The Union Church in Waban               
Friday, November 23, 2018
This Sunday November 25
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This Sunday 

8:00 - Prayer Group: Practices of Prayer 
Practices of prayer will continue this Sunday with the walking of the labyrinth.  
Practices of prayer is an exploration of prayers from many faith traditions. So, if you are interested in a certain type of prayer please bring your inquiries, and let us understand the practice together. This Christian / Interfaith formation will be from 8-9 am on the stage in  lieu of the Sunday Bible study. We will continue through the end of the calendar year.  The hope is that in our journey together as a community devoted to mindful prayer, we may each discover a daily prayer practice, adding to our spiritual wholeness.  

9:00 -  Choir Rehearsal 
10:00 - Worship 
Education, Spiritual Formation and Fellowship
Wellspring for Women 
Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 p.m.
Wellspring for women will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6:30 PM at the reception room. We will start with supper together, followed by a time of sharing and reflecting on the meaning of Advent in women's lives.
Stepping out of the Boat

Would you consider contributing something to our Advent Reflection Booklet? In our Advent book we will be reflecting on what "stepping out" for (or in) Hope, Peace, Joy and Love looks like (or could look like) in our lives and in our world. Do you have a story, poem, picture, thought or wondering that you'd be willing to share? The Advent Booklet is a much beloved tradition where we get to hear from each other what is on our hearts and minds. If you'd be willing to contribute a piece to the Booklet, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy. 

The deadline for contributions is Sunday, November 25

Services at The Union Church over Advent      
Kids, Youth and Families
Growing in Faith and Community 
Community Advent Wreath-Making 
After Worship, December 2nd 
Following our beloved Hanging of the Greens worship service, as we pre pare our sanctuary for Advent, all are invited to come downstairs to the stage to create a beautiful Advent wreath for your home. These wreaths are a meaningful way for your family to mark the weeks of Advent together, and to remember and connect with the season's Hope, Love, Peace and Joy in the midst of otherwise busy days. We'll provide the materials, you provide the creativity and love. Donations appreciated. If you have an Advent wreath frame from past years, please feel free to bring it and decorate it together! 
Christmas Pageant: 
Dec. 16 
th (Rehearsals on Dec. 9
th and 15
Mark your calendars for our annual Christmas Pageant, as our children and youth lead us in worship and the telling of the Christmas story. If your child or youth would like to participate, please contact Pastor Amy (, or see the Sign-up Genius sent to families this week.
Newton Early Release Day Family Fun: Holiday Crafts and Games 
Wednesday, Dec. 5th
Looking for a warm, fun place to go on the December Newton public school early release day? Swing by the Littlehale room for winter crafts and games, snacks and hot cocoa! We'll have a great time together and share Christmas cheer in this first week of December. Kids should be accompanied by an adult, and all are welcome! Bring a friend or two!
From the Pews -- A reflection on our partnership with GBIO
                       by Rev. Brita Gill-Austern 

Like many of you, I am deeply concerned about the increasing polarization and divides in American society and culture which undercut a sense of common identity and purpose.  To move toward a healthy democracy and society that honors difference, while also seeking the common good, requires that we find ways to place ourselves in the intersection of differences.  This is one of the reasons I am such an enthusiastic and ardent supporter of the work of GBIO, the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization, and so deeply grateful that our church is one of its supporting members.  I know I am not alone in my support.  Just two weeks ago, we had 25 members of our congregation gather as delegates to its important annual meeting at the Roxbury Mosque with over 100 other congregations.  This is a huge turnout for a relatively small congregation, part of the excellent work Mark Smith and Kathleen Hobson have done as our GBIO liaisons in galvanizing support in our congregation.

                                                                                    .......continue reading 
Mission & Outreach



It's that time of year again! On December 2 rd, 2018, we will welcome the
Advent season  by  decorating the sanctuary with greens, wreaths and poinsettias.

The greens sale is an annual fundraiser that supports our mission and outreach work in the church.  Wreathes, poinsettias, sprigs and other festive decorations may be purchased to prepare our homes and our sanctuary for Advent and the celebration of Christmas.
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This Sunday November 25

Please help us continue our good works by purchasing poinsettias for the sanctuary or trees and greens to decorate your home!  Do not forget to offer an order form to family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to help 2018 be our most successful sale yet!

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