worship news

Spring Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

          Flowers are buried;

          But there are lots of bird songs,

          And fantastic tweets.

Easter Floral Dedications

Donate Easter Flowers in honor or in memory of loved ones to decorate the Meeting House on Easter. Dedications must be submitted to the Church Office by Monday, April 10th. Donations are $20 each.


One Great Hour of Sharing

One Great Hour of Sharing this year is on March 26th. For 2017 the offering will be used to support the National UCC Disaster Relief Ministries. Please look in your bulletin next week for a brochure and offering envelope. Please give generously. For more information, please go to: www.ucc.org/OGHS

The Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Memorial Abraham's Tent Outreach Mission

This year we are again hosting this important event, which helps to house the homeless, from March 27th through April 2nd. Abraham's Tent is a cooperative effort between Columbus House and congregations of faith in greater New Haven. These congregations open their facilities to house up to 12 homeless people overnight for one week each during the winter months. We are in need of volunteers to provide breakfast, dinner, social experiences with our guests in the evenings and to stay overnight. Food and monetary donations are always welcome. If you'd like to volunteer, please fill out a volunteer form and return it in the collection plate or to the church office. 

Guest Pastor

Pastor Mary Nelson, South Central Regional Minister of the Connecticut Conference will be our Guest Preacher on Sunday April 2nd, Please join us. During our Second House there will be a presentation about the Silver Lake Camp Program.

Upcoming Joint Interdependence Worship Services

  • April 13th: United Church on the Green - Maundy Thursday Service
  • April 14th: Church of the Redeemer - Good Friday Service
  • April 23rd: First and Summerfield United Methodist Church
  • May 28th: United Church on the Green

interdependence project

New Congregation Coordinating Team News

Discussions are continuing in a series of small group meeting that various folks have been gracious offered to host. Keeping these conversations going and listening to the opinions of both congregations is a vital part of our work to create a new church. Members of Redeemer and United are invited to these important meetings. Please feel free to contact the Coordinating Team for more information at newchurchnewhaven@gmail.com.

  • Follow-up Discussion #2: Saturday, March 25th, 10.30-12.30am 99 Chaffinch Island Road, Guilford , Hosts: Barbara and Roger Adams  
  • Follow-up Discussion #3: Sunday, March 26th, 2-4pm at Church of the Redeemer, Sterling Room (1st floor)  
  • Follow-up Discussion #4: Monday, March 27th, 12.15-1pm at The Grove, 760 Chapel Street, New Haven, Tony Forman
  • Follow-up Discussion #5: Wednesday, March 29th, 7.30-9pm at 266 Everit Street, New Haven: Hosts: Julie and Bill Moore  

The Coordinating has also published the following reports which they urge members of both congregations to read:

The Joint Coordinating Team members are: 

For United   

  • Roger Adams     
  • Kathryn Thomas  
  • Jennifer Pugh    
  • Janyss Morse  
  • Caryne Eskridge  
  • John Schneider  

For Redeemer

  • David Carter  
  • Tony Forman  
  • Peter Halsey  
  • Greta Seashore  
  • Beth Pellegrino  
  • Matt Taylor

programs news

Ava DuVernay's Documentary Film, "13th"
There will be a free showing of this important film which explores the link between the 13th Amendment and Mass Incarceration on Sunday April 2nd, at 6:30PM in the Bradley Room of our Meeting House. There will also be a Potluck dinner at 5:30pm and a discussion after the filming. Please join us and bring a dish or snack to share. 

United Community Nursery School
2017 marks the 55th Anniversary of one of United Church on the Green's most amazing long running social justice missions - United Community Nursery School. Our wonderful staff and church/parent Advisory Committee are busy planning celebration events. We invite everyone of you to attend an event and/or visit the school this year. We are also creating a newsletter for former school students and families. It is not too late to contribute to our 55th Anniversary Scholarship Appeal in memory of Max B. Rausch. We are serving many low income struggling families, and your generosity makes a big difference in their lives. We are now taking applications for Fall 2017. Please contact Betty Baisden for more information at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com or 203-782-0141. 

United Church School & Child Care
We are hoping that many of our families will also join us on Friday evening, March 31st, when our children and youth will host Abraham's Tent, with pizza, games and live music! Jesse Balkcom will be playing guitar, and any other kids who play instruments are welcome to join in. (Children must be accompanied by an adult.) Exciting upcoming events include our annual Easter Egg Hunt on Palm Sunday, April 9th, and the Walk Against Hunger at Lighthouse Park at 1:00 on Sunday April 23rd.

Issues in Religion Group
The next meeting of this discussion group will be on Saturday, April 1st, from 10:30 to noon in the United Church Parish House (323 Temple Street, New Haven). The topic for the morning will be "Dead, Zombie, or Growing." We'll be thinking about what will determine the future of churches. For more information contact Roger Adams at roger_adams@comcast.net. The fortnightly group is a joint activity of United Church on the Green and Church of the Redeemer. We're always looking for new participants, so if you think you might be interested, come on down!

5-for-5 Craft Group
This group usually meets on Thursdays at 10am in the Parish House. Do handwork in good company as we enjoy far-ranging, interesting conversation. Bring your own knitting, sewing, mending, embroidery, quilting or any handwork. If you want lunch, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. New folks are always welcome. For questions? Ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Ruth Anne, Susan, Pam or Jean. Our next meetings are on: 3/30, 4/13, 4/27, 5/11 and 5/25 For more information contact Jean Blue at: jeanandjon71@gmail.com. 

