Murray UU Church | 505 North Main St | Attleboro, MA 02703
January 11, 2018
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"Music of Bob Marley"
Murray Musicians

The Music Committee will be giving their annual service on January 14th about the life and times of Bob Marley.    Bob Marley rose from being an impoverished youth in Jamaica to being an international superstar in a very short period of time. His short life, religious beliefs and dedication to love, brotherhood and world peace will be presented. The  Murray Musicians and choir will be performing some of Bob Marley's most popular tunes.


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"This I Believe - Continuing the Conversation"

Rev. Gretchen Weis

Our religious freedom encourages the individual search for ultimate truth and meaning. We are each called to be in relationship with whatever we deem to be most sacred. Last month, we began a celebration of the diversity of beliefs found here at Murray Church. Let us continue that celebration as we hear from three more of you to share your experiences and beliefs.

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Murray Mid-Year Congregational Review Meeting -- Sunday, January 21st
  by Jim Richardi, Executive Board President
 Happy New Year!
 We have reached the half-way point in our church operating/fiscal year 2017-2018 and in keeping with our practice of the last two years, the  Executive Board will present another mid-year congregational review  meeting. It will be on Sunday January 21st after coffee half-hour starting at  approximately 11:45 am in Fellowship Hall. (There will still be a regular social period in the Unity Room after the worship service, so please be sure to attend that if you want to prior to the mid-year review meeting). We will review the current state of the church operations including a financial update, our goals for this year, a property update, religious education update, and a Membership/Welcoming update. Let's share information and celebrate our accomplishments so far -- then also look ahead to our challenges and opportunities for the second half of the operating year. We will serve a light lunch for those who attend the meeting and childcare will be provided if necessary. Please RSVP to Kavita at, by Wednesday, January 17th, if you require childcare. All are invited. Please plan to attend the meeting and help make it a success. Many thanks for all of your hard work and your financial support!

Jim Richardi & the Executive Board
Nursery is available from 9:45 am -- 11 am. The nursery is located in the Religious Education Wing and is the first room on the left.


Children (Grades K - 8):
Sunday, January 14th -- Multi-Gen Music service. Please come enjoy the music of Bob Marley! Please note that our nursery is available for infants, toddlers and preschoolers only. Should your child become restless during the service please use the John Murray room where we have toys plus the parents can enjoy listening to the service.
Youth Group (Grades 9 - 12):
Sunday, January 14th -- Class will start at 10 am in the Purple Chat Room. A Place Of Wholeness UU curriculum continues.
First Parish in Taunton offers Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Adults

OWL to begin in January

The Our Whole Lives (OWL) Program models and teaches caring, compassion, respect and justice. It helps adults address their attitudes, values and feelings about themselves, their sexuality and others' sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging program that addresses topics many adults have not had the opportunity to discuss in depth. These classes are for ages 18+ and will run every Monday at 7 pm from January 15th -- February 26th. Please email or call the Taunton church office at 508-822-2107 to register for the class.
Jan. 14:
This Sunday's Dedicated Offering:

We all know how cold it has been, and we understand that the need for fuel assistance will be great this winter. So, this Sunday, our Dedicated Offering will be a collection for the Self-Help Fuel Assistance Program, which addresses this need in 31 cities and towns in our area.  

If you choose to contribute by check, 
please write the check to Murray Church 
and write Self Help Fuel Assistance on the memo line.  

Thank you for your support of this important need, as we work to put our UU values into action.


The Murray Church Social Concerns Committee
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Jan. 14:


 Waking Up White Book Discussion Group
Sunday, Jan 14th following Worship
11:45 am in the John Murray Room

  Our next book discussion group about white privilege will be held  on Sunday, January 14th following worship in the John Murray  Room. Please grab a cup of coffee at coffee hour and head to the  John Murray Room to begin our exploration of the next two  sections, pp. 159 - 205. 

 Last month we showed the film "White Privilege 101: Getting  into the Conversation." If you would like to see this excellent film, click [HERE].

