Weekly Update - January 2, 2020
Sunday Service:
" What We Cast Off " and "What We Carry"
January 5th at 10:30 am
This is our first service in the new year, so we’ll reflect on those things we’re letting go of, as well as the hopes we hold for the coming year. This is an all ages service with rituals and two short reflections instead of a full sermon. Come start the year with us! Led by Rev. Laurel Gray.
This Week in Religious Education
January 5th is a Multigenerational Service. Please join us!
Interfaith Meal Packing Event: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Westborough hosts an Interfaith Meal Packing Event each February to support the food insecure. We have been involved with this in the past and our youth always have a fun and meaningful time! If you would like to be involved in making this happen again this year, please see Cassie Lengel so we can plan, fundraise, and attend this great event!
Youth Group Update: Due to the difficulty of meeting with so few numbers and such busy schedules, we are going to look at a new model for Youth Group. For the remainder of this year we will schedule a few fun and service events that all our youth from 7th-12th grades are welcome and invited to attend! Keep an eye on the Weekly Updates and your emails for more information!
Our Whole Lives (OWL) Program: We will be running the OWL program for youth in grades 7-9 this spring. OWL helps to instill positive and healthy understandings of sex, gender, and relationships, and we are very excited to be getting started! We will have a parent orientation in January. We are still looking for anyone else who would like to get trained to help lead these sessions; we already have three others who will be getting trained, so you won’t be alone! For information see David King, Amy Martellock, and/or Cassie Lengel.
Coming of Age Program: In addition to some of the other opportunities for this age range, youth in eighth grade are welcome and invited to join us for our Coming of Age Program this spring! We will take some time to reflect on where we’ve been, listen to what our hearts tell us right now, and proclaim what we believe to the congregation at our ceremony in March. This is always such a meaningful time for the youth and their families. If you would like to help serve as a mentor for this program, we would love to have a few more voices to help diversify our conversations! For more information please see Cassie Lengel.
UU's at Lunch January 8th
January can be a questionable month weatherwise, so we will stay in Westborough and meet at the ever dependable South Street Diner at 11:30 am. It has been quite some time since meeting there, and we hope to have a large turnout to welcome the new year/decade. Please let Mary Tribe ( marytribe5@gmail.com) know by Sunday, January 5th if you will be joining us.
Book Group January 10th
For January, we are reading A Woman of No Importance by Sonia Purnell. 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
New to UUCSW Class January 12th & 26th
Are you new to UUCSW and/or Unitarian Universalism? Join us for this two-session class on January 12th and 26th from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. The class will cover topics such as: who are we and what do we believe, how does a UU congregation operate, and how can we engage in this community. RSVP to membership@uucsw.org. Please let us know if you will need childcare and if you have any dietary restrictions.
Snow Removal Volunteers Needed!
UUCSW needs volunteers to help clear snow around our church building this winter. We have a snowblower and shovels to support this task. Directions for areas that require clearing are posted on the Chapel bulletin board and at the Ruggles St. entrance. Click on the links below to sign up, and thank you!

Social Justice Action
Each week we publish a “Green Sheet” containing information about Social Justice happenings and opportunities at UUCSW and in the broader community. Please click below to view this week's edition.