APRIL 24-25, 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.
SATURDAY, APRIL 24, 2021
EARTH DAY TAILGATING
SATURDAY APRIL 24, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Blue marble with south at the top
We're all having a little fun as we anticipate Saturday's gathering - IN PERSON! 

This will be a multi-generational affair - we'll have things organized for the children - poster making, scavenger hunt, planting seeds, interviewing and learning from our more senior folk - and we'll organize our older selves - hearing the ZUUM TRUUPE, having lunch, and then learning and celebrating a bit about our beloved planet. 
It's a tailgate: we decided not to do a potluck, just to be safe on the COVID side. So go ahead and bring lunch for yourselves, and then we'll walk around and say hi - elbow fist bumps!
 
So, have fun listening to Nate - on this video - you can tell HE was having fun! - and then we'll see you Saturday --
Get ready! Contact Beth Cliff for more info.
ZUUM TRUUPE ENTERTAINS FOR EARTH DAY TAILGATE
SATURDAY, APRIL 24 - 12 noon
zUUm trUUpe Fall 2021
At noon we will meet on the lawn - safely distanced - and enjoy the show! Please bring a blanket or chairs to sit on - the ground is likely to be damp.

As part of the Earth Day celebration, the zUUm Truupe will read one of their favorite ZOOM plays: The Human is Sad; Let's Start a Band by Juliany Taveras. (Commissioned by The Sol Project). Cast: Candace Clinger/Hope - Joanne Coviello/Fig - Meg Jones/Cassie - Lindy Hennessy/Rhaphi - Sarah Bell/Aura - Gian Morresi/Chorus
EVERY SATURDAY: DROP LUNCHES OFF 12:00-4:00 PM
Thank you for your continued generosity. We are always accepting lunches to support our John Street Bridge outreach in Bridgeport. Please click here for sign-up. Questions? Contact David Vita.
SUNDAY, APRIL 25, 2021
“We Become More” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
In the Genesis account of creation, God creates the universe “ex nihlio,” out of nothing. But was there ever “nothing”? In this feminist critique of patriarchial theology, Rev. John raises the possibility that creation is as much mystery as light. What happens when we open ourselves to the mystery?

Worship Associates: Dayle Brownstein
Chat Host: Kim Warman

Click HERE for the Order of Service and detailed program notes. Offering gratefully received at vop.tucw.org or mail in a check.

Our ZOOM link is always on the front page of the website 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.
NEXT SUNDAY, MAY 2, 10 AM - VIRTUAL SERVICE
“The Way of Stories” – Rev. Dr. John Morehouse
All children and youth are welcome to join us for our Sunday virtual classes. Just show up on ZOOM! Or, to find out more first, contact Nate Pawelek, our Director of Faith Formation. Information about our programming is always available HERE.
Saturday, April 24, 11:30 AM-2:00 PM: Earth Day Tailgate Party in the church parking lot. Noon performance by zUUm trUUpe. There will be fun Earth-focused activities for children and youth! All are invited to this special Earth Day Celebration! Bring your own food and drink. Unlike traditional tailgate parties, no sharing food due to Covid. See Nate’s invitation HERE.
Young Children: 10:00-10:45 AM - ZOOM Meeting: HERE 
Meeting ID: 891 4189 4047 Passcode: 697946
April’s church theme is Becoming. This Sunday, we are going to consider the future, the soul of becoming. What’s one of the ways our faith guides us to being a people of becoming? It tells us, “Guess the future as best you can but be open to joyful twists in expectations and times of disappointment.”

Tweens & Teens: 11:00 AM-noon ZOOM Meeting: HERE 
Meeting ID: 874 7904 0765 Passcode: 260343
We will learn about Ramadan, the holy month during which Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset for 30 days! This is a time to pray to God, to avoid inclinations such as food and water, and to remember the poor and needy. Dima and her 16-year old daughter, Angelina, will join us on ZOOM to tell us about Ramadan and also about how they fled Syria almost ten years ago. This is a ZOOM gathering not to miss!
Youth Group:
Bonfire! 7:00 PM behind the Meeting House. Reverend John has been invited to join us for a bit! We will have food and hot cider. Bring a lawn chair and vegan dogs and burgers if that's what you eat. Join us for a fun time!
JOIN TEAM SHARE THE PLATE
What can be better than learning about local organizations doing inspiring work and providing them with unanticipated funds and resources for their programs? 
 
Every Sunday we split our Sunday service Offering with one of these life-changing organizations.  
That’s Share the Plate!
 
If you would like information about being on a team that selects the recipient organizations and informs the congregation then please contact David Vita or call 203.227.7205 x14.
LAST WEEK'S WORSHIP/DIALOGUE
Sermons are posted on our Facebook page and website. We offer last week's here for convenience.
"“Wake To The Story Of The Earth”
Earth Day Celebration
Rev. Jim Francek,
Dr. Kathleen Deignan, CND

Sunday, April 18, 2021
VIRTUAL MEDITATIONS - Sundays at 9:00 AM.
For info contact Janet Luongo.
Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
SUPPORTIVE RESOURCES
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 Mary Jane Cross or Beth Cliff.
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
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.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
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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.