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The Compass, June 5, 2024

Updated: Jun 7

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June Services - Welcome to the Gift of Renewal

Registration is not required. Click the Register Now button for service details.

Pride service with guest speaker Sherman Curran (They/Them)

Juneteenth with Rev. Karen LeBlanc and the Social Justice Committee

June 23 will be the last formal service of the year! Join us for a "Farewell Until Fall" service.

Jazz Service


Did you miss Sunday service? Watch it here!

Unfortunatley, the video did not record, but you can listed to the audio of Sunday's service.


Sunday Summer Spiritual Soirée Schedule (whew, that's a lot of Ss)

Sign up to host a Summer Spriritual Sunday Soiree! You don’t have to run a service, just make coffee and conversation. You can lead a conversation, talk about the church, etc. with whoever might come. There will be a sign-up sheet in the Parish House. Thank you to those who already signed up!


See everything happening at UUNB on the website calendar!


UUA New England Region's Upcoming Events

Don't miss the monthly programming from Side With Love and UPLIFT, more information and links below!


Registration is not required for the following events.

Sunday, June 9, 11 AM - 3 PM: Fairhaven's Got Pride outside of Fairhaven Town Hall. We will once again be tabling with the Fairhaven UU.


Join the Social Justice Committee tonight at 6:30 pm. Our last Social Justice Meeting of the church year will take place on June 26. Meetings will resume in September.


Join us in welcoming TWO new members to our church! Barbara Crockett-Rice and Louise Bishop both became member on June 2. Next time you see them give them a big UUNB welcome!


The countdown to the end of the church year is on! Pledge statements have been sent out via email. Please make sure your pledges are fulfilled by June 30. Thank you for supporting the church, it's ministries, the minister & staff, and all the amazing things we do for our community.


Thrift Shop Update

Now displaying

  • Women's Summer Handbags and "Garden Party" Hats

  • Gardening Items

  • Graduation

  • Father's Day


  • All shorts and summer pants are $1

New Donations

  • Comforter Set

  • Blue and White Dinnerware

  • End tables


Photos from New Bedford Pride at Buttonwood Park. It was a fabulous day of outreach and making connections with the community. We can't wait until Fairhaven Pride on June 9!


LAST CALL: If you have books you borrowed from the Social Justice bookcase, please have them back by the end of the church year on June 30.

I plan to pack the books away for the summer to protect them from the humidity. -Jess



June 30, 2024, Jazz Service

Vendors 10 am - 3 PM

  • Crafts by Donna - crochet bags and purses, jewelry, and more

  • Anomaly Poetry - Custom, original poetry made-to-order, typed on a vintage typewriter

  • WeeHa Co. - Crochet stuffed animals

  • Green Cottageworks - Soy candles in found objects

  • Lisa Elliott - Handwoven apparel

  • Susan Gelotte - Woodblock prints

  • Cards by GG - Handmade greeting cards

  • Caribe Creations

Raffle: We need raffle items for the following themed baskets

  • New Bedford: either branded NB items or local history/attractions. We currently have A Picture History of New Bedford Book 2 and a family membership to the RJD Museum.

  • Health & Wellness: some examples are spa items, face masks, self-care, essential oils, gift certificates

  • Foodie Basket: some examples are gift certificates, Epicurean items, charcuterie boards, canape knives, wine, etc.

  • We also have a $100 Gift Certificate to the Wamsutta Club and tickets to NBFT's summer production of Nunsense.

Please have raffle items in the office no later than June 14th. I will need photos of the completed baskets to promote on social media.

I have printed copies of the Jazz service flyer and left them in the kitchen area. Please take a few and distribute them to local businesses.



New Bedford Festival Theater has donated two tickets to their summer production. Raffle tickets will be available to purchase Monday - Friday, 10 AM - 1 PM, in the office or on Sundays after service. The winner will be drawn on June 30 after the Jazz Service.


Community Flyers






Our Mission is to encourage diversity and mutual acceptance and work for positive change in ourselves and our community.

"We envision a congregation in which we practice the principles of our faith. We seek to enjoy peaceful reflection and inspiration in intellectually and spiritually satisfying church services. We aim to embrace the people and efforts of our church community by supporting our children and their programs, our committees and their goals, our staff and their efforts on our behalf, and each other."


Our Promises

  • Each person is important.

  • Be kind in all you do.

  • We help each other learn.

  • We search for what is true.

  • Each person has a say.

  • Work for a peaceful world.

  • The web of life’s the way.

  • Build the beloved community, free from racism and oppression.


First Unitarian Church in New Bedford

71 8th Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 994-9686

Administrator ext. 10

Minister ext. 13

Karen cell: (508) 441-9344

Thrift Shop ext. 12

Board Members & Officers

Steve Carmel, President

Charles Morgan, Vice President

Deborah Carmel, Treasurer

Cora Peirce, Clerk


Committee Chairs


The Thrift Shop is open Tuesdays and Saturdays from 10 AM to 1 PM

(508)994-9686 ext.12

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