Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport

The Drummer – Weekly Beats – September 1, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
September 1, 2017

• UUCGB Wishes members Carli & Matt Harlowe Best of Luck in their new home.
UUCBG members Carli & Matt Harlowe have departed this morning to start their new life in South Carolina. We wish them a smooth transition as they settle into new jobs and search for their next home.

• Summer Series Sunday Service
Join us on Sunday as we hear thoughts from the 2017 General Assembly as well as ways we can look forward in UUism with Worship Weaver Anita Sanders.

• Homecoming Service Reminder
Just a reminder to please bring water or earth that you have collected over the summer or in your travels for water communion.

• UUA Assisting in Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Our hearts are with those in southeast Texas and Louisiana as they continue to cope with rain and flooding after the initial impact of Hurricane Harvey on Friday. We’re monitoring the situation and checking in with local Unitarian Universalists. In addition, we’re working with partner organizations to find ways to support those impacted. To do this, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has joined with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a recovery and relief fund.

Please give as generously as you are able.

Half of all funds raised will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm. Those funds will be administered through a group of leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region, which includes the states across the southeast from Texas to South Carolina and from most of Virginia to Florida. The other half of the funds will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners.

Using their eye-to-eye partnership model, UUSC will work with and support local grassroots community partners on the ground in Texas, who serve at-risk populations who may not be able to access relief services, and who are traditionally left out of mainstream response efforts. This work will bolster locally-led relief efforts that are serving immigrant families, in particular young mothers and their children. As the storm passes and recovery begins, the UUA and UUSC will continue to get updates and work with partners to ensure needs are met. Follow along on UUA and UUSC social media to stay up to date as the situation develops.

In this difficult time, I wanted to share this prayer from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray:
Source of all, we hold all of those in harm’s way in our care today.
May the people of greater Houston, those along the Gulf Coast who were in the path of the hurricane, and those who are safe but still watching the waters rise, find their way to safety.

We pray for the strength and courage of the first responders, we pray for neighbors who are reaching out a helping hand, for the steadiness of medical personnel in the face of challenging circumstances, and for the wisdom of local officials. We pray for all those around the world facing the effects of weather disasters, and for those suffering because of violence and human injustice. May we all join our hearts and hands in the service of the healing of our world. Amen.
We are heartened by the generous response we have already received. Thank you for your generosity.

In faith,
Rev. Mary Katherine Morn

• Seeking Speakers for Upcoming Service
A few years ago, several speakers participated in collage services entitled Hide and Seek with God. In these services, we heard from members who shared their unique beliefs regarding God or a higher power. These services were very well received, and showcase the spiritual diversity of our Unitarian Universalist faith.

I am seeking members and friends who are willing to participate in a new installment of this service, exact date to be determined.

For instance, I would love to hear from speakers who: (and these are just some examples)
-believe in a singular God in a traditional Christian or Jewish sense, like a heavenly father
-believe there is no God or higher power of any kind
-believe in multiple Gods and Goddesses
-believe in more of a personal or internal God, that God is different within each one of us
-speakers who are still trying to determine just what they believe

Some guiding questions to consider as you prepare your talk:
-how did you come to these conclusions about God
-how does your perspective connect to your life as a UU
-how does your perspective affect how you live your life and interact with others
-has your perspective ever caused conflict, both internal or between you and family, friends, etc.

Reflections should be approximately 3-5 minutes long, and must be written in advance as opposed to being spoken ad lib. For both collaboration and planning purposes, reflections need to be submitted to the worship weaver two weeks before the service.
As the worship leader, I am happy to answer questions and help you as you prepare your talk.
I look forward to hearing from you, and look forward to a thought provoking collage service!!

Sarah Miller

• 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 with questions.

• Seeking New Worship Weavers
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 at sarahcatster@gmail.com. We look forward to another worshipful year at UUCGB!
The Worship Weavers

• 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
9/3/1780 Lant Carpenter was born in Kiderminster, England. A distinguished Unitarian Minister and teacher, he served churches in Exeter and Bristol and wrote several books clarifying and defending Unitarianism. Unlike many Protestant of his day, he defended the rights of Roman Catholics.
9/1/1786 Adam Streeter died at the age of 50. He was an early Universalist preacher who helped John Murray organize a Universalist society in Boston and the first minister of Universalist society in Boston and the first minister of Universalist congregations in Oxford and Milford, Massachusetts.
9/3/1598 Town magistrates in Leyden, Holland, ordered Unitarian books burned and their authors, Christopher Osterod and Andrew Voidovius banished.

UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 9/3, 10:00 Sunday Service
Tuesday 9/5, 7:00 Taize Service
Wednesday 9/6, 7:00 Choir Practice
Sunday 9/10, 10:00 Homecoming Service
Upcoming Services:
9/3, “Thoughts from 2017 General Assembly – Looking Forward” with President Anita Sanders
9/10, Homecoming with Water Communion by the Worship Weavers
9/17, Worship Weavers-Peter Morse and Ellen Hardy
9/24, Harvest Festival-No Service

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