Windows Weekly May 9, 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
May 12, Youth Service

For Mother's Day, the youth have created a service that reflects their concern for social justice, specifically the plight of immigrant and refugee mothers and their children at the U.S./Mexico border and elsewhere.
Music: Richard Porterfield,  piano and voice , with Samantha Tilgner,  guitar

HYMN 21: “For the Beauty of the Earth”
HYMN 117: “O Light of Life”
HYMN 302: “Children of the Human Race”
HYMN 409: “Sleep, My Child”

Here is a place you might find the words to our hymns.
Sunday Services
10:00 am

May's theme: Curiosity

May 19, “This I Believe”

As Unitarian Universalists, we honor the voices of members of our congregation in their individual search for truth and meaning. This service provides an opportunity to hear the thoughts and reflections on life from three Albany UUs: Geoff Abbas, Jora Cohen, and Erik VonHausen. Excellent service to bring a friend.
Music: Albany UU Choir
May 26, “We Remember Them,” Rev. Dr. Lynn Ashley

We observe Memorial Day in a service of song and story.

Music: TBD

Note: This topic has changed from previous publications.


Give Away the Plate
All contributions in the plate this Sunday, May 12 will be given to the International Rescue Committee (a 501(c)(3) organization) unless otherwise marked. If you write a check, make it payable to International Rescue Committee. Checks for your pledge should be made payable to Albany UU, and have "pledge" written on the memo line. As always, envelopes will be available for cash contributions that you want to earmark toward a specific fund or pledge.

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education, economic well being and power to people devastated by conflict and disaster. Right now, on the U.S./Mexico border, the IRC is mobilizing to provide asylum-seeking families who have been released from immigration custody with critical aid. They are also currently fundraising to provide pregnant refugees with critical care and baby supplies. In line with the theme of our service being about mothers, children, and families on and across the border, this is where our donations will be targeted.

Spring cleaning the lost and found
It’s time again to check the lost and found boxes in the Coat Room. Anything not claimed by May 13 will be donated. Thank you!

 Volunteers still needed for Community Breakfast
As a result of the Albany UU Board asking the congregation the open question, “What would it look like for Albany UU to be a good neighbor?” a proposal from Carol Butt was approved to provide a free community breakfast once a month in Channing Hall.

Our first Community Breakfast will be on May 18 and volunteers are still needed. Please contact Carol Butt, to express interest: 518-439-6629 or . Join us for one or both meetings to find out more: Monday, May 13, 7pm, Room B-8 and/or Wednesday, May 15, 5pm, Channing Hall.
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open

10:00 AM
- Youth Service, Community Hall
- Programs for children

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing Hall

5:30 PM
- Walker Book Group, Channing Hall

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.

Albany UU Annual Meeting

Sunday, May 19, 2019

10:00-11:00 - Service
11:00-11:45 - Coffee Hour
11:30-11:45 - Parents take children to assigned rooms for childcare and sign them in with caregivers
11:45 - Annual Meeting starts in Community Hall
Families needing child care should reserve space by calling the office at 518-463-7135 so that we will be prepared with sufficient caregivers and snacks.
Light snacks (for the adults) will be served during the meeting.
Copies of the proposed budget to be presented at the meeting, may be picked up in the lobby starting Sunday, May 5. It is also available online here or at
Absentee ballots are available for those who cannot attend the Annual Meeting.

Albany UU's bylaws provide for the use of absentee ballots for elections. They are to be used by members who are unable to attend the annual meeting on May 19, 2019. Request a ballot from the church office. Ballots will be available from Sunday, May 5 to Friday, May 17 .
Completed ballots, sealed in an envelope, must be received in the church office on or before 11:00 AM on Friday, May 17
Read about the candidates here or pick up a paper copy in the lobby beginning Sunday, May 5.  
You're Invited...
... to Brunch & Conversation with the Growth Through Service Leaders on Sunday, June 2 at 11:30 am in Room B-8

Our Growth Through Service Team invites Albany UU members who have not yet had a Growth Through Service conversation to a Brunch & Conversation on Sunday, June 2 after service. Lois Bailey, Dick Dana, Laura Churchill, Linda Hunt, Maria Phillips and Peggy Sherman will be there to lead the conversations. Child care will be available with advanced notice. Contact Dick Dana if you are interested or have any questions: , 518.813.1992
Growth Through Service is about tapping into what connects you to Albany UU. We want to learn about you so that we can help you connect and collaborate in ways that mean the most to you. Our Conversation Team is committed to holding a 1-hour conversation with every member of our congregation, to be scheduled at your convenience. If June 2 is not convenient, contact Dick Dana to set up a better time that works you.

Collecting Albany UU Member & Friend Employee Feedback
In the late spring every year, the Albany UU staff is reviewed and evaluated.

