worship news

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. 

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.


Nov 16th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Practice at the Meeting House

Nov 17th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Nov 18th:

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

Nov 19th:

  • 10:00AM Worship at United Church Meeting House
  • 11:30AM UCNS Book Fair Preview at the Parish House
  • 12:30PM Second 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
  • 5:00PM Viewing of "Self Made Man" at the Meeting House

Nov 20th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM Bible Studies at the Parish House
  • 8:00PM Alcoholics Anonymous at the Parish House

Nov 21st: 

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

Nov 22nd:

  • 10:00AM 5 for 5 Crafts Group at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

Nov 23rd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Practice at the Meeting House

Nov 24th: 

12Noon AA at the Meeting House

    program news

    Issues in Religion Discussion Group
    Due to travel and Thanksgiving, the next meeting of the Issues in Religion discussion group will not be until Saturday, December 2nd from 10:30 to noon in the Parish House Teachers Lounge. The topic has yet to be decided. (Send suggestions to Roger.) The discussion group meets roughly every two weeks, and we're always looking for new participants. People from all of the UCC churches in New Haven are particularly invited. For more information contact Roger Adams at roger_adams@comcast.net

    Sunday Children's Program
    In addition to all our ongoing bible lessons, learning and engaging related activities this
    month, we'll be creating new "turkey hands" to help Outreach collect money to feed our needy neighbors at Thanksgiving time. We look forward to working together with our wonderful
    church kids over the holiday season!

    Federated Youth Group and Confirmation
    We are thrilled to announce that we have hired an awesome Youth Ministry Coordinator for the federated youth groups of Church of the Redeemer, Spring Glen Church, United Church on the Green and North Haven Congregational Church, Emily McKenna is a seasoned youth specialist. CLICK HERE to learn more about our new Youth Ministry Coordinator. If you are interested in occasionally assisting Pastor Bonnie please contact her at 203-787-4195 x104. 

    November 19th:
    • Confirmation Worship
    • Confirmation's monthly required worship at your own churches. 
    • North Haven at 9:30am
    • United and Spring Glen at 10am
    November 19th:
    • Documentary presentation at 5-7pm at United Church on the Green
    United Community Nursery School
    We're hard at work on planning our 27th annual Holiday Family Fun Fair on December 2nd. We would love to have your involvement, too! There are lots of ways that you can participate in this exciting event, from buying books at the Scholastic Book Sale, to helping out at the Fair, to performing in our ongoing Entertainment venue, to donating crafts for the Craft Sale, treats for the Bake Sale, and special items for the Giant Silent Auction. We'll have a SIGN UP sheet at church the next 2 Sundays for volunteering at the Fair. Our parents enjoyed working with you at the Tag Sale and we'd love to
    work with your again. We're encouraging everyone to plan to buy books this year - your money will result in rewards 4 ways! 
    • You get some great kids' books, for special gifts or your own library. 
    • OurUnited Community Nursery School will get books for our own needy kids and a cash profit (if we sell $2,500 worth of items) to help keep the school running well. 
    • Outreach will match church purchases up to $500 to buy books for some of our neediest New Haven children. 
    • Scholastic Books will buy new books for children whose lives have been devastated by the recent hurricanes! 
    You can buy books after church on Sunday, Nov. 26 or all the next week at the Parish House and/or at the Big Fair on Dec. 2! Thanks so much!! Also, please mark your calendars for SUNDAY, 11/26, right after church, for our ANNUAL CHURCH BOOK FAIR PREVIEW DAY. You're invited to take a quick walk to the Parish House and be the first folks to see, choose, and purchase books!! From about 11:30-1:00. Church Groups. For more information contact Nursery School Director, Betty Baisden at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com or call 203-782-0141. 

    Crafts Group
    Our Crafts Group meets on Wednesdays this Fall 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. Any questions, ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, Susan or Jean, or email jeanandjon71@gmail.com . Our next meetings are: 11/29 and 12/13.

    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 October and November, we are donating Canned Meat: Tuna, Chicken, Vienna Sausage, Ham, etc. 

    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 events

    Interrupting Racism Workshop

    The Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven will be hosting a workshop on November 19th at 1:00PM on how to talk with family members and others about racism, and it was so popular we've decided to do it again! Just in time for the holiday season, this workshop will cover topics such as how to address racist jokes at the dinner table and how to navigate conversations on race-related topics with friends, co-workers, and family members. By the end of the workshop, you will have the tools you'll need to address and reduce the barriers preventing you from speaking out against racism. The Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven is located at 333 Sherman Ave, New Haven, CT 06511. For more information and tickets, go to: SURJ


    Thanksgiving for All with DESK

    For over 25 years, Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen has participated in a community-wide effort to deliver meals to people in need on Thanksgiving morning. This year, we've partnered with Interfaith Volunteer Care Givers, the New Haven Athletic Club, West Haven Congregational Church, Branford Community Dining Room, LifeBridge Community Services, the New Haven Department of Elderly Services, and an array of businesses, civic groups, and congregations to deliver over 1,200 meals to people across Greater New Haven on Thanksgiving morning. CLICK HERE to Volunteer, Donate Food, or Donate Funds: Thanksgiving For All.


    New Haven Christmas Tree Lighting

    The ceremony will take place on the New Haven Green on Thursday November 30th at 4:00PM. Activities include: a visit from Santa, a Carousel, Horse Drawn Carriage Rides, Crafts and Choir Performances. There will also be free activities on the Green on Saturdays: December 2nd, 9th and 16th from 12Noon to 4:00PM, weather permitting. For more information, please go to: www.cityofnewhaven.com/artsculturetourism


    Open Enrollment for the ACA

    The open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act will continue through December 22nd in Connecticut, to get more information, to enroll, or to re-enroll, go to www.accesshealthct.com or call 855-375-2428. Information is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and other languages. If you would like to speak to someone in person, there are enrollment centers at hospitals, libraries and community centers throughout the state. Check the website for a location near you. 


    Treasures from the Yale Archives Films

    These films are shown at the Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall Street (Corner of Church and Wall), New Haven, CT. The screenings are a presentation of the Yale Film Study Center and the Films at the Whitney with support from Dr Paul Joskow. All films are free and open to the public. For more information, go to: www.library.yale.edu/film

    • AMISTAD, 20th Anniversary , 2pm Sunday, December 10th

    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.