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Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

          Listen to our kids, 

          Who believe in gun control.

          They can overcome!

New Members - Sunday March 25thth

During Coffee Hour, anyone interested in joining our church will benefit from our new members class offered by Pastor Bonnie. Please join us! 

Tribute to Jennifer Pugh

At the New Haven Free Public on Monday March 26th, at 5:00PM., a specially commissioned Tribute and Window Dedication will be held for all who knew and loved Jennifer. The window is dedicated in recognition of her tireless and selfless dedication to the City and its residents. Jennifer Pugh's friends have planned for a one-of-a-kind stained glass window. The work is inspired by her love of the city, and in particular the library, where it will be installed as a lasting tribute to her 33 year career with the City of New Haven. The window has been designed by local artist and Jennifer's good friend, Robert Mele, and was constructed by Branford stained glass artist Jayne Crowley. The work reflects the nine-squares of New Haven and depicts parts of the city Jennifer loved most. The New Haven Free Public Library is located at 133 Elm Street (corner of Temple), New Haven CT.

An Easter Invitation from Our Pastor!

As Easter gets closer and closer, please consider inviting a friend to join us on Sunday, April 1st. Many lapsed or nominal Christians will come to worship when a friend, colleague or neighbor tells them about their church. We know there's no better place to spend Easter than United Church on the Green. It can feel strange to invite a friend, but you can help make someone's holiday meaningful, perhaps you can even help restore their faith! I took a risk and invited several friends who don't attend church to join us on Christmas Eve. They all came, and they're all still talking about the beauty of that service. 

Holy Week Schedule

  • Through March 26th Easter Floral Dedications: Donate Easter flowers in honor or in memory of loved ones to decorate the United Church Meeting House during Easter. Dedications must be sent to the office by Monday, March 26th, 2018. The donation is $20 per plant.  
  • Sunday March 25th Palm Sunday:The United Church School will be sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt at 9:00AM before Palm Sunday Services at the UCNS Playground. Please bring your children and an empty Easter Basket. The UCNS Playground is located directly across the street from the Parish House behind 320 Temple Street. During Service, there will be a Procession of Palms and a special Collection for Heifer International. The United Church School students will be taking a collection for Heifer International, a nonprofit organization working to eradicate poverty and hunger through sustainable food sources.
  • Thursday March 29th Maundy Thursday: Maundy Thursday Services will begin at 7:00PM at United Church on the Green, with special music. Please join us.
  • Sunday April 1st Easter Sunday: Services begin at 10:00AM. Special Easter Prelude Music begins at 9:45AM including a Brass Quintet and Timpani, featuring the music of Handel and Bach.

Do You Want to Fast This Lent? 

attributed to Pope Francis

  •     Fast from hurting words and say kind words
  •     Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude
  •     Fast from anger and be filled with patience
  •     Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope
  •     Fast from worries and trust in God
  •     Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity
  •     Fast from pressures and be prayerful
  •     Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy
  •     Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  •     Fast from grudges and be reconciled
  •     Fast from words and be silent so you can listen

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 for your time and food, 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 11:30 this Sunday only. 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.

March 23rd:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

March 24th: 

  • 8:30AM AGO - Pedal, Pipes and Pizza at the Meeting House

March 25th: 

  • 9:00AM Easter Egg Hunt at the UCNS Playground 320 Temple Street
  • 10:00AM Palm Sunday United Church Worship - Procession of Palms
  • 11:30AM Coffee Hour at the Bradley Room
  • 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
  • 6:00PM Abraham's Tent Worship Service and Dinner- Meeting House

March 26th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM Adult Faith Formation at the Parish House

March 27th: 

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

March 28th: 

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

March 29th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM Maundy Thursday Service at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM Hope After Loss at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM Choir Practice at the Meeting House

March 30th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 5:30PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen at the Parish House

March 31st: 

  • 4:30PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen at the Parish House

    Pastoral search committee news

    Our first act as your Pastoral Search Committee is to ask for your help. As part of our pledge to you, we promised to involve the membership in our work. We want to gather you together in small groups to talk to us about who we are as a congregation and who we wish to become. We would like to complete these meetings between Easter (April 1) and mid-May. We are asking for ten volunteers, each to host a small group meeting (about 10 people) for one and a half or two hours, preferably at your home but also possible at the parish house or meeting house. One or two of us will be there with you to help guide the conversation and keep notes. Very light refreshments would be welcome but are not required. Forms will be available for you to fill out at worship on Sundays. If you can help us but cannot be with us on Sundays, please send an email to office@unitednewhaven.org.Put Pastoral Search in the subject line and include your name, address, phone number, and dates and times you would be available. Your search committee thanks you: Don Bertrand, Al Forino, Ben Gyadu, Jeff Hopper, Jane Jervis (chair), Lisa Koskelowski, Karen Schneider and Alan Thayer.

