Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
May 30, 2019
Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 am
Curiosity and the Beginner’s Mind
led by Lisa Shumway
What does it mean to be a people of Curiosity? This Sunday’s service will explore this question and what it means for us as individuals and as a community. In addition, we will delve into the concept of Shoshin, a word from Zen Buddhism meaning “Beginner’s Mind”. As Zen teacher Suzuki Roshi famously said “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s, there are few.” Should we strive to be beginners or experts?
This Week in Religious Education
On Sunday, June 2 we will be together for a Group RE, and we will begin in the Sanctuary. Next week (June 9) will be our last RE Sunday of the year before we move into our summer service schedule.  
Friday Fun Night May 31
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.
Westborough Environmental Collaborative Presents "Talking Trash" June 1
This information will be of interest to all members of our congregation, not just Westborough residents. All towns have recycling challenges, whether they use E. L. Harvey or some other firm.
Social Justice Family Event June 2
Where – In our very own church kitchen.
When – Sunday, June 2, 12:00–12:30 pm.
What – Pack meals.
We will be packing meals for people in a homeless shelter in Worcester. There will be jobs for all ages. We deliver 100 meals on Sunday and they are handed out the next two days. The shelter does NOT provide lunches so this is a big help for people.
Friends of Buddha June 2
The Friends of Buddha will meet one more time before the summer services start. It will be Sunday, June 2 at 1:30 pm in the Parlor. If it's too hot in there we might move to downstairs. Come back or join us for your first time, all are welcome. We will, as always, discuss meditation. We are also going to talk about Koan practice and maybe look at a few. For questions, contact Erin Gold at KentuckyBlueRose@gmail.com.

Special announcement: 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 with meditation, some chanting, and walking meditation. When I plan to go I will contact those on the list to invite to go with me. If you haven’t been before and have questions, talk to or email me. - Erin Gold
UU Knits June 3
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.
A Common Read Announcement
I hope you are enjoying the group read “Upcycle your Congregation”. If you have a book checked out please read it this week and bring it to church on Sunday so that more people get a chance to read it. Justine will have a couple of copies at church also, but there are still 8 copies out and about so it will be great if they can make their way back to church and into others’ hands for next week. THANKS! - Kim Hall
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 and 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.
More information about UUCSW events and programs can be found in our monthly Vista newsletter.