Murray Church Notes

February 21, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 28

In this Issue:

Mid-Year Congregational Meeting this Sunday
Feb. 24th at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall  

Jim Richardi, Board Chair

Greetings and Happy February! You are invited to attend our Mid-Year Congregational Meeting this Sunday Feb. 24th at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. We will serve a light lunch and share some important information. The first part will be a handout of our By-Laws showing some proposed changes and a brief explanation of the purpose of those proposed changes. Note: we will not be discussing or voting on the proposed changes until a special congregational meeting held on Sun. March 10th at 11:10 a.m. right after the service in the sanctuary.  The reason for handing out the copies now is to allow you more time to review and consider them in advance of the special meeting so that we can be efficient with our time and get to the voting point as soon as possible. 

The second part of our Mid-Year meeting will be focused on the state of our church finances to date and explain the estimated deficit that must be confronted and managed sooner rather than later. Rick Millard, our Chair of Finance, will share a presentation that illustrates the challenges and the possible options for dealing with it. The Executive Board agrees with Rick that one of these options is the best solution to use now and we ask for your support with this one to help the church move towards a balanced budget before the end of this fiscal year. We also ask that the support you agree to provide now will then carry over and continue into the next fiscal year. 

Please attend the meeting this Sunday Feb. 24th (and the meeting on Mar. 10th) and participate in the discussion process. It is our intent to share as much information as possible so that everyone is informed well ahead of our annual meeting in May. Thanks for your support of our church and its mission, services and programs!

Jim Richardi
Executive Board President  
"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.    
"Question Box Worship, Part 2"   
Back in December, we held a “Question Box Worship,” where people wrote down a question they would like the minister to answer during the service.  We explored a number of questions together during that first service, but we still have quite a pile of questions left over.  Let us continue our Question Box Worship experience this Sunday as we celebrate this faith, which encourages questioning at the deepest levels on our respective spiritual journeys.
Religious Education for Sunday, February 24

Nursery is available 9:45-11:00 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only. 
Grades K-7:
We will begin in the service and then head to our classes.  We will continue with World Religions and learn about Mother Teresa.  In recognizing her love of helping others we ask that you bring food items to donate to our Food Pantry.  Here is a list of Food Pantry requests:

Cake mix
Brownie mix
Cookie mix

Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to continue learning about UU’ism and Murray Church.  Historians Rachel Killion and Len Yutkins will be the teachers.         
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. 
            Carol Konvalinka-Connolly leads our children in a Moment For All Ages
            about how we have plenty of love to give!  
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).

Feb. 23:

Food 'n Friends Soup Kitchen

Centenary United Methodist Church, Attleboro
We're cooking up some meatloaf and gravy over rice along with some vegetables, green salad, and dessert.

We, of course, need helpers for all time shifts between 8 am and 12:15 pm.  Volunteers can sign up here.

For questions, contact Stephanie Paquette.
Feb. 27:

Listening Circles:
Still Room at Wednesday Night Session!

The Listening Circles have been well received, and we are gathering great input in regards to what your dreams are for the future of Murray Church – great stories, great sharing, great ideas!

To date, four Listening Circles have been held, and we’ve heard from over forty members and friends.  Is your voice missing?  

The last opportunity to participate in a Listening Circle is Wednesday, February 27th at 7:00 PM.

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

To register, you can email Janet Richardi. Also, Bertha Young will have sign-up sheets at coffee hour on February 24, 2019.
March 1:

Pancake Supper Fundraiser
Calling all Cooks!

We are hosting a 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 $6 and $4 for children and includes 3 pancakes, syrup, scrambled eggs, and a beverage.  There will be an additional charge for extra pancakes and fancy toppings.
March 3:

White Fragility Discussion: Part 2

We're talking about  race and racism

Is it true?  “Being a Good Person” might not be helpful? 
Come hear why!

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

You do not need to read
White Fragility:  
Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism”

to join in

Want a quick-read article? (it’s a good one)

We will have lots of time for conversation

We welcome your contributions!

If you would like childcare,  please let Kavita know a week or more before the meeting.

                                                        --The Murray Black Lives Matter Committee

Report on January Dedicated Offering

We are a dedicated and generous congregation
Our January Dedicated Offering was in conjunction with the “I Am Light” service by the Music Committee, in support of the hopes and dreams of women everywhere.  

We collected a total of $1,023, which will assist the National Women’s Law Center in their fearless and effective work for women in many important areas, including health, reproductive rights, gender equity, LGBTQ equity, economic security, and racial and ethnic justice.

The center stands in support of women, no matter what their status.

Thank you for your many contributions to Murray - including through our dedicated offerings, as we live our faith in action together.  
                                                          -- The Murray Social Concerns 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

Click here for the registration page, schedule and FAQ's
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!  
March 23:

Potluck & Game Night

A Minute to Win It evening!
Come play fun movement games, board games and share a meal! The RE Committee has planned exciting Minute to Win It games, plus you can bring a board game too!  

Bring a dish to share and enjoy the evening!

When: Saturday, March 23
Where: Unity Room
Time: 5-7 pm

Please contact Kavita to let her know if you are planning to attend. 
April 6:

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!            

Items also needed: 
  • Feminine care products
  • Cake mixes
  • Brownie mixes
  • Cookie mixes
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