The Drummer – Weekly Beats – June 1, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
June 1, 2018


Notice of Annual Meeting of UUCGB


The Annual Meeting of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Bridgeport will be held Sunday, June 10, at 11 a.m. following the Service.  Your attendance is strongly encouraged for the purpose of approving the 2018-19 operating budget, electing officers and trustees-at-large to the Board of Trustees, and conducting any other business that may come before the congregation. 

Anita Sanders, President

Positions to be filled: 

Board of Trustees

2018 – 2020


Clerk                      Two Years

Treasurer               Two Years

Trustee-at-Large     Two Years

Trustee-at-Large     Two Years

Trustee-at-Large     Two Years


Nominating Team

2018 – 2021

Team Member        Three Years



Nominating Team’s Proposed Nominations

Board of Trustees

2018 – 2020

Clerk                                        Carolyn Monachelli               Two Years

Treasurer                                 Ellen Hardy                          Two Years

Trustee-at-Large                       Mike Ingber                          Two Years

Trustee-at-Large                       Liz Krafnick                          Two Years

Trustee-at-Large                       Art Oefinger                         Two Years


Nominating Team

2018 – 2021


Team Member                         Jennifer Winschel                     Three Years



Anyone wishing to nominate a candidate from the floor for any of these positions must, in accordance with the bylaws, obtain a signed written statement from the person being nominated affirming that they wish to be nominated and submit this statement, along with written statements from two UUCGB members naming the nominee and supporting their candidacy, to the Clerk seven days before the Annual meeting.  


Anita Sanders, President 



UUCGB Annual Meeting 2018 Agenda

Sunday, June 10, 2018


  • Welcome
  • Chalice Lighting
  • Year in Review
  • Budget Presentation
  • Budget Vote
  • Bylaws Change Regarding Board Position Presentation
  • Bylaws Change Regarding Board Position Vote
  • Recognition of Team Leaders
  • Recognition of Exiting BOT Members
  • Presentation of Nominating Team’s BOT Nominations
  • Presentation of BOT nominations from the Congregation
  • Vote on new BOT Members
  • Presentation of BOT nomination to Nominating Team
  • Vote on new Nominating Team member
  • New Officer Installation
  • Extinguishing of Chalice



·        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



·        A note about this item from your President:

A few weeks ago Rev. Rebecca Sala Sunday spoke about resilience. Now we are being given a chance to help a congregation, in some small (or large, if you can) way, that has been working for 3 years to replace their building. Anyone who would send a request to all the congregations in the UUA  has what it takes to get my help and I hope that you will join me.



Dear UU Friends,

My name is Susan Pond and I am Treasurer for the First Universalist Church of Southold, NY.  I am writing to ask your congregation to participate in a simple challenge.

In March of 2015 our church, the First Universalist Church of Southold, NY, burned to the ground.  At 178 years old, it was the longest-standing UU church on Long Island.  (Please read our story at rebuildfirstuni )

For the past three years, we have been working with the Southold Historic Preservation Commission, the town board, and various consultants to design a building that honors both our place in the village’s historic district, and our UU heritage and values.

Finally, there is light at the end of the tunnel!  We hope to break ground this fall.  But the cost of modernizing is beyond our insurance funds and we need your help.

We are writing to every UU congregation throughout the country – all 1,035 of you – to challenge you to raise $1 from each of your members to donate to our Rebuilding Fund.  The UUA’s statistics show that there are nearly 155,000 UUs registered in over 1,000 UU congregations in the US. If every UU across the country gives just $1 to the Fund, we will be a long way toward our goal of $500,000.

We hope that you will share our story with your congregation, and ask them to accept this challenge.  With your help, we will be able to reopen our doors and once again serve our community as a welcoming place for liberal thought and social action in our modernized, accessible and efficient new building.

Donations may be made through our GoFundMe campaign:

or mailed directly to the church:

First Universalist Church
P.O. Box 221
Southold, NY 11971
Attn:  Building Fund

Thank you for your support

With gratitude,
Susan Pond, Treasurer



·         General Assembly

You can be a delegate from UUCGB without leaving CT!

