"Saving Our Democracy"
Barbara Clark, Charlie Adler, Monica Staaf & Leo
Are we in danger of losing our democracy? Why might that be? And what can be done to preserve it? Discussion will follow the service.
Leo Immonen, a Wrentham resident and volunteer with We the People Massachusetts, will speak about a legislative strategy to get big, dark money out of politics which, along with gerrymandering, is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Leo helped the Green Reel Collaborative screen films for 9 years. He is a retired high school math teacher and chair of the Wrentham Conservation Commission.
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"The Spirituality of Dance"
Ruth Debrot &
Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. And though we spend most of our time on the surface in the daily details of ordinary existence, most us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept away into something bigger than us.
If you missed a service, or simply would like to listen to a particular sermon again, our sermons are now available on our website and are downloadable as MP3 files. Use our website link below and click on the sermon link at the top of the page and either listen or download the sermon of your choice. You can also access current and back issues of Murray Notes. Just click on the Church News link. Thanks to Bill Jones for working on these projects!
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FROM OUR MINISTER
Reduced Summer Office Hours,
by Rev. Gretchen Weis
[CONTINUE READING] Tomorrow will be our office administrator's last day here at Murray Church. As announced previously, LaChelle will be moving to Michigan this summer to be closer to her son and to begin a new career direction in digital archiving.
All are invited to swing by the office tomorrow, Friday, around lunchtime, for some pizza and to wish LaChelle well as she begins this next chapter in her life story.
Beginning next Tuesday, July 3rd, office hours and staffing help will change. Special thanks to a group of wonderful church members who will help keep the office humming over the next 6 to 8 weeks, although at a reduced level of hours and service.
As of July 1st, please note the following summer changes:
Reduced Office Hours
The church office will be open from 9:00 am to noon on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. Special thanks to Bev Hall and Sandy Stuart for taking turns staffing the office desk throughout the summer. Next week, the office will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th.
Summer Newsletter Reduced to Every Other Week
Special thanks to Amy Craig, who has volunteered to coordinate and publish the church email blast newsletter during the summer. We will reduce the newsletter distribution to every other week for most of the summer, so the next issue you will receive will be on July 12th. In mid-August, the newsletter will return to a weekly distribution, as the number of announcements typically increase in anticipation of the start up of the new church year in September. Amy will continue to mail printed copies of the newsletter to those who do not have email, and to post printed copies of the newsletter around the church.
Please note that our newsletter format is being migrated to a new distribution platform called Mail Chimp this summer, which will be free to the church and help reduce our office expenses for next year. While we expect it to be a smooth transition, it seems there are usually always some bumps in the road whenever there is a change up in technology. We ask for everyone's patience in this process. If you have questions, or are not getting your newsletter on July 12th or 26th, or August 9th, 16th, 23rd or 30th, please contact Amy Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-755-1509.
Remember, Office Services will Be Reduced this Summer
Here's a special reminder for us to shift our expectations and strengthen our patience and flexibility muscles during this summer transition period, as our paid and volunteer staff will not be able to provide all of the many services that LaChelle provided each week. Please remember this and hold the many Murray members helping out this summer in love, even if you don't get an immediate answer to a question, or if your email may not get answered right away. We are in this transition together, as a beloved community. May we be blessed in this work, as we all share in our office staffing transition this summer.
Wonderful Summer Services Planned
Once again, our fabulous Religious Services team has planned a rich, full summer of meaningful worship. Special thanks to Claire Kenney, who has volunteered to help coordinate and print our weekly Orders of Service for summer services.
Please note that the location of Sunday worship might change as our sanctuary undergoes roof repair in the weeks ahead to fix the damage from one of last winter's storms. Please remain flexible in case a service needs to be switched to the Unity Room, or may be held outside for the animal blessing service planned for the Labor Day weekend.
Our new church year will begin on Sunday, September 9th with our traditional Water Ingathering service. All are invited to collect a small water sample to represent how you spent your summer. As we gather together again, we place our individual water samples into our shared communal bowl. All water samples are welcome, whether gathered on a summer trip, or collected from as far away as your kitchen faucet or the hose in your backyard. I look forward to our ingathering in the fall!
August Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, August 22nd -- From 10 am to 12 pm, Nursery Cleaning. Toys will be bleached and classrooms straightened. After the cleaning, we will get pizza! Suggested donation for the pizza is $5.
