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Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

Noah built an ark. 

Will we do any better

As sea levels rise?

Farewell Worship Service for Pastor Bonnie Scott

We will say a fond farewell to Pastor Bonnie Scott, who is retiring to Massachusetts after fifty years in the ministry. Her last sermon will be on Sunday, April 28th. We love her and we will miss her.

Help Us Make a Difference! 

Our congregation's Multi-Church Youth Group is headed out on one of the biggest service projects we've ever undertaken as a church. Nine Youth and Adults from our church and our partner churches are headed to Oaxaca, Mexico in June to spend the week at the Simply Smiles Children's Home. We will be doing a combination of construction work, programming for the children, and learning about the cultural, historical, economic context. We need you to be part of the support team! Contributions from the wider community will cover the financial portion that goes to supporting the work of Simply Smiles. As an organization, they take a holistic relational approach to undoing the multigenerational impact of poverty. With your help, we are going to make a world of a difference. 

  • Click Here to visit the online fundraiser for the trip. 
  • Click Here to learn more about the work of the Simply Smiles Children's Home. 

Summer Bridge Minister

We are happy to have the services of Rev. Olivia Hayes-Robinson as our Bridge Minister over the Summer. She begins conducting our worship services on May 5th


New Bible Study Program

Maria Chen, YDS Intern, will lead Bible Study on Ephesians every Sunday through May 5th at 9:00AM in the Meeting House Bradley Room. Pease join us.

Welcome to Pastor Jocelyn B. Gardner Spencer

On April 7th, United Church voted unanimously to accept The Rev Jocelyn B Gardner Spencer as our next Settled Minister. She begins her work with United on August 1st.

Worship Bulletins

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

this week at 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.

Apr 24th: 

  • 7:30AM UCNS Family Breakfast at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

Apr 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
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Rehearsal at the Meeting House

Apr 26th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Apr 28th:

  • 10:00AM Worship at United Church
  • 11:30AM Coffee Hour at the Bradley Room
  • 12:30PM Second Worship Service at the Meeting House
  • 4:30PM Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) at the Parish House
  • 5:00PM Shalom Congregation Worship and Potluck at Parish House

Apr 29th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Apr 30th:

  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

May 1st:

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

May 2nd:

  • 10:00AM Five for Five Crafts Group at the Parish House
  • 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

May 3rd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 5:30PM New Haven - Leon Sister City Projects at the Parish House

May 4th:

  • 9:00AM UCNS Concert 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

    Dinosaur Music Concert
    We are eagerly anticipating Saturday, May 4th from 11am to 12Pm when UCG Music Director Caesar Storlazzi and choir member/Yale Symphony Conductor Brian Robinson, will present an interactive Dinosaur Music Concert, followed by a Roxi Fox Dinosaur Puppet Show. The event will be held in our Meeting House at 270 Temple St. and is a fundraiser for our wonderful nursery school. Everyone is welcome. Please plan to join us.

    United Church School and Child Care
    Colleen, She'Mone and Maria 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
    We are excited about participating in New Haven's Little Read project this month. Thanks to our Outreach Committee for helping to put new books into the hands of preschool children throughout New Haven! The theme of this year's book, Say Hello!, is welcoming all the immigrants in our community. We are accepting applications for Fall at the nursery school. The Full Day class is filling up fast, but we still have some spaces in both classrooms. Please spread the word to any families you know with a 3 or 4 year old child. (Must turn 3 by December, 2019.) For more information, call 203-782-0141 or email ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com. 

    Federated Youth Group
    It's time to get ready for our Good Friday Hike through East Rock Park. It was one of my ultimate favorite events last year, and this year we have more of you to make it even better. The hike will take place on Friday April 19th, but we will start talking about it this Sunday at youth group.Take a look at the April flyer of events attached in this e-mail! Let me know if you have any questions: April Events - Oasis and Confirmation Group: 

    April Events - Oasis and Confirmation Group.

    Say Yes to the Prom Dress
    Free Prom Dresses and Accessories for New Haven Youth - 8th Grade to High School Seniors (please bring school ID or report card) will be sponsored by Project Hope CT. The Prom Salon will be open from April 13th to May 4th, Monday - Friday 3:00PM - 8:00PM, Saturday 9:00AM - 5:00PM, Closed on Sundays. Say Yes to the Prom Dress is located at 83 Audubon Street, New Haven CT 06510.

    New Haven Pride Prom 2019
    On Friday May 17th, we will host The New Haven Pride Prom in our Parish House from 6:00PM - 9:30PM. Join us for the LGBTQ+ safe an inclusive prom for youth ages 13- 18. Dance to music by DJ Dark Anjel, share photo booth pics by Lotta Studio and enjoy a performance by the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut and the New Haven Drag. The event is chaperoned and Sponsored by The New Haven Pride Center and United Church on the Green. It is free and open to LGBTQ+ Youth and Allies ages 13 - 18. The UCG Parish House is located at 323 Temple Street (corner of Wall St.) in New Haven. CLICK HERE for more information. 

    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.comOur upcoming dates will be: 5/2, 5/16 + 5/30. 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 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.

    new stewardship Campaign

    Our 2020 fiscal year Pledge Campaign has begun. We are asking all our Members, Friends and Supporters to consider how they will assist our programs and ministries during the coming year. Annual support is absolutely essential for our operations and to support the important work of our church. CLICK HERE to read a letter from Pastor Bonnie Scott about our Stewardship Program.

    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

    Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places

    New Haven Museum is presenting  a talk and book signing on Sunday May 5th at 2:00PM. Christopher Wigren, architectural historian and deputy director of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, will highlight the state's rich and diverse architectural heritage in a presentation based on his new book, "Connecticut Architecture: Stories of 100 Places". The book is a project of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation , which was established in 1975 to protect and promote buildings, sites, structures, and landscapes that contribute to the heritage and vitality of Connecticut communities. The Museum is pleased to offer this talk during May, National Historic Preservation Month. This event is free and open to the public. The New Haven Museum is located at 114 Whitney Avenue, New Haven CT 06510

    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

    Treasures form the Yale Film Archives Film Festival

    Free and Open to the Public at the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street (corner of Church), New Haven CT 06511. Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Study Center. www.library.yale.edu/film This semester the films are:

    • Special Preservation Premiere with Nick Doob April 26th 7PM

    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 There is a local Donation Box at Whole Foods Market, 1686 Boston Post Road (Rt 1, next to Costco's), Milford CT 06460

    Take 2

    This is an organization that safely recycles your old unused electronics. To get information on the date and location for secure electronic recycling, go to: www.securethecall.org
    or call 1-800-209-9322.  


    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.