Murray Church Notes

October 24, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 13

In this Issue:



Mending Body and Spirit

Rev. Gretchen Weis
It was two weeks ago today that I had my successful hiatal hernia repair surgery.  I continue to grow stronger each day, slowly but surely.  I am so grateful to be experiencing some positive quality of life improvements already as a result of the procedure.  And, it is taking awhile for me to get my energy back.  For the past two weeks, I’ve been on an all-liquid diet – juice, smoothies, blended soups – while dreaming of pizza and cheeseburgers.  

Special thanks to all who have bought some homemade soups by.  And to all who have sent emails, texts and cards.  Your loving support has meant the world to me as I spend this time on the mend.  I go to see my surgeon tomorrow for my post-op follow-up evaluation, so will learn more then about next steps for my healing, including when she thinks I can return to Murray.

In the meantime, I am enjoying the beautiful green, golds, rusts and reds of the trees lining Attleboro Falls Pond out my windows.  Fall in New England.  The beauty of this time and this place strengthens my spirit as my body also mends.  I share an excerpt from my friend and colleague Dick Gilbert, from in his reflection, “The Moon is Full – Autumn Nights Grow Longer.” Gilbert writes:
The colors of autumn salve our hurts
And we rejoice in their beauty.
The brilliant hues of red and orange, gold and green
Play together in a riot of color
That defies the painter’s pallet.
The fresh air invigorates us as we inhale –
Too delicious for words,
The new energy permeates our seasonal being.

We who live in temperate climes
Count ourselves fortunate to be
Alive in such a time and such a place.
We know the changing fortunes of existence
Because we know the changing of the seasons.
The only permanence in nature
Or in life is change.

While something in us clamors for stability,
For sameness in the deeper regions of our being,
We know we are made for change.
Boredom is worst of all –
The steady sameness of no growth.

We can never stay in the same place of the spirit,
Something in us needs to move on.
The full moon in the lengthening autumnal night
Moves inexorably across the gray sky to remind us.
Wax and wane, wax and wane.
It is the story of existence.
May we behold this beauty
While it is here.
May you find your spirits fed by the current seasonal beauty, while it is here!  I encourage all to attend worship this Sunday, when my friend, the Rev. Dick Fewkes, will be preaching about “On Truth and Lies in our Public and Private Lives.” An essential, timely topic!

I hope to be back in the pulpit on November 3rd, but will wait to see what the doctor says tomorrow.  In the meantime, please know that I am doing well, watching my former home team Houston Astros flaming out (so far) in the World Series, binging on good movies, reading a great book and definitely on the mend!  And missing you!

In love and faith,
Rev. Gretchen
"On Truth and Lies in Our Public & Private Lives"
In 1978, Harvard philosopher, Sissella Bok, wrote a major book about Lying: Moral Choice in Public and  Private Life. What she said back then ties in incredibly well with what is happening in our political, social and religious lives in 2019. What can we learn from the truth and lies in our public and private lives today?

Please welcome Rev. Richard M. Fewkes, who is covering for Rev. Gretchen as she steadily heals.  Dick Fewkes has served three churches in the Ballou Channing District: (1) First UU Society in Middleboro (1964-69), (2) is the Minister Emeritus of the First Parish in Norwell, Mass. where he served from 1969 to 2000, and (3) as Interim Minister at the First Parish UU Church, Bridgewater, 2000 – 2002.

"To Take Good Care of our Sacred Selves"
Exactly one year from today, Americans will go to the polls to decide who will be the next President of the United States.  Could 2020 be even more divisive, hate-filled and vitriolic than 2016?  It’s hard to imagine, but, given the players, it’s possible we’ll be in for more ongoing nastiness, incivility and bullying.  As we work to help elect the candidates of our respective choices, how do we take good care of ourselves amidst a national conversation that stokes fear, hate and even further dividedness?  
Religious Education for Sunday, October 27

Nursery will begin at 9:45 am.  

We will begin in the service and then head to our classes to learn about Joseph Priestly. Did you know he was a Unitarian that discovered oxygen and invented carbonated water?  We will do an experiment to learn about oxygen and then taste some soda water in his honor. 
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to continue with 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! 

