Windows Weekly May 30, 2019
Albany UU Windows Weekly
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W e welcome everyone. Our Unitarian Universalist community seeks truth and deeper meaning, pursues justice through inspired action, and cultivates compassion and love for all connected by the web of life .
Sunday Service 10:00 AM
June 2, “The Beauty of Service”
We recognize those who have assisted in our religious education program during this service. We also celebrate their service by making ice cream sundaes for children and adults. Be sure to come, hear inspiring words about community service, and get a scoop to enjoy.

Music: Albany UU Choir with Guest Conductor Susan Boddie

HYMN 163 “For the Earth Forever Turning”
HYMN 348 “Guide My Feet” 
HYMN 360: “Here We Have Gathered
HYMN 95: “There Is More Love Somewhere
HYMN 318: “We Would Be One”

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

Sunday Services
10:00 am

June 9,“The Beauty of Flowers”
This will be our yearly multi-generational flower communion service. Please bring some flowers to share, preferably from your own garden. We’ll create a bouquet of all the flowers people bring. At the end of the service, you’ll be able to take home some of those flowers to enjoy. The beauty of flowers has an enchanting power to free us and lift our spirits even in hard times.

Music: Richard Porterfield

The summer schedule begins with Sunday, June 16

Summer at Albany UU
The last Sunday of the regular service year is June 9; our summer services start June 16 and continue through September 1.

How is a summer Sunday at Albany UU different from other Sundays?

--The 9:00 a.m. Meditation continues.
--We have Service at 10:00 AM. Summer services are coordinated by Randy Rosette, with a delightful list of guests in the pulp it.
-- Children are invited to meet for activities in Room 24/25, youth are invited to help or attend service. The nursery/toddler room will still be open at 9:45 with paid childcare staff.
-- Coffee Hour becomes Iced Tea and Lemonade (in Community Hall Alcove.)
--The people you’ve enjoyed all year are still here, plus it’s a time we often have visitors who are on their summer voyages from elsewhere.
--Contributions of flowers from your garden for the service are welcome!
-- If you can volunteer to help on a Sunday, we have openings for Greeters and Ushers. Call the office, 518-463-7135, or sign up here !


Getting to Know UU - CANCELLED
We'll see you in the fall! Learn more here .

Focus Food Pantry
May's FOCUS Food Pantry collection has been shifted to this Sunday, June 2 to accommodate last Sunday's Give Away the Plate in support of our neighbors.

Please consider a contribution to the Focus Food Pantry this Sunday. There will be an envelope in the order of service for your check or cash. We ask that envelopes remain unsealed for reuse. Thank you for your help.

Thank you!
Thank your for your donations to the Red Cross for our last minute Give Away the Plate last Sunday, May 26 in support of our neighbors in Albany who were displaced as a result of two fires, one of which was on Bradford Street within a couple of blocks of Albany UU. YOU donated $623.00! If you missed this opportunity and would still like to donate, please contact the church office: 518.463.7135 or . Thank you!

Volunteers Wanted for Young Peacemaker Week August 19 - 23  
YPW is an urban day camp that creatively cultivates peacemaking with young people. Would you like to volunteer the week of August 19 - 23? We have reached our maximum camper registration and are looking for a few more volunteers to round out our community of Peacemakers. There are a variety of jobs, big or small. long or short! Visit the Volunteer Page and/or contact Jan McCracken about your interest or for more information
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open

10:00 AM
- Multigenerational Service, Community Hall

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour/Sundae Sunday, Channing Hall
- Coffee Hour Overflow, Community Hall

11:30 AM
- Growth through Service Brunch & Conversation, Room B-8

11:45 PM
- Inclusivity Team, Room B-7

Quick Links

Denominational Affairs 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 acknowledged and recorded, please use one of the envelopes that are available on the table in the Community Hall lobby. Thank you very much for your generosity.
Welcome New Members!!
Debbie, Jesse, Lucy and Maren Hoffman

Last week Sigrin Newell read a poem called Small Harbors, and in a nutshell, it described everything Debbie loves: gardening, reading, connecting with people, cats. She loves learning and teaching, in a deep thinking and hands-on way. In the past few years, she’s settled into being a mother and strives to make the world better for all generations to come. 

