Murray Church Notes

September 12, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 7

In this Issue:


Where Love is Deep

Rev. Gretchen Weis

Where love is deep, much can be accomplished.  

These opening words, by Shinichi Suzuki, invite us to reflect:  How does deepest love call to me?  What does it ask of me to create?  To accomplish? 

Buddhist poet and philosopher Mark Nepo writes:  I remember early on how my grandmother would encourage me to envision even the smallest dreams down through my hands into the world.  She would say, “See it here,” pointing to my forehead, and then she would take both my little hands and say, “Now see it here.”  Then she would laugh and say, “And soon, it will be here.”  With this, she would look around the room.

Nepo continues:  It is an amazing thing about being human that we can feel something inside and then build it in the world.  It seems we have this inborn need to love and to create.  At their deepest, these drives of spirit appear to be the same.  For, through her love, wasn’t Grandmother creating me?  Don’t we help birth another the instant we encourage them to see with their heart?  Don’t we help birth the world each time we give someone confidence to build what they see with their heart?

We begin a new church year as a beloved community grounded in faith, hope and deep love. What dreams do we bring to the work of our church?  What does deep love call us to imagine, to co-create, through the shared work of our hearts and hands?  How are we called to create more loving kindness both inside and beyond our church walls?  Whose additional voices, additional hearts and hands do we invite to join us, as we work to build the better world of which we dream?

 Imagine yourself as a co-creator, powerful and precious beyond all measure.  Each of us has gifts to share in the deeper work of love and beauty – the deeper work of building a better world.  Love is the spirit of this church.  Here, may you be encouraged to see with your heart and to believe in the power of your dreams of what is possible.  May you find the confidence to believe that your hands, your contributions, matter – that you have an essential part to play in bringing more love, more laughter, more beauty, more welcoming inclusion, more fun and more justice into this world.

No matter what your interests, no matter where love calls you to serve something larger than yourself, there is a place for you here amid the love and laughter at Murray Church.  May love continue to run deep here, and may we always be about the work of our hearts and hands.  There is no limit to what we can create, together.

Please plan to join us this Sunday as we explore the spiritual gifts of humility in a world run amok by hubris and arrogance.   

In love, hope and faith, 
Rev. Gretchen  
This Saturday, Sept. 14:  

Taste of Faith Picnic


Date:  Saturday, September 14
Time:  12 PM TO 4 PM
Location:  Goddard Memorial State Park
1095 Ives Road East
Greenwich, RI  02818

This event is sponsored by several congregations of varying faiths.  Everyone is welcome, including children of all ages.  Hope to see you there!

Please contact Amanda Aguiar with any questions.
  • Bring a dish that serves 6-8 people, plus a serving utensil.  Our Muslim friends request that no pork or alcohol be served, including no use of alcohol in preparing a dish.  Using kosher/halal meat is encouraged, but not required.  As a courtesy for those with food concerns, please provide an index card listing all of the ingredients in your dish.
  • Bring chairs and outdoor picnic blankets.
  • Bring outdoor games and activities (frisbees, hoola hoops, volleyball, croquet, horse shoes, etc.)
  • Please dress with respect and modesty for our multi-faith friends — crew neck short sleeve tops, polo shirts, bermuda shorts and capri pants are acceptable attire.

 NOTE:  In the case of rain, the picnic will be cancelled.
"Humility: A Call to Our Better Selves"
Humility.  It is one of the seven virtues -- an invitation to connect with our best, highest selves. Humility reminds us we don’t know all the answers.  We are invited into lifelong learning, encouraged to open ourselves up to other points of view. Humility asks us to transcend the self-centered focus of our consumer-based culture, as we come to value our lives as interdependent parts of something much larger than ourselves.  
"The Pursuit of Happiness"
America’s Declaration of Independence declares the pursuit of happiness as one of our inalienable rights. Yet, recent research has found that Americans are not among the happiest people on earth.  Researchers for National Geographic traveled around the globe, exploring a number of different peoples and cultures, identifying “Blue Zones” -- areas where people report living lives of deep satisfaction and joy.  What secrets do these Blue Zones have to teach us about happiness? 

This Sunday, Sept. 15:  

Our Dedicated Offering: the UUSC Hurricane Dorian Crisis Response   

We don’t need to tell you the devastating effect that Hurricane Dorian had on the Bahamas.  The Social Concerns committee chose the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee as the best organization to address the needs of the people who are attempting to rebuild their lives after this disaster.  

