The Drummer – Weekly Beats – November 17, 2017
November 17, 2017
· Small Group Ministry Will Enrich Your UUCGB Experience
The call is still out for participants in UUCGB’s Small Group Ministry experience for this church year. If we don’t hear from at least five interested members or friends by Sunday, December 1, we will not able to offer SGM this year and that will be a loss for us all.
If you are a newcomer to UUCGB and do not feel truly connected yet, participation in these discussion sessions can help you feel more comfortable and confident to explore and share milestones on your faith journey. If you have been around for a while, SGM can help develop and strengthen friendships with fellow members and followers and greatly enrich your church experience.
We’ve recently learned that Thursday evenings are difficult for some. We chose Thursday evenings only because it is the one night when there are fewer regularly scheduled “church” meetings. Perhaps there is another evening or time in the week more convenient for those who have an interest in SGM. If this is your situation, please talk to one of our facilitators and let us know when you would be available. It would be wonderful if we could find a time convenient to at least five individuals. We are considering holding sessions at UUCGB if that would be more convenient to participants, Please contact either Al Post, Anita Sanders, Virginia Smith, or Jennifer Winschel with your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you.
· Thanksgiving Potluck on 19 November
Our annual Thanksgiving potluck will be held after service on Sunday, November 19. 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.)
· A Musical Dessert to Our Thanksgiving Potluck
The UUCGB Choir will be at their usual best when they joint choirs from other faith communities in the Greater Bridgeport area at the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday, November 19th at 4 p.m. at the United Congregational Church, now occupying space in the Bessemer Center, 2200 North Avenue, Bridgeport. This service is sponsored by the Tent of Abraham initiative of the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport of which we are a member. (You may recall hearing that UCC sold their former church at State and Park where many of us attended this event in previous years to the Bridgeport Islamic Community for a mosque last Spring.) Our good friend, the Rev. Sara Smith, will be officiating. The theme of this year’s interfaith service is “Peace” and our choir will be offering the beautiful “soon love, soon” by Vienna Teng as inspiration. Consider staying around for fellowship after our pot luck and carpooling over to Bridgeport from the parking lot at about 3 to get a good seat.
· Religious Education for Children
This week we will be preparing for the Guest at Your Table kick off on 26 November by making up the collection boxes and talking about the Stories of Hope that are part of the campaign while the adults set up our Thanksgiving Potluck.
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 at 10 AM each Sunday, after our refreshment break, children and teachers will gather for religious education in the “Second Hour”. So far, the Faith Formation Team is Karen Pirhala and Molly Nolan. A couple people have expressed interest in participating in RE for children. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
· UU Meriden becomes a Sanctuary Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist Church became aware of a need for a sanctuary location for a family in Meriden in late September. We voted to support the Board of Trustees in offering sanctuary to the family and to pursue becoming a Sanctuary Congregation. Happily, the family’s immediate need was eliminated and ultimately the courts have allowed quests for green cards for the immigrant parents of the family to move forward. Meanwhile, UUCM became aware of another dire situation on 9 October. Acting quickly the, then just forming, Chalice Sanctuary Team made arrangements to provide sanctuary to Sujitno and Dahlia Sajuti. Sujitno came to the US as a Fullbright Scholar and then returned to work on a PhD through UConn. He overstayed his student visa and to date has not been able to attain documented status.
UUCGB has offered help to UUCM. We have been asked for two things. First, to get a group together who are able to individually stay overnight at UUCM a few times as needed. Please email President@uucgb.org if you are interested.
Second, we are going to have a special collection on November 19th to buy Stop & Shop gift cards to support the groceries needed. The gift cards are a fundraiser for UUCM and therefore are an extra help to them.
· Cookie Café
The annual Cookie Café will be held on Saturday 2 December.
To make the Cookie Café a success we need:
Any holiday type tin that is clean and has a good lid with no rust anywhere. Very large and very small tins do not sell well. No tins from companies (Walker’s shortbread, Royal Dansk, etc.)
COOKIES – preferably holiday based (oatmeal and chocolate chip cookies don’t sell as well) but all cookies are welcome. If you make something Nut Free, Gluten Free, or Vegan please label so people looking for those types can buy with confidence.
Volunteers for set up, sales and clean up.
Please contact Ellen Hardy for more information or to volunteer
· UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Because the 4th Saturday is Thanksgiving Weekend we have postponed our next meeting until December 9th – not our usual day but the 4th Saturday of December is only 2 days before Christmas so…hope you can make it on the 9th. Then we will start up again in 2018 with the 4th Saturday of the month.
Because many people were already reading A Gentleman in Moscow and those who weren’t expressed an interest in it that will be our next book. A Gentleman in Moscow, written by Amor Towles, is the book for the 9 December 10 AM meeting of the UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.
If you have a book you think would be a good book for the group please reply and let us know – we try to do all genres – fiction, non-fiction, classics etc…
Thanks and Happy Reading!!
· 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 https://www.uua.org/giving/areas-support/funds/disaster-response.
· 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
11/18/2003 – The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued its decision in the case of Goodridge v. the Department of Public Health of Massachusetts. The court held that the Constitution of Massachusetts, it is illegal to deny people of the same gender the same marriage rights granted to people of different genders. The primary plaintiffs were Hillary and Julie Goodridge. Of the 14 plaintiffs, seven were Unitarian Universalists, including Hillary Goodridge. The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association of the Massachusetts Bay District filedamicus curiae briefs in the case.
11/19/1820 – The Baltimore Unitarian Book Society, led by Jared Sparks was formed to distribute Bibles “and other such books as contain rational and consistent views of Christian doctrines, and are calculated to promote a correct faith, sincere piety, and a holy practice.”
11/21/1559 – The Synod of Pinczow, Poland debated the nature of Christ, showing the Socinian influence. The dispute was settled with both sides claiming victory.
UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 11/19, 10:00 am “Living your Best Life” with worship Leader Rev. Erica Richmond and Worship Weaver. Anita Sanders
Sunday 11/19, 11:30 am Thanksgiving Pot Luck
Tuesday 11/21, 7:00 pm Taize Service
Wednesday 11/22, 7:00 pm Choir Practice
Sunday 11/26, 10:00 am worship “Stone Soup” with Worship Leaders Ellen Hardy and Molly Nolan
Sunday 11/26, 11:30 am PB&J Sunday
Sunday 11/26 11:30 am Worship Weavers
11/26 Sunday Service: “Stone Soup” with Worship Leaders Ellen Hardy and Molly Nolan
12/3 Sunday Service: “Hope” with Worship Leaders Mike Ingber and Sarah Miller
Office Hours for November
As most of you know, I am dealing with my mother’s health issues. My family lives in south Jersey so this requires some substantial travel. I have updated and given my best guess on when I will be in the office. As soon as my mother’s condition is more clear, my schedule will be too. Until then, thank you for giving me the flexibility I need and thank you for your forbearance as I alter my schedule to meet competing needs. The week of Thanksgiving is going to be tricky. Can you please send anything for the Drummer issue that should go out to members on 23 or 24 November to the office and to me at email@example.com by 9 AM Tuesday 21 November? If there are any late entries, still send to both the office and to me personally. I will make every effort to get all the submissions in.
**Monday 20 Nov, 10-2 (updated)
**Tuesday, 21 Nov, 10-noon (updated)
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