November 25-29, 2019 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS . The Upcoming Events calendar is below.
CALL FOR SINGERS FOR CHRISTMAS PAGEANT (Dec. 24, 4 PM)
Every year our youth present a Christmas Pageant complete with costumes, carols, solos and drama. Although it is the nativity story and produced on Christmas Eve, the essence of it is not about a historical figure. Nor is it about historical documentary. It is about the ways that the story talks about the human condition.

There is room for everyone in the pageant and this year there are several openings for solos.

All young people ages 7 - 13 can participate. For more information or to view the schedule please CLICK HERE. Or you may also get information by reaching Rev. Ed Thompson 203-227-7205 ext.18 or ed@uuwestport.org.
Calling all Elves!   Letters to Santa for Beardsley School
Letters to Santa for Beardsley School will be gearing up once again just after Thanksgiving. We can always use more elves to make Christmas brighter for more Beardsley families. If you would like to participate this year, or would like more specific details about this program, please call or text Felicity Medinger at 203 923-3664. All help is appreciated!
The Nields - Voices Cafe - Saturday, December 7 at 8:00 PM
The Nields return to Voices Café after a 5 year absence.  XVII, the Nields’ seventeenth album, is both their most personal and their most community-minded. Well into their third decade as musical partners and—judging by this sublime album––at the very top of their game, the Nields turn to meditations on time, and turning points, their roots and community – both musical and personal – and they also express joy in the present, faith in the future, and a whole lot of hope and promise.

“If you don’t like the Nields, you need to get your ears checked.” ~ ESP, Winston-Salem

So come on out and check your hearing. You won’t be disappointed!
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets and more about Voices Cafe.
WEBSITE NEWS. This Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29-30, our website uuwestport.org will be offline. It will be back up in time for Sunday, December 1. As usual, upcoming, time-sensitive matters will be shared in Soundings, both Weekend and Weekday editions. Please contact Beth Cliff if you have questions.
Holiday Boutique is Coming December 8 and 15
Have you brought in your donations?

The jewelry, the scarves you never wear will be another’s treasured find.

Bring your contributions to the Church Office and include your name so we can say thank you.
All women are welcome at all events.
Mark your calendar for Holiday Cheer
Share the Joy of the Season at our Holiday Potluck
Afternoon of December 8th, after the service, at the home on Diane Melish in Fairfield
RSVP for events by email:  tucwomen@uuwestport.org
Women, Spirit and Imagination - Sacred Circles with Grandmother Nancy Andry. Tuesday December 10 - 7:00 - 8:30 PM - in the Meeting House

Grandmother Nancy is an elder and storyteller. She will be sharing a few stories during the evening and will lead a talking circle.
Learn more about Grandmother Nancy and our Sacred Circle HERE.

Learn about more upcoming events at uuwestport.org/tucwomen-events. Join our mailing list HERE.
TUCW will be participating in Project Feederwatch! You can do this at your home too! November of each year begins a very special six-month citizen-science endeavor called Project Feederwatch. Jointly sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Bird Studies Canada, the project empowers households across the continent to use their own yards to contribute vital data about North American birds, a task that is more crucial now than ever in our era of mass species extinction." We'll update you once our feeding spot is ready to go!
ONGOING PROGRAMMING FOR ADULTS
These opportunities for learning and connection are ongoing and offered in November and December. Visit Adult Faith Formation 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.

Wednesdays 7-8:15 PM. Meeting House The Power of Now jimfrancek25@gmail.com

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.
DAILY SPIRITUAL PRACTICE AND FAITH EXPLORATION
Spiritual practice and faith exploration take place at church, and outside TUCW walls as we lead our daily lives. At TUCW we draw on  Soul Matters , among other resources, to help guide us in this process. See  Soulful Home  - Supporting Families as They Explore the Sacred in Everyday Spaces
UPCOMING EVENTS
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.
Sat Nov 23
Family Bread Bake - Kitchen - 4;00

Sun Nov 24
PreK-1st - Oak Room - 9:00
Meditation - Willow Room - 10:00
Family Friendly Service - Sanctuary - 11:00
Member Meeting - Sanctuary - 12:30

Mon Nov 25
Buddhist Practice Group, Meeting House at 6:30 pm
Bell Choir at 6:45 pm
NVC Practice Group - WW - 7:00

Wed Nov 27
The Power of Now - MH - 7:00

Thurs Nov 28
THANKSGIVING
Sun Dec 1
Meditation - Willow Room - 10:00
2nd-3rd Grade - Pine Rm - 11:00
4th-7th Grade - MH - 11:00
9th-12th Youth Group - YR - 11:00
Immigration Social Action - EW - 12:30:30

Mon Dec 2
Buddhist Practice Group - MH - 6:30
Voices Cafe Committee - WW - 7:30
Bell Choir at 6:45 pm
O&AS - 7:45
 
Wed Dec 4
Leadership Development Team - Rev. John's office - 12:30
Teen Choir - 6:00
Worship Associates - Rev. John's office - 7:00
The Power of Now - MH - 7:00
Eliminating Racism - Library - 7:30
Chamber Choir - 7:45
 
Thurs Dec 5
Children’s Choir - 5:00
Internship Committee - WW - 6:30
Special Projects Choir - 7:45
 
Fri Dec 6
Shawl Ministry - MH - 12:30
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 .
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