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

  9:00 - Choir Rehearsal

10:00 - Sunday Worship 
11:30 - UCW Mission on Climate Change  

  5:30 - Appalachia Service make-up mtg.

  6:30 - High School Youth Group
Mission Matters
UCW Mission on Climate Change news & update meeting:
This Sunday, Feb. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
There's great news on the Massachusetts climate change action front, including that both bills introduced in the legislature will start their processes with more than 50% of House members as co-sponsors. We had much lower support in prior sessions; there's still some resistance in House leadership to overcome, but good reason to believe that the majority will prevail!
If people who can squeeze in a short, last-minute-announced meeting after church this Sunday, it would be great to get together to share news and talk about roles for UCW going forward.
For people who are interested but can't make the meeting, I'll send notes afterwards.
Thanks! Kevin Johnson.
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.
It's time for Russell School Computer Club!
We're working with the Russell School in Dorchester to introduce 4 th and 5 th graders to programming. Volunteer to join us on one or more Wednesday afternoons. As a volunteer, you'll work with a few 4 th and 5 th graders as they explore this new skill creating projects in the Scratch Programming Language. No programming skills are required -- help the kids to focus on the goals of their projects and encourage them! Wednesdays, Feb. 27 th to April 10 th from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m. Come for one day or all seven! Contact Rob Purser for more information.
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.
Children, Youth and Families
Growing in Faith and Community 
Appalachia Service Project - High School Travelers' Meeting
Tomorrow! 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.    
Children, Youth and Families Calendars for Winter-Spring 2019! 
The Winter-Spring calendars of activities were sent to families this past week.  If you didn't receive one, please find extra copies in the Crocker Chapel, or email Pastor Amy (   Copies may also be found online under the Youth and Children's Ministry tab of  We're looking forward to a great rest of the year together!  
UCW Parent Group:
Tuesday, February 12th at 7:30 p.m.  
Gather the 2nd Tuesdays of the Month in the Reception Room -- 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
As we and our children begin this New Year, let us come together to support and learn from each other, and share in the joys and challenges of parenting. We hope you will join us for this evening of warm welcome, conversation, and connection.
Cradles to Crayons for all Youth 
Saturday, Feb.16th
Middle and High Schoolers (and others!) are invited to serve at Cradles to Crayons, helping prepare needed goods for children in Boston. Please see the announcement about this under the Mission section of this bulletin. 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 time!
Pancakes and Pajamas 
Sunday School on February 24th 
On February 24th, as we remember the story of Jesus feeding 5,000, kids are invited to wear their PJ's and bring their appetites!  We'll cook and share pancakes during Sunday School, and have some (early) Shrove Tuesday fun.    
Mini-Missions for Pre-K-5

Mini-Mission involves our young ones in simple, tangible service projects in the community as part of Sunday School. 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. On March 17th they will present their organization and needs to the congregation during Children's Time. 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.
We will gather in the reception room for a robust conversation of this book led by our own Anya Bassett.
"I have led discussions of Strangers in Their Own Land with students in my seminar on "Inequality and Social Mobility in America" over the past two years; our conversations have been moving and thought-provoking. I'm very much looking forward to a conversation at Union Church.

If you don't have time to read the whole book, I recommend that you read chapters 1-3, 8-10, 14-16, and skim through Appendix C, as we will focus on these in our discussion."

The major themes in the book can also be found in the podcast "On Being with Krista Tippett" from October 18, 2018. Listen  here

If you have any questions, please reach out to Anya ( or to Pastor Stacy ( Hope to see you on the 26 th !

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.
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