worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

Through the fragrant pines, 

A shiny moon and planet

Compete with street lights.

Cool Worship on Sundays

Our Summer Services are being held in our Meeting House Bradley Room which is air-conditioned. We will meet there until Labor Day. While we want to make your worship experience as comfortable as possible, please bring a sweater or wrap, if you feel you may need it.

New Hours for the Church Office

Beginning Monday, July 1st, the Parish House Church Office hours will be Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10:00AM to 4:00PM. Deadlines for submission to our church publications are as follows:

  • Bulletin & eBlast: Wednesday by 5:00PM
  • Website: Thursday by 5:00PM
  • Purchase of supplies for Sunday worship services or special set-up should be made to the Church Office at least one week in advance

The office email (office@unitednewhaven.org) and voice mail (203-787-4195 x101) will be monitored regularly. For urgent matters your may contact our Operations Manager, Jack Russell at jack@unitednewhaven.org or 203-787-4195 x102. For Pastoral Care matters, please contact the Deacons at deacons@unitednewhaven.org.

Advocate for Justice

If you would like to become involved with the UCC social justice ministries on a national or local level, or if you would just like to learn more about the issues, please go to: https://www.ucc.org/justice. The United Church of Christ website has resources for people who want to support immigrant neighbors and stop the detention of children.

Second Service Takes a Vacation 

In July 2017 Rev. Edwin Perez, Jr. created a contemporary bilingual service to follow our traditional morning service. On May 26 he led this service for the last time. Rev. Edwin left us with a framework for a service of prayer and meditation to use during the summer months as we awaited the arrival of our new pastor. Sadly, the empty pews have made it clear this format is not meeting the needs of this segment of the community. After much discussion the Board of Deacons has decided to let the 2nd Service take a vacation for the summer. When our new pastor arrives, she will be meeting with Edwin, then together we will choose a path forward for this mission. In the meantime, we hope to see you at our 10am service on Sunday. Remember, no matter who you are, no matter where you are on Life's journey, you are invited and welcome here. 

A Message Our Moderator: Cher Balkcom

As we await the arrival of our new settled Pastor, Rev. Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer on August 1st, we are blessed to have Pastor Olivia Robinson as our Bridge Minister. Pastor Olivia will be with us each Sunday through July 28th. During this time, pastoral care will be handled by Pastor Olivia and our Deacons with the support of the Advisory Committee. If you have pastoral care needs, please contact the church office and Pastor Olivia or a member of our Deacons be in touch with you as soon as possible. I also want to let you know that our Deacons have a new email address so that secure messages can be sent directly to them. If you have a prayer request, please send an email to deacons@unitednewhaven.org. You may wish to indicate whether your prayer should be printed in the eBlasts/Bulletins. Or if you would rather, it can be private prayer request shared with Pastor Olivia. Also feel free to contact Cher Balkcom, our Moderator, if you have any overall questions or concerns.

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.

July 19th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 2:00PM Wedding Rehearsal at the Meeting House

July 20th: 

  • 3:00PM Wedding at the Meeting House

July 21st: 

  • 10:00AM Worship at United Church
  • 11:30AM Coffee Hour in the Bradley Room
  • 4:30PM Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) at the Parish House
  • 5:00PM Shalom Congregation Worship and Potluck at Parish House

July 22nd:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

July 23rd:

  • 11:30AM Trinity Fellowship Group at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM Advisory Committee Meeting at the Blues'

July 24th:

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

July 25th: 

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

July 26th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

To schedule a church meeting or rent space, please contact Jack Russell (203) 787-4195 x102 jack@unitednewhaven.org

    Program News

    Chinese Exchange Student Group
    We were happy to welcome a group of Chinese middle school students from the to the 2019 Scientific Thinking and American Education Summer Program run by Thomas and Jane Peng. The program hosts 37 students who stay with 18 host families. Three families from the United Church congregation are hosting. The students are taking classes, going on field trips and having a great time learning about our country. The host family provide great experiences for these young people. 

