The UUCW Message
September 10, 2019
Photo of the Week
The 2019-20 COA Class on their canoe trip pose for a picture on the North Bridge in Concord, MA. Photo by Robin Mitzcavitch.

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News from UUCW
Upcoming Events at UUCW
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The Regional Environmental Council's Mobile Farmer's Market will make a weekly stop at UUCW every Thursday, from 11:00 - 12:00 beginning this week and continuing through October. Come enjoy the fresh fruits and vegetables of the season! Just stop by the Parking Lot. Note that in case of inclement weather the market will be moved into Fellowship Hall.
 
Hi Friends-  On Sunday September 15th , we kick off our Social Threads Quilting ans Sewing Community for year #2!!!  We are delighted to be continuing for the 2019/20 year.  Thank you to Rachel Peckar and Kathy Cooper for helping me with the awesome new offering at UUCW.  We have a nice group of people from inside and outside the UUCW community who gathers once a month.  This is open...

Our first meeting of the church year will take place on Sunday Sept 15th at approximately 11:45 after coffee hour at church.  Room to be announced. Our agenda for this gathering includes discussing priority issues and activities, searching for available resources and how to support one another in these trying times.  We welcome new faces, ideas and energy.  Please join us on Sept 15th! Don't AGONIZE, ORGANIZE!!! ...


SAVE THE DATE!!  SEPTEMBER 23RD!!  Friendly House and the Manor have joined together to create a fundraiser for which all proceeds will go to the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN).  A Taste of West Boylston and Neighbors will be held on Monday, September 23rd, from 5:30-8:30pm at The Manor Banquet facility, 42 West Boylston Street, West Boylston, MA.  This family friendly event will feature food and drink, live entertainment and raffles...



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Saturday, October 5, 2019  5:30-10 p.m. Tickets $80 per seat DCU Center (Worcester, MA) Join other members and friends of UUCW at our table at the 2019 Gala for the LGBT Asylum Task Force. This evening of celebration, dining and dancing will benefit asylum seekers and those who work with them here in Worcester....
2019 Daybreak Breakfast Monday, October 7, 2019 8:00 - 9:30 a.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.) Hogan Campus Center, College of the Holy Cross Join other UUCW members and friends at the UUCW Table for the annual Daybreak Breakfast on October 7! The Daybreak Breakfast is designed to educate, motivate and inspire people to build safe communities by raising awareness of domestic violence, supporting survivors and promoting healthy relationships. Tickets...
Current News at UUCW
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It is with mixed feelings that Linda Morse, Zadock Malesi, and I must let you know that our family, Asende Ebasomba and her three sons, will be moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on September 27 of this month. We can proudly point to all of their accomplishments in coming to a new country, learning a new language, and adjusting to a multitude of cultural differences all while the political climate is...

The WHEEL Program at UUCW is looking for several UUCW members to be part of a task force to help develop this new program. It is an enrichment program directed at local homeschooling families for the purpose of generating funds for UUCW by using our classroom spaces during the weekdays. If you have experience with starting a business, education, home schooling, or you just have general interest in the...
Are you someone who enjoys building websites?  Or do you enjoy managing social media?  Then you are just who we are looking for!  Join the UUCW Communications Team as it continues its quest to launch the next version of our church website in 2020.  This fall we will continue to edit content...

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Office Information

Regular office hours have resumed - Mon, Tues, Wed from 9 am - 3 pm, Thurs from 9 am - 2 pm. 

Gmail Users - Please note that if you stop receiving the Message, Nugget, and Weekend Reminder, check your Promotions tab in Gmail. Often, you will find that church emails (and other emails from Constant Contact) are in there! Please click  HERE for more information. Please share this information with your fellow congregants if they mention they aren't getting the Message!

In Case of Emergency: If you have any sort of pastoral or building-related emergency, please call 508-853-1942 and choose option 6.

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry: To get in touch with volunteers from the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, please call 508-853-1942 and choose option 9, or email foodpantry@uucworcester.org . The Food Pantry takes place on the third Saturday of each month, in the Fellowship Hall, from 10 am - noon.

Jennifer Landry, Office Administrator

Sunday News - Worship Services & Religious Exploration
Worship Service - Sunday, September 15, 2019



Religious Exploration - Sunday, September 15, 2019

Welcome Back Families!!
This past Saturday evening we had over 100 parents and children in our church celebrating the start of the new Religious Exploration Year. 

 I would like to thank the Religious Exploration Team: Claire Breyton, Vickie Cox-Lanyon, Jenny DelGizzi, Ana Gregory, Lee Hill, and Beckley Schowalter for putting together this fabulous event (and delicious Taco Bar) for all!