The UUSC will partner with local groups to assess the greatest problems, formulate an emergency crisis response, focus on those who are likely to be overlooked by traditional rescue and relief efforts — including the Haitian migrant community on the Abaco Islands, and provide long term relief and equitable recovery — to remain working with those displaced by this crisis.

Our UU Principles will guide this work as we help those in greatest need.

At our church service this Sunday, we will collect our Dedicated Offering for the Hurricane Dorian Crisis Response. You are welcome to contribute, with check or cash.  If you choose to write a check, please write Murray Church on the address line and "UUSC" on the memo line.  We will send a single check from Murray Church.

                                 Thank you!  The Murray Social Concerns Committee
From the Green Sanctuary

This Saturday, Sept. 14 at 9 am:

Nature Trail Workday

Join us if you can. Tasks include clearing some brush, moving wood chips, completing trail signage.

This Saturday, Sept. 14:

UUA General Assembly 2020

Meet-and-Greet Volunteer Reception in Providence, RI
You Are Invited!
Saturday, September 14, 2019
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Graduate Hotel, (formerly the Biltmore), Summit Ballroom
11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903

Interested in volunteering on the Local Area Task Force for General Assembly 2020 in Providence? If so, we cordially invite you to a meet-and-greet reception with the General Assembly Planning Committee and Local Arrangements Coordinator.

This kick-off event is an opportunity to build interest and enthusiasm for General Assembly 2020. You will learn more about our vision for the General Assembly and our needs on the local level, and also have an opportunity to share your ideas and ask questions.


The LATF handles important arrangements and recruits other members for volunteer jobs at GA. This includes:
  • Information Services - responsible for Ask Me volunteers and information about local restaurants and events of interest to GA participants
  • Atmosphere - ambiance, the banner parade, and evening events
  • Social Justice Project - in partnership with a local justice-making organization

This Sunday, Sept. 15 at 8:45 AM:
Holiday Fair Volunteers Needed

We are having the first Holiday Fair committee meeting this Sunday 9/15 at 8:45 am in Fellowship Hall. All those who are planning to Chair or Co-Chair a room at the Fair or work in a room should attend this first meeting. The Holiday Fair is being led by Co-Chairs Patrick Kenney and Jim Richardi.

This year's Fair will take place on Friday, November 8th from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday, November 9th from 9 am to 3 pm…and we need volunteers!  Maybe you love to work in the Bake Shop, or possibly the Book Room is your thing, or what about the Gourmet Room?  Whatever it is, you can sign up for 2 hours or 2 days, the choice is yours.  

Janet Richardi, the Fair Volunteer Coordinator, will have a sign-up sheet available on Sunday.  Look for Janet during coffee hour to get first dibs at your favorite spot. 

And don’t forget we need set-up Sunday volunteers for November 3rd, parking patrollers for both days, and lots of hands for clean-up on Saturday, November 9th at 2:45 PM.
Religious Education for Sunday, September 15

Nursery will begin at 9:45 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only.

We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room for fun getting to know you games and crafts.  We will also decorate cupcakes for a snack.
**Please note if your child cannot have a cupcake due to allergies or dietary restrictions please email Kavita** 

Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to begin discussion about today’s sermon.  Then we will proceed to the sanctuary to listen to Rev. Gretchen’s sermon and continue with discussion. 
Our Youth Group had a fun evening gathering!

RE Registration for 2019-2020 is now open!

Here are the links:

Family:  Register HERE

Youth Group (please note both youth and a parent/guardian must fill out the form): Register HERE
This Saturday, Sept. 14: 

Guided Walk: Beholding the Beauty of Trees             

Location:  Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve, 577B Wilmarth Street, Attleboro
Time:  9:00 - 10:30 am, Saturday, September 14 (Rain date: 1:00 pm, Sunday, September 15)
We sometimes take trees for granted, but they are part of the intricate web of life upon which we depend for our survival.  Trees, in their infinite diversity and beauty, also have the power to inspire.  Join horticulturalist Phil Boucher on a walk through the Richardson Preserve, as he points out tree species that are native to the area, some invasive alien species, and some unique non-invasive species planted years ago by former resident Deborah Richardson.
For more information, visit the Attleboro Land Trust website at or the Facebook page at
Sept. 15, 22, & 29:    

Have Your Photo Taken Free for the Murray Church Directory   

It's time to update the church photo directory.  Come have your photo taken after worship in Harmony Hall on any Sunday in September, following worship. We invite all Murray members and friends -- especially our many newcomers -- to have their photo taken.  There is no charge.  We encourage everyone -- individuals, couples, families and even family pets --  to participate, as we update our directory for the 2019-2020 church year. 

