Murray Church Notes

March 21, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 32

In this Issue:

FROM OUR MINISTER
Every Day is “Bring a Friend to Church” Day
Rev. Gretchen Weis 

Invite a friend to come to church with you – for Sunday worship, or for a pancake supper, or a dinner and a movie discussion night, or to our Holiday Fair, or our book group, or to shop a rummage sale, or to this Saturday’s “Minute to Win It” game night.

So many people in our area have walked away from the traditional churches of their childhoods.   They may call themselves “spiritual, but not religious.”  Yet, don’t they yearn to live deeper, more meaningful and connected lives?

Some of your neighbors and friends may be aching to find what we have to share – from our freedom of belief to a sense of belonging to a caring community of shared love and laughter.  An upbeat, spirited community that calls us to put our highest ideals and cherished values into practice.  A community that nurtures children and teaches them to know they are each precious and beloved. A place where children, youth and teens learn the importance of loving kindness and respect for themselves, for their other family members, for other people, and for the planet we all call home.     Read More  

THIS SUNDAY:
"The Transcendentalists" 
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, Margaret Fuller.  These are just a few of our Unitarian faith ancestors who created the transcendentalist movement in the early 1800s. The transcendentalists were not content with the calm rationalism of Unitarianism.  Instead, they longed for a more intense spiritual experience, based on individual subjective intuition.   Come learn more about this movement, which celebrated the power and creative expression of the individual.  Special thanks to the individual who submitted a Question Box worship question asking to know more about this offshoot of Unitarianism.
 
NEXT SUNDAY:
"Racism Interrupted"   
Two members of our congregation, one, the daughter of Indian parents, and the other, a mother of two children of color, share personal incidents of racist slurs and actions, including a re-enactment of one such incident and how bystanders could have intervened.  This service will help us be more aware of racism and how to be good allies to those who are victims of it.  The service will be led by the Religious Services Committee. Please note: “Racism Interrupted”  will include the graphic description of real life events, the use of profanity and language that may be offensive.  This service is not recommended for children of any age. RE classes and nursery care will be held as usual.  All parents of our Youth Group please note and make the best decision for your family. If you have any questions please feel free to talk with Kavita. 

 

Religious Education for Sunday, March 24


Nursery is available 9:45-11:00 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only. 
 
Schedule:
Grades K-7:
We will begin in the service and then head to classes to learn about Malala Yousafzai (Islam).
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world”.- Malala       
 

Youth Group:

We will begin in the service and then head to class to begin our service project for AHOPE (www.ahoperi.com) and NuDay Syria (www.Nudaysyria.org). We will also begin planning for the Bake Sale. 
 
RE is in need of small clear plastic containers (no lids needed).
 
RE is in need of small clear plastic containers (no lids needed).
Grades 3-7 learned about Mahatma Gandhi and compassion.  
They wrote letters to Attleboro’s mayor (Paul Heroux) for the loss of his dog. 
March 23:

Minute to Win It Game Night

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

Come this Saturday for a fun new church-wide event. Starting at 5 pm we'll challenge you to some silly and wacky games for prizes. Stay for potluck dinner starting at 6 pm.  Family style entrees and sides needed for potluck (paper goods supplied.)  
March 23:

Food n' Friends Soup Kitchen at Centenary Church

It’s the 4th Saturday already! Time flies!  
 
New and returning soup kitchen volunteers can sign up here.  I have set up the form so that your name and hours are private. Please add your name (along with any plus ones/children) and select the times you can make it.   Every half hour helps! 
                                                                                         Yours, 
                                                                                         “Chef” Steph 
March 24:

Soup Sale

There will be a Soup Sale in the Unity Room during coffee hour this Sunday following worship.

Come and pick out your favorites!  Lemony red lentil, chicken curry, chicken tortilla, wedding soup, and the list goes on!  As always, the price is $8.00 per quart and cash only, please.  

Thank you kindly!
                                                               -- Laurie Lawes and Peggy Dixon

The Giving Tree Campaign is Thriving

Our "Giving Tree" campaign continues to grow. Members and friends have pledged about $15,000 to help reduce our rental income deficit!  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!

Religious Education Library Is Open

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, as well as 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 (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                                                                   

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 or remain anonymous and keep us guessing!

