October 23-24 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.
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, OCTOBER 24, 2021: 10:00 AM, Virtual and In Person
“The Wider Self” – Rev Dr. John Morehouse
Cynics claim that there is no such thing as altruism, that even if no one is watching, when you do something good for another, you get some pleasure from it. Rev. John asks “Why does that even matter?How do we live the better life in the midst of such brokenness? And how many “selves” are there really?"

Click HERE for the Order of Service.

For virtual participation: our ZOOM link is always on our website's homepage 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. Offering can be made on VENMO ("The Unitarian Church in Westport"), on vop.tucw.org, or, as usual, as we pass the plate Sunday morning.
This Sunday, following the service, all are welcome to plant bulbs along the stairs where, 20 years ago, daffodils were planted in memory of Keith and Scott Coleman of our congregation, whose lives were lost on 9/11. Shade-loving bulbs will replace the daffodils. Bring a trowel and lend a hand in this project supervised by Carol Hamilton. Carol, a CT Master Gardener, will share some wisdom on being stewards of our earth. Rev. John will bless the bulbs. Gloves suggested.
Upcoming service: October 31, 2021
“What is so Hallowed about Halloween?”- Rev Dr. John Morehouse
and Dr. Heather Hamilton
Every Sunday, adults with infants - pre-K are welcome to bring their children into the sanctuary with them, or to sit in the foyer or library, where they can hear the service but have a bit more parenting flexibility. Our ushers can help them get settled. As always, please contact Heather Hamilton for information about pre-K to 7th grade programs; Nate Pawelek for 8th-12th grade programs.
Children’s Faith Formation - Please register your child/ren by clicking HERE.
Family Faith Formation tree
Children’s Faith Formation (Prek-5th grade) – Downstairs classrooms – 10:00 AM. Drop off and pick-up children downstairs by the Children's Chapel.
Crossing Paths – (6th & 7th grade) – Meeting House – 10:00 AM. Sign in directly at the Meetinghouse, and pick up downstairs by the Children's Chapel.
OWL (8th-9th) – OWL room (Meeting House) – 10:00 AM

A gentle reminder: no children should be left unattended the church at any time. Facemasks are required by all. Any questions please contact Dr. Heather.
The Youth Group is raising funds for their Alaska Mission Trip in April, 2022. We are facilitating a Bottle and Can Redemption Drive. If you would like to donate your household collections of returnable bottles and cans (plastic, glass, and aluminum), bring them to church the next two Sundays (October 24th and 31st).
JUST IN: Going forward through Oct 31, a 10:1 matching challenge from two anonymous donors! That's 50 cents per can! Now's the time to bring in your recyclables!
TUCW YOUTH GROUP Grounds Tour October 2021
The Youth Group went on the first of two outdoor explorations last Sunday to learn more about the environment of the church
TUCW YOUTH GROUP Grounds Tour October 2021
campus. There's a lot of cool stuff happening on our 7 acres!
This Sunday, the Youth continue to have a full day, starting at 11:00 AM with a second field survey of the church property, and concluding with providing a hospitality dinner for the artists of the Voices Cafe bands and then attending the concert themselves. Please feel free to join us! Contact Nate for more information.
The Vision of Adult Faith Formation is to inspire and support individual spiritual growth, in connection with others, through life-long learning. Programs are open to all, though registration is required. For more, click HERE.

Soul Matters programming is also open to adults over the church year. Please click HERE for more information about these offerings.

Several new programs are launching soon, including a Podcast series led by Rev. John on Mondays. Please go to your SOUNDINGS WeekDAY and/or our website to get the latest. Questions? Contact Linda Lubin.
We have an exciting double bill of young musicians, The Accidentals and Sawyer Fredericks, launching our 11thseason. The performance will be live-in person and streamed.  Watch them from our sanctuary or watch from home! Doors open at 7:00, concert starts at 7:30 PM. 

Click HERE for tickets. Click HERE for COVID Protocol.
The Accidentals, alternative/indie folk rockers, balance quiet moments with high energy musical instrumentation, and leave it all on the stage! NPR says "They set the bar for inspiration... three women all playing multiple instruments insanely well, the energy is off the hook, and a killer drummer holding it down, this is the show to see!"
Sawyer Fredericks earned the winning spot on The Voice's season 8 with his deep, soulful vocals, original lyrics and melodies and unique arrangements of classic songs!
Full Necrology to be Read. Directly after the October 31st Sunday service all are invited to stay for a reading of the full necrology, dating back to the beginning of the Unitarian Church in Westport. Please plan to stay with us.
Costume Parade and Multigenerational Service
Come and be a part of this wonderful service!
Your costume will help become a part of the morning’s story.
MEDITATION: Hybrid and in person in the Oak Room - Sundays at 9:00 AM. For info contact Janet Luongo. Zoom Meeting - click HERE ID: 604 513 6137 Password: 068510
Flowers: Should you wish to donate flowers for a Sunday service, please reach out to Diane Donahue. The Reservation Book is back out on the table, too.
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.

“Differences Make Us Stronger”
Rev. Dr John Morehouse

October 17, 2021
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.
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 pca@uuwestport.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
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
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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.