Murray UU Church | 505 North Main St | Attleboro, MA 02703
May 24, 2018




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"Living With Dementia"

Rev. Jane Dwinell 
& Sky Yardley

Is it possible to meaningfully participate in life despite having a disability? The Rev. Jane Dwinell and Sky Yardley have been facing this challenge since Sky was diagnosed with probable early stage Alzheimer's disease nearly two years ago.Spouses Jane and Sky will discuss their personal experiences with dementia to help to erase the stigma around this condition and offer support to others. They believe that individuals with dementia or other disabilities are not to be pitied or ignored, but to be treated with the full respect accorded to anyone.They also share their experiences on ablog:

After the service, you are invited to join our presenters for a discussion starting at 11:30 am in the John Murray Room.

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"The Gifts of Adversity"

Rev. Gretchen Weis

Most of us struggle in the pain of major life losses - from the death of a loved one to the loss of a relationship, or the
loss of health, or our physical abilities. Then there's unexpected life changes like the loss of a job, or a home, or a
move to a new community. It is difficult living through the most challenging times in our lives. Yet, when we look
back, many of us find that adverse experiences helped to stretch us in unexpected ways, and may have led us to new ways of understanding ourselves and the world. How did the most challenging times of your life help you become the person you are today? This sermon topic was selected by the services auction winner last spring.

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If you missed a service, or simply would like to listen to a particular sermon again, our sermons are now available on our website and are downloadable as MP3 files. Use our website link below and click on the sermon link at the top of the page and either listen or download the sermon of your choice. You can also access current and back issues of Murray Notes. Just click on the Church News link. Thanks to Bill Jones for working on these projects!
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 Church Matters:
 Come Vote Your Hopes and Dreams
  by Rev. Gretchen Weis
It feels strange to think about in this day and age, but it's true:  some of our faith ancestors were murdered and martyred more than 400 years ago in the fight for religious independence and the right to govern their own churches. Some of those early congregationalists risked everything to sail across the Atlantic, on small ships like the Mayflower, to come to the new world and form independent churches governed by those who sat in the pews. 

The religious independence we take for granted today - the right for the members of this church to manage the finances and operations of Murray without any outside interference - was a hard won victory. I invite all of us to think about the work we do in managing the business of this congregation as an honor, a privilege, passed down from generation to generation. 

So, please plan to join us for Murray's Annual Meeting tonight at 7:00 pm in the Unity Room as we celebrate some of the achievements of this past church year, and we tackle some temporary -- but tough -- financial choices to address a $15,000 revenue shortfall for our current fiscal year, as we continue to recover from the loss of Markman daycare rental revenue two years ago. We will also review and approve a budget for next church year. Families, please note:  Childcare is provided, starting at 6:45 pm. 

 This is your church. And the work of love and radical inclusion are more important than ever before. Come give voice to your questions, and vote your hopes and dreams for this beloved community. All members who have given a gift of record during this past church year are eligible to vote! To access this year's Annual Report, please click [HERE]. Annual Reports will also be available at the meeting this evening.


I hope to see you there! 
Rev. Gretchen
Murray Church Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 24th, 2018
7 pm in the Unity Room
Childcare available beginning at 6:45 pm.
Please plan to attend.
To access this year's Annual Report, click [HERE] .


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, May 27th -- Game Day! We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room for some fun! We will play board games, so bring one to share.
Youth Group (Grades 9 - 12):
Sunday, May 27th -- You are welcome to stay in the service or join the younger children in the Unity Room for board games. No Evening Youth Group.

Jun. 9:                     SAVE THE DATE!!!

Saturday, June 9th, 6:30 pm in Fellowship Hall
Join us in Fellowship Hall as we KICK-OFF the SUMMER with a dinner on Saturday evening, June 9th, 2018. The evening begins with a social hour followed by a catered dinner from Morin's Hometown Bar & Grille. Invite family and friends; all proceeds support Murray Church!

Tickets $25 per person
On sale through June 3rd at Coffee Hour
      • Inquire about vegetarian options and child care
      • Beer and wine will be available for a small donation
      • Try your luck at winning a raffle prize!

If you require childcare, please contact Kavita at
no later than May 20th.


From the Caring Circle

Caring by Cooking: We Need Frozen Meals

Inviting all cooks to consider making a larger quantity of soup or complete meal and packaging it for Mrs. Murray's freezer. Freezer meals are available for Murray members and friends who find themselves in difficult and challenging life situations and for whom a break from cooking would be a big help. Diabetic-friendly and low sodium meals are especially appreciated at this time. Washable disposable deli and take-out containers make perfect receptacles. Please label your donation with contents, date, your name if you wish, and Caring Circle and put them in the upright freezer in Fellowship Hall. For questions and to have your donation added to our inventory, please contact Barbara Clark, 508-222-6164,
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 and must be returned by May 31st, 2018. For an application, please click [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 UU General Assembly in June. Applications should be submitted to the Board of Deacons and Deaconesses for approval. Please contact Donna Cooke at for additional guidelines and to obtain an application.
Our Bridging Ceremony


Congratulations to our seniors! And welcome to our 8th graders who will join Youth Group next year.
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]

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.
Contact Monica Weil at or call/text 401-441-8999

or Barbara Clark at

May 26:
Murray Hosts Food & Friends Soup Kitchen

  Murray hosts the Food & Friends Soup Kitchen every 4th Saturday of the month, from 8 am -- 12 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!

