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Friday, October 30, 2020


To Review and Approve the
Final Budget for 2020/2021

Sunday, November 8th, 2020
Immediately Following Our
Zoom Online 10:00 a.m. Service
Online Worship This Sunday
All Saints Day Worship and Communion Sunday 
November 1st, 10:00 a.m. 

This Sunday we embrace that we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses not just those who we are sharing this moment with now but also all those who have gone on ahead of us.  We witness to words that Jesus spoke in the scripture we call the Beatitudes.  And we witness to the cloud of grief, uncertainty and loss that is also very present in this time we are in.  

This is also a Communion Sunday so please come to worship with some bread and cup so that we can partake together. 

Zoom Link is available  HERE
Meeting ID: 862 9606 1858
Passcode:  944723
Or call in ID: 1 646 558 8656

A link to the bulletin is available  HERE

Prayground for Kids and FamiliesCLICK HERE
 (and see below) for a video of Pastor Amy sharing this week's Bible story, wondering questions, activities and prayer for kids and families.

NOTE:  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.   
Family Worship Forest Church In-Person 
This Sunday, Nov. 1st 3-4pm
1st and 3rd Sundays at 3-4pm 

Kids and their Grown-ups are invited to gather two afternoons a month in the greenspace in front of the church (surrounded by Collins Rd.) for a masked, distanced, in-person service.   We'll wonder and wander (e.g. to the wooded path between Waban Ave.).  The worship service will be less than an hour, and include time to share our Bible story for the week, encounter God in creation, pray for one another, and create something together.  Unless the weather is truly dangerous, we'll follow the saying, "There's no bad weather, only the wrong clothing."  We'll find Jesus as living water in the rain; and snow angels in the cold!   For more information please reach out to Pastor Amy (
All Church Retreat - EVALUATION Please

A heart felt thank you to our retreat planning team for bringing  us our retreat this year and to all who participated and contributed throughout the month.  

We want to hear from you!  What did you really appreciate?  What would you like to see changed? What would you like us to think about for next year? Please send your feedback to Pastor Stacy   with the words RETREAT EVALUATION in the subject line.  Thank you - we value your feedback and take your ideas into our future planning.
Mission Matters
Thanksgiving Dinner 2020
Saturday, November 21st, 2:00-4:00pm
Our beloved community event is going to look a little different this year! The plan is to have guests who are able drive around the church while we hand out packaged dinners and other goodies to them in their vehicles. We are also hoping to have some of our talented UCW musicians play outside to make it a bit more of an event! We need a lot of volunteers to make this happen. Here are our anticipated jobs:
  • -Warming up and packaging dinners in your own home
  • -Baking treats to be included in the bags
  • -Arranging small flower bouquets
  • -Creating a craft gift  (Pastor Amy will recruit some of our youth for this.)
  • -Working a shift to hand out the dinners and direct traffic
  • -Delivering meals to folks who can't make it to the church
If you are interested in helping with any of these tasks, please email Alicia Collins at Thank you for your support!

Book Buddies! 
We are able to distribute loaves and fishes in the form of  books to children who are hungry for reading.

Church members can discuss how we can continue our participation in the literacy initiative Jo is leading with school children in Lowndes County. We hope to be able to match church members/families to become Book Buddies with early readers in Lowndes County. We envision sending our Book Buddy a new paperback each month and perhaps connecting with them as pen pals or virtual friends. Team-Lead: Jenny Weisz (  If you are interested please use the sign-up link below:

Sign Up!
Birth of a Movement (2020) 
Exclusive Opportunity to View An Outstanding Film  

BREAKING NEWS: Bester Cram, a Producer of the film will be joining our conversation on November 2nd
We have been given an exclusive opportunity to view the outstanding film Birth of a Movement (2020) about how William Trotter of Boston created a national protest movement against the film Birth of a Nation (1915) and how it celebrated Klu Klux Klan violence against African Americans. 

You can register and then receive the link to watch the film any time at your convenience. We are asked not to share this link. It is provided for us by one of the producers Bester Cram  (yes, Julian's Dad). (You could also watch the Birth of a Nation if you desire).  

On November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. we will have an opportunity for a zoom-talk together about this amazing movie with a local angle. 

To register and watch at home anytime before Nov. 2nd, contact Nancy Zollers or Brita Gill-Austern
We Are Seeking A Recipient For Our Next Loan
Suggestions Welcome!