Jesse Hoffman is a botanist with a lifelong interest in plant identification, and has recently expanded into mushroom ID as well. He likes to engineer and build things, tinker with electronics, work with his hands, and cook delicious meals. Jesse enjoys intellectual debate and is currently thinking about gender and society. 

Lucy’s favorite animal is an alligator and she also loves spiders!

Maren also loves spiders, and is excited to share that we have a pink-toed tarantula!

Our favorite thing to do is spend time together as a family. We like to hike, talk and snuggle on the couch, read books, eat delicious food, and play board games and card games! We live in Brunswick with a cat and 30ish chickens. The kids will be going to Lansingburgh public schools next year. 
Julie Maresco and Lucas Johnson

Julie Maresco is from Kinderhook, New York but actually found out about Unitarian Universalism while earning her Masters degree in Nashville, Tennessee, where she attended a UU church. She is very interested in museums, historic sites, live theatre, and music. She is currently coordinating the new Albany UU Young Adults Group and is excited to connect with new members of the congregation. 

Lucas Johnson is from Kinderhook New York and started attending our services last year with his partner, Julie Maresco. 

Lucas is interested in landscaping, gardening, welding, trying new restaurants, and traveling.
Kristen Tibbitts

Kristen Tibbitts has attended Albany UU for the past three years. She recently joined because Albany UU possesses the aspects of religion which she likes, without the aspects that don’t fit her beliefs. 

She was raised Catholic, attending Our Lady of Mercy here in Albany. Growing up, she was in the choir and enjoyed performing in skits. She received her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Rose, initially studying for a teaching degree, then switching to Public Communications with the intent of becoming a journalist, a field where lately the opportunities seem to be drying up. 

She loves kids. All through college and until recently, she worked at a day care center. However, the low pay and lack of benefits forced her to seek employment elsewhere. She now works at the New York State Comptroller’s Office. She also teaches dance – tap and jazz – at Jo Ann’s Academy of Dance in Latham. 

One of her ambitions is to be a contestant on Jeopardy. She has taken, and passed, the written test twice, and has auditioned twice, and plans to do so again.
Alice Sage-Pulver

Alice Sage-Pulver recently relocated to the Albany area to be closer to her family particularly, 6-year-old grandson Aedan. She was a teacher for 35 years. Upon retirement she traveled extensively and lived in Ireland for five years. She enjoys being a member of The Second Saturday Women Writer’s Group and Book Women (a book group of friends) and loves gardening and photography. She has found a welcome home in Albany UU.
Ashley Keegan

Ashley teaches 12th grade in Chatham NY. She likes to read, especially memoirs, and enjoys taking walks and doing puzzles. She has three nephews who she loves, although they give her a run for her money most days.  
Regina O’Brien

Regina O’Brien has been coming to our church for about four years and has been a UU for all her adult life. She is a retired public school teacher, but is currently a graduate student at U Albany in the Mental Health Counseling program. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her husband Tim and her two grandchildren. She loves traveling and gardening.
From our blogs
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.

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: Chuck Manning, Phil Rich, Randy Rosette, Sandy Stone, Lisa Barron, Donna Meixner, Dee VanRiper and Sharon Babala.

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.
Getting to Know UU - CANCELLED
We'll see you in the fall! Learn more here .

You're invited... Brunch & Conversation with the Growth Through Service Leaders this Sunday, June 2 at 11:30 am in Room B-8. Learn more here .

Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, June 9 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. We will discuss three short stories: “The Trojan Sofa” by Bernard MacLaverty, “A Silver Dish” by Saul Bellow, and “The Way We Live Now” by Susan Sontag. Learn more here .

