worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

Jeff Bezos describes

The great border wall as a

"Complexifier."


Suggest Reading

Pastor Bonnie strongly suggests reading "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan for our Lenten Study Series. It is a fascinating book. We have a limited number of copies which will be kept in the Church Office during the week and at the Meeting House on Sundays. These paperbacks cost $10.00 each. Let us know if you'd like us to purchase one. Pastor Bonnie and Jon Blue will be leading a discussion on this book at our second hour starting on March 3rd.  


Abraham's Tent 2019

This wonderful program is an outreach activity run by Columbus House. The program provides shelter and meals for twelve house-less men. This frees up beds at Columbus House during the winter. Each host Church provides hospitality for one week. UCG is hosting the week of March 4th-March 11th. Each host site will provide breakfast, supper, and sleeping quarters. This year we are partnering with B'nai Jacob. We will host our guests in the Bradley Room. There are many opportunities for our members to help support this important program including:

  • Contribute food for breakfasts and suppers
  • Provide onsite overnight hospitality
  • Pantry donations
  • Monetary donations
  • Prayers and smiles for our guests.

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this program, please contact Angelyn Singer, or Jeff Hopper.


Worship Bulletins

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.

bridge minister chosen

Senior Deacon, Kathryn Thomas is delighted to announce that the Rev. Olivia Hayes-Robinson has agreed to serve as our Bridge Pastor after Pastor Bonnie leaves us. Her term of service will begin May 5 and continue until we welcome our new settled pastor in September. Rev. Hayes-Robinson retired in December as Senior Pastor of Kensington UCC after over 40 years as a UCC ordained minister. She has held positions as settled pastor, interim, and has served as Chaplain and pastor at York Correctional Institution in Niantic. She was seeking a short-term part-time position near her Branford home. United was seeking a short-term part-time pastor to help us bridge the gap between Rev. Dr. Bonnie Scott's departure and the arrival of our new settled pastor. I won't detail here all the synchronicities that have emerged since I walked into a housewarming on a recent Friday night to unexpectedly encounter her. Suffice it to say that the hand of God brought us together with a firm hand. And we listened. Rev. Hayes-Robinson has also agreed to preach at United on February 24th, when Pastor Bonnie will be recovering from surgery. We hope you will come and meet her! Her work for the church will begin on May5th.

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 19th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Outreach Meeting at the Parish House

Feb 20th:

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

Feb 21st: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM International Socialist Group Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM Shalom Prayer Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Rehearsal at the Meeting House

Feb 22nd: 

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

Feb 23rd:

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

To schedule a church meeting or rent space, please contact Jack Russell (203) 787-4195 x102 jack@unitednewhaven.org

    Program News

    Federated Youth Group
    It's time to volunteer for the Abraham's Tent Program. Volunteering is a stellar way of engaging with your community as well as gaining experience you can use for future internships or school applications. Be sure to volunteer at our church from March 3rd- 11th, and know that you are more than welcome to help at the other churches in this program as well. If you are planning to attend the service trip to Simply Smiles in Oaxaca, Mexico this summer. The dates for this trip are June 22nd-29th. If you have questions about this trip please contact Emily McKenna our Youth Coordinator. We will be doing fundraising throughout the year to make this trip possible. Here' the events calendar for February and March. 
     
    United Church School and Child Care

    Colleen, She'Mone and Maria welcome your children to our Church School Program every Sunday at 10am. They are continuing to use the "Spark Curriculum". throughout the year.


    United Community Nursery School

    We are currently accepting applications and scheduling classroom visits for the next school year September 2019 - June 2020. We may also have some openings beginning in July. All spaces are for 3 and 4 year old children. Children starting in September must turn 3 years old by December 2019. Please share the good news with family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. Call or email us. For more information, call 203-782-0141 or email ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com.   


    Crafts Group

    Our Crafts Group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM on certain Thursdays. New crafters 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. If you have any questions or suggestions contact DeeDee, Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, Susan or Jean, or e-mail: jeanandjon71@gmail.com. Our next upcoming meeting is on 2/28. Please join us.   

    Summer Student Exchange Ministry
    In an exciting message given to us by Dr. Thomas Peng, a member of our Outreach Committee and Director of Global Education Programs which provide opportunities for students from East Asia to come to us in New Haven in the Summer of 2019. Dr. Peng and Pastor Bonnie are asking church families to consider helping to host families for the East Asian students from July 13th through July 27th. We are seeking 20 host families, with each host family preferably hosting two students, or hosting the teachers. A stipend of $550/student will be provided to each host family to cover the costs to host the students. For more information please contact Pastor Bonnie at 203-787-4195 x104 or dr.bonnie.scott@gmail.com.

