Murray Church Notes

April 25, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 37

In this Issue:


Listening to Your Hearts  

Rev. Gretchen Weis 

You are a generous people.  And Murray Church – from relationships, to shared values, meaningful programs and deep connections -- matters a great deal to so many of you.  I was moved by the comments people shared on their Giving Tree donation hearts.   People were invited to complete the phrase “Murray is …” on their deficit reduction donation heart.  Let’s listen, in no particular order, to some of the things you shared from your hearts…..

Murray is…..
  • The workspace and proving ground for the work of a lifetime:  growing love in this world.
  • A special place for all!
  • Belonging, life, love
  • Religious Education
  • Music to my ears!!!
  • Acceptance
  • My soul feeder
  • Team work at the Food Pantry
  • My one & only faith community
  • Joy
  •  Love and a challenge
  • Full of friendships and caring for us and others
  • A loving community
  • Inspiring services
  • Our spiritual home
  • My family, my joy, my place of peace
  • Great works
  • Sunshine & Rainbows
  • A place to learn and grow
  • A second family to me.  When I think of Murray I think of love & kindness.
  • Peace, love, music
  • My values made manifest
  • A lot of fun & love
  • A place of profound blessings & wonderful people
  • The best church ever.  I love this church so much.
  • Worthy of my support 
Murray is all this, and so much more.  Church matters.  It offers a safe, nurturing place where we can heal and transform ourselves as we reach out to help heal and transform and grow more love in this world, one relationship at a time.  

Many thanks to those who participated in this year’s special Giving Tree program.  Thanks to your generous support, we were able to reduce our current $25,000 rental income deficit problem by more than $16,000.  Special thanks to Rick and Linda Millard for their wonderful work creating and rolling out our Giving Tree program at the mid-year congregational meeting in January. 

And, please give yourselves a huge pat on the back.  Remember that the original size of our rental income loss was $46,000 – when we lost the Markman daycare income a few years ago, and also had to let go of our for-profit renters last year due to zoning laws, and we were not able to find replacement renters.  Thanks to your increased pledges and the Giving Tree, you’ve whittled our income shortfall down to only $9,000 left in just a few short years.  That’s huge!  Considering where we started, we’re close to putting this issue behind us once and for all, as quickly as we can. 

And, we are excited about opening up a thrift store here at Murray – an entirely new way to invite community dollars in to add to our revenues on a ongoing year-round basis.   Right now we are exploring what work must be done to get the space back in the southeast corner of our classroom wing – the old Library, History archives and way back storage room – fixed up and ready to set up a thrift store next to the Food Pantry.   We have a growing list of volunteers interested in helping out.  Stay tuned, as there will be plenty of work to be done to get this new store up and running!

This community of love and service is a blessing to so many of us, in so many different ways. This Sunday is Clean Up Sunday, an opportunity for all ages to work together to help take care of the building and grounds of our spiritual home – and to have some fun along the way!  All are invited to begin at 8:30 a.m. – there will be plenty of assignments both indoors and outside for all ages and physical abilities.  Come in your jeans and work clothes ready to rake, clean or paint. 

We’ll take a short half-hour worship break in Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m.  Sunday School will meet in the Unity Room for a half hour at 10:00 a.m. as well.  Then all will be invited to head back to their clean up duties. Child care will be offered to those who need it. We’ll work till noon, when lunch will be provided in Fellowship Hall.  

I look forward to seeing everyone this Sunday, as, together, we pitch in and help care for the gift of this place, and everything it means to us.  Murray Church is….

A place of powerful love, faith in action, humbling gratitude and life-transforming service,

Rev. Gretchen

"Our House"
It’s Clean Up Sunday!  Time for all ages to pitch in and help take care of our church building and grounds. Clean up activities will begin at 8:30 a.m. There will be tasks available for all ages and physical abilities.   Everyone is encouraged to wear appropriate work clothes.

We will hold a brief half-hour worship in Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, everyone will be encouraged to head back to the various work areas to continue clean up till noon, when lunch will be served for all the volunteer helpers!  
"Climate Change:
Let’s Talk About Hope"
This service will be led by the Green Sanctuary Committee.

Climate change sometimes seems too depressing, or it stirs angst about the politics. But we need to talk! Our earth day service will focus on how we can we talk with family and friends without stirring a political debate, also how to maintain hope during these challenging times. Both are necessary if we are to find solutions and be part of the democratic process in our communities and nationally. 

