worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

New Year in autumn? 

With normally mild weather?

It's Rosh Hashanah!

Disaster Relief: Hurricane Dorian

As news emerges of the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas, many of us are looking for ways to help. The UCC's Disaster Relief Ministries have offered some guidance about how best to respond. If you feel so moved, please click here to learn more and find ways to give.

Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer: Getting to Know You

As we continue to get acquainted as pastor and congregation, we'll include in each week's E-blast a question or two for you to share something of who you are with Pastor Jocelyn and to learn something about who she is. Some will be fun, and others, more serious. They don't require lengthy responses. Please click the link and take a moment to respond and help Pastor Jocelyn discover more about the United community. This week's questions:

  • Who is (or was) an influential person in your life?
  • Who is your favorite character in the Bible?

Click Here to share your responses and to read Pastor Jocelyn's.

Worship Bulletins

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

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.

Sept 23rd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Sept 24th:

  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM Advisory Committee Meeting at the Blues'
  • 6:00PM UCNS Parent Orientation Workshop at the Parish House

Sept 25th: 

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

Sept 26th: 

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

Sept 27th:

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

Sept 28th:

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

    Program News

    United Church School and Child Care
    Our fall church school session has begun. 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
    We are welcoming our returning and new families for an exciting new school year. We would love to have you visit us this year, and perhaps share a talent, hobby, cultural celebration or a favorite story with the kids. Also, we still have some openings in our Part Day class, and we hope that you will help spread the word. Children must be 3 years old by this December. This 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. And if they live in New Haven, our School Readiness grant pays a large part of the tuition. For more information, call our Nursery School Director, Betty Baisden, at 203-782-0141 or email her at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com. Also check out the Nursery School Section on this website. 

    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:

    • Sept 26
    • October 10
    • October 24
    • November 7
    • November 21
    • December 5
    • December 19

    Food Focus Donations

    Once a Month, we ask for food donations as part of our Communion Service Ministry. Please bring in your food offering on the first Sunday of each month, or drop it off at the Parish House during business hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-4pm. This month we are collecting dry pasta. For more information contact Nicole Atchison, our Administrative Office at 203-787-4195 x101. 
    • CLICK HERE for a story about how we support the excellent and important work the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. 
    • CLICK HERE for a wish list that you can support.

    Community Events

    Treasures from the Film Archive

    This film festival is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Study Center. The film series is free and open to the public. The Treasures are screened at the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street (corner of Church) in New Haven. Some of the films include: 

    • Do the Right Thing (1989)
    • Daughters of the Dust (1991)
    • Chocolat (1988) 

    Please click this link for the full schedule of Film Treasures

    Safety in Our Houses of Worship Training

    Safety in Our Houses of Worship training will be given at Dunbar UCC on Saturday October 12th at 8:30AM to 11:30AM. Light breakfast will be provided. This worship workshop is sponsored by the New Haven Association and led by the CT State Police. Dunbar UCC is located at 767 Benham Street, Hamden CT 06517. This event is free and open to the public of any faith tradition. But please RSVP so that Dunbar can prepare the handouts and the food. RSVP by Thursday October 10th to 203-288-2342 or office.dunbar@gmail.com

    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.

    annual giving Campaign

    Our 2020 Fiscal Year Annual Giving Pledge Campaign is in full swing. We are asking all our Members, Friends and Supporters to enable our programs and ministries through their financial support. Annual Giving is absolutely essential for our operations which includes our renowned Nursery School and the many important public service programs and projects that we provide to the local community. Here's how you can pledge 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!

    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.