Weekly Update - November 21, 2019
Sunday Service: “Yes” to Life, Truth and Love
November 24th, 2019 at 10:30 am
Led by Preston H. Hood, III
Preston H. Hood, III is a Vietnam Vet and 50 years a Navy Seal. He will share his experience in the Viet Nam War, living with PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) and how he has learned to cope with these traumatic injuries. Preston has had near death experiences as a soldier and life altering experiences. Preston is an award winning poet. He practiced yoga and meditation. He has a Hearing Service Dog “Gilmore” who assists him with sounds. Preston is a national speaker at commemorative events for Vets.
This Week in Religious Education
Join us this week for our Religious Education Classes! We will begin in the CHAPEL for a children’s worship discussion before heading downstairs for our GROUP RE lesson. RE Classes will end at 11:45 when parents can pick up their kids from the RE classrooms downstairs. Thanks!
Giving Tree: Again this holiday season we are joining our fellow churches in this wonderful outreach to our community! We will have our tree filled with tags this Sunday for you to take off of it if you are able and buy a gift for a family in need. We truly appreciate all your support as we work to make this Christmas special for everyone. These gifts should come back to us WRAPPED with the TAG ATTACHED on Sunday, December 8th between 9:30 and 10:30 am so we can walk all the donations over to St. Luke’s church. If you are not around that weekend you may also drop your gift at Erin Boudreaux's house at 56 West Main Street (just a block from the church) any time before the due date. Thank you!
Warm Sock Drive: For the month of November we will be collecting warm socks to donate to a local homeless shelter. Please keep our brothers and sisters in mind during these shorter, colder days and let us help provide them a little extra warmth this season! All sizes and kinds of new socks are accepted, although men's are most needed. Donations can be collected in the basket in the Chapel. Thank you!
Looking Ahead: Children’s Choir and Pageant! This December we will be bringing back our children’s choir! If your children like to sing, invite them out on Sunday mornings during December at 9:50 am to practice some holiday songs with our choir. We will also be practicing for our Family Friendly Christmas Pageant on December 15th during RE time. We will perform these songs and the pageant on December 22nd. For more information please see Cassie Lengel or Kala Farnham.
Guest at Your Table Sponsored by the UUSC
This month you may take home colorful boxes to collect coins at home during the weeks around the Thanksgiving holiday. The UU Service Committee (UUSC) describes this program as part of the UU community culture since 1975 to strengthen connections to our shared principles and help to challenge injustice throughout the world. It is a tradition for coming together to learn about human rights work and raise funds to advance justice in communities near and far. This year’s theme is: Women Leaders, Strong Communities. The funds will go to the UUSC in honor of women leaders from partner organizations that have taken on some of today’s greatest human rights challenges. To learn more, visit the UUSC.org website.  Please return boxes to church December 8th. Thanks.
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service November 26th
The Westborough Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held this year on Tuesday, November 26th at St. Luke the Evangelist Church at 7:30 pm. UUCSW members are warmly invited and encouraged to attend!
Birthday Bank Tradition is Back!
We have resumed our tradition of using the "Birthday Bank" in which we put in the number of coins that correspond with our ages. We will be doing this fun activity once a month on the last Sunday at the beginning of service. If your birthday is during the month, bring some coins (pennies are fine) to join in marking this yearly passage!
Get a head start on your holiday shopping with ShopWithScrip physical gift cards!

When you purchase a gift card through ShopwithScrip, a percentage of the face value of the card goes to UUCSW. These small but significant rebates really add up - we are hoping to raise $1,000 through the holidays with this program.

If you’ve set up a Scrip account, you can continue to place your order online as usual. If you don’t have an account, we have created a paper order form you can use to purchase physical gift cards by check through the holiday season. Order forms are available in the Chapel or from the PDF linked here. Checks made out to UUCSW and your completed order form should be returned to Lisa Shumway. We will place orders weekly starting Monday, November 4th, and continue through December 9th. Expect a one-week turnaround on all orders.
Support UUCSW with Amazon Smile
Did you know that when you shop for the holidays at smile.amazon.com/ch/04-3030641, AmazonSmile donates to Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough? Sign up today to take advantage of this easy way to fundraise for UUCSW.
UUCSW Reflections Podcast Now Available!
Did you miss one of Rev. Laurel's sermons, or would you like to hear it again, or share it with a friend? Now you can listen to sermons through our new podcast, UUCSW Reflections!

Westborough Community Chorus Presents:
Holly Days at Home
Friday, December 6th at 8 pm
Saturday, December 7th at 8 pm
Sunday, December 8th at 2 pm
Sarah Gibbons Middle School, 20 Fisher Street
Tickets: Adult $12; Seniors/Children $10
Social Justice Action
Each week we publish a “Green Sheet” which contains information about Social Justice happenings and opportunities at UUCSW and in the broader community. Please click below to view this week's edition.