Murray UU Church | 505 North Main St | Attleboro, MA 02703
May 11, 2017
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"Mothers for Peace"

David Egan

David Egan, the ministerial intern from First Parish Unitarian Universalist Canton will lead worship. While on this day we celebrate and honor the women in our lives, David will focus on the origins of Mother's Day, and how this day was first created as a movement for peace by Julia Ward Howe as a response to the bloodshed of the Civil War. Let us not forget the original meaning of Mother's Day as we continue to struggle to find peace in our world today. 

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"Roots & Wings"

Rev. Gretchen Weis
Join us for our annual bridging ceremony, where we will celebrate our two graduating high school seniors, Kenny Laferriere and Arlyss Milne. The service is co-led by Kavita Vansant, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, and members of our Youth Group.

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Happy Spring 2017!
  We are almost at another annual meeting (join us on Thursday, May 18th at 7:15 pm in the Unity Room) and it is time to do a "look in the rear view mirror" and see where we were and where we are now to document and acknowledge our journey and accomplishments. I am so proud of how much we do as a united church community and how well we do it. Our collective annual reports are merged into a cohesive single report that makes for a very good quality read and something we can all take credit for also knowing that it becomes part of our permanent archives. We celebrate together and learn from our past!

I am completing my second one-year term as President (and have been asked to serve a third one-year term for the 2017-2018 fiscal/program year). I feel very fortunate to be part of the best all church T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) here. I am pleased and so proud of the integrity and stability of the leadership we have here on the Executive Board, Program Council, and all of our committees and ad hoc task forces. It makes a major impact on how well the church operates. We can consistently offer quality programs and services along with a safe and comfortable physical environment. Leaders do not usually just suddenly appear out of nowhere and assume leadership roles. We recognize that in order for the church to have the best leadership we need to be intentional and help grow our leaders from within so that they are nurtured properly. Take that leap and explore your leadership potential - be part of the next generation of leaders here! Please speak with me soon about the training opportunities we can offer here and other training opportunities that are available from the New England Region Office of the UUA. 

On September 24, 2016 the Executive Board and Program Council chairpersons met for a retreat planning session. It was a great session and we all worked very hard at our tasks. Thanks so much to all who were able to participate. These are the goals we agreed to work on for this year:

                     Goal #1: "Invest in and Support the R.E. Program"
                     Goal #2: "Greater community outreach and engagement"
                     Goal #3: "Smart Growth"
                     Goal #4: "Spiritual Deepening and Focus"

For each of the four goals, we asked ourselves: How does each group or committee work towards this goal? In each case we represented our specific leadership role or group/committee affiliation and spoke about our interconnections and potential support for this goal. If you would like to see the detailed notes from this retreat please let me know and I will send a pdf copy via e-mail. I believe that we are making progress on all four goals and they will most likely carry over into our next program year. The Board and Program Council will have some kind of joint gathering/retreat to do a review and a look ahead before September 2017.

Our 2016 Holiday Fair was again a very successful one and the revenue from it was very good. Is there any way we can make more revenue at this event each year? Can we get to a new level by trying some new things? Do you have any ideas to share - please contact Greg Wehmeyer who is our new Chairperson for the 2017 Holiday Fair. Be his Co-Chairperson and help make it all happen!


Take the Harvard Project Implicit Racism Test
This past Sunday, we explored the issue of unconscious bias and how it impacts our feelings and behaviors about people who are different from ourselves. Harvard has sponsored a research project for nearly 20 years that measures an individual's unconscious bias. I took the test on race in preparation for last Sunday's service, and came out scoring a moderate automatic preference for white people over black people. The results don't surprise me, given that I was raised in the socio-economically segregated suburbs and did not share a classroom with a person of color until I was in college.  


As promised, here is a link to the Project Implicit bias tests on a whole variety of issues, including racism for those who expressed interest in taking the test and finding out more about the unconscious automatic leanings you may have:

If you take the test or tests, please feel free to come talk with me about your results!

Rev. Gretchen

Murray Church Annual Meeting
Thursday, May 18th at 7:15 pm, 

Unity Room

All eligible voting members will be asked to approve the budget and elected officers for next year.

Childcare will be provided.

To print warrant, click [HERE].

