worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

The Berlin Wall failed. 

Will our southern border wall

Work any better?

This Week's Scripture Reading: Isaiah 65:17-25

For prayer and reflection: 

  • Where do you sense God doing a new thing in your life? In our congregation? In our community?
  • What do you think needs to be transformed in order for this world to be a joy to God, and its people a delight?

Guest Preacher

This Sunday, November 17th, we will have the pleasure to welcome to our pulpit Sean Patrick Coady, a Member in Discernment at United who is currently serving as Pastoral Resident at Wellesley Village Church in Wellesley, MA. Welcome home, Sean Patrick!  During the service, we will also acknowledge Transgender Day of Remembrance, a time to lament the ongoing violence experienced by the trans community, especially trans women of color. The New Haven Pride Center is sponsoring an array of programming for Trans Awareness week, as well. 

Pastor Jocelyn's Installation Service

On Sunday, November 17th, at 3:00 pm, we will host a celebratory worship service, attended not only by our congregation, but by representatives from the New Haven Association, the wider community, and various other guests. During the service, we will formally make our covenant as pastor and congregation. Reception and conversation to follow. Please join us! 

Getting to Know You

As our congregation and our new Pastor, Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer, get to know one another, she has suggested a question or two for our members to share and to learn something about you all are. No lengthy responses are needed, just your thoughts about our Church and your expectations for her ministry. Please CLICK HERE to take a moment to share your perspectives. This week's questions are: 

  • What do you believe is the greatest gift our church has to offer? 
  • What is one gift you would like to offer to our church?
  • What is one gift you would like to receive from our church?

Interested in Ringing Bells? 

Our Music Director, Caesar Storlazzi and several congregation members are trying to get a quorum of ringers together so that we can add handbells to our upcoming holiday celebrations. If you are interested in participating, please let Caesar know via email: caesar.storlazzi@yale.edu or by cell: 203-988-4609 ASAP! Ideally, we should have at least nine ringers to be able to play most handbell literature. Rehearsals will most likely be on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Meetinghouse. 

Worship Bulletins

If you would like a copy of our most recent worship bulletin CLICK HERE.

Program News

Thanksgiving for All
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) is sponsoring their Thanksgiving for All program. Please consider bringing a non-perishable food item to worship on Sunday. They are looking for canned green beans, canned cranberry sauce, boxes of stuffing, chicken or vegetable stock. Place your item in the bin at the Meeting House.
Turkey Hands
Turkey hands will be available following worship this Sunday. Buy a beautiful turkey hand (made by our Sunday School kids) for $10, all money collected will go to the Connecticut Food Bank. Outreach will match contributions up to $500.

Sunday Church School
If you have a child who will be spending time downstairs with Colleen and She'mone, please be sure to complete an updated registration form so we have all the information we need to take good care of your child. Click the link to download the form: Church School Registration

Confirmation and Oasis Youth Group Meetings
We kicked off our Fall events. Please click the links below to get your own copy of the calendars. Please email youth@springglenchurch.org with any questions.   
United Community Nursery School
Our teachers are currently preparing for the re-accreditation process. Founded in 1962, UCNS is a non-denominational, Pre-K education program for ages 3-5 which serves the Greater New Haven and Yale communities. It is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and is funded in part by the Connecticut School Readiness Program. Also, we have some openings at the school, and we hope that you will help spread the word. Children must be 3 years old by this December. Our part day group provides children with a great introduction to preschool - only 10 children with 2 teachers, lots of nurturing, fun and learning in a cozy small group setting. Our full day group is open from 7:30AM to 5:30PM. And if the children live in New Haven, our School Readiness grant pays a large part of the tuition. Thank you for encouraging families you know to contact us soon, at 203 782-0141 x1, or at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com . 

Crafts Group

Our Craft Group meets biweekly from 10 to 11:30 AM at the Parish House. New crafters always welcome. Bring your own handwork: sewing, mending, quilting, embroidery, knitting, beading or other handwork. Enjoy wide-ranging conversation with this lovely group. Drop in for any meeting, we do not take attendance, ever. Any questions, ask Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, or Jean, or email jeanandjon71@gmail.com. Please join us!  Our fall schedule is:

  • November 21
  • December 5
  • December 19

Annual Family Fun Fair

Our annual Family Holiday Fun Fair, a collaboration between our congregation and our nursery school program, will take place on Saturday, December 7th. More information about activities and entertainment will be forthcoming! For now, there are several ways you can help: 