Also, I would like to thank the team for completing the detailed process of conducting a family RE survey last year where many families were individually interviewed.  Vickie Cox-Lanyon put together all the data and presented the findings to our RE team as we met to plan the 2019/20 RE programming year last March. Your voices informed our decision-making on the events offered during 2019/20 church year.  I will go into this in more detail in my September 18th Nugget Article.

Thank you to Vickie for compiling the survey info and sharing it with us all this past Saturday night in an awesome and informative power point presentation!

We are thankful for all of our families and feel very fortunate that so many of you showed up and engaged!  It was a great night!  Let's do it sometime again!!

Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Exploration & Education

The Coming of Age Class of 2019/20 Kicks Off!
 
With much thanks to Rev. David Miller for leading the way, our Coming of Age class of 2019/20 kicked off in style with a canoe trip down the Sudbury River in Concord from South Bridge to the Old North Bridge and back.  We had a lovely day to go along with a wonderful group of 13 young teens embarking on their journey to come of age at UUCW.  I'd also like to thank chaperones Bruce Leshay, Polly Murillo, and Lydia Proulx for helping to make the the magic happen!

More thanks go to the thirteen mentors who have signed on to lead these young travelers throughout the year! Give them a high five if you see them in the hallways at church!   Nancy Baffa, Vickie Cox-Lanyon, Maya Desai, Sean Divoll, Bart Hill, Lee Hill, Bruce Lehsay, Rev.Cheryl Leshay, Rev David Miller, John Odell, Lydia Proulx, Karen Stephenson,Debra Zawielski.  
 
My assistant COA leader is Jenny DelGizzi and we are SO EXCITED for the COA year!


Sunday Morning Worship Assistants Wanted!

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 ( minister@uucworcester.org) 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 September 10 - 16
2019-2020 Touchstone Ministry Theme 
"Building Beloved Community"  
 
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: covenant, democracy, mission & vision, compassion, authority/leadership, generosity, forgiveness, the divine/God, sabbath, good & evil, harmony, creation.
 
Watch for upcoming articles in this newsletter and other weekly communications that will explore these themes in depth.    

September Theme - Covenant


September 10: "There is another element that must be present in our struggle that then makes our resistance and nonviolence truly meaningful. That element is reconciliation. Our ultimate end must be the creation of the beloved community." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
September 11: "Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community." ~ Jean Vanier
 
September 12: "Jewish philosopher Martin Buber saw the making of promises as essential to human nature. Indeed, he described humans as promise-making, promise-keeping, promise-breaking and promise-renewing beings. " ~ Andrew Clive Millard
 
September 13: "The heart is where everything begins: the grounded place within each of us where we can overcome fear, rediscover that we are members of one another." ~ Parker Palmer
 
September 14: "The central task of religious community is to unveil the bonds that bind each to all. ...Once felt, it inspires us to act for justice." ~ Mark Morrison-Reed
 
September 15: "The essence of marriage is that it is a covenant, a commitment, a promise of future love." ~ Timothy Keller
 
September 16: "Covenant as a concept is not just about commitment to a particular community. Because of its connection to hope, it is also about a community's commitment to a vision without which we all perish." ~ John Buehrens

Rev. Aaron Payson
 
Ongoing Meetings

The evening book group will resume on September 11 at 7pm in the Lounge.  Newcomers are always welcome.  We alternate fiction with nonfiction selections.  Discussions are always lively!  Our current reading is Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, and October's selection is My Dear Hamilton: ...

The next meeting of the Women's Social Circle will take place on September 14. We meet at Nu Kitchen (https://www.thenukitchen.com/) 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.  Contact Nancy Baffa or Maya Desai with questions...

Topic for Unitarian Universalist Church Men's Group: Letting Go of Old Resentments Friday, September 27, 2019, presented by David Miller I will present a personal narrative about my relationship with my father, followed by group discussion.  Discussion will begin with reactions to my tale and proceed to invite the group members to share where they have experienced their own resentments and how they have dealt with the latter. The Men's Group meets every 4th...

Lunch with the Minister will resume on October 2nd at noon in the Lounge.  Everyone is welcome to this social time with the minister, meet new friends and catch up with old ones.  Bring a bag lunch and perhaps a topic for discussion.  Beverages are provided.  If you need a ride, please contact Nancy Hancock at 508-854-0856.

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 ...
 Regional & Denominational News

Claiming Our Spiritual Leadership - Nov 2 @ UUCW - Nov 2

The New England Region of the UUA will be hosting the workshop  Claiming Our Spiritual Leadership on Saturday, Nov. 2 here at UUCW.

We are looking for 3-5 volunteers to assist with hospitality on the day of the event.  Volunteers can attend the workshop for free.  

Please contact  arpayson@charter.net if you are interested in volunteering for this workshop.


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