The New Lights Committee Needs You!

Fellowship after Worship is an important part of United Church.The Congregation is growing and New Lights would love for you to join and help with our Coffee Hours and Potluck Dinners. Please donate your time, food, supplies to this important ministry. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Meeting House Bradley Room. Contact New Lights Chair, George Lindsay for for information. 

Food Donations

Our food offerings each week go to support the work of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. Please contact them for a list of foods which are in high demand at their daily Soup Kitchens and food pantries. We collect food on their list from our members.In March, our food focus will be Spices, especially Cumin, Chili Powder, Garlic Powder and Black Pepper.

community events

The Columbus House Chocolate to the Rescue! 

This special fundraiser will be held on Sunday March 26th, at 1:00PM at the Inn at Middletown. Join T.V. and radio personality, Jim Masters, as you: Sample mouthwatering chocolate delicacies from local restaurants, bakeries, caterers & chocolatiers. Observe judging from a panel of culinary experts. Bid on an array of silent auction items. Vote for your favorite chocolate creation. Tickets are $35 each and available online at www.columbushouse.org until Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 12 noon. A limited number of tickets may be available at the door for $40. The Inn at Middletown is located at 70 Main Street, Middletown, CT 06457

Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center

This unique community resource center will be offering three upcoming meditative weekend workshops:

  • April 21st Weekend - Rumi and the Path of Divine led by Omid Safi

Mercy by the Sea is located at 167 Neck Road, Madison CT 06443. For more information and/or to register, please call guest services at 203-245-0401 or go to www.mercybythesea.org

Unitarian Society of New Haven Social Justice Series

The public is invited to this series of social justice discussions from March 23rd to May 7th at the The Unitarian Society located at 700 Hartford Turnpike in Hamden. Here's the program lineup:

  • Sat. 03/25th - Social Cinema - Potluck at 6:30 pm, Film at 7:15 pm in the Social Hall: Traces of The Trade: A Story From The Deep North In partnership with the USNH Anti-Racism Task Force
  • Mon. 03/27th - Workshop - 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Children's Chapel: Election 2016: Translating Our Values Into Action Where Do We Go From Here? - Session #3
  • A Spiritual Healing Workshop Facilitated by Deborah Pascale & Maggie Goodwin In Partnership with the USNH Social Justice Network
  • Sun. 04/23rd - Presentation - 12:00 pm in the Sanctuary: Serving the Needs Of Refugee & Undocumented Children in Connecticut Presented by Edwin Colon, Esq., MSW of the Center for Children's Advocacy In partnership with the USNH Immigrants and Refugees Task Force
  • Sat. 04/29th - Social Cinema - Potluck at 6:30 pm, Film at 7:15 pm in the Social Hall: Burning Bridges In partnership with the USNH Right Relations Committee
  • Sun. 05/07th - Book Discussion - 12:00 pm in the Library The Drone Eats With Me: A Gaza Diary By Atef Abu Saif In partnership with the USNH Peace Task Force
  • Books available at the Book Cart on Sundays in the Social Hall

For more information, please go to: www.usnh.org

stewardship news

A reminder that our Stewardship goal is 100% participation by all our members and friends. We are hoping to create a community of giving in which everyone supports the church in a way that reflects their "ability to give". You can make an annual pledge or you can just make gifts whenever you wish. All gifts are important because they enable our ministries which help so many people in so many ways. If you have not already made your commitment to our Church, please open an on-line giving account and choose the best way to support our efforts. 

  • You can fill out an ANNUAL GIVING FORM
  • You can create your own ON-LINE GIVING ACCOUNT and set the timing and amount of your giving. It's an easy "set it & forget it" way to support all the missions of our church. 

meeting house sound system

Fundraising Campaign Update

We're nearly there! We are closing in on our goal of raising $25,000 in special donations by July 1st, 2017 for this very important project. Please help us improve the listening experiences for everyone who enjoys worship services and the many other events that we host in our historic Meeting House. Each dollar donated to this project will be matched by our Stewards Special Fund enabling us to purchase a system that meets all our current and future needs. The new system would also be transferable to other buildings.Donations of any amount are truly welcomed at this time. Please give what you can, today!  

  • To donate on-line, follow this link to our website Meeting House Sound System Fund.
  • You may also send us a check addressed to: 323 Temple St., New Haven CT 06511; 
  • Or you can place a check in the Sunday offering. (please add "MH Sound System" in the memo field)
  • You can also use our Square Card Reader during worship services or in our Parish House Front Office to make a donation.

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.

parish house office space available

United Church is one of New Haven’s oldest and most respected churches with a long history of supporting social justice and human rights activities. We support a number of public service organizations and other churches by providing office and meeting space in our Parish House Building which is located on the corner of Temple and Wall Streets in downtown New Haven adjacent to Yale’s center campus. Our congregation is open and affirming and actively supports LGBTQ rights, 12 Step Recovery Programs and many other human rights and social service issues. We currently have small offices available for annual rental on the second floor of our Parish House. 

  • The offices are about 180 to 300 square feet in size, totally self-contained and lockable
  • We offer 24/7 access for our tenants
  • The monthly fee includes heat and electricity and internet access. 
  • Off-street parking is available for an extra fee. 
  • The offices that are not ADA accessible. 

Our resident tenants have use of our Great Hall function room which has a commercial kitchen and our conference room (when they are available) for additional fees. For more information contact:

John Russell, Operations Director at 203-787-4195 x102 or email operations@unitednewhaven.org.