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.
Sunday, May 14th - We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room to celebrate Mother's Day by making gifts for our moms!

Saturday, May 20th - All Church Picnic at 12:30 pm.

Sunday, May 14th - We will begin in the service and then head to the Unity Room to celebrate Mother's Day by making gifts for our moms!

Saturday, May 20th - All Church Picnic at 12:30 pm.

UUnited Schedule:
Friday, May 19th - UUnited in Taunton at 7 pm.

Friday, June 2nd - Last UUnited! Bridging Ceremony for graduating seniors and 8th graders entering high school next year. 

Adult RE
Saturday, May 20th - All Church Picnic at 12:30 pm.

Sunday, May 21st - Humanism Discussion Group in Harmony Hall at 11:30 am.

Multi-Faith Craft Fair

The Multi-Faith Craft afternoon was filled with food and fun! Thanks to Amanda Aguiar for coordinating the event.

May 14:              This Month's Dedicated Offering:


Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) has a history of addressing the world's worst crises. The Committee began its work in the 1930s, at the request of Albert Einstein, and has provided nearly a century of relief, aid, and development in places of greatest need: from the recovery of post-World War II Europe, to the Ebola virus crisis in West Africa, to the ravages of war in Darfur and Afghanistan, to recovery from
Hurricane Katrina on the US Gulf Coast.

The IRC is prepared to respond to a crisis within 72 hours, with its standby team of personnel, supplies, and equipment. It is also prepared to remain, to help rebuild and stabilize lives, with a wide variety of services, including health care, water and sanitation systems, protection from gender-based violence, protection of children and youth, and education programs. Currently, it is working in over 40 nations.

In 28 US cities, it has settled refugees and helped them to become self-sufficient. 
The International Rescue Committee is recognized as one of the most effective and efficient organizations of its kind. We are proud that it is the recipient of this month's Dedicated Offering.

It is heart-warming to be a part of this Murray community. 

Thank you. 
The Social Concerns Committee 

Attention: Auction High Bidders
If you are a high bidder on an 'S' and /or 'M' item, please let the donor know you are the winner of the donation. The donor's phone number is on your receipt.  
Thanks for your support.
Irene Yutkins

Auction Chair

May 7:   
Sunday Book Group 
On Sunday, June 4th, 
we will discuss the non-fiction book:
Enrique's Journey,

the Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey

to Reunite with his Mother, 

by Sonia Nazario.

  Based on the Los Angeles Times series that won two Pulitzer Prizes, this is a timeless story of families torn apart. When Enrique was five, his mother, too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the United States. The move allowed her to send money back home so Enrique could eat better and go to school past the third grade. She promised she would return quickly, but she struggled in America. Without her, he became lonely and troubled. After eleven years, he decided he would go find her. He set off alone, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother's North Carolina telephone number. Without money, he made the dangerous trek up the length of Mexico, clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. He and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals.To evade bandits and authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call the Train of Death. It is an epic journey, one thousands of children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

THE SUNDAY BOOK GROUP typically 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 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 accessibility.
may12May 12:
Men's UU Senior Event (MUUSE) Paw Sox Game

Friday May 12th

Green Box Seats at $13.00 each are available. Tickets are non-refundable.

We will meet at Murray Church at 5 pm to car pool to the game. 

For tickets, please contact

Richard Plumb at

Home: 508-285-8590,  Cell: 508-450-2485

May 20:
Murray Clean-Up & Picnic
Saturday, May 20th

We will start at 8:30 am, and in the afternoon, we will have an all-church picnic 
between 12 pm -- 1 pm. We will have many different projects for both youth and adults. 
May 20:
All Church Picnic

The church picnic will be in our own back yard on Saturday, May 20th starting at 12:30 pm. Please bring grills, charcoal and grill tools as well as something to throw on the grill for you and your family, and please bring outdoor chairs, games and activities for all ages.

If your last name begins with ______, please plan to bring the following to share:


A - C:  ice chests, ice and drinks -- from lemonade, juice boxes and sodas to wine and beer. Please, no hard liquor.

D - H:  casseroles, vegetarian dishes, side dishes such as baked beans and potato salads, chips/dip, green salads, veggie tray, etc.

