Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – May 19, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
May 19, 2017

• Sunday Service
Please join us Sunday for our service titled “Let Peace Take Wing”. Worship Weavers Matt and Carli will be making a wall hanging for our sanctuary using the peace cranes that we folded last summer. We will be using washable paint, so please do not wear your Sunday best, as we expect to get a little messy.

• Pledge Forms
A big thanks to all those who returned their pledge forms already. If you have not, please get your forms back to us. As a reminder, we have asked anyone able to use Vanco this year to reduce our Sunday accounting needs and stabilize our income. If you have not received a pledge form yet, please see Virginia or Maureen on Sunday. If you have received your pledge form already, we ask that you return it this Sunday. The Finance Team is meeting on Monday to finalize the budget presented to the Board of Trustees and your cooperation helps us produce an accurate budget for next fiscal year. Thanks! –Finance Team

• Equipment Request
Peter Morse is looking for a working speaker or two to hookup in the lobby to play the service. Please contact him if you are able to help.

• Sound Affect Concert
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. BAKERS NEEDED. As (hopefully) you all know, we will be hosting the amazing youth musicians of Sound Affect this coming Sunday at 4:00. If you have not done it yet, please go to the UUCGB FaceBook page and like the event to help spread the word. In addition, we will need people to help that afternoon. We will need people to help direct traffic in the parking lot, to be in the lobby to answer questions, to assist people with the chair lift, etc. If you can help out, see Peter after the service on Sunday. Also, it would be awesome if had goodies to sell before the show and at intermission. Please consider making something to share.

• 2017 UUA General Assembly
Join us June 21 – 25 in New Orleans for the 2017 UUA General Assembly. General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend!

• Tuesday Evening Taize Prayer Service
Are you looking for some time for quiet contemplation? Are you looking for a worshipful experienced in which there is no sermon and no one telling you what to believe before you are sure you believe it? Then the Service of Taize Evening Prayer may be for you.

This 30-minute service is inspired by the worship of the international ecumenical monastic community of Taize, France. The service consists of simple, modern chants sung repetitively or in a round, a brief reading of Scripture, a long period of peaceful silence and some time for intercessory prayer.

There is no preaching, no monetary collection, no attempt at recruiting church members; it is simply a time to come together in song and prayer. People who have attended often comment on the rich spiritual atmosphere of the service. Its serenity and simplicity provide a wonderful midweek opportunity to feed one’s soul.
Every Tuesday at 7:00

• This Week in UU History
5/22/1854 Harm Jan Huidekoper, the founder of Meadville Theological School (Unitarian), died in Meadville, Pennsylvannia, at age 78.

5/23/1960 Unitarians and Universalists voted to consolidate, which lead to the formation of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

5/24/1944 The Unitarian Church of the Larger Fellowship was formed to serve Unitarians who were not located near a Unitarian church. The American Unitarian Association provided it with sermons, literature, newsletters and devotional material. This continued a ministry that had been carried out for many years by the so-called Post Office Mission.

5/25/1790 The 17 delegates of the second general organization of Universalists met at the Society of Universal Baptists in Philadelphia and adopted the Articles of Faith. Although the Philadelphia Convention lasted only a few years, the plans and works it prepared were handed over the New England General Conference, which formed them into the Universalist General Convention. The General Convention met annually until it became the Universalist Church of America, which in 1961 consolidated with the American Universalist Association to become the Unitarian Universalist Association.

UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 5/21, 10:00 Sunday Service
Sunday 5/21, 11:30 Worship Weavers Meeting
Monday 5/22, 4:00 Finance Team Meeting
Tuesday 5/23, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 5/24, 7:00 Choir Practice
Saturday 5/27, 10:00 Book Club
Sunday 5/28, 11:30 Sunday Service

Upcoming Services:
5/21 “Let Peace Take Wing”
Matt Harlow & Carli Taylor-Harlow
Reverend Sierra Marie-Gerfao
6/4 “Left Foot, Right Foot, Left Foot, Breathe”
Reverend Rebecca Sala
6/11 Annual Meeting
Board of Trustees

Please send any items you would like listed in next week’s Weekly Drummer Beats to church.office@uucgb.org by Friday at 9 am! The weekly email is sent every Friday at noon!

Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
275 Huntington Road, Stratford, CT 06614