Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
April 11, 2019
Sunday, April 14 – 10:30 am
Lessons from the Worst of Times
Thinking about our planet on Earth Day
Andrew Koenigsberg, P.G.
As we approach Earth Day, it is appropriate to look at what the Earth teaches us about itself, life, and our place on it, from the perspective of a concept called “Deep Time”.
Upcoming Worship Services
Sunday, April 21: Easter Multigenerational Flower Communion
Join us for this special service when we celebrate Easter and spring with a Flower Communion Service. Please bring one or more flowers for our communal vase. At the close of the service, every family will be asked to choose a few flowers to take with them. There will be a special story for children. Service led by Kathie Metzger.
Sunday, April 28: Morality, Right and Wrong
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe morality is not merely a set of rules. We learn about right and wrong from many different sources; our sophistication increases as we get older. How our kids learn about morality matters to us and to our society. We will look at ways our kids learn about right and wrong, and explore how we as adults address questions of morality and justice. Led by Cassie Lengel and Jerry Breecher.
This Week in Religious Education
This week youth will begin in the Chapel for a special children's worship starting at 10:30, followed by a Group RE Easter celebration, including an Easter Egg Hunt! You may pick up your kids downstairs at 11:45.
April Vista - Updated!
Please note: our April 2019 Vista newsletter has been updated to reflect some corrections to dates and events. Click HERE to view the latest version. Thank you.
April 7 Sermon Copies Available
There are copies of Rev. Cindy’s sermon from April 7, "Finding Hope and Healing in the Broken Places," available in the Parlor.
A Common Read: Upcycle Your Congregation: Creative Ideas for Transforming Faith Communities
Last year we participated in A Common Read, with the UUA, a unique experience to us, an opportunity to participate in a church-wide read. We are going to do our own Common Read as suggested by Ann Maloney and Amy Martellock in their March 24 sermon, Creating Our Future Together, that invited us to engage in creating a vision for the future of our congregation. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
UU Friends of Buddha
We hope you can join us for discussion about meditation and Buddhist ideas this Sunday, April 14 at 1:30 pm. For questions contact Erin ( kentuckybluerose@gmail.com) or Carol ( cgpl1fe@yahoo.com). (Please note the correction in Erin's email. If you have tried to email and got no answer, please try again with the new, improved email address!)
Listening Sessions with the Board of Trustees
Do you have questions or ideas to share with the Board of Trustees? We want to hear from you! Join us in the parlor during coffee hour on April 14th and April 28th.
What Are You Grateful For?
There are so many people who help to keep the UUCSW community going. Let's show them how grateful we are! Look for the new "GRATITUDE" board in the chapel and add a note when you want to say "thank you". This is something new that the Board is piloting so let us know what you think.
Book Group April 12
For APRIL, we are reading The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Please join us. The group is open to all. We usually meet in members’ homes and enjoy small groups of seven to ten people. We enjoy some light refreshments, lively discussion, and wonderful company. You are welcome to attend.

If you are planning to attend for the first time, please email Judithteacake@gmail.com.
Rising Green for Mother Earth
Embedded in our UU Principles is a call to "affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence for which we are a part". This is often the principle we refer to when we talk about our commitment to caring for the Earth. In response to the current administration's stance on issues related to the environment and climate change, a grassroots movement whose mission is to create an environmentally sustainable society is taking hold. A growing number of us at UUCSW feel an increasing sense of urgency around these issues and we want to answer the call and be part of the solution. Thankfully, there are many groups leading the charge and proposing actions we can take to mitigate the impact we have on the environment. 

To this end, we are forming a group at UUCSW called "Rising Green for Mother Earth". From this beautiful hymn, we take the tagline "our dreaming shows us the way". Together we will identify simple, concrete actions we as individuals and we as a committed UU community can take to restore the health of our planet. The initial meeting for this group will take place on Monday, April 29th at 7:00 PM at the church. If you are interested, please email Sharon Barrett at sharonkeyesbarrett@gmail.com or just show up. Thank you!

Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup April 13
Join the annual town-wide litter clean-up sponsored by Westborough Community Land Trust and enjoy a drop-in Earth Day picnic lunch afterwards!
  • Early birds meet at 6:30 am at West Meadow Plaza or Bellows Road.
  • Families are invited at 9:30 am to check in at the Bay State Commons Green. 
  • From 11:30-12:30, volunteers will be treated to a drop-in picnic of pizza, healthy side dishes, beverages, and dessert at the Bay State Commons Green gazebo.

For more information about the Town-Wide Cleanup, click HERE.
Pastoral Counseling Available
During the time that we are without a minister, the Pastoral Counseling Center, located at 7 Church Street in a building behind the Congregational Church, is available to our congregants.

Pastoral Counseling is available for all persons and draws on the rich traditions of both psychology and, if desired, spirituality, working from an interfaith perspective, respecting everyone’s journey as they face difficult life experiences. The center is supported in part by many of the Westborough places of worship, including ours, so that it can serve everyone, regardless of whether health insurance is available, although health insurance will be used when possible. A counselor at The Pastoral Counseling Center is able to help whether you just want a one time meeting, or are interested in longer term help.

As a member of the Pastoral Counseling Center Board of Directors, representing our congregation, I have had the opportunity to get to know Mary Taber, the center director. Mary is a warm, caring person who is easy to talk with and will help connect you with a center therapist who is most likely to be helpful to you.

To learn more about the center please explore their website at pccofma.org or feel free to talk with me. - Sylvia Sirignano
2019-2020 Canvass Update
We are halfway through our Canvass campaign which we plan to complete by April 30th. We have received pledges of $50k towards our goal of $106k. We need your pledge to get to the finish line! Every pledge helps - last year we had pledges ranging from $10 to $8,000 so don't feel that you can't afford to make a pledge to support this congregation.

Please help us end this canvass as soon as possible! Do your part to get us to a sustainable future for UUCSW and pledge today! You can pledge online through Realm, by filling out a pledge form or by emailing the stewardship committee (Lisa Shumway - LSS0907@gmail.com and Sharon Barrett - sharonkeyesbarrett@gmail.com)

Here is the link to sign in to Realm: https://onrealm.org/UUCSW/SignIn

To make a pledge

  1. Sign into your site.
  2. Click Giving on the main menu.
  3. Click + Pledge, enter your pledge information, and save.

If you are using Realm Connect on your mobile device

  1. Click on the Realm Connect App
  2. Click Giving on the menu at bottom of screen.
  3. Click Pledges at top of screen.
  4. Click Make a pledge, enter your pledge information, and save.

If you run into difficulty pledging with Realm, or need to edit your pledge, please contact Lisa Shumway -  LSS0907@gmail.com.