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Haiku from Rolfe Gjellstad


Let Mardi Gras rock,

And the Lenten season roll

With good thoughts and deeds.


This Week in Worship

Join us in person or remotely as we hear a good word from Rev. Kevin G. Ewing

Report from The UCG Regathering Task Force

We have now had a few weeks to examine the system we had devised in October for determining whether we would worship in-person. Under that system, leadership relying on several COVID-19 statistics, would inform everyone whether services would be held in-person or virtually each week. After meeting with members of the Worship & Music task force, the committee agrees.

  • We therefore have decided that at least through Epiphany Sunday, United will be open for live worship services with appropriate COVID-19 mitigation practices. 
  • We of course will also continue to broadcast the service live via YouTube. In light of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and an abundance of caution, we have decided to suspend in person coffee hour until further notice. Coffee hour will continue to be held virtually via Zoom, available as a time for fellowship immediately following each service. 
  • If you tune in via You Tube, you can switch right over to Zoom for coffee hour in breakout rooms. If you attend the service live at the Meeting
  • House, you can join us via Zoom when you arrive home.
  • Click Here to read the rest of the Regathering Update.

We Welcome You!

If you are new to United, or feeling new, we’d love to keep in touch with you. If you wish, please share your contact info and prayer requests at http://unitednewhaven.org/connect


Search Committee's Survey About United's Future

Your Search Committee needs your help again. You’ve heard us talk about the profile, our church’s introduction to prospective candidates for Senior Minister. One section of it asks for demographic data about our congregation, and we can get that information only from you. Would you please take a couple minutes and fill out a brief online questionnaire? Just click on this link: demographic survey. The survey will be available through the month of February. Your answers will be handled confidentially. Only aggregated results from the congregation will be presented. The survey is set up for individuals, so each of you should complete it separately, even If there are two or more congregation members in your household. In case you would prefer to complete the survey using a paper form, we will have copies available in the Narthex on Sunday mornings. 


Sharing our Gifts for a New Beginning

We have received many pledges from many in our congregation. Thanks to those who are supporting our Church. We celebrate especially the two households who have pledged for the first time this year and the thirteen households who have increased their pledges over last year. We are so grateful to everyone who has pledged so far. We are still hoping for 100% participation. Whether you can give a little or a lot, your gift matters tremendously, because it is an expression of solidarity and support for our congregation and for the ministries we undertake together. If you haven't yet had a chance to make your commitment to support United's year of new beginning, please do so at www.unitednewhaven.org/pledge. Thank you!



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this week @ united

Our Buildings Are Now Open for Certain Events
We have carefully started to use our buildings again under strict COVID-related rules. We have started worshiping and gathering in our Meeting House with live streaming via Youtube. Our Minister and the staff will remain working from home. They are reachable by their email and by phone messages left at 203-787-4195. Please reach out to us with any concerns. Please also sign up for our weekly E-News so that we can reach you with information on upcoming worship services and events. Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings are not currently being held at the church. To find an online Twelve Step meeting, go to: www.onlinegroupaa.org. Please continue to maintain social distance, use face covering, and cleanse your hands. We will continue to lift each other in prayer.

Feb 11th:

  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen – Take Out Only

Feb 12th: 

  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen – Take Out Only

Feb 13th: 

  • 10:00AM Sunday Worship at United Church – Hybrid
  • 11:00AM Coffee Hour – Online

Feb 16th:

  • 1:00AM Staff Meeting – Online

Feb 18th: 

  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen – Take Out Only

Feb 19th: 

  • 6:00PM YHHAP Soup Kitchen – Take Out Only

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our giving program

Stewardship at UCG

With all the changes and stress of this pandemic/high winds summer, did your annual pledge to United Church on the Green slip your mind? We would be delighted to hear from you. Please fill out the form attached here if you would like to join the many folks who have already pledged. Thank you so much for your support of our mission. 