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 pm)
  • Plate meals
  • Serve guests
  • Breakdown tables & chairs
  • Wash dishes
  • Sweep & mop
To sign-up, click [HERE].

For more information, please contact Stephanie Paquette at 

or (call or text) 401-603-8386.

Feel free to share this information with anyone 

who might be interested in helping out!

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May 27: 

Volunteer for AHOPE

"Americans Helping Others ProspEr (AHOPE) is a volunteer based organization that was established to assist new Syrian and other refugees coming to Rhode Island with little to their name. We are dedicated to helping families integrate into American society. AHOPE is an entirely volunteer based organization. Our members range from students to professionals, all dedicated to helping develop prosperous Rhode Island communities.

While our current focus is on assisting Syrian and other refugee families coming in to Rhode Island, as our name states, we hope to expand our organizational efforts to help all those in need in the greater Rhode Island community."
Below is a list of volunteer opportunities:
  • Home setup
  • Furniture Collection
  • Community Outreach
  • Media Team
  • Social Support
On Sunday, May 27th, Amanda Aguiar will have a table set up during coffee hour to help people, who are interested in volunteering for AHOPE, with the process of getting set up to volunteer, as well as, answer any questions.
May 31:
New Member Orientation Classes
  Are you interested in joining Murray Church? Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism,
  about Murray Church, and about the benefits of
  belonging to this faith community.

  Our first class will be held on Thursday, May 31st, in the John Murray Room at 7 pm, and the second
  class will be on Sunday, June 3rd, following
  worship in the John Murray Room.


New Member Sunday will be on June 10th.

  Please let Rev. Gretchen or LaChelle know if you
  are interested in participating and joining,
  508-222-0505 or


This is a welcoming and affirming congregation, with membership open to all!

Murray Food Pantry 

Donations Needed:



    • Feminine Care Products
    • Personal Care Items
    • Spring & Summer Clothing: gently used and clean 

Thank you for your continued support!

Murray Church Food Pantry T
Jun. 3:
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.

For our June meeting, the group decided to participate in church-wide discussions on race, racism and white privilege. 

Therefore, on Sunday, June 3, we will discuss a classic article found [HERE]: "White Privilege, Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack," by Peggy McIntosh. This link also provides companion pieces, "I can fix it", by damali ayo, and "The Fears of White People", by Robert Jensen. If you prefer an audio/visual approach, you could check out Peggy's 6 minute YouTube video below, and you could pay attention to the accompanying comments on the range of reactions. Or you could watch a 3-minute YouTube video, featuring news reports utilizing these concepts below. There is much to discuss here.

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

White Priviledge: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Reactions to Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Jun. 4:
Clara Barton Guild 

Spring Luncheon

At Lafayette House in Foxboro

Monday, June 4th at 11:30 am

The Clara Barton Guild will hold their spring luncheon on Monday, June 4th, at the Lafayette House on Route 1 in Foxboro. 
Reservations are for 11:30 am. 

If anyone would like to carpool to Foxboro, we will meet at Murray Church at 11:00 am and depart the church by 11:15 am. If you would like to have a ride from the church to the luncheon, please call Bev Hall

We welcome new people to join us. If you
have any questions, please call
Bev at

Jun. 8 & 9:
Support the Rainbow Chasers!

Relay for Life at Norton High School on June 8th & 9th.
We are also recruiting team members.

If you are interested, please contact Laurie Lawes 

at or call 508-243-3011. 

We thank you kindly in advance. 
Jun. 9:
You're Invited!

Looking for some family and adult fun? 

You're invited to the Opening Celebration of the 

Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve 

Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 10 am -- 3 pm. 

There will be something there for everyone: gardeners, history-buffs, nature and music lovers; as well as, nature scavenger hunts, geocaching and games for kids. Our latest addition is the bluegrass band, Neponset River Ramblers.

Charlie Adler, Roy Belcher and others have been working for several years on behalf of the Attleboro Land Trust to purchase and restore these beautiful woodlands, wetlands, and fields for preservation and public enjoyment.

A detailed schedule and description of activities can be found at

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Jun. 10:
"God Save the QUEENS" at Greenwich Odeum Theater

Providence Gay Men's Chorus (PGMC) has gotten rave reviews from our Murray members. Membership & Welcoming is carpooling at 3:00 pm from Murray Church down to the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich, RI on Sunday, June 10th. 

You'll buy your own $25 ticket by going to the PGMC website, for the June 10th performance of "God Save the Queens."

RSVP to Sandy Stuart at This has been called a "positive" and "uplifting" musical event, something we can all certainly use!
Jun. 13:

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:
Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email at
Thank you!
Jun. 13:                    From Green Sanctuary

To register for event click [HERE].

Presented by the Attleboro Area Sustain-Ability Group.

Jun. 16:
Save the Date! Saturday Night, June 16th Providence Pride Parade

Come join in the fun of the 43rd Illuminated Night Pride Parade in Providence on Saturday evening, June 16th. The parade steps off at 8:15 pm, but we will need to gather and meet up with folks from other area UU Churches in parade formation usually around 7:00 pm. Those interested in having dinner together first may meet up at Morin's around 5:00 pm before we head to Providence. If you are interested in carpooling, plan to meet at the Murray parking lot by no later than 6:15 pm. All are encouraged to wear UU related T-shirts or gear and consider Mardi-Gras beads or other fun items that glow in the dark! We typically have 25 or more folks come from Murray and all ages are welcome! For more information, please see Rev. Gretchen.