Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad
Give thanks, and give more.
Your gifts can increase eightfold!
Just buy turkey hands.
Reformation Study Group
We continue our second hour on a study of the Reformation in a celebration of the 500th anniversary. Pastor Bonnie will hand out the study guides this Sunday. If you want to read ahead, click the link for a digital copy of the study guide: Reformation Study Materials
Outreach Committee' s Turkeys for All Campaign
Once again our Outreach Committee is partnering with United's Children and Youth to join the Connecticut Food Bank's Thanksgiving For All campaign. On Sunday November 19th Outreach will be selling colorful and festive hand turkeys created by our children for a minimum donation of $5.00. You can keep your hand turkey or sign it and display it on our Turkey Board. Outreach will match your donation dollar for dollar. The Connecticut Food Bank estimates that for each dollar donated, they can obtain as much food as you could buy for FOUR dollars at your local grocery store. This means that with the Outreach match, each dollar you donate will buy EIGHT dollars worth of food to feed Connecticut's nearly half million hungry. Please make your check payable to United Church on the Green with "CT Food Bank" in the memo line. You can also pay on line at the church or in our office using our Square Register. Look for our sign in the Narthex during the next two Sundays. Let's fill up our Turkey Board and help everyone in Connecticut have a bountiful Thanksgiving! Thank You!
UCG Observes First Transgender Sunday
A resolution presented by United Church on the Green and passed at the 2017 CT UCC Annual Meeting
designated the Sunday before November 20 as "Transgender Remembrance Sunday." On Sunday November 19th, we will host a film screening of "A Self Made Man" which premiered at the Provincetown International Film Festival in 2013. Jointly sponsored by United Church on the Green and the New Haven Pride Center, this extraordinary documentary interweaves the poignant personal story and important life work of Connecticut resident Tony Ferraiolo with his life work as a transgender youth advocate. The film is recommended for high school ages and up. Tony has graciously agreed to join us for the event and to lead a Q&A session following the film. Whether you or your best friend is trans or whether you have never met a transgender this event is not to be missed! There is free parking on downtown New Haven streets on Sunday. The meetinghouse is nominally handicapped accessible. There is no charge to attend this event; but a free will offering will be taken to benefit The Jim Collins Foundation.
All Congregation Retreat
Save the date! Our All Church Retreat will be on Saturday, December 9th from 10am-3pm. Sarah Drummond will be speaking on the future of the church, and Pastor Bonnie Scott will be talking with us about “The Why” of our church. We will be meeting at the Quaker Meeting House in Fair Haven, located at 225 E Grand Ave, New Haven, CT 06513. This is an important meeting for us all, as we begin the visioning process of our search for a new minister. We are asking people to bring either bread or a crock pot of soup for our luncheon. For more information and to RSVP, contact Pastor Bonnie at 203-787-4195 x104.
UCG Christmas Party Survey
Please let us know what type of Christmas Party you think we
should have at United Church this year. Click this link to complete our Christmas Party Survey.
Nursery School's 27th Annual Family Fun Fair
Our Nursery School will host a very special annual event on Saturday December 2nd, at 10:00AM in our Parish House. There will also be a Special Preview Day on Sunday November 26th. Please sign up to volunteer in our Meeting House Narthex on Sundays.
Free Trade Gifts for Holiday Giving Display
On Sunday December 10th from 10am-1pm our Meeting House Narthex will host The New Haven/Leon Sister City Project's Gifts Collection. On display for sale will be:
- Palestinian olive oil,
- Nicaraguan woven goods and ground coffee
- Syracuse Cultural Workers' calendars
- Swords Into Plowshares honey and pure beeswax candles, goat milk soaps, hand crafted cards
- Recycled wire baskets produced in India
- And and more!
Purchases will support preschool and after school programs, a women's program that focuses on teaching women their rights, including how to respond to domestic violence, and much more. Your gift giving will also support the work of the New Haven / Leon Sister City Project.