The Drummer – Weekly Beats – March 30, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
March 30, 2018


·        This Saturday 31 March UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The book for March is Kristin Lavransdatter by Sigrid Undset.  Find the translation by Tina Nunally (Ellen got it for her my Kindle from Amazon for $14.99) and recommends the Nunally translation because, “it is a very good and easily read translation.”  The next meeting is Saturday 31 March at 10 AM. 

If you took any pictures at any March for Our Lives events, please send pictures to



·        Calling for SOFT toys for the Sanctuary

Our first Sunday with quieter toys in the Sanctuary was a success.  We still need to expand our collection of soft toys.  To make sure we have a ready supply of toys and quiet fidget items during worship, we are collecting soft toys:  foam building blocks, stuffed animals, coloring books, word games, hidden picture and puzzle books.  No hard plastic or noisemakers will be allowed in the sanctuary.  We will create a sanctuary basket with quiet toys available for use during worship.



·        General Assembly

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Anyone may attend; congregations must certify annually to send voting delegates.  UUCGB has delegate openings.  UUCGB has funds available to assist with registration expense.  You can attend in person or online.  You can be a delegate on site or off site.  Registration rates change on 1 May. for all pages related to General Assembly.  Be sure to check out the GA Prep Resources if you are considering going to GA.  If you would be a first time attendee or even if not, check out


If you are interested in attending General Assembly or have questions, please contact Anita Sanders for more information.



·        Silent Goods and Services Auction

Going once, going twice.  Yes, it is the return of the Silent Goods and Services Auction.  To be held in the Sanctuary starting in mid May and running through the first Sunday in June.  We need YOUR donations to make this popular event a success. 


Dinners, beach trips, birthday cakes, bottles of wine, trips to antique shows and quilts are all items that will make us some money.  So email Jennifer with your questions or donations. Forms will be available in the Sanctuary. 

So start thinking….What can you donate?



·        Ride Request

Hi. I am, Lee Penyak, a UU in Kalamazoo, MI. One of my best friends is a new resident in Stratford Assisted Living. He is about 63 and recently had a stroke but is improving quickly. He is smart and a good person. He would like to attend UU services but doesn’t have transportation. I would be pleased to pay for someone to give him a ride if you know of anyone. Please contact Molly in the church office if you or someone you know is able to help.



·        Religious Education for Children

After the service, and a short refreshment break, children and RE teachers will head to the Children’s Chapel for a brief lesson on Easter and the symbols and customs that have become associated with the holiday.  Then everyone will hunt for Easter Eggs. 


What RE for Children looks like on Sunday morning–We are continuing RE in the “second hour” on an ongoing basis.  We hope to have a congregation wide discussion of RE for children and youth in the next couple months.  Currently, the whole congregation worships together beginning at 10 AM.  After a brief refreshment break following the service, children and teachers will gather for religious education, usually in the Children’s Chapel.  We are using a variety of curricular resources in our one room RE schoolhouse. So far, the Faith Formation Team is Karen Pirhala, Laura Baker and Molly Nolan.  We need one more person to fill out the team.  For safe congregations purposes we must have two adults in class each Sunday.  Interested?  Please contact Karen or Molly at



·        Religious Exploration for Adults

UUA Common Read – Daring Democracy

Each year the UUA chooses a book, this year they chose two, for Unitarian Universalists to read and discuss.  The UUA provides discussion guides for use in 1-3 sessions, whatever works for each congregation.

The UUA suggested two books.  Interest has been expressed about reading Daring Democracy.  Al Post and Molly Nolan will be finding a couple times for discussion after worship.  If you want to weigh in with good dates for yourself to join in the discussion(s), please talk to Al or Molly at coffee hour. 

Would you like to plan or be part of a worship service but maybe not ready to be a Worship Weaver?  A worship service on this general topic is slated for early July.  You can get your toes wet helping us shape the service.  


Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning, and Connection for the America We Want, by Frances Moore Lappé and Adam Eichen, (Beacon Press, 2017) lifts up the importance of democracy itself. It examines the anti-democracy movement that has led to the Trump presidency, then offers a vision and call to action to save our democracy and to take our civic life to a place it has never been. 



·        Are you on Facebook?

            If you are on Facebook, please make a point of visiting The Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport Facebook page on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday to “Like” and “Share” our Religious Education and Worship posts.   



·        Draft Mission of UUCGB

On Sunday, 14 January, we had our second congregational conversation regarding our mission statement.  A follow up discussion will be scheduled soon.