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.

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.  The price is $17. 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                     

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 and topics:
  • March 27 – Meditation for Relaxation
  • April 24 – Musical and Moving Meditation
  • May 22 – A potpourri of Meditation 
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
•    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.
March 31:

White Fragility Discussion: Part 3

 


Sunday, March 31
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.

Here is a quick-read article (it’s a good one)

We will have lots of time for conversation!
March 31:

Humanist Discussion


DOUBT:
BLESSING OR CURSE?
 
Join the discussion on Sunday, March 31

at 11:30 am in the church library.  
You do not have to be a Humanist to attend.  
Just bring your ideas and an open mind.

(and a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate)


There is a brief reading assignment.  Contact Len Yutkins and you will be sent a copy.
April 1:

Clara Barton Guild Luncheon Meeting

The next meeting of the Clara Barton Guild will be held on Monday, April 1, at 11:45 a.m. in the John Murray Room.  All interested women are welcome to join us for food and fellowship.  Bring your sandwich or salad.  Beverages and dessert are provided by our hostess group.  We will be planning for our last Rummage Sale.  Please contact Bev Hall if you have any questions about joining us.  
April 3:

Attleboro Be Heard

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 please join us here at Murray Church at 7:00 PM in the Unity Room for Attleboro Be Heard.  Attleboro Be Heard Community Coalition for Education is a group of parents, community members, educators, administrators, and students who are working together to improve access to learning at all levels of Attleboro Public Schools (APS).  We want to connect with parents and community members to identify the issues most important to the community at this time and then work together with administration to make improvements in our district. 

This is an opportunity to have your voice heard about the Attleboro Public Schools (APS).  All are invited – current students in APS, past students, parents and students from other school systems – all are welcomed.  Childcare will be provided by Attleboro Public Schools, and light refreshments will be available.

So come join the conversation. Although registration is not required it is greatly appreciated and if you need childcare, please do register and let me know. To register, contact Janet Richardi. 
April 6:

Spring Fling Wine Tasting Fundraiser

April 12 & 13:

Spring Rummage Sale

The Clara Barton Guild needs your gently used clothing, shoes, jewelry, toys, books and working 
household items for our Spring Rummage Sale to be held on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, both days from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Please bring your items to the empty rooms across from the Church office, starting April 1, labeled for Clara Barton.  If you need help bringing items to church, please contact Bev Hall (508-222-9324).
 
Please note:  We appreciate receiving your items by Wednesday, April 10, so we have time to sort and display.  Proceeds from the Rummage Sale help support Murray Church and other charitable organizations.  

EXTRA HELP NEEDED
This will be the final Rummage Sale by the Clara Barton Guild.  We don't like admitting that we are no longer physically able to do this project alone, but that is the truth.  We would appreciate having other church members give us a hand in setting up and selling merchandise.  We also need help again with cleanup on Saturday at 1 p.m.  We are deeply grateful to the people who have helped us with cleanup over the past few years.  Following are the times we could use some helping hands - and strong legs:

SETUP
Tuesday, April 9  - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
April 13:

Potluck Dinner, Movie & Discussion


Save the Date!

"White Man's Burden"
Starring Harry Belafonte & John Travolta
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Unity Room

April 28:

Clean Up Sunday: This Is Our House!

Sunday, April 28th, the Property Committee will be leading Clean Up Sunday at Murray Church.  On this day, we will have a church-wide effort to clean, paint, organize and repair our spiritual home.  Over the next 2 weeks, Property Committee will be assigning people to lead the various groups assigned to specific tasks within the church.  If you are interested in helping lead a group, or you have a section of the church that you would like to see worked on, this is your chance to volunteer.   Contact Tom Stuart or just talk to him when you see him.
                                                                                -- Property Committee

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.      

Do you like Murray Church coffee hour?  
We are looking to expand the coordination team for next year. Please contact Monica Weil to learn more about this opportunity to serve and have more fun at Murray Church!                                                       

Food Pantry Donations Needed!            

Snacks        
  • 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 26th.  Please include 'NEWSLETTER' in the subject line.
SNOW CANCELLATION INFORMATION
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:
CBSBoston.com, WHDH.com, WCVB.com
Cancellations will also be posted on our website and Facebook page: 
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