! We will gather in Community Hall at 11:15 and process outside to the front steps where we will have a short ceremony with inspirational words and songs as we hang the flag.

For those families with children in RE, please check out the Religious Exploration section below about when and where to meet your children
Union Thanksgiving Service - Tuesday, Nov. 26, 7:30 pm at Congregation Beth Emeth, 100 Academy Rd.
This joint service is a longstanding tradition that connects Congregation Beth Emeth, Trinity Methodist Church, The First UU Society of Albany and Westminster Presbyterian Church. It is our tradition to bring canned goods to donate to FOCUS food pantry.

Thanksgiving Dinner ... at Albany UU! Thursday, Nov. 28
Each year we have an open Thanksgiving Dinner in Channing Hall on Thanksgiving Day. If you and your family or friends would like to join Rev. Trumbore and his family at this dinner, please sign up in Channing Hall and let us know what you would like to bring. Set up for the dinner will begin at 1pm. Appetizers will be served at 2pm. Dinner will be served at 3pm. Games and entertainment for mutual amusement will follow the meal (bring your favorites!). Cleanup begins at 4pm.
Transforming Hearts: Transgender Inclusion in Congregations
Options for participating in the Transforming Hearts class.

The authors of the Transforming Hearts class invite everyone in our congregation to participate! Albany UU purchased the full congregation package and all the materials and lectures are available online to members and friends.

This course is for those who want to increase their knowledge and skills to help our congregation become fully inclusive and affirming of the full breadth of gender diversity Though the class that Rev. Sam and Dan are leading will have the opportunity for rich discussion and exchange that will be very valuable, we recognized that not everyone is able to attend when the class is being offered.

If you can’t attend the class in person on Tuesdays: 11/19, 12/3 & 17, 1/14 at 7:00 pm and would like to take it on your own, please call the church office for information on how to do that.
To share your Joy or Sorrow with our Albany UU community, you may submit it on a yellow card during the service or by using our online form.  

Join us in lighting candles of joy and concern for our members and friends:

Judy Gallagher died of brain cancer a week ago. She was a member at Albany UU in the 1970’s and recently returned to the Capital Region. There will be a memorial service for her at the Meyers Funeral Home, 741 Delaware Ave, Delmar, on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2pm. Randy Rosette will be playing music and Rev. Trumbore will be speaking. Her daughter Betsy will be giving the Eulogy.

Pong Chan and Marietta Angelotti were recently engaged and would also like to share that they have closed on their new home in Slingerlands/Guilderland.

Former members, Marilyn and Arden Dockter were both in the hospital with pneumonia. Marilyn is now home, but Arden is still in the hospital. Cards may be sent to:
37 Grizzley Bear Path
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Need to Talk? Albany UU Pastoral Care Associates are here to listen!
Our Pastoral Care Associates have been trained in compassionate listening skills and are available to all members and friends of our congregation. To contact a Pastoral Care Associate, email: , contact Rev. Sam Trumbore , the Albany UU office at 518.463.7135, or one of them personally. They are: Sharon Babala, Chuck Manning, Donna Meixner, Dan Miyake, Phil Rich, Randy Rosette, Dee VanRiper and Erick F. vonHausen.

Albany UU Caring Network
The Caring Network (CN) reflects the words of the Albany UU chalice lighting - “to sustain a vital and nurturing religious community.” The CN provide encouragement and short term support to Albany UU members who, due to hospitalization, sickness, loss, or isolation, need assistance. Services typically include transportation to medical appointments, meals and shopping during recovery, and friendly visits and “check in’s” from Caring Network members. Please reach out to the Caring Network if you need.
Poinsettia Sale this Sunday!
A benefit for the Rite of Passage trip next spring. Brighten your home for the holidays and help send our youth and mentors on their UU heritage trip! Learn more here .

Artist Reception
There is new art on our walls! Come to Channing Hall during Coffee Hour this Sunday, Nov. 17 to enjoy the art and meet the artist, Danielle Schaff. 

East of Hudson Potluck
If you live east of the Hudson River, join us Friday, Dec. 6 at 6pm at Sharon and Mike Babala's. Let's gather to keep each other in warm friendship as we enter the cold together. Learn more here .

Getting to Know UU
Join us on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:45 am if you're thinking of membership, or wondering just what Unitarian Universalism can bring to your life. Learn more here.

Delicious Homemade Pie and Soup Sale!
Don’t miss the annual homemade soup and pie sale following the service on Sunday, Nov. 24 in Channing Hall. Learn more here .

Walker Book Group 
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. We will discuss The Friend: A Novel by Sigrid Nunez . Learn more here .

Join us for the Holiday Music Jam!
The annual Albany UU Holiday Music Jam will take place on  Sunday, Dec. 22  during coffee hour. Learn more here .
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry (DREFM),

For the Faith Development of children and youth this Sunday

Children in Pre-K through 6th grade  start the morning in Community Hall at 10:00 with their families. The story in the service this week is  I Am Jazz .  After the story (at about 10:20) the children leave for their Sunday school groups. Parents/caretakers are welcome to escort them to their rooms and also to visit the groups.

7th/8th Grade OWL  starts at 10:00 in their room (B-3/4) The workshop this week is Workshop 8 – Gender Expressing, Roles and Stereotypes

High School YoUUth Group  starts at 10:00 in Room B-8. This week the youth will discuss the theme of the month - Attention.

