Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
April 18, 2019
Sunday, April 21 – 10:30 am
Easter Multigenerational Flower Communion
Led by Kathie Metzger
Join us for this special service when we celebrate Easter and spring with a Flower Communion. 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.
This Week in Religious Education
All children and youth are invited to participate with their families in this week's Easter Multigenerational Flower Communion service.
Read and Share Last Week's Sermon
If you missed Andy Koenigsberg's April 14 sermon - or if you would like to read it again, or share it with a friend - here's the link:

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.

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.
Launch of “The Ebenezer Parkman Project”
The Westborough Public Library will officially launch “The Ebenezer Parkman Project” website on Thursday, April 25 at 7:00 pm at the Mill Pond School in Westborough. Rev. Ebenezer Parkman (1703-1782) was the first minister of Westborough, and his extensive diary and church records, along with other family papers, correspondence, and records of the town, provide a complete picture of life in an 18th-century New England town. Now, for the first time, access to many of Parkman’s writings is freely available to scholars and the public through a new website, www.EbenezerParkman.org. The program will feature Prof. Ross W. Beales, Jr., who will talk about Parkman, his life, and his writings; Dr. James F. Cooper, Director of New England’s Hidden Histories, who will place Parkman’s writings in the context of other ministers in New England; and Dr. Anthony Vaver, Local History Librarian at the Westborough Public Library, who will describe the project’s development and demonstrate the website’s features. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dr. Vaver at avaver@town.westborough.ma.us or 508-366-3050.
Friday Fun Night April 26!
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. 
Rising Green for Mother Earth
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!
Friends of Buddha
The freshly-named UUCSW Friends of Buddha also has a new schedule. We will meet on the first and third Sundays for the rest of the church year, through June. Our next one will be on May 5th. For questions contact Erin ( kentuckybluerose@gmail.com) or Carol ( cgpl1fe@yahoo.com). Happy Spring!
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.
2019-2020 Canvass
Thank you to everyone who has so generously supported our 2019-2020 Canvass! If you have not yet made your pledge, you can still pledge online through Realm, by filling out a pledge form, or by emailing Lisa Shumway ( LSS0907@gmail.com) or Sharon Barrett ( sharonkeyesbarrett@gmail.com). Your commitment to UUCSW is greatly appreciated, and makes a real difference to our community.

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Next Week's Service
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.