January 27-31, 2020 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Community, Connections, Celebrations
The Neighboring Faiths program visited the Bridgeport Islamic Community Center last Friday. A wonderful opportunity to learn from others; a good time was had by all.
Have a picture to shar e? Send to Beth Cliff with a brief description.
n.b.: If it includes young children, it must have parental OK to be featured.
Seeking Helpful Feedback February 2 and 16
Our Intern Ministry committee will be gathering feedback during February. Margalie has been successfully invited into fellowship by the UUA and she is now in the candidating process to find her own congregation. We would like to hear your thoughts on Margalie’s sermons and presence in our church so we can share your feedback with her as she continues to grow as a minister. Look for members of the committee after Margalie’s sermons in February. Or, please feel free to email your thoughts to Kristen Leddy , chair of the committee. Feedback can be anonymous if desired by leaving it in an envelope with Diane Donahue in the church office, addressed to Kristen.
ALL PERFORMERS WELCOME
The annual Cabaret is on for Saturday, February 15th at 8:00 . It is a fun, relaxed gathering (BYO) of shared songs and poems, usually around a Valentine's theme (but not required). We'd love your contribution; the more the merrier!

For more information or to sign up, please be in touch w ith Ed Thompson 203-227-7205 ext.18. Let him know if you require accompaniment; Beth Palmer will be our accompanist for the evening.
YEE-HAW! THE BARN DANCE IS HAPPENING!
IT'S FOR ALL AGES - EVERYONE JOIN THE FUN!
NEXT Saturday, February 1, 5-9 PM

It's time once again for some live acoustic music and endorphin-raising dancing. These are simple, social, group dances meant for all ages, so don't be shy. Pizza provided, dessert: our very own cake walk.

Sign ups and more information in the lobby after service. RSVP HERE.
TAKING A LEAP OF FAITH: STORY SLAMMING AT TUCW
Leap Day, February 29, is coming up fast - and with it, the start to our annual Stewardship Campaign . Get ready to join us that evening as we come together to celebrate our wonderful community and support the annual operations of the church. 

We’ll kick off the season with a Story Slam - a non-competitive storytelling event where we share stories with each other. Yes, there are rules: whatever 5-minute story you tell has to fit the theme of the evening, it must have happened to you, and you can’t use any props. Our theme this year? “ When I Took a Leap of Faith.”
 
Interested in participating? Contact  Judy Eckert . Further details to follow: stay tuned!
Needed: School Supplies for Beardsley
 
At the Beardsley School in Bridgeport, teachers spend their own money for classroom supplies. You can help by choosing one of the bears on our Beardsley Board - each one has a teacher-requested classroom item. When you return it to our bin in the foyer with the bear attached, we will make sure it gets to the teacher!
 
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Beardsley School.
 CREATING THEOLOGY TOGETHER
Starts next Saturday February 1 9:00AM-1:00PM. conta ct Rev Shelly
ONGOING PROGRAMMING FOR ADULTS
These opportunities for learning and connection are ongoing and currently offered. Visit Adult Faith Formatio n on our website or email leaders as listed below.
Mondays 6:30-8:00 PM Meeting House Buddhist Practice Group ninazcara@gmail.com Let Nina know you are attending.Teachings offered on a donation basis.

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 PM Meeting House. Sacred Circle with Grandmother Nancy Andry tucwomen@gmail.com ( exception: in Feb only the 4th)

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. Meeting House The Power of Now jimfrancek25@gmail.com
Saturdays in Jan. up thru Feb 15. Sanctuary. Sight-singing (9:30AM) and voice classes (11:15AM) ed@uuwestport.org . Also Feb 1, Mar 7, Apr 4 9AM-1PM East Wing Creating Theology Together revshelly@uuwestport.org

Sundays Jan 26, Feb 9, 23, March 15, 22, April 5. 12:30-2 PM. East Wing Long Strange Trip revshelly@uuwestport.org

Monthly, various dates and times. Small group ministry meetings . Rosen323@aol.com These must be signed-up for ahead of time as they depend on host availability, group size etc.
NOW RECRUITING: OWL Facilitators!

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Facilitator Trainings
The New England Regional staff sponsors trainings throughout the year co-led by friendly, expert trainers who love teaching people how to lead OWL programs. You will learn, practice, and be evaluated during a weekend training that runs from Friday evening to Sunday afternoon. Cost is paid by TUCW. 

INFO about the Trainings . Contact Rev. Shelly for more information.

The same training is being offered three times:
February 21-23; March 13-15 and April 24-26.- Grade Levels 7-9 and 10-12
All women welcome at all events; see uuwestport.org/tucwomen-events for more info.
Sacred Circle with Grandmother Nancy Andry
Date: Tuesday, January 28 th Time: 7:00 PM Place: Meeting House
Learn more HERE.
February Potluck Date: Friday, February 21. Time: 6:30 PM
Location : the home of Jane Sherman in Westport.
Address will be emailed the week of the event to people who have RSVP’d.
UPCOMING PROGRAMMING OF NOTE

3rd Annual Choral Chameleon Concert at TUCW, Sat, Feb. 22 8 PM
Child care is provided for Sunday Services and on an as needed basis for other events. Organizers of events should contact  Nate Pawelek  to arrange child care.
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 .

CLICK HERE  to learn more about our Pastoral Care Associates.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! - 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.