The Drummer – Weekly Beats – November 3, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
November 3, 2017


·         Fall Back – Daylight Savings Ends in the wee hours of Sunday morning

Remember to set your clocks back for that precious extra hour of sleep this Saturday before you go to bed.  Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM Sunday morning 5 November 2017.


 ·         Worship with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden

There will be no worship service at UUCGB on Sunday November 5. 

We will be worshipping with the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden at 10:30 AM. 

All members and friends of UUCGB are invited to attend services at the UU Church in Meriden.  The Service this Sunday is “Hope:  A Gift Given and Received”. 

The children will join in RE classes which run at the same time as worship in Meriden. 

If you are able and willing to drive and provide transportation for a fellow UU travelers from the UUCGB parking lot, please post your availability and contact information on our news site: 

Allow driving time of 40 minutes to Meriden at 328 Paddock Ave where services begin at 10:30 a.m. 

You can find complete directions on their website:

Hope to see you all there.


 ·         Small Group Ministry Begins Again

Small Group Ministry, as it is described and practiced in UU faith communities, is the intentional gathering of eight to 10 individuals led by trained facilitators in structured, two-hour discussions twice a month over a period of six to eight months. Its purpose includes fostering closer connections of friendship and caring between members and/or friends not always made possible by regular attendance at Sunday services, deepening a sense of individual spirituality, and strengthening the fabric of the faith community. Last year UUCGB offered the SGM experience here for the first time in many years and it was well received by participants who conducted a Sunday service in the spring to sing its praises. 

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that SGM will be offered again in this church year, beginning in November and continuing through May.  The model will be the same as it was last year:  there will be a brief “check-in” from participants, selected readings on the assigned topic, and questions for meaningful dialogue.

This year’s session are planned for either the first and third Thursday evening, 7 to 9, or the second and fourth Thursday of the month, same time, with adjustments for holidays or inclement weather.  If there is sufficient numbers for each group, two groups may be accommodated.  A Saturday morning group, 9:30 to 11:30, may be possible if there is enough interest.  

Participation in SGM requires a serious and dedicated commitment.  Once a group is formed, it is expected that each participant will participate in every session unless he or she is ill or out of town.  It is also expected that each participant will respect the group’s behavioral covenant and process guidelines.  
If you have questions or are interested in registering for one of the times listed above, please contact one of the trained facilitators: Al Post, Anita Sanders, Virginia Smith, or Jennifer Winschel.  For impressions of the SGM programs, you may also wish to speak to one of last year’s SGM participants: Marty Rising, Myra Healy, Debby Parsons, Carolyn Monachelli, Jim Torriani, Susan Lautier, or Charles Lautier.  

·         Thanksgiving Potluck on 19 November
Our annual Thanksgiving potluck will be held after service on Sunday, November 18.  Please join us for good friends, good food, and good conversation.  Bring your favorite holiday dish to share.  Please let Marisa Tyger know what you plan to bring so we can be sure to have all the basics covered.  A sign-up sheet is located on the coffee hour table.  Please indicate any food requirements you have (gluten free, vegan, etc.)


·         Religious Education for Children

This week we will be joining the children of UU Meriden for RE classes.  Everyone starts in the sanctuary.  When the congregation sings us out we will head to the RE Floor for classes. 

Going Forward – New Time Religious Education for Children or Faith Formation will be “experilearning” from 22 October through the end of 2017 with a different schedule.  We will continue to worship all together at10 AM each Sunday, after our refreshment break, children and teachers will gather for religious education in the “Second Hour”.  As much as possible we will extend the messages of our worship into faith formation.  Other groups that meet on Sunday after worship will also meet during the “Second Hour”.  We will evaluate RE in the “Second Hour” at the end of 2017 and share plans for 2018 at that time.  The Faith Formation Team is Karen Pirhala and Molly Nolan.  The team would benefit with one more core member and a roster of volunteers willing to assist with class.  Ideally, two adults are with the children at all times.  Could that person be you?  Please contact Karen or Molly at


·         Harvest Festival: Do We Want To Do It Again?
Results of our (fairly) recent Harvest Festival on Paradise Green may be viewed from two perspectives:  

