Murray Church Notes

October 17, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 12

In this Issue:



Update on Rev. Gretchen

Rev. Gretchen came home from the hospital last Saturday and is recuperating well from her surgery.  She is sleeping a lot, is on liquid diet, and doing a little walking every day, Your cards, prayers and texts are most welcome at this time.

The Memorial Garden

Adam Zysk

“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature.  To nurture a garden is to feed not just the body, but the soul.”                                                   ~ Alfred Austin

>From the earliest times, churches and churchyards have served as places of interment. In keeping with this tradition, the Murray Unitarian Universalist Church established the Memorial Garden to inter cremains of members and loved ones of members, and to offer an outdoor sanctuary of peace and beauty for all to enjoy.  What better site for a final resting place than the grounds of the church that has held much meaning during one’s life?  To many UUers, interment of one’s ashes in a memorial garden, rather than in a conventional burial, is an act of worship in itself.  It is a return of molecules and atoms, used on loan, as final atonement with the earth from whence we came.  

Our church offers the Memorial Garden as a service and sanctuary to our congregation. The west courtyard is the site of the Memorial Garden.  At its entrance rests the bell from the original church, with its quaint misspelling, moved from that building in 1957. The Memorial Garden was officially dedicated in 1989.  At that time, members of the Church School Classes gave the first benches and birdbaths for placement in the garden. Even the children understood that the Memorial Garden was a way to express our awareness and gratitude that past, as well as current and future generations are truly woven into the interdependent relationship of all life.  In 2007, the walkway pavers were installed to provide a more stable and safer access pathway to allow persons of all ages and abilities to more thoroughly enjoy this wonderful space.

For many years a single stone monument was located in front of the bell that listed those whose remains have been interred in the garden.  In 2007 a second monument was added and a third monument was added just last year.  Plaques located in the corridor that runs along the side of the sanctuary also list the names of those interred, along with their birth year and year of passing.

The goal of the Memorial Garden Committee is to keep the garden in top shape for as much of the year as possible to provide all who visit it with a relaxing, peaceful setting. The garden provides an opportunity to escape, if only briefly, from the day to day pressures of life.  Tending to the garden is truly a labor of love for all those involved. Please consider joining us.

Adam Zysk,
Memorial Garden Chair
"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.
Rev. Gretchen is recuperating well from her surgery. Depending on her progress, either she will be joining everyone for worship on Sunday, October 27th, or one of her friendly colleagues will be conducting the service. 
Religious Education for Sunday, October 20

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 our classes to learn about Theodore Parker. Theodore Parker did not believe in slavery, and he felt that no one had the right to own another person.  
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to begin our service project for AHOPE and NuDay Syria.  We will also make cards for the high schoolers that have graduated. 

Care Packages for our high school graduates are being mailed out soon! 

On the next two Sundays -- October 20 and 27 -- stop by the tables in the RE hall and sign cards for them.  They love receiving notes from folks! 
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. 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.
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. 27: Save the Date!        

Cleanup Sunday      

On Sunday, October 27th at 8:00 AM, the Property Committee will be leading a clean up of the grounds at Murray Church. If you are interested in helping, contact Tom Stuart. or just talk to him when you see him.         
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 in the Unity Room 
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.

Reminder: Select Your Directory Photo Soon!   

We thank Phil Frink for the dedicated time he spent every Sunday in September taking photos of church members and friends.  If you had your picture taken last month by Phil, please get your photo selection back to him no later than Wednesday, October 24th.  We are aiming tor a November 1st publication of the MUUC Member & Friend Directory, and we hope to see your smiling face included!


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, November 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 - 1:00 pm. RSVP by email to Carol. 
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 a 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 by sending an email to Kate. 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, Wednesday or Friday, between 9 am and 3 pm or on Thursdays between 9 am and 4 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 and 200 mini-breads will take many helpers to accomplish! Expert instruction and fun are provided!. For questions, please contact Donna Seagrave.

Thanks to all of you who are helping the bake shop with your donations. We are making 
excellent progress with cookies, made 70 pies at the pie workshop and will be starting on minibreads this week!

Ingredient Donations: We still need: waxed paper, white chocolate chips, canned pumpkin, walnuts, pecans and, of course, Hershey's hugs and kisses. Thanks again, Murray Cookie Monsters!

Cookie Workshop Dates:
  • SUNDAYS WITH TOM STUART, after church services, -- Oct. 27
  • TUESDAYS, 9:00 am to 12 Noon, -- Oct.  22 & 29
  • SATURDAYS , 9:00 am to 12 Noon -- Oct. 19 & 26
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 future? " 

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

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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      

The food pantry is in need of hearty soups and oatmeal.

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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