Murray Church Notes

February 14, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 27

In this Issue:

Thoughts on Love, Fierce Love 
Rev. Gretchen Weis

On this Valentine’s Day morning, my thoughts naturally turn to love.  Not romantic love, but fierce love. The love that stands its ground against hate, fear, discrimination, ignorance, despair.   That fierce love -- born of faith and hope --capable of transforming the bruised, the broken. That fierce love that believes for every Goliath, there is a David.

It is the one-year anniversary of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 14 high school students and 3 staff members dead.  I think of fierce love -- of those parents, those surviving students turned activists.  They have spent the past year traveling coast to coast, daring to stand up to the NRA, organizing marches, registering young people to vote, meeting with elected officials to hold them accountable, lobbying for more effective gun control laws.  Fierce love.  Even as an estimated 1,200 more people have died from gun violence in the year since that horrific shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  That’s the equivalent of one Parkland shooting every five days.   Yet fierce love persists.

For that fierce love that stands up for truth, and for what is right, and good and true.  I think of the 54 journalists murdered last year, of their fierce love, their dedication to speaking truth to power around the globe.  I think of Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, murdered in the Saudi embassy in Turkey because he dared to question and criticize the Saudi royal family.  Or the mass shooting by a disgruntled employee at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, that left five journalists dead, including Wendi Winters, a long-time member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis.   And for the fierce love, the courage and determination of Maria Ressa, just released from prison in the Philippines this morning, as she continues to expose the abuses of presidential strongman Rodrigo Duterte. 

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"The Five Love Languages" 
What happens to love after the wedding?  Is there a secret to keeping love alive long after the honeymoon is over?  Marriage counselor Gary Chapman offers interesting insight in his book “The Five Love Languages.”   Chapman believes all marriages can grow stronger, if you learn to express affection and appreciation in the emotional language your partner understands best.  In this season of Valentine’s celebration, this is a fascinating way to think about making deeper connections with those we love.
"Empathy, Sympathy, Compassion"   
In a dog eat dog world, how is it that some people are able to place themselves in another’s situation, to imagine another’s thoughts, or feel another’s pain, while other people could simply care less.  Let’s explore the gifts of empathy, sympathy, and compassion, and the deep human connection they provide in caring for one another.    
Religious Education for Sunday, February 17

Nursery is available 9:45-11:00 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only. 
Grades K-2:
We will begin in the service and then head to class to learn about Clara Barton and practice First Aid.

Grades 3-7:
We will begin in the service and then head to class for a lesson on World Religions (overview). 
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to learn about the history of our UU faith and the history of Murray Church.  Our guest teachers will be historians Rachel Killion and Len Yutkins. 
Religious Education is in need of empty spray bottles!  
Please make sure that they are thoroughly cleaned.  The items can be dropped off in Kavita’s office. 
Happy Valentine's Day!
Thanks to Carol Connolly for helping our children to make the bulletin board.
Feb. 16, 19 & 27:

Listening Circles
It's not too late!  Sign up today! 

In an effort to look at how we want to grow, how we build on what is working great, what’s our vision for the future, Murray Church is embarking on a Listening Circles project during February 2019.  Our plan is to look at Murray’s assets, capabilities, resources, and strengths that are just sitting there waiting to be affirmed, stretched and encouraged by the loving, giving members and friends of this awesome faith community.  For example, how do we build on the energy and excitement of hanging our Black Lives Matter: Join the Conversation banner, and what do we want those conversations with the community to look like?  RE is growing in leaps and bounds: what else should we be doing? Green Sanctuary, how do we continue to fight against climate and environmental injustices? I have my ideas, I’m sure you have your own.

The first Listening Circle this past Sunday was well attended and received rave reviews.  Monday’s was cancelled due to low sign-up.  Thank you to all that attended and shared your ides.

There are still three dates / times available and due to the ideas and interest Sunday’s workshop generated, the facilitators have decided to add another date and time – Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM.

Saturday, February 16th 10:00 AM in Harmony Hall
Tuesday, February 19th  2:00 PM and 7:00 PM in Harmony Hall
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2019 AT 7:00 PM in the John Murray Room.

Don’t be left out - come join the conversation and the fun, let’s plan our Murray future together!