Notes to Parents/caretakers about the flag dedication ceremony   

Children grades 6 and under : Parents/caretakers of are invited to pick up their children from their classrooms at 11:10. Then make your way outside by the steps of the lobby entrance with the rest of the congregation. The teachers will stay in the classroom until 11:20 with any children who don't get picked early. If you want to stay for the ceremony, please pick your child up beforehand. Children will be under parent/caretaker supervision starting at 11:20, as usual.

7th/8th grade OWL: The facilitators will end the class at 11:15 and go with the kids out to the sidewalk to join the rest of the congregation. Meet your child outside at the ceremony. For families who need to scoot out right away, your child will meet you in Channing Hall at 11:15.

The high school YoUUth group will decide about participating the morning of and the youth can either go out for the ceremony with their advisors, or meet you on their own. 

Updated info for the coming weeks and for the year are at the Our Learning Community for Children and Youth page,
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair, email

SRC Recommends:

This Sunday, Nov. 17, we will be collecting items for FOCUS Churches' Holiday Bags - We have been teamed with a few other congregations (Trinity Methodist, Delmar Reformed, and St. Andrews Episcopal) to collect microwave popcorn (bags), hot chocolate, and crackers (any crackers but not saltines). Volunteers will use these items in the holiday bags which are given liberally to the community. The volunteers will assemble the bags the week after Thanksgiving. There will be a box at Sunday's service at the SRC table - please bring some popcorn, chocolate, and crackers!

Please also check out the Albany UU Sponsored Events and Inclusivity Recommends sections below!

Ushers needed
Are you looking for a way to be more involved in what happens on Sunday mornings? Now is your chance! We are looking to deepen our Usher pool and would love for YOU to join. It’s a very simple but very necessary volunteer opportunity. If you’re interested in learning more about being an Usher on Sunday mornings, please contact Dawn Dana: . Thank you!

Sunday Volunteers
Would you like to be involved in the Sunday service in a more meaningful way?
Visit Sunday Hospitality Sign Up to find out about the ways you can volunteer on Sunday morning. We thank you and could not do what we do without YOU!

YOU can make a difference!
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New Barriers to Asylum and the Refugee Crisis in Mexico
Please join Capital District Border Watch on  Monday, Nov. 18, 7 - 9pm in Community Hall for a community forum to learn about the rapidly-changing asylum and humanitarian crisis on the southern border and inside Mexico. Sponsored in part by our Social Responsibilities Council. Learn more here .

Engineering the Anthropocene  
Please join us for a community-centered discussion about how our society interacts with food systems and about reimagining those systems in the face of a changing climate. The discussion will feature a panel of experts on food and environmental justice, food-human systems, urban farming, and the science of agricultural systems and climate change mitigation. Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6-7:30pm in Community Hall. Sponsored in part by our Green Sanctuary Committee. Learn more here and here .

Dances of Universal Peace
Join us to celebrate the season of returning light by combining sacred phrases and chants from many different spiritual traditions with live music, simple melodies, and guided movement. Learn more here .
Changing the Conversation: Home is Where the Heart Is , presentation by Matthew Desmond, Pulitzer Prize winning author of  EVICTED: Poverty and Profit in the American City Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 pm , University at Albany, Page Hall (downtown campus, across from Albany UU) - free but registration is required. Learn more here .

How to Talk with Children About Race , workshop by  Dr. Kristie A. Ford , Wednesday, Nov. 20, 5:30 pm , Woodland Hills Montessori,  100 Montessori Place, North Greenbush. Optional family dinner at 5:00 pm. Small fee for dinner, workshop is free. R egistration is required. Learn more here.

"Deeper Than the Skin" - The Eighth Step presents a musical performance about race in America on Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 pm , at the Addy at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady. Singer-songwriters Greg Greenway and Reggie Harris team up for an electrifying and poignant musical exploration of their unique histories as a White man from the capital of the Confederacy and a Black man whose maternal ancestor was a slave on a plantation just outside of Richmond. Learn more here .
Regular events and meetings
Many of these events and meetings take a hiatus in the summer, check with the church office before coming in.

11:45 AM      Inclusivity Team (2nd)
5:30 PM       Walker Book Group (2nd)
11:45 AM      Social Responsibilities Council (3rd)
11:45 AM      Green Sanctuary Committee (4th)
6:15 PM        Religious Education Council
                               (1st, Nov., Feb., May)
10:00 AM      Philosophy Discussion (weekly)
1:00 PM        Bridge (weekly)
10:00 AM      Projects & Quilts (weekly)
7:00 PM        Choir Rehearsal (almost weekly)
1:00 PM       All Sides Considered (1st & 3rd)
6:30 PM       Board of Trustees (4th)
Going to miss a Sunday?

You can listen to the entire Albany UU Sunday service at home or on your mobile device. The two most recent services are available as MP3 files on the Albany UU member resource website. Here is how to access:

username: AlbanyUU
password: EEthelredBrown405

Our sermon archive (select Ministry/Sermon Archive on the left website menu) has pdf files of sermons texts (when available) and audio files of sermons. You can also request the office put a service on a CD.
First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany
Parking: Parking is available on the street. On Sundays (and for some special events) Albany UU has permission to use the University at Albany’s Hawley Parking Lot on Robin Street at Washington Avenue.

Office hours (unless otherwise posted)
September-June: Monday-Friday, 9:00-3:00
July-August: Monday–Thursday 9:00-1:00


Building use
To reserve a room for an Albany UU activity or to rent a hall or classroom space , for a personal or non-Albany UU activity, contact Administrative Assistant Sapphire Correa (518.463.7135 or ).

Photo credit: Kathy Hodges
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