Sunday, August 26th -- At 4 pm, Ice Cream Party! RE will provide the ice cream and you provide the fun toppings! More details and an evite coming in the beginning of August!
Final Fellowship at General Assembly
Rev. Gretchen celebrates receiving Final Fellowship with Meadville Lombard seminary friends before the start of the Service of the Living Tradition at UUA General Assembly last week. Murray members Jim and Janet Richardi and Lucia and Bruce Field were there to cheer her on.
A simple "thank you" to my Murray family. You have made me feel like family, and I have truly enjoyed my time with you. Thank you for your kindness, your jokes, wine and song, amazing travels, friendship, and endless patience! Such love will not be forgotten.
Poem by Kara Goldrick
Poets have been writing about flowers since, oh, the dawn of time. So today, I challenge you to add your own poem to this long tradition, by finding a flower, and versifying in its honor
Little bright blossoms
pure beams of sunshine
a golden buttery yellow
dancing in the cool breeze.
Tiny miniature sunbeams
mixed in fields of green
I pluck a single flower
imagining I hold the sun.
The radiant warmth
awashes me in joy
lightening my soul
as I hold my daffodil.
We hope you will join us for some beautiful music this summer!
Please note: the first two listed events are by donation at the door. Thank you for supporting the work of creative and performing artists!
Thursday, June 28th, 7:30 PM
Orthodox Congregational Church of Mansfield, 17 West Street, Mansfield, MA 02048
Whipple & Morales will perform works for one piano / four hands, including their award-winning rendition of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Featured guest artist: Michael Duarte, Tenor & Baritone.
Friday, June 29th, 7:30 PM
Saint Gabriel's Episcopal Church, 124 Front Street, Marion, MA 02738
Whipple & Morales will perform works for one piano / four hands, including their award-winning rendition of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Funds raised at this performance will benefit the South Coast Children's Chorus and Cranberry Coast Concerts.
Cranberry Coast Concerts Season 13 Performances & Activities
SEASON 13 TICKETS
$25 general / $20 seniors & students / $100 season tickets
Children 5 - 17 free with paid adult
Advance tickets available at Gateway Printing, 174 Main Street, Wareham, MA 02571
A Celebration of Piano & Voice
Thursday, June 26th, 8 PM: Music of the Bay, 45 Holt Road, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02571
A Night in Vegas!
Friday, July 13th, 8 PM: Limited seating! Reservations required for this show. Please call (508) 491-8888.
Paris Cabaret, 49 Monk Street, Stoughton, MA 02072
Saturday, July 14th, 6 to 10 PM: Reservations suggested. Please call (508) 491-8888.
Eastern Bank, 226 Main Street, Wareham, MA, 02571
Audition & Workshops for the Season 12 Outstanding Young Artist Concerts
Sunday, July 22nd, 4 PM: Music of the Bay, 45 Holt Road, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02571
Open to serious music students aged 12 to 25. All acoustic instruments and voice welcome: soloists, duets and larger chamber ensembles. Pianists may perform as soloists or in duets, at 1 piano. This is a wonderful opportunity for skilled young artists to perform for appreciative audiences.
This will be a completely live acoustic performance experience. No recorded accompaniment will be used. If necessary, and with advance notice, an accompanist will be provided. Ensembles please note: this is not a rock band showcase. Chamber or jazz ensembles only. For more information and to reserve an audition time please call (508) 491-8888 or email: CCC@WhipMo.com
Season 12 Outstanding Young Artist Concerts
Friday, July 27th, 7 PM: Eastern Bank, 226 Main Street, Wareham, MA, 02571
Saturday, July 28th, 7 PM: Music of the Bay, 45 Holt Road, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02571
Rising stars from the local community will perform. Selections presented will include works for piano, voice and other instruments. Over the years, several CCC Outstanding Young Artists have gone on to careers as professional musicians and educators.
Whipple & Morales, Duo Pianists & Composers in Concert ~ French? Sweet!
