Murray UU Church | 505 North Main St | Attleboro, MA 02703

February 15, 2018

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"Love the Hell Out
of This World"

Matt Meyer

Join the Religious Services

Committee for a fun-filled Sunday morning service 

conducted by well-known GA drummer and spiritual

leader Matt Meyer followed

by an exciting Beach themed coffee hour! Bet you can feel the heat already!!


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"Daring to Dream"

Rev. Gretchen Weis

There are an estimated 800,000 young adults who were brought illegally to America as infants or young children who are identified as Dreamers - covered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy that is set to expire. Who are these young people, who have grown up here, been educated here, who work or go to college, and pay taxes, and have never known another home country except America?  Let's hear from a few of these Dreamers who grew up in our area, as they share their stories and help to put a face on this all-important immigration issue.

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Lighting Our Way
  by Greg Wehmeyer
  In a few weeks, our annual stewardship campaign will kick off and we'll be
  asking church members and friends to make a pledge of financial support for
  the upcoming church year. The theme of this year's campaign -- Lighting our
  Way -- is a celebration of our church's ability to provide meaning for our lives
  and hope for our future.

  When it feels like you're wandering in the darkness, what you need more 
than anything is a guiding light. The flaming chalice that symbolizes the principles of Unitarian Universalism can be that light. Now more than ever, it's important that we protect and nurture this flame to keep it burning brightly. This flame reminds us of what we believe in and what we stand for. We need to hold this flame up high to light the way forward for ourselves, for each other, and for the world at large.

Here at Murray Church, one way we're keeping the flame alive is by identifying what is most important to us and working continuously to realize those goals. Last year, the executive board identified and defined a series of goals for the church. This year, they met to measure our progress, highlight our successes, and continue to chart our path forward. Here are some of the shared hopes and future dreams for Murray Church in the upcoming year:
  • Continue to invest in and support our Religious Education (RE) program.
  • Increase our visibility and involvement within the greater Attleboro community through outreach and engagement. Continue to participate in shared justice activities with other local churches. Encourage and support individuals who are passionate about causes in the larger community.
  • Support initiatives that will allow us to intelligently grow our membership and our financial resources.
  • Strive to be a welcoming and comfortable place for people from a wide variety of backgrounds.
  • Focus on the spiritual needs of the congregation.
This year's Stewardship Sunday will be on March 18th, and we'll announce the results on Celebration Sunday on April 15th. Your financial support will help us light our way into the future we desire within our church and in the greater world. 

See you on Stewardship Sunday!
 Refusing to Accept the Mass Murder of 
 Children as "The New Normal"
  by Rev. Gretchen Weis

  My heart breaks wide open, all over again. Another school shooting yesterday,
  this time in a high school in Florida. Seventeen killed, 13 wounded. Yet another troubled young man, someone with a history of violent, problematic behavior. Like the young man who attacked the church in Texas. Like the Virginia Tech shooter. Like the two students at Columbine. Like the young man who shot up the theater in Colorado. The list goes on and on.  

Yesterday's shooter actually posted a You Tube video online in which he proudly declared, "I'm going to be a professional school shooter." Yet this young man -- also a known member of a white supremacy hate group as well -- was able to buy a semi-automatic weapon last year when he turned 18? 

We are approximately six weeks into 2018, and according to Everytown for Gun Safety, there have already been 18 school shootings since the new year began. That averages out to three school shootings a week!?!! Everytown defines a school shooting as "any time a firearm discharges a live round inside a school building or on a school campus or grounds, as documented by the press and, when necessary, confirmed through further inquiries with law enforcement or school officials," according to its website. 

When is this madness going to stop? When our founding forebears created the Second Amendment, declaring that everyone has the right to own and bear arms, I can't believe they intended that right to extend to homicidal maniacs, or those with a history of violent, disturbing behavior or mental illness.   

We are a nation in mourning, again. We are praying for the victims and their families, again. Yet, in the midst of my sorrow, I am also fuming. It is unacceptable to me that our nation's children, youth and teens should ever have to accept mass shootings in our schools as "the new normal."   

At what point do we, as a nation, and our elected officials, actually do something to deny gun access to disturbed, violent, people? If we don't allow someone to drive an automobile under the influence of alcohol or drugs because it is a public safety hazard, why on earth is it still legal to sell guns and ammunition to mentally disturbed persons who fully intend to murder other people?  For me, this is not about denying Second Amendment rights. This is about denying that right to those who are not capable of handling that right in a responsible, safe, law-abiding manor. 

I'm sick to death of the violent shootings, the momentary national pause, the usual condolences to the victims and their families, the momentary saber rattling by a few politicians that this time we need to do something about it (remember how we were going to make those "bump stocks" on the Internet illegal in the immediate aftermath of the Las Vegas shooting a few months back?), and then nothing. Nada. Our nation moves forward until the next violent shooting, and nothing changes. 

Perhaps some of you are as frustrated and as angry as I am at this point. Let's talk. Gun violence is an essential justice issue that impacts everyone across racial, ethnic, geographic and socio-economic lines. As a matter of fact, death by gun violence hits communities of color harder than others. Most politicians don't seem interested in sticking their necks out to do anything about it until there is enough noise and pressure among the electorate to facilitate change. What might we be called to do to work on this issue, together, and in partnership with other faiths? 

