worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

          Venga tu Reino,

          And in all things here on earth,

          May Your will be done.

NEW Sunday Worship Service This Sunday

Starting this Sunday July 23rd, we will be holding a second service at 12:30PM. The service will be an exciting new format that is bilingual (English/ Spanish) and charismatic with upbeat music and invocations for. The service will be led by Pastor Bonnie, and one of our newer Deacons, Edwin Perez, Jr. and Carlos Sanchez. CLICK HERE for more information. Please join us for this new worship experience. 

Calling All Musicians!

We are looking for some volunteer musicians to grace our services during the summer months. If you'd like to share your musical gifts with the congregation let Caesar Storlazzi, our Music Director, know. You can contact him at Caesar.Storlazzi@yale.edu or call 203-988-4609. Only one piece would be needed; Caesar will take care of the rest of the service!

New Sound System: Coming Soon!

We Made It!  We reached our goal of raising dedicated funds for a new, state-of-the-art sound system for our Meeting House Sanctuary. We wish to thank all those who contributed to the project which will provide years of superb sound quality for our worship services and for the many other performance and events that we host in our historic building. The full spectrum sound system will enable better voice and musical instrument enhancement and allow us to record and broadcasting audio content. With the new system we expect to screen movies & films, support public forums, award and graduation ceremonies and many other new types of events. The new system should be operational early in the fall. Stay tuned for news about a special dedication/demonstration event. Thanks again to all who made this dream a reality.


Backpacks for Recent Immigrant Students

Our Outreach Committee is once again assembling backpacks for IRIS (recent immigrant) students for their fist day of school on August 28th. They are putting together a list of items that members can contribute to the project. They will be putting the backpacks together after worship on Sunday August 20th. Contact Jeff Hopper for more information.

this week at united

United Church on the Green hosts hundreds of events each year for outside groups. Our two buildings 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 community service organization 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 its mission, please contact Jack Russell, our Operations Director, at 203-787-4195 x102.

July 19th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 5:30PM UCNS EpiPen Training at the Parish House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

July 20th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM ACA Step Study Group at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House

July 21st:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 8:30PM AA at the Parish House

July 22nd: 

  • 7:00PM Music on the Green Concert: The Stylistics

July 23rd:

  • 10:00AM Worship at United Church Meeting House
  • 11:30AM Coffee Hour in the Bradley Room
  • 12:30PM Bilingual 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

July 24th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM Bible Study Group at the Parish House
  • 8:00PM AA at the Parish House

July 25th:

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

July 26th: 

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

July 27th:

  • 10:00AM 5 for 5 Crafts Group at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM ACA Step Study Group at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Hope After Loss at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House

July 28th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 8:30PM AA at the Parish House

July 29th:

  • 7:00PM Music on the Green Concert: Sheila E

    FY2018 stewardship

    We have just begun our new fiscal year. So it is once again time for all our members and friends to indicate their financial support for our operations for the coming new year. 

    Each member of our church is a very important part of our community of faith, a community which enables the kind of connections and relationships that I know you value. Their involvement, prayers, stewardship and generosity has made our church what it is today. Support for our Christian mission and its ministries is essential. At this moment in our history, we are being called to envision a revitalized church, which seeks to serve future generations with our unique values and heritage. 

    We are beginning plans for a revitalized church that will embrace and nurture our children’s’ and grandchildren’s’ generations. To achieve this goal we need everyone who love our church to invest in our this future. We need everyone in our church community to contribute financially to become a “community of giving” which will enable the new programs of worship, music, faith formation and outreach to support these programs. Please consider making your pledge/promise of support by creating an annual giving plan. 

    Here’s how you can support us:

    program news

    United Church School and Child Care
    Every Sunday this Summer, the Children's Sunday School will be building a Unity Bridge. In light of World Events and United Events, we feel that working together to create a bridge of love, peace and healing is a great way for the children (and the young at heart, everyone is welcome to come down to visit) will spend their Summer Church hours. Using different mediums (wood, clay, cardboard, papier-mache, sticks, etc.) we will build a bridge of sorts that will include these 6 Bible verses:
    • 1 Corinthians 1:10
    • Ephesians 4:11-13
    • John 17:23
    • Psalm 133:1
    • Romans 121:16
    • Ephesians 2:14
    Each week we will use one medium and the Bible verse in order as they appear above. There will be painting, glitter, chalk, etc. No need to dress up, just bring your willingness to work together as Jesus would want.