Thursday, August 2nd, 7:30 PM: Murray U.U. Church, 505 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA, 02703
Friday, August 3rd, 7 PM: Eastern Bank, 226 Main Street, Wareham, MA, 02571
Saturday, August 4th, 7 PM: Music of the Bay, 45 Holt Road, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02571
Sunday, August 5th, 3 PM: Whitfield House, 26 North Street, Plymouth, MA, 02360
Pianist Kirk Whipple - Solo Piano Recital Concert
Thursday, August 16th, 7:30 PM: Murray U.U. Church, 505 North Main Street, Attleboro, MA, 02703
Friday, August 17th, 7 PM: Eastern Bank, 226 Main Street, Wareham, MA, 02571
Saturday, August 18th, 7 PM: Music of the Bay, 45 Holt Road, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02571
Sunday, August 19th, 3 PM: Whitfield House, 26 North Street, Plymouth, MA, 02360
CCC Season 13 ~ Grand Finale
Friday, September 7th, 7 PM: Eastern Bank, 226 Main Street, Wareham, MA, 02571
Saturday, September 8th, 7 PM: Music of the Bay, 45 Holt Road, Buzzards Bay, MA, 02571
Just one more! A special performance on 9/11
Tuesday, September 11th, 7 PM: Saint Blaise Catholic Church, 1158 South Main Street, Bellingham, MA 02019
Whipple & Morales will perform original works and arrangements, as well as selections from the cherished traditional repertoire at two pianos. Featured guest artist: Cathy Portlock Pacitto, Soprano. A special observance of the occasion will be made during the performance. Admission to this concert is by suggested donation at the door. Funds received from this performance will benefit programs of St. Blaise Catholic Church and Cranberry Coast Concerts. Admission for this concert will be by donation at the door.
Murray Food Pantry
- Toilet Paper
- Feminine Care Products
Thank you for your continued support!
Murray Food Pantry Team
| From Green Sanctuary
There's good news as the Massachusetts State Senate passed a huge bill (S2545) on June 14, 2018, that puts a price on carbon pollution and is expected to increase the state economy and create jobs. This bill also expands the states renewable energy portfolio and removes net metering caps. See press release here:
But there is still work to do on the House side before this legislative session ends on July 31st to ensure these measures become law. Please consider contacting your state representative to express support for the following House bills:
H.1726 An Act to Promote Green Infrastructure, Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Create Jobs by implementing an economy-wide carbon fee and rebate system;
Amendment of H.4577 to include the solar equity provisions in S.2545, An Act to Promote a Clean Energy Future, which passed the state senate;
Increase the renewable portfolio standard (RPS) requiring utilities to buy more energy from renewable sources; by passing the RPS provisions of S.2545;
H.2913 the Environmental Justice Act, protecting, low-income communities, communities of color and immigrant communities;
H.3404 which establishes new energy efficiency rules for appliances; and
H.3742 which expands incentives for electric vehicle dealers.
Murray Men's Lunch Bunch
Inviting all Murray men to join us for lunch, the 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, July 10th at noon.
Look for us in the back room of Morin's.if you don't see us -- just ask!
WE COULD REALLY USE YOUR HELP
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, please contact:
2018 Summer Services
Saving Our Democracy | Barbara Clark & Leo Immonen
Are we in danger of losing our democracy? Why might that be? And what can be done to preserve it? Discussion will follow the service.
, a Wrentham resident and volunteer with We the People Massachusetts, will speak about a legislative strategy to get big, dark money out of politics which, along with gerrymandering,
is one of the biggest threats to our democracy. Leo helped the Green Reel Collaborative screen
films for 9 years. He is a retired high school math teacher and chair of the Wrentham Conservation Commission.
The Spirituality of Dance | Ruth Debrot & Barbi Calusidan
Each of us is a moving center, a space of divine mystery. And though we spend most of our time on the surface in the daily details of ordinary existence, most of us hunger to connect to this space within, to break through to bliss, to be swept away into something bigger than us.
Meditation | Marguerite MacLean
Walk on the Wild Side: Sharing Stories of Experiences in Nature | Judy DePue
The Green Sanctuary team and friends will share personal stories of being up close and personal with nature, drawing from adventures in the backyard and beyond.
The Journey Inward: Moving Towards the Answers Inside | Laura DeSimone
We spend much of our lives on the go moving from one thing to the next. This "doing" mentality takes the focus off our much needed "being" state. When we slow down and begin to focus on the here and now, we can tune into ourselves and begin to learn and trust our innate wisdom. This wisdom is where all of our answers reside.
Crooked Paths | Ted Weil
Life's paths are rarely, if ever, as straight and precise as we often think they should be. Partly because of our own expectations, and partly because so many around us seem to enjoy seemingly trouble and conflict-free lives that keep going exactly as they seem to plan. We'll explore the need to settle those anxieties, and instead learn to appreciate each of our unique and individual journeys through life, by learning to recognize the wisdom and the strength we gain traveling them.
