The Drummer – Weekly Beats – December 22, 2017
December 22, 2017
· Christmas Eve in the morning
Please join us around the tree for a Christmas Eve in the morning service. The Hardy/Morse family will be doing their traditional “Song and Stories of Christmas” service on Sunday morning. Come in your jammies and bring your pillows and blankets and sleeping bags so you can curl up for favorites both old and new in an intimate, relaxed setting.
· Christmas Eve Service Need
Does anyone have one of those electric fireplaces (it doesn’t even need to work) we could use as a set piece for the Christmas Eve service? If so, could you bring it this Sunday and/or contact Peter and Ellen.
· Religious Education for Children
No Religious Education this week.
Going Forward – New Time The original plan was for Religious Education for Children or Faith Formation to be “experilearning” from 22 October through the end of 2017 with RE for children in the second hour. There have been a few bumps in the road and we have not been able to give this model a true test run. We are extending our experiment, with what we’ve learned so far, through the end of February. We will continue to worship all together at 10 AM each Sunday, after a brief refreshment break, children and teachers will gather for religious education in the “Second Hour”. So far, the Faith Formation Team is Karen Pirhala, Laura Baker 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 email@example.com
· Religious Exploration for Adults
2018 is the 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda, a radical departure from the enforced state religion of European countries in 1568. An article in the winter edition of the UU World by Eric Cherry (https://www.uuworld.org/articles/450-edict-torda-landmark) discusses this important development in our history. There is a link to pages on the UUA web site (https://www.uua.org/international/torda450) that outlines a year-long theological exploration we can take part in. We can design how we as a congregation might want to participate: watch webinars in the series on our own or as a group, have our discussions immediately after viewing the webinars or at a time shortly after the webinars are available in the UUA archive.
If you are interested in learning more about the Edict of Torda and the Theological Dialogue possibilities, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office 203-378-1020.
· 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: https://www.uusc.org/welcome-to-guest-at-your-table/
· 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 yeaand 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.
· UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson is the book for January. The January meeting will be Saturday, January 27th at 10am.
The book for February will be Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
We also plan to read Lab Girl as one of our books this year and are open to other suggestions so please feel free to share via email any books that you have read and want to discuss or books that you keep meaning to read. We also try to choose at least one classic every year so keep that in mind.
Thanks and see y’all in January.
· 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 President@uucgb.org if you are interested.
· 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
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 7 pm, each Tuesday, and lasts 30min.
· This Week in UU History
12/23/1696 – Thomas Aikenhead, an 18 year old student in Edinburch, Scotland, was sentenced to be hanged for reviling the Trinity, denying the Incarnation ans “scoffing” at the scriptures. The execution took place on January 8, 1697.
12/25/1817– Hosea Ballou was installed as minister of the Second Universalist Society in Boston.
12/28/1812 – The Massachusetts Peace Society, led by Unitarian minister Noah Worcester, was organized. It was one of the first such societies in the world. Noah Worcester was an indefatigable worker for peace and was often called the “apostle of peace”.
UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:
Sunday 12/24, 10:00 am worship “Songs & Stories” with Worship Leaders Ellen Hardy and Peter Morse
Tuesday 12/26, 7:00 pm Taize Service
Wednesday 12/27, 7:00 pm Choir Practice
Sunday 12/31, 10:00 am worship “Imagine” with Worship Leader Mike Ingber and Worship Weaver Sarah Miller
12/31 Sunday Service Imagine with Worship Leader Mike Ingber and Worship Weaver Sarah Miller
1/7 Sunday Service with guest minister Rev. Rebecca Scala
End December/beginning January Office Hours
For the next two weeks I will be in the office Wednesday and Thursday 10 am – 1 pm. 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 email@example.com by Wednesday at 9 am! The weekly email is sent every Thursday evening!
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