Windows Weekly September 12, 2019
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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
September 15, “Stop Human Extinction,” Rev. Sam Trumbore

Greta Thunberg has captured the attention of the planet to the issue of climate change. So has the “Extinction Rebellion.” Now, more than ever before, climate change mitigation has to become our first priority. Let us join the worldwide Climate Strike, Friday, September 20 th in Albany and demand radical change from ourselves, from government and world leaders, and from multi-national corporations.

Music: Alyssa Yeager

10:00 am

September 22, “Across Impossible Divisions,” Rev. Sam Trumbore

Jews and Palestinians who live on the West Bank do not talk to each other. There are laws against visiting each other’s communities. They live in fear of harm from the other. Yet in one small area there is a peace center dedicated to Jews and Palestinians meeting each other and developing relationships. Two leaders associated with this center, a Jewish Rabbi and a young Palestinian, will be in Albany (at Ohav Shalom) November 4th to talk about their relationship, the organization and the potential of the work they have been doing for the last five years. 

Music: Albany UU Choir, Ann Brandon, Randy Rosette

September 29, “Rosh Hashanah and the Stinky Kishke - Expectations, Good Intentions, and Transformation,” Dan Miyake

Considered the “Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Jewish High Holy Days. This is a time of reflection, introspection for reviewing the past year, identifying ways we have harmed others, made mistakes, not lived up to our own expectations and commitments, or other ways that we failed to live up to our best selves. As we start out our new church year, what can we learn from this tradition? What are our expectations of ourselves, of each other, and of this community?

Music: Randy Rosette with guest musician, Olivia Karis-Nix



Memorial Service for Linda Munro
A memorial service will be held for Linda on Sunday, Sept. 15 at 2:00 pm in Community Hall, followed by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed. Folks are invited to wear blue, Linda's favorite color. We do have permission to use the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

Cards may be sent to Linda's husband, Hanns Meissner: 308 Shaver Road, West Sand Lake, NY 12196 and her brother and sister-in-law, Dave Munro and Eileen Hoffman: 48 Carstead Drive, Slingerlands, NY 12159

Community Breakfast
Our next community breakfast is September 21, 9:00 to 11:00 am . Please sign up in Channing Hall to help create a friendly, nourishing breakfast. If you would like to contribute muffins, fruit, etc. please have that in the kitchen labeled for the “community breakfast” by 8:30 AM Sept. 21. We would also welcome musicians who might like to play a bit of music for our guests. Contact Carol Butt with questions or to express interest. 518-439-6629,

Memorial service for Teddy Archer
A memorial service will be held for Teddy on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 1:30 pm in Community Hall followed by a reception in Channing Hall. Contributions of finger foods for the reception are welcomed. We do have permission to use the UAlbany Hawley Lot for this event.

The date of the service has been set to also honor Teddy's 100th birthday, and there will be cake to celebrate a vibrant life well lived! 

Can You Help Us?
The Albany UU Auction Committee wants you! In particular, we need assistance with organizing/setting up food to serve at the annual event to be held on Saturday, March 21st. We have lots of fun prepping for and running the biggest fundraiser event for our Albany UU Community. New committee members encouraged to join in. Please come to the meeting on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 11:45 am in Room 23. Or for more information, contact Randy Rosette at  or 518-783-2637. Thank YOU!

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray at the NY Universalists
Our UUA president, Rev. Susan Frederic-Gray, will speak at the 193rd annual meeting of the NYS Convention of Universalists, October 25-26 in Rochester. More information at .
Sunday Schedule

9:00 AM
- Mindfulness Meditation, Sanctuary

9:45 AM
- Nursery/Toddler Rooms open

10:00 AM
- Service, Community Hall

11:00 AM
- Coffee Hour, Channing Hall

11:30 AM
- Picnic in Washington Park or upstairs classrooms (weather dependent)

2:00 PM
- Memorial Service for Linda Munro, Community Hall

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.
Sexton position open
The Sexton works on Sunday (4-6 hours) and Monday (4-6 hours, flexible days possible) and is responsible for Sunday morning operations and taking care of the church property.