Below is the one that we came up with by the end of the session.  This is a working statement and not yet our “final” decision.  Please send any comments or suggestions to

“Love is the spirit of this church.  We welcome everyone into our beloved community. 

We are here to support each other in spiritual growth so we can go out and make the world a kinder place.”



·        From the Humanist Association of Connecticut

Monday 2 April, Social Dinner at Turkish Kebab House, West Haven at 7 pm

Saturday 14 April, Book Discussion , Blithedale Romance by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Monday 16 April, Monthly meeting, main program TBD.  Monthly meetings are held at 7 pm on the 3rd Monday of the month at the Unitarian Society of New Haven.  


For more information about the group and activities at: or



·        Let’s Get Our Tickets for Priscilla Queen of the Dessert

It’s too early to pack our bags and depart for the Australian outback to see the hit musical. “Priscilla Queen of the Desert”, at the Downtown Cabaret Thursday evening, May 3rd, but we should at least be buying our tickets.  Several UUCGB members and friends have told us that they don’t want to miss the bus, so here is what they….OR  you…need to do.  If you want to join the UUCGB table(s)  get a check to Virginia Smith or Debby Parsons, our church delegates to the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport, payable to CCGB, for $75 per ticket. They will assemble the checks and reserve tables for our group near to one another. 


Otherwise, if you are making reservations for your own party of family or friends, you may visit: and click “events” to reserve seats,  Attendees can bring munchies or a small, picnic supper or purchase in advance gourmet picnic baskets for 2 prepared by students enrolled in CCGB’s Chef and Culinary vocational training program. Proceeds of ticket sales and the sale of gourmet picnic baskets will benefit CCGB’s Youth in Crisis and FEED programs.  As a CCGB member, UUCGB is able to make only a modest membership donation to CCGB, so attending their annual Spring Fling event is how we as a faith community can be more supportive of their vital program initiatives in Bridgeport.



·        UU World highlights UU Meriden as a Sanctuary Congregation

Your help still needed

Check out the current edition of the UU World for the story of UUCM’s sanctuary guests and how UUCM became a Sanctuary Congregation.  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. Big THANK YOU to the several members of UUCGB who have pitched in and slept over.  This is an ongoing need.  Please email if you are interested in helping.   



·        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 runs approximately 30 minutes.



·        This Week in UU History

3/31/1889 – The Universalist General Convention ordained Joseph H. Jordan as the first African-American Universalist minister.  The ordination took place at the Church of the Messiah (Universalist) in Philadelphia, with Edwin Sweetser preaching.

4/3/1643 – Paul Best, an English Socinian scholar who had traveled in Transylvania, was charged with blaspheming the Trinity and condemned to death by the Westminster Assembly of Divines and by Parliament.  The sentence was not carried out, due to popular protest.  

4/4/1802 – Dorothy Lynde Dix was born in Hampden, Maine.  At age 12, she went to Boston to live with her grandmother, where she became a teacher.  She wrote several school texts, Hymns for Children (1825), Meditation for Private Hours (1828), and American Moral Tales for Young Persons (1832).  Although she refused to speak in public, she enlisted prominent spokesmen and wrote documents for them to present.  Dix also worked for prison reform and founded the first public hospitals for paupers and the mentally disabled.  The U.S. Government appointed her supervisor of female nurses during the Civil War.  She was instrumental in building 32 hospitals in the United States and Europe. The last five years of Dix’s life were spent as a guest of the New Jersey State Asylum at Trenton, one of the hospitals she had built, and it afforded her a home for her declining years.  She had strong Unitarian connections through her friendship with William Ellery Channing, the minister of the Arlington Street Church in Boston.  She was also good friends with William Rathbone, a noted Unitarian philanthropist.  Dix especially appreciated the Unitarian emphasis on the goodness of God, purity of heart, openness to new knowledge, and responsibility for the welfare of all society.  She died on July 17, 1887.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 4/1, 10:00 am worship “Melody and Imagination” with Worship Leader Matt Meyer

Tuesday 4/3, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 4/4, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday 4/8, 10:00 am worship with Worship Leader Rev. Erica Richmond



Upcoming Services:

4/8 Sunday Service with Rev. Erica Richmond

4/15 Sunday Service with Rev. Sara Smith



Office Hours Change

New schedule (that should be the permanent schedule) will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am – 1 pm.  Please send items for the Order of Service and the Drummer by 9 AMWednesday to  Thanks.


Molly Nolan, Office Administrator


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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