Called to work for a more loving, just and peaceful world,
Rev. Gretchen
Coughs, Colds and the Flu:  
Do You Need
 to Stay Home and Rest?

There sure seems to be a lot of the crud going around right now. From a bad stomach virus making the rounds, to fever, chills, congestion and bad coughs, so many of you have been under the weather lately. And this current bout of flu around the country is considered highly contagious and very dangerous. If you find yourself running a high fever over the course of several days, I encourage you to get to an emergency room or urgent care center immediately to be seen by a doctor. Please don't take chances.


Tis the season to double down and take good care of ourselves. Eat healthy food, drink plenty of liquids, get plenty of sleep. Everyone, please wash your hands frequently. If you are sick, please cover all coughs. And, if you are feeling tired and run down, if you are running a fever, or if you have been diagnosed recently with a virus that could be contagious, please do all of us a huge favor, and stay home and rest.  


We all want you to get better as soon as possible. If you are home sick and need some help with meals or a ride to the doctors, please call the church office at 508-222-0505 or contact Caring Circle Chair Barbara Clark at so we can activate the Helping Hands Network.  

Be smart. Be well. And feel better soon!

Nursery is available from 9:45 am -- 11 am. The nursery is located in the Religious Education Wing and is the first room on the left.


Children (Grades K - 8):
Saturday, February 18th -- We will begin in the service and then head to our classes to continue our learning of World Religions. Today we will learn about Islam.
Youth Group (Grades 9 - 12):
Saturday, February 18th -- Baking for the Soup Kitchen with Kate Ricciarelli-Wenson. We will meet in the Purple Chat Room at 10 am.
Nursery Organizing!
RE is looking for volunteers to help organize the toys, games and books in our lovely nursery! If you have an hour or so to spare please come on Tuesday, February 20th from 11 am -- 12 pm to get our nursery in tip top shape! 

Please email Kavita at 

if you can come.  Thank you!

History of UU Classes

In March, Adult RE is presenting a four part lecture/discussion session of the History of Unitarian Universalism in the United States with an emphasis on how beliefs have changed.

3/15 - Session    I   Universalism to 1961

3/22 - Session   II   Unitarianism to 1961

3/29 - Session  III   UU from 1961 to present

  4/5 - Session IV    UU, what lies ahead?

Each session will be about one hour in length and will be a lecture followed by discussion.  Each session is independent of each other. There is no sign up! Sessions will begin on Thursday, March 15th. All sessions will be on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in Harmony Hall. 

Questions? Just ask Len Yutkins, call 508-226-3109.
RE Fun & Film...
  Fun and Film was enjoyed by our
  children. Kenan makes a praying
  Buddha. The children studied 
  Buddhism last week. 


Celebrate Love
Valentine interactive bulletin board in the RE Wing! Come pick a heart and complete the sentence Love Is... and hang it up. Let's celebrate love!

Feb. 18:              THIS SUNDAY!!!
"Love the Hell Out of This World"
Matt Meyer

Join us this Sunday for a fun-filled Sunday morning service conducted by well known General Assembly drummer and spiritual leader
Matt Meyer followed by an exciting Beach themed coffee hour! Bet you can feel the heat already!! 
We look forward to seeing you there!!!

The Religious Services Committee

2018 Murray Members & Friends Directory

To get your copy of 

the most recent updated Murray Directory,
please click 

Please email any changes, updates or corrections to 

LaChelle at

(REV. 2/12/18)
Easter Plants
Think Spring! Easter is April 1st. If you are interested in putting a spring plant on the chancel table for Easter, please see Irene Yutkins. Plant choices are tulips, daffodils, lilies and hyacinths. Order have to be placed by March 19th. Please call Irene Yutkins at 508 226-3109 or see her at church.

Volunteer for Coffee Hour...

  If you like coffee, yummy snacks or just enjoy 
  meeting new people, please consider volunteering
  for coffee hour. 
To sign-up, please click [HERE].

  This year we will not have a separate adult and
  children's snack table; we will all be enjoying the 
  same goodies, and have eliminated the juice to 
  simplify our gathering. If you are new or if you need
  a refresher, step-by-step instructions and friendly 
  hands-on training and/or buddies are all available.
  Goodies may
 be bought or baked. 
  It's easy! It doesn't require a lot of extra time (show
  up at 9 am to get the coffee going and setup, clean
  up takes about 1/2 an hour) and we really need
  volunteers! Let's keep Murray members and friends
  caffeinated and in the happy zone.
Contact Monica Weil at 
or call/text
401-441-8999, or Barbara Clark at
Food Pantry Donations Needed
          • Paper Bags
          • Personal Care Items
          • Feminine Care Products
          • Bathroom Tissue
Thank you for your continued support!                 
Murray Church Food Pantry Team 
Feb. 24:
Murray Hosts Food & Friends Soup Kitchen 

  Murray hosts the Food & Friends Soup
  Kitchen every 4th Saturday of the month, from
8 am -- 12:30 pm, at Centenary Methodist
  Church, located at 39 North Main Street in

Help out once for an hour!

