The Union Church in Waban
Friday, April 23, 2021
This Sunday
April 25th at 10:00 a.m. Worship (Online) 
Fourth Sunday in Easter

While the biblical account assures us that we are made in the image of God, we often end up making God in our image. This Sunday we will explore a passage from John 10:11-18, and hear Jesus speak of himself and his relationship with the one he calls "Father."

To join 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

Bible Study
Sunday Mornings at 8:00

All are welcome
Join Zoom HERE
Meeting ID: 885 0724 0203
Passcode: 584285
To connect to Sunday Worship or to any of our online offerings, you may go to our website at There you will find a click through to Sunday morning worship and to other online opportunities. You may also use the link below.  
Re-emerge, Rejoice and Renew!
The Union Church in Waban
Annual Stewardship Campaign
Thank you to those who have already submitted their 2021-22 pledge!
We hope to have all pledges in by this Sunday, April 25th
Your contributions are vital to the ongoing work of the church and supporting our ministers and staff. We ask you to take time to reflect on your gifts to the church and to consider making a pledge to our annual campaign. You can check your current year's pledge amount by logging into your church account HERE. More information about this year's campaign can be found on our website homepage at
Church Matters
Update on the Search for Our Interim Minister

Co-moderators Frank Laski and Alison McCarty are pleased to share the news that a search committee for our Interim Minister has been formed, with the goal of having an Interim Minister in place by September.

Members are: Liz Caronna, Brian Heffernan, Dan Heffernan, Jim MacDonald, Alison McCarty and Rob Purser.

A kick-off meeting has been set, to which we have invited denominational representatives of both the UCC and ABC. To honor our interdenominational status, the interim position will be posted outside the denominations as well. Suggestions on where to post the position are welcome - please email to by May 5th 

Thank you!

Call For Nominations
Feeling called to be more active at UCW?
Get involved next year!

The Union Church Nominating Committee (Co-Moderators, Senior Deacon and a member-at-large) is charged with seeking nominations for church leadership positions that are voted on at our Annual Meeting. Please help by nominating yourself or someone you think would find committee work to be a blessing. A list of opportunities is below. Email your nominations to the Nominating Committee in care of Alison McCarty,

Nominations will be taken from the floor at our Annual Meeting, but we encourage submitting names by May 10th so that we will have an opportunity to contact the nominees.

Thank you!
Lisa Crockett, Frank Laski, Jim MacDonald and Alison McCarty

Leadership needed:

  • One Co-Moderator to serve a three year term - two as Co-Moderator and one as Immediate Past Co-Moderator.
  • Two or more Deacons to serve a three year term (none have stepped down, but there is interest in expanding the number)
  • Three Co-chairs for Mission: the overall Committee, Advocates for Racial Justice plus members for all mission committees
  • Co-Leaders for Youth Ministry
  • Members for Childrens' Ministry
  • Members for the Building Committee (care of our physical plant)
  • Members for our Stewardship Committee
  • A member for our Human Relations Committee
  • Young family members for our Worship Team

In addition to these elected roles, we are always in search of membership for our various activities, including this year our Worship Tech Team. and our Communication Committee (overseeing the web site and public relations).

More information about these various roles and current membership is available on the church web site on the Governance tab,

We will take nominations from the floor at the Annual Meeting in early June, but nominations are appreciated by May 10th. Please email to

Saturday, May 8th at 9:00 a.m.
(Rain Date is June 5th)
Bring your rakes and garden tools.
All welcome!
Adult Education and Formation
Lunch Bunch
Wednesday, April 28th at 12:00 p.m.

You are invited to bring your lunch and join us for our time of conversation! Our questions to consider are: "What is something new that you have noticed this month?" "What has surprised you?"

Zoom Link is HERE
Meeting ID: 892 2591 7454
Passcode: 331267

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
A Moment with the Deacons
We, your Deacons, Jim and Judy MacDonald, Judy Nagle, Deb McGovern, Gerry Elion, Jean Wellington and Brian Heffernan, wish to share a moment with our beloved congregation.  

During these times of mandatory separation, it’s often hard to learn who is in need of care and concern. Please know we, the deacons, are here to help.

As your deacons, our wish is to serve our church family as best we can, and we always welcome your thoughtful support and prayers. Please feel free to contact any of us if you are having concerns with your church life. You can e-mail the Deacons at

With Peace and Love,
Your Deacons
Children, Youth and Families 
A Note about April 17th-24th (Public School Vacation)
Pastor Amy will be away on vacation that week. If you would like to meet with a pastor during that week for any reason, please know that Pastor Stacy ( will be here and is very glad to meet with you.
Coming Up - Kids and Families of All Ages! (Save these Dates for May)
Outdoor Intergenerational Community Eastertide Gatherings
All ages (and especially our families with younger kiddos!) are invited to gather outside, masked, distanced for Forest Church-style gatherings. We'll share a Sunday School story, song, activity, and explore the beauty of God's creation together.

Sunday, May 2nd at 12:30pm - The Road to Emmaus
We'll remember how Jesus appeared to his disciples when they were walking after Easter, and how they knew him when they broke bread and ate together. We'll talk about where we see Jesus, and plant some seeds to remember God's promises of hope and new life.

