Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – August 25, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
August 25, 2017

·         Happy 90th Birthday to Mary Evers!

We would like to wish Mary Evers a joyful 90th birthday! You are a valued addition to our congregation and we treasure your wisdom and experience, now and always.


·         Summer Series Sunday Service

Learn about the role of women in the evolution of UUism with Worship Weaver Virginia Smith.


·         Book Donations Needed!
The Harvest Festival is coming quickly and the Book Table needs your books.   We will take any books except textbooks and encyclopedias. CD’s and DVD’s are good too.    

Leave them in Fellowship Hall. Please email Jennifer Winschel 


·         Seeking New Worship Weavers

This coming Sunday, 8/27, the Worship Weavers will meet to begin planning the worship calendar for the 2017-2018 church year at UUCGB. We will meet shortly after the service ends.

If you are interested in becoming more involved in worship experiences at UUCGB, please join us, new team members are always welcome!

Our responsibilities include:

-planning and delivering Sunday services

-working with guest ministers and speakers

-assisting other lay led leaders in creating worship services.

If you think you might like to join our team, or if you have any questions, please email Sarah Miller atsarahcatster@gmail.com. We look forward to another worshipful year at UUCGB!

The Worship Weavers


·         UUA Presidential Statement on Transgender Military Ban

UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s directive banning transgender people from entering the military:

I condemn in the strongest terms President Trump’s immoral directive banning transgender people from entering the military and revoking health care support for those currently serving. Unitarian Universalists unequivocally support the full humanity of people across the spectrum of gender and sexuality, including the right of transgender people to serve in the military. This is yet another attack from this administration on the humanity, dignity, and fundamental rights of people in this country. Even more disturbing, this attack targets those who have committed their lives to faithful service.

 My heart turns to all the transgender and gender non-conforming people in the military who are showing up everyday to serve and protect our country, even as their commander in chief has made them a target. I am grateful for your service. Grounded in a belief that all people are worthy, and called faithfully to build the Beloved Community, I particularly urge my fellow cisgender Unitarian Universalists to join me to affirming, supporting and celebrating all of our transgender and gender non-conforming siblings. We are with you. We remain with you until we are all free.


·         Tuesday Evening Taize Prayer Service

Are you looking for some time for quiet contemplation?   Are you looking for a worshipful experience 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

8/29/1809 Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was a noted physician and writer. In 1830, he published the poem “Old Ironsides” to protest the scrapping the frigate Constitution. He was Parkman Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Harvard College and dean of its medical school. Holmes published many works, including The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) and biographies of John Lothrop Motley and Ralph Waldo Emerson. His poem “The Deacon’s Masterpiece” was a satire on the collapse of Calvinism during its struggle with Unitarianism. Holmes died in Boston on October 7, 1894


UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 8/27, 10:00 Sunday Service

Sunday 8/27, 11:00 Worship Weavers Meeting

Tuesday 8/29, 7:00 Taize Service

Wednesday 8/30, 7:00 Choir Practice

Sunday 9/3, 10:00 Sunday Service


Upcoming Services:

8/27, “Evolution of the Two Faiths 1861-1960” with Worship Leader Virginia Smith

9/3, “Thoughts from 2017 General Assembly – Looking Forward” with President Anita Sanders


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