The Union Church in Waban
Friday, October 15, 2021
This Sunday
Rev. Christine Keddy
Worship - 10:00 a.m. In-person and Online
Worship with Guest Preacher Rev. Christine Keddy
This Sunday we will be blessed to have Rev. Christine Keddy, Director of Missions & Elder Care Coordinator for The American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts as our preacher. She will share a message of Hope and certainty in this time of uncertainty. Our choir and hand-bells will also share the gift of their music.

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
YOU ARE INVITED - Following Worship this Sunday! 
Gather after worship and after our outdoor reception together and then join us for:
Blessing of the Animals
This Sunday afternoon, October 17th at 1:00 p.m.

Our furry, scaly, feathery friends were there for us all through the challenges of last year, and this year is full of transition for them too! Let's come together to celebrate and bless them - outside the church near the picnic table.
To connect to Sunday Worship or to any of our online offerings,
you may also go to our website at  

Welcoming Our New Interim Minister!
Interim Senior Minister Called to the
Union Church in Waban
After five months of prayerful discernment and an exhaustive national search the Union Church in Waban has called Reverend Wendy Vander Hart to be our Interim Senior Minister. Accepting the call, Reverend Vander Hart will lead our congregation in this time of transition and guide us on our current journey to clarify our vision as church, explore new directions in our ministries, and prepare us to call our next settled pastor.
Reverend Vander Hart is uniquely qualified and well suited to lead UCW at this time. She most recently completed a successful term as Senior Interim Minister of the First United Church of Christ in Northfield Minnesota. Previously, closer to home, she served as Associate Conference Minister for the Southern New England Conference of the United Church of Christ. In this position for 13 years, she provided expert assistance and support to local churches in transition.
Reverend Vander Hart resides in Arlington with her spouse Joanne and cat Elsie. In her free time, she enjoys the spiritual discipline of golf, taking long walks each morning and playing a competitive game of Scrabble. Reverend Vander Hart will join us beginning October 19th. We are truly blessed to be entering into this sacred covenant with her and are ever so grateful to God working with and through our devoted Interim Search Committee: Liz Caronna, Brian Heffernan, Dan Heffernan, Jim MacDonald, Alison McCarty and Rob Purser.
Upcoming Sundays & Gatherings
10:00 a.m. Worship - Coming Up in October!
We hope you will join us online or in-person following Covid safety guidelines!
Come, and find reconnection, renewal, hope, and joy as we gather together:
Sunday, Oct. 24th
Worship, Welcome Our New Interim Minister, Rev. Wendy Vander Hart!
We'll also welcome Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Mary Day Miller
We are very excited to welcome our new Interim Minister on this day, and hope you will join us. We will also be blessed to have Rev. Dr. Mary Day Miller, Executive Director of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts joining us to share her preaching and leadership on this day.

Sunday, Oct. 31th
Rev. Wendy Vander Hart Preaching - All-Saints Sunday
Rev. Wendy will preach for the first time as our interim minster, as we remember all the saints, past and present, in our lives.
Kids and Families
This Sunday - EOF
Exploring Our Faith - Retreat with the Agape Spiritual Center
Our EOF group, along with any mentors, are invited to join the Agape Spiritual Center at their location in Weston for an outdoor spiritual retreat. We'll gather at the church to carpool at 2:15pm,( or you can meet us there before 2:45). Please RSVP to Pastor Amy (

Sunday School and Kids
Sunday School - This Sunday
Our younger kids are invited to join our Children's Ministry Staff member Olivia for Sunday School this weekend! Olivia will bring the kids to the playground (weather permitting; Littlehale, if not) after the passing of the peace, and will work with kids on their "Pumpkin Prayers" for our new Prayer Station in the Sanctuary!
Dudley the Bull
October 24th - 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Middle Schoolers mark your calendars for an awesome afternoon at this beautiful animal sanctuary. Meet Maxine the Llama, Dudley the bull , Handsome Paul the turkey, and a whole host of other animals who have been rescued. We'll have a tour of the farm, be able to help with the animals, and then have time for reflection and maybe an ice cream or snack before heading home. Be on the lookout for an invite this week!
Fall Youth & Families Calendar Now Available!
Adult Formation and Gatherings
UCW Book Group
Tuesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.
Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Phillip Halle 

Please join us on October 26th at 7:00 p.m. for our next book group meeting. This month we will be reading Lest Innocent Blood Be Shed by Phillip Halle - the story of the village of Le Chambon and how goodness happened there 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
Tea Time
Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.

This Tuesday, we'll take a break from Bible Study, but gather again with Pastor Amy for conversation and prayer, and a look at the weeks ahead. We hope you'll join us!

Zoom Link is HERE
Meeting ID: 847 2838 1864
Passcode: 837512
Dial in: 1 646 558 8656
Church Matters
Scripture Reader Sign-Up
If you are joining our Sunday worship in person, please consider signing up as a Scripture Reader for any of our upcoming services

Scripture Reader Sign-up: HERE

Note: Previously we had hoped to include scripture readers who could join us from their home via zoom but unfortunately this is currently not possible.
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. Amy Clark Feldman by email at, or call/text her cell phone at 617-938-8112.
Host Reception - Sign-Up
Hosting Reception after Worship so meaningful this year. This year guidelines are a little different e.g. individually wrapped snacks keep it simple and in lieu of coffee, lemonade or something that can be served easily is preferred. Please follow the link below to sign up or for mare information.
Hosting Reception Sign-up: HERE
Mission Matters
Common Cathedral
Sandwich-Making for November!
Rev. Laura seen here having her shoes blessed before she ran.
Sandwich-Making for BostonWarm!
We continue to make sandwiches for our friends at Boston Warm every week. This month, we will bring sandwiches to the center on Monday mornings.

If you can help make 25 sandwiches, donate granola bars,
or drive in on Mondays, please sign up HERE.
With questions, please contact Pastor Amy (

Boston Marathon: Rev. Laura was amazing!
Thanks to everyone who supported Rev. Laura and her marathon run (the photo here is of us blessing her shoes before she ran). It's not too late to support Rev. Laura and our wonderful partners at Common Cathedral with your prayers and/or gift. The link to Laura's running page can be found HERE.

Book Buddies
We are continuing our Book Buddy program with elementary school children in Lowndes County, Alabama. Many of you are already involved in sending a new book to your Book Buddy each month. If you want to continue to send books please just let me know you are doing that so I can keep you in the loop on Book Buddy news.
Some of you would like to have a new Book Buddy. We will focus on third graders this year. We will have 10-15 students from each of the three schools who will need a new Book Buddy. The principals at the three elementary schools suggested we have all new Book Buddies mail books for their child to the school address. The principals will take a picture of the child with the new book each time you send it so you will know your book arrived safely. Plus you will get to see a picture of your Book Buddy with the new book! Please volunteer to be a Book Buddy! The kids love having a new friend, and a new book each month!

Please contact Jenny Weisz ( if you want to be a Book Buddy this year.

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization
GBIO Action: Boston Mayoral Assembly
Wednesday, October 27th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm on Zoom 
We need to SHOW UP strong, flex our collective citizen power, and remind the final two candidates that we mean business and want to know for sure that we can count on their YES COMMITMENTS. You can…
We will press the candidates to give details on commitments they previously made to fun initiatives for: affordable housing and rentals, public housing maintenance, and meeting the needs of formerly incarcerated citizens. For more information, contact Kathy Malone (
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.