The 1K Task Force is currently looking for an appropriate recipient for our 1K loan.  We have up to $2500 for a microfinance loan for a small business which reflects the values of our church community.  Because we know black and brown businesses have more than twice the rate of closure during this time of Covid 19, than white small businesses, we are particularly reaching out to black and brown small business owners.  If you have any contacts, possible suggestions or know any people who might be potential recipients please let us know .  

Brita Gill-Austern, chair of IK Task Force
Advocates for Racial Justice
Did You Know?
..... the US government and state and local governments provided subsidies for builders to create whites-only suburbs. 
Segregated by Design
You can watch the film Segregated by Design,(18 minutes) that summarizes the book Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, the Newton Reads event on November 17th .  

See announcement in the Wider Community section below full detail of the Newton Reads event. 

Be Part of our On-going Common Cathedral Team 
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 siblings 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 into the fall, for as long as they need us. Come be part of this awesome team! 

For More Details and Ways You Can Help: GO HERE


This Week's Prayground with Pastor Amy

This week, we explore our sanctuary and share gratitude for all the saints, past and present, in our lives on this All Saints Sunday. You can see a video with Pastor Amy below, or Click here to see this week's story, video, wondering questions, activities and prayer  

Prayground for All Saints Sunday Nov. 1
Prayground for All Saints Sunday Nov. 1
Children and Families This Fall at UCW
We miss seeing you all, and are holding all of our children, youth and families in prayer this week as many return to school! 

Please go HERE for the Fall 2020 Children, Youth and Families Packet
  • An Overview of our Children, Youth and Families Ministries for Fall 2020
  • The Fall Calendar
  • Weekly Pages with Bible stories, questions to ponder, activities and prayers 
FAMILY WORSHIP - FOREST CHURCH!  Wondering and Wandering Together - Sundays, November 1st and 15th -3-4pm - Meet in the greenspace in front of the church
See more details in the calendar (and above) and plan to join us for these outdoor, intergenerational, in-person gatherings on Sunday afternoons throughout the fall.  

We are asking all families to register children and youth this year, to make sure we have updated contact and health information, and also to share and ask for your adherence to the Phase Forward guidelines adopted to keep us safe in the time of Covid.

or visit the website to find both the packet and form HERE.
Parents Group - Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm:  We continue to 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


Exploring Our Faith
10-11th Grade Youth Group
Sunday, Nov. 1st ,4:30 - 6:00 p.m.    
We will gather after Forest Church at the Collins-Abbiati home.  Please see your email, or contact Pastor Amy ( if you need directions.  

Middle School Youth Group
Sunday, Nov. 8th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
We'll start with a short Forest Church gathering for Middle School parents and kids, and then have youth group!  Parents are invited to gather separately while Pastor Amy gathers with the kids.

9th Grade Youth Group
Sunday, Nov. 15th, 4:15-5:15pm 
We'll gather after Forest Church in the park across from the church!  
Advent Book -  Fear Not
Our Advent theme this year is "Fear Not."  As is our custom we will be compiling an Advent devotions booklet to accompany us through our walk of Advent.  You are invited to write a reflection or poem, or perhaps create a piece of artwork or photography.  This year, feel free also to record a piece of music or send in a video. 

Please send all submission to Pastor Stacy by Nov. 22nd so that the booklet can be ready on the first Sunday of Advent which is November 29th.  
Scripture Reader Sign-up
Please look at the Sign Up Genius HERE, and sign up to read Scripture. Youth are greatly encouraged to sign up, too! (The link is also always available on the

Thanks you, UCW Deacons
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.

In The Wider Community

This event will be a wonderful opportunity as as follow up to The Union Church's October book group selection, which is also the "Color of Law"!

Virtual: Richard Rothstein, The Color of Law
Event date: Tuesday, November 17, 6:30

Event location: Webinar via Newton Free Library

In, The Color of Law, A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, author Richard Rothstein argues with exacting precision and fascinating insight how segregation in America is the byproduct of explicit government policies at the local, state and federal levels. Join us for a virtual session with Mr. Rothstein. The talk will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by FORJ, the program cosponsor. Attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of the systemic issues that contribute to housing inequities, particularly as Newton engages in a comprehensive review of its zoning codes.

Registration is required.
Please register here.

In preparation for this event, attendees are encouraged to watch the the 17 minute video, Segregated by Design, which was written and narrated by Richard Rothstein and directed by Mark Lopez.

Questions? Contact Ellen Meyers at