JAN. 30-FEB. 3, 2023 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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REMINDER OF OUR CONGREGATiONAL MEETING TODAY, SUN, JAN. 29, DIRECTLY AFTER THE SERVICE.
A GOOD TIME WAS HAD BY ALL AT THE FAMILY FAITH FORMATION FEAST LAST SUNDAY IN THE MEETING HOUSE
Such a great time to come together with good food and camaraderie - of all ages! Thanks to all who made it happen - and we'll be doing plenty more of them!
Next up, Jim Cooper and friends are hosting a "getting
to know you" newcomers' pizza party after our "Bring a
Friend" Sunday service,
February 12.
TUCW FINANCE 101(4): FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
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This fall the Board selected a single priority end for our focus this year: “We become a financially sustainable, engaged, growing Congregation comprised of all generations.”

Part of supporting this effort involved hiring Stewardship for Us, led by Barry Finkelstein and Rachel Maxwell, to benchmark our income and expenses against other UU congregations, and to advise us in developing solutions that address our own particular financial situation. On November 20, we launched the work, and since then, the Financial Sustainability taskforce – Steve Grathwohl, Brian Lasher, Beth Cliff, Bob Trefry, Mark Corcoran, Elena Rockman, and Rev. John - has been meeting weekly. We are fleshing out a plan to get our revenue and expenses in balance; it is challenging work. We welcome others to join us as we identify and implement systemic solutions for the coming years. Please contact Steve Grathwohl if you can be a part of this critical effort to support the ongoing life and sustainability of our special congregation. We'd love to have you join us: we're all in this together!
GRIEF SUPPORT GROUP: MONDAYS, STARTING FEB. 13 - 5:00-6:15 PM
The Grief Support Group offered within our TUCW community helps us better understand our own grief and navigate the tumultuous waves of emotion and challenge that follow the death of a loved one. Trained facilitators Pat Francek, LCSW and Chuck Harrington, PhD will be offering the next Grief Support Group beginning Monday, February 13 and running for 5 consecutive Monday evenings from 5:30-6:45 in Rev. John Morehouse’ office at TUCW.

If you have experienced the death of a loved one, be it recent or in the past, and would like to register or get more information about The Grief Support Group, please contact Pat Francek, LCSW, or Chuck Harrington, PhD. Registration is needed and will close by February 8.
15th ANNUAL DARWIN DAY DINNER - SAT, FEBRUARY 11, 2023 - 6:00 PM
This year we are again sponsors of the annual Darwin Day Dinner, traditionally held on or near Darwin's birthday of February 12, 1809. This year the program is entitled: When Worms and Germs Compete, Who Wins? There will be a science quiz (with prizes!), and a presentation by Yale Professor Vanessa Ezenwa.
Cocktails at 6, dinner at 7 at the Inn at Longshore, 260 Compo Rd, Westport. Click HERE for more information and to RSVP.
COME TO THE CABARET SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 8:00 PM
Cabaret performers
There are still spots open for the Cabaret! Whether you dance, sing, recite poetry, share a story, do improvisation, it is all material for sharing with an audience that is non-critical and just wants to come together for some community appreciation of folks' gifts and talents. BYOB, too! To sign yourself up as a performer, contact Ed 203-227-7205 ext. 18 or etmusici@aol.com. Don't miss the fun!
SAVE THE DATE FOR CHORAL CHAMELEON - FEBRUARY 25
Choral Chameleon Saturday February 25 at 730 PM tickets are $20 online or at the door
On Saturday, February 25 at 7:30, Choral Chameleon will be with us again! As a part of their 15th anniversary celebrations they will be bringing us a program which is loosely based on a story of Truman Capote in which they look at the capacity of human beings to embrace change. To do that they will share several new pieces of choral music that will inspire us and leave our thought-provoking encounters wanting more.

Click HERE for tickets.
APPRECIATIVE INQUIRY:
NEW BREATH! NEW CONNECTIONS! NEW FIRE!
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Recently, Jenna McPartland, Tom Hearne and Rev. John announced a program for congregational renewal based on ‘Appreciative Inquiry’ (AI). AI is a process of identifying our individual and congregational strengths and joining them to our dreams and aspirations. This initiative will breathe new life into our conversations, enhance our connections and harness the energy of our collective passions - our fire!. It will also guide us in generating a new collective vision for our future as a congregation.

*For more information on this effort… please click HERE.
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FURNITURE DONATIONS NEEDED FOR REFUGEE APARTMENTS
Do you have any of the following items that you no longer need and would like to donate?
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  • Rugs (no larger than 8 X 10)
  • Dressers – small and light
  • End tables
  • Upholstered chairs.

They can be put to good use in apartments being set up for refugees. For the complete list of furniture needed and donation guidelines, please click HERE. For more information and to schedule a pickup, please contact Dorothy Rich.
GOOD TROUBLE IS NEVER BAD
Good Trouble Celebration 2023
UU Westport has earned the designation: “Good Trouble” congregation, in the spirit of the late civil rights icon, John Lewis, who said, “Get in trouble, good trouble, necessary trouble!” Let’s celebrate our UU the Vote 2022 volunteers - so many of you!
 
You are invited to the virtual Good Trouble Congregation Celebration. On Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 PM ET UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and Nicole Pressley will thank 19 Good Trouble Congregations who lead the UUA national effort that reached 2 MILLION votersRegister HERE

UUtheVote thanks ALL volunteers who took action.The struggle to build a multiracial democracy is not over. Now, let’s party to recognize the power of unity, and renew our commitment through joy and gratitude. 
UUs AND MEDICAL AID IN DYING IN CT: A BRIEF HISTORY
1 in 5 Americans currently have access to this peaceful end-of-life care option
A bill that allows terminally ill adults, under specified conditions, to obtain and use prescriptions to self-administer lethal medications is before the Connecticut General Assembly this year.  

We Unitarian Universalists ("UUs") can play a significant role in its passage. Our faith has historically supported end-of-life options legislation.
 
UUs have a long and powerful history of belief and action on legislation like this. Back in 1988, way ahead of its time, UUA General Assembly voted a resolution stating in part: Unitarian Universalists should inform and petition legislators to support legislation that will create legal protection for the right to die with dignity, in accordance with one's own choice. Click HERE for more information.
ONGOING PROGRAMMING
Tuesdays11AM-noon. Interfaith Theology. Twice monthly. Check schedule HERENancy McKeever. First 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 Friday of each month: 7:30 PM UU Movie Group. ZOOM. Dorothy Rich

Saturdays and Sundays: Sat 12:00 noon- 4 PM; Sun 9:30- 9:50 AM John Street Bag Lunch Drop Off David Vita.

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
Find us on digital and social media: website: uuwestport.org, Facebook public page (Unitarian Church in Westport), private group (uuwestport), Instagram (uuwestportct), Twitter (uuwestportct) and Linked In (uuwestportct)
All women welcome at all events; visit our website for complete info.
Questions? Contact TUCWomen@gmail.com
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The Women’s Circle with Grandmother Nancy: Tuesday, February 7, 7:00-8:30 PM. (Meetings are the first and third Tuesdays of the month) Talking circle - thought provoking and inspirational conversations lead by Grandmother Nancy. ZOOM HERE Contact Pat Francek
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
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.