"Sneaking into Jerusalem by the Back Door"
Rev. Gretchen Weis
It's Palm Sunday, which celebrates Jesus' entry into Jerusalem at the start of the Passover Celebration week - the final week of his life. Why did he choose to enter Jerusalem by a back gate, riding on a donkey? And why did his followers salute him with palm leaves? What statement was he trying to make, mocking the might and power of the Roman Empire?
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"The Promise of Easter"
Rev. Gretchen Weis
Who is to say what Easter is? And why we celebrate and sing a joyful Alleluia? Come join us as we explore the Easter promise that some things will never die. W. Edward Harris observes that the darkest times in the human spirit are always succeeded by the renewal of life. Just as there is loneliness, abandonment, brutality, cruelty, hate and fear, so, too are there values and principles that cannot be killed and buried. Justice, Truth, Beauty, Love, and Courage, will continue to rise up again, and again, throughout the ages providing hope to illuminate the human experience. Alleluia!
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FROM OUR MINISTER
This Saturday is the March For Our
Lives: Please Join Me in Providence
America's children are taking the lead, and we are invited to join them.In the wake of the Parkland, Florida, high school shooting on Valentine's Day, surviving students have called for a national march on Washington, DC, this Saturday, March 24th to call for greater gun control safety. There are now marches planned in virtually every major and mid-sized U.S. city, in nearly all 50 states and Puerto Rico, including marches planned this Saturday in Boston and Providence.
The Providence March for Our Lives rally will be held Saturday afternoon in front of the Rhode Island State Capitol from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. I plan to be there, as well as other UU clergy, wearing a clergy collar and my "Standing on the Side of Love" stole. Will you join me?
UU teens from churches throughout our area are invited to caucus together at First Unitarian Church of Providence at 1 Benevolent St. starting at 11:00 am to make signs for the march. Snacks and sign supplies will be provided, and teens are also encouraged to bring a lunch.
While the teens gather in the morning, other area UUs are invited to meet in the Providence church parking lot by 12:30 pm, and the teens will lead us in marching down the hill to the statehouse. All Murray teens are encouraged to participate in the pre-rally caucus events at the big church in Providence.
Murray folks, including families, please bundle up and consider bringing older children, as this should be a powerful lesson for our children to witness firsthand that they, too, have a voice in helping to lobby for and create a better world.
Those interested in carpooling to Providence should meet up with me in the Murray parking lot by 11:45 am. Please dress warmly, as we'll be outside the whole time. You may also want to bring water and snacks. We can divide into those who wish to head to the big church in Providence to march to the capitol from there, and those who wish to head straight to the Rhode Island State Capitol.
The call to this Saturday's march has become a global phenomenon. Demonstrations are now planned for Montreal, London, Brussels, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, Barcelona, Geneva, Belfast, Edinburgh, Sydney and Melbourne, Auckland and Christchurch and Hong Kong, and many more.
Please consider adding your voice to this cascade of growing support all around the world in the wake of the Parkland shooting. And, make no mistake - the growing chorus of concerned citizens has finally begun to make an impact. The surviving Parkland students and their families were able to lobby successfully for the state of Florida to pass new gun laws within three weeks of the Parkland shooting. The new Florida law raises the legal age for someone to buy a gun from 18 to 21. It creates a three-day waiting period in order to purchase a firearm and bans the purchase and use of bump stocks, devices that can turn a single shot rifle into an automatic weapon.
Nursery is available from 9:45 am -- 11 am. The nursery is located in the Religious Education Wing and is the first room on the left.
Children (Grades K - 8):
Sunday, March 25th -- We will begin in the service and then head to Fellowship Hall for some fun game playing with Stephanie Paquette! Please have your child wear sneakers and comfortable clothing for running around.
Youth Group (Grades 9 - 12):
Sunday, March 25th -- We will begin in the service and then meet in the Purple Chat Room to stuff eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt. There will be Evening YG from 6 pm -- 7:30 pm.
|Mar. 22, 29 & Apr. 5:
History of UU Classes
Thursday Nights at 6:30 pm - PLEASE NOTE TIME CHANGE
In March, Adult RE is presenting a four part lecture/discussion session of the History of Unitarian Universalism in the United States with an emphasis on how beliefs have changed.
March 22 - Session II Unitarianism to 1961
March 29 - Session III UU from 1961 to present
April 5 - Session IV UU, what lies ahead?
