The Drummer – Weekly Beats – September 28, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
September 28, 2018


·        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.   Please contact Jeanie Schoenleber and Karen Pirhala to let them know what you’ll be bringing.



·        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

It’s here!  HARVEST FESTIVAL is this Sunday 10-4!  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.

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

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 



·         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, Connie or Molly. 



·        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.



·        Front Banner Vandalized

On Friday night 21 September, our banner was ripped to remove the words Black Lives Matter. Some of us were in the building at the time. No attempt was made to harm us or our cars. 

If you have concerns about this issue please talk to Anita or any members of the Board.



·        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


9/28/1887 – The influential Universalist Clinton Lee Scott was born in Newport , Vermont.  He studied at Goddard Seminary, Tufts University, and Crane Theological School of St. Lawrence University, with further graduate study at Harvard Divinity School, the University of Chicago, and the University of Southern California.  St. Lawrence University awarded him a D.D. degree in 1930.  Scott served Universalist churches in Northfield, Vermont; Buffalo, New York; Los Angeles, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Peoria, Illinois; Dayton and El Dorado, Ohio; Gloucester, Massachusetts; and Tarpon Springs, Florida.  From 1946 to 1957, he served as superintendent of churches for the Massachusetts and later Connecticut Universalist Conventions.  Scott founded the Charles Street Meeting House in Boston in 1949 and was one of the architects of the consolidation between Universalists and Unitarians.  His Ministry was involved in several controversies, including his opposition to U.S. participation in World War I.  Scott was the only Universalist minister to sign the Humanist Manifesto.  He wrote The Universalist Church of America:  A Short History (1957), These Live Tomorrow(1964) and Parish Parables (1946).  In 1977 at the General Assembly in Ithaca, the Unitarian Universalist Association presented him with the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Liberal Religion.  Clinton Lee Scott died on 9/28/1985 at the age of 98. 

9/29/1929 – The first service of the Humanist Society, the first independent Humanist congregation, was held at Steinway Hall in New York City on this date.  Charles Francis Potter, a Unitarian minister and one of the signers of the Humanist Manifesto, conducted the service and delivered the sermon, A New Faith for a New Age”. 

9/30/1770 – John Murray, an émigré from England, preached his first Universalist sermon when his boat ran aground at Cranberry Inlet, New Jersey.  There he met Thomas Potter, who had been waiting for God to send him a preacher with a message of Universal salvation.  This occasion is often used to mark the beginning of Universalism in America. 



 UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

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

Tuesday 10/2, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 10/3, 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday 10/7, 10:00 am Sunday Service with Anita Saunders



Upcoming Services:


10/7 Sunday Service-Anita Sanders

10/14 Sunday Service-Rev. Erica Richmond



Office Hours

**For the week of 1 October 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

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