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Murray Men's Lunch Bunch Canceled Due to Major Water Line Break
Unfortunately, this weeks luncheon was canceled for the first time, as there was a major water line break in front of Morin's diner. They were open, but not preparing meals. The road was blocked on Main Street. I usually arrive about 11:45 am and met some of you. Please feel free to call me at 774-282-0818 for any update in the future.  
We will meet next month on our regular schedule, the second Tuesday of the month; February 13th.
Rob Hasselbaum

Jan. 20:
  Dinner & A Movie
  Saturday 5:30 pm in the Unity Room
     The Monuments Men
  Please plan to join us on Saturday night, January 20th for a  potluck dinner, a movie and discussion afterwards. We will  be showing The Monuments Men, the story of an unlikely  World War II platoon responsible for recovering priceless  works of art stolen by the Nazis. The story is inspired by the  real "Monuments Men" -- a group of approximately 345 men  and women from 14 countries, including museum directors,  curators, art historians, and artists, who worked to save cultural treasures from the destructiveness of war and theft by Hitler and the Nazis. The topic of war and of conquering armies expropriating, or attempting to eradicate other people's culture and religious treasures feels timely, with the recent horrors of widespread destruction of ancient cultural and archaeological treasures at the hands of ISIS.  

Please bring a dish to share. Let's gather to set out food at 5:30 pm and get ourselves served so we can begin the movie around 6:00 pm, with a discussion to follow.
Food Pantry Donations Needed
          • Paper Bags
          • Personal Care Items
          • Feminine Care Products
          • Bathroom Tissue
Thank you for your continued support!                 
Murray Church Food Pantry Team 

Volunteer for Coffee Hour...

If you like coffee, yummy snacks or just enjoy meeting new people, please consider volunteering for coffee hour. To sign-up, please click [HERE].

This year we will not have a separate adult and children's snack table; we will all be enjoying the same goodies, and have eliminated the juice to simplify our gathering. If you are new or if you need a refresher, step-by-step instructions  and friendly hands-on training and/or buddies are all available. Goodies may be bought or baked. 
It's easy! It doesn't require a lot of extra time (show up at 9 am to get the coffee going and setup, clean up takes about 1/2 an hour) and we really need volunteers! Let's keep Murray members and friends caffeinated and in the happy zone after the Sunday service.

Contact Monica Weil at or call/text 401-441-8999,

or Barbara Clark at

Jan. 21:                          Save the Date!

Congregational Meeting

Sunday, January 21st

Fellowship Hall

11:45 am

(following worship)

Light lunch will be provided. Open to all. Please RSVP to Kavita at, by Wednesday, January 17th, if you require childcare.

Jan 24:

to Unload Food Delivery Trucks

   The Food Pantry receives food twice a month, and we  need help receiving the delivery. Food pick-up times  are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. The  trucks need to be unloaded requiring some lifting.                           
  This is one way Murray reaches out and is visible in  the community, but it takes many volunteers to  receive and distribute the food. If there are any  strong bodies available on those days who would  like a light workout, please contact: 
Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email  at
Thank you!
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Jan. 27:
Murray Hosts Food 'n' Friends Soup Kitchen 

Murray hosts the Food 'n' Friends Soup Kitchen every 4th Saturday of the month, from 

8 am -- 12:30 pm, at Centenary Methodist Church, located at 39 North Main Street in Attleboro.

Help out once for an hour! You'll make all the difference!

We need volunteers for all shifts and tasks. Tasks we need help with:

Early (8 am -- 10 am)
  • Set up tables & chairs
  • Make sandwiches
  • Prepare main meal
  • Wash dishes
  • Serve coffee & juice
 Later (10:45 am -- 12:30 pm)
  • Plate meals
  • Serve guests
  • Breakdown tables &chairs
  • Wash dishes
  • Sweep & mop
Feel free to share this info with anyone who might be interested in helping out! 

To sign-up, please contact Stephanie Paquette at or 

(call or text) 401-603-8386.

