Murray Church Notes

March 7, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 30

In this Issue:

This Saturday Night


Share Your Stories, Share Your Songs
Rev. Gretchen Weis 

You matter.  Who you are, your unique gifts and talents -- you are a blessing to this bruised and broken world.  As our first principle reminds us, each has something of unique worth to share.  Hear these words from singer and poet Carrie Newcomer, from a poem titled, “Showing Up.”  She writes, 
You are holy and sacred
And utterly unique.
There are gifts
You were born to give.
Songs you were born to sing
Stories you were born to tell.

And, if you do not give it,
The world will simply lose it.
It is yours alone to offer,
No one can give it for you.

And dearest, listen,
Because this is important,
This wounded world
Needs all the songs
We can pull from the air,
Every story that helps us 
to remember.
It needs every single gift,
Large and small.

And, yes, dearest,
This grateful world does rejoice
Every courageous time
We are true to ourselves
And to our gifts.
And, so it is, dear heart,
We embrace the song
And the story
And all our gifts
Because the world
Has such great need
And because the world
Exceedingly rejoices
And because there is
 no sadder thing
Than to leave this world
Having never really shown up.
What gifts are you called to share?  What stories were you born to tell? What songs were you born to sing?

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"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?  A domestic abuse survivor will join us.  As will Gabby Alan, VP of Development and Communication at New Hope, to share 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 construction of a new shelter here in Attleboro.
"Life Saving Generosity"   
His kidneys failed.  He was on dialysis.  Ten years ago, this Murray member was a candidate for a kidney transplant, but needed to find a donor.  He reached out to family and friends, including his church family here.  Five people at Murray volunteered to give him one of their kidneys.  One person was a perfect match. Come hear Roger Boucher and Linda Miller share their amazing story of profound, life-saving generosity, rooted in this community of love, hope and friendship.

Religious Education for Sunday, March 10

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 classes to learn about Moses Maimonides 
(Judaism).  We will make tzedakah boxes to understand the concept of giving and charity.

Youth Group:
Class begins at 10 am!  You will continue with the UU curriculum Heeding the Call.  The lesson is The Call For Abundance. 

RE is in need of small clear plastic containers (no lids needed).

March 10:

Playgroup This Sunday

Playgroup will be meeting following church this Sunday, March 10 from 11:15 am - noon. Join us in the nursery and K-2 classroom for crafts, games, and toys. 

Questions call/text Carol Connolly 508-380-1025
Our children decorated their own pillowcases as part of their discussion on 
the importance of rest and sleep for their self-care.
March 10:

By-Laws Vote This 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 this Sunday, March 10, 2019 at 11:10 a.m. in the Sanctuary.  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                                     

Dedicated Offering This Sunday 

For more than 40 years, New Hope has provided services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, including hospital visits, court advocacy, clinical counseling and shelter.  All of these services are provided at no cost to the survivors. The NH shelter program provides safe, therapeutic refuge for individuals and families in flight with 12 emergency shelter rooms. The need for shelter is so great that the rooms are never empty for even a day. 

We are excited to support New Hope in this Sunday’s dedicated offering, as New Hope is in the process of building a new shelter here in Attleboro.  It will be custom-designed to best provide for those in need of safety, fleeing domestic violence or sexual abuse. 

If you choose to contribute by check, please write the check to Murray Church and write New Hope on the memo line.  We will send a single, consolidated check to New Hope.

Thank you!  
                                                                               --The Murray Social Concerns Committee

Giving Tree Campaign Continues

In the first two weeks of our "Giving Tree" campaign, we are more than halfway to our goal!   We invite all Murray members and friends who have not yet participated to choose a heart from the Giving Tree in the sanctuary.  Please be sure to write "Giving Tree" in the memo section of your check or on the donation envelope if you are giving cash. A huge thank you to those members and friends who are helping us close the gap!
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

Religious Education Library Opens

Our Religious Education library is now open for anyone to borrow a book (or books)!  We have a wonderful collection of titles for children of all ages including adults. The library is located in Kavita's office (the door is always unlocked).

Please feel free to check a book out.  Write your name and title of the book on the clipboard (hanging on the shelf) and enjoy!  Please return the book after 2 weeks.

If you wish to see the list of books here is the link (plus there is a list on the clipboard also):

Many thanks to Laura Gustafson, Claire Kenney and Patrick Kenney for the hours they spent organizing the library.   Happy Reading!
-- Kavita                                                                   
March 12:

Murray Men's Lunch Bunch

Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch, the second Tuesday of each month, at Morin's Diner in downtown Attleboro. This is a very informal gathering for conversation and fellowship. No reservation required, just come as you are. 

If you need a ride, please call Rob Hasselbaum at 774-282-0818, a few days in advance, and transportation will be arranged.  The next luncheon is on Tuesday, March 12 at noon.  Look for us in the back room of Morin's, if you don't see us -- just ask!
March 14:

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 14th 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

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.
Some of our youth helped with the Pancake Dinner. 

Easter Plants

Think Spring!  Easter is April 21.  Let me know if you are interested in putting a spring plant on the chancel table for Easter.  Plant choices are tulips, daffodils, lilies, and hyacinths.  I'll need to order by April 1. Please call me at 508 226-3109 or see me at church.
-- Irene Yutkins                     
March 23:

Minute to Win It Game Night

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

Mark your calendar for this fun new churchwide event sponsored by the Religious Education Committee. Starting at 5pm we'll challenge you to some silly and wacky games for prizes. Stay for potluck dinner starting at 6pm.  Family style entrees and sides needed for potluck (paper goods supplied by RE.)  Sign-ups at Coffee Hour on March 17th or contact Kavita.

Murray UU Church Scholarships Available

Limited funds are available from the scholarship funds for this church year. The Scholarship Fund is administered by the Board of Deacons and Deaconesses. It is used to award scholarships to any member in good standing, following one full year of membership, for purposes of attending educational courses or training programs approved by this Board. For example, it could be applied toward registration fees for attending UU General Assembly in June.  Applications should be submitted to the Board of Deacons and Deaconesses for approval.  Please contact Andrea Dion-Purdy for additional guidelines and to obtain an application.
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. 
Thanks to Ted Weil and his friends for jamming with our Youth Group!
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 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!            

  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Chips, pretzels, etc.

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 12th.  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.

Websites for cancellations:,,
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