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Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

          Our schools get shot up,

          But our school kids lead the way

          Out of gun madness.


Special Second Hour Talks

  • On Sunday February 25th, Joe Standart from the We Are Project will be speaking on this exciting art project. The We Are Project is an artistic display of his large scale photographs of immigrants in our urban city.  

Abraham's Tent Project

United Church will once again host the Abraham's Tent project this year from March 19th - March 26th. This program is a cooperative effort between Columbus House and several congregations of faith in greater New Haven. The congregations open their facilities to house up to 12 homeless people overnight for one week each during the winter months. The Abraham's Tent Outreach Mission at United Church on the Green is in memory of Susan Nolen-Hoeksema, a long-time member of UCG who passed away unexpectedly. Susan was responsible for UCG's initial involvement in Abraham's Tent and we honor her memory with our ongoing commitment to this important ministry. To volunteer or donate, contact George Lindsay at gclindsay1@gmail.com. For more information about Abraham's Tent, read this article in the Daily Nutmeg


Second Service Revival Worship

Rev. Edwin Perez, Jr. conducts our second worship service every Sunday at 12:30. Enjoy special music and praise in his lively bi-lingual and joyful program which has been designed for those within the community who may appreciate a different Christian experience. It is a special bi-lingual, inclusive and progressively Pentecostal/ Charismatic musical worship service. The worship is entitled, "Feel the Spirit! ¡Siente El Espiritu!" Deacons Edwin Perez and Carlos Sanchez seek to provide love, welcoming and inclusion, with lively music and singing and a short reflection by your Pastor. We look forward to continuing to see you at one of our services - or even come to both!


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.


Feb 22nd:

  • 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 Practice at the Meeting House

Feb 23rd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen at the Parish House

Feb 24th: 

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

Feb 25th: 

  • 10:00AM Worship at United Church - Guest Pastor Bishop James Curry
  • 11:30AM Coffee Hour/ Second Hour on Immigrant Art
  • 12Noon Search Committee Meeting at Jane Jervis' home
  • 12:30PM Second Worship Service at the Meeting House
  • 4:00PM Youth Group Chill Night at North Haven UCC
  • 4:30PM Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) at the Parish House
  • 5:00PM Shalom Congregation Worship and Potluck at Parish House

Feb 26th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM Joint Projects Team Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM Adult Faith Formation at the Parish House

Feb 27th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 6:00PM Executive Committee Meeting at the Parish House

Feb 28th:

  • 12:00PM AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

Mar 1st: 

  • 10:00AM 5 for 5 Crafts Group at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 5:30PM People Against Police Brutality Talk 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 Practice at the Meeting House

Mar 2nd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen at the Parish House

Mar 3rd: 

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

    Program News

    Shine the Light Campaign Update
    We are pleased to report that we currently have 6 windows already sponsored in our special campaign to  replace storm windows for the north and west sides of our historic Meeting House. These large, custom-made storm windows cost about $3,500 each installed. Funding a window is a great way to help safeguard our Meeting House for future generations; however any donation to this project will be very much appreciated. Our goal is to secure the funding we need by Lent. Please contact Pastor Bonnie Scott for more information and to discuss your support options. CLICK HERE to make a donation to this important project. 

    United Church Faith Formation
    We are learning about Lent and starting our new Spring Curriculum. We're also getting ready for our Heifer International Project, which includes finding out how we can help families in developing countries earn a sustainable income. We'll be collecting money for this important cause on Palm Sunday, March 25th, after our annual Easter Egg Hunt and Palm Procession. We're also looking forward to helping host Abraham's Tent on Friday evening, March 23rd, and MARCHING AGAINST HUNGER at Lighthouse Park on Sunday, April 29th, right after church. Upcoming Confirmation and Youth Group Events:  
    • Sunday, February 25th, 2018 - Chill Night at North Haven Congregational Church, 28 Church Street, North Haven CT 06473  
    Please click the link(s) for the full schedule. CLICK HERE and HERE for the full schedule. 

    United Community Nursery School
    We are very excited about sharing the good works at United Community Nursery School with the congregation all of you at Second Hour on March 4th. The teachers and parents are planning an exciting presentation, including a special Coffee Hour "Taste of United Community!" We also invite everyone to our annual OPEN HOUSE & PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Saturday, March 10th, from 9:00am-12:00pm in our Parish House located at 323 Temple St. Volunteers are always welcome to help out. For more information check our United Community Nursery School Facebook page. To speak with UCNS Director, Betty Baisden, call 203 782-0141 or email her at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com. 

    Crafts Group
    Our Crafts Group usually meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 AM in the Parish House. New crafters are 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. Our upcoming meetings are on 3/1, 3/15,4/5 and 4/19. Any questions, ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, Susan or Jean, or email jeanandjon71@gmail.com

    Food Focus Donations
    Now Once a Month, we would like to receive food donations as part of our Communion Service. Please bring in your food offering on the first Sunday of each month, or drop it off at the Parish House during business hours. In March, we are donating canned seafood, poultry and meat (i.e. tuna, chicken, Vienna sausage, etc). 

    Community Events

    The Yale Film Archives

    A screening of Pierre Chenal's film adaptation of Native Son on Thursday February 22nd at 7:00PM. Introduced by Melissa Barton, Curator of American Prose and Drama, Beinecke Library, with discussion to follow. In conjunction with "Native Son on Stage and Screen: The Art of Collaboration" on view at Beinecke Library January 19-April 15. (Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Films at the Whitney, supported by the Barbakow Fund for Innovative Film Programs at Yale) 35mm print from the Yale Film Archive. The screening will be held at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street (corner of Church), New Haven, CT 06511. This event is free and open to the public.


    Hartt Community Division Adult Chamber Choir

    A concert will be performed at the First Presbyterian Church in Hartford on Saturday, February 24th at 5:00PM. Join Hartt Community Division's Adult Chamber Choir as they collaborate with the Greater New Haven Community Chorus Chamber Choir. This FREE and soulful concert will feature works from around the globe - both sacred and secular. Don't miss it! The First Presbyterian Church is located at 136 Capitol Avenue (next to the Bushnell Theatre), Hartford CT 06106. For more information, go to: University of Hartford.


    Dixwell Avenue Congregational UCC

    Dixwell UCC is celebrating 198 Years with a special service on Sunday February 25th at 11:00AM. The guest Pastor is Rev. Kevin G Ewing. Music will be provided by Dixwell Choirs. Celebrate the anniversary of this historic Black church in New Haven. Dixwell UCC is located at 217 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven CT 06511. Senior Pastor, Rev Dr Frederick Streets. Musical Director, Ronald Pollard.


    Connecticut Warming Centers 

    If you, or someone you know need to come in out of the cold, click the link, or call 211.  See if there is a specific center in your community, type in your city, town or location, and hit search. If there is no warming center listed in your town/city, please note that libraries, senior centers and other public locations are good places to keep warm or seek shelter. For more information, go to: Warming Centers


    The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance

    VITA is a program that offers free tax help to people who generally make $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.  VITA also offers Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE)  for those 60 years and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS. Click this link to find out more about VITA or TCE Center near you, or call 888-227-7669.


    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.