  • This year's fair will include a White Elephant Sale. We need excellent quality items (no damage, clean, working properly - think classier than typical tag sale). It can be vintage or brand new - no discrimination here. Jim Edwards has volunteered to manage this herd of elephants (hyk4life@gmail.com or 207-344-5786). Please try to give your items to him or drop them off at the church office by Nov. 17.
  • Bake Sale coordinator needed. One of the yummiest components of the Holiday Fair is the Bake Sale. We are seeking a Bake Sale Coordinator to help drum up donations and organize this component. If you are willing to volunteer speak to Betty Baisden (ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com) or Barbara Adams (b.c.adams@comcast.net).
  • The Silent Auction offers donated items for bidding. We are seeking baskets (ideas include coffee, wine, chocolate, holiday, car care, snow day, books/reading - or your favorite things). Gift certificates and other high quality donations are most welcome. Donations can be brought to UCNS or the Church Office before or by December 2nd.
  • Craft Table donations needed. If you are a crafter or artist, we welcome donations of your work! .

annual giving program

Our 2020 Fiscal Year Annual Giving Program is always open for those who wish to support the Church and who wish to enable our ministries and programs with their financial support. Annual Giving is absolutely essential for our operations which include our renowned Nursery School and the many other important public service programs and projects that we provide to our local community. Here's how you can provide your financial support to enable "all the good works" that we do.   

  • You can drop one of our Annual Giving Cards in the offering plate on Sundays, or send it to our Church Office at 323 Temple St., New Haven, CT 06510. 
  • You can fulfill your your gifts with an on-line giving account You can "Set It and Forget It” making automatic debit payments. 
  • You can also send us an email indicating your support for the coming year. 

Thanks for supporting our Church!

this week @ united

United Church on the Green hosts hundreds of events each year in our two buildings for outside community service organizations and non-profit groups. Our many rooms are used every day of the week for multiple events, day and evening. Many are regular weekly events, some monthly or annual events and a great many more are one time special events. We host these events to support the good work that these groups and organizations provide to local and state residents. CLICK HERE for a list of the many organizations we have hosted in the last few years. If your public service group is interested in discussing how our facilities might aid your mission, please contact Jack Russell, our Operations Director, at 203-787-4195 x102.

Nov 12th:

  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM Stewards Meeting at the Parish House

Nov 13th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

Nov 14th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Shalom Prayer Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Rehearsal at the Meeting House

Nov 15th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen in the Parish House

Nov 16th: 

  • 5:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen in the Parish House

Nov 17th: 

  • 10:00AM Worship with Guest Preacher Sean Patrick Coady
  • 11:15AM Coffee Hour + Outreach Meeting in the Bradley Room
  • 3:00PM Pastor Jocelyn's Installation Service at the Meeting House
  • 4:30PM Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) at the Parish House
  • 5:00PM Shalom Congregation Worship and Potluck at Parish House
  • 5:00PM Youth Event at Urban Air Adventure Park in Orange

Nov 18th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Nov 19th:

  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM Stewards Meeting at the Parish House

Nov 20th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

Nov 21st:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Shalom Prayer Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Rehearsal at the Meeting House

Nov 22nd:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen in the Parish House

Nov 23rd: 

  • 5:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen in the Parish House

    Community news

    Join the New Haven Pride Center

    Throughout the entire month of November please honor, celebrate, and remember our Transgender community through a series of events, activities, workshops, and more. Programs and events are created in partnership with a committee of community members that represent the city and regions richly diverse transgender community. For the full schedule, please go to: New Haven Pride. The New Haven Pride Center is located at 84 Orange St, New Haven, CT 06510

    Trees of Hope Holiday Spectacular

    On December 7th - December 15th there will be a  fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts. Open 10:00AM - 5:00PM Daily at the Maritime Center, 555 Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511. This event is open to the public with free admission. Bid on trees at the event. For more information, CLICK HERE. or call 203-777-5683

    The Greater New Haven Community Chorus

    This community based chorus will be presenting the Franz Schubert Mass in E-Flat with guest orchestra on December 14th at 7:30PM at Yale's Battell Chapel. Battell is located at Yale University, 400 College Street (corner of Elm), New Haven, CT 06511. For more information and tickets, please go to: www.gnhcc.org

    Heating Assistance Available

    Help is  available for the 2019 - 2020 heating season for Connecticut Residents. The cold Winter months are fast approaching. This assistance program is sponsored by the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program and the US Department of Health and Human Services. Click the link for more information: Heat Assistance. 

    Youth Continuum Drop In Center

    This new drop in center provides free services for New Haven area youth, aged 24 and younger. Their services include help with housing, clothing, hygiene supplies, bus tokens, counseling and more. The drop-in center is located at 924 Grand Avenue (corner of Olive), New Haven CT. For more information, call 203-777-8445 or go to: www.youthcontinuum.org

    Give Someone H.O.P.E. 

    Do you have a friend or relative who might benefit from having an opportunity to prepare for Employment? This 16 week work-readiness program is sponsored by Yale New Haven Health. It includes skill-building workshops and volunteer placements to give participants workplace experience and the tools necessary to secure employment. Informational meetings begin in August. For more information, call Doe Haywood at 203-789-4156.

