Murray Church Notes

November 15, 2018

Volume 7,  Issue 16

In this Issue:

In Praise of the Ordinary 
Rev. Gretchen Weis

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  At least once a year, we are invited to pause, identify and be thankful for the people and circumstances that fill our lives with gladness.  I like to think of it as that once-a-year spiritual wake up call, to look past the daily grinds of irritation and upsets and recognize some deeper, more essential gifts that we often take for granted.  Perhaps starting with the gift of life itself, in all its profound beauty and brokenness?

It’s easy to catalogue the people and things that bring us joy.  But what about the many setbacks we have each endured?   Are we able to give thanks for the lessons learned from some of life’s most painful struggles?  Sometimes it takes a while before we're ready to feel grateful for whatever humility, strength, flexibility and resilience we may have discovered from our deepest losses and heartbreaks.
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"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!

"Lucky Mud"
This sermon addresses the question, “Who are we humans, really, when you get down to it? When you get way, way, way down to it?”
Religious Education for Sunday, November 18

Nursery is available 9:45 -11 am.  Nursery is for our babies, toddlers and preschoolers only. 
Grades K-7
We will be having our multi-gen Cornbread and Cider service.  Please join us!
Youth Group:
Please meet in the Purple Chat Room at 10 am to begin class.  You will be continuing with the curriculum Heeding the Call.

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.
Nov. 18:

Fall Cleanup This Sunday 8:00 am

We will have a Fall Cleanup this Sunday, before worship.   Most of this will be yard clean up of leaves and branch trimming.   Any tools or leaf hauling methods you can bring with you will be appreciated.     

Tom Stuart will bring coffee and donuts!

Nov. 18:
It’s a Celebration!!

Please join us for the unveiling of the banner:

When:  this Sunday, November 18, immediately following the Sunday service.
Where:  on the lawn in front of Fellowship Hall, facing North Main Street.

Outside Fellowship Hall, we will unveil our banner.  Then we will then recess to inside Fellowship Hall to hear from invited guests and a couple of members of our congregation, followed by a sharing of coffee, light snacks, and conversation.  

Please feel free to invite a friend, relative, or neighbor.  Also, we invite you to bring a snack, dessert, or light lunch item, such as small sandwiches. 

Please join us as we recommit our congregation to this important work,
guided by our UU Principles.
Nov. 18:

Members from all faith communities are invited to come together in worship.
Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving

4:00 pm on Sunday, November 18, 2018

If you would like to sing in the Choir, arrive at 3:00 pm for practice.

First Baptist Church
75 Park Street, North Attleboro
Join us in celebration and gratitude.

In support of Food n’ Friends, please bring a non-perishable food item.
Thank you!

Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
95 Pine Street, Attleboro, MA 02703 | 508-222-2933

This service changes location annually, highlighting the interfaith connectivity that thrives in the Attleboro area.

Office Space for Rent

Our church has office space for rent (four rooms in the office wing) that are ideal for a small non-profit or human services organization or educational based business. 

The total space for these four rooms is approximately 983 square feet. We really need the rental revenue.  We can use all the help we can get in finding suitable renters. Please mention it while you are networking with family and friends and listen/look for opportunities to promote this available space wherever and whenever possible.

Ask interested parties to contact the church office as soon as possible and myself or 
Bertha Young will get back to them as soon as possible. 

Thank you, 
                              ~ Jim Richardi                                     

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Nov. 25:
Freedom From Fear

A Humanist Discussion
It was 77 years ago in 1941 that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 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!

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!

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.

To Our Volunteers:

Thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you for all of the work you did for the Holiday Fair. We had 60 to 65 volunteers both Friday and Saturday providing childcare for volunteers, selling lunch and dinner in the Gourmet Room, selling books, furniture, Almost Antiques, Grandma’s and Grandpa’s finds, and holiday gifts.   And the bake shop had a team of six to eight volunteers at peak times. ALL OF YOU STEPPED UP to help make the largest fundraiser of the year such a success.  So again, thank you to all who said ‘yes’ to helping at the fair.
               ~ Janet Richardi, Holiday Fair Volunteer Coordinator

Lost & Found

These items were found in the classrooms after the Holiday Fair. The items are located in Kavita’s office.


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 or e-mail her at

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. 2:

Soup Sales are Back!!!

Just in time to stock up for a quick meal during the busy holiday season, the Soup Sale will take place on Sunday, December 2nd, immediately following the morning service.

If you would like to help by contributing 3 quarts of your favorite freshly made soup (containers are available), or if you have any questions, please contact: Peggy Dixon at 
Dec. 3:

Clara Barton Christmas Luncheon

The Clara Barton Guild will hold their annual Christmas Luncheon on Monday, December 3rd, at 11:45 a.m. in the John Murray Room.  All interested women are welcome to join us for the festivities.  Bring your sandwich or salad.  Beverages and dessert are provided.  We will have our Yankee Gift Swap led by Irene Yutkins.  Each participant should bring a wrapped gift that is no more than $10 in value.  Please call Bev Hall (508-222-9324) with any questions.   
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. 7:

Call for Food Pantry Volunteers

Murray Church Food Pantry will once again receive large quantities of food donations from Studley Elementary and Brennan Middle Schools in Attleboro. The pickup date is Dec. 7th between 9 a.m. and noon. A few volunteers and a large vehicle or two are needed. If you can be available that morning please contact Barbara Clark at, 508-222-6164, or in person.

Donations Needed! 

For the food pantry:
  • Personal care items (deodorant, shampoo soap, etc)
  • Bathroom tissue
  • Soup (all flavors & varieties)
  • Fruit juices (all flavors)
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.  

If we have a group of 15 or more members, we receive a group rate of $20 per ticket. Plus, a section of seats will be set aside for us.  So let Sandy Stuart know ASAP if you'll be able to join the group. Tickets are  also available on-line  for $25 at the Providence Gay Men's Chorus website.  Seniors of 60+ years can obtain $20 tickets at the door.  

We'll carpool from Murray Church at 3:00 p.m. and go down to Beneficent Church in Providence.  This men's chorus sings holiday music that is fun, sweet, and beautiful.  It's a great way to start your holiday season.  Email Sandy Stuart at for more info or to give her the good news that you can attend.     

Road to Diversity & Understanding

The Road To Diversity & Understanding is a local social discussion group designed to give people of all backgrounds a chance to engage in new friendships across cultural lines while also considering positive ways to counteract the negative impact of bigotry too often present in our community. The group was started in May 2018 by a racially diverse group of five women from the Mansfield-area and offers regular discussions and thoughtful events designed to spark dialogue on important topics related to race, racism, and diversity. People of all backgrounds are invited to come join in the conversation, learn, be honest, examine tough questions and share their own stories.

November calendar:
•    November book choice: “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson:
•    “Marshall”, movie at The Marilyn Rodman Performing Arts Center, Foxboro, Thursday, 11/15/18, 7:00 pm.
•    Community Discussion: Conversations about Race at The National Black Doll Museum of History and Culture, Mansfield, Tuesday, 11/27/18, 7:00 pm.

For more information: click here or search for “The Road to Diversity and Understanding.”

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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