The Drummer – Weekly Beats – May 11, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
May 11, 2018


·        Book Group Meeting Saturday 19 May at 10 am
This month’s book is Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.  June’s book is Murder Under the Bridge by Kate Raphael.  The June meeting is scheduled for Saturday June 23rd.



·        8th Annual Afternoon Tea and Luncheon NEW date change

Our 8th annual Afternoon Tea and Luncheon will take place on Sunday June 24, (NOT Saturday, June 16th) from 12pm-2pm. For those who have not yet attended, our tea is a lovely afternoon of fancy hats, finger sandwiches and desserts, teas from around the world, and most importantly, the company of family and friends!

Each year, volunteers serve as table host/esses. Those volunteers are responsible for decorating their tables with linens and dishes, and inviting guests to sit at their tables. Table host/esses are not responsible for providing all the food for their guests.

This event is not just for ladies, and we would love to have a table host….though no gentlemen have ever volunteered. Perhaps this is the year!

The cost for this event is $12 per adult, and $5 per child 12 and under. If you would like to volunteer as a table hostess or host, please email me.

Look for a link to RSVP to this event in the coming weeks.

Thank you, Sarah Miller



·        Calling for basket(s) for Sanctuary toys and more SOFT toys

We have a decent amount of soft toys for use in the sanctuary.  We could use a basket or large soft plastic tote/laundry basket to hold the toys we now have.  We still need to expand our collection of soft toys for the Sanctuary.  

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.   

If you would like to contribute to this effort, but not actually shop for the needed basket or toys,  please contact Molly in the church office to make a contribution towards purchase of soft toys for the sanctuary project.  Thanks for your generosity!


·         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.  UUCGB supports registration at the bargain rates. 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 Requests

For those following this thread, we are working on a ride arrangement for Mr. Penyak’s friend.  Will let you know what develops. 


A second request has come in from a gentleman who lives in Harbour Towers, 376 East Washington Ave, Bridgeport.  He has no transportation but would like to join UUCGB. 


Please contact Molly in the church office if you or someone you know is able to help.



·        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.   



·        Religious Education for Children

After the service, and a short refreshment break, children and RE teachers will head to the Children’s Chapel for.  With this week’s class, Religious Education will take up a weekly walk through our principles and sources.  This week’s class will explore our 1st principle and what it means as we live our lives as Unitarian Universalists every day.

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



·        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

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



·        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

5/11/1619 – Charles James Fox, a Whig member of Parliament, moved to repealall laws relating to heresy in England.  The attempt failed but his efforts produced a momentum that succeeded in stages through 1844, when Unitarians finally received legal recognition. 

5/12/1812 — The Boston Society for the Religious Improvement of Seamen was organized under the leadership of Joseph Tuckerman.  Its purpose was “to distribute tracts of a religious and moral kind for the use of seamen, and to establish a regular divine service on board their merchant vessels.”   

5/14/1906 – Edna Pearl Bruner was born in Ruthven, Ontario, in Canada.  A prominent field worker for the Universalist Church of America in the 1940s and 1950s, Bruner traveled throughout the continent, leading numerous conferences on religious education.  She continued her work for the Council of Liberal Churches and then  for the Unitarian Universalist Association until 1968.  She died on August 3, 1997.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 5/13, 10:00 am worship “New Member Sunday” with Worship Leaders Virginia Smith and Al Post

Tuesday 5/15, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 5/16, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Saturday 5/19, 10:00 am, Book Group

Sunday 5/20, 10:00 am worship with Rev. Rebecca Sala

Sunday 5/20, 11:15 am Worship Weavers


Upcoming Services:

5/20 Sunday Service with Rev. Rebecca Sala, “Spiritual Resilience”

5/27  Sunday Service with Rev. Sierra-Marie Gerfao



Office Hours

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday  10 AM-1PM.  Please send any items for the Drummer and/or Order of Service to the office  by 9 AM Wednesday.




Molly Nolan, Office Administrator


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


Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport
275 Huntington Road
Stratford, CT 06614