*If you have already pledged, thank you for your generosity.

  • Set up your own on-line giving account  to make donations whenever and however you feel able. 
  • Once you have set up your "Giving Account" you can make individual gifts whenever you like.
  • Your can also "Set It and Forget It” with automatic recurring debit payments from your credit card or checking account.
  • And of course you can always send us your check to: United Church on the Green, 323 Temple St., New Haven CT 06510. 

Thanks for supporting our Church!

UCG Programs

The UCG Crafts Group
We will meet again at 10:0AM on Zoom:
  • February 24th
  • Save the dates!
If you need a chat-fix, just phone or email me or any other crafter. As you know, there is always tea for coffee to be sipped and stories to share. Please email Jean Blue jeanandjon71@gmail.com for a link to join our Zoom conversation.

The Service and Justice Ministry Team
The IRIS Run for Refugees is back in-person! Join us on Super Bowl Sunday, February 13th, for a flat 5K run/walk through New Haven's East Rock neighborhood!
  • Virtual run option: If you don't feel comfortable joining us in-person, run, walk, or bike a 5k in your neighborhood, on your treadmill, or wherever you like!
  • Go the extra mile for refugees! Create an individual or team fundraiser to support IRIS' services to help refugees with housing, healthcare, job placement, education, and much more. 
  • We've already welcomed 370+ Afghan evacuees and are committed to welcoming 600 in 2022, the most IRIS has ever resettled in one year.
  • Sign up to help us welcome new Americans from Afghanistan and all over the world.
Registration includes our iconic Run for Refugees T-shirt. We want to see you rock your Run for Refugees gear across Connecticut and the country! Tag us in your photos and videos and we’ll feature you on social media. EARN COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY! Donate or fundraise $200 or more for IRIS and receive complimentary race entry! Click the Link for more information: Run For Refugees.

Emergency Housing Help Needed for Afghan Refugees
Thousands of Afghan families who helped the U.S. government are now fleeing Afghanistan. Our partners at IRIS are ready to welcome these families being evacuated and brought to the U.S. — in some cases, with only a 24 hour notice. Help IRIS find housing for Afghan families! Click the link, and fill out the form, if you have any Housing Leads For more information, or to make a monetary donation, go to: Join the Welcomers

Connecticut Needs a Recovery for All
Our colleagues at the Southern New England Conference, UCC, invite us to join with a state-wide coalition of labor, community, and faith organizations called Recovery for All, to advocate for a state budget that would bring equity to low and middle class families, address income inequality, and begin to shift institutional racism in CT. To learn more and contact your legislators, please click here.

Faith Formation Ministry Team
Faith formation is the ministry of UCG that aims to deepen our understanding of the Christian faith and its implications for our lives and to pass the faith on to the next generation – a challenge, to be sure, but, undaunted, the Faith Formation Ministry Team, at its first meeting dug into the work of achieving these goals even during “such a time as this.” The multi-church youth groups, along with confirmation class and activities at Silver Lake, continue to engage our members who are in high school and junior high, but younger children, who already have an over-abundance of screen time in their days, are harder to reach. The Ministry Team seeks to assist parents in their efforts to create faith-nurturing homes, and we would welcome ideas about ways to be supportive. For adults, online meetings, such as the Wednesday prayer group and the Friday Bible study, have been fruitful, and the Ministry Team plans to add programs, on topics ranging from the church’s liturgical calendar to anti-racism, from faith-and science to the afterlife. Let us know what you would like. At present the Faith Formation Ministry Team consists of Jon Blue, Chris Maursky, Rashana Miller, Julie Peterman, Pastor Jocelyn Gardner Spencer, and Roger Adams. We’d love to have more people participating, whether as team members or in other ways. If you might be interested, or if you have ideas for us, please send an email to: roger_adams@comcast.net or to anyone else on the Team. (Contact info is in the church directory.)