Sunday tasks include preparation and clean up for the service, coffee hour, and other scheduled activities, and for taking care of the church property.

Maintenance entails responsibility for performing tasks on the monthly maintenance schedule, minor repairs and replacements, reporting larger repair and replacement needs, keeping the building tidy by returning items to storage locations, and yardwork. 
Read full job description here .
Start date: October 6, 2019 - Pay: $15/hr.
Contact Church Administrator, Tammy Hathaway for more information or to express interest: 518.463.7135 or

Snow Removal Tech position open
Albany UU is seeking a seasonal employee to move snow using equipment owned by the churc h. The Snow Removal Technician is responsible for working independently de-icing and clearing snow from walks, ramps, stairs, access points and porticos in a safe and efficient manner. Pay is $20.00/hour with a two hour minimum. Read full job description here . Contact Church Administrator, Tammy Hathaway for more information or to express interest: 518.463.7135 or

Nursery and Toddler Room Child Care Worker position   open  
Our program is seeking a childcare worker to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment for children aged newborn to three years of age during Sunday morning church activities and also for meetings on mutually agreed upon dates. This person will work with a volunteer of the congregation each Sunday or meeting time. 
S kills and attributes sought:
·          Able to lift up to 30 pounds (picking up children from floor or crib or seat, and changing diapers on changing table). 
·          Able to stoop and sit at children’s level.
·          Punctual and reliable.
·          Displays a genuine enthusiasm and compassion for infants and toddlers
·          Able to relate to parents and volunteers.
·          Comfortable working in a congregation with the values of Unitarian Universalism
·          At least 18 yrs old.
·          Successful completion of a background check

Start date September 8, 2019. Pay: $15/hr.
Please pass this along to folks you know who might be interested. Also open to congregants. Send a cover letter and resume or list of previous experiences to
Give Away the Plate - Hurricane Dorian Relief
All contributions in the plate on Sunday, Sept. 15 will be given to UUSC (a 501©(3) organization) unless otherwise marked. If you write a check, make it payable to UUSC and note on the memo line that your gift is designated for UUSC's Dorian Crisis Response Fund. 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 Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is a nonprofit, nonsectarian organization advancing human rights together with an international community of grassroots partners and advocates. UUSC’s work is grounded in the belief that all people have inherent power and dignity.

Hurricane Dorian brought to light incredible underlying inequities on the ground. UUSC will partner with local groups to conduct an assessment of the greatest threats survivors face and put together an emergency crisis response. We’ll focus especially on the Haitian migrant community on Abaco Island and other groups most likely to fall through the cracks of traditional rescue and relief efforts. As we do in any emergency response, we’re also working to plan for long term relief and equitable recovery—so that UUSC can remain working with those displaced by the climate crisis.
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.  

Sigrin and Jon Newell celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary at the end of August. 

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, 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.
Lunchtime Yoga with Leslie Eisele
Lifespan Learning is offering a FREE one hour lunchtime yoga for our members and the community on Fridays in September, 12:15 to 1:15 in Room B-8. Learn more here .

Artists among us!  
Check out the artwork in Channing Hall Gallery by Albany UUs and take in the talent that is us. Come now for a preview. Visit again Sunday, Sept. 22 during Coffee Hour for a more formal reception.

All Aboard the Leadership Train!
Are you in a Leadership position at Albany UU? Are you interested in leadership? Join Tammy Hathaway and Dick Dana for a New Leader Orientation on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 11:45 in Room B-8. Yes, there will be food! Learn more here .

Getting to Know UU
We invite you to join us  Saturday, Oct. 5 at 8:45 AM  for “Getting to Know UU,” an orientation for newcomers. Learn more  here .