You can email Janet Richardi to register and she will have sign-up sheets at coffee hour on February 17, 2019.
Feb. 17:

Soup Sale

In honor of Valentines Day and Chinese New Year (Pig), our theme will be soups that we love to make or that we make for those we love! And any soups that we are "hog wild" about! Please contact Peggy Dixon  or Laurie Lawes if you would like to prepare soup for our community!
Check out our new bulletin board in the RE wing!
This week Grades K-2 will be learning about Clara Barton, and Grades 3-7 will be having an overview of world religions.   Thanks to Amanda Aguiar for putting together the bulletin board. 
Our children, grades 3-7, learned about Clara Barton and practiced First Aid on each other.
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 

For an appointment, please visit
Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

The snowfall creates a moment of quiet beauty in the Memorial Garden on Tuesday at twilight.
Feb 24:

Mid-Year Congregational Meeting 

Following Worship

There will be a mid-year informational meeting for all members of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church on Sunday, February 24, 2019 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 bylaw changes that are under consideration and may be voted on at another special meeting prior to the annual meeting in May.
March 1:

Pancake Supper Fundraiser
Calling all Cooks and Breakfast-Lovers!

We are hosting a Breakfast-For-Dinner Pancake Supper on Friday, March 1 from 5:30-7:30 in Fellowship Hall.

Volunteers are needed for the event starting at 4:00 pm through clean up around 8:30 pm.  We also need donations of ingredients.

Please contact Stephanie Paquette if you're interested in helping in 
any way.

The price to attend the dinner is $8 and includes 3 pancakes, syrup, scrambled eggs, and 
beverage.  Purchase your tickets at the door on the night of the dinner.
March 3:

White Fragility Discussion: Part 2

You are welcome to

Please mark your calendar 
Sunday, March 3
11:30 am - 12:45 pm in the Unity Room

We have expanded this time for conversation in this session to allow for small group participation.

Our Second Conversation on:
White Fragility:  
Why It’s So Hard for White People 
to Talk About Racism”

You do not need to read the book to join in.

We welcome your contributions!

                                                        --The Murray Black Lives Matter Committee

March 10:

Murray Brunch

Sunday, March 10, from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Bella Sarno Restaurant
553 Kelly Blvd.  North Attleboro, MA

Brunch is $25 per person.  Children under 12 are $12.95

Join the Membership & Welcoming Committee in socializing with your fellow Murray members 
over a good meal at a local restaurant.  We'll celebrate the start of Daylight Saving Time 

RSVP to Sandy Stuart.
March 15 & 16:

UUA Revival 2019

March 16

Murray Theater Trip

The Odd Couple, The Female Version, written by Neil Simon, offers a comedic take on how challenging it is to live, day in and day out, with anyone!

Membership & Welcoming Committee is gathering a group to go to the Mass Music & Arts Society's (MMAS) Black Box Theatre at 377 N. Main St., Mansfield, Mass. The theater trip is planned for Saturday, March 16th,  for an 8:00 p.m. performance.  Group tickets are $28.  RSVP to Sandy Stuart. We hope that you can join us!  
April 6:

Murray Church Members & Friends
Spring Fling Wine Tasting Fundraiser

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.                     

Thinking About Starting Up a Murray Church Thrift Shop

Interested in Helping Out?

We continue to explore ways to increase our church revenues, especially ways we might bring in more dollars from the community.  Right now, we are researching the possibility of using our empty rental space across from the office to start up a Murray Church thrift shop, open to the public a few days a week.  

As the Clara Barton Guild no longer has the resources to manage their two rummage sales a year, we are thinking about the possibility of a team of new folks to help us organize and staff a year round “rummage sale” of limited, quality items in a thrift shop setting. Yes, we acknowledge there will be hurdles and challenges to address.  We’re in the research phase — currently setting up visits with other UU churches who run thrift shops to learn more about the challenges and possibilities of opening and sustaining an active, thriving thrift shop.

Make no mistake, a thrift shop will require a dedicated team of people to create and sustain it.  Think of the loyal, dedicated volunteer team who blesses us week in and week out to run our Food Pantry!  We will need the same if a thrift shop is to be successful!  

If the idea of a Murray Church thrift shop gets you excited, please contact Rev. Gretchen to let her know you are interested in helping out!  

Together, let’s explore some exciting new possibilities!

Food Pantry Donations Needed!            

  • Cake, brownie & cookie mixes
  • Feminine care products
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