worship news

Haiku by Rolfe Gjellstad

          Some are hard to love

          And very hard to forgive, 

          Unlike me, of course.

City Library Dedicates Stained Glass Window to Jennifer Pugh

The following is an announcement from Martha Brogan, Director and City Librarian of the

New Haven Free Public Library " Many of you may have known long-time city employee Jennifer Pugh, who passed away in December after a 15-month battle with cancer. She was a gem and a huge advocate for NHFPL, particularly in her role as Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for the city. I am delighted to let you know that her friends decided to recognize her through the creation of a unique stained glass artwork panel depicting New Haven’s 9 Squares and chose to hang it in the new Ives Squared Cafe. The Library Board unanimously endorsed this wonderful tribute and an event in Jennifer’s memory and honor will be held at Ives on Monday evening, March 26th to which you are all invited. Attached is information that went out to all city employees about participating in and contributing to this tribute. It is a testimony to your dedicated work in the community that Jennifer—who knew of the tribute prior to her death—wanted the library to be the place of honor." 

Second Service Revival Worship

Rev. Edwin Perez, Jr. conducts our second worship service every Sunday at 12:30. 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!

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.

Jan 22nd: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:30PM Bible Studies at the Parish House

Jan 23rd: 

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

Jan 24th:

  • 12:00PM AA at the Meeting House
  • 6:30PM NA Speakers Group at the Parish House

Jan 25th: 

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House
  • 7:00PM Hope After Loss Meeting at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM New Generation NA at the Parish House
  • 7:30PM UCG Choir Practice at the Meeting House

Jan 26th:

  • 12Noon AA at the Meeting House

Jan 27th:

  • 9:00AM Junior League Meeting at the Parish House

    Program News

    Shine the Light Campaign Update
    We are pleased to report that we currently have 6 windows already sponsored in our special campaign to  replace storm windows for the north and west sides of our historic Meeting House. These large, custom-made storm windows cost about $3,500 each installed. Funding a window is a great way to help safeguard our Meeting House for future generations; however any donation to this project will be very much appreciated. Our goal is to secure the funding we need by Lent. Please contact Pastor Bonnie Scott for more information and to discuss your support options. CLICK HERE to make a donation to this important project. 

    Upcoming Confirmation Class Schedule
    Our Youth Group plans on meeting on Sunday from 5-6:30pm at Spring Glen on January 28th as "chill night". 

    United Community Nursery School
    January is off to a great (also snowy and cold, but happy!) start at the Nursery School. We are at full enrollment, with families representing at least 15 different cultures! We have also begun our annual recruitment process for Fall enrollment. If you or anyone you know has children who will be 3 or 4 years old this Fall, please encourage them to contact our church's UNITED COMMUNITY NURSERY SCHOOL, where young children have learned and played together since 1962 at "the preschool you've been looking for!" We are currently sending out application packets and scheduling family visits. Folks can call 203 782-0141 x1 or email ucnsnewhaven@yahoo.com. We also hope that you, your family and friends will join us for our annual OPEN HOUSE & PANCAKE BREAKFAST on Saturday, March 10th from 9:00-12:00. And check out our United Community Nursery School Facebook Page for updates and events.     

    United Church School & Child Care
    We are thrilled to have hired an awesome Youth Ministry Coordinator for the federated youth groups of Church of the Redeemer, Spring Glen Church UCC, United Church on the Green and North Haven Congregational Church, Emily McKenna! Click the link to learn about our new Youth Ministry Coordinator. 

    Crafts Group
    Our Crafts Group usually meets on Wednesdays from 10 to 11:30 AM in the Parish House. New crafters are 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. Our upcoming meetings are on 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15,4/5 and 4/19.
    Any questions, ask DeeDee, Cynthia, Sarah, Ruth Anne, Susan or Jean, or email jeanandjon71@gmail.com

    Possible Speaker Series Beginning
    The talk by Timothy Snyder at the Parish House on November 28 was a huge success. The room was packed with people from the community, and United Church, by donating the space, took a public stand on a danger facing our society. We are planning an ongoing series of speakers whom United could engage from the community to discuss social issues. We also plan to have information about ways people could get involved in community activities. If you are interested in helping United become more activist and visible, please contact Roger Adams at roger_adams@comcast.net.

    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. Currently we are donating dry pasta. 

    Community Events

    Connecticut Warming Centers 

    If you, or someone you know need to come in out of the cold, click the link, or call 211.  See if there is a specific center in your community, type in your city, town or location, and hit search. If there is no warming center listed in your town/city, please note that libraries, senior centers and other public locations are good places to keep warm or seek shelter. For more information, go to: Warming Centers

    The Mary Paintings: Expressions of the Divine Feminine

    This creative workshop is sponsored by the Mercy Center in Madison. It will be led by licensed therapist Catherine Steinberg over the January 26th weekend. "I believe," explains Catherine, "that the Divine Feminine is needed more than ever in our world today to support the evolution of consciousness and the aspiration for all beings to live in harmony, peace and love." The Mercy Conference Center is located at 167 Neck Road, Madison CT 06443. For more information and to register, go to www.mercybythesea.org or call 203-245-0401.

    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.