I  -  R:  desserts, including fixings for s'mores

S - Z:  paper plates, napkins, cups, (the church has plenty of plastic ware), plastic disposable table clothes (we have clips to hold the table clothes down).


In the event of rain, we will picnic in Fellowship Hall! 
See you there!
potluckMay 20:
2nd Annual Taste of Faith Potluck, 6 pm Islamic School of Rhode Island

A group from several area mosques and Muslim organizations, three area UU churches, neighboring synagogue Agudas Achim and the Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative have planned our second annual Taste of Faith potluck dinner on Saturday, May 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm at the same place as last year - the Islamic School of Rhode Island, 840 Providence Street in West Warwick, RI.  

Folks are invited to bring a dish that serves 6-8 to share, representing their own ethnic or cultural heritage. Our Muslim hosts request that no pork of alcohol be served or used as an ingredient in any dish served. Please bring your own serving utensils, and an index card or piece of paper describing the ingredients in your dish, to help those with food allergies.

All members of Murray Church are invited to join in this evening of food, fun, fellowship and continued community building. Children of all ages are welcome with planned activities for the youngest ones.  

Parking lot spaces are limited, so let's meet in the Murray parking lot and carpool!

newmemberMay 21:
Murray Membership Classes
Are you interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism, Murray Church, and what becoming a member means?
Rev. Gretchen and the Membership team will be leading a two part class for all those interested on Sunday, May 7th at 11:30 am and Sunday, May 21st at 11:30 am. Childcare will be available upon request.

New Member Sunday will be, June 4th

To register for the class, please email LaChelle, our Office Manager, at  or call 508-222-0505. 

If you have questions, please feel free to email Janet Richardi at

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May 24:
HELP NEEDED to Unload Food Delivery Trucks
  We receive 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. If anybody can be available on those days for about 2 hours, 10:45 am -- 12:30 pm, we could  use your help.


 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 at the mentioned times  who would like a light workout, please contact: 

 Roger Boucher at 508-838-8249, or email  at

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May 27:
Murray Hosts Food 'n' Friends Soup Kitchen
Murray Serves the Food 'n' 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 Attleboro.


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! 


Contact Stephanie Paquette at or 
(call or text) 401-603-8386.

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New Hope Seeking Donations

New Hope, the local program domestic violence assistance program our congregation has supported in the past, is in need of supplies for a client who just gave birth:  baby tub, highchair, bibs, wash cloths, baby bottles, pacifier, and small bassinet. If you can provide any of these please contact Allison Girczyc at or 508-226-4015.

We have a great need for the following items:

                               - Feminine Care Products

                               - Bath & Hand Soap

                               - Dental Care Items,

                                  i.e., toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash
                               - Paper & Plastic Grocery Bags
All donations are greatly appreciated, but, our clients are particularly grateful 
for the feminine care & personal care items.

Thank you for your continued support!
Murray Church Food Pantry Team
Murray Church Food Pantry Needs Volunteers

We are fortunate to have a team of dedicated regular and substitute volunteers but we could use more help. Our Food Pantry is open every Monday and Thursday from 9:30 am -- 11:30 am, except for the holidays we're closed and when school is cancelled due to snow. Volunteer arrival and departure times vary depending on how busy we are and what needs to be done but, in general, are 15 minutes before opening and 10 minutes after closing. We're also looking for volunteers to fill in occasional volunteer schedule gaps and last minute absences. 

If you'd like to spend a shift at the Food Pantry to receive an orientation to volunteering or to help you decide if this is something you would like to do, please contact Barbara Clark at 508-222-6164, or email Young people are encouraged to help out over the summer for community service hours.

Volunteer for Coffee Hour

June 4th & 11th

(on June 4th there will be cake for New Member Sunday)  
Our hosts on May 14th & 21st are looking for a buddy to lend a hand. Please sign-up at coffee hour. Step-by-step instructions and a friendly hands-on training and/or buddies are all available. Goodies may be bought or 

baked. Let's keep Murray members and friends caffeinated and in the happy zone after the Sunday service.

