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Summer Music Musings

Music Sunday on May 19 was a highlight of the church year involving a cast of 25 singers, speakers, and instrumentalists: piano, organ, flutes, hammered dulcimer, guitar, keyboard and xylophone. So many talented people making such splendid music in our lovely Sanctuary! My heartfelt thanks to all who participated, including the congregation who came out in full force.

Pastoral Care Coverage for July

As there will be no minister on staff for the month of July, Rev. Connolly has arranged for coverage for pastoral care emergencies as follows: July 1-7: Rev. Sarah Person: person.revsarah@gmail.com; 508-802-6939 July 8-31: Rev. David Egan: minister@firstparishmedfield.org; cell: 617-620-1149. We are grateful for their willingness to serve!

Summer Social Justice

Narcan TrainingNarcan training will be given at the church on Monday, June 24, from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. The training will prepare participants to respond effectively if someone (visitor, pedestrian, etc.) suffers an opioid overdose/emergency. Narcan nasal spray (an over-the-counter drug) will be made available after the training. There is no charge for this session, and it is available to both congregation and the general public.  Protecting DemocracyIn collaboration with the Workers Circle, our congregation wrote 500 postcards to voters in the Atlanta GA area urging them to vote in Georgia’s May 22 primary. The Social Justice Team will conduct further writing

Summer Cash in the Plate

June: 1st week: Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe Fund (non-profit) to acquire 38 acres of their ancestral land on Triangle Pond in Plymouth https://www.herringpondtribe.org/ June weeks 2-5: The Trevor Project, whose vision is “A world where all LGBTQ+ young people see a bright future for themselves. “Https://www.thetrevorproject.org” July: Bridgewater Communities for Civil Rights (BCCR) is a “community-based organization dedicated to defending the rights of all persons while fostering open communication, providing opportunities to examine issues of social justice, and advocating for the elimination of bias and racism.”  https://bccrcivilrights.org/ August: Sacred Heart Food Pantry – A Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference serving the

Spring Service Auction

Deadline to submit offerings is Friday, June 7! It is time again for the ever-popular Spring Service Auction! We are again planning a fundraiser centered on goods and services. It’s a chance to pick up some great items, household help, and getaways. We’re seeking offerings that might include: Handcrafted and other items/gifts for sale. Craft classes or do-it-yourself craft kits/materials. Gift baskets, gift cards. Meals, treats, baked goods. Help with home/outdoor projects. Help with shopping, transporting items. Summer getaways.

Special Message for UU Middleboro’s Livestream Viewers

To help us measure the reach and impact of these livestream services, we are taking an informal survey to find out more about who is watching. We’d like to hear from you, especially: Why do you watch our services? How often do you watch? Please feel free to leave other comments as well. You don’t need to identify yourself if you prefer not to.  Thanks for helping!

A Note from the Minister

Request for Use of Sanctuary & Parish Hall by Seventh-Day Adventist Haitian Refugees As most folks reading this know, a fairly large group of refugees from Haiti (178 persons) have been lodged at the Quality Inn in Middleboro for the past several months.  In keeping with our desire to provide ministry to the larger community, especially those in the most need, we have been searching for ways to help.  On March 31, a group of four ministers representing the Southern New England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, whose members are among the Middleboro Haitian refugees, approached me with a request to use our facilities for their weekly Saturday worship services and social time.  Our Social Justice Team expressed warm support of the idea, providing certain concerns are satisfactorily addressed.

May Music Musings

Music Sunday at UU Middleboro is an annual springtime tradition, a chance to develop some musings into a worship service for the congregation. When I shuffle through the 15 annual Music Sunday files in my cabinet, I’m struck by the variety of music and topics we’ve explored. One of the earliest involved a congregational survey of favorite songs. Last year we presented a masterwork with John Rutter’s multi-movement “Requiem.” We’ve focused on Maya Angelou, Paul McCartney, and Paul Basler. We’ve created programs around themes, such as color palettes, inner instruments, and transformation.

RE in May

The end of the church school year is coming but don’t let that stop you from enjoying our groups, some volunteer opportunities and getting a chance to build your own bear before we wrap up!  In April we volunteered at the Cooler Middleboro Fair, and in May we will be graduating our OWL class at the end of the month. We have been adding more badges to our bears, including “Grow your Dreams” and “Listen to Life" in RE and in Youth Group.  We try to ensure the children are learning about their faith home and enjoying coming back each week to enjoy food, fun and friends.   We have a nursery each week for young children and infants as well as Religious Exploration class for children. 

Do You Enjoy Coffee Hour?  Can You Help?

Jeff Stevens primes the coffee maker each Sunday and helps to make the coffee. The church buys the needed coffee.  What do we need?  Coffee Hour Hosts - Please Read More to sign up online. Val will email you instructions, and there are many hands around to help as needed.

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