The UUCW Message
December 4, 2018
Photos of the Week
Nancy Hancock and her mother Birgit Patterson work on Holiday ornaments with many members and friends of UUCW during the workshop held by Rev. David Johnson and his wife Julie Coulter on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 2.

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News from UUCW
Upcoming Events at UUCW
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As the Holiday Season approaches, we are mindful that we have a history of offering a variety of ways to give and to gift here at UUCW. In an effort to invite participation in these efforts, without overwhelming each other, we are offering this list to you in hopes that you will participate in any of the ways that feel best to you and assist you in celebrating the holidays... 

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Current News
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Dear Friends, Thanks to you all for an amazingly successful Raising The Spirits night. We raised over $2500 and now comes the challenge of spending that money for Fellowship Hall beautification. We need your input. A team is forming to figure out WHAT TO DO. We will be meeting with the folks who use the room (Aaron, Robin, Food Pantry Crew, regular users/renters of the space), but in the interest...

Calling all Cooks! Last Monday, I attended the community dinner put on by the LGBT Asylum Task Force at Hadwen Park Congregational Church. If you've ever been to Durgin Park in Boston, that was the atmosphere there! We sat at long communal tables, interacting with a variety of people and having interesting conversations. Plentiful food was served by one of the sponsoring churches, after which a program was presented with...

Sunday News
Worship - December 9 , 2018

Blessing of the Stuffed Animals & Dolls
Sunday, Dec. 9 during Worship
Everyone is invited to bring a favorite stuffed animal or doll to church on Sunday to take part in the "Blessing of the Stuffed Animals & Dolls" portion of the service.  Bring your favorite stuffed friend to the altar when you enter the sanctuary.  We'll bless them and share in their special warmth and love during the service.

RE News - December 9, 2018

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Education

Coffee Hour News
Date Group on deck for hosting Hospitality Team contact
December 9 Timeless Themes Class Robin Mitzcavitch
December 16
Spirit Play & Nursery Classes
Robin Mitzcavitch
December 23 11:15 am: Members & Friends of UUCW
5:30 pm: Annual Vespers Tea
11:15 am: Linda Morse
5:30 pm: Rev. Aaron Payson - Details Coming Soon!
  Nancy Hancock 
Help Needed! Sunday Morning Worship Team Sign-up! 

We need your help.  Not a long-term commitment, just a Sunday along the way this year.  This is a congregation that relishes the many voices and passions of its people.  We are looking for people to participate on Sunday morning's by signing up to:

  • Greet Newcomers
  • Usher
  • Light the Chalice - Provide your own words or words can be provided
  • Read the Welcome - script available
  • Read Opening Words - Provide your own words or words can be provided
  • Introduce the Offering - Provide your own words or words can be provided
  • Help set up the Sanctuary prior to Service - Orientation and training provided.
This is not a lengthy commitment.  If each active member and friend of the congregation signed up for just 2 spots a year, we'd have the entire calendar covered! 
LEADERS!  Have a special event or effort that you want to highlight, this is a perfect opportunity to be heard.  While providing any of the services above (sans Sanctuary set up) you can plug your special project.
ALSO, Aaron is looking for a handful of folks who would be interested and willing to be a Worship Leader on Sundays when we have a Guest Speaker.  You will receive a full script of the WA parts of the service ahead of time and will be connected personally with the Guest Speaker to work out any other details.  Training is also provided as desired.  Contact Aaron directly if you are willing to be a Worship Leader.

HERE is the link to sign up to be part of a Sunday morning Worship Team this year. Scroll to the desired date, and sign up on the element you'd like to do.  You will receive a confirmation email and a reminder email prior to your scheduled day(s).
Thanks you for all you do!!

 Touchstones For December 4 - 10
2018-2019 Touchstone Ministry Theme "Let Your Life Speak"
Parker Palmer wrote, "Before you tell your life what you intend to do with it, listen for what it intends to do with you. Before you tell your life what truths and values you have decided to live up to, let your life tell you what truths you embody, what values you represent." These themes encourage listening to your life as a way of shaping your days and guiding your journey.
This year's monthly themes, starting in September, are: vocation, formation, gratitude, peace, grace, surrender/letting go, truth, salvation/wholeness, mystery, transcendence, freedom and responsibility, and prayer.
Watch for upcoming articles in this newsletter and other weekly communications that will explore these themes in depth.    

December Theme - Peace

December 4: "Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding." ~ Albert Einstein
December 5: "Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace." ~ Albert Schweitzer
December 6: "There is no 'way to peace,' there is only 'peace.'" ~ Mahatma Gandhi
December 7: "World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion." ~ Dalai Lama XIV
December 8: "Peace is the only battle worth waging." ~ Albert Camus
December 9: "Peace is not something you wish for, it is something you make, something you are, something you do, and something you give away." ~ Robert Fulghum
December 10: "Peace is preferable to war. But it's not an absolute value, and so we always ask, "What kind of peace?" ~ Noam Chomsky

Rev. Aaron Payson
Ongoing Meetings
Join us for our seasonal "Lunch with the Minister"  holiday buffet lunch on December 5 at noon. Bring your favorite food to share...salad, veggie, or dessert. Meatballs, breads, and drinks will be provided.  Our lunch is a great way to get into the holiday spirit with church friends new and old. 
Open to anyone interested in meditation, the group meets weekly and you can attend as available. We meditate for 30 minutes and then read from a meditation book and discuss the practice and how to integrate it into our lives. Occasionally we will listen to a talk from a meditation teacher and discuss as well. If you have questions contact Wendy O'Leary. 
Community News

Greater Worcester Humanists will hold its annual Holiday Luncheon at Val's Restaurant on Wachusett Street in Holden on December 9 from 12:00 Noon to 3:00 p.m. If interested in attending, call Linda Miller at (508)853-8964 by Wednesday, December 5th. Linda Miller (Chair Steering Committee)

"Believing in a community that unites all people"
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