The Drummer

Weekly Beats!

Welcome to the weekly update version of the UUCGB Drummer!

  • ·         A Journey Ended

As some of you may already know, Bertha Erdoss, a member of UUCGB for over 60 years, passed away peacefully last Thursday in the health care center in West

Hartford when she had been residing since she relocated three years ago from Milford to be closer to her daughter.  She was 105 years ago and had been mentally 

astute until the end, but "tired'.  Friends who remember Bertha, who was actively engaged in UUCGB activities for many years. may wish to send cards to her daughter Anita (husband Sam) Faulise, 80 Bittersweet Hill, Wethersfield, CT 06109.


Bertha's sister, Louise Dobson, age 95, who was also a long-time member of this congregation, would especially appreciate notes or cards at this time, but no visits or phone calls.  Her address is 239 Indian River Road, Apt. 313, Orange, CT 06477.

            Virginia Smith 

  • ·         Book Group Meeting

The UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society will be having its next meeting on Saturday, Sept 13th at 10am in the library space at the church. The book for September is THE BULLY PULPIT by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  All are welcome to attend the discussion even if you haven't had a chance to read the book.  Please come with titles that you would like us to consider for reading.  Hope to see you there!


  • ·         Harvest Festival

Dear Members and Friends,

Our Harvest Festival is fast approaching, and will take place on September 28th. 

Thank you to the many of you who have already signed up to work at our various church booths that day. If you have not yet volunteered, please use this link to do so.

You will notice that some booths and shifts are not listed on the sign up form. That simply means that no more help is needed for those time slots!

We still need donations of:

-books (no text books please) 

-baked goods (can be labeled and put in the church freezer)

-attic treasures (please submit no later than 9/14 so there is enough time to price)

Thank you in advance for all of your help and support with this event, and please spread the word to family and friends!!    

The Harvest Festival Planning Team
Virginia, Sarah, Carli


  • ·         FOOD DRIVE Sunday

Sunday, Sept. 21 (the third Sunday of the month) will be FOOD DRIVE Sunday.  Non-perishable, kid-friendly food items such as cereals, tuna, spaghetti and sauce, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, soup, cookies–but ANY non-perishable donations will be greatly appreciated (please be sure they are not past their expiration dates).  Look for the red Covenant to Care plastic bin on Sunday, Sept. 21 near the coffee-hour table.  Thanks!  


Through Covenant to Care we have been matched with a State of Connecticut social worker (Theresa Osos), who gratefully thanks us each month for our generosity.  The children (mostly middle-school and high-school kids) on her caseload are below poverty level and have developmental issues.  One way we help is to provide non-perishable foods she can pass out at the end of each month to help these families until they can get the next month’s food stamps.  If questions, contact Shirley Gedney-Rubel  
(And THANK YOU, Shirley, for taking over as liaison to Covenant to Care!)


  • ·         Harvestfest Book Table

The book table for the Harvest Festival is in need of donations!  Bring your books tapes, CD's  and DVDs  for the festival to the table in Fellowship Hall.  No textbooks or encyclopedias please.    Thanks, Jennifer Winschel


·         Calling all BAKERS!

Your contributions are needed for the UUCGB 2014 Harvest Festival BAKED GOODS TABLE!

ALL contributions are welcome.

The Harvest Festival is Sunday, September 28th,

Which is FAST APPROACHING so please start filling

your own freezer OR the one at church!!


Items should be pre-packaged and ready for sale.

It helps to label with item name and ingredients –

especially noting “with nuts” or “nut-free,” vegan, gluten free, etc.


Baked Goods Table Co-Chairs

Jeanie Schoenleber –

Karen Pirhala – 

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ 

Yes!  I will bake for the Baked Goods Table!

         Name _________________________________    Phone ____________________

         E-mail address ________________________

                  Category                     Quantity    Description (optional)                 

                  ____Bread                   _________________

                  ____Cookies                _________________

                  ____Bars/Brownies    _________________

                  ____Pie                        _________________                                                                                                

                  ____Coffee Cake         __________________

                  ____Cake                     ________________

                  ____Gluten-free          ________________

                  ____Other                    ________________      _______________________________________


  • ·         Harvest Festival Bake Table Ideas

If you are looking for something yummy  to bake for the bake table at the Harvestfest, September 28, get  out your UUCGB anniversary cookbook and you will find lots of ideas. 

Marilyn Cocking


  • ·         Missing Your Name Tag? 

If you have misplaced your "chalice button" name tag or do not have one, please contact Dave Childs in the church office and let him know. Former BOT members and new BOT members need not call as we will be distributing new buttons to them this month.   And let's all make an effort to wear our buttons on Sunday mornings; it makes it easier for visitors to feel more comfortable. 

Virginia Smith  


  • ·         Speakers for the 10/5 service

Dear Members and Friends,

With the new church year quickly approaching, the Worship Weavers have been hard at work planning our worship calendar.   I am seeking speakers for a 10/5 service.

The topic:

Speak about someone who has made a significant positive impact on your life. This can be a family member, friend, church member, colleague, public figure, humanitarian, etc. 

Some guiding questions:


        How has the person positively impacted you?

        What has she/he encouraged you to do, or how has she/he altered your behavior?

        Has this person helped you during a difficult time?

        How has this person inspired you to live by our UU principles?

        How have you shown gratitude for this person, or how have you let that person know the         

        difference he or she has had in your life?


Reflections should be 3-5 minutes in length, and should be submitted to the worship weaver 2 weeks in advance. This helps us organize the service.

If you are interested in being a speaker on October 5th, please contact me. Please email me directly instead of replying to this message.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Thanks, Sarah M.


  • ·         Locking Side Door

On three recent occasions in as many weeks, the side door (UUCGB's main entrance) has been found unlocked.
When you unlock this door with the key, it will remain unlocked unless you turn the button on the inside of the handle back to the locked position. Please be mindful of this and manually lock the door when exiting the building if you are the last person out. To be doubly sure, try the door to make sure it is secure.  Thank you.


UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:

  • Saturday 9/13 at 10:00 Book Group
  • Sunday 9/14 at 10:00 Sunday Service
  • Monday 9/15 at 6:30 Finance Meeting
  • Wednesday 9/17 at 7:00 Choir Practice
  • Sunday 9/21 at 10:00 Sunday Service

Upcoming Services: 

9/14-Love Reaches Out-Visions For Our Future

The Worship Weavers


Shirley Gedney-Rubel

9/28-NO Service….Harvest Festival


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37th annual Harvest Festival


On September 28th, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
will host its 37th annual Harvest Festival. 

This event will take place on Paradise Green in Stratford, CT
10am-4pm, rain or shine.

Our festival will feature:
-artists, crafters, and vendors of all types
-food vendors
-bake sale
-book sale
-plant sale
-attic treasures tag sale
-games for kids
-face painting 
-live music
-and more!!! 

We are currently seeking vendors, artists, crafters, etc. to participate in our event.

Please note, we are not accepting additional jewelers at this time.

Entry fee: 
$60.00 per exhibitor; 15' x 10'
$100.00 for double space; 30' x 10' (Single exhibitor only) 
$85.00 for pre-approved food vendors (Must be licensed by Stratford Health Department) 

If you are interested in selling your crafts or advertising your business please let us know. You can email Sarah at

Thanks so much, and we hope to see you at the Harvest Festival!

Link to the Harvest Festival FaceBook page