    Food Focus Donations
    Once a Month, we ask for food donations as part of our Communion Service Ministry. Please bring in your food offering on the first Sunday of each month, or drop it off at the Parish House during business hours: M-F 10am-4pm. For this month the focus is dry pasta. For more information contact Nicole Atchison, our Administrative Office at 203-787-4195 x101. CLICK HERE for a story about how we support the excellent and important work the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.

    Clergy search committee news

    The Pastoral Search Committee News

    Our Search Committee is in the final stages of interviewing candidates for the position of our next Settled Senior Clergy. For more information on the status of our search please contact Committee Chair, Jane Jervis by e-mail or phone:  jjervis99@comcast.net, 203-773-3503.

    stewardship Support

    Here's how you can support the operations and work of our church by making financial gifts to fund the many programs that we provide to the local community. Your gifts enable "all the good works" that we do:  

    • Drop one of our Annual Giving Cards in the offering plate on Sundays, or send your donation to our Church Office at 323 Temple St., New Haven, CT 06510. 
    • You can also make gifts by creating an on-line giving account and select the "Set It and Forget It” auto debit option: CLICK HERE to do so. 

    Thanks for supporting our Church!

    Community Events

    Free Income Tax Assistance

    During tax season, many organizations provide free help with filing your taxes. Don't give away your hard earned tax return funds. Keep them for yourself and your family. There are many locations at libraries and community centers. Click the link for more information: Free Income Tax Assistance  

    • Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (State Tax Help Only) 
    • AARP (Middle and Low Income, over 60 years old) 
    • VITA (Income under $50,000 a year) 
    • CAAS (Tax Advice for Businesses and Non-Profits) 
    • UConn Law School Tax Clinic (Low Income with Tax Law Issues) 

    City Seed's Indoor Winter Farmers Markets

    Beginning on Saturday January 5th, one of the only farmers' markets operating year-round in Connecticut, reopened for the season. CitySeed's fifth annual Winter Farmers' Market is held indoors at Metropolitan Business Academy, 115 Water Street, New Haven CT. It runs from 10am to 1pm. All CitySeed Markets offer Double Food Stamp Value Coupons. This nutrition incentive program that enables SNAP recipients to double their money dollar for dollar. up to $10 buys $20 of CT-grown fruit, vegetables, seedlings, or canned fruits and vegetables. Cash, credit and debit cards are accepted. For more information visit: www.cityseed.org. 


    Treasures form the Yale Film Archives Film Festival

    Free and Open to the Public at the Whitney Humanities Center Auditorium, 53 Wall Street (corner of Church), New Haven CT 06511. Treasures from the Yale Film Archive is an ongoing series of classic and contemporary films in 35mm curated by the Yale Film Study Center. www.library.yale.edu/film This semester the films are:

    • Milk (2008) February 21th 7:30PM
    • The Circle (2000) March 3rd 2PM
    • The Hustler (1961) April 7th 2PM
    • Special Preservation Premiere with Nick Doob April 26th 7PM

    Community Resources

    Elder Caregiving

    Are you providing care to an elder loved-one and need support? Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, we produce Today's Caregiver magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, caregiving books, Custom publications, the Fearless Caregiver Conferences, and our website. Caregiver Media Group and all of our products and services are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers. Today's Caregiver magazine is the first national magazine dedicated to family and professional caregivers. Content topics include nutrition, pharmaceutical, financial, home safety, new technology options, insurance, homecare, medication breakthroughs and incontinence management. Each issue also features a cover interview with a well-known celebrity caregiver. For more information, to subscribe to the magazine and/or attend a free Caregiver Conference, go to: www.caregiver.com


    English and Spanish Language Volunteers Needed

    Patient Experience Volunteer Programs at Yale New Haven Hospital is seeking volunteers to serve community members and families in their time of need. To volunteer, please sign up at: www.ynhh.org


    Donate Your Old Cell Phones

    Secure the Call is a National coalition of over 425 organizations including Police Departments, Battered Women's Shelters, Crossing Guards and Senior's Centers. Donating your old phones will help provide these orgs with 911 cell phones for the community. Secure the the Call collects the phones, scrubs them and give them to people who need 911 cell phones. Go to the website for a free mailing label, or drop your phones off at a local dropbox. For more information, go to www.securethecall.org There is a local Donation Box at Whole Foods Market, 1686 Boston Post Road (Rt 1, next to Costco's), Milford CT 06460


    Take 2

    This is an organization that safely recycles your old unused electronics. To get information on the date and location for secure electronic recycling, go to: www.securethecall.org
    or call 1-800-209-9322.  

     

    Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

    D.E.S.K. 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: www.downtowneveningsoupkitchen.com.


    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.