THANK YOU FOR A FABULOUS MITTEN TREE!
The generosity of our members was once again on display this Christmas season with donations of a grand total of nearly 100 gifts collected for residents of the former Waban Health Center and those at Project Care and Concern. It was wonderful share in joy and love with our friends during the holiday season. Special gratitude to Molly Owen-Kiritsy, Erika Pond, and Betty O'Beirne for organizing the effort and to Pastor Amy and our youth for decorating mittens.
AN INVITATION TO CONSIDER -- NICA Leadership Team
Did you know that the Union Church has had over a decade long partnership with the people of Nicaragua? Did you know every other year a sizable number of our congregation (over 50 people in 2018) travel to San Juan del Sur to give of our time, talents and love in service to our Nicaraguan friends? Did you know that our partnership over all these years has grown to encompass so many aspects including not only our every other year service trip but also support of a local college student through the Brugger Foundation, continued support and relationships with past project communities, a church partnership, ongoing collaboration with a Mobile Library as well as helping all of us who do not travel to Nicaragua feel a part of this partnership?
Because this partnership has become such a significant part of our life at the Union Church in Waban we are embarking on the formation of a NICA Leadership Team. This will be a small group of 3-5 people who have a particular gift for nurturing the partnership with our Nicaraguan friends by supporting and coordinating the leadership of various team leaders that would take responsibility for different aspects of our Nicaraguan partnership (i.e. being the point person for support and communication with our scholarship support of a Brugger scholar; being the point person for ongoing continuity and support with past projects and partnerships; being the point person for nurturing UCW connection with Nicaragua). We are looking for 3-5 people who would meet monthly to manage the big picture of our relationship and support the lay leaders who would take responsibility for supporting the specific areas of engagement.
If you have questions or are interested in being a part of the NICA leadership Team, please be in touch with Co-Moderator Kent Wittler.
In addition, please be stay tuned for ways that you can weigh in on this relationship by sharing in conversations where we will learn about how this partnership began, what it has entailed and hear from you as to where you think it ought to go.