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Community news

Anti Racism Social Justice Workshops

These workshops are sponsored by the Episcopal Dioceses of WNY and NWPA and the Becoming Beloved Community Grant. 

  • Read the Joint Statement on the Environment issued by the Archbishop of Canterbury here.
  • All Church Read: See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love
  • On Friday, February 25th from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. the partnership will host a discussion of Valarie Kaur’s book See No Stranger: A Memoir and Manifesto of Revolutionary Love. Participants are asked to read the book before the discussion.
  • An Evening with Tim Wise: In 2006, Tim Wise, the author of “White Like Me: Race, Racism and White Privilege in America,” was featured prominently in a documentary called “Mirrors of Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible” by World Trust. On Friday, March 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tim Wise will meet with us on Zoom to share his reflections on George Floyd and race relations during the Obama and Trump era. We will have time following his talk for a Q&A. Those who register for the event will have an opportunity to screen the film virtually at their own convenience.

Click the link to Register for all workshops. For more information, contact Missioner Gabrie'l J Atchison at (716) 881-0660 x 111 or gatchison@episcopalwny.org

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus
Dear Singers and Friends, It is with great excitement that I introduce the Spring 2022 program, rehearsal process, and performance plans! I sincerely hope that you all can join us for a semester of great music, singing, friendships, and more.
  • Virtual Start to the Semester Due to escalating safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the impending surge in cases, GNHCC will host the start of the Spring semester in virtual format, with no in-person singing option (yet!).
  • First Rehearsal (virtual): Thursday, January 13th 7PM - 8:15PM
  • Virtual Rehearsals will continue on a weekly basis until safe to return to in-person rehearsals... our anticipated return is March 3rd. In-person rehearsals are from 7-9 p.m. (also weekly).
  • Final Rehearsal:Thursday, May 26th. 
  • Performance: Early June 2022 - The informal or standard nature of our performance will be determined by safety considerations. Should it be required, we will host an outdoor performance event.
  • Music: To begin the semester, we will focus on three pieces: Let us All Sing, Keith Christopher, Music Changes the World, Jim Papoulis Cantar! Jay Althouse
Here is the ZOOM link for our regular rehearsals. A reminder message with the link will be sent ahead of next Thursday. Join by phone audio only: 929-436-2866 Meeting ID: 940 321 9816, Password: GNHCC. For more information contact: Noah A. Blocker-Glynn, Artistic Director at director@gnhcc.org. and visit: Greater New Haven Community Chorus.

Free Tax Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers
The IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) programs offer free basic tax return preparation to qualified individuals. The VITA program has operated for over 50 years. VITA sites offer free tax help to people who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns, including:
  • People who generally make $57,000 or less
  • Persons with disabilities; and
  • Limited English-speaking taxpayers
In addition to VITA, the TCE program offers free tax help, particularly for those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors.
While the IRS manages the VITA and TCE programs, the VITA/TCE sites are operated by IRS partners and staffed by volunteers who want to make a difference in their communities. The IRS-certified volunteers who provide tax counseling are often retired individuals associated with non-profit organizations that receive grants from the IRS.
  • Find a VITA or TCE Site Near You: VITA and TCE sites are generally located at community and neighborhood centers, libraries, schools, shopping malls and other convenient locations across the country. 
  • To locate the nearest VITA or TCE site near you, use the VITA Locator Tool or call 800-906-9887.
FISH of Greater New Haven Needs You!

