Reimagining Church Together!
Worship Invitation, June 21, 2020
Congregational Church of Weston, UCC
www.westonucc.org                                 781-899-5417

Dear Friends,
 
Perhaps this Sunday should be known as "Sparrow Sunday" as the gospel lesson includes the assurance from Jesus that we are worth more than sparrows.  "How quaint" we are tempted to say ... yet our streets are alive today with people claiming their full worth. That some are considered lesser than, insignificant or expendable continues to plague the human family.  
Join us for online worship this Sunday, June 21, 2020, the Third Sunday after Pentecost. This morning we are joined by Kyung-ja Heo from South Korea playing Amazing Grace on the autoharp. She is Dooseon Woo’s mother and one of the silver linings of this pandemic is that she has been able to see her daughter offering her music gifts during CCW’s online worship! Zen Kuriyama with Ruthanne, Julia and Hannah Brown , Cathy Liddell , and Paul and Jessica Schendel are our choir this morning. Our Moment for Mission is brought to us by Elizabeth Saunders , daughter of Phil and Lucy Saunders and Massachusetts State Director for Clean Water Action
 
Peace,
Richard & Jill Edens
Virtual Church
ONLINE WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY , June 21
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Moment for Mission

Hear Elizabeth Saunders , daughter of Phil and Lucy Saunders and Massachusetts State Director for Clean Water Action, talk about the important work the organization is doing.

Did you miss last week's Service?
Last Sunday our text was from Paul’s letter to the Romans as he wrestles with why if we have been brought into a relationship of sharing in the glory of God, do we still suffer? Paul’s answer is that “suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us.” Faith is thus trusting — even or especially in suffering — that God’s love is steadfast and hope worthy. Hope will not disappoint.  

Click here to view last Sunday's service
View Last Sunday's
Service June 14, 2020
Updates
NEW ADDRESS and
NEXT CHAPTER FOR JILL & RICHARD EDENS

In a week, Jill & Richard Edens will be moving from the parsonage to 154 Chestnut St, Unit 9, Lowell, MA 01852. Additionally, we will be retiring our @WestonUCC.org email addresses. 
 
Please begin using  jillredens@gmail.com  for Jill and  jrichardedens@gmail.com  for Richard. Our cell phone numbers will continue to be our primary phone numbers: 919-357-3914 (Jill) and 919-357-3913 (Richard).
 
We will move again in September to Westwood to be the Interim Co-Pastors at the First Parish Westwood, United Church, as they seek a new settled pastor. Forever ago, in February, we met with Rev. Wendy Vanderhart and she asked if we would be willing to consider other interim positions. We told her that our time with CCW had been nourishing and if the situation were right; yes, we would consider other positions. 
 
Remember the old saying, “We plan, God laughs.”  We told Wendy that any future positions would have to be on the other side of September as we were going to be in Scotland visiting my sister in September. Little did we know! A few days later Wendy announced she was leaving and, of course, the pandemic arrived a week after that. So, two weeks ago, we were surprised to hear from the Westwood congregation but in the small world of the UCC, we discovered connections we did not know we had. Last week we officially accepted their offer to be their Interim Co-Pastors beginning in September. And, thus, we called our movers with a change in plans. Can you hear the laughter?
 
Seriously, we are honored to serve. And are grateful to CCW for showing us that it was possible to be in ministry and be involved grandparents as well.
NEXT SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 11am:
A ZOOM FAREWELL

The Moderators and Church Council invite you to Zoom Farewell ( https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88946942751 ) for the Edenses. You are invited to zoom in to a congregational gathering at 11am on Sunday morning, June 28. The Edenses will have led their final online worship service with the Congregational Church of Weston that morning.

You are invited to worship online beginning at 10:30 as we will begin the Zoom Farewell with a brief liturgical service of farewell. The Congregation, the Moderators, and the Pastors will all have speaking parts that will be sent in advance. Then there will be time to visit with each other and speak our farewells.

On Sunday, June 28 at 11am, please click https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88946942751 to enter CCW’s Zoom Farewell.
CHECKOUT OUR NEW WEBSITE: westonucc.org
You may remember that our website crashed in early March – the same week that the Covid quarantine began. While the two events were unrelated, it certainly complicated matters as we entered an online intense time of life!
 
We are back up. Thank you to Sharon Kuhn and Laura Pohl, web designer . The site is still evolving and we would love to hear from you about the website. Please send comments to office@westonucc.org . Thank you.
Summer Worship at WVC Online begins June 21st
Wellesley Village Church

Online Worship can be found at:

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The Musical Offering
An invitation to you from Associate Director of Music, Ed Broms
 
Friends,
 
I am pleased to invite members of the congregation and beyond who would care to share an offering of their talents in worship services coming up over the summer. I am hoping to feature weekly musical (and other artistic) offerings from our illustrious and industrious community at the Offering time of the services – remotely for now. (The Musical Offering idea is named after the famous work of Bach.)

I will be creating a roster of those interested. To take part, please fill out this Musical Offering Form or contact the Associate Director of Music, Ed Broms, at  Ed@wellesleyvillagechurch.org  
Book Study with Bob Feeny
Antiracism 101: Starting the Work Change Requires
 
Looking for summer reading? Join Pastoral Resident Bob Feeny for a series of book discussions focusing on racism, and specifically aimed at answering the question,  “what can I do about racism?”   
 
We will begin our series with  Robin Diangelo's   White Fragility: Why It's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism .   We will meet on Zoom from 4-5:30pm June 10 th , 17 th , and 24 th .
 
           Building on this discussion, we will read  I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness  by Austin Channing Brown in July.

           And, in August,  How to Be an Antiracist  by Ibram X. Kendi. 
 
Order your books now, and let’s get to work!  Join us for any or all of the books, and contact  bob@wellesleyvillagechurch.org  with any questions.
CCW Calendar
June 21  Pentecost 3 Online Worship
June 28  Pentecost 4 Online Worship
             11am Zoom Farewell Gathering with Edenses 

July & August   Sundays, 9am - Summer worship with Wellesley Village Congregational Church
During July and August, the Wellesley online worship “premieres” at 9 am. It can be viewed any time after that but it premieres at 9am which means pastors and staff are available via chat during the service. 

Sept 13 Pentecost 15 Worship CCW Resumes
Cathy Liddell will be CCW’s liaison to an advisory committee at Wellesley that is discerning how to live and worship in a time of pandemic.

Jan 9 “Let’s Talk” with the Rev. Mariama White Hammond
This conversation with the Rev. Mariama White Hammond on the social justice ramifications of climate change had to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Tragically the pandemic has only underscored the relevancy of this conversation. Why are black and brown people disproportionately displaced and affected by climate change and what can be done?  More information to come.
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