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Our wagered wages

Offer many hopes and dreams,

And few surprises.

Youth at United

Our young people will be participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF again this year. The UNICEF boxes were distributed last Sunday. The children will be taking a special UNICEF collection on Sunday October 28th. In Sunday School, we are learning how to make positive changes in the world. All funds are due on Sunday November 4th. Please see our Sunday School Teacher, Betty Baisden if you need a box.

Second Service Revival Worship

The United Church on the Green offers a second Christian worship experience on Sundays at 12:30pm. It’s a progressive, charismatic worship celebration. This service is less formal, often bilingual (Spanish and English), and entirely inclusive! The music of this worship is Christian Contemporary, Praise & Worship, and of Gospel genres. The service is led by Rev. Edwin Pérez Jr., an ordained progressive Pentecostal minister who is a Deacon of our Church. His ministry is under the guidance of UCG’s Deacons. Through this ministry, we seek to expand the welcome, love, and light of Jesus through spiritual revival, making God’s love and justice real for all. We seek to encourage faith and community, via radical inclusion, where you are not only welcome; but where you are wanted.

Worship Bulletins

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

Information for New Haveners in Need

Go to Street Sheets or for hard copies visit the church office at 323 Temple St.

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. 

Oct 22nd:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 4:00PM Stop Solitary CT Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM Adult Faith Formation at the Parish House

Oct 23rd:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 1:30PM Judicial Branch Amistad Tour at the Meeting House
  • 5:15PM Faith Formation Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Outreach Committee at the Parish House

Oct 24th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM Trinity Church Drama Group at the Meeting House

Oct 25th:

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

Oct 26th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen at the Parish House
  • 6:30PM Youth Group Sleep Over at the Meeting House

Oct 27th:

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

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

    Program News

    United Church School and Child Care

    It's very exciting to start our fall season with so many old and new young friends! We are focusing on our bible learning, service to church and community, working together, and growing in faith as individuals. Some of our special fall activities will include: finding out more about UNICEF during October, and collecting donations on October 28th - everyone can come in costume that day! We'll also start creating our famous "Turkey Hands" in October to help Outreach support our "food insecure" neighbors at Thanksgiving. Please be sure to pick up a Church School Registration Form for your child today. Some dates to remember:  

    • 10/28 & 31: collecting for UNICEF (all funds due by 11/4.) 
    • 11/4: bring extra Halloween candy to church for those folks serving in the military
    • 11/25: our United Community Nursery School (UCNS) Scholastic Book Fair begins with a special "Church Preview Day" after worship; Fair continues through 12/1 with church member purchases matched by Outreach to buy books for needy New Haven children. 
    • 12/1: UCNS Holiday Family Fair; all are invited, Youth Group will volunteer (10:00-2:30) 
    • 12/9: Morning - annual Christmas Pageant; Evening - congregation celebration with Christmas Party & Pot Luck dinner

    United Community Nursery School

    We had so much fun at our first library trip of the school year. The children enjoyed stories, songs and a craft project. Back at school, they're busy discovering the joys of Autumn. We hope you come and visit us this season. It may seem early, but we're already starting to plan our big annual fundraiser/community event, the Holiday Family Fun Fair, on December 1st. We are hoping that once again, many of you will be involved. We are already beginning to look for donations for our Giant Silent Auction, and of course, appreciate any contributions. We will again be featuring a special Craft Sale, with beautiful items made by Barb Adams and hopefully, the rest of United's gifted craftspeople! We're also in the process of looking for talented area performers for our famous all day Entertainment Lineup. Watch for more news about the Fair and so many ways that you can be part of this signature event! We still have a few spaces left for 3-5 year olds. Thank you for helping spread the word! For more information, call 203 782-0141 x1 or email ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com.

    Federated Youth Group
    Our next meeting will be Friday October 26th at 6:30pm which involves a sleepover in our Meeting House. Please click this link for a full schedule:  Youth Calendar

    Crafts Group
    Our Crafts Group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM every other Thursday 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. If you have any questions or suggestions contact DeeDee, Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, Susan or Jean, or e-mail:

    Food Focus Donations
    Once a Month, we ask for food donations as part of our Communion Service Mission.Please bring in your food offering on the first Sunday of each month, or drop it off at the Parish House during business hours. For this and next month the focus is on "ready to eat" food in pull-top cans. For more information contact 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.

    Clergy search committee news

    The Pastoral Search Committee News

    Over the summer and Fall the Search Committee has been gathering demographic information about our congregation and clergy preference data via two e-surveys and group discussions with our members. The Search Committee has completed and published our "UCC Church Profile” which prospective pastoral candidates will see. Members are encouraged to contact the committee with their input on this important process. Please feel free to share your thoughts and hopes for our next Settled Minister with Committee Chair, Jane Jervis by e-mail or phone:  jjervis99@comcast.net, 203-773-3503.

    stewardship Support

    Annual Gifts are essential for the operations of our Church and make possible all the good works we do. Your support enables many community service programs including our United Community Nursery School which serves the entire greater New Haven Region. Our Board of Stewards and Finance Committee urge everyone who loves our Church to:

    • Drop one of our Annual Giving Cards in the offering plate on Sundays, or you can send one to our office. 
    • You can also pledge your gifts via our on-line giving system which offers a convenient “set it and forget it” auto debit option: CLICK HERE to do so. 

    Thanks for supporting our Church!

    Community Events

    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   

    Reviving Justice: Inspire/ Connect/ Act - A Justice Revival

    This event will be held on Saturday October 27th at 1:00PM at the First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street, Simsbury CT 06070. The Revival Preacher will be Rev Dr Damaris Whittaker. This workshop is is sponsored by the Racial Justice Ministry of the Connecticut Conference, UCC.


    The Greater New Haven Community Chorus

    This wonderful and popular group is now 55! The Celebration of GNHCC's 55th Anniversary Season will take place on the actual 55th anniversary of its founding as the WELI Chorus on November 3rd, 1963. Join us this year, on Saturday November 3rd at Memories at the Tradition in Wallingford. There will be dinner, dancing and a holiday basket raffle. Memories is located at 37 Harrison Road, Wallingford CT 06492. The GNHCC Winter Concert is on Saturday December 15, 2018 at Battell Chapel. Stay tuned. For more information and tickets, go towww.gnhcc.org 

    Donate Your Old Cell Phones to Secure the Call. 

    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.take2recycle.com or call 1-800-209-9322.  


    The Yale Film Study Center

    This Fall the Center presents "Through Bergman's Lens". A series of films to celebrate Ingmar Bergman's  centenary. Showings will use 35mm prints from the Yale Film Study Center by the Swedish Film Institute with new and improved English subtitles. The films will be showed at the Whitney Humanities Center on Thursdays: 11/15 + 12/6 at 7PM and 9PM. This series is free and open to the public, sponsored by Marlene and Gene Siskel '67 and Yale's Fund for Lesbian and Gay Studies. The Whitney Humanities Center is located at 53 Wall Street (corner of Church), New Haven CT 06511. For more information, go to: https://web.library.yale.edu/film/bergman

    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

    DESK 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: https://www.downtowneveningsoupkitchen.com.

    Community Resources

    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.