Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough
Weekly Update
May 9, 2019
Sunday, May 12 – 10:30 am
Noun, Verb, and Lost Luggage:
Telling and re-telling truer, better stories
Led by Amy Martellock
We are all story-tellers, narrators of life and tea leaf readers. All of this, often, for an audience of one. The stories we tell about ourselves and about our communities do matter but they are not written in stone. Amy will explore how we tell and retell the story of who we are in ways that are true, ways that keep us stuck or that move us forward.
This Week in Religious Education
RE classes: On May 12th we will begin in the chapel at 10:30 for a special children’s worship and then we will 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 lovely teachers at this past week’s service and if you would like to collect your gift please see Cassie at your convenience. Thank you!
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.
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.
Coffee Hour needs support to end out the year!
Could you help out someone already bringing the goodies - by setting up coffee/tea and drinks?

Could you team up with a friend and do the coffee and goodies on June 2nd?

It’s easy: Arrive by 10 am to set up (follow simple directions printed in the kitchen).

  • Coffee/tea: Provided by UUCSW. Bring milk, half & half and a cold drink (i.e. seltzer, juice)
  • Goodies: Follow the K.I.S.S. (keep it simple) rule, however, we currently do have some extra items to “use up” in the kitchen to help with this set up.

Bonus: Have time to catch up and talk to fellow congregants who come into the chapel before our service. Enjoy a little extra time with others during coffee hour...and clean up.

Here’s what still needs help to date :

5/19
Coffee/Drinks: Needs support
Goodies: Sharon Barrett

5/26
Coffee/Drinks: Needs support
Goodies: Kim Hall

6/2
Coffee/Drinks: Needs support
Goodies: Needs support

6/9
Coffee/Drinks: Janet PB
Goodies: Cold Potluck Lunch/Annual Meeting

If you can help on any of these dates, please sign up in the chapel, or contact Janet Purney-Balabanis at janetlpb@gmail.com as soon as possible! Thank you!!
Upcoming Services
Sunday, May 19: The Place Where Love Lives
The Reverend Cynthia A. Frado, Minister Emerita
What do a mustard seed, the Kingdom of God, and love have in common? Today is a lesson in metaphor from the master storyteller, himself. Never one to tip-toe around Jesus, Rev. Cindy seeks to liberate the essence of his message to speak to the entire theological arc of our UU panoply of beliefs. Check your pre-conceived notions at the door. For those with eyes to see and ears to listen. This is a sanctuary start for the children and a great day to be together in worship. We will also be celebrating our graduating seniors with a Bridging Ceremony.

Sunday, May 26: Memorial Day–More than a 3-Day Weekend
Kim Hall
We hope to explore the origins of Memorial Day, and to see more clearly the difference between patriotism and nationalism in a “non-political” way. We invite you to dig up and bring photos and/or stories from your own family experiences regarding those in active service as well as veterans that we honor for their service. At the end of the service we may place flowers at the graves of veterans in a nearby cemetery for those interested. Please join us the Sunday of the Memorial Day service, and remember to bring your own family photos and stories to share.