The Drummer – Weekly Beats – October 5, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
October 5, 2018



·        We Did It AGAIN!!!

The weather for UUCGB’s 41st annual Harvest Festival on Paradise Green last Sunday was absolutely perfect and a healthy attendance was there to enjoy it.  At final count, 21 of our members were also present to perform the hard work of making it successful. A heartfelt “thank you” to each and every one noted, anyone we’ve missed, and those truly “behind the scenes”.


The set-up crew who mapped out and marked the green for vendors on Saturday afternoon included veterans Al Post and Sarah Miller as well as newcomer Gary O’Keefe.  Al Post led set-up crew members in moving tables, chairs and other equipment from the UUCGB building early Sunday morning (and back again when the event ended late Sunday afternoon).  These hearty souls included Gary, Colin Healy, Ben Schober and David Childs. Ben then set up the water and coffee station for volunteers and vendors before he switched his focus to help wife Laura Baker set up the afternoon games for children.  There Laura was assisted most energetically by Connie Cole-Engberg.


UUCGB booths that included donations from church members behind the scenes for adults’ pleasure included our old standards Baked Goods, Books, and Attic Treasures respectively chaired by Jeanie Schoenleber and Karen Pirhala, Jennifer Winschel and Marty Rising, and Sarah Miller and Barbara Hunyada  with Shirley Dominguez and Jim Torriani  assisting at Books.  A special pleasure for many adults were the seven cheesecakes, all baked and donated by Debby Parsons who sold them by the piece or quarter-section throughout the afternoon assisted by cashier Anita Sanders. (This has been Debby’s gift to UUCGB since HF’s beginning.)


Beautiful music emanated from the gazebo from noon to 4 courtesy of Peter Morse, Ellen Hardy,

Dave Childs, and Mike Ingber and his quartet.


Who have we forgotten?  Art Oefinger, for one, who drove around town for half a day putting up lawn signs two weeks before HF, and Colin Healy who put up and took down  our three sandwich-board signs.  And….our vendors, 54 this year whose vendor fees provide 80% of UUCGB’s revenue from HF.  We thank them all, each and every one, for coming to our annual event and hope they had a good day. 


We will report financials next week. In the meanwhile, get some rest, guys.  You all deserve it! 

And remember, the fellowship we enjoy with current and past members and friends in the community at this gathering each year is priceless. 


Virginia Smith and Sarah Miller


·        There Still Something You Can Do

If you see one of our red and white yard signs advertising Harvest Festival in your neighborhood or at crossroad you pass every day, please stop “safely”, pull it out of the ground and bring it to Fellowship Hall.  It is only good manners to clean up after ourselves.  


·        Homecoming messages continued

Anita Sanders will be following up on her message from Homecoming Sunday in worship this Sunday.  The topic for this week’s worship is “Congregational Actions from General Assembly 2018”.  There are resources that can help us understand and embrace the actions put forward by the last General Assembly.  Among them is Waking Up White, an easy reading book by Debby Irving, published in 2014, with discussion/reflection questions at the end of each chapter.  Paperback available new and used from Amazon and Barnes & Noble, e-book (Kindle and Nook) and audio book via Audible.   Here are a few discussions of the book, with the author, that you may find useful:

From WBUR Here and Now:

TED Talk:

WGBH Forum:

A talk at the UVA Curry School of Education:


·        From the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport



Discover how the Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport (CCGB) creates and sustains a more just, healthy, and vibrant society


Mingle + Impact Update + Support the Future

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 I 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Discovery Museum• 4450 Park Avenue• Bridgeport, Connecticut

This is a free event.  CCGB wants you to know what we do and how you can help, at any level.  Can’t attend, please consider making an impact by donating at


–  Make your food donation go farther …
we buy in bulk and buy fresh!

–  Easy online donation at

–   Here’s what your donation will buy:

$25 – 24 pounds of brown rice      

$50 – 30 dozen eggs

$100 – 600 bananas

$250 – 2001bs of chicken drumsticks

$500 – 500 lbs of broccoli

$1000- 3 month support for a feeding program



·         Extra PB & J this week!

With all the preparations for Harvest Fest going on, we did not make PB&J sandwiches on 23 September.  To catch up we are doubling up this month, whoever is available after worship this Sunday is invited to help make PB&J sandwiches.  We will be making PB&J sandwiches again on our usual 4th Sunday of the month, 28 October.


·         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


10/6/1967 – The Emergency Conference on the Black Rebellion began on this day at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City.  Organized by the Unitarian Universalist Association in response to the racial strife in American Society, this conference marked the beginning of what is known as the Black Empowerment Controversywithin Unitarian Universalist.  The controversy focused on the creation and the funding of a Black Affairs Council (BAC), which would be run by the African-American leaders within the UU movement.  At the 1968 General Assembly in Cleveland, Ohio, the delegates voted in favor of the BAC but complications arose regarding funding and the all-black nature of the council.  A year later, a substantial number of black delegates walked out of the General Assembly in Boston in protest over the failure of the UUA to fully support the plan.  In 1970 the BAC disaffiliated from the UUA.  The failure to fully fund BAC called into question the UUA’s commitment to racial justice, and over 1,000 black Unitarian Universalist left the church over the this controversy, including William Sinkford who later became the president of the UUA.     

10/8/1720 – Jonathan Mayhew was born on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts.  Although he was the son of a Calvinist preacher Experience Mayhew, Jonathan accepted a call to West Church (Unitarian) in Boston in 1747.  Mayhew was learned, lectured widely, and became an early outspoken advocate of national independence.  He was a pioneer of religious freedom, fervent patriot, and reformer.  He died on July 9, 1766. 

10/12/1808 – Frances Dana Barker Gage was born in Union, Ohio.  She was a noted social reformer, writer, and public speaker for women’s rights, temperance, and racial justice.  As president of the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention (1851-1853), she refused to let men speak and ruled them out of order when they tried.  She heard and recorded Sojourner Truth’s famous speech ”Ain’t I a Woman,” organized the first Women’s Temperance Society, and wrote anti-slavery and temperance articles.  In 1862, Gage and her daughter Mary Gage went to South Carolina to help former slaves acquire housing, medical care and education.  Her four sons fought for the Union in the Civil War.  After a stroke in 1867, Gage wrote children’s books, novels and poetry.  She was a member of the Universalist Church for many years but left it because it did not support many of the causes she championed.  She died on November 10, 1884.


 UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 10/7, 10:am Sunday Service with Anita Sanders

Sunday 10/7, 11:15 am Bonus PB&J Sunday

Tuesday 10/9, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 10/10, 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday 10/14, 10:00 am Sunday Service with Rev. Erica Richmond


Upcoming Services:

10/14 Sunday Service-Rev. Erica Richmond

10/21 Sunday Service – Serendipity with Liz Krafnik


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
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Stratford, CT 06614