worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

          May we not forget

          The dead, disfigured and maimed

          From gun violence.


Guest Preacher

The Right Reverend James E. Curry Will be our guest Preacher on Peace Sunday, September 24th. He retired as Bishop Suffragan in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut in the fall of 2014. During his ordained ministry, he has been especially interested in being a companion and mentor with people engaged in mission., a spiritual director for clergy and laypersons, and a coach for new bishops and a supervisor for clergy of other denominations. He was convener of Bishops Working for a Just World, a network of bishops from across the Episcopal Church, from 2004 to 2014, a founding member of Bishops Against Gun Violence, a national network of bishops of the Episcopal Church dedicated to gun violence prevention, treasurer of Mothers United Against Violence, a Hartford based grassroots organization that seeks to be a faith-based voice of hope bringing families of victims spiritual support and advocating for justice. In retirement, he has been working with faith communities and secular organizations in Greater Hartford and Greater New Haven to create public witness to challenge violence through liturgy, the arts, grassroots organizing and legislative advocacy. 

Our New Bi-lingual Progressively Pentecostal Charismatic Musical Worship

Our new 2nd worship service continues to be a big hit! Many new people are attending and a dozen or so are potential new members. The 12:30pm service 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!" and is being led by Deacons Edwin Perez and Carlos Sanchez. Pastor Bonnie joins them with the goal of providing love, welcoming and inclusion, with lively music and singing. Please join us to experience this new form of UCG's extravagant welcome!

New Lights Needs Volunteers

Fellowship after Worship is such an important part of United Church's "extravagant welcome". Our Congregation is growing and our New Lights Volunteers need some new members to help with our Coffee Hours and Potluck Dinners. Please consider donating your time, food, supplies to this important ministry. Sign up sheets are on the bulletin board in the Meeting House Bradley Room. If you'd like to help, please contact Pastor Bonnie Scott (203-787-4195 x104) for more information.

Annual Leadership Dinner

On Tuesday September 19th, at 5:30pm in our Parish House Great Hall, we will host our Annual Leadership Dinner for our officers, committee members, choir members and our staff.  If you are an officer or member of one of our committees, you are cordially invited to attend. Please join us to receive a warm thank you for all of your hard work and to hear about our plans for the coming year. Please RSVP to Pastor Bonnie at dr.bonnie.scott@gmail.com or call her at 203-787-4195 x104.

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.

Sept 18th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM Bible Studies at the Parish House
  • 8:00PM Alcoholics Anonymous at the Parish House

Sept 19th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Staff Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM Leadership Dinner at the Parish House

Sept 20th: 

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

Sept 21st: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 12Noon Nursery School Task Force Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:00PM ACA Step Study Group at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Rehearsal at the Meeting House

Sept 22nd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

    program news

    UCG T-Shirts Back in Stock
    We have reordered our popular lime green T-shirts in various adult sizes. They are available for $12 each on Sundays at the Meeting House or on weekdays at out Parish House. Show your love and pride of our unique and wonderful church and your personal sense of style!

    Donations for Our Fall Tag Sale
    We are hosting another fall Tag Sale! This year the Tag Sale will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 10am to 3pm in the Great Hall of our Parish House. And, we are now looking for donations to "fill the hall". Possible donations include: Small furniture that will fit into a car, All types of houseware and kitchen ware, Candle holders, Vases, Lamps, Holiday decorations, Toys, Tools, Arts & crafts supplies. A special focus will be "coffee table books," such as travel or art books;  We cannot accept donations of clothing, however. or general types of books. You can bring your donations to the Parish House (323 Temple St. in New Haven on Mondays-Fridays from 10am - 4pm. 

    Sunday Children's Program
    Our program continues every Sunday with Colleen and She'mone. Our Fall Program started on Homecoming Sunday, We'll be launching the new Spark Fall Church School Curriculum, with bible based Welcome Games, activities, lessons and more for our 6-12 year olds, and with child care for our 0-5 year olds. Following the morning service, everyone is invited to the Ice Cream Social outside! We're really excited about this year's offerings and events for UCG children and youth, and look forward to welcoming new and returning young people to church!

    Youth Group and Confirmation Class
    We are joining with the 7-12th graders at Spring Glen and North Haven Churches to form a youth group. ( An hour before the youth group starts there will also be a two year confirmation class for those who are not yet confirmed). They will take place on Sunday nights and activities will include, apple picking, Jordan's "It", Chill nights, a fall retreat, a food drive and other service projects, seeing "A Self Made Man" at our church for Transgender Sunday, a lock-in and a Pancake Breakfast, a Good Friday Labyrinth, a Zoo day, and a confirmation retreat, and going to the True Colors Conference. We will also be visiting other denominational religious services.. What a great year ahead!! I am excited to be a part of this team and encourage all our young people to attend! Click the link to see the full schedule: Confirmation Class.

    United Community Nursery School
    Our Nursery School Fall Session is underway. We are pleased to announce that we are at full enrollment for Fall at the moment. We are celebrating one of our most diverse communities of families and staff ever. If you have never visited the school, please let us introduce you to the United Community experience. For more information contact our Nursery School Director, Betty Baisden at ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com or call 203-782-0141. 

    Issues in Religion Discussion Group
    This unique Saturday discussion group will resume on October 21st, after an extended summer break. The group will convene at 10:30 in our Parish House. The topic has not been decided yet. We usually gather in the United Church Parish House lounge, but we may find another room, as the 21st is also the date of the UCG Fall Tag Sale in the Parish House. The discussion group meets roughly every two weeks, and we're always looking for new participants. People from all of the UCC churches in New Haven are particularly invited. For more information contact Roger Adams at roger_adams@comcast.net. 

    5-for-5 Craft Group
    This group usually meets on certain Thursdays at 10am in the Parish House. Do handwork in good company as we enjoy far-ranging, interesting conversation. Bring your own knitting, sewing, mending, embroidery, quilting or any handwork. If you want lunch, feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. New folks are always welcome. For questions? Ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Ruth Anne, Susan, Pam or Jean. Upcoming meetings are on: 9/27, 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/29 and 12/13. For more information contact Jean Blue at: jeanandjon71@gmail.com. 

    Food Donations Needed

    Each week food offerings go to support the work of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen

    DESK is always in need of packaged food donations for their daily Soup Kitchens and weekly food pantries. We collect food at worship which we pass along to them. The current food focus is jellies. Please bring you donations to church on Sundays or our Parish House during the week.

    community events

    Friends of the Green

    New Haven Clean the Green! Greet the Fall, Honor this Historic Space, Make a Contribution! Gloves and Litter Bags will be provided. Meet up at Trinity Church at 10:00AM. Clean the Green Dates are September 23rd and October 14th. Trinity Church is located at 950 Chapel Street (corner of Temple) New Haven CT 06510. For more information, go to: Friends of the Green.

    Comic Relief

    An Interfaith Fundraiser for the Immigrant Bail Fund will be held at the Congregation Mishkan Israel, on Thursday October 12th, at 7:00PM. The Immigrant Bail Fund frees Connecticut Residents for Immigrant Detention so they can reunite with their families and communities and fight deportation from a position of freedom. Congregation Mishkan Israel is located at 785 Ridge Rd, Hamden CT 06517. For tickets, contact Congregation Mishkan Israel at (203) 288-3877. For more information on the Immigrant Bail Fund, go to info@immigrantbailfund.org or call (203) 340-1116.

    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.