You'll make all the difference!


We need volunteers for all shifts and tasks. Tasks we need help with:
Early (8 am -- 10 am)
  • Set up tables & chairs
  • Make sandwiches
  • Prepare main meal
  • Wash dishes
  • Serve coffee & juice
 Later (10:45 am -- 12:30 pm)
  • Plate meals
  • Serve guests
  • Breakdown tables &chairs
  • Wash dishes
  • Sweep & mop
Feel free to share this info with anyone who might be interested in helping out!
To sign-up, please contact Stephanie Paquette at or 

(call or text) 401-603-8386.

Feb. 24:
Movie Night featuring:
Saturday, February 24th at 7 pm 
in Harmony Hall

Bring snacks and join us for a movie and in-depth discussion afterwards. We will be viewing SPOTLIGHT: 


"A gripping true story about the Pulitzer Prise-winning investigation that uncovered a scandal that rocked one of the world's oldest and most trusted institutions. Delving into allegations of child abuse within the local Catholic Archdiocese, a tenacious team of Boston Globe reporters exposes a decades-long cover-up that reaches the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment."

Can institutions become too powerful? Can they be challenged? Does this show we need an independent Press?
Feb. 25 & Mar. 7:
New Member Orientation Class!

Are you interested in joining Murray Church? Come learn more about Unitarian Universalism, about Murray Church, and about the benefits of belonging to this faith community.


Part 1 of our new member orientation classes will be held on Sunday, February 25th from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in the John Murray Room following worship. A light lunch will be provided.  


Part 2 will be held on Wednesday, March 7th at 7:00 pm in the John Murray Room.


Please let Rev. Gretchen or LaChelle know if you are interested in participating and joining, 713-508-222-0505 or


Childcare can be arranged by contacting Kavita Vansant at by no later than February 18th.

This is a welcoming and affirming congregation, with membership open to all!
Feb. 26:
Central Congregational Church &

Murray UU Church Blood Drive

Monday, February 26th, 2018

in Fellowship Hall at Murray Church

1 pm -- 6 pm

To schedule an appointment please call 1-800-RED-CROSS

or visit:  

and enter sponsor code:  MurrayUUC


Help save a life by giving the gift of life! You can read about the blood giving process on the Red Cross website: If you are a regular blood donor, please check your eligibility schedule and plan to be with us on that date. If you have not given blood before, please review the details on the Red Cross website and determine if you are eligible. Please tell your other family members, friends and neighbors and invite them as well. We recruit donors in advance and help with scheduling their appointments. 

For more information, 
please contact Jim Richardi at 

if you need any help or advice with the process. 

Feb 28:
to Unload Food Delivery Trucks     
  The Food Pantry receives food twice a month, and we 
  need help receiving the delivery. Food pick-up times are 

  the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. The trucks 
  need to be unloaded requiring some lifting.

  This is one way Murray reaches out and is visible in the
  community, but it takes many volunteers to receive and 
  distribute the food. If there are any strong bodies available
  on those days who would like a light workout, lease 


Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email  at
Thank you!
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Mar. 4: 
Sunday Book Group
THE SUNDAY BOOK GROUP meets the first Sunday of the month at 11:30 am in the John Murray Room. All are welcome. Please feel free to bring a bagged lunch. The Mission of the
Book Group is for open-minded people to select, read and discuss interesting books that broaden our minds and challenge how we perceive the world. Books are chosen by consensus, of reasonable length, and library accessible.
On Sunday, March 4th, we will discuss, Ruthless River: Love and Survival by Raft on the Amazon's Relentless Madre de Dios, by Holly FitzGerald.

The author and her husband, Fitz -- married less than two years
-- set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world. Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival. It becomes the ultimate survival story; a wild raft ride--the wildest--down a South American river in the thick of the Amazon Basin.


NOTE: The author is a friend of Monica Staaf and she lives in South Dartmouth, MA. Her memoir has won top reviews by NY Times Book Review, and by other reviewers and readers. She wrote this after retirement from her career. There's hope for the latent storytellers among us!
Mar. 11:

 Waking Up White Book Discussion Group
  Sunday, March 11th following Worship 11:45 am in the
  John Murray Room

  Our next book discussion group about white privilege will be held
  on Sunday, March 11th following worship in the John Murray
  Room. Please grab a cup of coffee at coffee hour and head to the
  John Murray Room to finish reading the final section, pp. 245 - 253
  and come prepared to brainstorm ideas of how we take our 
  learnings beyond the church walls to help serve as meaningful
  advocates in anti-racist justice work in our community.


In January, we showed the short film "White Privilege 101: Getting
 into the Conversation." If you would like to see this 
excellent film, click 
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If the weather outside is frightful, the minister and board president will confer to determine if worship services must be cancelled by 6:30 am on a Sunday morning. WBZ-TV, WCVB-TV5, FOX25 and WPRI-12, FOX Providence will air any Sunday Service cancellations during the morning news.

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