Once again, we are pleased to have the professional photography experience of church member Phil Frink behind the camera lens.

Photo shoot dates: September 15, 22 & 29

Calling All Cookie Monsters!            

The Bake Shop Team has begun mixing, scooping and freezing cookie dough for the Holiday Fair! We hope you can help by donating ingredients and coming to workshops. 600 dozen cookies, 200 mini-breads and 100 pies will take many helpers to accomplish! Expert instruction and fun are provided!. For questions,please contact Donna Seagrave.

Cookie Workshop Dates:
  • SUNDAYS WITH TOM STUART, after church services, -- Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 13, 20 & 27
  • TUESDAYS, 9:00 am to 12 noon, -- Sept. 17 & 24; Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
  • SATURDAYS --  Sept.14, 21 & 28; Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26
Ingredient Donations: All the donated items help reduce our costs. Please drop off your items in the kitchen, dated them and lable them "Bake Shop". We need most of these items by 9/24. Thanks for the help!
Plain M&M’s      Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses        Chopped walnuts,pecans
Smooth peanut butter        Vanilla - no imitation please
Waxed paper      Anise flavoring     Unsalted butter      Oatmeal

Wanted: Flower People

On most Sundays, as you enter the sanctuary for our Sunday service, you undoubtedly notice the lovely floral arrangements on the chancel table.  These flowers are usually given in memory of loved ones or to celebrate a special event.  Some people choose to provide flowers for a particular Sunday on an annual basis.  These people are contacted each year to see if they wish to continue this practice.  I am looking for more people to do flowers on such an annual basis.  There are Sundays available in most months.  If you are interested in providing flowers, please call me at (508) 226-3109 for complete details or see me at church.  
                                                                                     --Irene Yutkins 

Shopping Online?  
You Can Help Murray Church with 

As we head into the busiest time of year for online shopping, you can benefit Murray Church by using  

To sign up, go to the login page here.

Select Murray UU Church as your charity, and Amazon will donate a half percent of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Murray Church.
From the Green Sanctuary

Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11:15 am:

Nature Trail Grand Opening Celebration & Dedication

Immediately following worship. Festivities will include guided walks, scavenger hunt for kids, and a community potluck lunch in our church backyard.

Save the dates!

Join us for the Following:  
Friday, Sept. 20:

Join the Providence strike between 10 am and 3 pm at the RI state capital front steps (82 Smith St, Providence) Let Judy DePue or Barbara Clark know if you’re going to go, so we can meet up or take training together.   If you’re in Boston, between 10 am and 3  pm, go to the Boston City hall or the Statehouse on common.

This global youth-led strike is 3 days before UN Climate Summit in NYC on 9/23 and the youth are asking for adults' support!  UUA President Susan Frederick Gray will join the NYC strike. Check-out #StrikeWithUs.
Sept. 25. at 7 pm:

Conversation on Ocean Conservation   

At the Attleboro Public Library: In honor of Climate Change Preparedness Week, join Steve Kirk, Coastal Program Manager at the international organization, The Nature Conservancy, for a conversation on ocean conservation.  Judy DePue will be moderating. 
Sept. 17:

Field Trip to Tower Hill Botanic Garden   

Our Membership and Welcoming Committee is taking advantage of AARP's offer of free admission for AARP members and their guests on Tuesdays in September.  Members will receive one free admission and up to five additional free admissions.  

We will meet at the church to carpool, leaving at 10:00 am. Additional information is available here.

Persons interested in joining the group please contact Barbara Clark no later than Friday, September 13th. If AARP knows how many people to expect, it will make check-in at the site easier. 

Thank You to Our Garden Work Crews!

We have had a great summer developing the new oval garden in front of the church.  Over the last couple of weeks, we have weeded and covered the last bare areas with wood chips.  Many thanks to those who have helped out week by week through the summer.  We’re done for the time being.  Later in the fall we will have a work party to plant bulbs and a final session to prepare the garden for winter.  Next spring the hard work begins – Maintenance.