Murray Mile | Rachel Killion
No walking shoes needed! Travel through time on a virtual walking tour of Murray history. Starting at the center of town we will journey one mile down Main Street for over 140 years of Murray history while seated in the comfort of our pews.
Lessons from a Hurricane | Liz Lamoureux
In September 2017, while vacationing on the island of Dominica, it was devastated by hurricane Maria. Stories and insights gained during and since that life-altering event will be shared.
TBD | Rev. Gretchen Weis
Blessing of the Animals | Kavita Vansant
Our pets are a part of our family. We love and care for them and in return we receive unconditional love, companionship, comfort and loyalty. Let us acknowledge how our pets uplift our lives and why we have them. Bring your pet (on a leash/cage please), a photo of your pet and/or a favorite stuffed animal to be blessed. The service will be held outside-weather permitting.
From Green Sanctuary
Calling Writers for the Summer Service on July 22nd...
Writers are needed to contribute work for July 22nd Summer Service themed: "Walk on the Wild Side: Sharing Stories from Nature." Do you have a personal story from your experiences in nature? Perhaps you were up close and personal with wildlife-either in the wilds of your back yard or in a forest or on the water elsewhere. Perhaps you have found a magical muse from the sunshine, the rain, or from the wilder forces of weather. Or, perhaps you are passionate about protecting nature from indifference or outright destruction and this has moved you to speaking out in poetry or prose. The "wild side" can take many forms as inspiration.
The Green Sanctuary team is hosting the July 22nd, summer service, "Walk on the Wild Side: Sharing Stories from Nature." We invite anyone to share their stories as part of this service. It can be a poem or short story, to be read during the homily part of the service (about 5 minutes, reading aloud). Favorite readings from other authors are also welcome for other parts of the service. Please let Judy DePue know if you would like to be part of this service. Email Judy at email@example.com.
Save Your Shoes!
Murray is collecting new and gently used shoes to be re-sold and recycled. Working in conjunction with Funds2Orgs, Murray will be paid by the pound for the shoes we collect. Shoes must be clean and dry and without obvious tears or large scuffs. The official drive will begin in September, but starting Sunday, June 10th, you'll see boxes to place your shoes along with more detailed information about what types of shoes we are accepting. Start cleaning your closets!
Murray Church Paw Sox Fundraiser!
Join us on
Saturday, August 18th at 6:15 pm
for a Paw Sox game to benefit Murray Church!
Murray Unitarian Universalist Church will receive $5 for each ticket purchased through the fundraiser!
To purchase your tickets online click [HERE]
and log on using the following:
For more information, please contact
Alli Katterheinrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 401-721-5394.
Remember to Continue Paying your Pledges this Summer
Please remember that next week begins our new 2018-2019 fiscal church year. We encourage all to continue paying your monthly pledge commitments throughout the summer, as the church needs to continue to pay staff and manage monthly bills throughout July and August. A special thanks to our Treasurer, Linda Millard, who will be taking over entering pledge and donation checks weekly into our church accounting system until we are able to hire and train a new office administrator.
Next Steps in Hiring a New Office Administrator
Your minister will be out of the office during July for vacation and some study leave, scheduled to return in mid-August. I will be coordinating with your Board Chair, Jim Richardi, and Program Council Chair, Allison MacDonald, to evaluate and prepare an updated job description and set the salary range for our office administrator position. We will advertise and post that position in early August and begin reviewing resumes. We will interview candidates and identify finalists. Kavita Vansant, our Director of Lifespan Religious Education, will jump into the interview process to meet the finalists and help us select our new administrator. Ideally, we hope to have a new administrator in place before the start of the new church year.
My heart is full as we wind down our fourth year of shared ministry together. Murray Church is a healthy, thriving community. The energy and enthusiasm here is palpable, as we continue to attract newcomers and grow. I am so blessed to be your 19th settled minister and look forward to next year, as the church celebrates its 145th anniversary together!
May your summer be filled with some beautiful, slow-paced, rejuvenating days, and lovely star filled nights. May you enjoy some quality family time with your immediate or extended family members. I invite all to get outdoors and take time to experience the wonder, the awe and majesty of nature this summer. I know I will!
And may you continue to find connection, inclusion and inspiration right here at Murray Church all summer long. May you and your loved ones be well, may you and your loved ones be blessed!
In love, faith, and deep gratitude for this ministry,