Murray Church Notes

August 23, 2018

Volume 7,  Issue 4

In this Issue:

Upcoming Services
This Sunday:
Something Larger than Ourselves

Psychologist Abraham Maslow coined the term “peak experiences” to describe times in our lives when we connect with something larger than ourselves.  Maslow also acknowledged the power of life’s plateau and valley experiences.  From the highest peaks of life, to the plateaus and the lowest valleys, Maslow believed that these human experiences can often be profoundly religious in nature.  What are some of the peak experiences of your life?  And the agonies of your deepest valley experiences?
Join Reverend Gretchen E. Weis this Sunday, August 26, for stories about what she has learned from some of the peaks, plateaus and valleys of her own life.

September 2: Blessing of the Animals 
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, a photo of your pet, a favorite stuffed animal and/or a memento of your pet to be blessed. Since this will be an outdoor service (weather permitting) feel free to bring a lawn chair and/or blanket for you and your pet. For safety reasons please ensure that your pet is kept on a leash, harness or cage. If you have any questions please contact Kavita at
September 9: Water Ingathering Serivce

Our first official service of the new church year will be our traditional Water Ingathering Service on Sunday, September 9th.  It is a multigenerational service, so all ages included as we gather together in one community to celebrate the start of our new year together, and to share our individual water samples into our communal ingathering bowl.  So, whether you bring back a water sample from your favorite beach, lake or stream you visited on summer travels, or bring a sample from your own backyard hose or kitchen faucet, all water samples are welcome, as symbols of something fun you did during summer break….  

Ice Cream Social for Families on Sunday! 


Come enjoy yummy ice cream, make new friends, reconnect with old friends and cool off!  
The Religious Education Committee will provide the ice cream and  please bring a topping (chocolate, fruit, sprinkles, etc. NO NUTS PLEASE).
Where: Murray Church
When: Sunday, August 26
Time: 4-5:30pm  
RSVP: Kavita at
Time to Register for Religious Education!

An email went out to all our families to register for the upcoming year for children's programming. The process takes just a moment to complete. Thank you in advance for taking the time to do so and helping us be prepared to serve our young people in the coming year!
Here are the links:
       Child (Nursery-7th grade):
       Youth Group (8-12 grades)

PLEASE, also take the time to read the RE Safety Guidelines and Protocols we use for our children:
Soul Matters has Openings for Participants!


Are you interested in joining our spiritual deepening adult classes?  Soul Matters small groups meet once a month.  Participants receive a monthly spiritual exploration packet around a specific topic, which includes suggested exercises and provocative questions to consider.  We then meet to share in a confidential small group setting about our experiences in exploring that month’s topic.  As we begin the new church year, we currently have openings and would like to welcome in newcomers to our groups.  All are welcome.  If you are interested in participating in the Soul Matters experience, please contact Rev. Gretchen at 508-222-0505 or for more information.

Newsletter to resume weekly schedule!

Please email submissions by Monday for inclusion in the following Thursday's Murray Notes. The next deadline is August 27.

Save your shoes
Murray is collecting new and gently used shoes for resale and recycling. Murray will be paid by the for clean and dry shoes without obvious tears or large scuffs. Look for collection boxes around church. Start cleaning your closets!

Donations needed!

  • Bathroom tissue
  • Personal care items:
    • soap
    • shampoo
    • shaving cream
    • deodorant
    • toothpaste
    • Feminine care

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