Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
April 4, 2019
Sunday, April 7 – 10:30 am
Finding Hope and Healing in the Broken Places
The Reverend Cynthia A. Frado, Minister Emerita
Throughout our individual lives and our community life, there are moments that inevitably “bring us to our knees.” For good, bad, or indifferent our familiar world implodes and we are left with a panoply of emotions, changes, challenges, and concerns. In all instances there is a time to grieve, but at some point, there is also a time to pick-up-the-broken pieces, find our strength and purpose and hope, again, and create something new with our lives and community. It is in such moments that we rediscover the vital essence that was there all the time, and that calls us to push through the pain, sorrow, and disillusionment. Fear and giving-up are not options that lead to growth and renewal. Please join us this morning as we welcome this new season of infinite possibilities. All hail glorious spring!
Upcoming Worship Services
Sunday, April 14: Lessons from the Worst of Times
led by Andy Koenigsberg
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”.

Sunday, April 21: Easter Flower Communion Family Service
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 of your choice for our communal vase. At the close of the service, every family will be asked to asked to choose a few flowers to take with them.
For more information about upcoming worship services and other church events, please see our April 2019 Vista newsletter.
This Week in Religious Education
RE classes: April 7th we are beginning in the sanctuary at 10:30 and you can pick your kids up from their regularly scheduled RE classes at 11:45! Thanks!

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!

Easter Egg Hunt Coming Up!
This is to remind everyone of our annual Easter egg hunt! We will be having a Group RE with an Easter theme on April 14th, the week before Easter, so that all our families who may have events or be traveling can still enjoy Easter at UUCSW! If you would like to help with hiding the eggs and helping run this little event, please let Cassie Lengel know!

PreK-1st Grade:
Spirit Play: Come hear some moral, interfaith stories, have hands on play, and enjoy a light snack.

2nd-4th Grade:
Moral Tales: Come and learn about how we can inspire courage in our lives and the lives of others!

5th-6th Grade:
Harry and UU: Come join us as we create our own Goblets of Fire to inspire us as UUs!

7th-8th Grade:
Modified Building Bridges: Come learn about Humanism and its place in Unitarian Universalism.
UU Friends of Buddha - please note date change!
Our Buddhist group will not be able to meet this Sunday, April 7. Due to several uncontrollable unforeseen circumstances, we will need to postpone our discussion meeting until next Sunday, April 14. We hope this change does not cause you any suffering! For questions contact Erin ( kentuckybluetose@gmail.com) or Carol ( cgpl1fe@yahoo.com). 
Welcome Back Spring Potluck Brunch
Join us for a potluck brunch in place of coffee hour on April 7th. We look forward to welcoming back the promise of Spring and old and new friends. Please sign up at the link below.

Contact Lisa Shumway if you have any questions.
UU's at Lunch April 10
We will welcome Spring on Wednesday, April 10th at 11:30 at the Olde Post Office Pub in North Grafton. Take Route 30 to 140, turn left on 140 and left again on Ray Street. If you plan to meet with us, please let Mary Tribe (508-329-1646 or email: marytribe5@gmail.com) know by Sunday, April 7th, so she can make reservations.
Book Group April 12
For APRIL, we are reading The Mists of Avalon: A Novel 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.
April 7th to April 13th is Kindness Week
sponsored by Westborough Connects
You are invited to join in the celebration of kindness in our community!

Sunday, April 7th – Kindness Week Kick-off event from 2-5pm at Mill Pond School. An afternoon of kindness-themed activities for all ages including a Kindness Rocks workshop, Kindness Cards for deployed military, Chalk the Walks with Kindness, Knitting for Neighbors, Catch with a Cop, and a Community Drum Circle. Donations will be accepted for the Westborough Food Pantry.

To learn more about what else is happening during Kindness Week, click HERE.

Saturday, April 13th - Earth Day Town-Wide Cleanup
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.
2019-2020 Canvass
Together we can reach our goal!

The annual pledge canvass is underway! Please help us reach our goal of $106K in pledges by April 30th.  

Our canvass goal represents a 3% increase over last year’s pledges ($103K). Our goal is to deliver a balanced budget at the annual meeting which includes competitive pay for our new minister and our staff. Consider increasing your pledge from last year by 3% or more so we can cover our growing church expenses! Every bit helps.

You may make your pledge online (from your computer), using Realm or through the standard paper form.

Here is the link to sign in to Realm on your computer: 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.

More information about our canvass can be found in the attached document.

Thank you,
Lisa Shumway and Sharon Barrett
2019-2020 Canvass Committee