The Union Church in Waban
Friday, July 16, 2021
This Sunday
Summer Worship
July 18th at 10:00 a.m. Worship
Join us for our Summer Worship each Sunday at 10:00 a.m.! Gather on Zoom from wherever you are, or come by the church and worship with us in-person (masked) in our beautiful Memorial Chapel. Pastor Amy will continue our exploration of the stories of the Jewish people's return from exile, as we emerge from our own exile-like time of displacement caused by the pandemic. This week we'll return to Isaiah and consider the new thing God may be doing in our lives and community.

We will have special music shared live by beloved UCW members, Gerry and Ron!

Popsicles at the Picnic Table: All are welcome to join us at the church picnic table directly following worship for snacks and fellowship.

To join Sunday Worship 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 www.ucw.org.  
Summer Pastoral Care
Pastoral Care Connections
During this time of transition in our church, please know that our Associate Pastor, Deacons, and congregation are here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Rev. Amy Clark Feldman by email at amy@ucw.org, or call/text her cell phone at
617-938-8112. She will be here full-time through August 1st. In the weeks in August when Pastor Amy is on vacation, we will be sure to share contact information for our Deacons, as well as details about our pastoral care coverage. With Blessings and Prayers for all.
Upcoming Summer Sundays & Gatherings
Backyard Church Summer Social!
Monday, August 2nd at 7- 8:30 p.m.

Would you like to reconnect with Union Church folks in person this summer? We'll be hosting backyard "socials" with dessert, conversation, and, if the spirit moves us, some reflection on what it has been like to be people of faith (more or less!) during the pandemic. The first social was held at Jon and Anya Bassett's home last week, and it was so joyful and meaningful to be together and reconnect! We hope you'll join us for our next gathering:

The second will be at Erika and Kyle Pond's house on Monday, August 2nd from 7-8:30 p.m.

We will ask non-vaccinated people to wear masks. RSVP to epond33@gmail.com by Sunday, August 1st so we know how much food to prepare and so that we can send directions and parking information. We can't wait to see you in person!
Children, Youth and Families 
Youth Ministry - Gathering next Thursday, July 22nd - 6:30pm
Youth Ministry (Middle and High) team members, families, and all others interested in supporting our awesome youth are invited to join a gathering next week at the home of the Pursers to talk about next year, including a mission trip. If you would like to be part of our gathering and imagining, please contact Jane Purser (jane@purser.org) or Pastor Amy (amy@ucw.org). We'd love to see you there!
Advocate for Racial Justice
Farmworker Overtime Would End Racist Pay Gap, Lawmakers Say (pewtrusts.org) 

Oregon state Rep. Ricki Ruiz grew up the son of two farmworkers, and he remembers his family’s struggles vividly.

“We almost faced eviction five times because we didn't have enough money for rent,” said Ruiz, a first-term Democrat. “We didn't go to the grocery store; we went to the food bank. We didn’t have extra clothes.”

Ruiz hopes to change that situation for farmworkers in Oregon. He sponsored a bill that will mandate that farmworkers be paid overtime for any work beyond 40 hours a week.
.....continue reading HERE
Adult Education and Formation
Going Deeper-July Worship:
Return from Exile - The Bible Project
This month in worship, Pastor Amy will explore the themes of exile, and the return from exile. We'll look at passages from the prophets who wrote as the Jewish people were returning from their exile in Babylon, and consider what wisdom they may have for us as we emerge from the last 18 months of our own kind of displacement and exile. If you'd like to learn more about the theme of Exile in the Bible, consider clicking on the link below to watch this video from The Bible Project:

Bible Project Link: HERE
Exploring Our Faith Families - This would be a great video to watch and discuss together!
Listening In
"The Beholder" by Rainer Maria Rilke

Join us as we explore Rilke's poem "The Beholder". This gorgeous poem is full of unexpected and profound insights. Listen for the first few minutes as Tom gives an introduction to Rilke and reads through the poem, or listen all the way through. We hope this poem speaks to you as it did to us.
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Tea Time Bible Study
Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Please join us for a walk through the Book of Acts with Rev. Arlyne Grant and other friends. No biblical study or experience is needed. This will be a fun filled time of conversation and learning.

Zoom Link is HERE
Meeting ID: 847 2838 1864
Passcode: 837512
Dial in: 1 646 558 8656
Mission Matters
Newton Freedge
Summer Volunteers Needed!
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. We are in need of more volunteers to help on Saturdays this summer. Please Email chanellobdell@gmail.com for more information and to join our team!
Common Cathedral Continuing in July and Beyond
Volunteers needed for the last two weeks in July!
With our partners at the Wellesley Hills Church, we've delivered more than 3000 sandwiches since the start of the pandemic! 
Thank you to everyone who has made this ministry possible. It means so much, and there is still so much need. We'll continue delivering food (sandwiches, fruit, and granola bars) as long as we can to our unhoused siblings in downtown Boston, and are signed up for each week this June. To learn more or sign up to help with this ministry, please CLICK HERE. Thank you!
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.