Murray Church Notes

October 10, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 11

In this Issue:



From the President...

Stephanie Paquette

What an exciting and event-filled church year we have had so far!  I always enjoy the back-to-church vibe in September and hearing about all the wonderful places people have vacationed and stay-cationed over the summer; it reminds me of how grateful I am to be involved with such a vibrant church community. Just over a week ago, we celebrated the opening of the nature trail behind the church - many thanks to the Green Sanctuary Committee and all the helping hands who made it possible! And now we are gearing up for the Holiday Fair in November, where all hands will be on-deck to set up, run, and shop!
In fact, Murray Church has so many ways for members and friends to get involved, and this is probably one of the best things about our church.  The Membership and Welcoming Committee hosts monthly events, the Music Committee is always looking for new choir members and instrumentalists, the Religious Services Committee meets regularly to plan services during Rev. Gretchen’s time away from the pulpit, the Social Concerns Committee holds regular discussions and leads action campaigns to help members live our values, and the list goes on.  All of these committees and groups need active members and friends to participate in planning and executing - as well to attend and enjoy - these great events. I encourage anyone who has been thinking about getting more involved to contact me or the church office to find out more!
Last spring, a group of folks, led by Janet Richardi, conducted several “Listening Circles” to find out from Murray congregants what they felt the strengths and needs of our church are.  Participants in the Listening Circles identified Murray’s social action, shared values, building upkeep, weekly services, and valued programs, among others, as being the strongest parts of our church.  They identified areas for growth as retaining new members and friends to grow membership, updating our use of technology within the church and for outreach, having a full-time Director of Lifespan Religious Education, remodeling Fellowship Hall, and increasing the financial stability of the church.

As the new President of Murray Church, I am responsible for supporting the work of the church by holding monthly meetings of the Executive Board, by keeping abreast of what’s going on in the congregation and in committees, and by taking an active role in protecting and supporting the financial health of the church.  In our recent Board Retreat, members of the Executive Board considered the Listening Circle strengths and areas for growth in our discussions about the church’s finances. The Board will spend considerable time this church year, working to bolster our finances by analyzing our budget and expenses, increasing fundraising activities, and considering new ways to approach the pledge drive.
Many folks may not realize that Murray Church runs solely on the pledges and donations collected from our members and friends.  In fact, the true cost to run our church is over $200,000 yearly. This includes costs from the largest “buckets” (staff salaries and property upkeep) to the smallest items ( roses for baby dedications).  Still, every dollar adds up, and Murray can use all the support we can get within our committees, at our events, and in the collection plate to keep the things we love about Murray going strong while also working toward our dreams.   
As the year goes on, you will likely notice that finances will play a more public role in some of Murray’s newsletters, announcements, and posters.  The Executive Board is sharing this information to raise awareness throughout the congregation. Not everyone can always pledge more money, but there are many ways we can all pitch in even more to improve the church.  Please consider joining a new committee this church year and add Murray events to your digital calendar. Murray Church is all that it is because of you!


Stephanie Paquette,
"A World in One Piece/Peace"
Please join us this week to hear guest speaker Allison Hess, UUA International Engagement Associate at the United Nations.  Allison will share with us the many initiatives our UU organizations are involved with to further the work of world peace.  The Unitarian Universalist Sixth Principle calls us to come together to work for a world community with peace, liberty and justice for all. This United Nations Sunday service will delve into what it means to work towards peace locally and as part of an international body like the United Nations. How can people of faith answer the call to defend human dignity and rights?
"The Practice of Forgiveness"
Please welcome Rev. Jim Robinson, as we explore forgiveness from four angles: forgiving others, asking to be forgiven, forgiving ourselves and forgiving life. The practice of forgiveness is essential for a spiritual and moral life.

Religious Education for Sunday, October 13

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 Spirit Group. We will practice peacefulness.
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and stay through the sermon.  Then we will meet in the Purple Chat Room for a discussion. 
Oct. 26: Save the Date!     

Halloween Carnival

Murray Church Halloween Carnival

Bring your ghosts, goblins, superheroes, pirates, and fairy princesses to the Halloween Carnival

Saturday, October 26th, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
in Fellowship Hall

Light refreshments will be provided, but donations of small prizes or candy for the carnival games are appreciated.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Please bring a donation for the Food Pantry & Friends!

