The Drummer – Weekly Beats – June 22, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
June 22, 2018



·        Snacks needed for coffee hour

Even with the Tea and Luncheon at noon, there are several people who will not be attending.   Marissa has been baking something every week.  She could use another couple people to do the same.  Our shelf stable snacks are totally depleted.  Can you help us restock and/or bake something for coffee hour?



·        Religious Education for Children

With Tea and Luncheon preparations going on we’ve decided to forego Religious Education for children this Sunday.  Religious Education follows the worship and a snack break.  Next week we will read God In Between and discuss our 4th principle, searching for what is true.



·        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.

Thank you, Sarah Miller



·        Book Group June Meeting

The book group will meet on Wednesday, June 27th, 5:30pm at Joey C’s Boathouse 955 Ferry Blvd, Stratford. June’s book is Murder Under the Bridge by Kate Raphael.



·        Introducing the Summer Worship Schedule 

This year’s Summer Worship schedule brings a return of the “less formal”  but still  “structured” participatory discussions that were so well-received several summer ago. 

This 10 week series will begin July 1st and conclude September 2nd, to be followed by the UU traditional “Homecoming” service on September 9th.


The overall theme for the series will be “Freedom”.  Attending members and friends will have the opportunity to contemplate, examine and discuss “freedom” from many different perspectives: What it means to you personally; how do you protect it for yourself and for others; how do you exercise and express it; where do you find it; and more. You think the answers are simple, but they can be complex and thought-provoking leading to deepening self-knowledge and understanding of others’ viewpoints. 

Each week’s specific topic is inspired by materials distributed by our denomination’s Church of the Larger Fellowship and the discussions will be facilitated by members of the Worship Weavers Team. 


In addition to sharing our personal thoughts and reflections and getting to know each other a little bit better, we will also share a Chalice Lighting, Opening Words, Candles of Community, a hymn or two,  beautiful music performed by David Childs, the reciting of our Covenant and other components of a Sunday service with a welcoming twist; You will all be contributing to an inspiring “sermon” with your comments and insights.  Come as you are!  Come with an open mind and an open heart, but come!   Stay connected with your church friends and family through the long hot summer and leave feeling better about the world. 


Appropriate to the upcoming holiday, we will begin with examining “Symbols of Freedom” on July 1st.



·        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.   



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

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: cthumanist or cthumanist



·        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

6/22/1822 – Caroline Wells Healy Dall was born in Boston.  An advocate of full equality for women, she championed women’s suffrage, education, economic and marital rights.  Dall was also influenced by the Transcendentalists:  She attended lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller’s “conversations” and was inspired by Elizabeth Peabody and Theodore Parker.  In 1844, Dall married Unitarian minister Charles Dall.  When he deserted her to become a missionary in India, she turned to writing and lecturing for a living.  She wrote for The Christian Register, a Unitarian magazine; taught school in the Washington, DC area, and became co-editor of the country’s first feminist journal, The Una.  Dall did not get along with other feminist leaders and devoted her main energies to the American Social Science Association.  She served as Sunday school superintendent at Church of the Disciples where James Freeman Clarke was minister.  She also preached in7 Unitarian churches in the Boston area.  Caroline Wells Healey Dall died on December 1912. 

6/25/1912 – Egbert Ethelred Brown was ordained at Meadville.  Born in Jamaica, Brown brought his family to America and became one of the few early African-American Unitarian ministers.   After his ordination, Brown moved his family to New York Coty, where he founded a Unitarian church in Harlem.  Plagued with financial problems, he was censured by the American Unitarian Association in 1929 for soliciting funds from his colleagues and other congregations.  Barely eking out a living for some time, Brown was reinstated by the AUA on 1935 after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to sue.   Egbert Ethelred Brown died in 1956. 

6/26/1796 – David Rittenhouse died at age 64.  A devout Universalist, he was a mathematician and prolific astronomer and is credited with making the first telescope in America.  He was also treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and director of the United States Mint.



UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 6/24, 10:00 am worship, General Assembly with Al Post

Tuesday 6/26, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 6/27 7:00 pm Choir Practice

Sunday 7/1 10:00 am worship, Symbols of Freedom with Virginia Smith



Upcoming Services:

7/1 Sunday Service—Summer Services begins with Symbols of Freedom with Virginia Smith

7/8 Sunday Service—The Exercise of Freedom with Anita Sanders



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