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The Compass, October 11, 2023


OCTOBER 15: LGBTQ+ History with Rev. Karen LeBlanc

OCTOBER 22: Social Justice Committee Service

OCTOBER 29: Honoring the Ancestors


Did you miss Sunday service? Watch it here!


October 2023

What does it mean to be a people of HERITAGE?

October 15: The Gifts of Our LGBTQ+ Roots

October 22: The Gifts of being Rooted in Science & Reason

Walking Field Trip

October 29: The Gifts of Honoring & Grieving Our Roots

Badgers Parting Gifts by Susan Varley Spoken by Ruby Dee



November 14 at 5:30 PM in the church office. An email reminder will be sent out.


Drum Circle will take place on the THIRD Sunday this month on October 15th.


  • Halloween is here! We have masks; make your own costumes

  • Back to School and Home Office Supplies are 50% off

  • Large selection of throws and decorative pillows. It's time to cozy up on the couch and read a book from our very large selection - $1 each

  • New donations of children's books - ¢.25 each

  • Featuring sweatshirts, sweaters, fleece, and jackets for cooler weather


Our yearly Thanksgiving potluck will take place on November 19. There will be a signup sheet in the kitchen to let everyone know what you are bringing.


For those of you new to the church, and for those who would like to participate in Dinners for Eight this year, please email me at Breaking bread together is a great way to get to know church members and friends.

You can sign up to host the dinners and participate in the dinners as a guest, or just be a guest. I have a form I will forward to you to find out what are your preferences so we can meet them as best we can. If you would like to host but do not have enough room at home, you can host at church. I really am in need of hosts at this time and have not had enough to get everyone to a table every month.

The way it works is I give the host a list of people who are interested in participating and the host contacts everyone to see if they are available for the evening the host chooses for the dinner. We generally hold the dinners on a mid month weekend, either Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights. The host prepares the main dish and assigns the guests to bring either a side dish, an appetizer, a dessert, or for those who don't cook, a beverage and/or bread. I try to coordinate the host and dinner guests so that there is a mixing of guests at each hosts' table each month.

It really is a good time, and we would love to have you.

Lynn Whitney, Coordinator


Trans and Nonbinary Support Group poster with the trans flag in the background.
October 12, AHA! Schedule of Events

October '23 AHA Physical Schedule
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Latino Art Exhibition

Hispanic Heritage Month: A group of artists from Central and South America will showcase their art to share their life stories and experiences at the New Bedford Public Library during October.

The opening reception will take place on Thursday, October 12 at 5:00 p.m. during AHA! New Bedford. The exhibition will feature paintings, photography, and leather craftsmanship, reflecting the cultural identity of each nation. The exhibit will be open until October 30.


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


Administrator ext. 10

Minister ext. 13

Minister Board Members & Officers

Rev. Karen D. LeBlanc President

Steve Carmel

Director of Religious Education

Yasmin Flefleh-Vincent Vice President

Charles Morgan

Director of Music

Randy Fayan Treasurer

Deborah Carmel

Church Administrator

Jessica DeCicco-Carey Clerk

Cora Peirce


Maria Jackson Trustees

Larry Jaquith

Sexton Joan O'Beirne

Anthony Gonsalves Mary S. Rapoza

Pamela Sherman

Sunday Sexton Eileen Sorrentino

Devin Pacheco

Sunday School Teacher Committee Chairs

Marissa Fay-Martin

Morning Walker Endowment

Carlton Dasent


Larry Jaquith

Garden Committee

Nancy Crosby

House and Grounds

Steve Carmel


Lynn Whitney


Joan O'Beirn

Religious Education

Charlie Morgan

Religious Services

Eileen Sorrentino

Social Justice

Ely Dorsey

Thrift Shop

Pam Sherman

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