Interested in volunteering?
Contact Kavita or Kate.
This Saturday, Oct. 12:    


Join Membership & Welcoming in celebrating Octoberfest ....
Saturday, October 12, 6:00 p.m.
Morin’s Restaurant, Attleboro

$16 plus tax per adult; $10 for kids ages 5 - 9.  This includes a family-style meal of sauerkraut, potato pancakes, German sausages, pot roast and pork loin, plus beverage.

RSVP - preferably in German - to Sandy Stuart.  

This Sunday, Oct. 13: 

Dedicated Offering for UUA at the UN   

The Dedicated Offering this month is to support the work of the 
Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office in their work for peace,human rights,sustainable development,migration, and Freedom of Religion or belief. 

If you are writing a check, please make it out to "Murray UU Church" and write "Dedicated Offering" in the memo section.
Oct. 14  9:00 am - Noon  

Apple Pie Making Day 

Bring your peelers, paring knives, rolling pins and -- most important -- your joyful spirit.  Join in a morning of companionship, have a cup of coffee, and as always, a sample of Mrs. Murray Pie! Contact Laurie Lawes to sign up.
Oct. 27:    

Land Trust Walk   

Join your Murray friends after church for a picnic and exploration of Attleboro Land Trust’s Richardson Preserve (577B Wilmarth St. Attleboro).
  •    All ages activity (children must be accompanied by an adult) 
  •    October 27th, right after church (bring your lunch)
  •    Rain date: TBD in the Spring
RSVP or questions to Carla or Kavita.
Oct. 29:   

Community Meeting in Murray Church Sanctuary   

From the Green Sanctuary Committee
Our 5th UU Principle is “The right of conscience and use of the democratic process”. To do so, we need to educate ourselves on issue important to us, speak up to our leaders, and use our votes wisely. Central to fighting climate change and fighting for climate justice is advocacy on key state legislation.
Attend, speak up and bring your friends to this Murray Church hosted event
What: Energy and Environment Legislative Town Hall
When: Tuesday, October 29, 7:00 – 8:30 pm,
Where: Murray Church Sanctuary
Who: State Representative Jim Hawkins, Senators Becca Rausch and Paul Feeney will present their priority bills and answer your questions.  Sponsors include Environmental League of Massachusetts, UU Mass Action, Attleboro Land Trust, Coalition for Social Justice, and Citizens Against the Rehoboth Compressor Station.


Nov. 3: 

All Hands on Deck!    

Holiday Fair Set Up Starts Sunday Nov. 3rd, 
11:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Come and join the Holiday Fair set up team and help get us on our way to another successful fund raiser event. We need  as many able-bodied worker bees as possible to get the church rooms set up with the correct tables, shelves and racks for displaying the sale items. “Many hands make light work” and  we need your help! Stay as long as you can and we will serve a light lunch of pizza, salad, drinks and some sweet treats. 

Please contact Jim Richardi and Patrick Kenney to sign up soon.
Nov. 3:

Childcare on Set Up Sunday    

Childcare will be provided on set-up Sunday, Nov 3 for the children of parents helping with Fair set-up. Drop off kids in the John Murray room for a snack, Holiday crafts, and activities with Carol Connolly from 11:15 am - 1 pm. RSVP by email or text. 
Oct. 27, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm:

Craft Making for the Holiday Fair

We will make some small, easy crafts to sell at the fair.  No experience necessary. Children welcome with parent. Please bring your lunch! 

Holiday Fair Notes   

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, or anything in between --  the choice is yours.  
Look for Janet Richardi, the Fair Volunteer Coordinator, in coffee hour to let her know your availability and preferences. 
This year we are asking for donations of full-sized (6-ft.) bookshelves, ideally sturdy ones.  And once again, donations of specific baking supplies will help lower costs for the Bake Shop.  See Donna Seagrave or Laurie Lawes at coffee hour for details.

Come to the Holiday Fair!

Holiday Fair: Gramma's Attic News!   