Questions? Contact

Sheila Jacobs at or text 508-345-9758,

or Barbara Clark at

Camperships Available!
Summer will be here before we know it! Are you interested in attending a UU camp or retreat center this summer or fall? Camperships are available to supplement expenses for Murray Church members of any age. Ferry Beach, Star Island and Rowe Camp are some of the places that Murray members have attended in the past. Information on the camps is available on their websites and from our DLRE, Kavita Vansant. Applications are available from Kavita and must be returned by May 31, 2017. For application form click [HERE].

Reminder:  Murray UU Church Scholarship Funds
Limited funds are available from the scholarship funds for this church year. The Scholarship Fund is administered by the Board of Deacons & Deaconesses. It is used to award scholarships to any member in good standing, following one full year of membership, for purposes of attending educational courses or training programs approved by this Board. 

For example, it could be applied toward registration fees for the New England Regional Conference in Woburn on April 21st, or for attending the UU General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21st - 25th. Applications should be submitted to the Board of Deacons and Deaconesses for approval. 

Please contact Donna Cooke at for additional guidelines and to obtain an application.
From Green Sanctuary



The Green Sanctuary committee is promoting a simpler way to recycle at Murray. All recycling containers are now Single Stream Recycling, meaning that all EMPTY, CLEAN, AND DRY recyclable containers can now be deposited into the same recycling container. No more separation of recyclables. Look for BLUE BINS in all rooms with the nearby sign that includes instructions, All-in-One Recycling Here.

DO recycle: EMPTY, CLEAN AND DRY: Glass bottles and jars; plastic containers, metal cans, foil, and paper.

DO NOT recycle: Paper coffee cups, Styrofoam, waxed paper, paper take-out containers, straws, eating utensils, and plastic bags.

Look at the All-in-One Recycling Here signs for more detail on the DO'S and DON'TS of recycling.

Please note: Recycling Do's and Don'ts at Murray may differ from that of your home town, including Attleboro, as Murray uses a private company.


Murray's custodian and GS volunteers sort and remove
inappropriate items from recycling containers. 

june6Jun. 3:
Seeking Donations for Relay for Life Savers Event
The Rainbow Chasers are getting ready for Relay for Life in North Attleboro on June 9th & 10th. We are collecting clothes and small household items for our June 3rd Savers event. If you can help with any contributions, please contact Laurie Lawes at or 508-243-3011. Our goal is 1500 lbs of clothing! 

We are also recruiting team members if any one is interested. 

We thank you kindly in advance. 

continue...Spring (continued)

We gathered at an open congregational meeting on January 22, 2017 for a mid-year operational and financial review after coffee hour. It was very well attended and well received - you seemed appreciative of the sharing of good quality information and it gave us a chance to celebrate our success and acknowledge the very real challenges ahead of us. The Board will most likely continue this practice of holding a mid-year review each January going forward. Many thanks to those who worked extra hard and made the great presentations possible!


Our Stewardship Campaign in March was led by Greg Wehmeyer (many thanks for taking the Lead on this effort!) and the response so far has been very generous and encouraging - if you have not made your Pledge yet, please do so as soon as possible. We need your support!


Looking ahead for 2017-2018 requires us to see as clearly as we can and determine the difference between "where we are headed if we keep doing what we are doing and expect different results" and "where we need to head if we know we can and must do better in order to get better results." This is a critical part of the Executive Board responsibilities - help initiate and provide the vision - see as clearly as we can and offer guidance and leadership towards the next level and future of Murray Church.


*We must control our expenses very carefully and look for any opportunities to save money. We must look for opportunities to increase space rental revenue without giving up any space over the long term. Our largest source of income is our Pledge base which covers the majority of our expenses but is still not enough to cover all of our expenses. We need everyone who comes here and uses our programs and services on a regular basis to make a generous Pledge to the best of your ability. If you are not presently making a Pledge for FY 2016-2017 and have not made one for FY 2017-2018, please contact me as soon as possible and I will help get you started in the Pledge system. The theme for the Stewardship Campaign this year is "Our Giving Bears Fruit" because we need our combined giving as a congregation in order to harvest the fruit in the form of sustainable programs and services.


*"Our Giving Bears Fruit" also means helping somehow to make our church operations successful and be the best it can be for our members, friends and the surrounding communities. Volunteer, become a leader, and let your light shine as a beacon of hope and inspiration for others in service to Murray Church!


Thank you so much,

Jim Richardi

President, Executie Board 

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