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Potluck Dinners Are Back

Come join us for continuing fellowship for our series of get togethers for the Summer. Bring a dish to share - or if you have nothing just bring yourself. We hope to be able to continue this gathering once a month. Future dates are: August 12th and September 9th.

Chapel on the Green

United Church will be making and distributing sandwiches on Sunday July 22nd. Trinity’s Chapel on the Green is a unique venue. It is an outdoor congregation, of housed and un-housed, sharing God’s compassion through care, community, worship and breaking bread together, 52 Sundays a year in every weather condition. We will make sandwiches during our worship service in our air conditioned Bradley Room, and then deliver them at 1:30pm, and distribute them after the worship service and communion. The Chapel on the Green Service begins at 2:00PM. Trinity Church is located at 950 Chapel Street (corner of Temple), New Haven CT 06511

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. 

July 18th:

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

July 19th:

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

July 20th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 1:00PM Visiting Chinese Students Group at the Meeting House

July 22nd:

  • 10:00AM Worship at United Church
  • 11:30AM Coffee Hour in the Bradley Room
  • 12:30PM Second Worship Service at the Meeting House
  • 2:00PM Chapel on the Green at Trinity Church
  • 4:30PM Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) at the Parish House
  • 5:00PM Shalom Congregation Worship and Potluck at Parish House

July 23rd: 

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

July 24th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 6:00PM Executive Committee Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM Deacons Meeting at the Parish House

July 25th: 

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

July 26th:

  • 10:00AM Five for Five Crafts Group at the Parish House
  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM Hope After Loss at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House

July 27th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

    Clergy search committee news

    The Pastoral Search Committee News

    Over the last month or so, the Search Committee has been gathering demographic information about our congregation. The surveys asked about the composition of your family, the type of work you do, how long you’ve been a member, and various demographic information that will help the Committee to complete our church “Profile” which prospective pastors will see in determining whether to apply to become our next senior minister. In order to paint as complete a picture as possible.Please feel free to share your thoughts and hopes for our next Settled Minister directly with our Committee Chair, Jane Jervis by e-mail or phone:  jjervis99@comcast.net, 203-773-3503.

    stewardship reminder

    Annual Gifts are essential for the operations of our Church. They allow UCG to do all the important things that we do for so many people. Our Stewards and Finance Committee urge everyone who loves our Church to:

    • Drop one of our Annual Giving Cards in the offering plate on Sundays, or you can send one to our office. 
    • You can also pledge your gifts via our on-line giving system which offers a convenient “set it and forget it” auto debit option: CLICK HERE to do so. 

    Thanks for supporting our Church!

    Program News

    IRIS Backpack Ministry/ School Supply Drive  

    Although the dog days of Summer are yet upon us, school time is just around the corner. Once again, the United Church on the Green Outreach Committee is organizing our annual school supply drive to benefit local students through IRIS, Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services of New Haven. We are calling on everyone who is able to purchase and donate school supplies that will then be stuffed into colorful backpacks donated by UCG's Outreach Program. 

    • There will be a sign up in the Meeting House Narthex over the Summer where you can sign up to bring in supplies. We will need pens, pencils, pencil cases. pencil sharpeners, erasers, folders, 3 holed notebooks, 1"-3 ring binders, crayons, scissors, glue, glue sticks, colored pencils, markers, hi-liters, rulers, lined 3 holed paper and more. Please sign up to help us keep track of what we need. 
    • Our goal is to fill 96 backpacks to donate to IRIS. Please bring the supplies to the UCG Meeting House on Sunday(s) July 22, July 29 and August 05. If you would rather donate than shop, we can accommodate your donation to purchase needed supplies. Please make your check payable to "United Church on the Green" and include IRIS in the memo line. The deadline for monetary donations is August 12. We plan to have IRIS representatives at the service on August 19 to receive the assembled backpacks.
    • For more information about IRIS and their programs, go to www.irisct.org. For more information about the Backpack Ministry at United Church on the Green or to volunteer to help stuff the backpacks, please contact Jeff Hopper at hopper.jeffery@gmail.com .