Each session will be about one hour in length and will be a lecture followed by discussion. Each session is independent of each other. There is no sign up! Sessions will begin on Thursday, March 15th. All sessions will be on Thursday evenings at 6:30 pm in Harmony Hall.
Questions? Just ask Len Yutkins, call 508-226-3109.
|Easter Egg Hunt
After the Easter Sunday service (April 1st), during Coffee Hour, we will have the Easter Egg Hunt! Nursery and Kindergarten children will hunt in the Children's Garden, while First through Sixth grade will have the Egg Hunt in the back yard of the church. All children please meet in the Unity Room to begin the hunt. Please bring your own basket or bag for collecting the eggs.
Parents of Nursery and Kindergarten children
must accompany their child outside.
P.S. - Don't forget to bring your camera!
Our Youth used the letters of their first name to write positive adjectives to describe themselves. Our children continue to learn about self-care by participating in yoga.
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RE Care Packages
The RE program is planning to send small care packages to our young adults who are attending college, to remind them that we here at Murray Church are thinking of them and miss and support them in their pursuits. Our goal is to send the packages twice a year, in the late fall and late spring, before final exams.
On Sunday, March 25th and Sunday, April 8th we will have cards available during coffee hour for signing.
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]. This year we will not have a separate adult and children's snack table; we will all be enjoying the same goodies, and have eliminated the juice to simplify our gathering. 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
at 9 am to get the coffee going and setup, clean up takes about 1/2 an hour) and we really need volunteers! Let's keep Murray members and friends caffeinated and in the happy zone.
Murray Food Pantry
- Plastic Bags
- Personal Care Items
Thank you for your continued support!
Murray Church Food Pantry Team
For more information, click [HERE].
1:00 pm -- 3:00 pm * Rhode Island State Capitol
Meet Rev. Gretchen at 11:45 am in the Murray parking lot to carpool to the rally in Providence.
Murray Hosts Food & Friends Soup Kitchen
Murray hosts the Food & Friends Soup Kitchen every 4th Saturday of the month, from 8 am -- 12:30 pm, at Centenary
Methodist Church, located at 39
North Main Street in Attleboro.
Help out once for an hour!
You'll make all the difference!
The entrance is on Sanford Street at the bottom of
the ramp. Park in the YMCA lot.
We need volunteers for all shifts and tasks. Tasks we need help with:
Early (8 am -- 10 am)
- Set up tables & chairs
- Make sandwiches
- Prepare main meal
- Wash dishes
- Serve coffee & juice
Later (10:45 am -- 12:30 pm)
- Plate meals
- Serve guests
- Breakdown tables & chairs
- Wash dishes
- Sweep & mop
To sign up click [HERE].
Type in your name and click the boxes for the times you want to attend.
For more information, please contact Stephanie Paquette at firstname.lastname@example.org
or (call or text) 401-603-8386.
Feel free to share this info with anyone who might be interested in helping out!
WE COULD REALLY USE YOUR HELP
to Unload Food Delivery Trucks
The Food Pantry receives food twice a month, and we need help receiving the delivery. Food pick-up times are the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. The trucks need to be unloaded requiring some lifting.
This is one way Murray reaches out and is visible in the community, but it takes many volunteers to receive and distribute the food. If there are any strong bodies available on those days, who would like a light workout, please contact:
Mar. 29 & 30:
Peace Walkers Come to Murray
Poor Peoples Campaign:
A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nations distorted morality.
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The Peace Walkers from the New England Peace Pagoda in
Leverett, MA will be coming to Murray Church on Thursday, March 29th. Please join us for a potluck dinner and informal discussion in Fellowship Hall on Thursday evening at 5:30 pm.
There will also be a send-off breakfast at 7:30 am on Friday morning, March 30th, as they continue on their way to Washington D.C.
Pop-Up Night Out
The Welcoming Committee invites you to join us for a Pop-Up Night Out at Sake Steakhouse on
Friday, March 30th, at 6:30 pm.
No reservations required.
Children are welcome.
Sake Steakhouse is located at
280 School Street in Mansfield at Mansfield Crossing.
Please RSVP to Sandy Stuart at 508-695-1064 or email@example.com
if you plan to attend by Monday, March 26th, so that we can give the restaurant a headcount.
There will be a work session on Saturday, March 31st, starting at 1 pm. Work will mainly be fixing up the rental area, although there are a lot of side tasks still to be completed. Email Tom Stuart at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just show up.
