The Union Church in Waban               
Friday, October 25, 2019 
This Sunday
  8:00 a.m. -  Bible Discussion in Stacy's Office. 
We are reading through Paul's letter to the Thessalonians which is the oldest piece of writing in the New Testament. Come share in what is always an enlivening conversation. 
  8:30 a.m. - Teachers Breakfast
  9:00 a.m. - Choir Rehearsal  
10:00 a.m. -  Worship 

This Sunday we will honor those people in our lives who have shaped us.  We will name those people who have made an impression on us and who have inspired us.  We all need these people and we are called to be these  people for others.  In some traditions, Saints are those who are recognized for living extraordinary lives.   But on Sunday at UCW we will also lift up the ordinary people who have touched us in extraordinary ways.   We hope you will join us. 

11:30 a.m. -  Conversation about Inequity and Inequality in Public Education 

Ruth Wong, Boston Education Collaborative.
After church this Sunday we will have the opportunity hear from
Ruth Wong, a member of the Boston Education Collaborative as she helps us to understand the roots of educational inequities and the landscape of public education today. 


BY Ralph Ellison 
This Tuesday, October 29
7:00 - 8:30 p.m

The first novel by an unknown writer, it remained on the bestseller list for sixteen weeks, won the National Book Award for fiction, and established Ralph Ellison as one of the key writers of the century. The nameless narrator of the novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, attending a Negro college from which he is expelled, moving to New York and becoming the chief spokesman of the Harlem branch of "the Brotherhood", and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be. The book is a passionate and witty tour de force of style, strongly influenced by T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, Joyce, and Dostoevsky.

Lunch Bunch 
Special Guest - Marian L. Knapp
This Wednesday, October 30, from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. -- Invite a friend!

You are invited to a special Lunch Bunch on October 30 th .  Marian L. Knapp with be our guest and will speak to us about aging well and the resources that are available to help us do so.  Marian, a writer and community activist, is a strong, outspoken advocate for seniors. She has served as Commissioner and Chair of the Newton Council on Aging. She writes often in the Newton TAB from the perspective of an older adult and facilitates community groups on a wide range of issues impacting seniors and their caregivers. Marian, who has two sons, two daughters-in-law, and three grandchildren, is a long-time resident of Newton.

Mission Outreach 
GBIO's Health Care Assembly
Monday, Nov 4th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. 
The GBIO 's Health Care Assembly will take place on Monday, Nov 4th, 7:00-9:00 p.m. We still do not know the venue for the assembly, but GBIO is nailing that down. Senate President Karen Spilka has committed to be at the assembly; we are still waiting confirmation of other leaders, including Speaker DeLeo and Gov. Baker. UCW has committed to have at least 10 people from our congregation present at the Assembly. If you are interested in going, please contact Mark Smith or Brita Gill-Austern.

inequity and inequality in public education

This year your    Mission Outreach Leadership Team  is organizing its work (and coordinating with the other areas of UCW life) around seasonal themes. These will provide an organizing context for the many mission activities and we will coordinate educational opportunities, worship, and children's education around these themes when possible. We also hope to coordinate our seasonal offerings around these themes.

Themes are as follows:
     Fall - Inequality and Inequity in Public Education
Winter - Homelessness and Housing
Spring - Climate Change (and disaster relief)

For our fall exploration of Inequality and Inequity in Public Education, we invite you to partake
of the following opportunities for service, education and reflection.
  • This Sunday after church: Inequality and Inequity in Public Education - information session
  • This Tuesday: Next book group continues the discussion of race in America -- Oct. 29 th at 7:00 p.m. " Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison

    Rev. Willie Bodrick II
  • NEW- November 17th, The 2019 Theodore Parker Lecture, "The Urgency of Equal Education For All", featuring Rev. Willie Bodrick II, Associate Minister, Twelfth Baptist Church of Roxbury at 3:00 p.m. at the Theodore Parker UU Church, 1859 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 02131 

For more information about these offering please see the Friday e-blast. Or please feel free to reach out to Carol Bascom-Slack, Jaap van Reijendam or Julie Heffernan.

CYFChildren, Youth and Families
Growing in Faith and Community 

Teacher Breakfast, Sunday, Oct.27, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
We are looking for volunteers to spend a few Sunday mornings this fall and winter with our Sunday School kids of any ages (nursery, elementary school, 4th- 6th or 7th- 8th). Mornings with our older kids now include a rotation of cooking, science, service and art - something for everyone!   We're also grateful for the help of any high-schoolers who would like to help out! Visit or contact Pastor Amy to sign up. Or come to next week's Teacher Breakfast to learn what it's all about. Thank you!
Thank you! Mentor Luncheon and Jack-O-Lanterns 
We'd like to share a huge thank you to the 16 members of the congregation who have volunteered to serve as mentors to our Exploring Our Faith 9th and 10th graders this year.  We had an awesome kick-off luncheon last Sunday, and are excited for the year ahead.   If you could use a smile, check out the jack-o-lanterns on the front steps, made by the high-schoolers while the mentors were gathering for their orientation.  

