Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
May 16, 2019
Sunday, May 19 at 10:30 am
The Place Where Love Lives
The Reverend Cynthia A. Frado, Minister Emerita
What do a mustard seed, the Kingdom of God, and love have in common? Today is a lesson in metaphor from the master storyteller, himself. Never one to tip-toe around Jesus, Rev. Cindy Frado seeks to liberate the essence of his message to speak to the entire theological arc of our UU panoply of beliefs. Check your pre-conceived notions at the door. For those with eyes to see and ears to listen. This is a sanctuary start for the children and a great day to be together in worship. We will also be celebrating our graduating seniors with a Bridging Ceremony.
This Week in Religious Education
RE classes: On May 19 we will begin in the sanctuary at 10:30 and then we will proceed to our Group RE time together until 11:45. We look forward to seeing you there!

Teachers: To all our lovely teachers this past year, thank you for all that you have done! But if you are able, please consider volunteering to help with the many Group RE classes we have in the upcoming months. We would love to see you and your children as often as you can come! Thank you.
Friends of Buddha
This Sunday’s (May 19) Friends of Buddha meeting has to be rescheduled. We will meet before the service, at 9 am. Come if you can; it is understandably early! For questions or to RSVP, contact Erin Gold at KentuckyBlueRose@gmail.com.

Also, please let me know if you’d like to be on a contact list for occasional attendance at the Boundless Way Zen Temple ( worcesterzen.org) this summer. They have evening Practice Period services several times a week. If you haven’t been before and have questions, talk to or email Erin Gold.
UU Knits May 20
Do you enjoy any type of needle or yarn craft? Then bring your WIP (Work in Progress) to sit and gab with other crafters while you make some progress! We provide a zero-pressure setting, and we have a great time. We welcome all skill levels. Join us in the parlor on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 6:30 pm.
Friday Fun Night May 24
Join fellow UUCSW friends each month for Friday Fun Night! Stop by the chapel on the last Friday of each month at 6:30 pm to meet up with friends and decompress after a busy week. Bring a game, food and/or beverage to share, and join us for the fun. 
Memorial Day Weekend Service
Sunday, May 26 at 10:30 am: Memorial Day–More than a 3-Day Weekend led by Kim Hall
We hope to explore the origins of Memorial Day, and to see more clearly the difference between patriotism and nationalism in a “non-political” way. We invite you to dig up and bring photos and/or stories from your own family experiences regarding those in active service as well as veterans that we honor for their service. At the end of the service we may place flowers at the graves of veterans in a nearby cemetery for those interested. Please join us the Sunday of Memorial Day Weekend for this service, and remember to bring your own family photos and stories to share.
Summer Services Start June 16 at 9:30 am
The sign-up board for Summer Services 2019 is up on the door to the Chapel! With your help, we hope to have services through out the summer. For those new to the Church, summer services are informal, start at 9:30 am in the Chapel where we have coffee and there is air conditioning.

Your topic does not need to be a "sermon." In the past, speakers have talked about a book they found important or enjoyable, kicked off a discussion on a topic of interest or concern, offered a musical presentation, or read a few favorite poems that they found meaningful. We also need people to help with simple refreshments. Funds are available for this. Some of our youth have already signed up to offer childcare, but there are still dates when 12 and older youth could help and make a little money.

Questions and suggestions are welcome. Please email Kathie Metzger at kmetzger200@gmail.com with questions or suggestions or speak with any of the following members of the Program Committee: Phyllis Barrett, Jerry Breecher, Jim Kirk or Catherine Nourse.
Pastoral Counseling Available
During the time that we are without a minister, the Pastoral Counseling Center at 7 Church Street is available to our congregants. Pastoral Counseling 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 Center is able to help whether you just want a one time meeting, or are interested in longer term help. To learn more about the center please explore their website at pccofma.org or talk with Sylvia Sirignano.