The Union Church in Waban
Friday, August 21, 2020 
Online Worship - This Sunday
Sunday, August 23 - 10:00 a.m.
Praise and Courage in Painful Times

This Sunday, Union Church member Karen Weisgerber will share her reflection on the story of the women who save and care for baby Moses in the Book of Exodus.  We hope you will join us in exploring this story of courage, pain and love, all themes relevant to our lives today.      
We will pray together, and share the music of our Music Minister, Daon Drisdom. 
We look forward to worshiping with you!  

Zoom Link is available  HERE
Meeting ID: 815 8348 6618
Passcode: 488271
Phone number for Dial-in only:  +1 646 558 8656

A link to the bulletin is available  HERE

Coming Up in Next Week: 
Throughout August, we have been blessed by members of our beloved community as they shared their stories and reflections.  If you missed Julie Heffernan's reflection last week, you can find it and our other recent worship services HERE. Our preachers for the final week of August is: 
  • August 30: Jaap van Reijendam
Staff Vacations in August
Pastor Stacy will be away for the entire month of August as will Assistant Music Director, Kayla Gautereaux.

Pastor Amy is available throughout the month of August at or cell  617.938.8112.
Ways to Connect this Week
Tea Time continues 
Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:00 pm.  
We'd love to see you!
Tea time is a drop in gathering for anyone in the congregation young or old to say hello and connect with each other.  Come share something you are experiencing or learning.  Come hear how others in the community are doing and what is on their heart and minds.  Grab a cup of tea and share in some conversation.

To join via Zoom go  HERE
Meeting ID: 746 243 368 
Password: 016341
or call  +1 646 558 8656. 

Wednesday Morning Prayer
Every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.
We begin with 20 minutes of meditative silence after which we speak aloud our prayers and light candles (if we have them) to help spread the light  and warm of God's presence into the lives of those for whom we pray.  We close with two prayers of blessing.  The prayer of St. Francis and the Serenity Prayer.  Join us on Zoom HERE , 
Meeting ID: 825 631 369;  Password: 022055.  Or call in at  +1 646 558 8656 
Mission Matters
Advocates for Racial Justice
Union Church Conversation about Reparations for African Americans
Mark your calendars: September 10th at 7:00 pm.

The idea of reparations for African American descendants of slaves is not new, and a bill to study reparations has been introduced in Congress each year since 1989. But this year, as national attention has focused on issues of justice for African Americans following the death of George Floyd, conversations about reparations have taken on a new urgency. The Union Church Advocates for Racial Justice invites you to a conversation about reparations, led by Anya Bassett.

In preparation for our conversation, we'll be reading two articles, Ta-Nehisi Coates' The Case for Reparations and a recent New York Times  article about reparations passed by the city of Ashville, North Carolina. We'll talk about the idea of reparations and how it might work in practice on the national, local, and individual level. 

All are welcome!

Did you know...."Racially explicit policies of federal, state and local governments defined where whites and African Americans should live... giving more opportunity for expressions of private prejudice, redlining, white flight, and income differences. " - Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law 

Can You Be Part of our On-going 
Common Cathedral Team?  

Summer Plans to Continue this Ministry
"If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come here because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together." 
- Lilla Watson 

We are bound in powerful ways to our beloved unhoused brothers and sisters in Boston.  Our team of UCW members continues to bring sandwiches, granola bars, fruit, socks and other needed items - like cards and notes of love and support - to Common Cathedral's Boston Warm Day Center each week.
We very much hope to continue to walk with our friends at Boston Warm over the summer. Come be part of this awesome team! 

How you can help: 
  • JOIN THE FOOD PREP & SUMMER COORDINATING TEAM:  Most weeks, we sign up to bring 50-100 sandwiches. Can you make 25?  Or perhaps you could help coordinate or drop-off donations?  We're working on a Sign-up Doc to help us get organized.  Please Contact Pastor Amy (
  • DONATE GRANOLA BARS, TUBE SOCKS, UNDERWEAR OR CLEANING SUPPLIES:  Contact Pastor Amy if you have items to donate, or bring them to the big green bin outside the elevator lobby at the church.
  • CREATE CARDS, SIGNS : Help our friends at Boston Warm know they are not alone, and share your love and prayers with them.  Cards from all-ages are so appreciated and cherished, hung on the walls of the center for all to see.

Thank you so much!  


Parents Group - Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm throughout the Summer!
Gather to connect, laugh and share mutual support as we do the good work of parenting in these challenging times. If you aren't on the parents list and would like to join us, please send Annie or Pastor Amy a note at, or

Sunday School & Youth Groups - Resources for Families

We are working diligently on our plans for the end of the summer and fall.  We hope and pray you are finding many moments of peace, rest and joy this month, as you stay safe and well.   We also always welcome children to our 10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship services (on Zoom), which will also continue throughout August.  In addition, below are some books, videos and other resources you may wish to explore as a family during these summer days:  
Family Sunday School & Bible Study 
About COVID-19 and Hope 
About Racial Justice and the Equal Worth and Belovedness of ALL God's Children: 
Youth Groups & Exploring Our Faith
High School and Middle School Youth Groups have taken a Summer Break. 
Our Youth Groups took a break, but we hope our High School pal groups will continue to connect, and we look forward to seeing everyone soon!  In the meantime, we encourage youth and families to attend our Sunday morning 10 am services; continue discussion and learning around issues of race and racial justice; and explore the Bible Project Church at Hom(

2020_21 Stewardship Campaign 
Thank you to all who have returned their pledge forms for the 2020-2021 church year.  
If you have not yet returned your pledge card, you can do so here .
From the Wider Community 

Boston Cares

Cradles to Crayons and BPS are packing 17,000 backpacks for BPS students this week and next. You can help!  

BostonCares is calling for volunteers for next Monday and Tuesday, to help prepare the backpacks for children returning to school in Boston.  Children and youth are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  


You should pre-register before showing up.

In the aftermath of Mr. George Floyd's death at the hands of police in Minnesota, and the ensuing protest that erupted across the world in June 2020, City Mission invites you to sit in prayer for nine weeks to honor the life of Mr. Floyd and a call for God's justice.  
The anguishing words spoken by Mr. Floyd are the inspiration for our Call for Prayer. 
"It's my face... please I can't breathe"
"I did not do nothing serious"
"Mama, mama, mama"
"I'm through, I'm through"
"My stomach hurts, my neck hurts.... Some water or something"
"Please, please, please"
"Do not kill me"
"They gonna kill me"
"I can't breathe"
The Call for Prayer and Justice will launch on Juneteenth (June 19), also known as Freedom Day, and continue for nine weeks representing each of Mr. Floyd's last minutes of life. Each week we will post a new prayer on our website and provide a link on social media. 
It is our sincere hope that you will join us and lift up these words with our strong voices so that Mr. Floyd's words will resound in our hearts and communities. We must pray without ceasing for courage, strength, and love to dismantle the malignancy of systemic racism, violence, and injustice.
To read more about the next nine weeks and the weekly prayers please
visit our website.

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.