Murray Church Notes

February 28, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 29

In this Issue:

Have You Seen the New Giving Tree?
Rev. Gretchen Weis 

Have you seen the new Giving Tree in town?

It’s in the back of our sanctuary.  Members and friends of Murray Church have begun to fill the tree with generous heart-felt gifts of love and support. There’s plenty of time for you to select a heart and add it to our Giving Tree before or after worship during March.

Why did we “plant” a Giving Tree in our sanctuary?  
The church is facing an unusual budget deficit this year, due to rental difficulties, both past and present. Three years ago, our day care renter moved out, leaving us with a $36,000 revenue shortfall.  Thanks to your generosity, we’ve added $21,000 in additional pledges since then, but we are still carrying the remaining $15,000 in income loss into this year’s budget.  

Add to that the difficulties to find a non-profit renter for the rooms across the hall from the office.  We budgeted $10,000 in rental income for that space this year. Given the current real estate market, we don’t expect to find a renter any time soon.  So, when we add this year’s $10,000 rental income shortfall to our historic $15,000 rental deficit, we’re looking at a budget challenge this year of a negative $25,000.

Options to Address the Shortfall
Your board identified several options to address this budget problem.     Read More    
"What Are Your Curious Questions? 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. 
"The Right to Live Free from Violence"   
Domestic and sexual violence continues to be a huge problem around the world.  And, it is also a huge, yet largely silent problem right here, in our own area.  What can we do to help break the cycle of violence in the home?  Gabby Alan, VP of Development and Communication at New Hope, shares insights into the work needed to help build communities free from exploitation and violence.   Our dedicated offering this Sunday will help support New Hope’s expanding services here in Attleboro.

Religious Education for Sunday, March 3

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 the Unity Room for Spirit Group.  We will learn about how important sleep and good nutrition are for self-care.  Plus we will decorate our own pillow cases and make a healthy snack!
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room for another Music Jam!  You may also bring a board game to play or stay and enjoy the service.            

Some of our children, including our K-2 children,
drew cards for the clients that come to our Food Pantry.  
March 10:

By-Laws Vote Next Sunday

There will be a special meeting of all eligible voting members of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church to vote on proposed changes to the By-Laws next Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.

A notice of this meeting is being posted throughout the Church at least 10 days prior to the meeting, as directed by the By-Laws of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church. An electronic copy of the By-Laws showing the current version and proposed changes can be found here.. 

To vote at this special meeting, members must have signed the membership book on or before January 25, 2019 and have made a recorded financial contribution to the church during the 15 months preceding the meeting.
 -- Bertha Young, Clerk
March 1:

Pancake Supper Fundraiser This Friday  

The price to attend the dinner is $6 for adults 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:

Stewardship Team Caller Training

If you volunteered to be a team caller, the training meeting is on Sunday, March 3, at 11:30 a.m. in the John Murray Room.

If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Aguiar.
March 3:

White Fragility Discussion: Part 2

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

This 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?  Try this one. (it’s a good one)
We will have lots of time for conversation

We welcome your contributions!

March 7:

Memorial Garden Meeting

Spring’s not sprung, 
the grass’ not riz’ 
But it’s time to start plannin’ 
for when it is.
There will be a Memorial Garden Committee Meeting at 7 PM on Thursday, March 7th in the John Murray Room, a short & sweet meeting to discuss several topics:  
  • Update on new plates for MG plaque in hallway
  • Request from the Membership Committee to host the coffee hour – Possible dates, May 
  • 5, June 2 or June 9
  • Calendars - please bring your calendars so we can pick an initial (Sunday) date to clean up the garden and start the spring pruning  
  • Pick Sundays in April and May to work in garden  
  • Pick summer week nights (e.g., 1st & 3rd Wednesday nights) of June – August to maintain 
  • the garden
Everyone is welcome.  It’s a great way to learn something about gardening and to have a little fun while doing so.  If we start on time we can be done in 30-45 minutes.  

Horticulturally yours,
Russet Morrow
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.

The Way We Were

We see you now - but Membership & Welcoming would like to give everyone a look at a past part of your life - what were you doing then?  Do you have a photo from when you were in the Navy, or from high school, even grade school, or when you're engaged in a favorite hobby, or any favorite photo.  The bulletin board outside of the sanctuary is the place to put your photo.  Put a note with it letting everybody know that it's you. Can't wait to see the way you used to be!  Give your photo to Sandy Stuart or just pin it up on the bulletin board.

Children and youth - We want to see the way you were, too.  Give your photo to Kavita, our R.E. 
Director, and she'll put it up.
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. 
March 27:   

Monthly Meditation 

"Let’s Meditate Together" will continue on a monthly basis during  March, April and May on the fourth Wednesday. 

Join us to continue learning and practicing meditation.  If you would benefit from a structured time and place, this may be for you.  Open to all, no previous experience is necessary.  You only need 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, March 27, April 24, May 22. 
Time: 7:15-8:15 pm. Arrive at 7 pm. 
Room: John Murray Room 

RSVP to Sheila Jacobs. If you would like to lead some of the meditations, please see Sheila. 
March 27:

Need Volunteers to Host Peace Walkers 

On Wednesday, March 27th, Murray Church will once again welcome a visit from participants in the 18th Walk for A New Spring members and friends of the Nipponzan Myohoyi Buddhist Order from The New England Peace Pagoda in Leverett, MA   As walkers pass through communities en route to Washington, DC, they invite us to open a space to re-frame national security and address international and local crises: systemic poverty and racism, climate instability, oppression of immigrants, lack of health care. For more information about the 2019 Walk for a New Spring, click here. 

We need more helpers to:
•    welcome the walkers when they arrive late Wed afternoon
•    help organize the traditional potluck dinner which takes place from 6-7
•    help with publicity
•    offers of home hospitality, i.e., a bed or floor space 
•    organize breakfast at Murray at 7:30 the next morning
•    send off the walkers on Thursday at 8:30 a.m.
•    walk with the marchers for a 9:15 a.m. visit to Congressman Kennedy's office 

If you would like to play a part, please reach out to Barbara Clark or Mary Whelan as soon as possible.
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.    

Food Pantry Donations Needed!            

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Pickles
  • Relish

Newsletter weekly schedule

Please e-mail all newsletter submissions by Tuesday end of day for inclusion in the following Thursday's Murray Notes. The next deadline is Tuesday, March 5th.  Please include 'NEWSLETTER' in the subject line.
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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