What does this mean? It means you have choices. We provide distanced “pod” seating for 50 people in Community Hall. Those interested in coming to service in-person must RSVP by noon on Fridays, using this link: https://rsvp.church/r/FQ4SoJA9
Face masks are required. To protect our children ineligible for vaccination, eligible youth and adults are strongly encouraged to be vaccinated to attend.
Your Order of Service will be available using the QR code found below. This code will be available at the church on Sunday mornings for those in-person. There will be a limited supply of a simple OOS available in print for those who request one.
Currently, in-person congregational singing is restricted even when wearing masks. Hymnals are available in the lobby outside Community Hall for you to follow along with the words sung by the song leader. Words will be projected in Community Hall and on your Zoom screen for those attending remotely.
Mindfulness Meditation will also be Multiplatform beginning at 8:30 AM – no signup required.
There will be no food or beverage after the service. Access to Channing Hall will be limited, however there is a member art show that we encourage folks to view in small groups.
Weather permitting, socializing before or after service is encouraged outdoors.
Those who wish to remain online for service, can do so by using this link to join:
Those who attend online via Zoom will still have the ability to interact during the service by sharing Joys and Sorrows, greeting in breakout rooms, etc. Not familiar with Zoom? Look for some helpful tips and a Zoom orientation with our minister, Rev. Sam Trumbore, a little further down on this page.
Start your Sunday mornings with Multi-platform Meditation from 8:30 – 9:20 AM
We will sit together in our traditional Sanctuary for twenty minutes then have some conversation about the talk, meditation methods or experiences followed by a loving kindness meditation.
To dial in by phone call: 1-929-436-2866 and enter
Meeting ID: 299 018 7785
Service this Sunday
October 24 “Impasse” with Rev. Sam Trumbore
We live in very polarized times. The Red and Blue gulf seems wider than ever. Many of us cannot talk about politics or religion with our families without horrible outcomes and hostile feelings. Are there ways of working with being at an impasse with others that can deescalate tensions and move toward better understanding and appreciation even without agreement?
Music: Ann Brandon
Scan the QR code below for this week’s Order of Service
Those wishing to access closed captioning/live transcript can turn on the function in their Zoom toolbar. To update to the latest version of Zoom, please do that within the software by finding the menu link and “check for updates”.
Join us for Virtual Fellowship and Conversation in breakout rooms following the service, if attending via Zoom.
Those attending in-person may also wish to remain in Community Hall after service for Congregational Response, an opportunity to reflect with the Sunday service presenter on what the service has elicited from you and listen to the responses of others.
Remain on the Service Link to participate, if attending online:
If you would like to make a contribution to the Sunday Offering “Plate”, click https://tinyurl.com/AlbanyUU-Contributeor send your check, with Sunday Offering on the memo line, to the church: 405 Washington Ave., Albany, NY 12206.
Try our text to give option! Simply text the amount and fund (for example: 20 offering or 20 pledge) to 844-976-2618. There’s a helpful video to watch with step by step instructions and a informative written guide with visuals.
Joys and Concerns for Online Services
We have three ways that you can share your joys and concerns.
One: Use the online form. If you use this form, you can indicate if you would like to have your joys and concerns shared at the Sunday service, and you can leave contact info if you would like a Pastoral Care Associate to follow up with you.
On a regular basis, we’ll have a member of the congregation bring you a short, inspirational, personal message about some aspect of our congregational life. These messages will be a way to connect with our community and help us live out our mission and vision in the world. To find out more, contact Tammy Hathaway: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participation in a Zoom Sunday Service needs everyone’s cooperation for it to be successful. By being careful about your video and audio while attending a UU Zoom Sunday service, you can help can make the service a pleasant, welcoming, inspiring and meaningful experience for everyone.
If your video is on, please be attentive to what others are seeing. Attire and backgrounds should be appropriate for all ages. If what’s happening in your video is distracting or potentially embarrassing, an usher may turn it off. For example, if someone falls asleep during service, that could be embarrassing so that person’s video will be turned off. If an usher turns off your video, they will let you know via private chat.
If you notice that your audio is on, please mute it, and be aware that if you are accidentally un-muted, anything you say could be broadcast to everyone and disrupt the service.
It is wise to treat entering a Zoom Sunday service as if you had just walked into Community Hall during a silent meditation or service.
Wearing your Zoom “Name Tag”
When signing into a Zoom worship service on a Sunday morning, you can’t put on your traditional name tag to be welcoming to others, but you CAN rename your screen so that it displays your full name. This is the new way to practice hospitality with everyone who is part of the online worship service.
To change your screen name, look for three white dots, usually appearing in the upper right corner of your zoom window when you hover over it with your cursor. Click the dots, and a dropdown menu will appear. One of the options in the dropdown menu is “Rename.” Click that option, and a box will pop up that displays the name currently showing in your Zoom window. If it’s not your full name or names, change it to your name(s) and click the “Save” button.
If you have any questions, feel free to send an Usher a message in the Chat on a Sunday or email Tammy Hathaway – email@example.com anytime. Thanks for taking this extra step to be welcoming!