The UUCW Message
September 3, 2019
Photo of the Week
Nancy Hancock and Russell pose for a picture after scrubbing the kitchen during the All Church Clean Up on August 31.  Photo by Robin Mitzcavitch. Please click the photo to see more photos from the All Church Clean Up!

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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.

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!!! ...

Click HERE to purchase tickets!

Indian Lake Community Celebration!

Current News at UUCW
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Communications Team - Looking for Members!

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, shore up the structure of our new website, beta-test and revise the site as necessary with a vision to launch the new site in the New Year!  We are also looking for those who would like to assist in advancing our social media and other digital communications strategies.  If you are interested in either of these efforts, please contact Rachel Peckar or Rev. Aaron Payson.

I went to Canada (where most of my family is from) for the first time! Niagara Falls from the Canadian end of the
Rainbow Bridge.
Office Information

I'm back from my summer travels and sabbatical! 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 . 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 8, 2019

We welcome each other to the 2019-2020 Church Year with our Annual Water Ceremony this Sunday.  Join Members & Friends of all ages for this intergenerational service and celebration of our return to regular services after a fantastic series of Summer Sunday Morning Services!   Join us this Sunday and don't forget to bring water from your sojourners near and far (or symbolic water).  We'll gather again around the peace pole and garden and celebrate the summer, our return and all the new beginnings that mark this time of year!

A big shout-out to Sheri Linn and Sean Reynolds for their Summer Sunday Morning Service coordination this year!!  Summer services were held in the lounge from June 23 through September 1.  And a huge THANK YOU! to those who presented a service this summer:  Aaron Payson, Sheri Linn and Sean Reynolds, Mara Pentlarge, Evan Wilson, Kim Napoleone, Karen Stephenson, Brian & Rachel Keyo, Kathy Landry, Krista Bennett, and Craig & Deb Van Batenburg.  We celebrate and honor your experience, inspiration, and example.  Thank you for a great summer!

Religious Exploration - Sunday, September 8, 2019

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 ( 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 3 - 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 3: "All contracts have terms, but covenants don't. They last forever. In a contractual relationship, you're always worried about breaking the rules. In a covenantal relationship, you're only concerned with loving the other party as much as you can." ~ Lecrae Moore
September 4: "Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It's a covenant between equals." ~ Gregory Boyle
September 5: "Church is where we practice becoming more human. The ground of our being together is covenant." ~ James Luther Adams
September 6: "Congregations can provide an embodied experience of covenant and commitment among people; they can foster freely chosen and life-sustaining inter-dependence." ~ Rebecca Parker
September 7: "I understand the term Beloved Community to mean an inclusive, interrelated society based on love, compassion, responsibility, shared power and a respect for all people, places, and things...." ~ Shirley Strong
September 8: "Political campaigns offer Americans an opportunity to adjust direction, reaffirm values, and recommit to the covenant that binds them together." ~ Stanley A. McChrystal
September 9: "The ancient question, "Who am I?" inevitably leads to a deeper one, "Whose am I?" because there is no identity outside of relationship." ~ Douglas Steere
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.

Rev. Aaron Payson
Ongoing Meetings

Yes! The women will meet over the summer.  Join us on July 13, August 10, and September 14. We meet 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. 

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: A Novel of Elizabeth Schuyler by Stephanie Dray et al. On September 11 please bring your suggestions for the new reading season.  Happy reading---

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.

 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 if you are interested in volunteering for this workshop.

"Believing in a community that unites all people"
Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester 
90 Holden Street, Worcester MA 01606
Phone: 508-853-1942 | Fax: 508-853-2065 | Emergencies: 508-853-1942 ext. 6