From Green Sanctuary
Green Sanctuary is about Environmental Justice
Environmental Justice (EJ) reflects the fundamental reality that vulnerable communities are all too often subject to the disproportionate burden of pollution and contamination, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council. In addition to improving our collective carbon footprints, our Murray Green Sanctuary program is promoting Environmental Justice! Check out our updated bulletin board in the foyer near Fellowship Hall to learn more about our Murray EJ projects. See what is happening this Spring, including the upcoming book group discussion and Earth Day service.
Clara Barton Guild April Luncheon Meeting
The Clara Barton Guild will meet on Monday, April 2nd, at 11:45 am in the John Murray Room. We will enjoy lunch
and fellowship and make plans for our upcoming Rummage Sale. Bring your own salad or sandwich. Beverages and desserts will be provided by our hostesses. All women of the church are welcome to attend.
Contact Bev Hall at 508-222-9324
if you would like to join us.
Donations for Clara Barton Guild Spring Rummage Sale
The Spring Rummage Sale will be held on Friday, April 13th, and Saturday, April 14th, from
9 am to 1 pm in Fellowship Hall. We need donations of usable clothing, shoes, jewelry, housewares, linens, books, toys - anything that you don't use any more. You may leave your items in Fellowship Hall starting on Monday, April 2nd. If you have any questions or need help getting your donations to church, please call Bev Hall at 508-222-9324.
Sunday Book Group
THE SUNDAY BOOK GROUP meets the first Sunday of the
month at 11:30 am in the John Murray Room. All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch. The Mission of the Book Group is for open-minded people to select, read and discuss interesting books that broaden our minds and challenge how we perceive the world. Books are chosen by consensus, of reasonable length, and library accessible.
On Sunday, May 6th, we will discuss,
Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the
Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
As a botanist and professor of plant ecology, Robin Wall Kimmerer has spent a career learning how to ask questions of nature using the tools of science. As a Potawatomi woman, she learned from elders, family, and history that the Potawatomi, as well as a majority of other cultures indigenous to this land, consider plants and animals to be our oldest teachers. In Braiding Sweetgrass, she intertwines these modes of awareness, the analytic and the emotional, the scientific and the cultural, to ultimately reveal a path toward healing the rift that grows between people and nature.
Looking for Furniture Donations
Our friends at AHOPE (Americans Helping Others ProsPEr) have been resettling a number of new families into our area and are in need of more furniture - living room couches, chairs, coffee and end tables, kitchen tables and chairs, bed frames and dressers, etc. These new families include quite a number from Puerto Rico -- people whose homes have been totally destroyed or for whom electricity has not yet been restored.
The good news is that AHOPE will come to you to pick up any furniture you have to donate.
Please contact Mayss Bajbouj at 508-496-7733 to schedule a furniture pick-up.
| March for Our Lives... (continued)
The new Florida law is a start, but there is more work to be done. It is high past time to tighten national background checks and other simple gun safety measures, because our current national system of "do nothing" is broken. If a picture is worth a thousand words, this picture is a heartbreak.
In love and faith,
The online activists network Avaaz organized this Monument to Our Kids last week, placing 7,000 pairs of empty children's shoes on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol to represent all of the children who have been killed by gun violence since the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, CT in December 2012. There are many of us, myself included, who believe it is unconscionable that Congress failed to take up the call for greater gun safety in the wake of that unspeakable tragedy of innocents. Now, here we are more than six years and 7,000 additional deaths later, and it is time as a nation to do something to protect our children from this madness.
Massachusetts is #3 among the top 5 states with the most strict gun laws in the nation. Rhode Island is among the top 10. And, guess what? Massachusetts is #1 and Rhode Island is #2 in the lowest number of gun deaths nationwide. For anyone keeping score, absolutely no one has been denied their Second Amendment rights to bear arms in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Sensible gun control legislation is possible to reduce gun violence and improve public safety without impinging on Constitutional freedom.
Please plan to join me this Saturday either in the Murray parking lot at 11:45 am or somewhere on the steps of the Rhode Island State Capitol from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. May our faith never stop leading us to work for a better, more loving and just world. If not us, then who? If not now, then when?
I also hope to see you in church this Palm Sunday, where we will dig deeper into the meaning of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem through a little used gate, on the back of that donkey. Exactly what kind of "up your nose with a rubber hose" guerrilla theater message was Jesus delivering to the powerful occupying Roman Empire?
|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:
Be sure to "Like" us to see updates in your news feed.