    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Needs Help

    D.E.S.K. maintains a Wish List for items they

    need on Amazon. You can purchase these items for D.E.S.K. and have them delivered directly. If you choose to purchase items from the Wish List please also send an email to let them know; otherwise, they won't know who to thank! Click the link for more information: DESK WishList

    The CitiSeed Farmers Markets

    They're Back!: Four neighborhood markets including one year-round market have returned in Wooster Square, Edgewood Park, The New Haven Green and Quinnipiac River Park. City Seed Farmers Markets take all forms of payment including cash, credit/ debit, WIC, SNAP and Senior Market Coupons. They also participate in the Double your SNAP dollars program. Click the link for more information, and the full schedule: www.cityseed.org

    Be a Census Taker! 

    2020 Census Jobs are available. To apply, go to: www.2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020. All applicants must have a valid email address and social security number, be registered with Selective Service (if required to be) and be over eighteen.

    E-Recycling is Back

    Take 2 Inc provides free and convenient residential Electronic recycling near you! Bring out your TVs. Bring out your Computers. Bring out your Printers. Get rid of those old Monitors and get back that space in your garages and basements. They have made it easy for all Connecticut residents to find e-waste recycling options throughout the state. You can also like Take 2 Inc. on Facebook to get notifications of upcoming events throughout the State. Take 2 Inc. manages events of all sizes. If you're a recycling coordinator or community organizer who wants to schedule an event in your community, call their Legislative Program Director at 203.286.5757 x106 to start planning a collection solution near you. Click the link to find out about existing drop off dates and times, and to see a list of accepted electronics: Take2.

    Community Resources

    Elder Caregiving

    Are you providing care to an elder loved-one and need support? Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, caregiving books, Custom publications, the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, and our website. Caregiver Media Group and all of our products and services are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers. Today's Caregiver magazine is the first national magazine dedicated to family and professional caregivers. Content topics include nutrition, pharmaceutical, financial, home safety, new technology options, insurance, homecare, medication breakthroughs and incontinence management. Each issue also features a cover interview with a well-known celebrity caregiver. For more information, to subscribe to the magazine and/or attend a free Caregiver Conference, go to: www.caregiver.com

    English and Spanish Language Volunteers Needed

    Patient Experience Volunteer Programs at Yale New Haven Hospital is seeking volunteers to serve community members and families in their time of need. To volunteer, please sign up at: www.ynhh.org

    Donate Your Old Cell Phones

    Secure the Call is a National coalition of over 425 organizations including Police Departments, Battered Women's Shelters, Crossing Guards and Senior's Centers. Donating your old phones will help provide these orgs with 911 cell phones for the community. Secure the the Call collects the phones, scrubs them and give them to people who need 911 cell phones. Go to the website for a free mailing label, or drop your phones off at a local dropbox. For more information, go to www.securethecall.org or call 1-800-209-9322. There is a local Donation Box at Whole Foods Market, 1686 Boston Post Road (Rt 1, next to Costco's), Milford CT 06460


    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

    D.E.S.K. is always in need of volunteers and packaged food donations for their daily Soup Kitchens and weekly food pantries. For more information visit their website: www.downtowneveningsoupkitchen.com.

    Safe and Free Disposal of Household Chemicals

    Come drop off your hazardous household waste at the New Haven Water authority on Saturday Mornings 9:00AM to 12Noon at the South Central Connecticut Regional Water Authority, 90 Sargent Drive in New Haven. For more information, including a list of accepted items and non-toxic household alternatives, please go to: HazWasteCentral.

    Consumer Law  Project for Elders

    The Consumer Law Project for Elders is a project of Connecticut Legal Services, Inc.  Funding is provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Aging Senior Medicare Patrol Program and by Connecticut Legal Services, Inc. For more information CLICK HERE.

    New Haven Reads

    New Haven Reads has four locations which serve the New Haven community. The newest is located at 85 Willow Street. Their mission is to help children and adults improve their reading skills and to provide books for them to read. NHR is seeking volunteers to help tutor individuals in one hour per week sessions. Tutors must be 15 years and older. For more information call 203-752-1923 or visit their website: www.newhavenreads.org.

    Street Sheet Reference Guide

    The Town Green Special Services District of New Haven has produced a useful reference guide for those seeking shelter, clothing, food banks, meals and other public support services. Here is a PDF copy:

    Twelve Step Recovery Programs

    Those interested in learning about available "Twelve Step" help in the New Haven Area can visit this website

    which lists locations, dates and times for substance abuse support group meetings in our region.

    New Haven Area Soup Kitchens and Pantries

    Those interested in learning about area

    Should visit the above websites which list places and times for donated food distribution to those in need.