This Sunday, October  27,  stop by the tables in the RE hall and sign cards for them.  They love receiving notes from folks! 
This Saturday, Oct. 26:  

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?
Email Kavita or Kate
This Saturday, Oct. 26:

Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed    

Murray hosts the Food n’ Friends Soup Kitchen this Saturday, October 26, from 8 am - 12:15 pm at the Centenary United Methodist Church in Attleboro center.  We need volunteers for any amount of time at any time between 8 am (set up, food prep, cooking) and serving at 11:00 am. The clean up usually wraps up by noon, especially if we have a lot of volunteers.

To take part, please email Stephanie Paquette and include “Soup Kitchen” in the subject line.
This Sunday, Oct. 27:    

Land Trust Walk   

Please note that rain is predicted for Sunday, and if predictions are correct, the walk will be cancelled and rescheduled for a Spring date to be determined.

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) 
  •    Bring your lunch
RSVP or questions to Carla or Kavita
This Sunday, Oct. 27:   

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 in preparation for the Holiday Fair. If you are interested in helping, contact Tom Stuart or just talk to him when you see him.   

Rain date will be November 3rd.     
Starts this Sunday, Oct 27:

Youth Group Collecting for AHOPE and NuDay Syria   

The Youth Group is working with AHOPE ( and NuDay  Syria ( to collect hygiene products. We are asking you to donate hygiene products that will be handed out to area homeless persons including adults, kids and babies. Americans Helping Others Prosper or AHOPE, and the refugees that they serve, volunteer at the Cathedral Square soup kitchen in Providence, and hand out kits containing travel-size hygiene items. Regular size items are also needed for NuDay Syria.
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Shower Gel
  • Body Lotion
  • Feminine Products
  • Toothpaste
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper
  • Deodorant
  • Detergent
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Lip Balm
  • Socks
  • Mittens
  • Scarves
  • Hats
Boxes to collect these products are located in the entrance, outside of Kavita’s office and in the Unity Room.  Thank you in advance for any donations you can provide.
Oct. 27, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm:

Craft Making for the Holiday Fair

Join us in Harmony Hall as we make some small, easy crafts to sell at the fair.  No experience necessary. 

Children welcome with a parent. Please bring your lunch! 
This Sunday, Oct. 27:     

Islamic Center Grand Opening        

The new Islamic Center of Greater Attleboro will be holding its Grand Opening this Sunday at 4:00 pm. 
  • Date & Time:  Sunday, October 27th at 4:00 pm.
  • Location: 272 County Street, Attleboro, MA 
Members of all faiths are invited to attend.  Rev. Gretchen has been invited to say a few words of welcome at the ceremony.
This Tuesday, Oct. 29:   

Community Meeting in Murray Church   

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.

Nature Beckons on the Trail 

Enjoy Autumn splendor on our Nature Trail! The leaves are falling, leaving a tapestry of color under your feet. You may need to look for the blue blazers on trees along the path to find the path at this time of year. We now have a new Trail Guide you can take with you on your walk. This will describe some highlights, in addition to features on the placards along the way. You will find laminated pages of the Trail Guide and of the Scavenger Hunt used on our opening day; two copies of each are hanging from a hook on the Nature Trail signpost at start of the trail.  You can take these with you on your walk. Please return them to the trailhead, to their hook, when you have finished your walk. You will also still find the wood fairy if you look closely near the Princess Pines.

"Soups From the Heart"      

Do you have a special soup recipe your family loves? Why not contribute it to the second edition of: "Soups from the Heart," a Murray Church recipe book.  The book, last published in 2008, is being updated for an upcoming fundraising sale, and is planned to be made available at the Holiday Fair and at subsequent coffee hours after service.  

We need your delicious input, but we need it quickly!  The deadline for any new submissions is October 31! Please email your recipe to Amy Craig and include 'Soup book' in the subject line. 

Please format the recipe with a measured ingredients list, followed by directions. 

Reminder: Select Your Directory Photo!   

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 as soon as possible.  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 Connelly. 

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.

Nov. 8 & 9:
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).

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. 29
  • SATURDAYS , 9:00 am to 12 Noon -- Oct. 26

Save this special Day for our Murray Auction:
February 29,2020   

During a Leap Year, as Leap Day approached, I began to have this sense I was to get what I always seem to need: an extra 24 hours in the day.... Then I started to think Leap Day should be designated a special event day so people can take advantage of the extra 24 hours however they wished.... By marking this bonus day in some special way, we would celebrate our time together.  HOW ABOUT AN OLD FASHION MURRAY AUCTION?.  It is a wonderful time and  great fundraiser for our church. Mark the date on your calendar. More details to follow.
                                                         --  Rob Hasselbaum, Auction Committee
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.

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.

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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