Feliz Navidad Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad
End of a journey
A very bright starry night
No place to give birth
Donate poinsettias in memory or in honor of loved ones to decorate the Meeting House during the Holidays. Dedications must be sent to the office by Monday December 17th. Donation: $20 each.
Winter Clothes Drive
During the month of December The Outreach Committee is collecting cold weather clothing and knitted/crocheted items for children (hats, gloves, scarves) and adults (hats, gloves, socks, scarves, coats). The children's clothing should be new and will be donated to IRIS, adult clothing should be new or gently used and will be donated to Columbus House. Please leave your items in the collection box in the Narthex of our Meeting House. You can also drop things off at the Parish House Office during weekday business hours.
We will collect at the Meeting House until December 15th and at the Parish House up until December 19th. I will collect the clothes and deliver them to IRIS and Columbus House. Thank you for helping our neighbors.
The Giving Tree
This great program is an easy way to spread Christmas cheer. Select an ornament from our tree in the Bradley Room. The ornaments have a child's gender, age and what they like. Purchase a gift, wrap it, attach the ornament as a tag and place it under the tree. Our Giving Tree items will be distributed to the children at our United Community Nursery School. Please see Jeff Hopper for details.
New Haven Leon Sister City Project
This much respected group will be having its annual fair trade sale at United Church on the Green on Sunday December 16th, in our Meeting House after our first service. Among our fair trade items are Nicaraguan coffee, and woven goods; baskets made in India from recycled wire; and Palestinian olive oil. Local and area produced items include Swords Into Plowshares honey and pure beeswax candles, and hand made soap produced by Flat Brook Farm in East Hampton , etc. And as always, calendars and other products from Syracuse Cultural Workers, a company owned by its workers. They accept check or cash.
Saturday December 15th
- 6:00PM UCG Christmas Dinner at the Parish House We will fellowship, sing carols and enjoy delicious food provided by Iris/ City Seed with a visit from Santa. Monetary Donations Accepted.
Sunday December 16th
- During our 10:00AM Worship - The UCG Handbell Choir will perform.
- After First Service - New Haven Leon Sister City Project will be having its annual fair-trade sale at United Church on the Green. Fair trade items from Nicaragua, Palestine and East Hampton, and products from Syracuse Cultural Workers, a company owned by its workers.
Wednesday December 19th
- 6:30PM Blue Christmas Service - This is a Healing Service especially geared to those who are struggling with being joyful at this time of year. In readings and prayers and song we will remember that Jesus was born precisely during struggle and pain and to be a healer.
Sunday December 23rd
- Our 10:00AM Worship will include the Elm City Winds, a woodwind quintet of which our Music Director, Caesar Storlazzi is a member.
Monday December 24th
- Christmas Eve 5:30PM Candlelight Christmas Eve Service at United Church We will have beautiful music provided by our choirs and musicians and a Christmas Blessing by Candlelight. Children will be provided with Holiday Glow Sticks. Special music begins at 5:30PM
Second Service Revival Worship
The United Church on the Green offers a second Christian worship experience on Sundays at 12:30pm. It’s a progressive, charismatic worship celebration. This service is less formal, often bilingual (Spanish and English), and entirely inclusive! The music of this worship is Christian Contemporary, Praise & Worship, and of Gospel genres. The service is led by Rev. Edwin Pérez Jr., an ordained progressive Pentecostal minister who is a Deacon of our Church. His ministry is under the guidance of UCG’s Deacons. Through this ministry, we seek to expand the welcome, love, and light of Jesus through spiritual revival, making God’s love and justice real for all. We seek to encourage faith and community, via radical inclusion, where you are not only welcome; but where you are wanted.
If you would like a copy of our most recent worship bulletin CLICK HERE.
Information for New Haveners in Need
Go to Street Sheets or for hard copies visit the church office at 323 Temple St.