The Union Church in Waban
Friday Updates, August 19, 2022
Sunday. August 21st at 10.00 a.m.
Gathering in the Stage Room and on Zoom
We will continue our theme of "Calling", examining our own calls as people of faith. We are gathering in the Stage Room downstairs. Worship will be more informal, followed by time for fellowship. Pastor Wendy will take the lead in worship on this Sunday. She will examine the call story of Mary and Martha in Luke 10: 38-42. Here is a question to ponder in advance - how do you experience your mindset influencing your choices?
To join Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom:  
 Zoom Link: HERE
Meeting ID: 832 2059 8969
Passcode: 458322
Dial in only: 1 646 558 8656 

The bulletin is available HERE
Church Matters
Transition Team Work Nears Completion
Transition Team
Transition Team members (left to right) Jaap van Reijendam, Jane Purser, Anya Bassett, Cindy Spertner, Pastor Wendy (missing Alan Cody)
The Transition Team is excited to share that we are nearing our goal of finishing the Local Church profile by early September. With a diligent process engaged and excellent writing skills contributed by team member Cindy Spertner, the Team will make a final review at its meeting on September 1.

Before that, the Team will be hosting the next Sundaes on Wednesdays on August 24th at 7:00 p.m. Please make space in your calendar to engage the Team in its process and share gratitude for their hard work.
More details on the August 24th gathering below!
All Church Retreat
Sunday, November 12th - 13th, Edward's House, Framingham
Our Planning Team is hard at work plotting meaningful time for all ages. We will focus around the story of the disciple Peter's encounter with Jesus walking on water. Themes of trust and faith will be examined in deep and playful ways.

The retreat for all ages will be on Saturday, November 12. Youth will remain for an overnight into Sunday, November 13. We will meet at Edwards House at the UCC Conference Center in Framingham.  
We look forward to creating intergenerational meaningful space and conversation.
More details and a sign-up to follow!
Upcoming Sundays & Summer Gatherings
Sunday, August 28th - Gathering in The Stage Room and on Zoom
Julie Heffernan will take the lead in worship on this Sunday assisted by Rev. Matt Carriker. She will examine the call story of Lois and Eunice in II Timothy 1: 3-7.

Sunday, September 4th - Gathering in The Stage Room and on Zoom
Alan Cody will take the lead in worship on this Sunday assisted by Rev. Matt Carriker. He will examine the call story of Paul in Acts 9: 1-22. Communion will be served as well.
Join us for Our Last
Sundaes on Wednesdays of the Summer
August 24th at 7:00 p.m.
Featuring conversation with the Transition Team!
Mark you calendars for a gathering of
joy, rest, prayer, and ICE CREAM!
Children, Youth & Families
Sunday School - July and August
Summer Break
Sunday School will resume on Sept. 11th!
We will take a break from regular Sunday School over the summer, but kids are always invited in worship, and our Prayground will be up and ready for kiddos all summer! Please also plan to join us for the last of our Sundaes on Wednesdays of the Summer for ice cream, community connection, and fun.

Please note that Pastor Amy will be on sabbatical from August 8th to October 11th. We look forward to welcoming our wonderful Sabbatical Pastor, Rev. Matt Carriker on September 1st!
Mission & Service
Newton Freedge: Continued Need!
The Union Church in Waban is a Freedge partner responsible for helping connect with local businesses, stock, and monitor this needed local resource two Saturdays a month. We are in need of volunteers in the coming weeks.

The work is easy and rewarding, with multiple slots throughout the day. Despite Newton’s image as an affluent suburb, too many of our neighbors struggle to put food on their tables. The Newton Freedge is one way we can help. A free, 24/7 outdoor refrigerator and pantry, the Freedge provides free food and personal supplies to anyone who needs them. 

To learn more, contact Vinita at, or sign up below.
Union Church Freedge Sign-up: HERE
Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care Connections
During this time of transition, please know that your church is here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Rev. Wendy Vander Hart for prayer or pastoral support while Pastor Amy is on sabbatical:

  • Pastor Wendy's email is and her office phone is 617-965-3893

Mondays are days off for both pastors. If you have a pastoral need, please reach out to Pastor Wendy this week.
Our Covenant

We, the members of The Union Church in Waban, true to our founding principle of being an inclusive church, covenant together to nourish and to sustain in our common life and practice a fully welcoming and affirming church for all persons. Welcoming all persons who seek to join with us in a commitment to love God and our neighbors, affirming the inclusive love of Jesus, we are open to all, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, ability or economic circumstance. We invite all to full participation in our worship, membership, leadership and life of this church.