March 26-27, 2022 - 10 Lyons Plains Road Westport, CT 06880 - Phone: 203.227.7205
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CLICK HERE for 2 week calendar PDF. CLICK HERE for past issues of SOUNDINGS.
Every Saturday: Brown bag lunch donations to support John Street Outreach. Drop off Saturdays noon- 4:00 PM. Sign up HERE; contact David Vita to learn more.
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022
WORSHIP SERVICE: 10:00 AM - In Person and Virtual
There are many times, places, and contexts where we need peace, and not just in the Ukraine. We will sing pieces by Mendelssohn, Handler, Butterworth, Alexander, Lauridsen, and Arlen. Soloists include Jenna McPartland, Chris Beaurline and Mike Costantino.

Click HERE for the Order of Service.

Our service will be in person and virtual; attendance guidelines are HERE. Our ZOOM link is always on our website's homepage. You can also click HERE. Meeting ID 207 517 697 PASSWORD: 8893787678 Landline: 1 646 876 9923.

Offering can be made on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"), on, or feel free to mail in cash or check.
Next Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10 AM:
Rev John preaches "Awakening to Wonderment"
DON'T FORGET! "TEEN TAKEOVER: An Afternoon of Music and Laughter" Youth Benefit Concert at 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON. Doors open 1:30 PM. Show in person & online. Tix at the door or
Today after the service is the last session for Lent Passover: Traditional Readings as Metaphor. Rev. John’s office. We welcome you even if you missed the previous sessions. Gleaning messages from Bible and Torah stories traditionally read in these times, while we exist now in a pile-on of crises. We approach all readings as a universal metaphor that guides humanity towards greater well-being. Contact: Tom Hearne.
VOLUNTEERS needed for children's Sunday morning classes. Do you have an hour to spare to be with our children on a Sunday morning? If you say, yes!, then please reach out to Dr. Heather Hamilton to discuss. Reminder - we're not asking for every Sunday; just some Sundays you are available.
Please contact Heather Hamilton for info about pre-K to 7th grade programs; Nate Pawelek for 8th-12th grade programs. Your children and youth are always welcome.
Pre K-5 - Children’s Chapel downstairs 10:00 AM

The topic for this Sunday is about how our faith calls us to notice the many everyday joys and hopes that we already and always possess. The children will read the book, The Table Where Rich People Sit by Byrd Baylor.
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6th & 7th grades - Crossing Paths - Field Trip to Temple Israel where we will meet with Rabbi Nemitoff-Bresler and have more knowledge shared with us by Dan Migada. The children will leave our parking lot promptly at 9:45 AM and return at 11:00 AM. We are so fortunate to have a wonderful faith community and many passionate volunteers to lead and mold our youth!
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This year’s cycle of the OWL program has concluded. Thank you to our facilitators: Gina Troisi, Robert Smith, Scott Singer, Randy Burnham, and Linda Hudson. There is no 8th grade programming this Sunday. You've earned a holiday!

Next week! The Coming of Age program for 8-9th graders begins next Sunday, April 3, 10-11 AM in the OWL room of the Meeting House.

Youth Group meets Sunday at 11:00 AM-12:00 PM.
We will revisit our covenant and tweak it in preparation for our Alaska Environmental Mission trip on April 15.

Youth Group Benefit Concert Rehearsal Schedule:
Saturday, March 26 – 3:00 PM Sunday, March 27 – 12:30-1:30 PM Concert at 2:00 PM
8th-9th graders celebrate their completion of OWL with a weathervane/sculpture given to honor them and the program
Final class of OWL for 8th -9th graders. A serious commitment, starting last August. Thank you to our teachers, parents and youth for making it happen!
Last week the Bridgeport Sierra Club talked to us about their work to save Remington Woods from commercial development. 
We have had a facelift and now have new floors, a refurbished library, and a few other cosmetic changes you'll see as you walk in the building on Sunday. Thanks to Diane and Francis, the kitchen is all sparkly, too. It's all lovely!

From an access point of view, all is "back to normal." Please schedule your meetings in person in the building as you used to do - there is nothing like seeing people face-to-face as we plan, discuss, make decisions and have fun together.

Remember to reserve meeting space with Diane, our administrator, at
We are saddened to share that long-time member and friend Mary Erlanger died last week at her home in Meadow Ridge. Mary was a ground breaking gerontologist who came to her profession later in life, earning her PhD in her seventies. Of her memoir, reviewers wrote: "A WAVE officer in World War II, a television-and-radio-network copywriter, a human-rights-and-services advocate in Connecticut, Mary became-in late life-a counselor/psychotherapist specializing in working with older adults and families and teaching others." She never stopped teaching. At Meadow Ridge she was known for her insightful questions and often brilliant observations. 

There will be a Memorial Service for Mary on Zoom next Saturday, April 2nd, 11:00 AM. Link will follow. All will be invited to attend and celebrate her long and wonderful life. 

Remembrances may be sent to Rev. John who will forward them on to her son David.
MEDITATION: ZOOM - Sundays at 9:00 AM. For info contact Janet Luongo. ZOOM Meeting - click HERE  ID 604 513 6137 Passcode: 068510
Flowers: Should you wish to donate flowers for a Sunday service, please reach out to Diane Donahue.
Pay it forward: please consider being a greeter on Sundays; help our new folks navigate our community. Sign up for virtual or in person greeting, HERE. Thank you, in advance!
Our sermons are archived on the website HERE.
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
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, Diane Cano, or Sharon Poole.
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
Domestic Violence Crisis Center (DVCC)- 24Hr 888–774–2900
Alcoholics Anonymous: 866-783-7712
Al-Anon (family members of alcoholics)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
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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.