The Drummer – Weekly Beats – October 12, 2018

The Drummer
Weekly Beats
October 12, 2018


·        We Did It AGAIN!!!




With major income and expenses in, we can project a net profit of slightly over $2,500 from the 2018 Harvest Festival.   This is under what we have done in previous years, but expenses were higher, most notably $880 for print and online advertising in the Connecticut Post’s GO section and the Stratford Star and $680 for two private duty police officers whom the Town of Stratford required us to hire for four hours in the interest of public safety.


Vendor participation was down by 10 percent this year, a reality that the vendors themselves report has affected craft fairs across New England. Vendors further report that even when there are customers, they are not buying. 


We took in $2,965 in fees from 52 vendors.  UUCGB booths’ income was as follows: Bake Sale – $387.45; Cheesecake – $381.00; Books -$335.50; Attic Treasurers -$173,70; Children’s Games – $81.00; and Coffee/Water – $28.50.  As we have said year after year, we cannot put a price tag on the fellowship we enjoyed as a faith community and the connections we continued with the larger community by conducting the 2018 Harvest Festival.  Thank you again to all who participated. 


·        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.  


·         Music Jam – Saturday, Oct 20th at 7pm

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 Saturday, October 20th at 7PM for our second 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.


·         UUCGB Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society 26 October

Meeting on Friday, October 26th.  Potluck at Ellen’s House beginning at 5:30pm.  Book for October is The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonia Iturbe.  We are still discussing regular meeting time and location.


·        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


–  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



·         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. 


·        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


10/14/1894 – Edward Estlin Cummings (more popularly known as e.e. cummings) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  The son of Edward Cummings the minister of South Congregational Church (Unitarian) on Boston from 1908 to 1926, Cummings received his B.A. and M.A. from Harvard University and then volunteered for duty in France during World War I, where he was arrested for corresponding with the anarchist Emma Goldman and imprisoned for treason.  After the war he took up writing and painting .  His book The Enormous Room (1920) was based on his experiences in French internment.  Cummings began writing poetry that stressed individuality over modern conformist living and received the Bollingen Prize for Poetry in 1957.  He died on his farm on New Hampshire on September 3, 1962.

10/14/1894 – Franklin Chester Southworth was born in North Collins, New York.  After training for the ministry at Harvard Divivinty School, he served churches in Duluth, Minnesota (1892-1897) and Chicago, Illinois (1897-1899).  He was secretary and executive officer of the Western Unitarian Conference from 1899 until 1902, when he was chosen president of Meadville Theological School, then in Meadville, Pennsylvania.  Southworth retained that post until 1928 and was one of th first seminary presidents to realize the need to associate with a university.  He worked for years to move the college to Chicago, where it stands today.  He was active in international Unitarianism and spent time in Japan and India.  He received a D.D. degree from Buchtel College and an LL.D from Allegheny College in Meadville.  Southworth died on May 21, 1944. 

10/17/1846 –  Henry Whitney Bellows, a layman at All Souls in New York City, published the first issue of The Christian Inquirer, a weekly publication by the New York Unitarian Association.



 UUCGB Building Schedule for this week:   

Sunday 10/14, 10:am Sunday Service, “Embodied Discernment” with Rev. Erica Richmond

Tuesday 10/16, 7:00 pm Taize Service

Wednesday 10/17, 7:00 pm Choir Rehearsal

Sunday 10/21, 10:00 am Sunday Service with Liz Krafnik


Upcoming Services:

10/21 Sunday Service – Serendipity with Liz Krafnik

10/28 Sunday Service – Lessons of Our Ancestors (collage servie)


Office Hours

Week of 10-15-18, 10 AM- 1 PM Tuesday, 9-11 AM Wednesday, 10 AM-1PM Friday.  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