JULY 15-28, 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!
SUNDAY, JULY 16, 2023
WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:00 AM
“THE SPIRITUALITY OF PLAY –
THE SACREDNESS OF BEING CHILDLIKE” – LYNNE FORD
Man playing on jungle gym in playground
The way of play is a part of all religions. The whole world plays with Spirit in a thousand delightful ways. It is a myth that productivity alone gives us purpose. Join Chaplain Lynne Ford as she explores the importance and the benefits of play.

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, JULY 23, 2023
WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:00 AM
“CLEARANCE FOR TAKEOFF” – ADAIR HEITMANN
A 44-year-old woman discovers she is pregnant for the first time in her life. In yielding, she is empowered by pausing. This homily is for everyone including those who may have considered fathering an idea, mothering a business, or working on being human.

Adair Heitmann is an award-winning author, storyteller, artist, and educator. She received four awards, including First Place, from the 2022 Connecticut Press Club for her writing and speeches. Her call-to-action is in true personal experience narratives with inspiring messages for all. Through them she examines identity, self-acceptance, relationships, creativity, and transformation. She is a Connecticut Artist Grant recipient and she is a Poet-in-Residence in schools with Silvermine Art Partners Outreach. Adair is active in an international global visual storytelling platform and is part of The BAT Storytelling Exchange. She has been a member of The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Westport since 2005.

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.
DID YOU HEAR THE EXCITING NEWS?
Rev Alan Taylor
The Ministerial Search Team and the Board are pleased to share we have secured an outstanding contract minister for us for at least one year, with the option to renew for a second. Rev. Alan Taylor has graciously accepted our offer, saying, “I trust we will have a rich and meaningful shared journey together that will put your congregation in good stead for the years to come.” He will start in mid-August...

See Rev. Alan Taylor's greeting HERE.
smiling sun
For the complete Summer Service schedule, click HERE.
In July, Rev. Carrie McEvoy, our Endorsed Community Minister will be on call for ministerial and pastoral care. She can be reached by email HERE. As always, our Pastoral Care Associates (pca@uuwestport.org; 203.227.7205 x 19) are always available and will ensure you have the care you need, whenever it might occur.
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!
Faith Formation tree
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, July 16: Finger Painting & Sidewalk Chalk ArtFlag/Flag Suncatcher/Taped off paintings Sunday, July 23: Recycled Crayon Cupcakes
silhouette of meditation at orange sunset
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.  
THE TAG SALE IS COMING! WE'D LOVE YOUR HELP! AUGUST 5
Tag Sale volunteeers
Offers of goods for our August 5 Tag Sale are coming in – Thank You! Next is offers to help – it’s a great way to make new friends and spend time with old ones as you unpack, set up and price (and get silly, as this photo from last year shows).

Contact Dorothy Rich dorothyjeanrich@gmail.com to say you’ll help during set-up, July 31 – August 4. You choose your time later. More about the sale and how you can help here:
FURNITURE NEEDED FOR CIRI REFUGEE APARTMENTS
cat lounging in a dresser drawer
Do you have any of the following that you no longer need and would like to donate?

• Dressers – small
• Comfortable upholstered chairs,
• Dining tables and chairs - small,
• Kitchen tables and chairs

These can be put to good use in apartments being set up for refugees! For the full list of furniture needed and donation guidelines, please click HERE. To arrange a donation please contact Dorothy Rich.
MEMBERSHIP DIRECTORY AVAILABLE: HARD COPY AND ONLINE
2023 Membership Directory for the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Westport
Membership Directories are available for all members of our congregation. Pick one up on Sunday from an usher. Soft copies are available online, on the home page of the website, at the bottom on the right hand side. This document is password protected; the password is on the inside cover of the hard copy, beginning with "@" Or reach out to Beth Cliff for it.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
TuesdaysFirst and third Tuesdays 7-8:30 PM Women's Circle with Grandmother NancyZOOM HERE  Pat Francek.

Wednesdays: ON BREAK UNTIL AUGUST 96-7:30 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
Summer Potlucks!!  We will be meeting at Sherwood Island State Park. Friday, July 21 at 5:00 PM and Friday, August 18 at 4:30 PM. Bring a dish to share and chat with old friends and new while you enjoy the glorious sea breezes. The park is free to all CT residents. Follow signs to the Pavillion Parking lot on your right. Meet at the left end of the Pavillion.  RSVP to Eileen Belmont. eileenbelmont@gmail.com.

The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Due to the holiday weekend, the Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy will not meet Tuesday, July 4th. We will meet Tuesday, July 18th. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek
PAST SERMONS/SERVICES
Our sermons are archived on the website HERE.

"To Make The World More Whole"

Rev. Terri Pahucki

July 2, 2023

"Turn and Face the Strange"

Rev. Carrie McEvoy

July 9, 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.