UU Weekend: Don't miss out!
Have you registered for UU Weekend at Silver Bay from October 18-20 ? First-timers will receive an additional 10% discount! Children under 6 are free and there are substantial discounts for older children and youth.  Learn more here .

New Year, New Opportunities!!!
Attend the Albany UU Get Connected Activity Fair on Sunday, October 27 and find out about new opportunities to both get involved and meet more fabulous Albany UU members and friends! Learn more here .
-Leah Purcell, Director of Religious Education and Family Ministry (DREFM),

The first day of Sunday school groups is this Sunday, Sept. 15!

Picnic in the Park! Join us at the playground in Washington Park after service (about 11:30) on Sunday with your lunch, for fun and fellowship! Bring a game if you like. If weather does not cooperate, we will picnic in the upstairs classrooms.

Parents and caretakers, now is the time to register your child in RE, if you haven’t already. Paper forms available in the brochure rack in the lobby and at the RE Office Window in the lobby. You can also print a registration form or register online .
Don’t let the fee be a barrier to registering; contact Leah at  or 518-463-7135 if you need more time, a reduction or a waiver.
-Matt Lesniak, SRC Chair, email

SRC Recommends:

Please join us for a March to Wake up Albany to the climate crises and the need for immediate action. The March will start at 79 Sheridan Avenue Steam plant and will go from there to the West Capital Park where it will link up with student marchers from area schools. This is an opportunity to demand the state take action now. For further information contact any member of the Albany UU Green Sanctuary Committee

Raise Your Voice for End of Life Choice
On September 25 at 12:15-2:00 at the Colonie Library, Death with Dignity – Albany presents Jane-Marie Schaeffer, Esq., a principal of the Herzog Law Firm, to discuss housing options for seniors in the capital region , their costs and benefits, and how to pay for them.

Two Wellspring programs are being offered this year, starting at the end of September. People new to Wellspring may join the Sources group (see more info below), and “veterans” of Wellspring are invited to participate in Sacred Arts . Times will be determined once commitments are made. “Intention to Participate” forms are available through the main office or here . More information about both programs can also be accessed here . Each program will include 20 sessions taking place September - June. Please contact Sharon Babala at 518-312-8973 or Jan McCracken at 518-275-8709 for more information or to talk about how Wellspring might serve your spiritual needs.

There are now two choices for contributing to the Albany UU Endowment. The original Endowment Trust provides funds for special congregational projects beyond the reach of the operating budget. A new separate Trust has been established by the Board of Trustees for the purpose of supplementing the operating budget with its investment income. It is intended to meet the needs of donors who wish to extend their support for ongoing activities beyond their annual pledges.

Both Trusts will be overseen by the same five trustees elected by members of our Society. However the funds will be kept separate and distinct. The original endowment will remain intact. When making gifts or bequests to the Endowment you can now specify either the original Special Projects Endowment or the new Operations Endowment. If no specification is made, gifts and bequests will go, by default, into the original Special Projects endowment.

Because it is newly established the Operations Endowment currently has no funds in it. But, as always, you are invited to commemorate life’s wondrous milestones and memories, joys and sorrows by making a gift to either of the endowments. Just submit a Greater Gifts form along with your tax-deductible contribution. The form is posted on Albany UU’s member resource site here .

Members may also choose to support either (or both) of the endowments with planned giving by a bequest in their Wills. By doing so, you will join other members of the John Cross Legacy Society. In appreciation, each June, you would be invited to a wine and cheese reception celebrating your legacy.

For further information contact one of the Endowment Trustees: Jon Newell, Jeff English, Tom Mercer, Paula Moskowitz, or Peter Schaeffing. 
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!
We at Albany UU are making an effort to increase our visibility and connectivity online. YOU can help, and it's quick and easy! Simply like, follow and share pages and posts on any of our social media platforms, or leave a positive Facebook or Google review. Google Albany UU or find us here:

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.
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 (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)
6:30 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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