Charlie Urban-Mead, who is a program manager and volunteer coordinator at Food in Service to the Homebound (FISH) of Greater New Haven is reaching out to faith groups in and around New Haven because they are experiencing a need for volunteer drivers. FISH of Greater New Haven has served the area for over 50 years, and recently gotten involved with COVID response work through our Pantry to Pantry program. We deliver healthy groceries to low-income residents of New Haven, Hamden, West Haven, and East Haven who can’t leave their homes to access standard “walk-up” food pantries. They need volunteers who can come between 10am and 4pm on weekdays to pick up grocery bags at our pantry warehouse at 269 Peck St, New Haven, and drive a 1-2 hour delivery route to drop off food at 4-6 homes. Those who are interested should complete this sign-up form, or visit our website or contact curbanmead@fishgnh.org


Connecticut Hospice

Volunteers are Needed! The Connecticut Hospice in Branford is accepting applications for new volunteers!! Our patients and families are in need of your care and support. If you have an interest in Reception or Patient Companionship, please call Joan Cullen, Director of Volunteers at 203-315-7510


COVID19 Vaccine Information for all Connecticut Residents

Please check state website for further information on eligibility: Get Vaccinated.

  • To schedule an appointment, go to: ct.gov/covidvaccine or call:877-918-2224
  • For more information on the state appointment system, please click here: VAMS

Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services

IRIS is recruiting female volunteers to work with refugee & immigrant women in New Haven, for our Cultural Companions Program! We're currently looking to pair volunteers with our refugee & immigrant female clients to meet weekly for 3-6 months, outdoors, or in a large public space where there is room for social distancing. The purpose of the weekly meetings is to practice English, share culture, and explore the community. Please see below for a more detailed description. If you are interested, please fill out the general Iris Volunteer Application at: https://irisct.org/volunteer/ Also do the specialized Cultural Companions Application HERE. For questions please contact: amakar@irisct.org.


Vaccinations for the Homebound in New Haven

The Health Department, in partnership with American Medical Response, has begun a program to deliver vaccinations to homebound New Haven residents. This vaccine service, like all vaccinations for COVID-19 is free, and no insurance or documentation is necessary. If you are physically or medically unable to leave your home to go to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic, you are eligible for this vaccine service. Please call 1-877-918-2224 or visit the webpage ct.gov/homeboundThese appointments will be available on Wednesdays from 9 am to 3:30 pm for homebound New Haven residents ages 16 and older. A nurse, accompanied by an EMT, will come by your place of residence once you are registered to administer the vaccine. 


Emergency Broadband Benefit

The FCC has a program to help families and households struggling to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded by the American Rescue Plan, this new benefit will connect eligible households to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and so much more. The Emergency Broadband Benefit will provide a discount of up to $50 per month towards broadband service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price. The Emergency Broadband Benefit is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household. Click the link for more information, or to determine eligibility: FCC Broadband Benefit


Black Lives Matter New Haven Spring Drive

Our friends at Black Lives Matter New Haven are conducting their 5th annual spring drive. Please visit the Amazon wishlist to contribute items and have them shipped directly to the organizers. You may also make a financial donation at the BLMNH website.


Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen Grand Opening

DESK's opened a new Drop-In Center in April. This new location includes their administrative offices, food pantry, soup kitchen, wifi and health screenings. It is located at 266 State Street (near Crown St), New Haven, CT 06510. For more information and to donate to this effort: Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen.


Breakthrough Church in Hamden

Breakthrough Church is sponsoring a food pantry on the 2nd and 3rd Saturday of every month from 12Noon - 2:00PM. This is Walk-Up or Drive Through Food Pantry. No ID is required and it is open to all. If you are walking up, please bring a shopping cart and/or groceries bags to carry your food. The Breakthrough Church in located at 481 Shelton Avenue, Hamden CT 06517. Food is distributed at the Butler St. Entrance (parking lot). For more information go to:  www.breakthroughct.com or call 203-691-9296.


Young Evangelicals for Climate Action

Are you concerned about the urgency of the climate crisis? Would you like to explore some faith-based resources for taking action? You’re invited to join Jenna Van Donselaar, from Young Evangelicals for Climate Action, and Doug Clark, retired UCC pastor and environmental theologian, for a six-week podcast series around the theme of a “Fossil Fuel Free Lent.” We’ll be connecting the traditional Lenten practices of fasting and prayer with fasting from our use of fossil fuels and engaging in prayerful study of the creation narratives in the biblical book of Genesis. To listen to the podcast, search “Creation Care

Conversations” wherever you get your podcasts, or go to: Creation Care Conversations.


