Summer services begin at 10:00 and run from Sunday, June 19, through Sunday, September 4.
This year your Worship Associates have organized a series of summer worship services designed to highlight that we are a diverse and welcoming religious community, free of creed and dogma, and open to people of all background and beliefs. The Summer services are designed to INSPIRE spiritual growth, to CONNECT through worship and motivate us to ACT in the service of peace and justice.
August 28, 2016 – 10:00 am – SUMMER SERVICE
The Gift of Beardsley School
Since adopting Beardsley Elementary School in 2000, hundreds of TUCW congregants and friends have donated countless hours, skills, talents, and funds to make a difference in the lives of the students and the work of the teachers and staff. Yet what has been given has been returned in abundance. What are the impacts of our work at Beardsley? How does our program INSPIRE us to CONNECT and ACT?
Presenters include members of the TUCW Beardsley School Committee, tutors, readers, mentors, and library volunteers who will share their thoughts and reminiscences, hopes and dreams, for the students at Beardsley School.
Worship Associate: Anita Pfluger
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Stapley Emberling
September 4, 2016 – 10:00 am – SUMMER SERVICE
“Down By the Water” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
Join us for our Water Communion service to be held (weather permitting) at Compo Beach in Westport on Sunday, September 4th at 10:00 am. In this service, Rev. John will call forth the directions of our lives through the symbolism of water; storm waters of grief and loss, rushing waters of change and transition, still waters of rest and renewal, shining waters of joy and happiness.
Please bring a small amount of water from what nourished you this summer, real or symbolic, from far away or your kitchen tap, to pour into a common bowl for blessing. There will be extra water on hand so everyone can participate. Our musicians are planning special music as well.
No parking sticker required – just tell the attendant at the entrance that you are there for the Unitarian service. You will be directed to the South Beach area.
If it looks like inclement weather, we will worship at church. Watch the church website and Facebook page for an announcement no later than 7:00 pm Saturday night, September 3.
Join us as we gather our streams together.
NOTE TO PARENTS: Child care will be available, within the marked spots on the beach. Look for TUCW staff in blue shirts.
- Children should wear sunscreen, hat, and be dressed for sand and water play (wading/searching the shoreline)
- If they wish, bring a shovel and bucket to build a sand castle
- If a child wishes to swim, we request that a parent supervise their children and prepare them beforehand, by saying that a family swim time will be after the service
Worship Associate: Martha Constable
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Stapley Emberling
September 11, 2016 – 10:00 am
“Homecoming: Promises Yet to Keep” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
Rev. John will welcome us back after our usual opening ceremonies with a reflection on the power of our covenant to call to hope in the midst of a season of radical discord. Along with the ministers of the church, our intern minister Lara Fuchs will also be a part of this healing service. As our theme of “Building Bridges Not Walls” unfolds for the year let us join together in courage and compassion.
Pastoral Care Chaplain: Ron Taylor
September 18, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“Love is the Spirit” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
During this new member Sunday Rev. John will explore the power of love to call us on. Far from sentimental, courageous love is embedded in our covenant as a community.
Pastoral Care Chaplain: 9:00: Pat Francek – 11:00: Marie Claire Bue
September 25, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“And Service is Our Law” – Lara Fuchs and Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
Lara Fuchs and Rev. John will dialog on what service really means in a world of struggle and beauty.
Pastoral Care Chaplain: 9:00: Carrie McEvoy – 11:00: Jim Francek
October 2, 2016 – 9:00 am & 11:00 am
“Animal Blessing: When Elephants Weep and Dolphins Laugh” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
On this Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Rev. John will bless your animals and offer a reflection on animal’s healing power. You are welcome to bring your well behaved a pet to church to be blessed or a photograph or item from your pet living or in memory.
Pastoral Care Chaplain: 9:00: Pat Francek – 11:00: Kristi Hardin