The Union Church in Waban
Friday, June 19 , 2020 
Online Worship - This Sunday
Worship June 21 st
We will gather on Sunday at 10:00 for online worship
During worship this Sunday, the women of our choir will share a piece they have prepared, as we share a video of pictures of those who have been as fathers to us.  

Lucy Johnson, beloved member of our High School Youth Group, will share the message with us.  You won't want to miss it!   

A separate e-blast will be send out tomorrow, Saturday. In it you will find all the information you need to partake in worship and learning together on Sunday.

Sunday Worship 
Continues all Summer!

Throughout July and August we will continue to worship online at 10:00 am on Sundays.  This is a change for us. Previously it was UCW custom to offer worship in July but then to suspend worship during the month of August.  

While worship will continue on Sunday mornings as we are accustomed to, we do hope that the summer will provide new and creative expressions of worship, as well as opportunities for greater lay involvement in leading prayers, preaching or offering musical or other creative and artistic expressions.  If you are interested in contributing to the worship experience in July please be in touch with Pastor Stacy.  If August is better for you, please be in touch with Pastor Amy.
Do you have an offering you'd like to share?

Do you have an offering of creativity including music, dance, visual art, poetry, etc. you are interested in contributing during our program year and summer services? We would love to include your offering in our worship. Please reach out to Daon Drisdom at daon@ucw.org to discuss plans.  
Ways to Connect this Week
Tea Time 
Every Tuesday and Thursday at 3:00 p.m.
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.
  
In these times of uncertainly, we can feel adrift without a sense of security or a firm foundation.  Morning prayer on Wednesdays can help ground us in the power and presence of God that is our foundation in these times.  Please consider taking up a prayer practice and joining us in this time of silence, candle lighting and blessing.   

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.  Please consider joining us.  If you have any questions, please reach out to  Pastor Stacy

Join us on Zoom HERE ,  Meeting ID: 825 631 369;   Password: 022055.  
Or call in at   +1 646 558 8656 

      This Wednesday, June 24th 
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Cook up something tasty, pull up a chair and join us on Wednesday for Lunch Bunch.  This Wednesday our discussion question will be "Is there something you are learning about yourself or the world in this time we are in? Is there something that you realize you need or that is newly important to you?"

  If you are interested in joining us please use the link below.  If you have any questions or concerns in how to connect, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89338852779?pwd=eDNKeTRWbzRmcVdyb01hUXMxbVZJQT09
Meeting ID: 893 3885 2779
Password: 681626
Or call in at: +1 646 558 8656 
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  .
CYF   

Parents Group - Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm Gather to connect, laugh and share mutual support as we do the good work of parenting in these challenging times. CLICK HERE to log-in; password (if needed) is 499897.

Sunday School for Pre-K through Elementary School, 9:15am to 9:40am Sundays through JUNE
Younger kids gather each Sunday before worship we gather for songs, stories and prayer. Please watch for our "How to Connect" email on Saturday for details. Our final morning Sunday School for this church year will be on June 28th, but stay tuned! We'll have some summer offerings for families, as well.

Story-time with Pastor Amy - Next Thursday - Final Storytime before Summer! Pastor Amy gathers with kids and families each week to share a story and check-in. CLICK HERE and join our next story-time live (password:  069830). You can see past story-times with Pastor Amy reading by clicking HERE . We'll take a break from these over July and August, and plan to offer other ways for our young kids and families to connect - Stay tuned!
 
Pastoral Support:
Please know that Pastor Amy is available for calls, texts or video-chats. We'll be working on other ways to get together in virtual small groups as well. Amy's email is amy@ucw.org and cell is 617-938-8112.

Youth Groups & Exploring Our Faith
Middle School Youth Group - Gathering In-Person Outdoors this Sunday, 5-6pm

As we approach the end of June -- after around 4 months of not seeing one another in person, we wanted to try something a little different for this Sunday's Middle School Youth Group, responding to the yearning the kids have for in-person connection, while also staying safe. Middle School families should have received an email with the following:  

For those who are comfortable, we would like to invite the kids to come to the park across the street from the church.  We will check in and play a few games that we can play with physical distance between us as we celebrate the start of summer!  
  • PLEASE RSVP if you can by emailing Pastor Amy at amy@ucw.org.  We'd like to get a sense of our numbers ahead of time. If we approach 10, we'll divide into multiple smaller groups with more distance. 
  • BRING YOUR SIGNS!  At our last MS youth group meeting, we made signs to hang in the church elevator lobby.  Each person made a big sign with just one word of the verse from Micah, "DO. JUSTICE; LOVE. KINDNESS; WALK. HUMBLY", and then also made another sign with whatever message they feel our community needs to hear right now. If I don't already have your signs, please make and bring one!  We'll hang them up while we're together.  
  • GUIDELINES: As we try this out for the first time:  
    • Masks required:  All kids will need to have masks and wear them properly throughout our time together
    • Distance required:  We need all the kids to commit to following our 6-10 feetapart rule 
    • No bathrooms or trips indoors:  Unfortunately, we aren't able to open the church for bathroom breaks this time, so please plan ahead :)  
    • Please bring Water and Sunscreen:  It may be pretty hot and sunny!
  • CAN YOU BE AN ADULT HELPER?  It would be really wonderful to have a few parents or other adults stay to help with smaller groups and monitor spacing and safety.  Thanks for letting Pastor Amy know!  
  • Please also be in touch with Pastor Amy if in-person meetings, even with precautions, don't feel right for your child or family right now.  We so appreciate and empathize with this perspective, and are grateful to you for letting us know so we can reach out in other ways, and consider your thoughts in our planning  

High School Youth Group - Sunday, June 28th 
Mark your calendar for youth group the following week!  High Schoolers should also come to worship this weekend to support and hear from their fellow Youth Group member, Lucy Johnson as she shares her message!    You can reach out to you pals this week too!!  Contact Pastor Amy (text: 617-938-8112 or amy@ucw.org) for details.

Advocates for Racial Justice
Advocates for Racial Justice
   
"History despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but it can be faced with courage, and  need not be relieved again. " These words by Maya Angelou are written on  the side of a building near the Legacy Museum to remind us of the fact that we have work to do if we chose to.
 
If you are up for the challenge Google Justice in June-10 min-25min-45 min things a day to learn about how to be an ally, please go here

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Please consider also participating in this Webinar offered by the UCC from 12-1:30 today!  To register go HERE


Next meeting of the ARJ is July 14, 4:30.  If you are interested in participating please be in touch with Pastor Stacy
Mission Matters
Thanks You Nica Supporters!

A BIG thank you to everyone who so generously donated to the Nicaragua offering for the June 7 th Sunday Service!  

We raised $2125!  It has been donated it to Libraries For All in San Juan Del Sur (the organization founded by Jane Mirandette who spoke after the service) for their COVID relief efforts and is already being put to good use in a time of great strife.

  
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. As Pastor Amy takes some vacation in July, we're looking for extra hands to help coordinate and drive donations to Boston. 

How you can help: 
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  • 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 (amy@ucw.org) so we can add you to the list. 
  • 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.
  • PRAY & PRAY WITH AN ARTISTPrayer makes a difference!  The Artists in the community also left a number of works of art in our church building after this winter's Common Art Show.  Rev. Mary has asked that we invite UCW members to take a piece of art home and hold the artist in prayer.  Contact Amy if you can pray and host a piece of art in your home. There are still pieces that you can take home for the summer!  
Thank you so much!  

                                                
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 
                                                


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.

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