Murray Church Notes

May 2, 2019

Volume 7,  Issue 38

In this Issue:


Let’s Hear it for Shared Elbow Grease!  

Rev. Gretchen Weis 

You love this church, and it shows.  Last week – Clean Up Sunday -- was an amazing day of fun, laughter and shared elbow grease here at Murray Church.  We had a great turn out of folks who helped with everything from landscaping and yard care out back to painting chores inside and outside to a slate floor chancel steam clean to a kitchen scrub down, cleaning windows inside and out, and more.

The energy was palpable – the kind of “we’re all in this together” kind of energy we typically see during Holiday Fair set up in the fall.  And, just like the Holiday Fair, Clean Up Sunday truly was a time for all ages, as children, youth and teens were pitching in, helping out with a variety of tasks both inside and out.

We took a half hour break for worship in Fellowship Hall, so we wouldn’t track the mud, dirt and paint of Clean Up Sunday into the sanctuary.  Creating worship together in Fellowship Hall was fun – it had a “summer camp” worship feel to it.  And, it was a great reminder that we can co-create the sacred space and meaning of worship no matter where we gather.   

Very special thanks to Property Chair Tom Stuart and his chore team leaders who organized the day and made it easy to plug in to a variety of tasks to match one’s interest, skills and abilities.   We came, we cleaned, we stopped to worship, sing and attend Sunday School, then we had snacks, we cleaned some more, and we shared some pizza together for lunch.  And a few more volunteers headed back outside to keep at it until the drizzle started.

It was a day of high energy, hard work, shared purpose and good spirited fun, as we took loving care of our shared heritage, together.  We own our beautiful wooded grounds and church building out right, debt free.  It was handed down to us completely paid for by a prior generation, entrusted into our care, as we ensure it will be handed forward for future generations.  

Thanks to all who made this a very special day.  Everyone agreed, we will definitely do Clean Up Sunday again next year!  Please enjoy these photos from a wonderful magic Murray day together.        

And please plan to join us this Sunday as the Green Sanctuary team leads us in an Earth Day worship service.

In love, faith and service
To something larger than ourselves,

Rev. Gretchen 

To view more photos from Cleanup Sunday, click here.
"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. 
"Care for the Care Givers"
It’s Mother’s Day, a time to pause and celebrate those women (and men) who nurtured, parented and loved us into being who we are.  And, for all the caregivers among us, whether parents, or those caring for someone in need, we encourage care for the caregivers – essential self-care that refreshes and recharges you, so you may continue to care and nurture those you love.

Religious Education for Sunday, May 5

Please note: Kavita will be off this Sunday.  John Reinhagen will be the Acting DRE.

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 a Spirit Group.  

Youth Group:

Class begins at 10 am!  We will bake and organize everything we need for our Bake Sale which will be held Sunday, May 12.   

Thank You From Our Youth

Many thanks to everyone who donated hygiene products for AHOPE and NuDay Syria.  The Youth Group collected a large supply thanks to Murray folks' generosity.

May 5:

Playgroup This Sunday

Playgroup will meet after church this Sunday from 11:15 am -Noon in the nursery and K-2 classroom. Join us for crafts and play. Questions? Call Carol Connolly at 508-380-1025
From Green Sanctuary:  

Climate Change Learning & Action Opportunities 

May 4:

RI Chapter of Sunrise Movement Rally

Join hundreds of young people this Saturday, May 4th from 1-3 pm at All Saints' Memorial Church, 674 Westminster St., in downtown Providence! Sunrise is building organizing power in Rhode Island for the Green New Deal to address the climate crisis and racial and economic inequality!  Register here. Educators, students, and professionals are all welcome! This can be a great opportunity for you or your students to learn about the new waves of activism changing the debate about the climate crisis.

Sunrise is a movement of young people working to make climate change an urgent priority across America, end the corrupting influence of fossil fuel executives on our politics, and elect leaders who stand up for the health and well being of all people.

Note: This is centered around the work of young people, but people of all ages are welcome to attend. For those who do not identify as young (~35 and younger), please read the #YoungAtHeart Guidelines to be the best allies to this movement! 
May 7:

350 Mass: BBC Climate Documentary and Discussion

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 7:00-9:00 pm, First Universalist Society, 262 Chestnut St, Franklin, MA

The Greater Franklin chapter of 350 Mass, a statewide climate action organization, is proud to hold a screening. BBC's Sir David Attenborough, a long-trusted British natural historian, who has brought the wonder and brilliance of nature to millions of people around the globe for 20 years, has produced an up-to-date blockbuster on climate change called "Climate Change--The Facts." The hour-long viewing will be followed by a discussion of the various concrete ways we can each take climate action, from the personal to local and state levels. The public is invited.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Barthel of 350 Massachusetts,
This Sunday, May 5:

Garden Party 

Can’t make the Derby this Saturday? No worries! Put on your best Sunday garb and your derby or garden hats for our Earth Day Garden Party, which we are holding this Sunday, May 5th, in the Unity Room after worship service. We will be serving delectable Derby fair – miniature sandwiches, petit fours, cheesecakes, and cupcakes along with coffee, tea, punch, and lemonade. Please join us!  
                                        -- The Religious Services Committee
May 18:
May 23:

Annual Meeting - Save the Date!

