Dec 21-22 & 28-29, 2019 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
CLICK HERE  for three week calendar pdf. CLICK HERE  for past issues of  SOUNDINGS
Note we will not be producing Soundings - Weekend and Weekday editions - next week. So this Weekend edition includes Saturday and Sunday activities for this week and next: Dec 21-22 and 28-29. Enjoy the holidays and we'll be back in your inboxes Friday and Sunday, January 3 and 5.
A last minute reminder : Blue Christmas Service tonight , Friday, December 20 7:00-8:00 PM. Led by Margalie Belizaire and Carrie McEvoy . All are welcome for this contemplative and reflective service.
SATURDAYS, DECEMBER 21 and 28, 2019
This Saturday December 21
The Winter Solstice and Labyrinth Walk
4:00 & 4:30 PM in the Sanctuary

At Winter Solstice we celebrate the return of the light and renew our hope for the future. Part of sacred and ancient traditions, this is a time for deep reflection, letting go, and setting intentions for the new year. Marjorie Partch will provide guidance to those who are new to the practice of walking the labyrinth. Supporting materials will be available in the lobby, including meditative coloring and finger labyrinth pages. Come to one or both as you wish.
Next Saturday December 28
9:30 AM - Stormfield Nature trails, Redding, CT  (Mark Twain property!)

Join us for a post-Christmas/Hanukkah hike! Wear a silly hat or sweater to celebrate that we have made it through 2019 and are ready to take on 2020!

Parking and entrance at elbow of Fox Run Road

Questions (or to join our email group) contact Gian ( ) or Jamie ( )
This Sunday December 22: 9:00 & 11:00 AM
Letting in the Light” – Rev. John Morehouse
Rev. John ponders the awe of surrender in a time of darkness. “The creative process is a process of surrender, not control.” – Julia Cameron

Music: 9:00 Bell Choir – 11:00 Bell Choir and soloists

Worship Associate: Connie Rockman

Pastoral Care Chaplain: 9:00 Jim Francek, 11:00 Sunny Khadjavi
Next Sunday December 29: 11:00 AM only ( No 9:00 AM Service )
“Let Go, Get Grounded, Reach Out”
– Margalie Belizaire, Intern Minister
Come to our “Stations” worship service, a service for All Ages. This is a ritualistic service as opposed to our more regular music/mediation/ sermon- formatted service. It will honor our transitions from one year to the next .

So often in our lives, we rush headlong into the next thing on our to-do list. In this last service of the calendar year, let’s create sacred space with one another, slow down long enough to let go of that which no longer serves us, plant seeds of intention to grow in the new year, bless each other, and imagine ways we can reach out to continue to grow together.

Music: Songs only, sung by the congregation with piano music of Mozart

Worship Associate: Linda Lubin Pastoral Care Chaplain: Marie-Claire Bue
There are no Family Faith programs next Sunday December 29th.
Youth and children are invited to attend the Ritual Service at 11 AM.
For the 22nd:

11:00 AM - Pre-k-7th start in worship then go to classes

• Pre-K-1st: Chalice Ornaments

• 2nd-3rd: Heart Quest - Pine Room

• 4th-7th: Courageous Faith Adventures - Meeting House

Click for: Family Faith Info
Preview of coming attractions :

Fridays January 10, 17, 24: Neighboring Faiths Program, ISLAM . Click HERE for more info.

Starting February 1, Creating Theology Together with Revs. John and Shelly. First Saturdays: Feb/March/April 9AM-3PM

Click for : Adult Faith Info
For the 22nd:

Youth Group meets 11:00 AM - Meeting House

Click for: Youth Faith Info
Adult-supervised nursery care for infants - Pre-K always available at both services.
For those interested in joining us in the Christmas Eve Choir, we'd love to have you! Please contact Ed Thompson. or 203-227-7205 ext.18.

Rehearsals: Thursday, December 19: 7:30 PM;
Sunday Dec. 22: 3 PM; Monday, December 23: 7:30 PM.

Service: Tuesday, Dec 24: 8 PM warm-up; 9 PM service

All are welcome to join in meditation every Sunday at 10:00 AM in the Willow Room downstairs before the 11:00 AM service.
Our website has many resources including archived materials that may be of interest:
  • Prior Soundings (Weekend and Weekdays editions) can be found HERE.
  • Prior Minister's Messages can be found HERE.
  • Prior Sermons: Video, Audio, PDF, can be found HERE.

 December 15, Homily at 9 AM: "The only cure for love lost is to love again which is something that Henry David Thoreau once said, "The way beyond darkness is through it."

December 15, 11:00 AM Service:
Journey of Light

We all had a fabulous time with Rev. Ed Thompson’s masterpiece “Journey of Light” at the 11:00 AM service last Sunday. Music soothes the soul and lifts our spirits, maybe something especially important during these darker, shorter, days leading up to the 21st. What a gift to our community Rev. Ed and our music programs are! How great that we were bursting at the seams as we all experienced and appreciated this artistic and deeply spiritual experience. Wow!
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 .

I f 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 - .

CLICK HERE  to learn more about our pastoral care support.

For a complete listing of all upcoming activities, see our church calendar. Click here .

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.