You can help!

The primary goal of this evaluation is to offer support and appreciation for the good work our staff does. Employees here work very hard and deserve to know how they have made a positive difference in accomplishing the mission and vision of our congregation. Concrete, specific examples of what you have observed are very valuable feed back to them in the evaluation process. And you’ll feel good knowing that your appreciation will be integrated into their evaluation!

Of course there will be some dissatisfaction as well. This survey is not primarily for collecting that information. Anyone having a problem with an employee should talk to them directly or if that doesn’t work, talk to them along with their supervisor. If that process has failed to address your concerns, this form can be used to report chronic issues that you have not been able to resolve.

This form requires your name. Giving feedback carries with it responsibility for what is said since it can have both very positive and very negative effects on employees. We are not interested in anonymous input for the purpose of employee evaluation. AND you can ask that your input on this form be kept confidential and your name will not be shared with the employee.

Thank you in advance for your help in appreciating our great staff!

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.
Walker Book Group
Join the Walker Book Group for a potluck and discussion on Sunday, May 12 at 5:30 pm in Channing Hall. We will discuss  Ragtime  by E.L. Doctorow. Learn more here .

Albany UU Humanists
Tuesday, May 14, 7 PM, Room B-8.
We welcome all Humanist and hope you’ll join us in a program facilitated by Ed Hancock. Learn more here .

Artist Reception, Sunday, May 19
There is new art on our walls! Come to Channing Hall during Coffee Hour today to enjoy the art by members Terry Way and Sherry Roberts. Learn more here .

Getting to Know UU
We invite you to join us Saturday, June 1 for “Getting to Know UU”. This orientation for newcomers is from 8:45 a.m. to noon. 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!

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, May 5:    

Nursery/Toddler Rooms open at 9:45 AM.
Youth Group is presenting the service today and children grade 4 and up will remain in service while Pre-K through 3rd have regular RE after being dismissed from service.

Next week : “This I Believe” service for grades 4 and up, regular RE for PreK-3 rd grade. 

Religious Education Office Assistant at the window in the lobby is Mike Myers. Sunday Superintendent is Paula Brewer. Leah Purcell is on sabbatical until June, please see Elizabeth, Paula or Mike if you need anything

River Rising, Central East Reg ion’s  new  leadership school is happening  July 28-August 3  at State College, PA and  August 18-24  in Schenectady, NY. It’s for youth who will be in 9th-12th grades in the 2019/2020 school year. During this week our community youth will be challenged, learn together, create sacred space, deepen their UU values and build friendships that will last beyond the week. Among other highlights they’re planning a river trip! Registration is $525  before June 15  and matching congregation scholarships are available through CER for up to half. For more information and registration links:  To read how River Rising differs from Goldmine (the previous CER leadership school) see this blog post:
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair, email

SRC recommends the following:

Join the Grannies for Peace Vigil at Tulip Fest
Saturday, May 11, 1 pm near the Moses Statue in Washington Park.
Grannies for Peace will be standing together to support refugees and asylum seekers at our southern borders. Families Belong Together Safe and Free!
More Information:

Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice:  Advocate for Medical Aid in Dying at the Capitol
Join us on May 14 for Lobby Day . Please tell Nancy Willie-Schiff ( ) the dates you plan to attend so you can be scheduled for a team visit with lawmakers. ·  
Putting “Heart” into End-of-Life Care . On May 21, 12:15-2:00 , the Colonie Town Library , Death with Dignity Albany presents Jennifer Hoit, a registered nurse and a certified Death Doula. She will discuss how Palliative Care, Hospice, and Death Doulas can care for the dying with management of symptoms and with heart. The program is free and open to the public. No advance registration required.

Albany Advocacy Workshop, Friday, May 17 , Albany Friends Meetinghouse, 727 Madison Ave. Finger food supper begins at 5:30, workshop at 6 PM. Implement strategic and effective advocacy tools to promote peace and justice and so much more.
Learn more and register here or contact David Easter,, 518-475-9532.

Green Sanctuary's Tip of the Week
Living our 7th principle

Bamboo cutlery and a nonplastic food tray, straw and water bottle will eliminate the need for most single-use plastics while on-the-go. “Restaurants and vendors all over the world are getting much more used to people bringing their own containers,” said Jay Sinha, a founder of  Life Without Plastic .com, an online store. 
Albany UU Humanists Recommends
The Capital District Humanist Society presents:

Never An Anomaly: How Blacks Have Challenged Religion Through Comedy & Literature , presented by Mandisa Lateefah Thomas

Sunday, May 12, 1:15 (Refreshments 12:30),

Room 224, Campus Center, Sage Colleges Albany Campus, New Scotland Ave. at Academy Road

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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