    UCC Leaders: Keep Families Together!

    A word from the National UCC Leadership on the Forcible Refugee Family Separations. Click the link to read the statement, learn about legislative action, make a donation and/or volunteer at the border. Keep Families Together

    United Church School and Child Care

    Come join the fun with bible based learning activities on Sunday mornings! In the works is a summer church school Theater Project - we suggest that our kids invite friends to join them for this exciting new experience!  Every year we send our students to the UCC camp Silver Lake in Sharon, CT. This week Pastor Bonnie and Tim Bertaccini visited the camp and saw Joseph who is there this week! 


    Church School Rap

    (written by Church School students during Hymn Sing services)

    • Sharing is caring, and if you do
    • Good things and feelings will come to you
    • Treat each other just the way
    • You would want to be treated every day
    • Our lives are beginning, show us the way
    • to make a positive difference in the world today.
    • Spread your wings; fly like a dove.
    • Feel the spirit and joy of Jesus' love!
    United Community Nursery School
    Please let your family, friends, neighbors, and colleagues know that we still have some spaces for Fall at our Nursery school. Children need to turn 3 years old by December. We currently have a few full day spaces and several part day spaces available for fall, but we expect them to be filled soon, so PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD. THANKS! For more information, call 203 782-0141 x1 or email ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com.

    Crafts Group
    Our Crafts Group meets from 10 to 11:30 AM every other Thursday at 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. Any questions, ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, Susan or Jean, or email jeanandjon71@gmail.com.  
    Our upcoming meetings are on 7/19, 7/26, 8/2, 8/9, 8/16, 8/23 + 8/30

    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 June we are collecting dry pasta. CLICK HERE for a story about how we support the excellent and important work of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen. 

    Community Events

    Greater New Haven Vote 2018

    Presents a Moderated Forum with Candidates for Governor on Wednesday July 25th at 5:00PM at Albertus Magnus. A meet and greet follows. Moderators: Paul Bass (New Haven Independent), Rev Bonita Grubbs (CCA) Rev Abrham Hernandez (NHCLC). Food, Childcare and Free Parking are available. The forum with be held at the Tagliatela Academic Center (305 Huntington Street), New Haven. (enter parking lot on Huntington or Winchester). Click the link for more information: Greater New Haven Vote 2018

    New Haven Friday Free Flicks

    Bring a picnic and your family to enjoy a film under the stars in New Haven Parks all over the city. The movies begin at sundown (8:30PM) and are free and open to the public. For a full schedule and park locations, go to: New Haven Friday Flicks 

    The Big E is Back

    This year it runs from September 14th to September 30th in West Springfield, MA. Some of the musical acts this year will be: Morris Day and the Time (Sept. 16th), BB King's Blues Band featuring Tito Jackson (Sept 21st) Grandmaster Flash (Sept 22nd) and Jefferson Starship (Sept 28th-30th). For tickets and more information, go to: www.TheBigE.com

    Friends of the Green

    Clean the Green Days for 2018 will happen on 8/18, 9/22 and 10/20 at 10:00AM. Gloves and Trash Bags will be provided. Go to the Friends of the Green Table at Chapel and Temple. For more information go to their Facebook Page: Friends of the Green.

    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

    Helping Hands Thrift Store and Furniture Bank has closed its doors

    It would like to thank all its non-profit members, customers and donors since opening in 2010. They raised money for non-profit organizations (such as United Church) and provided emergency furniture for those in need. If you would like to donate furniture, appliances, household items and/ or building materials you can donate them to one of the Habitat for Humanities ReStore locations. The closest ReStore is in Stratford, at 1785 Stratford Ave, Stratford CT 06615. The Stratford ReStore has a pick up service for those living in Fairfield County. Click the link for more information on ReStore.


    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.