Jan. 27:
The Religious Education Committee is hosting an All Church Potluck and Game Night!  Bring a dish and a fun game to share with everyone! Together as a community we will eat, laugh and play!
Saturday, January 27th from 5 pm -- 7 pm in the Unity Room
Please contact Kavita at if you plan to attend. 

Come have fun! 
Jan. 28:                                          Save the date!  
         Sunday, January 28th 

Let's meet for brunch at Bella Sarnos Restaurant located at 553 Kelley Boulevard in North Attleboro. It has an omelette station, seafood and pasta dishes, a dessert buffet and a lot more. Check out their website. We'll meet there at noon, after services, for a warm and pleasant start to a winter afternoon. $19 per person.  
RSVP to Peggy Dixon at, or
Sandy Stuart at Hope you will join us.
 From Green Sanctuary
 Use your own coffee cup at coffee hour for Earth's sake!

Please consider using your own coffee cup or mug during coffee hour. You can now store it in the Unity Room cupboard-near the piano-where it will be handy each week. There is a sink in the cupboard, where you can wash your cup and return it to the shelf, ready for the next coffee hour. We suggest you put your name on your cup to label it as yours. 

Using your own cup will save on paper cups, which cannot be recycled. This will save trees, reduce waste, and save on paper cup costs! Self-washing and storage will also avoid any extra burden on coffee hour hosts. Holding your reusable mug also makes a statement that you care. It's a win-win-win! 

Please notice that our renters have labeled some cupboard space for their use. The coffee-making equipment on the counter also belongs to them. Therefore, we ask that you respect their space and property. See our Murray label for our cupboard space. 

Our cupboard will hold 30+ cups. There's also an upper shelf for taller people! Use of shelf space will be first come first served. Green Sanctuary Committee members will stand by the Unity Room cupboard for the next few weeks to answer any questions. 

Feb. 4: 
Sunday Book Group
All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch. The Mission of the Book Group is for open-minded people to select, read and discuss interesting books that broaden our minds and challenge how we perceive the world. Books are chosen by consensus, of reasonable length, and library accessible.
On Sunday, February 4th, we will discuss, Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics: a 10% happier how-to book, by Dan Harris and Jeff Warren. Harris and Warren present a practical guide to meditation that debunks the myths, misconceptions, and self-deceptions that make many people reluctant to try it. They suggest a range of meditation practices that may lower your blood pressure, mitigate depression and anxiety, and literally rewire key parts of your brain.  
This book will serve as a springboard for discussion on how we go about quieting our minds to seek a physical and/or spiritual respite. Even if you don't read the book, this is a discussion you can join!
Feb. 18:
Beat the Winter Cold
Matt Meyer
Come join The Religious Services Committee for a fun-filled Sunday morning service conducted by wellknown General Assembly drummer and spiritual leader
Matt Meyer followed by an exciting Beach themed coffee hour! Bet you can feel the heat already!! 
We look forward to seeing you there!!!

The Religious Services Committee

Mar. 4:
Seeking Writers to Share Original Work for March 4th Service

The month of March "comes in like a lion and out like a lamb." It is a time of change as winter draws to a close, and we prepare for the start of spring.  

The Religious Services Committee is seeking Murray writers to share your original work based on a theme of change during service at 10 am on Sunday, March 4th. What does change mean to you? Changes in nature, yourself or your beliefs? Changing your community through volunteering or social justice?   

We are seeking a chalice lighting, a meditation, and a collection of readings (2 -- 5 minutes). Poetry, prose, responsive readings, chants, or other styles of writing are all welcome. Writers of all ages and levels of experience are welcome. You may have someone else read your work for you if you prefer.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Monica Staaf at Space is limited.

If the weather outside is frightful, the minister and board president will confer to determine if worship services must be cancelled by 6:30 am on a Sunday morning. WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV5, FOX25 and WPRI-12, FOX Providence will air any Sunday Service cancellations during the morning news.

Websites for cancellations:,, WCVB.comCancellations will also be posted on our website and Facebook page:Be sure to "Like" us to see updates in your news feed.