UU Weekend: Put it on your calendar now!
Have you registered for UU Weekend at Silver Bay? This eagerly awaited highlight of the fall season, held October 18-20 , features stimulating workshops, family togetherness, and so much more! Learn more here .
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! Summer services need your help too! Here's how to sign up for those volunteer spots.

Gardening Volunteers
Do you have two hours to contribute to maintaining the gardens surrounding Albany UU? The Gardening Committee welcomes you to  sign up here , where you can select which week(s) you'd like to help. Volunteers often work in pairs. No experience necessary. For more information or to receive e-mail updates, please contact  Donna Meixne r or 518/439-5947.
-Elizabeth Baldes, RE Assistant,

Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education (RE) and Family Ministry, (on sabbatical)

Find information on Leah's Sabbatical here .

Faith formation of children and youth this Sunday, June 2:    

Nursery/Toddler Rooms open at 9:45 AM.
All children invited to attend Multigenerational Religious Education Appreciation service in Community Hall

Liz Halvorsen is Religious Education Office Assistant today , Elizabeth Baldes, RE Program Assistant is here and Leah Purcell, DREFM returns from sabbatical today!

Please join us for ice cream in Channing Hall following service to celebrate Leah's return and another great RE year!

Next week : Nursery/toddler room will open at 9:45. Children invited to multigenerational Flower Communion service in Community Hall. Please contact Leah ( ) to help with kids activities in Room 24/25 or Nursery/Toddler Room this summer. 
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair, email

SRC recommends the following:

Film –  The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. Monday, June 3, 6-8pm . Part of the Social Justice Film Series, in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month. Co-sponsored by Center for Law and Justice, Youth FX, and WMHT. 18+ only. Howe Library, 105 Schuyler Street, Albany

Troy City Council Meeting with Sanctuary Resolution on agenda, Thursday, June 6, 6:30pm. Opponents of the resolution are gathering, and it will be important that supporters come to the meeting to advocate for the resolution. 433 River Street, Troy

ICE-Free Capital District and Troy Sanctuary Campaign are  raising money for three local immigrant families  in urgent need of support. Click the link above for much more information and how you can help.

Our 2019 General Assembly Albany UU Delegates are**

Dawn Dana
Kathy Harris
Tammy Hathaway
Amy Lent
Jan McCracken
Jean Poppei
John Sherman
Peggy Sherman

** Please note that this list has been updated from an earlier incorrect version. Apologies for any confusion.

Other important info:

Rev. Trumbore will be away attending UUMA Ministry Days and UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington, from Sunday June 16 through Sunday, June 23. He will be back in the office Monday morning, June 24.

Office Administrator, Tammy Hathaway will be away attending AUUA Admin Days and UUA General Assembly from Monday, June 17 through Monday, June 24. She will be back in the office Tuesday morning, June 25.
Green Sanctuary's Tip of the Week
Living our 7th principle

Buy food locally. Farmers markets are great places to shop, and ensure that the veggies you're eating hot off the grill or mixed in a salad haven't traveled thousands of miles just to reach your plate. That cuts down on the use of fossil fuels, which leads to significantly reduced levels of pollution and resource depletion over your typical tomato bought at the local supermarket. Websites like  Local Harvest  can help you find one in your area, even if you've never seen one in your life.
Regular events and meetings
Check Windows Weekly for changes to date, time and location. 

11:45 AM      Inclusivity Team (1st)
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)
10:00 AM      Philosophy Discussion (weekly)
1:00 PM        Bridge (weekly)
7:00 PM        UU Humanists (3rd)
10:00 AM      Projects & Quilts (weekly)
7:00 PM        Choir Rehearsal (almost weekly)
1:00 PM       All Sides Considered (1st & 3rd)
7:00 PM       Program Coordinating Council (2nd)
6:15 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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