October 9-10, 2021 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
visit us at uuwestport.org
CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Because we have vulnerable populations who attend our worship and meetings we are expecting that all who attend (over the age of 12 at this time) be vaccinated. If you are not vaccinated for other reasons we expect that you will not attend services and meetings in person unless absolutely necessary. You are welcome to attend worship and many of our meetings on Zoom. If you must attend unvaccinated we expect you to do so with an abundance of caution such as keep as much distance as possible, sitting outside where possible, and regular testing so that you know you are not putting someone else at risk. We will continue to mandate mask wearing for the foreseeable future. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our congregation a safe space.~ Rev. John
Every Saturday: Brown bag lunch donations to support John Street Outreach. Drop off Saturdays noon- 4:00 PM. Sign up HERE; contact David Vita to learn more.
Save the date; bring friends & neighbors!
NEXT Saturday, October 16, 2-5 PM
Fall Family Fun Fest For All
w Eric, lead singer for DIZZYFISH
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2021: 10:00 AM, Virtual and In Person
“Begin at the Beginning” – Kim Warman, Intern Minister
As humans we are able to hear stories from different perspectives and make new meaning. Today we recognize Indigenous People’s Day with Grandmother Nancy Andry.

Click HERE for the Order of Service.

For virtual participation: our ZOOM link is always on our website's homepage and does not change from week to week. You can also click HERE. Meeting ID 207 517 697 PASSWORD: 8893787678 Landline: 1 646 876 9923.

This Sunday we will be sharing our plate with Running Strong with American Indian Youth. Offering can be made on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"), on vop.tucw.org, or, as usual, as we pass the plate Sunday morning.
The mission of Running Strong is to help American Indian people meet their immediate survival needs - food, water and shelter - while implementing and supporting programs designed to create opportunities for self-sufficiency and self-esteem, particularly for tribal youth. The goal is to build the capacity of communities, grassroots Indian organizations, and individuals to leverage their strengths to solve problems.
Upcoming service: October 17
“Differences Makes Us Stronger” – Rev Dr. John Morehouse
The Youth Group is raising funds for their Alaska Mission Trip in April, 2022. Starting this Sunday we will be facilitating a Bottle and Can Redemption Drive. If you would like to donate your household collections of returnable bottles and cans (plastic, glass, and aluminum), bring them to the church the next four Sundays (October 10, 17, 24 and 31). We will be outside the sanctuary to collect your returnables. And please! rinse your bottles and cans before donating them!
Last Sunday, while the adults were in the sanctuary, our preK-5th graders were learning about quilts and making their own, with some encouragement from a special guest.
"A covenant is like a quilt. It's made by many people. It has many layers. It also provides comfort to everyone."
"Individual talents and ideas can be combined with others' to create both a piece of art, and comfort."
Member Eileen Belmont, an expert quilt maker, was able to share more about her craft. It was a fun AM for all!
For every Sunday, adults with infants - pre-K are welcome to bring their children into the sanctuary with them, or to sit in the foyer or library, where they can hear the service but have a bit more parenting flexibility. Our ushers can help them get settled. As always, please contact Heather Hamilton for information about pre-K to 7th grade programs; Nate Pawelek for 8th-12th grade programs.
Faith Formation tree
Children’s Faith Formation - Please register your child/ren by clicking HERE.


  • Pre K-5 grades should be signed in and signed out DOWNSTAIRS in the hallway by the Children’s Chapel.

  • Crossing Paths - 6th and 7th grades sign in at the Meetinghouse and will return, with adult supervision, to the DOWNSTAIRS CHAPEL at 11:00 AM for pick up.

A gentle reminder: no children should be left unattended the church at any time. Facemasks are required by all. Any questions please contact Dr. Heather.
OWL Our Whole Lives logo
8th and 9th Grade OWL and the Parents group will not be meeting this Sunday, October 10; please feel free to join us in the sanctuary for the service. Students will resume on Friday, October 15 for our monthly pizza session, in the Meeting House at 6:30 PM. Questions? Contact Nate .
The Youth Group will not meet this Sunday because of the holiday weekend. We will resume our regular Sunday meetings at 11am on October 17. All high school teens are welcome to join us!
The Vision of Adult Faith Formation is to inspire and support individual spiritual growth, in connection with others, through life-long learning. Our programs are designed to engage and deepen the whole person: body, mind, and spirit, through education, experience, and ritual. Programs are open to all, though registration is required. For more, click HERE.

Soul Matters programming is also open to adults over the church year. Please click HERE for more information about these offerings.

Qigong starts this Tuesday. All offerings with dates and times will appear in our WeekDAY Soundings edition. Questions? Contact: Linda Lubin, Lead for Adult Faith Formation and Soul Matters Program Coordinator.
VIRTUAL MEDITATIONS - Sundays at 9:00 AM. For info contact Janet Luongo. Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
Flowers: Should you wish to donate flowers for a Sunday service, please reach out to Diane Donahue. The Reservation Book is back out on the table, too.
Pay it forward: please consider being a greeter on Sundays; help our new folks navigate our community. Sign up for virtual or in person greeting, HERE. Thank you, in advance!
Our sermons are archived on the website HERE.

"Believing, Belonging and Being" Rev. Dr John Morehouse

October 3, 2021

Written transcript can be found HERE, and is printable to share with friends!
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.
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, Diane Cano, or Sharon Poole.
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
Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)- 24Hr 888–774–2900
Alcoholics Anonymous: 866-783-7712 https://ct-aa.org/meetings
Al-Anon (family members of alcoholics) https://www.ctalanon.org/meetings
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
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The Unitarian Church 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.