Youth Group: Helping Hands Clean-up and Donuts
Sunday,  November 17 th , after worship
Following worship on Nov. 17th, the Middle and High School Youth Groups, including the Exploring Our Faith group, will gather in teams to lend a hand to any members of the congregation who could use help with yard or house work, or other projects.  If you could use a helping hand, or can lend a helping hand, please contact Pastor Amy (  Youth Group fa
milies will receive an email invite and can RSVP at  Thank you!
Update on our Search for a Nursery Caregiver/Teacher!  
We were so sorry to say goodbye to our beloved nursery caregiver Lisa Barry earlier this fall as she moved to Worcester, and have been actively searching for a new, experienced, compassionate caregiver for our little ones.   We're pleased to share that we have multiple candidates and will be starting interviews soon.  In the meantime, we are so grateful for the adults and teens who have stepped up to serve in the nursery, and spend time playing with our babies and toddlers.  If you can help out until we find our new staff person, or if you know of anyone who would be interested in the position, please let Pastor Amy know. Thanks!
Online and Paper Registrations Available 
In order to make sure your child/youth has a safe and great year at UCW, we ask all families to register their children and youth annually.  The form includes updated contact and health/allergy information, a photo release, and an opportunity to include other information that may be helpful.  We also invite families to share a $50 per child/youth donation ($100 family cap) to support our programming and the purchase of supplies and books (PayPal or checks gratefully accepted).  We are grateful for your help!

The forms may be found in the Crocker Chapel, or online  HERE

SAFE CHURCH - CORI Forms and Child Safety Policy
We require all adults volunteering with our children or youth to complete a CORI background check, and also to be familiar with our Child Safety Policy.  CORI forms and our policy may be found in the in the Crocker Chapel or online.  
Upcoming Music Event w/Daon Drisdom
Perkin's Opera Scenes Program
Daon Drisdom
with Daon Drisdom
Minister of Music at The Union Church in Waban

Wednesday, October 30th | 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 31st, | 7:30 p.m.
New England Conservatory 

Contact Doan at for more information.

Church Matters
As we begin a new program year at the church, there are several leadership opportunities that are open.  Perhaps you are feeling a call to serve? Clerk of Council - this member of our governing council that meets once a month on the first Wednesday is responsible for assuring the minutes of the Council and the records of the church are in good order.  In addition, we are looking for another Deacon, someone to join the Human Resources Team, someone to join the Christian Education Leadership Team, and someone to join an ad hoc group to begin to plan coverage during Pastor Stacy's upcoming sabbatical (May, June, July 2020).  If you are interested in learning more about these positions or being considered for one of them, would you please be in touch with Co-Moderator, Diane Tillotson at
Adult Education, Spiritual Formation and Fellowship

Thursday Morning Yoga with Andrew
Thursdays, at 8:45 a.m. 

Join body and spirit in an accessible yoga class. In this hour-long class, we will join breath and body both in energetic flow and restorative stretching. No matter where you are on your yoga journey, you will build strength and find a quiet restful center. This class is accessible to all body types and abilities.
 Please bring a yoga mat and any favorite props. Andrew has some props and mats available to borrow.
  • Thursdays, 8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
  • October 3 to November 7
  • In the sanctuary of the Union Church in Waban
  • Accessibility: The church has an elevator to the left of the office entrance.
  • These classes are freely provided by Andrew and therefore there is no cost to participate.  
Andrew is a minister and yoga teacher in the Boston/Newton area. He served as the ministerial intern at Union Church from 2016-2017, and he continues to be active in the Newton community. In addition to being an RYT-200, Andrew holds certifications in plus-size and chair yoga so that he can help every body feel its best.  IG: yogawithandrewh
                                      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, nationality, ability or economic circumstance. We invite all to full participation in our worship, membership, leadership and life of this church.

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events,  please 
visit our website, 
Note : Material for inclusion in the Friday e-Blast newsletter should be e-mailed to the office at , by 9:00 a.m. on the previous Wednesday morning.  
From the Wider Community

Newton Theatre Company 
The Witches
Roald Dahl's deliciously spooky and eccentric story follows the adventures of two boys who are turned into mice by a coven of witches. Join us for this delightful dramatic adaptation, just in time for Halloween!

Appropriate for children ages six and up.
The Union Church in  Waban

Sat., Oct. 26 - 10:00 am
Sat., Oct. 26 -   1:00 pm
Sun., Oct. 27 -  2:00 pm
Sun., Oct. 27 -  4:00 pm

Tickets Available  HERE