Murray Church Notes

November 1, 2018

Volume 7,  Issue 14

In this Issue:

There’s Nothing Quite Like 
the Holiday Fair.  
Come, Be Part of the Fun!  

Rev. Gretchen Weis

The Holiday Fair is right around the corner – Friday, November 9th, and Saturday, November 10th.   It’s our biggest fund-raiser and fun-raiser of the year.  For our newcomers, you have to dive in and experience the Fair first hand to believe it.  That’s what someone told me when I first got here five years ago, and it’s true!  

Set up week begins this Sunday.  There’s a lot to be done to get ready before we can open our doors to the public next Friday morning.  Most regular committee meetings have been cancelled next week as we transform most of our classrooms and meeting halls into different themed sales rooms for the Fair.  

Consider this your personal invitation to dive in and help out in any way you can in the week ahead!  Working alongside others is a great way to make new friends here at Murray. 

Help with the Heavy Lifting this Sunday
All-hands-on-deck after coffee this Sunday, as the strongest among us help clear out all the furniture from the Sunday School classrooms, to make way for the tables and displays we’ll need to stock and sell everything from toys, to books, to kitchenware, miscellaneous household items and finer quality “almost antiques.”   There will be supervised children’s activities in the Murray Room to keep young ones occupied while parents and older children, youth and teens help with set up.  There will be pizza for all, once the heavy lifting is done!

Come Bake and Decorate Cookies
Our Cookie Monsters have prepared more than 600 dozen scoops of frozen cookie dough over the past few months and this coming week is the Big Bake Off!  Come join in from about 9:00 am to 9:00 pm as we get those sweet treats ready to sell by the pound next Friday.  If you have a few hours, please swing by the kitchen day or night to help bake and decorate. 

Come Unpack and Set Up the Merchandise
Books, DVDs and CDs need to be unpacked and put on shelves.  Boxes of miscellaneous kitchenware, linens, household items and decorative doo-dahs need to be unpacked and displayed in Grandma’s Attic and Grandpa’s Garage.  Finer china and other rare items need to be set up in Almost Antiques.  And, then, there are all of those toys that need unpacking and organizing in the Toy Room.  There will be a bustle of set up activity going on during some daytime and most evening hours all next week.  If you have some time, please swing by and lend a hand.

Staff the Fair for a few hour shift next Friday or Saturday
No experience necessary!  Contact Janet Richardi at to sign up for either daytime or evening hours to help staff one of our many rooms during the Fair, or to help direct parking outside.  We especially need daytime volunteers for Friday. Newcomers, fear not, you would not be on your own --- each room has a team of folks helping customers.  Many of our older children, youth and teens pitch in and help out.  And, childcare is available in the Murray Room. 

Please plan to join us on Saturday afternoon, November 10th, around 3:00 pm when we tear the Fair down, pack everything back up and move it out.  Then we set the church back up again for Sunday morning worship and Sunday School classes.  Volunteers of all ages typically sit down together to a shared feast of Gourmet Room leftovers when all the heavy lifting and recombobulation is done!

Come Enjoy Yourself and Buy Cookies Early!
Be sure to carve out time to travel from room to room in search of treasures.  Enjoy lunch or dinner on Friday or lunch on Saturday in the Gourmet Room.  Buy raffle tickets to win cool prizes.  And plan to buy your cookies on Friday or early Saturday morning at the latest.  We’re usually sold out by noon on Saturday!  

It’s Holiday Fair Set Up Week – a time of high energy, enthusiasm and a little bit of “let’s do this” magic in the air.  Special thanks to Greg Wehmeyer, our Elf-in-Chief, and to the many room captains, cookie makers, set-up movers and shakers and sales volunteers who make it all happen, year after year.  Come be part of a tradition that has been going on in one form or another since Murray Church was first founded in 1875….

Love, peace, cookies, and all things Murray Church,

Rev. Gretchen
"UUs and The Right To Vote"

Unitarian Universalists have been at the forefront in the struggle for voting rights, from Susan B. Anthony and her fight to give the right to vote to women, to Rev. James Reeb and Viola Luzzo, who were both murdered in the fight for black voting rights in Selma, Alabama, more than 50 years ago.  As the mid-term elections are upon us this week, let us celebrate their legacy and our right to vote.

"Saluting Our Gay Veterans"

For more than 17 years, “don’t ask, don’t tell” was the policy that barred fully qualified gays and lesbians from serving in the open in any branch of the U.S. military.  Fortunately, the policy was repealed in 2011, allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve openly in the armed forces.  On this Veteran’s Day Sunday, Thom Belt will be on hand to share his experiences as an army nurse.

Religious Education for Sunday, November 4

Nursery is available 9:45-11 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only. 
Grades K-7
We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room for mindful origami and coloring.  We will also learn meditative walking.
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to discuss the Black Lives Matter vote and banner.
Religious Education is in need of lids!  

•    Plastic lids from Cool Whip containers and/or large yogurt containers
•    Empty spray bottles
•    Please make sure these items are thoroughly cleaned.  The items can be dropped off in Kavita’s office.