    Program News

    We Are a Nation of Immigrants
    We are a sponsor of this "A Portrait of America Project" which is having a fundraiser to support its travelling art exhibit. This extraordinary public art exhibit features larger-than-life portraits of local immigrants, hung on the churches of the historic New Haven Green and surrounding areas. These portraits show our common humanity, by featuring immigrants of diverse backgrounds on the New Haven Green to be seen, valued and appreciated. Some are recent citizens, others are longtime residents. Some documented immigrants, some undocumented. Regardless of the journey that brought them to New Haven, these courageous men and women continue to form the heart of our welcoming city and to define our country. We all have a responsibility to do what we can to help uplift their voices and #stillwelcomethemhere. Join a host of team members, our advisory committee, and other community leaders by making a contribution to their Kickstarter Campaign

    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. Please click the link(s) for the full schedule. CLICK HERE and HERE for the full schedule. 

    United Community Nursery School
    We really enjoyed sharing our 2nd Hour Nursery School Presentation with all of you on Sunday March 4th! For more information, call 203 782-0141 x1 or email 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 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

    Clean Feet and Caring Hearts! 

    Chapel on the Green will be holding their Maundy Thursday Footwashing and Healthcare Fair on the New Haven Green on Thursday March 29th, at 12:30PM. They are seeking donations of: New Socks, New Towels, Epsom Salts, New Nail Clippers and Pumice Stones. They are seeking volunteers to: Set up, Clean up, Play Music, Wash Feet and Serve Food. For more information, contact Samantha Butler at cotg@trinitynewhaven.org or 203-624-3101. Chapel on the Green is located behind Trinity Episcopal Church, 950 Chapel Street (corner of Temple), New Haven CT 06510.

    The Heritage Chorale

    Will be performing the Last Seven Words of Christ by Théodore Dubois at the Dixwell Avenue UCC on Monday March 26th, at 7:00PM. This concert is free and open to the public and led by Guest Conductor Lawrence Bagwell. Dixwell Avenue UCC is located at 217 Dixwell Avenue, New Haven CT.

    Islam and the Feminine Voice

    An Exploration through Sounds and Stories will be held at Mercy by the Sea Retreat on Saturday April 7th from 9:30AM to 3:30PM. Contrary to dominant stereotypes of women in Islam as voiceless and marginalized, the history of Islamic thought and sacred practice is replete with the voices and contributions of female figures. During this retreat, participants will explore the feminine voice in Islam with Muslim feminist theologian Celene Ibrahim and female Qur'an reciter Tasneem Zawahreh. Through the modalities of Arabic chanting, recitation and storytelling, participants will explore the power and resilience of the female voice in Islam. The fee for this talk is $80 (scholarships are available). Mercy by the Sea is located at 167 Neck Road, Madison CT 06443. For more information call 203-245-0401 or go to www.mercybythesea.org

    Re-Imagining the Bible for a Land in Crisis

    A Workshop with the Rev Peter Miano will be held at the Hartford Seminary on Wednesday, April 11, at 10:00AM. The Rev. Peter J. Miano, a United Methodist minister, has over 25 years of experience as a missionary and teacher in the Holy Land. He specializes in the history and contemporary development of the Middle East and the role of the Church there from the 19th century to the present. He is the author of The Word of God and the World of the Bible: An Introduction to the Cultural Backgrounds of the New Testament (London: Melisende UK Ltd., 2001) and has earned advanced degrees in New Testament and missiology from Union Theological Seminary (New York), Harvard Divinity School, and Boston University School of Theology. Registration is $20 perperson. The Hartford Seminary is located at 77 Sherman Street, Hartford CT 06105. For more information and registration, go toRe-Imagining.

    Crowns: A Musical Celebration

    ,Written and directed by Regina Taylor, this production will be coming to the Long Wharf Theatre from April 18th until May 13th. Yolonda is a tough girl from Chicago. A family tragedy sends her to live in South Carolina with her grandmother, Mother Shaw. Surrounded by a circle of powerful women, Yolonda learns the "hat queen rules", awakening in her a deep sense of who she is and where she comes from. Crowns weaves together compelling stories and glorious gospel music to create a tapestry of voices that transcend time and place. The Long Wharf Theatre is located at 222 Sargent Drive, New Haven CT 065511. For more information, call 203-787-4282 or go to: www.longwharf.org.

    Eighth Annual CTUCC Youth Revival

    The event will be held on Sunday April 22nd, at 3:00PM at the Faith Congregational Church in Hartford. The Guest Revival Pastor will be our own Rev Edwin Perez, jr! The Youth Revival is a Racial Justice Ministry event. Faith Congregational Church is located at 2030 Main Street, Hartford CT 06120. For more information, contact Debby Kirk at debbyk@ctucc.org

    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.