The Union Church in Waban               
Friday, Februry 1, 2019
This Sunday 
  8:00 - Bible Study 

  9:00 - Choir Rehearsal

10:00 - Sunday Worship 
Children, Youth and Families
Growing in Faith and Community 
Appalachia Service Project - High School Travelers' Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 9th , 4-6:00 p.m.  
We are excited to announce our first travelers' meeting for our mission trip with ASP in June! Our final list of travelers, with group and individual registrations and deposits, is due on March 1st, and we are excited to get ready! This meeting will provide an orientation to the registration process; help us get coordinated as a group; reflect on this year's ASP theme; and learn about ASP and our work with them. There will be pizza and snacks! If you can't make it to this Saturday session, please note that Amy will lead a brief make-up orientation to the registration process on Feb 10th at 5:00 p.m., just before High School Youth Group. Please RSVP to Amy, Justin Pond or Claire Slack. Parents are welcome.    
Cradles to Crayons for all Youth 
Saturday, Feb.16th
Middle and High Schoolers are invited to serve at Cradles to Crayons, helping to prepare needed goods for children in Boston. Please see the announcement about this under the Mission section below. C2C requires pre-registration, so let us know if you can join us (via the Evites or by contacting Pastor Amy at It's going to be an
awesome afternoon!

Mini-Missions for Pre-K - 5

We are thrilled to share that this winter and spring, our younger kids will once again participate in Mini-Missions! Mini-Missions is integrated into our Sunday School curriculum and involves our young ones in simple, tangible service projects in the community. The children own the projects from start to finish, with the goal of helping them see service as an integral part of their faith and lives, and realize they can make a difference in their communities and the world. We're looking for volunteers to assist with our service teams. If you can help, please talk to Pastor Amy ( or Jill Coull (
Adult Education, Spiritual Formation and Fellowship


Book Group
February 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Our faith tradition affirms that all human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1: 26-28) and that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" (Psalm 139: 14); and here at the Union Church in Waban we affirm the inherent dignity of all people and strive to live that out through our covenant that affirms the inclusive love of Jesus. 

As such, we invite you to enter into a journey that sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild embarked upon with the desire to enter into conversation with people whose life experience and outlook were different than her own. "Strangers in Their Own Land" will be our winter reading. On February 26th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. we will gather for a robust conversation of this book led by our own Anya Bassett. We encourage you to consider making this study part of your New Year's resolutions as we live into "the conversational nature of reality" to borrow a quote from poet and philosopher David Whyte. If you have questions, please see Alan Cody or Pastor Stacy.  
Fear of the Other - No Fear in Love 
Beginning on March 4 th

"Fear of the Other - No Fear in Love" beginning March 4th and running for five weeks throughout the season of Lent. This curriculum written by Rev. William Willimon, a Methodist Pastor and Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry at Duke Divinity School, emphasizes according to one review " the biblical mandate to receive Others in their particularity and difference as gifts and mysteries bearing the grace of God. Willimon also offers a strong critique of the privileged who all too often rush to language of reconciliation and evade the huge inequalities surrounding conversations and practices dealing with xenophobia and injustice. Willimon eschews "the imperialism of liberalism's sweeping embrace" and identifies concrete, everyday ways persons are formed in welcoming others without annihilating their differences." If you are interested in engaging in what promises to be a salient study for our times, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy so that she can order the number of study guides we will need to take our journey together.
Women's Retreat at Toah Nipi, 
May 17-19.
Whether you are a regular attender of Wellspring or not, you are welcome! Come away to the beauty and silence of Toah Nipi Retreat Center in Rindge, NH. This is a very special time to deepen friendships and grow in love of self, each other, and God. The retreat will begin Friday evening, May 17 th, and finish by noontime on May 19 th.
Mission Matters
Haley House News

Volunteers & Donations Welcome!

Haley House is asking its friends and partners to increase catering orders to help them maintain operations during a critical restructuring that has shut down daily operations in this important Dudley Square community-based enterprise.  After careful consideration, Haley House has decided to temporarily suspend restaurant operations effective January 12, 2019, in order to review and renew their business concept, with the goal of reopening restaurant operations later in the year. While the Cafe's restaurant operations are paused, their catering and wholesale operations continue. They also will host their annual Souper Bowl Fundraiser on Feb. 10 at Haley House Bakery CafĂ©. Please read more about Haley House and their official statement on their decision  here

Haley House is a social justice enterprise with roots in the Catholic Worker movement. They are a soup kitchen and affordable housing group at heart, which also promotes health and empowerment for all -- but especially those impacted most by institutional racism and neighborhood disinvestment.  UCW built connections with Haley House as part of its food justice work, initially.
Cradles to Crayons logo
Cradles to Crayons
Saturday, Feb. 16 , 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Volunteers & Donations Welcome!

We're looking for volunteers to accompany UCW's middle school and high school youth groups to Cradles to Crayons' Giving Factory in Brighton on Saturday, February 16th from 1:30-3:30 p.m. We are looking to bring a group of approximately 20 youth and adults to volunteer in the Giving Factory for this two-hour shift and would welcome any adults who would like to accompany the group. It is not necessary to have a child in the youth group. Carpools will be organized, leaving from UCW at 12:45 p.m. and expecting to return to UCW at 4:00 p.m. We will also have a box available in the Crocker Chapel for donations (please find a list of their most needed items, and items they accept on the box or at the Cradles to Crayons link here). Registration is required, so please RSVP via the Evite sent to families of youth, or contact Pastor Amy ( or Justin Pond.
From the Deacons
V alentine Care Packages for
Our Young People
With help from our youth, the Deacons will be compiling Valentine Care Packages to send to our UCW young people who are in their first year of being away from home. We want them to know that the church is thinking of them and sending love.  If you have a young person who is newly away from home whether as a college freshman or in another setting please send Pastor Stacy  their mailing address so that we can send them a box of treats.  
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