Murray Church Notes

November 8, 2018

Volume 7,  Issue 15

In this Issue:

Putting Family First 
Rev. Gretchen Weis

Dear Ones -- My mother has been hospitalized with viral pneumonia and a developing sepsis infection this past week.  I’m heading to Milwaukee this weekend to be with her and with my brother, as, hopefully, we’ll be able to get this successfully turned around.  She has a team of doctors and nurses working hard to get the infection under control.  We remain optimistic that she’ll get her strength back and be back to her usual sassy self, soon.  

I’ll head out on Thursday and am scheduled to return on Tuesday next week.  In the meantime, you’ll be in very good hands.  Special thanks to David Calusdian of the Religious Services Committee, who has agreed to step in and lead worship on Sunday with materials I had prepared.  And, we are grateful for Thom Belt and Tovah Snyder for sharing their stories about experiencing the military as gay veterans.  Rev. Sarah Person of the Middleboro church will be available to help handle any emergency pastoral calls for those few days I’m out of town.

I hate that I will be missing the Holiday Fair this year, but at some point, it became clear I had to put this unexpected family situation first.  Special thanks, also, to Board Chair Jim Richardi for supporting me in this decision.

Blessings for a wonderful Fair!  May you find some hidden treasure in Almost Antiques, or Grandma’s Attic, Grandpa’s Garage, or our homemade craft table.  Be sure to get your cookies and pies early, as we always run out.  May children of all ages find something fun in the Toy Room, or in one of the Book Rooms.  Perhaps you may win a fabulous raffle prize.  And be sure to enjoy the fabulously good eats we serve up hot and fresh in the Gourmet Room, also known as Fellowship Hall….

I appreciate your caring and support as I take a few days to focus on family.  I look forward to seeing everyone next week as we prepare for our annual Thanksgiving cornbread and cider communion service, and get ready to hang our Black Lives Matter banner following worship!

In love and faith,

Rev. Gretchen
"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  Fortunately, the policy was repealed in 2011, allowing gay, lesbian and bisexual people to serve openly in the armed forces.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, and Tovah Snyder will share her experiences.

"Oh, We Give Thanks"

Come, join us for our traditional cornbread and cider communion Thanksgiving service, a time for all ages to celebrate the many blessings in our lives, including the blessings of one another!


Religious Education for Sunday, November 11

Nursery is available 9:45 -11 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only. 
Grades K-7
We will begin in the sanctuary and then head to class to continue learning about Social Justice.
Youth Group:
Please meet in the Purple Chat Room at 10am to begin class.  You will be continuing with the curriculum Heeding the Call.

Please note: Kavita, our DLRE, will be off this Sunday, November 11.  Don Michaels will be the Acting DRE. 

Important Notice
Protocol for posting photos/videos of minors on social media

The Religious Education Committee and Kavita would like to ask people who take photos and/or videos of minors to please ask permission from Kavita before posting on social media, in our newsletter or hanging them on bulletin boards.  Our goal is to protect our children and to respect the wishes of our families should they prefer not to have anything posted.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kavita at  Thank you.

Dec. 2:
Giving Tree Starts in December

This year the Giving Tree will sponsor local non-profit organizations (read about them below). Please visit the Giving Tree in the Unity Room during coffee hour and sign up to be a donor for our giving drive.  You can choose an ornament off the tree which will describe a specific donation request.  We are asking all donors who take an ornament to also sign up on our list and we’ll send you a reminder.   All donations will be due back at church on Sunday, December 16th.  

Please return your gift donations in one of the two collection boxes at church - in the Sanctuary Foyer and the Unity Room.  Please attach your ornament to your donation.  

If you have any questions please contact Laura Gustafson or Nancy Michaels  Thank you!   
New Hope is a non-profit organization that works throughout Massachusetts to build an anti-violence movement to end sexual and domestic violence. As an organization dedicated to social justice, New Hope encompasses a way of seeing, naming, understanding, and acting aimed at addressing inequality and oppression across society. New Hope offers a wide range of services which combine crisis intervention, violence prevention, life transition and self-sufficiency opportunities, while promoting behavioral and systemic changes to reduce violence at the individual and community levels. 
The Friends of Attleboro Animal Shelter (FAAS) is an all-volunteer organization, that donates  time and hearts to the cats and dogs in Attleboro and surrounding communities. They are committed to nurturing and promoting the animal-human bond and creating a community where our relationship with companion animals is guided by compassion. Their vision is to reduce the number of unwanted animals through community Spay and Neuter programs, Low Cost Vaccination Programs and Micro-Chip events, all while raising awareness and promoting responsible ownership. Each year, hundreds of abandoned companion cats and dogs looking for a second chance in life are successfully placed in loving homes through adoptions facilitated by FAAS.

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. 

Drawings can be dropped off Tuesday through Friday at the Murray Church office between 9:00 AM and 3:00 PM.  Submissions can also be scanned and sent by e-mail to, We look forward to seeing what our budding artists can do!


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 and cost of the plants will follow soon.  See Irene Irene Yutkins at church or call her at 508.226.3109. 

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. 

The Holiday Fair is HERE!!!!

Please make plans to join in the fun at the Murray Church Holiday Fair this Friday, November 9th from 11 am - 7 pm, and Saturday, November 10th from 9 am - 3 pm. 
We hope to see you there!
Nov 13:

Murray Men's Lunch Bunch

Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch onthe 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 13 at noon.
Look for us in the back room of Morin's.  If you don't see us -- just ask! 

Nov. 25:
Freedom From Fear

A Humanist Discussion
It was 77 years ago in 1941 that President FDR tried to give meaning to four basic freedoms:  Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Want, Freedom of Religion, and Freedom from Fear.  I would like us to focus on Freedom from Fear.  What does it mean today? What are we afraid of?  Why was it necessary to have discussions about having a rainbow flag and a Black lives matter banner displayed outside our church building?  Why do schools need lockdown drills?  Why does our church need plans for securing our building during services?  Is our current government increasing our fears or alleviating them?  Are people fearing for their health (medical costs, etc.)?  Is it possible that some fear is a good thing?  What can we do as Unitarian Universalists (Humanist or not) to insure that we have “Freedom from Fear”?
Sunday, November 25, 2018

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church Library


Do not be afraid – ALL views welcomed!

Dec 2:
Sunday Book Group 

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.
Dec. 7:

Community Blood Drive
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church
Fellowship Hall
505 North Main Street
Attleboro, Ma 02703

Friday, December 7, 2018
1:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

For an appointment, please visit
Or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Dec. 9:

Holiday Concert Trip

Save the date!  Sunday, December 9, 4:00 p.m.

The Membership & Welcoming committee is planning a trip to the Providence Gay Men's Chorus "Can You Feel It" holiday concert at the Beneficent Church in Providence.  More info to follow.  Stay tuned!

Dec 23: 

Hope Christmas Concert

Presented by

Centenary United Methodist Church 

You are invited to a wonderful evening of Christmas music and family fun as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. Featuring the music of Billy and Cassie Lord (worship leaders with Mark Hall of Casting Crowns) and the humor of family comedian Scott Davis.

Tickets are $20.00 per person and include a complimentary roast beef dinner and concert 
•    Dinner: 5:00 pm       
•    Concert 6:00 pm

To order tickets: Call 508-222-1759 or online at
Centenary is located at 15 Sanford St, downtown Attleboro across from the YMCA. 

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  • Fruit juices (all flavors)
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