The Union Church in Waban
Friday Updates, February 4, 2022
This Sunday
Online Worship - Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany - Communion
February 4th,10:00 a.m.
A new series mirroring questions that will shape the Senior Pastor search process begins this Sunday focusing on "Who Are We now?" We will hear the strange and troubling story of Ananias and Sapphira from the 5th chapter of Acts and wonder about generosity as a mark of who we are now. We will also share Communion, and so we invite you to bring bread or a cracker, and juice or water to our online service.

We look forward to seeing you on Zoom!

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
To connect to Sunday Worship or to any of our online offerings,
you may also go to our website at  
Church Matters
Important Updates Phase Forward Team Updates
Hybrid services will begin on Sunday, February 13th

We are so grateful to our Phase Forward Team for helping us navigate these challenging days. The Team met on February 1st and Council agreed with new recommendations on February 2nd.

Based on a sustained decline in Covid in our community and being sensitive to the significant mental health needs of children, youth, and adults, we will open up the church for in person small group meetings immediately with Zoom connection available for those who cannot attend
....more details HERE
Upcoming Sundays & Gatherings
10:00 a.m. Worship - Coming Up!
We hope you will join worship online or in-person starting February 13th. Come find reconnection, renewal, hope, and joy as we gather together on Zoom.
Worship on February 13th - In-Person & Online
We will return to gathering in-person, along with our Zoom service this week! Please join us as we continue our series asking the question "Who Are We now?" On this Sunday, Pastor Amy will lead us in exploring the story and ministry of Stephen, and how, filled with wisdom and Spirit, he led the early church into new ministries of care and service. We will also bless our Transition and Search teams on this special day. 
Worship on February 20th - Hybrid
We will continue our series asking the question "Who Are We now?" On this Sunday, Pastor Wendy will lead us in exploring the story of the magician Simon and ponder the power of encounter. Union Church has a history of creating spaces for encounter, how might we build upon that practice? 
Children, Youth & Families
Children and Sunday School - Returning February 20th!
We are delighted that we are able to return to gathering in-person later this month, and in-person Sunday School will resume with Pastor Amy on February 20th. Weather permitting, we will spend time exploring outdoors, so please plan to bring warm layers!

Valentine's Day - Card and Cookie-Making - Youth Groups
Sunday, February 13th, 11:30-a.m. - 1p.m.
Pre-Super Bowl Valentines Day Cookie-Making and deliveries for UCW friends and Common Cathedral. Stay after worship if you can to help sort Common Cathedral donations.

Exploring Our Faith
This Sunday, February 6th, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Our first-Sunday monthly Exploring Our Faith group gathering will be in-person (with an online option for any who prefer). Mentors and students should have received an email and link with details (with questions, please reach out to Pastor Amy). We look forward to seeing you! We've also update our calendar (with more to come), and you can find it below:
Adult Formation and Gatherings
Wednesday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. (via Zoom)
Wellspring is our women's ministry at UCW. We come together to support each other as we journey together in these times.  If you are interested in learning more about Wellspring, please contact Amy McMahon at: .
UCW Book Group
Tuesday, February 22ndat 7:30 p.m.
The Practicing Congregation:
Imagining a New Old Church
by Diana Butler Bass
Please join us on Tuesday, February 22nd at 7:30 p.m. for our next book group meeting. This month we will be reading The Practicing Congregation: Imagining a New Old Church by Diana Butler Bass. You will find a zoom link and sign-in information below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alan Cody (

Zoom Link: HERE
Meeting ID: 832 4667 4155
Passcode: 431699
Dial in: 1 646 558 8656

Book Club Selections and Discussions for March & April:
The Art of Living: Peace and Freedom in the Here and Now” by Thich Nhat Hanh
Tuesday, March 29th, 7:30PM

“Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion" By Gregory Boyle
Tuesday, April 26th ,7:30PM
Advocates for Racial Justice
Development to turn the West Newton armory on Washington Street into affordable housing.
City seeks to turn West Newton Armory into 43 units of affordable housing 
The Boston Globe
Newton city leaders and developers are seeking to convert the West Newton armory into 43 rental units of affordable housing for families, according to the city and the project’s development team.

The project to convert the former Massachusetts National Guard building into housing, proposed by Mayor Ruthanne Fuller in 2019, comes amid soaring housing prices across the region.
.... continue reading HERE
Stay Tuned for ARJ Film Night!
Want to catch a movie? Want to see a 16 minute animated film that will inform and surprise you? We will see it together next month. It could answer some of your questions about housing and zoning.
Along with many other Houses of Worship we are offering a chance to watch Segregated By Design either together (on line) or on your own at a time convenient to you. And of course we hope to talk about it together on zoom. Stay tuned for Film Night. 

Mission & Service
Coat and Clothing Collection
for Common Cathedral
January 16th-February 17th
As the cold weather continues, our partners at Common Cathedral are collecting warm coats, and durable clothing, boots, shoes, belts, bags, blankets and other items for their community members who live outdoors. New socks and men's underwear are also always in need!

For a full list of needed items please CLICK HERE.

In these weeks when we are gathering remotely, please contact Pastor Amy ( to arrange a drop-off or pick-up of clothing. We will also have bins available Sunday, February 13th following worship, and Pastor Amy will be at the church that morning to collect items. Thank you!

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 Revs. Wendy Vander Hart or Amy Clark Feldman for prayer or pastoral support:

  • Pastor Wendy's email is and her office phone is 617-965-3893
  • Pastor Amy's email is, and her cell phone for calls or texts is 617-938-8112.
Note: Both of our pastors take Mondays off as a day of rest and Sabbath. If you are in need of urgent pastoral support on this coming Monday,, you can reach out to Pastor Wendy, who will be available for emergencies.

Sunday Sign-Ups
Scripture Reader Sign-Up
If you are joining our Sunday worship, please consider signing up as a Scripture Reader for any of our upcoming services.

Scripture Reader Sign-up: HERE
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.