worship news

Feliz Navidad Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

End of a journey

A very bright starry night

No place to give birth

Poinsettia Dedication

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.

United Advent Calendar of Holiday Events


  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.

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.

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. 

Dec 11th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Steward's Meeting at the Parish House

Dec 12th:

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

Dec 13th: 

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

Dec 14th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Dec 15th:

  • 12Noon Private Party at the Parish House
  • 6:00PM UCG Christmas Party with IRIS 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 Update
    Here are some dates for December:

    For the Youth Group's Winter Retreat, we will be traveling to Sharon, CT and spending the weekend at Silver Lake Conference Center, the CTUCC's outdoor ministry site! We will be there together from Friday February 1st through Sunday February 3rd. This retreat is a required event for all students in Confirmation Class. Our Oasis Youth Group is also invited. There is an option to ski while on this retreat as well! Here is the breakdown of the different cost options for the retreat:  

    • $150 includes your lodging and meals for the entire weekend, the base price!   
    • $50 would cover your skiing time. If you need ski equipment rentals, it's an additional $50. 
    • So, if you are simply attending the retreat and do not wish to ski, your cost is $150. 
    • If you have ski equipment and would like to ski, your total retreat cost is $200. 
    • If you'd like to ski and need to rent equipment, your total retreat cost is $250.   

    Please reach out to your pastor if you are in need of financial assistance for this Winter Retreat. Also contact

    Emily McKenna, our Youth Ministry Coordinator with with any questions you may have. 

    Our service trip in June is fast approaching! This is a life-changing opportunity for you as well as the people we will help serve in Mexico. Take a look at the link below for more information! 

    Don't forget to check out the open sign-up slots for the rest of the year. We need YOU to make your Youth Ministry programs as great as they can be. Sign up today.


    United Church School and Child Care

    Along with our weekly bible learning and activities, the kids will be involved in a variety of care projects related to the upcoming holidays.

    United Community Nursery School

    The children are all busy learning about friends and fall! They've been cooking pumpkin bread and cookies, exploring the outdoors for leaves, seeds, nuts, colors and other signs of the season, hypothesizing about which fall items will sink or float, comparing and counting, enjoying stories, songs, games, and so much more. We also have a few spaces in the school for 3-5 year olds. Thank you for helping spread the word. For more information, call 203 782-0141 x1 or email ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com.

    Faith in Action

    You may have heard that the federal government has proposed a change to the "public charge" rule. This rule affects people applying for green cards. The proposed change would make it more difficult for people with income under 125% of the federal poverty level to obtain green cards. The rule also would expand the list of public benefits that the government would count against a green card applicant in the "public charge" analysis, to include SNAP, Medicaid, and Section 8 housing subsidies. However, under the current proposed version of the rule, receipt of these benefits by U.S. citizen children or others in the family who are eligible for benefits would not count against the green card applicant. Legal Services are very concerned that immigrant families will stop accessing benefits that are critical for their health and their children's health and nutrition, because they are afraid that the use of this benefit could jeopardize a green card application. (Troublingly, the federal government is claiming cost savings based on this "chilling" effect!)We ask you to help. Two things you can do are:

    • Submit a Comment Opposing the Proposed Rule In addition to directing families or staff to CTLawHelp and to legal aid for answers, you can submit a comment on this proposed regulation to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The deadline for submitting comments is December 10, 2018. You can access a template from the Protecting Immigrant Families coalition here:   https://protectingimmigrantfamilies.org/#take-action/

    If you would like more information, please contact us at New Haven Legal Assistance. You can ask for Shelley White, Director of Litigation & Advocacy or Benefits Attorney Sheldon Toubman or Immigration Attorneys Ben Haldeman or Dahlia Fuleihan at 203-946-4811.

    Crafts Group
    Our Crafts Group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM on certain Thursdays. Our next meeting is on December 13th in the Parish House. 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:

    Food Focus Donations
    Once a Month, we ask for food donations as part of our Communion Service Mission.Please bring in your food offering on the first Sunday of each month, or drop it off at the Parish House during business hours. For this and next month the focus is on "ready to eat" food in pull-top cans. For more information contact 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 has posted our "UCC Church Profile" and is accepting letters of interest from candidates for the position of Settled Senior Clergy. Those matching our profile will be invited to provide a formal application. For more information please contact Committee Chair, Jane Jervis by e-mail or phone:  jjervis99@comcast.net, 203-773-3503.

    stewardship Support

    It's that time of the year for all our supporters to consider making a special "Year End Gift". This year we are seeking support for the many community organizations and programs that our Outreach Committee funds. For those who have pledged an annual support amount, please make sure to fulfill your pledge by December 31st. Here's how you can support our church and 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

    Greater New Haven Community Chorus

    Join them for a choral celebration commemorating the 100th anniversary of the World War I Armistice of 1918. Choral selections include Haydn's Mass in Time of War (with orchestra) and works by Bednall, Daley, Robbins, Stroope and more. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 15th at Battell Chapel 400 College St (corner of Elm), New Haven, CT 06511. Doors open at 7pm; concert begins at 7:30. Click the link for more information and tickets: GNHC

    New Haven Leon Sister City Project

    This wonderful Program will be having its annual fair trade sale at the United Church on the Green Meeting House on Sunday December 16th after their 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. United Church on the Green is located at 270 Temple Street (corner of Elm), New Haven CT 06511. Free parking in Downtown New Haven on Sundays

    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 to Secure the Call. 

    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.take2recycle.com or call 1-800-209-9322.  


    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.