Religious Education for Sunday, April 28

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 Unity Room for a short half hour Spirit Group before we continue with Clean Up Sunday.  Childcare will be available from 11 am-12 pm in the nursery for those children who may need a break from cleaning up.  

Youth Group:

Class begins at 10 am!  We will have a shortened class due to Clean Up Sunday.  We will wrap up our hygiene collection project by sorting and packing all the donations. Then we will plan for next year.   
The Easter bunnies gathered to hide the eggs for the Egg Hunt!
April 27:

Volunteer for Food n' Friends 

Murray Hosts the Food 'n Friends Soup Kitchen Saturday, April 27th from 8 am - 12 pm.  We need volunteers for room set up and break down, food prep, cooking, serving and clean up.  It is an easy one-time commitment, and instruction is provided. Please click here to sign up on the private online poll or call Stephanie Paquette (508-243-6446) to volunteer.

Please note: The Soup Kitchen is located in the basement of the Centenary United Methodist Church at the corner of North Main and Sanford Streets in Attleboro Center, right next to the YMCA.  The entrance door is at the bottom of the ramp to the right of the glass doors.
April 28:

Our House

This Sunday is Property Sunday. If you have not signed up for a work crew, please come anyway. There will be plenty of work to do and we hope for good weather.  Wear your work clothes. I have extra tee shirts on a first come, first served basis.

Coffee and treats will be served at 8 AM
Break for Worship in Fellowship Hall at 10 AM.
Lunch will be served at noon.

Thanks you for all that have signed up in advance.   This is our house, our spiritual home.  I look forward to seeing our congregation working together to maintain it.

                                                                   --Tom Stuart
                                                                      Property Committee Chair

April 28:

Chaminade Concert

April 28, 2019 at 2 PM
Murray Church Sanctuary

​505 North Main Street
Attleboro, MA 


Featuring the music of
Johannes Brahms
Clara & Robert Schumann

               Vocalist:  William Hite, tenor  

Musicians: Rachel Childers, horn; Nathan Johnson, piano; 
Ann Sears, piano; ​Sheila Falls, violin

Free admission ~ Donations appreciated ~ Reception following concert

Click here for more details.

Last Call for Camperships! 

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.
May 18:

Update on Murray Church Facebook Pages

The Religious Education Facebook page and the Youth Group Facebook page have been taken down.  As a community, we would like to have one Facebook page that unites us and lets us know all that is happening at our church.  Please join the Murray Church Facebook page so you can be kept in the loop! If you have any questions please contact Kavita.

Please Support This 
Local Refugee Business

Authentic Syrian Bakery & Café
Aleppo Sweets

107 Ives Street
Providence, RI 02906

Summer Services

Summer services begin June 23 and continue every Sunday from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. through Labor Day weekend.  Our committee is planning a great line up of presenters and topics. We have a few dates and openings, so if you are interested in presenting during the summer about a favorite subject, passion, UU principle or adventure, please speak with one of the RSC members soon! Ruth Debrot leads our music during the summer to everyone’s delight. We help you with all elements of the service, so you are not on your own.  We even provide an opportunity for you to do a run through. New voices and topics are welcomed.

Please contact Sheila Jacobs.

Your RS Committee:
David Calusdian, Sheila Jacobs, Monica Staaf, Marguerite MacLean, Liz Kenyon, Allison MacDonald, Dede MacDonald, and Ruth Debrot
May 5

A Pete Seeger 100th Birthday Songfest

With Singer-Songwriter Jim Scott

May 5, 2019 at 1 pm
Foxborough Universalist Church

60 Bird Street, Foxborough, MA 02035
Suggested donation: $15, Kids under 12 free with parents
May 11:

A Musical Invitation

Fred Lungo and Ruth Debrot (Notorius Jones) would like to invite their friends and faith family for some good music and/or a jam session. Also playing will be Clay Brown and the Butchtones.
City Oasis

50 Pleasant Street (Rt. 123)
Norton, MA

7:30 - 11 pm (Jam from 11-12)

$5 at the door

June 1:

 Potluck Dinner, 
Movie & Discussion

Save the Date!

"I Am Not Your Negro"
A Documentary Narrated by Samuel Jackson 
Time: 6:00-9:00 PM
Location: Unity Room

We look forward to a fun potluck, an interesting movie, and a lively post-movie conversation.  Please join us!

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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