Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
May 2, 2019
Sunday, May 5 – 10:30 am
Our Spiritual Connection With Nature
Led by Scott Shumway
Scott Shumway recently hiked in the Costa Rican rainforest seven hours per day over four weeks. Part of this time he was joined by six UUCSW members and friends. This experience and others will be used to take the congregation on a spiritual journey into Nature. Scott is a biology professor and scientist by training, but turns to the words of poets like Wendell Barry, Anna Akhmatova, and Mary Oliver to describe what it is like to experience a spiritual connection with Nature. What does it mean to “come into the peace of wild things” or have “the secret of secrets inside of me again”? And have you ever been in the forest and “vanished at least a dozen times into something better”? How can you prepare yourself to receive the mysteries of Nature into that part of you which cannot be described?

Please join Scott at 2:00 pm for an encounter with Nature at Crane Swamp. Meet at the upper parking lot of the Haskell Street ball fields.
This Week in Religious Education
RE classes: On May 5th we will begin in the Sanctuary at 10:30 and 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! In addition, we did recognize all our teachers at this past week’s service and if you would like to collect your gift please see Cassie at your convenience. Thank you!
UUCSW Service Project
Social Justice FAMILY Event
When - Sunday, May 5, 12:00-12:30 pm
Where - In our very own church kitchen
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.
NEXT Meal Packaging will be June 2
Friends of Buddha May 5
The Friends of Buddha are meeting this Sunday, May 5 at 1:30 pm. We have discussions about meditation and Buddhist ideas. This week we will look at the statement "Be a lamp unto yourself." Drop in or come back; no previous knowledge necessary! For questions contact Erin ( kentuckybluerose@gmail.com) or Carol ( cgpl1fe@yahoo.com). 
UU Knits May 6
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. 
Book Group May 10
For May, we are reading Educated by Tara Westover. 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.
Westborough Community Chorus Presents '60s & '70s Rewind May 3-5 at Mill Pond School
Blood Drive in Honor of Corinne Sciarappa May 11
Celebrate life and make a difference by giving blood at the Congregational Church of Westboro (57 West Main Street) on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit RedCrossBlood.org and enter: corinne to schedule an appointment.
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.