The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, April 6, 2018
This Sunday 
 8:30 a.m.:    Choir Rehearsal

 6:15 a.m.:   Practices of Prayer for All Ages  (details below)  
10:00 a.m.:   Celebration Sunday Worship  
11:30 a.m.:    Celebration Luncheon
Celebration Sunday Worship 
Luncheon , April 8 th

Please join us after church today for a festive intergenerational luncheon.   As a result of the hard work of our Capital Campaign Committee, the efforts of many volunteer congregants, and the generous pledges made by family and friends of the Union Church in Waban, we have a lot to celebrate as we move into the building phase of our Campaign.  Let's come together to celebrate as we Thrive, Honor and Build!
6:00 p.m.:    Exploring Our Faith /Confirmation 

Practices of Prayer for All Ages over Eastertide

Why do we pray? Who are we praying too? Is anyone listening? Have you ever found yourself asking these questions? Do you still practice daily prayer? During the season of Easter, let us come together to explore any, and all, questions about prayer that weigh heavily on your heart. In our journey together as a community devoted to mindful prayer, we may each discover a daily prayer practice which may add to our spiritual wholeness. Each practice will be explained on one week; then, we will explore together how this form of prayer from various faith traditions rejuvenates the spirit, or if the practice does not help you reach God. This is a multigenerational exploration into the communal and individual prayer practices of humankind. Please join us Sundays for Eastertide in the Memorial Chapel from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., starting April 8th.  If you have any question or for more information please be in touch with Brian Donovan,

Children, Youth and Families
UCW Youth Group Calendar - Exciting Spring Ahead!
We have an exciting spring ahead for our UCW Youth, including an upcoming service day at Common Cathedral in downtown Boston, outdoor gatherings, a movie night and more. For a full schedule of our youth activities, please find copies of the calendar in the Crocker Chapel off the main sanctuary, or online at
Exploring Our Faith -- Gathering This Sunday Evening
This Sunday from 6-8:00 p.m., Exploring Our Faith (confirmation/baptism) students will gather for our monthly dinner and meeting in the reception room. Next month's gathering will take place on Sunday, May 6th (6-8:00 p.m.), followed by a day retreat on Saturday, May 12th.   Exploring our Faith families and mentors should have received an Evite to this special retreat, which will help the students prepare for worship on May 20th Pentecost (Confirmation Sunday), and celebrate their year and spiritual journey together.
Faith Formation and Fellowship

What: We cannot live without water. Water is essential to life. In biblical times (as in many cultures around the world today), the source of water was a well and women were the ones who came to the well to draw water for their families. As such, wells were a meeting place, a place of encounter where women gathered not only to draw up the water but also to share with each other, to hear the news of their lives, to be friends in their community. We invite the women of the church to "come to the well" on May 4 - 6th.

Why:    This will be a time to enjoy each other's company, share our stories and grow together in love and hope -- a time to draw deeply of the nourishing waters of our faith and to be refreshed and renewed by God's word and presence.

Where: Toah Nipi, 252 Old Ashburnham Road, Rindge, NH 03461, , Phone: 603-899-5464 . Toah Nipi (which means "Quiet Waters") is a lovely and rest-filled setting in the spring for walks and activities by the lake.

When: 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 4 to 11:00 a.m., Sunday, May 6.

Cost: $120 includes four meals, and two nights lodging. If the cost of the retreat is a barrier to you, please feel free to contribute whatever is within your means. Also, if you would like to make a donation to a common fund to help make it possible for others to attend, it would be very much appreciated. 

If you have questions or would like more information about the retreat please reach out to Priscilla Kelso, / (617) 965-5399 or Pastor Stacy at
  (617) 965-3893.

Mission Outreach
Care of God's Earth
We continue to work with Interfaith Power and Light in support for passage of a carbon pollution pricing bill. Such legislation would put a fee on the carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels that are the main cause of climate change. If you would like to know more, or would like to work with us towards this outcome, please see Kevin Johnson. 
Criminal Justice Reform
Union Church partnered with GBIO Congregations to achieve long overdue and much needed legislative reforms in our justice system. The provisions - [expected to be enacted] for solitary confinement, mandatory minimums, bail reform and fee and fines structures are a good and hopeful victory. If you would like to know more or work on this effort, see Frank Laski. 
Food and Hunger 
Our Palm Sunday reception was catered from some of our wonderful church mission outreach partners: Wham's Cafe, Haley House and Pine Street Inn. Great food for very good causes. 
March For Our Lives

Union Church youth led our walk to the Boston Common and the March For Our Lives Saturday. We were sent off to the event with an extraordinary service of music and prayer organized by Bill Merrill and Stacy Swain. The music included James Cooke on violin and a solo by Kayla Gautereaux. Brian Donovan led the prayers of the people. Neighbors and friends from Eliot Church joined us as we left for the T ride to Boston together with gratitude and joy, lifted by the beautiful service in our Memorial Chapel.
Union Church shares the Joy of Easter with an Easter Dinner
at Walnut House in Roxbury

On Easter Saturday, Union Church in Waban provided an Easter dinner for 35 folks served by our partner Anne Jarvis of Project Care and Concern. A new supported house for people recently living in shelters or living on the streets has opened and residents have few connections or resources. At this Easter time we catered a special dinner so that the residents of Walnut House know that they are loved as our neighbors.

Coming Soon:
House Meetings
The GBIO "listening campaign" has begun. This "inreach" effort takes place every 3 years as a means of both deepening relationships within congregations, and identifying potential new issues for collective action.

As part of this effort, UCW has pledged to have 5 "house meetings"-small-group conversations in people's homes in which 8 to 10 people share their defining stories and concerns-in addition, we will hold several "house meetings" after church to make them accessible to all.  Mark Smith and Jaap van Reijendam are our house-meeting co-captains.

The listening campaign will culminate in late October with a large "action" involving 3,000 people from across GBIO. Candidates for US Senate, the MA Governor's office, and the Suffolk County DA's office will be asked to declare where they stand on the issues identified in the campaign.

Please sign up to participate in a house meeting
! Stay tuned for dates, all coming before the end of the school year.

Kathleen Hobson: , 617-417-0537
Mark Smith: , 617-967-4578

The Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., April 8
8:00 a.m.
Prayer Group
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:30 a.m.
Capital Campaign Celebration
6:00 p.m.
Exploring Our Faith/Confirmation
Wed., April 11
6:30 p.m.
Nimbus Moderators Team
Sun., April 15
8:00 a.m.
Prayer Group
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events,  please 
visit our website, 
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