Sunday, May 18th at 12:30pm - Preparing for Pentecost
We'll remember the story of Pentecost (May 23rd this year), and how God sent the Holy Spirit to help the disciples share the news about Jesus and God's love with people in all languages.

Youth Ministry Meeting
May 2nd, 8:00 pm
Parents and Youth Ministry Leaders
Now that Lent, the marvelous Palm Sunday service and Easter are behind us, it’s time to turn our attention to the rest of the year planning for our Youth and to begin to vision about the summer and next fall. 

We also know that complexities from Covid remain and your input on how we best balance the clear importance of reducing social isolation for teens with inclusion and safety for those still not ready or able to be in person would be helpful. 

Kyle Pond and Susan Hunt Stevens (our Youth Ministry Co-Chairs) invite all parents of youth, and any other adults interested in supporting our youth ministry to join them and Pastor Amy on May 2nd at 8:00 pm for the meeting on ZOOM:

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more, please contact Susan (, Kyle ( or Pastor Amy ( We hope to see you there!

"Space-Making" and Living into our Covenant
Update: On our April 11th talk about "Space-Making" and our Church Covenant

A group of 15 members of the UCW community met after worship on April 11th for a discussion of Yale Divinity School's seminar on space making by Rev. Phiwa Langeni. Five UCWers had the opportunity to attend the seminar earlier in the week. The seminar offered practical tips on language, pronouns and other queer-related issues and how we can create space for LGBTQ youth. A recording of the seminar is at video link below.
Save the Date!
Continuing the "Space-Making" Conversation
Sunday, May 23rd, Following Worship

Since not all in the conversation had attended the seminar, we have agreed to watch the video recording and reconvene to continue the conversation after worship on Sunday, May 23rd. Any and all who are interested in joining are welcome as we continue developing our understanding of gender identity, gender expression, and the aspirations of our church covenant.
Much of our time on April 11th was spent in general conversation about why each of us is interested in this topic: there was a lot to share, including stories of family members who are gay or non-binary. We also shared our appreciation for all the work this congregation has done over the years to be the caring and welcoming church that we are. The theme of developing a better understanding of what it means to welcome all to take a seat at the table emerged as an affirmation of the intent of our church covenant.

For more information or if you have questions please contact Alison McCarty, Jane Purser, Amy Feldman, Brita Gill-Austern or Tanya Lazar.
Mission Matters
GBIO House Meetings in May   
As many of you know each year GBIO has its member congregations and organizations hold house meetings to listen to its members' concerns and issues. These meetings provide the substance and framework for the priorities that GBIO uses for the year in setting legislative and other agendas. The member organizations of GBIO are the ones which formulate the direction for GBIO for the year. Mark Smith, Brita Gill-Austern, Kevin Johnson and Judy Nagle will be hosting zoom meetings for listening sessions for this purpose. Anyone who has shown any interest in GBIO in the past will be receiving a doodle poll this week to let us know when you might be able to attend a meeting for this purpose. When we get the results back you will be notified of the time of your meeting. We very much hope you will respond quickly so that we can set these meetings on the calendar. If you do not receive a doodle poll and would like to be part of the listening sessions please email Brita Gill-Austern at , we would love to have you join us. 
Common Cathedral
Weekly Sandwich Deliveries to BostonWarm Continue
We continue to deliver sandwiches, soft fruit, granola bars and more to our unhoused siblings in downtown Boston every Thursday. To learn more or sign up to help with this ministry, please CLICK HERE. Thank you!

Advocates for Racial Justice
April is Fair Housing Month
The Fair Housing Act was passed 53 years ago this month. 
By definition: Fair housing exists when people can find suitable housing within their economic needs wherever they choose to live and they do not face discrimination based on their membership in a protected class.

Last week Union Church folks gathered on zoom with Rev. Devlin Scott of Newcity Church and author of “Lets Make Room” to continue our housing discussions, begun last year and paused because of the pandemic. As ARJ moves forward we will be picking up on what we feel is a call to for us address - as a faith Congregation - the discriminations and also the remedies we see illustrated by the current dreadful housing truths. 

Join us as we travel step by step as a Congregation towards truly loving our neighbors as ourselves.  
Did you know....
One in four Black and one in six Hispanic Americans living in poverty live in high-poverty neighborhoods because of exclusionary zoning that creates areas of wealth and areas of poverty in America. 
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.
From the Wider Community
City Mission's Social Justice Internship is for rising high school juniors and seniors, as well as 2021 graduates, who are committed to social justice and are interested in learning more about how a small nonprofit works on social justice issues. Interns will begin to explore some of the root causes and consequences of poverty, inequality and racism, and intersectional justice work, as well as technical skills such as public policy research, service-learning, communications, and nonprofit organizational structure. Interns will also have an opportunity to explore issues of social justice about which they are passionate. The program includes learning activities to foster a deeper understanding of social justice and City Mission’s commitment to educate, empower and engage our community.
This paid internship program is six weeks long beginning Tuesday, July 6, 2021 and concluding Friday, August 13, 2021. The internship is for high school students in the greater Boston area who will be going into grade 11, 12, or 2021 graduates. Each intern will work 15 hours each week, and will be paid a stipend of $225 per week.
Applications for the internship will be accepted until May 21st, 2021