The Drummer – Weekly Beats – December 1, 2017

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
December 1, 2017


·         Saturday 2 December 10-noon, Cookie Café – not too late to help.

       Please be sure to shop for cookies at our 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!

Still Needed to make the Cookie Café a success::

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!



Thank You!  Ellen, Sarah, and Virginia



·         Chalica begins on Monday 4 December

What is Chalica you say?  A seasonal observance that celebrates our seven principles focusing on one principle each day.   A group of young adult UUs were hungry for a celebration in this season of lights that was their own, not borrowed or adapted from our sources, something that would be UU start to finish.   They wanted an observance without commercial trappings or onerous social gatherings to host or attend.  Chalica was born.  It is largely a home practice for individuals or families.  Chalica can be as simple as reflecting on the daily principle when you begin the day.  It can be lighting a chalice when your family gathers for a meal and discuss what the day’s principle means.  Chalica is flexible and can be as simple or elaborate as you want to make it.  It is ours, it was created by young adult UUs (that alone makes me want to observe Chalica), the observance is flexible.  More information about Chalica can be found at:

Resources to deepen your Chalica practice will be available on Saturday. 



·         Guest at Your Table
The Guest at Your Table program kickoff was part of worship on 26 November.  Even if you were unable to attend the service, you can pick up your collection box or envelope and your copy of the Stories of Hope on the table in the back of the Sanctuary.  Guest at Your Table is an invitation to engage in understanding and support of the work of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC).  More information about Guest at Your Table and the UUSC can be found at: o-guest-at-your-table/



·         SAVE THE DATE!

December 17 Soup and Bread Potluck & Holiday Concert/Carol Sing

Our annual Holiday Concert/Carol Sing will be held on 17 December.   Immediately after the service, we will be having our traditional Soup and Bread Potluck, so be ready to fire up your Crock Pots and ovens. We will aim for the concert to start somewhere between 11:15 and 11:30. Please feel free to invite friends and family.



 ·         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.



·         Religious Education for Children
This week we will be talking about the annual season of lights, Advent, and our own, albeit minor, holiday, Chalica!

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


·         UU Meriden becomes a Sanctuary Congregation
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Meriden and the congregation’s recently formed 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 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 either call Marilyn Cocking, or email 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 as-support/funds/disaster-resp onse.



·         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 30min.



 ·         This Week in UU History

12/2/1912 – The Advisory Council to the Department of Religious Education of the American Unitarian Association – chaired by President Samuel Atkins Eliot, voted to authorize the secretary and assistant secretary to proceed in conjunction with the representatives of the Massachusetts Universalist Sunday School Association in development of Sunday school material to be used by both denominations.

12/4/1822 – Frances Power Cobbe was born in Dublin, Ireland.  She became a Unitarian as a result of reading A Discourse of Religion by Theodore Parker.  She wrote major works of philosophy, including Theory of Intuitive Morals (1855), Religious Duty (1864), and Cities of the Past (1864), based on her travels as far east as Damascus.  Cobbe advocated the importance of listening to one’s own soul.  She worked with poor children and pleaded for universities to admit them, for which she was ridiculed.  She toiled in the workhouses against vivisection, a cause that became increasingly important to her.  She died on April 5, 1904. 

12/6/1563 – Agitation began in Zurich, Switzerland, against the presence of anti-Trinitarian Bernardino Ochino, who was strongly influenced by Michael Servetus in his rejection of the Trinity.  Ochino was banished from the state of Zurich and the church “to preserve the peace and purity of both.”  The immediate cause of the anger toward him was publication of his book Thirty Dialogues, dealing mostly with whether Jesus was the Messiah, which he denied, and the Trinity, which he rejected.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

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

Sunday 12/3, 11:30 am Board of Trustees

Tuesday 12/5, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 12/6, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Saturday 12/9, 10:00 am Book Group

Sunday 12/10, 10:00 am worship “Peace” with Worship Leader Anita Sanders and Worship Weaver Peter Morse

Sunday 12/10, 11:30 am Holiday Card Writing



Upcoming Services:

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

12/17 Sunday Service:   “Joy” with Worship Leader Sierra Marie Gerfao and Worship Weaver Sarah Miller



Office Hours for early December

Molly will be in the UUCGB office on Tuesday 5 December noon-3 and Wednesday 6 December 11-2.    Please get items for the Order of Service and the Drummer into the office as soon as possible, Wednesday 9 AM at the latest. 


Thank you for your good wishes and schedule flexibility!


Please send any items you would like listed in next week’s Weekly Drummer Beats to by Wednesday at 9 am!  The weekly email is sent every Thursday evening!



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