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. This year’s GA is in Kansas City, MO.  Anyone may attend.  UUCGB has a delegate spot available.  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.  


As an online delegate or attendee you will be able to attend several workshops live online.  As a registered attendee, delegate or not, you will get MP3s of all the workshops.  These can come in handy when you are looking for resources or ideas to move a UUCGB approach, change or project forward.


Go to: 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, on site or online, or have questions, please contact Anita Sanders for more information.



·        Ride Requests

We have had a ride request from a gentleman in Bridgeport  for several months now.  No one has stepped forward,  Doesn’t anyone live nearby or near enough to be able to offer a ride to church?  The person who has reached out to us 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

No Religious Education class this week.  Childcare will be available.


A discussion of RE for Children at UUCGB Sunday 3 June immediately after the worship.  There will be no religious education on 3 June. 

We have been running religious education for children after worship with children in the sanctuary during the service.  Born out of necessity, practical considerations in part due to the composition of our choir and safe congregation concerns, we decided to run RE/Faith Development/Faith Formation after the worship.  Over the course of this year we have seen what the drawbacks of that choice have been and have acted to eliminate or minimize.  We have also been able to enjoy the many benefits of having our whole community worship together.  Having the children in the worship and Religious Education at other times is where our denomination is headed.  Our Religious Education efforts are being run with an extremely slim volunteer staff.   To attract new families to our congregation, especially in a culture when religion is swimming against the tide, we need to have a welcoming program for children and youth.  Please come to discuss the future of Religious Education at UUCGB on Sunday 3 June right after the worship.



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

Sunday 27 May Board Meeting

Monday 28 May Dinner Discussion at the Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden (203-248-9663)  Topic:  Should HAC take the Pro-Truth Pledge?


For more information about the group and activities at: or 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

from This Day in Unitarian Universalist History by Frank Schulman

6/1/1652 – John Biddle was arrested while leading Unitarian worship in London.   He was exiled to Scilly Islands and granted a pension by Oliver Cromwell, the lord protector of England.   

6/4/1901 – Joseph H. Jordan died of am unknown disease at the age of 59.  He was born a black free man in West Norfolk, Virginia, in June of 1842.  After trying his hand as a laborer and grocer, he achieved financial success as a carpenter.  Jordan was ordained as a Baptist minister in 1880 but he became a Universalist after reading The Plain Guide to Universalism by Thomas Whittemore.  He met with Edwin Chapin Sweetser in Philadelphia and studied under him.  Jordan began preaching Universalism and the Universalist Ordaining Council voted to ordain him as the first African-American Universalist minister.  A small group of Jordan’s followers became the First Universalist Church of Norfolk, which was admitted into fellowship by the Universalist General Convention.  Some white Universalists who had no church of their own attended Jordan’s church.  Jordan named a son Richard Sweetser Jordan in honor of his Universalist mentor.  

6/5/1828 – The General Synod of Presbyterians of Northern Ireland ruled that all candidates for ordination must subscribe to the Westminster Confession.  This led the Unitarians to form an association known as the Non Subscribing Presbyterian Church of Ireland.  The Westminster Confession was a summary of Christian doctrine adopted by England’s House of Commons in 1648.  It was Calvinist in tone but moderate.  With revisions, it is now authoritative in Presbyterian churches around the world.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 6/3, 10:00 am, worship, More, More, More wth Mike Ingber and Sarah Miller

Sunday 6/3, 11:15 am Future of RE at UUCGB Discussion

Tuesday 6/5, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 6/6, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday 6/10, 10:00 am worship with Board of Trustees

Sunday 6/10, 11:15 am Annual Meeting


Upcoming Services:

6/10 Sunday Service — Annual Meeting Sunday with Board of Trustees

6/17 Sunday Service –Father’s Day and Flower Communion with Peter Morse



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.


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!



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