Murray Church Notes

November 14, 2019

Volume 8,  Issue 16

In this Issue:


Giving Thanks Around the Globe

Rev. Gretchen Weis

Thanksgiving, the way we celebrate it, is certainly an American holiday, inspired by that first harvest feast in 1621 shared between the Pilgrim colony, and Massasoit, a Wampanoag Indian chief, and nearly 100 members of his tribe.  Based on written accounts by some of those who were there, that “First Thanksgiving” feast lasted three days and included waterfowl, venison, ham, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash.  (Turkey must have entered the Thanksgiving scene at a later date.)

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, perhaps because my life has been filled with many blessings, and it has always felt good and right to make time to pause and express gratitude for the many gifts of my life.  

But surely America isn’t the only country or culture that makes time to celebrate abundance and gratitude?      Read More   

"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.    
"Gratitude and Blessings"
Join us for our traditional Thanksgiving service as we acknowledge the abundance and many blessings of our lives.  Our traditional cornbread and cider communion will be served for this all-important multigenerational family service.

Office Hours Thanksgiving Week

Please note that during Thanksgiving week, the Murray Church office will be open only on Tuesday, November 26th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  We wish everyone a safe and joyous Thanksgiving celebration!
Religious Education for Sunday, November 17

Nursery will begin at 9:45am.

Please note that Sunday, December 1 there will be no RE and no Nursery.  We would like our teachers to enjoy their Thanksgiving weekend.


We will begin in the service and then head to our classes to learn about John Murray.  Did you know John Murray was the founding father of American Universalism?  Here is a tidbit about him: As Murray was giving a lecture in Boston, someone threw a rock through the window, intending to injure or intimidate him. Murray calmly stepped over to where the rock rested, picked it up and said, “This argument is solid, and weighty, but it is neither rational nor convincing.” Then, after his friends suggested that the situation might be too dangerous for him to proceed, he proclaimed that “not all the stones in Boston, except they stop my breath, shall shut my mouth, or arrest my testimony.”
Youth Group:
We will begin in the service and then head to the Purple Chat Room to discuss Racism.

Thank you to everyone that donated hygiene products for AHOPE and NuDay Syria!  The Youth Group received an abundance of items for this service project.

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 

This Sunday Nov 17 after Worship:

Help Get the Last of the Bulbs Planted Out Front!

Calling all church garden helpers!  Help us this Sunday after worship get the rest of the bulbs planted out front before the ground freezes for winter.  With an electric auger to dig the holes, and many volunteer hands to help — we hope to get this done as quickly as possible.  Patriots kick-off won’t be until 4:25 pm.
This Sunday, Nov. 17:

November Dedicated Offering   

This month, the Social Concerns Committee is partnering with the UUSC (Unitarian Universalist Service Committee) to assist the DeGroot family in welcoming a recent immigrant to the United States and to their home.  While this immigrant has been in detention and questioning for months, she will be moved on one day's notice from detention in New Mexico to Rhode Island, perhaps on or about Nov. 22.  With this short notice, the plane ticket will be expensive.  

This is where we can help.  Our Dedicated Offering will assist in paying for the plane ticket and related costs.  The members of the committee enthusiastically support this effort and are grateful to all who are so generously giving of themselves to make this happen.

We welcome your contribution to the Dedicated Offering.  If you write a check, please make it out to Murray Church, and include "Nov. 2019 D.O." in the memo section of your check. We will combine our contributions into a single check.  Thank you for your generosity, as we work to put our faith into action.

                                        -- The Murray Social Concerns Committee

Starting Nov. 16:

Go Murray Thrift Shop Team, Go!!!  

Let’s get this Shop rolling!  We have 2 immediate tasks that we are working on that we need your support.  The first is easy.  Sunday, immediately following the service, we need help moving boxes of books from room C to room D.  They are right outside the hall here.  Kathy Kahn is coordinating that effort.  Meet her in Room C.  The whole job should take about 20 minutes and we would be grateful for the help!  The second is a little bit longer but we will take whatever help we can get.  The Shop needs to be cleaned and painted.  I will be in the Shop at noon on Saturday the 16th to start the job.  Our goal is to clean up the room and put the primer on the walls.  We will also work on Sunday after the service if we have volunteers.  

Call or text me if you can help.  The more volunteers, the faster we get done!!  Together Everyone Achieves More - T-E-A-M!!!  Go Team!!!
                                                                 -- Joan Gustaff
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
Nov. 17:

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.  

Thank You Cookie Monsters!            

Many thanks to all the cookie monsters near and far! Together we made 616 dozen cookies, (not counting the sugar cookie cut outs) 216 mini breads and 106 pies. Holiday Fair magic at it’s best! 

With gratitude,
Donna Seagrave, Laurie Lawes and Tom Stuart
(Cookie Monster Team Leaders)

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:
Nov. 24:

Interfaith Service

Starts Dec. 1:

Giving Tree 

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 15th.  

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 Kavita Vansant .   
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 which 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.
Dec. 2:

Clara Barton Guild Holiday Luncheon   

The Clara Barton Guild will hold their Holiday Luncheon and Christmas Party on Monday, December 2, in the John Murray Room at 11:45 a.m.  We will have desserts and beverages provided by our hostess group.  Members will bring their own sandwich or salad.  Irene Yutkins will lead us in our traditional Yankee Swap.  Gifts should be no more than $10.00 in value.  It promises to be a festive time with seasonal decorations and music along with good food and fellowship.  Any interested women of the church are invited to join us.  Please contact Bev Hall with any questions.  
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 



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. 15:               

Murray Holiday Outing

Want to experience some fun holiday music?  Membership & Welcoming is attending the Providence Gay Men's Chorus holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 15th at 4:00 p.m.  It is at Beneficent Congregational Church in Providence RI.  Tickets for our group are $20 each.  We'll carpool from the Murray parking lot at 3:00 p.m.

After the concert, we'll walk two short blocks down to Coal Fire Pizza, 385 Westminster St., for eating and chatting.  Felices fiestas!

RSVP to Sandy Stuart 

General Assembly Registration Now Open

Please Join Us For General Assembly 2020!
General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists for conducting business of the Association, exploring the theological underpinnings of our faith, and leaning fully into our mission and principles. Please join us Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, June 28, 2020 in Providence, Rhode Island for this 5-day immersive experience themed Rooted, Inspired & Ready! Join your faith family at inspirational worship services, informative workshops and a bustling exhibit hall. We anticipate that 4,500+ UUs will gather for this unforgettable experience and leave with renewed energy and innovative ideas for congregational and community engagement.

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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