AUGUST 12-25, 2023 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for 4 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
SATURDAY ANYTIME - drop off in outside bins and Sunday 9:30 - 9:55 AM. Brown Bag lunch donations to support John Street Bridge Outreach. Thank you!
SOUNDINGS
The next issue of SOUNDINGS will be August 25, 2023. It will cover 2 weeks: August 26-September 8, 2023. Send all submissions for that issue no later than 5:30 PM on Wednesday, September 6. SOUNDINGS will resume its "regular" schedule of weekly THIS WEEKEND and THIS WEEK on Friday, September 15, Send all submissions for that issue no later than Wednesday, September 13 by 5:30 PM to Charles Klein.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 13, 2023
WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:00 AM
“A SENSE OF BEAUTY” – REV. KIMBERLY DEBUS
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Rev. Kimberley Debus is a community minister based in Takoma Park, Maryland, inspiring an artful and art-filled faith. She consults with congregations and religious professionals throughout the denomination. She is joyfully affiliated with the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Nebraska, and has previously served at the Church of the Larger Fellowship as well as congregations on Long Island and Key West.


Click HERE for the Order of Service. The service will be in person and virtual. Broadcast at uuwestport.org/livestream. Offering can be made on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"), on vop.tucw.org, or feel free to mail in cash or check.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2023
WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:00 AM
“CONNECTED BY LOVE” – REV. DEBRA HAFFNER & LYNDA BLUESTEIN
Rev  Debra Haffner and Lynda Bluestein
Join TUUCW member Lynda Shannon Bluestein and our former Endorsed Community Minister Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner in a conversation about life, death, and joy and Lynda’s prophetic advocacy after she received her terminal diagnosis. We’ll also share about Lynda’s gift to the congregation – the first wind phone in Fairfield County. Join us for a hosted reception after the service.

Rev. Dr. Debra W. Haffner is the Interim Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington. She became a member of TUCW in 1989, and was ordained by this congregation in 2003. She served as our endorsed community minister from 2003-2016 when her principal ministry was as the President of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice and Healing. She is the author or co-author of 7 books and has served the UUA as a leader on a number of projects on sexuality.

The service will be in person and virtual. Broadcast at uuwestport.org/livestream. Offering can be made on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"), on vop.tucw.org, or feel free to mail in cash or check.
Faith Formation
Please click HERE to find out more about our Faith Formation programs, or contact Nate Pawelek. Nate is looking for a second adult helper for most Sundays during the summer. Please contact him . It’s a fun time!
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UU Westport is offering the 7-9th grade OWL program starting this September. There is a Mandatory Parent Orientation and Informational Meeting on August 27, 11:15 to 1:30 PM*This orientation is just for parents and caregivers. Please bring your own lunch and a refillable water bottle. Click HERE for more information and registration.
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Children preK-rising 6th graders (and we are totally flexible with this), join our Summer Fun for Kids at UU Westport. Meet Nate in the foyer and have fun with arts and crafts, cooking, and tie-dyeing all summer long through September 3.

Click HERE for the complete summer schedule. Sunday, August 13: Handprint & Footprint Animals from A to Z Sunday, August 20: Oreo Pudding Popsicles and Watermelon Pit Spitting (*Meeting House kitchen)
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UU Meditation, 9:00-9:40 AM Sundays. Hybrid. A UU mix of mindfulness, discourse, relaxation, visualization and silence. In person and on ZOOM. Contact Janet Luongo to receive updates and notifications of location for this week's session.  
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For the complete Summer Service schedule, click HERE.
Rev. Alan begins with us on August 15. Until he arrives, our Pastoral Care Associates (pca@uuwestport.org; 203.227.7205 x 19) are available for ministerial and pastoral care.
REV ALAN "LIMO SERVICE": VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
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As we know, Rev. Alan is traveling to and from Chicago as he serves us, both here in person, and remotely, virtually from his home in Oak Park. He has identified inexpensive flights; now we are looking to save money by offering him rides to and fro the airports. Beth Cliff is organizing a congregational "limo service" for the year - volunteers will find it's a great way to have some one-on-one time with our new minister. 
 
