The Drummer – Weekly Beats – September 21, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
September 21, 2018


·        Music Jam-Friday, September 21st at 6pm

Do you like music? Do you like to play, sing or listen? Do you like sitting around and jamming with friends? Then please join us at UUCGB on Friday, Sept. 21st for our first MUSIC JAM…you do not have to be good – you just have to enjoy music – and if you don’t play or sing but just want to listen that’s fine too! There is no pressure here.  If you have an instrument, bring it! If you have a copy of Rise Up Singing bring that! Hope to see you there. Questions? Contact Ellen Hardy.



·        Attic Treasures Donations still needed for Harvest Festival

Please bring donations for Attic Treasures to church by this coming Sunday, 9/23. Donations can be left in Fellowship Hall.  Sunday, 23 September, is the last day for treasure donation drop off.



·        Baked Goods needed for Harvest Festival

The UUCGB Bake Sale is one of the most popular (and profitable) attractions at Harvest Fest, thanks to the amazing contributions of all of you!  We are asking all of our bakers to get out those recipe cards and start baking up a storm.


Please be sure to package items individually, for sale, and include a list of ingredients. Contributions can be put in our downstairs freezer anytime, if clearly labelled.


If you could let us know what you will be preparing, we would greatly appreciate it.   Signup sheets will be available Sunday. 



·        Help Needed at Harvest Festival kids games area

Laura Baker has kindly stepped up to facilitate our kids games this year! Thank you, Laura!

This is a big undertaking. If you have not yet volunteered, please sign up to help Laura with the kids games. Most of the other booths are well staffed at this point, but help is needed all day with the games.

Please use the link below to volunteer.



·        Harvest Festival 30 September

Yes, Virginia, and anyone else who has been wondering, THERE WILL BE A HARVEST FESTIVAL this year!  And just because we aren’t announcing a Sunday Service for September 30th, that does not mean you are off the hook and can sleep in.  


We need you, particularly on the 30th, from sunrise to almost sunset. As some of our older members must take to the shade a little earlier each year, there is much to do to make this annual UUCGG tradition in its 41st consecutive year run smoothly.  Please look closely at the volunteer opportunities described below and give us your all…wherever you can and for as long as you can. It can be a tiring day but also a very enjoyable day in the fellowship of coworkers and friends.  And don’t forget to meditate on sunny skies and cool, not humid, temperatures.  Our combined thoughts and energies can be mighty powerful!


41st annual Harvest Festival will be held on Sunday, September 30th. This is our biggest annual event, and a wonderful opportunity to introduce ourselves to the greater Stratford community. Once again, our Harvest Festival will feature dozens of local artists and crafters of all types. There will be live music throughout the day, and delicious food from local vendors.

As always, UUCGB will sponsor our bake sale, organized by Jeanie Schoenleber and Karen Pirhala, our book sale organized by Jennifer Winschel and Marty Rising, the attic treasures tag sale, organized by Sarah Miller and Barbara Hunyadi, and our famous cheesecake sale, with amazing cheesecakes baked from scratch by Debby Parsons!

The Games Area for Kids is headed up by Laura Baker.  Help is needed to staff the area through the day.  To help in this area, please go to

Sign-up Form

Please use the link below to volunteer at our Harvest Festival. Thank you in advance, and we look forward to a fabulous day!

Sarah Miller and Virginia Smith        

Sign-up Form



·        Choir has resumed for 2018-9

Choir has begun – if you like to sing you are more than welcome to join our choir. We meet every Wednesday at 7pm to rehearse. We try to sing at least once a month at a service. If you have any questions please contact Ellen Hardy and Peter Morse.



·        Call for materials for the UUCGB archives

General call for any pictures you may have of activities in and by UUCGB over the past few years.  Any Board or Committee minutes that have not already been sent into the office, no matter how dated.  And pictures, Pictures, PICTURES—Harvest Fest, holiday worship, Cookie Café, GA delegates, New England Regional delegates, pot luck dinners, UUCGB Thanksgiving or Seder, Maypole, picnics, clean-up days, New Member Sunday, Annual Tea& Luncheon… Please contact Marilyn.


·        Connecticut Hospice looking for volunteers

The Connecticut Hospice is recruiting transportation volunteers to drive homecare patients to and from doctor’s appointments or take families without cars to visit their loved ones at the inpatient hospice in Branford.  Please call Volunteer Services at 203-315-7510.



·        Mercy Learning Center Seeks Volunteers!

Mercy Learning Center provides basic literacy and life skills to low income women.  The Center is seeking volunteers to teach English Language Learners as well as basic adult reading and math.  No experience necessary.  Training and materials are provided.  New Tutor Training:   Friday 28 September 9 AM – 3 PM, lunch provided.  The post-training commitment is twice per week for two hours.     Call 203-334-6699 to register or for more information.



·         Snacks needed for coffee hour

We can still use shelf stable snacks to re-supply our back up provisions, which are substantially depleted.  Marissa has been baking something every week.  She could use another couple people to do the same.  Can you help us restock and/or bake something for coffee hour?



·         Religious Education for Children

23 September is a PB & J Sunday.  Everyone can pitch in to make PB & J sandwiches for the hungry in our area.  No worship and no RE class Sunday 30 September due to Harvest Fest.  We will resume our discussion of Unitarian Universalist Principles and Sources on 7 October. 



