Murray Church Notes

April 4, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 34

In this Issue:

Take Good Care of Yourselves
Rev. Gretchen Weis 

Please take good care of yourselves!  There seems to be a lot of upper respiratory infections going around right now.  I know.  I’ve come down with it — a slight fever, chills, sore throat, congestion, coughing. And my voice comes and goes.

I have found a guest minister, Nick Boke, to step in on Sunday, in my place.  Nick has preached here at Murray several times before.  His sermon title will be, “When was the Last Time You Felt Clueless?”

In the meantime, please know that I’m taking good care of myself — sleeping on and off and drinking plenty of fluids. I have been diagnosed with the flu, despite having had a flu shot in the fall.  I will be contagious until I have gone 24 hours without a fever, so I will continue to stay away from church for a few days. If you need me, please know that I am only a phone call away.  I hope to be back in action as soon as possible!

So, please take good care of yourselves as the temperatures swing from spring-like during the day back to winter at night, and pollen begins to fill the air!  And if you find yourself coming down with the crud, take time to rest.  Slow down to let your body heal.  Your family, friends and colleagues will thank you!

In love and faith,

Rev. Gretchen 

"When Was the Last Time You Felt Clueless?"
Rev. Nick Boke graciously steps in, returning as our guest minister this week while Rev. Gretchen rests and recovers. His sermon is based on an idea that he saw on another church's bulletin board, and he began to think about the concept of cluelessness and its place in Unitarian Universalism. (Spoiler alert: the last time he felt clueless, he says, was 'about five minutes ago'.)
"The Radical Table of Equals "
Jesus of Nazareth lived in a world where purity was politics.  Society was structured around a rigid set of purity laws, designed to maintain a separate boundary between what was considered "pure and clean" verses "impure and untouchable."  The purity system ensured social discrimination and injustice.  Think rich vs. poor, men vs. women, those healthy vs. those who were sick.  On this Palm Sunday, let's revisit the Radical Rabbi who dared to invite impure outcasts to share a meal as equals.  Jesus fought for a world where compassion for all trumped the politics of purity.  And Jewish authorities were not amused.

Religious Education for Sunday, April 7

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 have our last Self Care class and the topic will be on the importance of exercise.  We will be spending most of our time outside, so please dress your child appropriately.

Youth Group:

We will begin in the service and head to class to work on our service project and plan for painting the Purple Chat Room.

The Giving Tree Campaign is Thriving

Our "Giving Tree" campaign continues to grow. Members and friends have pledged about $16,000 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!
This Sunday, April 7:

2019-2020 Pledge Forms are Due 

A warm 'Thank You!' to those members who have returned their pledge forms for the coming church year! 

All pledge forms are due this Sunday, April 7. Please mail or drop off your  2019-2020 pledge form to the church office, or drop it in the 'staircase' pledge form box at the rear of the sanctuary. 
April 7:

Memorial Garden Work Continues This Sunday

Spring is finally near.  Snow is finally gone.  The ground is thawing.  Buds are swelling.  Early bulbs are poking up.  It’s time to prepare the Memorial Garden for a new season.

The Memorial Garden Committee will continue to work in the Garden on Sunday April 7th to clean up any winter damage and ready the plants for spring. Come join us after the service for an hour or two.  Bring your yard maintenance tools, or just your helpful hands (we’ll have extra tools), work in fellowship and share lunch.
      See you then,
      Memorial Garden Committee

Now Appearing...

Glory of the Snow

April 7 & 14:
Care Packages for our College Youth

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, April 7 and Sunday, April 14 we will have cards available during coffee hour for signing. 
The Peace Walkers were very grateful for Murray hospitality. Pictured with Barbara are Tim, Sister Claire, Brother Toby, and Justice.
April 9

Men's Lunch Bunch

Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch on 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 contact Rob Hasselbaum a few days in advance, and transportation will be arranged.

The next luncheon is on Tuesday, April 9th at noon. Look for us in the back room of Morin's. If you don't see us -- just ask!

Youth Service Project

For AHOPE ( and NuDay Syria ( Objective: Donations to help refugees  that came to Rhode Island from war-torn areas of the world and to help then to build a new life.
The Youth Group of Murray church is collecting the following:
-    Soap
-    Shampoo
-    Shower gel
-    Toothpaste
-    Toothbrush
-    Feminine products
-    Deodorant – Women and Men
-    Paper product
-    Detergent
-    Socks
-    Mittens
-    Hats
-    Toilet paper
-    Paper towels
-    Kleenex

If you don’t have any of those items to donate, you can always help by sharing this message. Any help is appreciated in order to make a positive change in our world. Thank you.
                                                                              – The Youth
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 Fellowship Hall, labeled for Clara Barton.  If you need help bringing items to church, please contact Bev Hall.
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.  

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:

Tuesday, April 9 - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 - 10 a.m. thru 4 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 - 10 a.m. thru 1 p.m.

Friday, April 12 - 8:30 a.m. thru 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 13 - 8:30 a.m. thru 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, April 13 - 1 p.m. thru approximately 2:30 p.m.

If you can give us a couple of hours during some of those times, please contact Bev Hall.  

Camperships Available

Summer will be here before we know it! Are you interested in attending a UU camp or retreat center this summer or fall? Camperships are available to supplement expenses for Murray Church members of any age. Ferry Beach, Star Island and Rowe Camp are some of the places that Murray members have attended in the past. Information on the camps is available on their websites and from our DLRE, Kavita Vansant. Applications are available from Kavita or by clicking here.and must be returned by April 30, 2019.
April 22:

Blood Drive

April 24 & May 22:   

Monthly  Meditation 

"Let’s Meditate Together" will continue on a monthly basis during 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 for remaining classes:
  • 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. Sheila's contact information is in the church directory.  If you would like to lead some of the meditations, please see Sheila. 
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 21:

Egg Hunt

Join us on Easter Sunday, April 21 for the Annual Egg Hunt immediately following service. Children up to Kindergarten age will search in the Unity garden while our children grades 1-6 will be in the backyard area. After everyone has gathered in the Unity Room, look for the "Bunny helpers" who will facilitate each hunt.  Children are encouraged to bring a basket or bag to carry their eggs.  *New this year* - Take your eggs to the prize table located in the Spirit Space room to trade them in for candy and goodies. Questions/Concerns, please contact Carol or Kavita. Please refer to the  church dorectory for contact information.
April 24:

Green Sanctuary Program

Dr. Phillips is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environment at Boston University. His research in climate science focuses on how trees, in forests and cities, respond to environmental change. He also studies natural gas and sustainable energy.
WED., APRIL 24th, 7 PM
74 North Main St, Attleboro MA
Call 508-222-0157 or visit to reserve your seat
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, the 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.   Please contact Tom Stuart to get involved.
                                                                                -- Property Committee
May 3:

UUA Field Trip 

Would you like to visit the UUA in Boston?  On Friday, May 3 at 10 am the UUA will give you a guided tour and what’s happening in our faith.  This field trip is for high schoolers and adults.  You are welcome to travel by train (leave from Attleboro train station) or drive if you wish.  Please contact Kavita by Monday, April 29 if you would like to go.  Please pack a bagged lunch and water.  

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!            

  • Bar soap
  • Shampoo
  • Toothpaste

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