Work has also continued in the Memorial Garden.  This work is mostly maintenance – weeding, pruning, and deadheading.  We thank a new face at Murray, John Copeland, who has spent many afternoons doing what seem like small things but have a big impact, like edging the grassy areas by the handicap parking spots.  We will schedule a couple more work sessions in the Memorial Garden in the fall to prepare for winter.

And thanks to Andrea Dion-Purdy who has done a beautiful job in the space next to the front door.  The hanging pots are a great addition.
                                                                                    -- Bill Morrow
Sept. 26-30:

The Moving Wall  

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Tribute Comes to Highland Park
The City of Attleboro proudly presents The Moving Wall, a half-scaled, traveling replica of the original Vietnam Veterans War Memorial in Washington, DC. 

A dedication ceremony will take place at 6:00 pm on each night, and Congressman Joe Kennedy will be the guest speaker on Monday, September 30th.

This event is free and open to the public.  For additional information, visit:  For the complete itinerary, click here.

The Moving Wall exhibit is hosted by the Attleboro Veterans Department and the Vietnam Memoiral Moving Wall Steering Committee.

Please note: Rev. Gretchen Weis will be giving the Benediction on Saturday, September 28th and Jeanne Chapman's chorus, Harmony Heritage, will be singing the National Anthem on Sunday, September 29th. 
Sept. 29:

Celebration of the Trail Opening!  

On Sunday, September 29, after service, we will celebrate the opening of our church nature trail!  We welcome everyone to join in the festivities!  There will be a scavenger hunt for our children and we will have an all church potluck.

Please bring your own lunch and if you wish to bring a dish to share you are invited to do so. To keep with our principles of being a green community we encourage everyone to bring their own table wear (plates, utensils, glasses, etc.).  Coffee will be served. 

If you have any questions please contact Judy DePue, Sandy Stuart or Kavita.
Sept 28 & 29:

UU Retreat for Women   

Womensphere, a Unitarian Universalist women's group in southeastern New England, invites ALL women to the 2019 Fall Retreat "Circle of Women - Circle of Friends" at Senexet House in Woodstock, CT, on Saturday Sept. 28th - Sunday, Sept. 29th. Come, explore ritual in our lives and honor Gaia and our world. Join singing, dancing, crafts, games, meditation, and sharing.  For more details, email
Oct. 6:   

Produce Bag Workshop   

Reduce your plastic usage and make four of your own produce bags to bring to the grocery store!   Already have a set? Make some for us to sell at the Holiday Fair in November! 
*      All ages are welcome!  Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
*      Date: October 6 at 11:30 am in Fellowship Hall. (Feel free to bring your lunch).
*      Suggested $5 donation for supplies.
*      So we know have enough supplies, please RSVP to Carla or Kavita via email.
If anyone would like to carpool to the Spiritual Leadership Conference from Murray Church, please contact Kavita.
Nov. 2:

Spiritual Leadership Program

As covenanted communities, congregations are perhaps especially suited to nourish and support Spiritual Leadership.  Consider attending if you and your congregation are looking for ways for congregational life to be:    
•    less about volunteer chores and more about soulful engagement with your faith;
•    less about the worry of not having enough volunteers, money or time and more about finding energy and meaning in the gifts already present; or
•    less about the business of church and more about the transformative power of communities living their values in ways that challenge dominant culture — both within and beyond the congregation.
As the New England Region staff designs programming that goes beyond an introduction, we continue to make this introductory workshop available so Spiritual Leadership becomes an embedded congregational practice.

•    $25 per person when you register 1-3 from your congregation
•    $15 per person when you register 4 or more from your congregation


While we know that not all individuals are in a position to pay these fees, since the learning is on behalf of the congregation, we assume that congregations will select and financially support participants who come. However, if these fees are prohibitive even to the congregation, please contact us at We do not want cost to keep anyone away. 

NOTE TO ALL ATTENDEES: Please bring your own bag lunch. Morning refreshments, drinks and afternoon snacks will be provided. 

Food Pantry Donation Suggestions

It's summer vegetable season!  Do you have surplus zucchini or tomatoes?  Donations of any home grown produce would be most appreciated!  

Personal care items would also be most welcome, including deodorant, toothpaste, and feminine care products.

Thank you from the Murray Food Pantry team.

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