The UUCW Message
May 14, 2019
Photo of the Week
Rev. Aaron Payson & Robin Mitzcavitch remember their mothers during the service on May 12. Photo by Vickie Cox-Lanyon.

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News from UUCW
Upcoming Events at UUCW
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New UU Program
Saturday, May 18 (1-4pm)

New Member Ceremony
Sunday, May 19 (during the 10 am Service)

On Saturday, May 18 from 1-4 pm we will host a New UU Program  in the Lounge for those interested in learning more about Unitarian Universalism in general and UUCW in particular.  This introduction to our movement and congregation is great for newcomers and for those who'd like a refresher about who we are and where we come from as a congregation.

Sunday May 19th will be our next New Member Sunday. On New Member Sunday those who would like to become members of the congregation are invited to participate in a ceremony during the 10 am worship service during which participants sign the membership book and are welcomed formally by the congregation. Participation in this ceremony is not a requirement for membership. 

Anyo ne who  wishes to become a member may do so by inquiring with the Minister or Denise Darrigrand, Membership Chair, and may sign  the membership book in private.

If you'd like to join the church as a member on May 19 and/or would like to attend the New UU Program on Saturday, May 18, CLICK HERE to sign up.

Thoughts On Membership
We are changed by any community we choose to join. Becoming a member of UUCW is about making a commitment to support and shape this congregation; it is also about opening yourself to be shaped within the context of this community.

Why Join?
Joining the church is a formal sign of commitment to our community. With it goes an understanding of both service and financial support, as you are able, to our community. It means lending your energy and talents to grow our young people, care for our elders, fight for our beliefs and passions, laugh together, cry together, and mark our transitions together. It buoys and strengthens the community-and that means each and every member-to know that we share a common bond.

Membership allows you to be a voting member on concerns vital to our church community. At Annual Meeting members vote to approve a budget, to accept new leaders, and to change by-laws affecting our governance. Historically our members have voted on important congregational questions such as whether to offer two services on Sundays, to install the rainbow window or to change the size of our Board of Management.

Path to Membership
While there are no formal tests to becoming a member of this church, we encourage you to consider the following:
  • Get to know us by attending worship services, fellowship events, classes and other programs.
  • Attend a New U class to meet other newcomers and learn about Unitarian Universalist history and principles, our ministry programs and the responsibilities and benefits of membership.
  • Discuss with us the amount of financial support you expect to be able to give the church for the remainder of the current fiscal cycle.

Have questions about joining the congregation?  Please speak to Denise Darrigrand or Rev. Aaron Payson.


Betty on the roof during a previous year's All-Church Photo.
Calling everybody!  This coming Sunday, May 19th, is our annual All-Church photo.  It will take place immediately at the end of the service.

Please join us, member or non-member.  You are all welcome!

Hope to see you there,


Side With Love Task Force on Social Justice will have a meeting on Sunday May 19th at 12 noon.  Room to be determined. We will plan our final movie of the year, and determine summer activities. Hope to see you there! 

Just a reminder that the yard sale is almost upon us.  A reminder about items -  clothing, linens, household items, books, electronics in working condition, toys and games, stuffed animals, jewelry, sports ...
Our Yard Sale is coming up soon, June 1st. We would love to sell some small home baked goodies, like cookies, muffins or brownies to feed our shoppers so they will stay longer and buy more! If you would be willing to bake something, please contact Ruth Silver. Thank  you!
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Sunday News
Worship Service
Sunday, May 19, 2019

RE News - May 19, 2019

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Education

Worship Service Coming on May 26

On Sunday  May 26th, we will have a special Memorial Day Service where Robin and her Lessons of Loss Class invite you to remember your lost loved- ones through objects.  Please come in at 9:50 AM on Sunday the 26th if you would like to display a special object on the altar.   There will also be time to share if you desire.
Coffee Hour News
Date Group on deck for hosting Hospitality Team contact
May 19 Outreach Groups - IHN & Assentria Linda Morse
May 26 Members & Friends of UUCW Nancy Hancock
June 2 Religious Education Committee Robin Mitzcavitch
Potluck Fellowship Hours Coming Up
Our next "Members and Friends of UUCW" Potluck Sunday is coming up on Sunday May 26. Please consider bringing a food item to share.  HosT team will be providing beverages only on these Sundays.  We thank everyone who can help us continue to enjoy this time together.

  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 May 14 - 20
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.    

May Theme - Mystery

May 14: "How terribly sad it was that people are made in such a way that they get used to something as extraordinary as living." ~ Jostein Gaarder
May 15: "There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle." ~ Albert Einstein
May 16: "Man is manifestly not the measure of all things. This universe is shot through with mystery. The very fact of its being, and of our own, is a mystery absolute, and the only miracle worthy of the name." ~ Sam Harris
May 17: "No one's life should be rooted in fear. We are born for wonder, for joy, for hope, for love, to marvel at the mystery of existence, to be ravished by, to seek truth and meaning, to acquire wisdom, and by our treatment of others to brighten ...where we are." ~ Dean Koontz
May 18: "Plant a garden in which strange plants grow and mysteries bloom." ~ Ken Kesey
May 19: "Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it...." ~ Frederick Buechner
May 20: "There is one purpose to life and one only: to bear witness to and understand as much as possible of the complexity of the world-its beauty, its mysteries, its riddles." ~ Anne Rice

Rev. Aaron Payson
Ongoing Meetings

The topic for the May Meeting will be a Photographic Journey Through the Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon by me. I am an amateur Photographer and I will share some picture of this tranquil and unique place. The Men's Group meets every 4th Friday in Classroom 3 (Across from Aaron's Office) from 7 pm to 9 pm. All who consider themselves male are welcome. The Men's Group is a community...

Join us Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at Noon for our Annual Lunch with the Minister Picnic! All are welcome.  Please bring a salad or dessert to share.  Beverages, chips and bread will be provided...

The next meeting of the Women's Social Circle is Saturday June 8 at 9 AM at Nu Kitchen ( 335 Chandler Street Worcester, MA.  If you are woman or identify as such, please join us.  No RSVP required.  Just drop-in as you can....


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. 

"Believing in a community that unites all people"
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester 
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