·        Religious Education for Children and Youth OPPORTUNITY

In mid-October we hope to roll out a new way to offer RE at UUCGB.  We are contemplating moving to a Spirit Play (Montessori style) structure.  The children will all be together to do chalice lighting, check in and hear the story for the day.  Then we will break into two age groups to continue the lesson.  We’ll come together again to close and extinguish the chalice.  If you’ve had a chance to get to know the children of this congregation, you know they are bright, curious and engaging.  This is your opportunity to help UUCGB help our children become who they are meant to be.  We need teachers to carry out this new vision of RE.  We are staying with the second hour for RE and other meetings and discussions for the 2018-9 church year.    We will be offering training in early fall.  If you are interested in teaching or assisting, please contact Karen or Molly. 



·        Common Read 2018-19
The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2018-19 Common Read: Justice on Earth: People of Faith Working at the Intersections of Race, Class, and Environment, edited by Manish Mishra-Marzetti and Jennifer Nordstrom (Skinner House Books, 2018).

At a time when racial justice, environmental justice, and economic justice are seen as issues competing for time, attention, and resources, Justice on Earth explores the ways in which the three are intertwined. Those on the margins are invariably those most affected by climate disaster and environmental toxins. The book asks us to recognize that our faith calls us to long-haul work for justice for our human kin, for the Earth and for all life. It invites us to look at our current challenges through a variety of different perspectives, offers tools to equip us for sustained engagement, and proposes multiple pathways for follow-up action. Justice onEarth is available at inSpirit: UU Book and Gift Shop. A discussion guide for congregations, offering both a single session and a three-session format, will be available online October 1, 2018.



·        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.   We’ve been a little light in posting with the several things going on around here.  But the Social Media folks are back in action.  Help us share the love and grace of Unitarian Universalism.



·          Small Group Ministry Workshop at Shoreline UU Society, Madison

Saturday, September 22, 2018, Workshop 9:30am-4:30pm


CT UU congregations  are invited to a Small Group Ministry workshop led by the Rev. Mellon Kennedy.

Workshop Purpose: Many Unitarian Universalist societies are trying Small Group Ministry (or Covenant Groups) as a way to strengthen their congregations. This workshop will provide inspiration and information for lay and professional leaders who are

·         beginning a Small Group Ministry Program or

·         who are in an existing program in need of revitalization and/or

·         who are seeking inspiration and ideas on how to expand and grow an existing program.


The following topics will be covered:

·         the power and purpose of Small Group Ministry

·         the essential components of a strong Small Group Ministry program

·         addressing common challenges in an SGM program

·         developing shared leadership within a small group

·         hands-on experience in two actual small groups


Workshop Leader: Rev. Dr. Mellen Kennedy is passionate about the power of intentional small groups to inspire, heal and transform us. She is co-founder of the Small Group Ministry Network, and has more than 35 years of experience as a leader, researcher, teacher and organizer of small groups.


Cost: All participants (SUUS members and non-members) are required to complete the registration form below by September 18th.   SUUS Non-Member Workshop Fee: $35/person. Morning coffee & tea, and lunch, included in registration fee. 

 If you have questions, contact Rev. Jeanne Lloyd at with SGM Workshop in the subject line.



·         From the Humanist Association of Connecticut

+Sunday 23 September 3:30 pm, Board Meeting

+Monday 24 September 7:00 pm, Dinner Discussion at Wood-n-Tap, 2100 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, 203-248-9663  Topic TBD


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.



·        Mark your calendar – Cookie Café is coming

Saturday, December 1, 2018 – Cookie Baking/Decorating party – time TBA

Saturday, December 8, 2018 – Cookie Cafe 10 am to 12 noon

Holiday cookie tins are always needed – please make sure to clean them before bringing them in.



This Week in UU History

from This Day in Unitarian Universalist History by Frank Schulman


9/21/1878 – Maud Simonton Cary was born.  She was ordained a Universalist minister in 1919 and help several pastorates before leaving for Japan as a home missionary under the sponsorship of the Universalist Board of Foreign Missions.  Her husband, Henry Montfort Cary, went with her.  Maude Simonton Cary was popular with the Japanese in spite of the conflict between Japan and the United States.  

9/22/1803 – The Universalist Church of America adopted the Winchester Profession at Winchester, Massachusetts.  The Winchester Profession outlined Universalist beliefs in three tenets: That the Old and the New Testaments reveal the character of God and the final destination of humanity, that there is one God and he is revealed in Jesus Christ, and that holiness and happiness are inseparably connected.  It held to the Bible when Unitarian belief in the Bible was being undermined by higher criticism. 

9/25/1869 – John Murray Atwood was born in Brocton, Massachusetts.  First a reporter for The Rocky Mountain News, he followed his father in becoming a Universalist minister and served churches in New York, Minnesota, and Maine.  Atwood taught social ethics and served as dean at St. Lawrence University.  He was also president of the Universalist General Convention. Atwood died on November 4, 1951.


 UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Friday 9/21, 6:00 pm Music Jam

Sunday 9/23, 10:00 am worship, From a Book with Sarah Miller

Tuesday 9/25, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 9/26, 5:30 pm Worship Weavers

Wednesday 9/26, 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday 9/30, 10:00 am-4:00 pm Harvest Fest, no worship service


Upcoming Services:


10/7 Sunday Service-Anita Sanders


Office Hours

**For the week of 24 September 10 AM- 2 PM Tuesday and Wednesday.  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
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Stratford, CT 06614