There will be an Annual Meeting of all members of
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.,
in the Unity Room.

A notice of this meeting and a list of nominees for office are being sent to all members as directed by the By-Laws of Murray Unitarian Universalist Church.

To vote at the annual meeting, members must have signed the membership book on or before 4/8/19 and have made a recorded financial contribution to the church during the fifteen months preceding the meeting.

Landscape/Gardening Opportunities

Memorial Garden
We made good progress on spring preparation in the Memorial Garden in our Sunday work sessions so far.  On Sunday, May 5th, weather permitting, we will continue spring maintenance.  We will be trimming and pruning so bring gloves and pruners, as we do some weeding, and a little more raking.  During the summer we will work on Wednesdays, late afternoon into early evening.  We plan to work June 5th and 19th, July 10th and 24th, August 7th and 21st, and September 4th.  We do some work and have some good conversations.  Contact Rusty Morrow for more info.

Front Garden Across from Sanctuary
This will be our third summer working on this area.  Slow and steady?  Or just slow.  We have had a small, dedicated group working on this area the past two summers and with a little more help, we will finish this year.  The first summer, we cleared the overgrown ewes and the unkept brush.  The second summer, we started edging the area, spreading woodchips we got when the electric company cut down a couple trees under the power lines, and moved Savolinen daylilies from the spaces next to the handicapped parking spaces to this area.  We plan to work June 12th and 26th, July 17th and 31st, and August 14th and 28th.  (If you notice these are the alternate Wednesdays to Memorial Garden work, just come each Wednesday and see what we’re doing.)  We will also schedule one time, maybe a Saturday morning, when we will hope for a bigger crew to plant several new plants to finish things up.  Contact Rusty Morrow for more info.
From the Green Sanctuary                                

What is Hugelkultur?

Thanks to Carla Rissmeyer, we now have a hugelkultur mound growing in the Murray backyard! Pronounced Hoo-gul-culture, it means hill mound or hill culture. Instead of putting branches, leaves and grass clippings in bags by the curbside for trash pick-up or burning them and adding carbon into the air, build a hugel bed. Simply mound logs, branches, leaves, grass clippings, straw, cardboard, petroleum-free newspaper, manure, compost, or whatever other biomass you have available, top with soil and plant your veggies or berries. The gradual decay of the wood provides a consistent long-term source of nutrients for the plants.  Rainwater also soaks in and is slowly released during other times. The composting wood generates heat, which should extend your growing season. This approach also sequesters carbon, as the decaying wood is buried under soil and not released into the air.  

At left is beginning of the mound in Murray’s backyard.

Below is what it might look like in future, with growing veggies and fruits.

Could hugelkultur work in your yard?

Please Support This 
Local Refugee Business

Authentic Syrian Bakery & Café
Aleppo Sweets

107 Ives Street
Providence, RI 02906

The Multi-Faith Friends Team is researching local businesses to support that are owned or operated by refugees or immigrants.  If you have any questions, please contactl Amanda Aguiar.
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 from Murray Members & Friends

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!
June 2:

Murray Book Group

For our June 2nd meeting, join us in the John Murray Room to share what you have been reading or what you’re thinking about reading during the summer months. We can build our own summer wish lists and create a recommended book list to share with the congregation in the newsletter. If you can’t attend the meeting, but have a book you want to recommend, contact Judy DePue.
July 13 - 16 or 13 - 20:

Building Bridges Summer Camp

Come Join Rev. Gretchen at Star Island - a UU Summer Camp for All Ages!

A special summer camp program is being offered in July to encourage people from the UU churches in our area to come and share either 4 days or a full week together to build bridges and relationships between our church families.  It’s a summer camp program for all ages on Star Island, a UU camp offshore New Hampshire.  There will be something for everyone:  family time, time to be alone, time to be in nature, time to swim, time for boating, or arts and crafts, time to reflect, time to play, time to learn, time to worship, time to recharge.  

This is a special invitation for anyone, of any age, from one of the 45 area UU churches in southeastern Massachusetts, the Cape and Islands and Rhode Island to enjoy summer church camp together.  And Star Island is offering a special discount — 30% off room and board for 3 nights, or 50% off room and board for 7 nights -- to encourage people to come be part of this special area UU experience.  
I’ll be there on Star Island for the week of July 13 - 20, and I invite you to come join me, as well as other ministers and congregants from other area churches!

For more information, and to register for Building Bridges, please visit the site here.

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 Building Bridges church camp or 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.

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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