Murray Church Notes

January 17, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 23

In this Issue:

The Bottoms of our Feet
Rev. Gretchen Weis

There is a mindfulness exercise that invites us, as often as possible throughout the day, to become aware of the bottoms of our feet.  To feel the sensations on the bottoms of the feet, including the pressure of the floor or ground beneath them, or the warmth or coolness of our soles.

American Buddhist monk Dr. Jan Chozen Bays coaches us that the easiest way to remember placing awareness on the bottoms of our feet is to put a small stone in our shoe.  Or, we may choose a less irritating and painful way to bring mindfulness to the bottoms of our feet by placing notes that say “Feet” around the house or around our office.  Or, she suggests we can set cell phone timers to ping at intervals, inviting us to turn our attention to the bottoms of our feet throughout the day.

I read this exercise and thought it sounded silly at first.  Really?  The bottoms of our feet?  But Chozen Bays suggests this is a very powerful exercise.  Read More  
"I Am Light - And I WILL Shine" 
In this special service hosted by the Music Committee, we recognize the power of the collective voices of women and their allies and shining a light on the changes they have created and continue to create. We want to hear our voices raised together in song, as we celebrate some of the music that has empowered us and helps to heal us.
"The Mystery of Grace" 
Grace.  Have you ever experienced a serendipitous moment or a chance happenstance that brought something good into your life unexpectedly?  A benefit unasked for, an unearned blessing?  Grace may come into our lives in ways both large and small, if we pay attention and open ourselves to these mysterious gifts.  Consider these words from author Anne Lamott, “I do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”       
Religious Education for Sunday, January 20

Nursery is available 9:45 -11 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only.
This Sunday is our annual multi-gen music service.  Come enjoy the wonderful music from our Music Committee!
Youth Group:
This Sunday is our annual multi-gen music service.  Come enjoy the wonderful music from our Music Committee!
Religious Education is in need of lids!  
•    Plastic lids from Cool Whip containers and/or large yogurt containers 
•    Empty spray bottles 
•    Please make sure these items are thoroughly cleaned.  The items can be dropped off in Kavita’s office. 
Our Potluck/Game Night was filled with good food, fun and friendship!
Jan. 20:

Mid-Year Congregational Meeting 

 This Sunday Following Worship

There will be a mid-year informational meeting for all members of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church this Sunday, January 20, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in FELLOWSHIP HALL. A light lunch and childcare will be provided.

Topics to be discussed:
-    Mid-year financial report as of Dec. 31st and potential outlook for the remainder of the fiscal year,  including deficit management 
-    Proposed by-law changes that are under consideration and may be voted on at another special meeting prior to the annual meeting in May.
Jan. 21

MLK Interfaith Service

Murray Unitarian Universalist Church

2:00 PM


A King Cantata ~ A Reflection in Words & Music:
Dr. King's Teachings on Economic Justice


Rodney Clark, Dean of Bristol Community College, Spoken-word Artist Caroline Harvey & Max Volterra as Cantata Readers,  Soloist Stacey Geer & Pianist Jacqueline Schwab
Volunteers needed!
We will have a reception in the Unity Room at about 3:00 p.m.  We expect about 50 or more people to attend. The M.L.K. Memorial Committee is supplying some of the food for this service.  

If you have a favorite cookie, brownie, or cake that you'd like to include, that would be most welcome.  If you're bringing a treat, please let Sandy Stuart know.  If you can't attend the service on Monday, but would like to contribute, you can bring something to Murray on Sunday, January 20th.  Label it "For the M.L.K. service" and put your name on it so we can thank you for your help.

This is a wonderful opportunity for us to welcome visitors and extend warm hospitality to our community both during and after the M.L.K. Day Service. 
Starts Jan 23:

Let’s Meditate Together

Join Sheila Jacobs for a four-week series to learn and practice a variety of meditation practices.  If you would benefit from a structured time and place, this may be for you.  It is said that we develop habits by what we consistently do and practice.  No experience necessary - only a willingness to learn with an open mind. Sheila Jacobs is a long time Murray Member and is a certified Health and Wellness Specialist. 

Dates: Wednesdays, January 23 and 30; February 6 and 13.
Time: 7:15-8:15 pm
Room: John Murray Room (Unity Room on February 13)

RSVP by Saturday, January 19 to register or receive information: Sheila Jacobs.  If childcare needed, contact Kavita by January 19.

Feb 2:
From Green Sanctuary, Dinner and Movie night: 
An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power
Saturday, Feb. 2nd, 6:00 pm, Unity Room

As more urgent scientific reports are coming out on climate change and as our political process often seems stymied, what can we to do? 

How can we remain hopeful in the face of such a scarey future? 

What can we do when so much seems out of our control? 

We have answers. Join Us.

Potluck--vegetarian dishes encouraged 

Please bring your own plates and utensils.

Feb 3: 
Murray Church-Wide Read Discussion

As part of our Black Lives Matter conversations, please join us as we read together, White Fragility: Why it’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism, by Robin DiAngelo.  Now #5 on the New York Times Bestseller’s list for paperbacks, this book asserts that the first step in dismantling systemic racism is to acknowledge our role in it. The book explores how our behaviors, sometimes unwittingly function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. (156 pages)

On February 3rd, Rev. Gretchen will lead a service drawing from concepts in this book. Following that service, there will be a discussion in the John Murray Room.  You are welcome to join the discussion whether you have read the book or not.

If you ordered or need a book, please see Judy DePue on Sunday morning for pickup and payment.
Feb. 22:

Blood Drive

Community Blood Drive

Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
505 North Main Street
Attleboro, Ma 02703

Friday, February 22, 2019
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Schedule an online appointment
Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Murray Nametags

Need a replacement name tag? Never had one and would like one because you've found Murray Church to be a good fit for you?

Please let Barbara Clark know.

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 or write your name down on the clipboard at the table where coffee is served.
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 between 9:15 and 9:30 am to get the coffee going,  and setup/clean up takes about half an hour).  We really need volunteers! Let's keep Murray members and friends caffeinated and in the happy zone.
Questions?  Contact Monica Weil or Barbara Clark.

Wanted: Flower People

On most Sundays, as you enter the sanctuary for our Sunday service, you undoubtedly notice the lovely floral arrangements on the altar.  These flowers are usually given in memory of loved ones or to celebrate a special event.  Some people choose to provide flowers for a particular Sunday on an annual basis.  These people are contacted each year to see if they wish to continue this practice.  I am looking for more people to do flowers on such an annual basis.  There are Sundays available in most months. In fact, right now I have openings in January, February and March.  If you are interested in providing flowers, please call me at (508) 226-3109 for complete details or see me at church.  

                                                              -- Irene Yutkins 

Has Anyone Seen the Black Kitchen Cart?

The church’s rolling black kitchen cart seems to be missing in action, last seen perhaps as long ago as the Holiday Fair.  Does anyone have any ideas or clues?  Please tell the cart we miss it and want it to come back home to the Murray kitchen soon!

Donations Needed! 

Items needed:
  • Feminine care products
  • Personal care items (deodorant, shampoo soap, etc)
  • Ketchup
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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.

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