Our children had a fun time making holiday decorations for our RE wing and 
Holiday Fair! Thanks to Rachel Killion and Stephanie Paquette for organizing the event!
Nov. 4:

Childcare for Set-Up Sunday

Murray Playgroup will NOT meet on Sunday, Nov 4th due to Set-Up Sunday for the Holiday Fair.  However, children of parents volunteering at set-up are invited to play in the John Murray room from 11:30 - 1 pm where snacks, toys, and games will be provided.  Helping at set-up Sunday is a great way to get to know other friends from Murray and a wonderful and fun way to support the church.  Questions or concerns can be directed to Carol Connolly. Please RSVP if your child will be joining us - or text 508-380-1025. Meanwhile, save the date for the next Murray Play Group on Sun. Dec. 2, 11:30-12:30 Location TBA.
Tuesday, Nov. 6:

Election Day 

Election Day is right around the corner!  Be sure to exercise your right and responsibility to vote!  To see your voter information, view a sample ballot or look for your polling location, click on the links below.

$1820 Raised for 

Greater Lawrence Disaster Relief Fund

At our October 14 Sunday service, we collected a Dedicated Offering for the victims of the September 13 gas pipeline fires and explosions that occurred as a result of the gas surge of the Columbia Gas Co.  Our congregation collected $1820, and the check has been sent to the Relief Fund.  The Fund will help provide shelter - both short and long-term, as well as provide for the daily needs of residents and businesses affected by this tragedy.

We can be proud of the generosity of our congregation, in giving to those in great need. This is but one example of how we are living our UU Principles.
Thank you!  
The Murray Social Concerns Committee

A Warm "Thank You!"

I would like to offer my heartfelt "Thank You" to everyone who called or sent notes of condolence upon the passing this past month of both of my beloved parents, Rita and Phil Dion. I am truly grateful to be part of such a loving and supportive community. 
 ~ Andrea Dion Purdy
Nov 5-8:

Annual Cookie Bake-off

We're coming down the home stretch! 

If you still wish to help out with cookies for the Holiday Fair, the Murray "Cookie Monsters" will be baking and decorating in the kitchen from 9:00 am to 9:00 PM, Monday through Thursday this coming week.

Volunteers Needed!

Holiday Fair 2018

The Holiday Fair is our church’s biggest fundraiser, and it’s only one week away! Here are some of the ways that you can help make the fair a success. If you missed the holiday fair video that we shared on Sunday, you can view it above.

We need your donations of gently used books, household items, sports equipment, tools, small working electronics, and almost antiques. We can also use donations of twelve-packs of soda or water for our Gourmet Room. Water and colas (diet and regular) are popular choices, but we will gladly accept whatever soda you find on sale.
If you have any bubble wrap kicking around, Almost Antiques would love to have it. Our crafters are looking for unwanted T-shirts in good enough condition (no rips or stains) to make into T-shirt bags. We can always use extra reusable shopping bags for books and other heavy items.
As always, our annual raffle will include a variety of special items and gift baskets, but we need your help! The raffle organizers are looking for donations of new or very gently used items to be raffled off. Please let Kate Ricciarelli-Wenson know if you have anything you would like to donate by sending an email to Kate at
Please bring your donations in the days leading up to the fair (11/4 through 11/8). Please drop them off in Fellowship Hall. 
We can use as much help as possible setting up for the fair immediately following the service on November 4th. There will be pizza!
Do you make handmade gift items that you’d be willing to donate? We're in need of many creative hands to help make the Gift Room a success! Please consider putting your talents to work and donate some of your creations to the Gift Room. Contact Stephanie Paquette ( if you are interested in contributing.

The Holiday Fair Gourmet Cafe Needs Your Help!

Your donations help to keep our expenses down and as we all know, food is expensive! Bottled waters, soda, diet and regular, and seltzer can be brought to Fellowship Hall and labelled for the fair. We also really need your cooking talent to provide soups, chili, and entrees of all kinds, including vegan or vegetarian options. So search those favorite family recipes and commit to sharing during the fair. We will also need kitchen helpers to prep, cook and serve our hungry patrons. So many ways to help!  Thanks from the Gourmet Cafe Team!

Holiday Fair
Volunteers Needed

The Holiday Fair is fast approaching…Friday, November 9th from 11 am to 7 pm and Saturday, November 10th 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 or email her at

And don’t forget we need set-up volunteers for Sunday, November 4th, parking patrollers for both days, and lots of hands for clean-up on Saturday at 2:45 PM.
Nov. 8:

Rethinking Plastics: A Panel Discussion at Attleboro Library

National and local news report a glut of recyclables causing a recycling crisis everywhere. Attleboro is now considering a plastic bag ban, while Mansfield’s ban will go into effect in January.  Can we save our recycling programs? Should we ban the bag? Attend the panel discussion on “Rethinking Plastics” at the Attleboro Public Library on Thursday, November 8, 6:30 – 8:00 pm, Balfour Room. Featuring:
•    Jessica Signorella, City of Attleboro Solid Waste Administrator
•    Elizabeth Clemmey, TeamUp Mansfield, plastic bag reduction campaign
•    Attleboro High School Science and Public Policy students
•    Judy DePue, Moderator/Coordinator of the Sustain-Ability Group for the library

Contact the Library to register:, 508-222-0157

Dec 2:
Sunday Book Group 

SUNDAY BOOK GROUP MEETS NEXT ON DECEMBER 2ND.  We will not meet on November 4th, due to the Holiday Fair set up.

For our December 2nd meeting, we’ll discuss Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. 

A PBS Great American Read Top 100 Pick. One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

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Donations Needed! 

For the food pantry:
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Soup (all flavors & varieties)
  • Fruit juices (all flavors)
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