    Although the dog days of August are yet upon us, school time is just around the corner. Once again, United Church on the Green's Outreach Committee is organizing our annual school supply drive to benefit local students through IRIS, (Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven)  We are calling on everyone who is able to purchase and donate school supplies that will be stuffed into colorful backpacks which will be provided our Outreach Committee. There will be a sign up in the Narthex at the Meeting House during the Summer where you can sign up to bring in supplies. We will need pens, pencils, pencil cases. pencil sharpeners, erasers, folders, 3 holed notebooks, 1"-3 ring binders, crayons, scissors, glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, hi-liters, rulers, lined 3 holed paper and more. Please sign up to help us keep track of what we will need. Our goal is to fill 72 backpacks to donate to IRIS. Please bring the supplies to the Meeting House on Sunday July 21st July 28th and August 4th. If you would rather donate money rather than shop, we can accommodate your donation to purchase the needed supplies. Please make your check payable to United Church on the Green and include IRIS in the memo line. The deadline for monetary donations is August 11th. We plan to have IRIS representatives at the service on August 18th to receive the assembled backpacks. For more information about IRIS and their programs, go to www.irisct.org. For more information about the Backpack Ministry at United Church on the Green or to volunteer to help stuff the backpacks, please contact Jeff Hopper at hopper.jeffery@gmail.com. 

    United Church School and Child Care
    Colleen and She'Mone welcome your children to our Church School Program every Sunday at 10am. They are continuing to use the "Spark Curriculum". throughout the year.

    United Community Nursery School
    Our Bridge Minister, Olivia Hayes-Robinson and her husband Peter Robinson gave a Musical Workshop with our Nursery School students. The children learned the "Inch By Inch" song and they were able to try out the instruments for themselves. We were happy to have these special guests visit the school. Our Summer Program is full fun mode, feel free to stop by and visit. We are still accepting applications for the Fall Program which starts in September.. We have both full and half day programs in separate classrooms. Please help spread the word to any families you know with 3 or 4 year old children. (Must turn 3 by December, 2019.)  For more information, call Nursery School Director, Betty Baisden at 203-782-0141 or email 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. Our next meetings will be: 

    • July 25
    • August 8
    • August 22

    Any questions, ask Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, or Jean, or email jeanandjon71@gmail.com. Please join us!  

    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: M-F 10am-4pm. For this month the focus is Canned Meat. Please bring in your food offering on Sunday, or drop it off at the Parish House during business hours. In June and July, we are collecting: 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.

    annual stewardship Campaign

    Our 2020 Fiscal Year Pledge Campaign is in full swing. We are asking all our Members, Friends and supporters to enable our programs and ministries through financial support. Annual Giving is absolutely essential for our operations which includes our renowned Nursery School and to support the many important public service programs that we provide. CLICK HERE to read a letter from Emerita Pastor, Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott, about how our Stewardship Program works. 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. 
    • The best way to fulfill your your gifts is to create an on-line giving account on our website so you can "Set It and Forget It” via automatic debit payments. Please CLICK HERE to do so. 

    Thanks for supporting our Church!

    Community Events

    Summer Cooling Stations in New Haven

    During the heatwaves this summer the city is recommending that people stay hydrated and check on their elderly and disabled neighbors. The City of New Haven is proving several cooling centers at libraries and senior centers, as well as sprinklers and swimming pools at public parks. Please click this link for more information: Cooling Centers or go to: www.cityofnewhaven.com  

    Music on the New Haven Green

    The public is invited to two free music concerts on the New Haven Green. Bring your blanket, picnic and friends and dance the night away under the stars. Food Trucks featuring Pizza, Fried Dough, Ice Cream, BBQ and more will be there. 

    • July 20th at 7:30PM: Lisa Lisa
    • July 27th 7:30PM: Morris Day

    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

    Free Summer Meals at Schools

    New Haven Public School System is hosting free meals for any child or teen 18 years old or younger. For more information and site locations go to: www.nhps.net/summermeals

    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.


    Iris is in need of volunteers for their Summer Learning Program! Ideally, volunteers can offer two days per week, from July 1st until August 16th, to assist lead teachers working with school-aged refugee and immigrant kids. For those who cannot commit to that time frame, we welcome visitors who want to work with the kids either once or a few times for workshops or activities lasting 30-40 mins: e.g., leading a craft project, singing songs. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact Dennis Wilson (dwilson@irisct.org) and go to the volunteer page on our website to fill out a volunteer application: http://www.irisct.org/volunteer/ (Applicants must be at least 17 years old.) Please spread the word!  

    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.