The Drummer – Weekly Beats – June 8, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
June 8, 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



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



·        UUCGB Auction

The final bids have been given and the UUCGB Goods and Services Auction is almost done!  Pay for your items this Sunday!   Marty Rising has all the information you will need to cash out and take your treasures home!   There are several items that still need a home, so take a peak at the long table near the front of the sanctuary and bid away.    



·        8th Annual Afternoon Tea and Luncheon Sunday 24 June

Our 8th annual Afternoon Tea and Luncheon will take place on Sunday June 24, 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 buildfirstuni )

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: ldfirstuni

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 the 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

There is no religious education for children this week due to the annual meeting.  We will resume RE next week with Fannie in the Kitchen, a discussion of our third principle and the story of Fannie Farmer.



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

Book Discussion:  One Nation Under God by Kevin Cruz 2-4 PM Saturday 16 June

Annual Picnic at Gayle Walter’s home in New Haven 4-8 PM Saturday 23 June

Board Meeting 3:30 PM, Sunday 24 June

Monday 25 June Dinner Discussion at the Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Avenue, Hamden (203-248-9663)  Topic:  TBD?


Book for July is Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

For more information about the group and activities at: st or t



·        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

6/6/1863 – Joseph F. Jordan was born in Gates County, North Carolina, of slave parents.  One of the earliest black Universalist ministers, Jordan was distinguished for his work at the Suffolk Normal Training School in Suffolk, Virginia.  The training school was part of a Universalist mission and educational center started by Thomas Wise, an assistant of the first African-American Universalist minister, Joseph H. Jordan (no relation) in 1898.  Joseph F. Jordan became principal of the school in 1904 and it flourished under his direction, providing educational opportunities to thousands of black children.  Jordan remained the principal of the Suffolk Normal Training School until his death on May 1, 1929. 

6/9/1569 – Hermann van Flekyk was burned at the Bruges, Flanders (now Belgium), for denying the Trinity and the deity of Christ in a public debate with a Franciscan friar.   

6/12/1796 – Joseph Priestly founded the first separately organized Unitarian church in America in Philadelphia.  Its members were mostly English expatriates.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

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

Sunday 6/10, 11:15 am Annual Meeting

Tuesday 6/12, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 6/13, 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday 6/17, 10:00 am worship, Father’s Day/Flower Communion with Peter Morse



Upcoming Services:

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

6/24 Sunday Service – General Assembly with Al Post



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 dnesday at 9 am!  The weekly email is sent every Thursday evening!



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