Murray Church Notes

October 31, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 14

In this Issue:




Great Opportunity to Volunteer for the Holiday Fair!

Janet Richardi
The Holiday Fair is fast approaching…NEXT WEEK - Friday, November 8th from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday, November 9th from 9 am to 3 pm.

This Sunday, November 3rd is Fair Set-Up Sunday and we always need help for set-up.  Come enjoy the church service and plan on staying to help set-up for the Fair – grab a coffee in Fellowship Hall first.  No need to sign-up to volunteer for this task, just show up and we’ll put you to work!  A light lunch is also provided for those who stay and help set up.

Maybe you can’t stay this Sunday to help set-up? If you want to do your part for the Fair, there is still time to sign up to work in your favorite room or rooms. Look for mei during Coffee Hour for the opportunity to volunteer and sign up!

Maybe you love to work in the Bake Shop or possibly the Book Room is your thing, or what about the Gourmet Room or Gramma’s Attic? Whatever it is you love to do, come share those skills at the Fair – you can sign up for 2 hours or 2 days, the choice is yours.  And don’t forget, we always need help with clean up…clean-up begins at 3:00 PM on the dot on Saturday, November 9th – another great opportunity for socializing and enjoy the fun and the
comradery with your fellow Murray Church goers!

Volunteering at the Murray Holiday Fair provides many benefits in addition to the comradery
.   Statistics show that volunteering provides a sense of purpose.  It can help take your mind off your own worries, keep you mentally stimulated and add more zest to your life.

Volunteering also helps you stay physically healthy. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. I learned early on that volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together, and is that ever true here at Murray Church!  The Holiday Fair allows us all to connect to our Murray community and make it a better place. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the lives of everyone involved.  Dedicating your time as a volunteer at the Holiday Fair helps you make new friends and expand your network here at Murray.

The research consistently demonstrates that there is an important relationship between volunteering and good health; if we engage in substantial volunteer experiences, we may not only help solve community problems, but simultaneously enhance our own health. So come get healthy with your fellow Murray church members and friends!

A quote I love to share by Mahatma Gandhi: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” 

Janet Richardi
"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?  

Please join us this Sunday to welcome Rev. Gretchen back to the pulpit!
"To Honor and to Heal"
Fifty years ago, most Americans didn’t hail the men and women who served in Vietnam as heroes.  A service person in uniform was likely to be spit on in public.  Young men were drafted one by one, and they came home one by one -- often fighting in the jungle on Tuesday and walking down the main street of their home town by Thursday, with no time to decompress. Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) wasn’t officially recognized as a psychological response to violence until nearly 10 years after the Vietnam war.  On this Veteran’s Day Sunday, let us pause to honor and thank those who served during the Vietnam era.  I will be sharing some of the stories from several of Murray’s Vietnam era veterans.     
Religious Education for Sunday, November 3

Nursery is not available this Sunday, November 3.  If you wish to have your child in the nursery, you must stay there with your child.  The John Murray room is also available for both children and their parents.   

We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room for Spirit Group.  We welcome Dave Curry, who will guide us in meditative drumming. 
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to make cards for the high schoolers that have graduated.  Plus, we will help set up the Book Room for the Holiday Fair.   

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 they 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.  All donations need to be in by Sunday, November 10. Thank you in advance for any donations you can provide.

Oct. 31 Recipe Deadline:
"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. 


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 or Patrick Kenney.
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 Carol Connolly. 

Nov 5, 6 & 7:
Let the Baking Begin!            

Please  join us on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday to bake,dip and glaze cookies and put mini breads in bags. Anytime between 7:00 am through early evening works for the Murray cookie monsters!

Thanks so much!
                                                                        -- Donna Seagrave

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. 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, 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

Call for Shopping Bags with Handles

The Holiday Fair will be needing shopping bags with handles in any size or material - paper, plastic, cloth.  If you have bags that you are about to recycle or extra cloth bags, please consider dropping them off at the church office during business hours, after worship this Sunday or during next week's Holiday Fair set up.

Nov. 8 & 9:
Come to the Holiday Fair!

From the Green Sanctuary

Recycle those Jack-o-Lanterns!

Those pumpkins are lovely on the front steps. But what happens to them after October 31st?  Don’t throw it in the trash – try one of these:
  • Roast the seeds for a tasty snack or to top a soup.    
  • Dogs love cooked pumpkin, says Rusty Morrow.
    • Pumpkins given to dogs shouldn’t be rotting
    • Check with your vet if your dog has health issues
  • Deer and squirrels will also eat pumpkin, even carved pumpkins that had candles in them
  • Chickens and ducks will eat pumpkin and seeds.
  • Add it to your compost pile. (No sauces or butter in compost)
  • Cut in small pieces and bury it in your garden
  • You can cook pumpkin in many recipes, but with some considerations
    • Don’t cook carved-up pumpkins, as that exposed the flesh to bacteria
    • Some varieties, like smaller round sugar pumpkins, have more flavor; steer clear of the bland larger varieties intended just for carving
    • Cook and freeze mashed pumpkin in one-cup amounts for future use
    • Here are some cooking ideas:

Halloween Carnival Photos

Fun had by all during the Halloween Carnival! Thank you to Kate Ricciarelli-Wenson for a wonderful party. And thank you to everyone who volunteered and/or donated for the event!

Call for Children's Holiday Art   

We are looking for children to send in holiday drawings to be used on the cover of the weekly Order of Service each Sunday during the month of December.  All ages are encouraged to apply!  Finalists will be selected by Rev. Gretchen. 

Please email drawings to Kavita.

Our Children Learn About Oxygen

RE teacher, Carol Connolly, shows an experiment that explains oxygen. Oxygen was discovered by Unitarian Joseph Priestly.

Sunday morning visitors!

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 Facebook page (Murray Unitarian Universalist Church).
“What world-changing idea, big or small, would you like to see implemented by humanity?”  And why?

Question 10: "How do we shape the future?" from Brief Answers To The Big Questions by Stephen Hawking 

Date: Sunday, November 17
Time: 11:30 am
Place: Harmony Hall
Questions?  Please email Len Yutkins.
Dec. 10, 11 & 12:

Holiday Cards for the Incarcerated

The Church of the Larger Fellowship is mailing three (yes, 3!) holiday cards to all CLF members experiencing incarceration, and they need your help.  There are currently have over 1,070 incarcerated members, which means 3,210 envelopes will need to be hand-addressed  They would love assistance addressing all these cards. Do you have an hour or two available to come into Boston?  Here are the days and times they need volunteers:

*    Tuesday, December 10:  9:00 am – 1:00 pm
*    Wednesday, December 11:  9:30 am – 1:00 pm
*    Thursday, December 12:  9:30 am – 1:00 pm 

Address:  CLF, UU, 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA  02210-1409

What can they offer?  Free coffee & tea, chocolate and their gratitude!  If you are able to help out, please RSVP to Beth Murray at 617-948-6150.
Can’t make it into Boston?  Don’t worry!  There are other ways you can help.  Click here for suggestions to be part of this holiday card project.  Please click HERE to read the Do’s and Don’ts of holiday cards.

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

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.

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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