Gramma's Attic is planning an upgrade for displaying all of our donations, and we need your help! The plan is to purchase wooden crates with the built-in handles to replace some of our wire shelving. The crate size is 18" long x 12" wide x 9" deep. Crates can be found at local craft stores, Lowe's, Home Depot and online for $10 - $12 each (less if you use coupons).

We have 7 so far and are counting on you for more!  You can purchase them and drop them off in the kitchen or connect with Jessica Brien, Gramma's Attic Room Coordinator. She will be doing a collection of money/gift cards at a coffee hour in the near future. Stay tuned for the date. Envision the upgraded display space - with your help, we can make it so!

Holiday Fair Raffle   

The annual Holiday Fair, November 8th and 9th, is fast approaching. As always, our annual raffle will include a variety of special items and gift baskets, but we need your help! We are looking for donations of new or very gently used items to be raffled off. 

If you would like to contribute but don’t want to put a whole gift basket together, we are also seeking donations of smaller items to include in baskets that we will be arranging with the following themes (suggested items to donate are provided below but all donations are welcome): 
“Sweet Tooth Basket” (candy & chocolates)
“At-home Spa Day” (nail polish, bubble bath, bath salts, etc.)
 “Baker’s Bundle” (kitchen utensils, cookie cutters, oven mitts, etc.) 
“Dinner’s on Us” (spaghetti, strainer, dishtowel, jarred sauces, etc.)
“Christmas in a Basket” (ornaments, holiday decorations, etc.)
 “Afternoon Tea” (teas, tea towels, etc). 
Please let Kate Ricciarelli-Wenson know if you have anything you would like to donate. Thank you!

Toys, Puzzles, Games!   

We need donations of items in good condition for our Toy Room.  Make some room for the holiday gifts by donating all your children's outgrown and unused playthings!

Donations can be dropped at the Church office for transfer to storage during regular office hours, Tuesday through Friday, between 9 am and 3 pm.

Thank you kindly,
Marcia Taylor and Laurie Lawes

Calling All Cookie Monsters!            

The Bake Shop Team is busy 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, -- Oct. 13, 20 & 27
  • TUESDAYS, 9:00 am to 12 Noon, -- Oct. 15, 22 & 29
  • SATURDAYS , 9:00 am to 12 Noon -- Oct. 19 & 26
Ingredient Donations: All the donated items help reduce our costs. Please drop off your items in the kitchen, date them and label them "Bake Shop".  Thanks for the help!
Hershey’s Hugs and Kisses       Confectioners sugar        Waxed paper  
Canned pumpkin       Chopped dates

 October 6 -- Another Active Sunday at Murray!

Our children learned the importance of yoga for their well being.
Our Youth Group and their teachers enjoyed breakfast and a historical walk!
    All ages enjoyed making produce bags!

    Many thanks to Carla Rissmeyer for
    organizing the class.

Oct. 19:

Climate Protection Workshop

"How to Talk About Climate Change
So People will Engage"

Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019                         Time: 9 am – 3 pm
 Location: All Saints' Episcopal Church, 121 N. Main Street, Attleboro, MA 

This workshop is for people from faith communities and secular groups who are working to maintain a healthy environment for future generations. You will be provided with specific, practical tools developed by social scientists and tested by hundreds of colleagues in the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI). With them, you can shape communication and dialogue for increasing the chances for positive and productive engagement and avoiding or navigating many common pitfalls that arise when Americans talk about climate change.

The workshop is also designed to support networking among groups, and for sharing ideas for next steps. This workshop envisions an ongoing process of learning and practice supported by active co-participants.

For more information and to register, click here.
If anyone would like to carpool to the Spiritual Leadership Conference from Murray Church, please contact Kavita.
Saturday, 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. 
Nov. 17: 

Humanist Discussion Group

ALL are welcome to participate!

There will be 6 topics- one per month.  For more information on all the topics please go on our 
church website ( or our Face Book page (Murray Unitarian 
Universalist Church).
“What world-changing idea, big or small, would you like to see implemented by 
humanity?”  And why?

>From Brief Answers To The Big Questions question 10 How do we shape the 

Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Harmony Hall
Questions?  Please email Len Yutkins.


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?  
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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.

Food Pantry Donation Suggestions

Donations of 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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