Food Resources Available

The City of New Haven recently launched a comprehensive list of food resources for residents to access during the COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE for more information.


United Way Reaching Out

The United Way of Greater New Haven has created an online hub where they are posting volunteer opportunities and community needs. Visit their website and scroll down to the yellow buttons to learn more.  


Help With Prescription Delivery

Organized by Leslie Asanga, Pharmacist and Student at Yale School of Public Health. As a pharmacist in a community pharmacy, I still see a lot of people crowding the pharmacy to pick up life-saving medications despite recommendations for social distancing from the CDC and WHO. What breaks my heart is seeing the elderly and vulnerable people who are most likely to suffer the devastating effects of Covid-19 waiting in these long lines. Many of the elderly patients I have spoken to have no choice because they need their medications and have no one to help them. To that effect, we are using our platform www.pills2me.com where the elderly and vulnerable can request to have a volunteer pick up their medications and deliver them to their doorsteps same day. Our volunteers so far are Yale students and faculty and we are looking to recruit more volunteers. Could you please help spread the word within your community to help us reach the people who can benefit from our services


Internet Fraud - Protect Yourself

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we have seen a rise in the incidents of internet fraud and scams. Double check the "from" address. Don't share financial or banking information online. Verify suspicious emails by phone. Click the link below for more information on how to protect yourself and your family from internet crime. FCC Internet Safety


Christ Church Community Soup Kitchen Is Open

The Community Soup Kitchen at Christ Church in New Haven will continue to serve food as prepackaged take out. The take-out soup kitchen is going on at the Community Soup Kitchen located at Christ Church dining room at 84 Broadway, New Haven CT 06511. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday they will serve take away lunch from their dining room back door at 11AM - 1:30PM in prepackaged units. Saturdays they will serve breakfast in the same fashion 8AM - 9:45AM. The soup kitchen is open to anyone, including people who are affected by school closings. When the health department gives the "All Clear" they will resume indoor weekday lunch (11:30-1) and Saturday breakfast (8:30-9:30) food service. For more information, go to: www.csknewhaven.org

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Community Resources

Community Healthcare Van

This mobile bus which maintains a schedule of different locations around downtown New Haven provides free and confidential adult services on a first-come, first-served basis including needle exchange programs. For more information or to get the schedule texted to you call: 

  • Angel (203) 996-0162
  • Rolo (203) 996-0161
  • Rolo,Jr. (203) 823-0743

The CitiSeed Farmers Markets

They're Back!: Four neighborhood markets including one year-round market have returned in Wooster Square, Edgewood Park, The New Haven Green and Quinnipiac River Park. City Seed Farmers Markets take all forms of payment including cash, credit/ debit, WIC, SNAP and Senior Market Coupons. They also participate in the Double your SNAP dollars program. Click the link for more information, and the full schedule: www.cityseed.org


E-Recycling is Back

Take 2 Inc provides free and convenient residential Electronic recycling near you! Bring out your TVs. Bring out your Computers. Bring out your Printers. Get rid of those old Monitors and get back that space in your garages and basements. They have made it easy for all Connecticut residents to find e-waste recycling options throughout the state. You can also like Take 2 Inc. on Facebook to get notifications of upcoming events throughout the State. Take 2 Inc. manages events of all sizes. If you're a recycling coordinator or community organizer who wants to schedule an event in your community, call their Legislative Program Director at 203.286.5757 x106 to start planning a collection solution near you. Click the link to find out about existing drop off dates and times, and to see a list of accepted electronics: Take2.


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 or call 1-800-209-9322. There is a local Donation Box at Whole Foods Market, 1686 Boston Post Road (Rt 1, next to Costco's), Milford CT 06460

 

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.