Financially: The 2017 HF raised a total of $4,798 before expenses and has helped fulfill the “ways and means” projection in UUCGB’s annual operating budget for 2017-18. Contributing to this total were: Vendor fees of $3,130; Baked goods at $326; Attic treasures at $305; Books at $291; Bounce house at $248; Cheesecake at $220; Food at $202; and quilt raffle at $76. Expenses are estimated to total no more than $1,300 leaving a net profit of about $3,500. 
Building Community: Both within our membership and in the town, the absence of Harvest Festival next year and thereafter would probably be missed as much as the $3,500 in our budgeted income.  In addition, it is probably safe to say that every UUCGB member/friend who was able to contribute of their time, talent and treasure enjoyed the day despite their sore feet and back. 

Still, we must decide soon if we want to plan for the 41st annual Harvest Festival next September because applications to crafters should be going out before January 30th. There will be a meeting at 11:30 am after services on Sunday, November 12th, to which all interested members/friends are invited to contribute their thoughts to the discussion and decision regarding the fate of this 40-year UUCGB tradition in Stratford.  If you are unable to attend this meeting, please convey any thoughts or suggestions you may have to either myself or Sarah Miller. 

Virginia Smith


·         UUA Disaster Relief Fund

Our UU friends and neighbors in Florida and the Caribbean—including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands—have experienced extraordinary devastation following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. UU friends in California have experienced devastating damage due to wildfires.  We invite you to contribute to the UUA Disaster Relief Fund (formerly the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund) so the UUA can provide financial assistance to UU congregations impacted by these and other natural disasters. In addition to facilitating their own disaster recovery, congregations receiving disaster relief funds will have discretion to provide financial assistance to their members, as well as to support local partner organizations serving the community at large. For more information, including suggestions for how to contribute beyond the UU sphere, visit our website


·         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, no monetary collection 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.
Every Tuesday at 7:00

·         This Week in UU History
11/5/1921 – Antoinette Louisa Brown Blackwell died at age 96.  She was born in Henrietta, NY.  A precocious child, she began to speak at meetings of the Congregational church her family attended.  She completed a literary course and the theological seminary at Oberlin.  She was called to the Congregational Church of South Bulter, NY.  As a woman, she could not be ordained, but was the first female pastor in the US.  She became a Unitarian in 1854, she helped found All Souls Unitarian Church in Elizabeth, NJ and served as it’s first minister.  11/8/1638 – First Church and Parish in Dedham, MA was organized on this date.  This church, now Unitarian Universalist, was the focus of the Dedham Decision, a decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in 1820 that gave property rights to parishes rather than churches, and in the process influenced every Congregational church in MA.  The decision in favor of the parishes cleared the way for the new liberal Unitarianism that was emerging in America in the 1820’s and within 20 years one-quarter of the Congregational churches in Massachusetts were Unitarian.  11/9/1805 – Harriot Kezia Hunt, a lifelong Universalist, was born in Boston, MA. She was a pioneer in medical practice and a strong advocate of abolition, women’s rights, and public health education.  In 1827 she opened a school.  She stressed strong family life as a key to health and well-being and mental health as a strong factor in physical health.  She published her autobiography, Glances and Glimpses, in 1856.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 11/5, WORSHIP WITH UUCM in Meriden at 10:30 am.  NO Sunday Service at UUCGB on 5 November

Tuesday 11/7, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 11/8, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday 11/12, 10:00 am Worship, “Hide and Seek with God” with Worship Leader Sarah Miller

Sunday 11/12, 11:30 am Harvest Festival Meeting


Upcoming Services:

11/5 Sunday Service at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden at 10:30 AM

11/12 Sunday Service:  “Hide and Seek with God” with Worship Leader Sarah Miller


Office Hours for November


Thursday, 2 Nov, 2:30-5:30

Friday, 3 Nov, 11-2


Thursday, 9 Nov, 11-3

Friday, 10 Nov, 10-noon


Tuesday, 14 Nov, 1-3:30

Wednesday, 15 Nov, 10-1:30


Tuesday, 21 Nov, 1-4

Wednesday, 22 Nov, 10-noon


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