If you're able to help this year – driving to and from White Plains, LaGuardia, or New Haven’s Tweed airport -- please contact Beth at encliff@gmail.com or text her at 1.774.219.1620. She’ll let you know what’s needed, when, and sign you up. Thank you!
JOIN US AS TUUCW STARTS A NEW CHAPTER
MEET AND GREET REV ALAN
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19 ~ 5:30 PM
Come to the Welcome Reception for Rev. Alan. The reception will be Saturday, August 19 – 5:30-8:00 PM. Spend time with old friends and new mingling, enjoying conversation and one another’s company. There will be a scrumptious potluck dinner and time to meet and greet Rev. Alan.

These are very exciting times at TUUCW. Let’s celebrate Rev. Alan’s arrival and TUUCW’s future together. We really need you there, too! Click HERE to sign up for the potluck.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES AT MEETING HOUSE WED AUGUST 23 ~ 7:00 PM
Given the arrival of Rev. Alan, and a full set of issues ahead of it for the year, the Board has called an extra meeting at the Meeting House for Wednesday, August 23, at 7:00 PM. Usually it does not meet in July and August but it has made an exception for this year. 

All are welcome to observe the meeting, excepting executive session. Please contact Stapley Emberling, the Board secretary, should you wish to attend. Minutes from the June meeting can be found HERE, the Agenda for this month can be found HERE. The next regular meeting will be held the third Tuesday of the month, in this case Tuesday, September 19, at 7 PM.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
TuesdaysFirst and third Tuesdays 7-8:30 PM Women's Circle with Grandmother NancyZOOM HERE  Pat Francek.

Wednesdays: 6-7:30 PM via ZOOM Buddhist Practice Group Nina Nagy Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.  7-8:15 PM A New Earth Bob Bevacqua

Thursdays: 4 PM Talking Circles. ZOOM HEREJim Francek.

Fridays: Third Fridays 6:30 PM Women's Potluck. Location moves monthly. Eileen Belmont. Last Fridays: 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. ZOOM. Dorothy Rich

Saturdays and Sundays: Sat anytime drop of lunches in outside bins. Sun 9:30- 9:50 AM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off Teryl Eisenberg.

Sundays: 9 AM UU Meditation & Mindfulness (virtual and in person) Janet Luongo

The Hiking Group First Saturdays and third Mondays. Jamie Forbes Gian Morresi
Our complete calendar is always on our website. Click HERE for quick access
TUCWomen A place for sisterhood intimacy and deeper connections
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info. 
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: We will not be meeting in August. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, September 5. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek
PAST SERMONS/SERVICES
Our sermons are archived on the website HERE.

“Change Don't Come Easy”

Charles Grady

July 30, 2023


"What Drives You To Action?"

Rev. Julie-Ann Silberman-Bunn

August 6, 2023
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish.
PASTORAL CARE
If you are going through a challenging time or know somebody in the congregation who needs support from our Pastoral Care Chaplains, call to leave a confidential message in the PCA voice mailbox 203-227-7205 ext. 19 or email pca@uuwestport.org.
CARING NETWORK
Our support network is available to provide tangible help for friends in need: meal delivery, pharmacy runs, grocery shopping, a regular phone call of connection. Contact a minister or coordinators Dorothy Rich,or Diane Cano,
ADDICTION RECOVERY
For individuals or families of our congregation seeking confidential support or information about addiction issues. Please contact our Addiction Recovery Ministry by calling 203-227-7205 ext. 19 or emailing pca@uuwestport.org
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The Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport is a diverse and welcoming religious community, free of creed and dogma, and open to people of all backgrounds and beliefs. 
 WE INSPIRE and support individual spiritual growth. 
 WE CONNECT through worship, music, learning, and caring ministries. 
 WE ACT in the service of peace and justice.