The Union Church in Waban
Friday Updates, July 1, 2022
Sunday July 3rd
Leading in a Liminal Season Webinar
This Sunday, July 3rd, in lieu of hybrid worship, Pastors Amy and Wendy invite you to join the Council in watching this webinar, presented by UCW alum Rev. Dr. Sarah Drummond and Susan Beaumont. The presentation invites us to consider the liminal times in which we are living. A common language around this season of ministry will be helpful to us.
Leading in a Liminal Season Webinar
Church Matters
Church Council News
We are pleased to announce that Susan Hunt Stevens has agreed to serve on Church Council as a representative from Christian Education. The mother of two teens, Susan served on the CE Team for several years and is now also serving on the Search Committee. We welcome Susan to the Church Council and look forward to working with her in the year ahead.

The Council will be meeting on July 9th from 9:00 - 12:00 on a special Saturday planning retreat focused on how to lead in a liminal time. Our discussion will be based on a webinar presentation by Sarah Drummond, a former member of Union Church , which you can view HERE. We also look forward to planning meaningful activities of connection for our transitional year during the Saturday morning retreat.

Jenny Weisz, Co-Moderator
Adult Formation and Gatherings
Pilgrimage to Boston -The Black Heritage Trail® 
Sunday, August 14th from 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Join UCW friends and a Park Ranger from the National Parks of Boston to explore the rich history of Beacon Hill's 19th century Black community on Sunday, August 14th from 1 – 2:30 p.m. We can catch the train from church at Noon to travel together.

If you would like to join us
please sign-up HERE.
(We have reserved 15 slots for our group.)
The Black Heritage Trail® showcases residences and community buildings associated with a Black community that thrived on, and near, the north slope of Beacon Hill before, during, and after the American Civil War. Throughout that time, this community struggled and organized for equal rights and access to equal education. Community members championed the movement to abolish slavery and even housed freedom seekers on their journey along the Underground Railroad.
This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. It begins across the street from the Massachusetts 54th Regiment Memorial in front of the Massachusetts State House and ends at the Museum of African American History, covering about 1.4 miles.
Children, Youth & Families
UCW Service Trip Update
Hi Everyone,
We are having fun. Gardening, painting, playing and hauling many cardboard boxes. Our kids have been amazing interacting with the families. More details when we return and here are some pictures !!!!!  
faithfully,
Dave, Jim and Amy
Sunday School - July and August
Summer Break
Join us for Summer Sundaes on Wednesdays and for 10:00 a.m. Worship
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 our Sundaes on Wednesdays (see dates below) for ice cream, community connection, and fun.
Upcoming Sundays & Gatherings
Summer Worship
Sundays and Sundaes!
Sunday, July 10th - Gathering in Memorial Chapel and on Zoom
Our Summer Services will begin on July 10th, gathering at 10:00 a.m. for hybrid worship. As we embrace the more relaxed pace of summer, we will gather in the Memorial Chapel and worship will be more informal, followed by time for fellowship (outside, weather permitting). Our Co-Moderator Jenny Weisz will take the lead in worship on this Sunday. We will hear the call story of Sarah in Genesis 18: 1 - 15
Sunday, July 17th - Gathering in Memorial Chapel and on Zoom
Pastor Amy and Gerry Elion will take the lead in worship on this Sunday. They will examine the call story of Moses in Exodus 3: 1 - 15
Sunday, July 24th - Gathering in Memorial Chapel and on Zoom
Pastor Wendy will take the lead in worship on this Sunday. We will hear the call story of Jonah in Jonah 3: 1 - 10
Sunday, July 31st - Gathering in Memorial Chapel and on Zoom
Pastor Amy will take the lead in worship on this Sunday. She will examine the call story of Mary in Luke 1: 39 - 46
Save The Dates!
Sundaes on Wednesdays!
  • July 6th
  • July 20th
  • August 3rd
  • August 24th
We are excited to offer some additional times for joy, rest, prayer, togetherness, and ICE CREAM! Sundaes on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Come enjoy each other's company over a frozen treat on these Wednesdays dates
A Special Gift to Help Us Re-gather in the Fall!
Are you traveling this summer? Whether you are traveling to faraway lands, the nearby coast, dipping a toe in Crystal Lake or staying home, we invite you to bring back a small container of water from your summer. In the Fall we will all bring the water we collected to be part of a ritual where we name the sources and bless our Water from Many Places. Then the water will be filtered and boiled to purify it, and it will be used in baptisms in the coming year. Watch for a special gift from the Deacons delivered to you either in person or by mail over the coming weeks to help you collect water for our worship on September 11th.
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 vinita.leslie@gmail.com, 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 Revs. Wendy Vander Hart or Amy Clark Feldman for prayer or pastoral support:

  • Pastor Amy's email is amy@ucw.org, and her cell phone for calls or texts is 617-938-8112.
  • Pastor Wendy's email is seniorpastor@ucw.org and her office phone is 617-965-3893

Mondays are days off for both pastors, and Pastor Amy is away beginning July 2 -7. If you have a pastoral need, please reach out to Pastor Wendy during that time.
In Our Wider Community
July 11th, 13th, 15th & 16th
Mijin Choi, Minister of Music,
The Union in Waban
As some of you know, in addition to my work as the Minister of Music at The Union Church in Waban, I also work as a faculty member at South Shore Conservatory. I am looking forward to performing in several of their concerts this summer as part of Duxbury Music Festival (DMF) and Evenings Under the Stars (EUS, Hingham), on July 11th, 13th, 15th & 16th. There is a flyer with all of the information, which can also be found at summer.sscmusic.org. I am also able to offer a discount code, which is UCWN10 which gives a discount of both EUS and the first three DMF concerts. Please consider joining me for these fantastic concerts.
Duxbury
The Ellison Center for the Arts
64 St. George Street,
Duxbury, MA 02331-1523
781-934-2731
Hingham
One Conservatory Drive
Hingham, MA 02043-2647
781-749-7565
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.