    United Community Nursery School
    The Summer Session of our Nursery School  is well underway. We are also taking applications for our Fall Session. For more information, please contact Nursery School Director, Betty Baisden, at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com or call 203-782-0141. 

    Issues in Religion
    Our Issues in Religion Discussion Group will meets on certain Saturdays at 10:30 in our Parish House to important topics of interest. The United Church Parish House is located at 323 Temple Street in New Haven. For more information contact Roger Adams roger_adams@comcast.net

    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. Upcoming meetings are on: 7/27, 8/10, 8/24, 9/14, and 9/28. For more information contact Jean Blue at: jeanandjon71@gmail.com. 

    Our 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 Pastor Bonnie (203-787-4195 x104) for information. 

    Food Donations Needed

    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.Our current food focus is canned meats and seafoods. 

    Resolution in Support of the Paris Climate Accord

    The United Church of Christ National Leadership, noting both the urgency of climate change and the continued debate over its existence, is "raising its prophetic voice" to urge the "healing of the Earth." On Monday, July 3, the delegates of the General Synod passed a resolution that calls on clergy across the life of the church to preach about the moral obligation to protect God's creation, and appeals to its members to lead efforts to educate and advocate for legislation to reduce the human impact on the environment.

    "The climate crisis is an opportunity for which the church was born," said Rev. Jim Antal, president and conference minister for the Massachusetts Conference United Church of Christ, and the author of the resolution. "This sets the stage for engagement and hope. This is a proclamation of truth and the love of God's gift." The resolution, "The Earth is the Lord's-Not Ours to Wreck," which passed with more than 97% of delegates in favor, was first adopted by the denomination's Southern California Nevada Conference at its June meeting in response to the United States withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord. Since then, more than 16 additional regional conferences endorsed the resolution at their annual meetings.

    community events

    The Mary C Daly RSM Art Gallery at Mercy Center

    The Mercy Center will be hosting "Mercy and Compassion," featuring the artwork of Helen David Brancato, IHM through September 9th. There will be an opening reception on Sunday July 16th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM. Sister Brancato is an Associate Professor of Art at Villanova University at Pennsylvania, teaching drawing and printmaking. The Mercy Center is located at 167 Neck Road in Madison, CT 06443-0191. 

    The Bronx Documentary Center

    The BDC will be hosting the Queer Forum Screening of "Kiki" on Thursday, July 20th, at 7:00PM. "Kiki" is a documentary film by Sara Jordeno which explores the contemporary LGBTQ vogue scene twenty-five years after 'Paris is Burning" was released. This event is free and open to the public. The Bronx Documentary Center is located at 614 Courtlandt Avenue, Bronx, NY 10451

    Lecture & Tour of Grove St. Cemetery

    Patricia BIllingworth has begun her Historical Lectures and Tours on the Grove Street Cemetery and Classic New Haven. Her tours include everything from the Green to the Grove. For more information, or to arrange a tour, please call 203-389-5403 or email: p.b.i.newhaven@att.net

    Free Music on the Green

    This year free concerts are being held on the New Haven Green on Saturdays beginning at 7:30PM. These Open Air Concerts are free and open to the public. Bring a chair and a picnic! Music on the Green will feature:

    • The Stylistics on July 22nd
    • Sheila E on July 29th

    Temple Street will be closed for most of the day. For more information, go to: www.infonewhaven.com/MOG

    New Haven Friday Flicks,

    This Free Summer Outdoor Film Festival will run through the end of August. The City of New Haven will sponsor the movie nights in various local parks around the city. Some on the schedule include:

    • July 21st American Graffiti (1973) - Edgewood Park (Ranger Station) 
    • July 28th Jaws (1975) - East Shore Park
    • August 4th Cars (2006) - Lincoln Bassett
    • August 18th Moana (2016) - Scantlebury Park

    These events are Free and Open to the Public. Bring a Picnic. Movies begin at sundown about 8:30PM. For more information and a full schedule, go to: Friday Flicks.

    Teen Meditation Class for Ages 13 -17

    There will be a free class held on August 6th at 9:00AM at Harkness Hall A - Yale University. This course offers teens an introduction to Anapana meditation, which is observation of the natural breath to concentrate the mind. This course is open to the public. A free will offering will be taken. For more information, and to register, go to: www.dhara.dhamma.org . Harkness Hall is located at 367 Cedar Street in New Haven.

    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.