Murray Church Notes

November 7, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 15

In this Issue:

         Come to the 


See You at the Fair!

Rev. Gretchen Weis
It’s Holiday Fair time again at Murray Church this Friday, November 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  For our newcomers, it’s a huge fun raising and fundraising event we hold each year.  

The majority of our church has been transformed -- from Fellowship Hall back through our classrooms to the Unity Room -- offering a variety of shopping options.  From the higher end items in the Almost Antiques room to the children’s Toy Room, our paperback and hardback Book Rooms, to the untold treasures in Grandma’s Attic and Grandpa’s Garage, and furniture available for sale in the hallway, come and browse and purchase whatever catches your eye.  

The Unity Room hosts various holiday arts and crafts, as well as our famous bake shop.  Be sure to shop early for your holiday cookies, breads and pies, as we typically sell out by early Saturday!  And please plan to stop by in Fellowship Hall to participate in the Raffle, as well as enjoy fabulous home cooked meals in the Gourmet Room.

Special thanks to Patrick Kenney and Jim Richardi, who jumped in to help co-lead the Fair this year.  Many thanks to Donna Seagrave, Laurie Lawes, Tom Stuart and the army of cookie monsters who helped bake more than 600 dozen holiday cookies, plus breads and pies.  And then there are our various room captains, our artsy-crafters, Raffle goddess, the kitchen pirates and other volunteers who staff our Gourmet Room.  

The Holiday Fair can’t happen without countless volunteers!  Every little bit helps and there’s still time to get involved.  Rolling up your sleeves and helping out is a great way to meet people and make new friends here at Murray Church.  Please contact Janet Richardi to help staff the Fair for a few hours or all day on either Friday or Saturday.  And stick around on Saturday afternoon, as an army of us help to pack up and put away all things Fair, and set up for the next day’s worship and Sunday School.  

It is so good to be back here at Murray, even though I am still easing back in part time.  I hope to see you at the Fair, as I plan to be there for a while on both Friday and Saturday.  And, please invite your family and friends to come shop our Fair!

Please plan to join us on Veteran’s Day Sunday, as we explore the challenges many Viet Nam era veterans experienced as they served during a very unpopular war.  This was a generation that didn’t get parades, were typically not hailed as heroes, and were often spit upon while out in public in uniform.  It’s 50 years later, a time for us to acknowledge and honor those who served, and hopefully help to heal the divide so many experienced during that war.

In love and blessings,
Rev. Gretchen
"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.     
"Whose Ancient Feet Once Walked Here?"
The season of Thanksgiving invites us to consider those original Native Americans who once roamed this land long before the pilgrims arrived.  Who were the native peoples and what was their relationship to this land, right here, where our church now stands?  We turn to the work of Dr. Maurice Robbins to explore the history of indigenous people in the area that came to be known as Attleboro.

Religious Education for Sunday, November 10

Nursery will begin at 9:45 am.

We will begin in the service and then head to our classes to learn about Louisa May Alcott and Beatrix Potter.
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to talk music and play some games.
Dave Curry did meditative drumming with our children.

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

Donation Deadline This Sunday, Nov. 10:
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.

Thank You Cookie Monsters!            

We did it! Our baked goods are ready for sale!  

A heartfelt thank you to all those who showed up these past weeks to prepare and bake the cookies, pies and cakes.  We appreciate it so much!
                                           -- Donna Seagrave
Nov. 10:
Nov. 12:

Murray Men's Lunch Bunch

Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch, the second Tuesday of each month, at Morin's Diner in downtown Attleboro. This is a very informal gathering for conversation and fellowship. No reservation required, just come as you are. 

If you need a ride, please call Rob Hasselbaum at 774-282-0818, a few days in advance, and transportation will be arranged.

The next luncheon is on Tuesday November 12th at noon.  Look for us in the back room of Morin's. If you don't see us -- just ask!
Starting Nov. 16:

Thrift Shop Painting    

This week the thrift shop will be getting the final coats of plaster so that it will be ready for painting right after the Holiday Fair.   Painting will involve the following tasks:
  • Cleanup the rafters
  • Prime and paint the ceiling
  • Place the radiator brackets back in the walls and paint the radiator covers
  • Prime and paint all the walls.
There is enough work here to keep 4-5 people busy for 4-5 days.  I intend to begin the work on Saturday, November 16th.   I hope we have this done over Thanksgiving weekend.

                                                -- Tom Stuart, Property Chair
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.

Free Thanksgiving Meals in the
Attleboro Area   

As we all approach the holiday season, many area organizations are holding free Thanksgiving meals.  Please share these links with those in need:

You are Welcome to:

Join the Conversation - three opportunities to learn more about the experience of people of color and to do better in conversations about color and race.  

Sunday, November 17, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Join the Conversation
We will continue our conversation with a focus on the thoughts and experiences of 
Ta Nehisi Coates, from his book Between the World and Me.*  

*Please feel free to read the book, read an article, or listen to an interview online with Ta-Hehisi Coates, or join us if you have not.

Saturday, November 23, 5:30 - 9 pm:  Potluck Dinner and a Movie
We will share a potluck dinner, watch BlackKklansman, and have a conversation about the movie and our reflections on it.  This gathering will be open to the public.

Sunday, December 1, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm:  Join the Conversation
Based on our conversation on Nov. 17, we will continue our journey of listening & learning, of asking & understanding.   

Please come as you are.  We will grow together.  We join together to move ourselves, our community, and our world to better realize our UU Principles and to create greater opportunity for all of us.  
Nov. 24:

Interfaith Service

Dec. 6 & 9:

Food Pantry Limited Commitment Opportunities   

On the morning of December 6th, our food pantry will be the recipient of generous food donations from Studley Elementary and Brennan Middle Schools, our partners in the Attleboro Public Schools Holiday Food Drive. Help is needed to load vehicles as enthusiastic students carry or roll bags and boxes of food out from their buildings. About 4-6 people and 2 large vehicles should make this rewarding task go quickly. 

Help will also be needed to check can and package dates and repack like items into boxes the following Monday afternoon, December 9th

To sign on please contact Barbara Clark. 

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. 



It’s time to think about ordering poinsettias for Christmas.  The colors are red, white, pink, marble, and jingle bells (red with white splotches).  

The final order date is Dec 8.  Cost of the plants will follow soon.  See me at church or call me at 508.226.3109. 
                                                                      --Irene 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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