The Drummer – Weekly Beats -November 24, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
November 24, 2017


·         Guest at Your Table kickoff service this Sunday
Bring cut veggies, beans or bread!

On Sunday 26 November we will begin the Guest at Your Table program at UUCGB.  We will be exploring the story of Stone Soup and learn about the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.   If we can all remember to bring a baggie of cut (bite size) vegetables or drained beans or French bread or cornbread we will have our own Stone Soup celebration during coffee hour!



·         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.


·         PB&J Sunday

On the last Sunday of each month, following worship, we make sandwiches for the area homeless, and deliver them to the Beth-El Center in Milford. If you’d like to find out if other shelters in Stratford would like sandwiches, we could include them, too. 
We gladly accept donations of PB and J (preferably grape), as well as plastic fold-over sandwich bags.  
Our next sandwich-making day will be this coming Sunday 26 November.  In December, our sandwich-making day will be Sunday 17 December.



·         Cookie Café
The annual Cookie Café is Saturday 2 December 10AM-noon.  Please spread the word.  Share the post from UUCGB with your Facebook Friends.   Call or email friends and family in the area to invite them to our Cookie Café!

To make the Cookie Café a success we need:
Donations of 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 – thousands of cookies!  Calling all bakers!  Holiday based cookies are preferred (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.  To volunteer to help with our Cookie Cafe, please use the link below!

Volunteer Form       

Thank You!  Ellen, Sarah, and Virginia



·         Religious Education for Children

This week we will be making PB&J Sandwiches and talking about Thanksgiving, Guest at Your Table and our connection to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee.

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


·         Sydney Peace Prize
Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, founders of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, accepted the Sydney Peace Prize on behalf of the network on 2 November 2017.

The prize citation reads:
For building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism.  And for harnessing the potential of new platforms and power of people of people to inspire a bold movement for change at a time when peace is threatened by growing inequality and injustice.



·         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.  The congregation 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 to get a group together who are able to individually stay overnight at UUCM a few times as needed. Please email if you are interested.
UUCGB’s second offering on 19 December collected $175.oo towards expenses associated with providing sanctuary.


·         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!!


·         Holiday Card Writing
On Sunday, December 10, immediately following the service, the Membership Team will be having our 2nd Annual Holiday Card Writing event.  Everyone is invited to join in for the addressing of holiday cards to be sent to UUCGB shut-ins and friends who have moved away.  We have a list of recipients, but there are probably others we haven’t thought of so we’d love your help.  Please contact Marilyn Cocking, or Marty Rising, with the name and full address of anyone you’d like to include.



·         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

Our contemplative Service of Evening Prayer is a service consisting of repetitive singing of chants, readings, prayer and periods of silence, in order to reach a contemplative state. The Taizé Community, an ecumenical monastic order in France, founded in 1940 to promote peace and justice through prayer and meditation. Our service mirrors Taizé-style attention to silence, holy words, prayer, and singing, but has also evolved to include other meditative traditions, as well.

Service begins at 7p, each Tuesday, and lasts 30 min.



          This Week in UU History


11/24/1597 – George Enyedi – the third superintendent (bishop) of Unitarian churches in Transylvania, died.  In a time of fading religious faith, Enyedi rallied the Unitarians with regular synods and writings.  His death, followed by that of Sigismund II, marked the end of Unitarian’s major presence in the area. 

11/24/1859 – Charles Darwin, a Unitarian, published The Origin of the Species, setting forth radical ideas that challenged biblical literalists.  

11/25/1695 – Oxford University in England published a decree censuring a sermon by Joseph Bingham as “false, heretical, and impious.”  The sermon denounced the Trinity.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

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

Tuesday 11/28, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 11/29, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Saturday 12/2, 10:00 am-noon Cookie Cafe

Sunday 12/3, 10:00 am worship “Hope” with Worship Leaders Mike Ingber and Sarah Miller



Upcoming Services:

12/3 Sunday Service:  “Hope” with Worship Leaders Mike Ingber and Sarah Miller

12/10 Sunday Service:  “Peace” with Worship Leader Anita Sanders and Worship Weaver Peter Morse



Office Hours for end November and early December

My mother’s surgery last week went well.  We will know more after her follow up appointment on 4 December.  I will be in the UUCGB office on Tuesday 28 November 9:30- 12:30 and Wednesday 29 November 10-2.  Please get items for the Order of Service and the Drummer as soon as possible, by Wednesday 9 AM at the latest.  The next week I will be in the UUCGB office on Tuesday 5 December noon-3 and Wednesday 6 December 11-2.    


Thank you for your good wishes and schedule flexibility!


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