The Union Church in Waban               
Friday, September 27, 2019 
Sunday Morning
  8:00 a.m. -  Bible Study
Morning Bible study continues this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. in Pastor Stacy's study.  In Sunday morning worship, we listen as selected Scripture passages are read, but we rarely have a chance to read a book for the bible from start to finish and to reflect on it together.  Until now!  On Sunday mornings we gather to learn about the context in which the book was written and then as a group read through the book together using what is called "Reader Response" methodology which is to say that we explore what the scripture may be saying not just at the time it was first written but also what is speaks to us today.  No previous Bible study or Biblical literacy is needed.  We also will provide study Bibles so no need to bring a Bible unless you would like to.  Come once or come every Sunday.  If you have questions, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy. 
  9:00 a.m. -  Choir Rehearsal  
10:00 a.m. -  Worship
11:30  p.m. -  Montgomery Travelers/Racial Justice Team 
          12:15 p.m. - High Schoolers: TreeTop Adventures
High schoolers, please plan to join us this Sunday for an awesome afternoon in nature at TreeTop Adventures! We'll gather at 12:15 p.m. in the UCW parking lot to head to Canton for our 1:00 p.m. reservations. If you haven't yet signed up on WeSpire (, please let Amy (617-938-8112) or Mark ( know if you can come.  


A Word of Gratitude for the Installation of 

Pastor Amy Clark Feldman  


Rev. Michael Harvey, Executive Minister of the Conference of Baptist Ministers of Massachusetts, offers a prayer.

Last Sunday, we celebrated the Installation of our Associate Pastor for Youth and Families, Amy Clark Feldman.  It was a joyous afternoon, celebrating Amy's ministry, and our church's passionate commitment to children and youth.  We were also glad to celebrate our new relationship with the American Baptist Churches, and to welcome many ABC visitors.  Amy would like to extend a very warm Thank You to everyone who worked so hard to make it such a special afternoon. From the weeks of preparations (years, really!) and worship service, to the beautiful reception, so very many people, including our children and youth, came together to make the day what it was - a wonderful celebration of our child and youth ministries, of our life as an interdenominational, intergenerational church, and of our walk together as pastor and people.   We are so very grateful!   A Word of Gratitude for the Installation of Pastor Amy Clark Feldman  


Rev. Dana Gonsal, Sr. Pastor, First Baptist Church of Dorchester, shares a charge to the pastor.


Save The Date! Blessing of the Animals, Sunday, Oct. 6th at 2:00 p.m
The Parish of the Good Shepherd
The Union Church in Waban
Invite you and your animal friends to the
Sunday, Oct. 6th at 2:00 p.m., on
Treats Provided!
Donations of needed items gratefully accepted for
Buddy Dog Humane Society of Sudbury
Buddy Dog gives homeless dogs and cats a new lease on life, and is especially in need of: canned dog and cat food, soft dog treats and toys, martingale collars, non-clumping cat litter, and liquid laundry detergent. For a full wish-list, please visit:
The Prayer of St. Francis. Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

CYFChildren, Youth and Families
Growing in Faith and Community 

DUE OCTOBER 6 th  -   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 
This Sunday! TreeTop Adventures:  September 29 th
First Monthly Gathering, October 6th

High schoolers, please plan to join us on September 29th after worship for an awesome afternoon in nature at TreeTop Adventures! Stay tuned for details, and sign up on WeSpire or let Amy or Mark ( ) know if you can come. Our first monthly High School Youth Group will be at 6:30 p.m. on October 6th after Exploring Our Faith (5-6:30 p.m.)

TreeTop Adventures:  October 5 th  
Service Trip to Catie's Closet in Hyde Park: October 9th 
Middle-schoolers are heading to TreeTop Adventures too!  Please plan to join us on Saturday, October 5 th.  Details are on WeSpire (, or you can be in touch with Pastor Amy or Rob Purser (   

Staying Connected and Organized:
As you know, our Youth and Families calendar is bursting with activities and lots of volunteer opportunities. We are excited to try a new tool this year, donated to us by WeSpire (which was founded by Susan Hunt Stevens), that should simplify and improve how we stay in touch, organized and sign up for events and volunteering. Visit to sign up.  Families should have received an email, and are welcome to reach out to Susan ( or Pastor Amy ( with questions.

Nicaragua Trip Information Session 
Sunday, Oct.  6th after service.    

The Union Church has had a relationship supporting Nicaragua for more than 15 years and made its first trip to the country in 2003. The Church has been on service trips every 2 years since then and have developed many deep connections with the people and accomplished many goals in the area of clean water, health and education. 

Over the past couple of years since our 2018 trip, Nicaragua has experienced great political unrest and the country has suffered. They are in need of our support now more than ever with service work and prayers. 

After much discussion, it is with great excitement that I announce that there will be a service trip this Feb during Newton School vacation week. An information session will occur after Church on October 6th to answer questions or you can reach out to one of the Nica Task Force group. (Alex Brown, Karen Weisgerber, Buzz Bedford, Karen O'Bierne, Diane Tillotson, Frank Laski, Annie Gatewood or David Spertner.) 

Adult Education, Spiritual Formation and Fellowship
Thursday Morning Yoga with Andrew
Starts Thursday, October 3 rd  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.
  • Thursday, 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
Mission Outreach - Fall Theme 

Inequality and Inequity 

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. (Click on each link for more details.)  
For more information about each of these offering please s feel free to reach out to 
Carol Bascom-Slack, Jaap van Reijendam  or Julie Heffernan.

Save the date!
C onversation about
Inequity and Inequality in Public Education
Sunday Oct. 27th, at 11:30 a.m. 

After church on Sunday, October 27 will have the opportunity hear from Juliette Johnson, a retired Boston Public Schools Life Long Administrator and Dean of Brighton High School, and member of the Boston Education Collaborative along with Ruth Wong, also a member of the Boston Education Collaborative.  They will help us to understand the roots of educational inequities and help us to understand the landscape of public education today. 
This fall the book group is going to delve into the topic of race and racial injustice. The second book we will read in the series is "Invisible Man" by Ralph Ellison.

BY Ralph Ellison 
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.

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

   Advent Women's Retreat registration form is available  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, 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

October New England White Privilege Symposium
Please join me at Lesley University on
October 4th (evening)
October 5th (day)
For an amazing line up of speakers and workshops!
Darnisa Amante, Ed.L.D.
CEO, DEEP (Disruptive Equity Education Project)
Adjunct Lecturer at Harvard University
Graduate School of Education
Robin DiAngelo
Affiliate Associate Professor, University of Washington
New York Times Bestselling author of White Fragility
Yusef Salaam
Motivational Speaker 
Member of The Wrongly Convicted and Exonerated Central Park 5

Learn more and register HERE  
Please help spread the word to your New England friends and colleagues and I look forward to seeing you there!