The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, February 23, 2018
This Sunday - 
    8:00 a.m.:   
Bible Study in Stacy's study.  All are welcome. 

 9:00 a.m.:    Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.: 
W orship Service.  
11:15 a.m.:  Bell Choir  

12:00 a.m.: 
Conversation on Gun Violence (details  here  )

Pastors Stacy and Amy will be accompanying the travelers to Nicaragua from February 16 - 25th.  If you have an urgent pastoral need during this time, please call Senior Deacon Jim MacDonald at 508-395-0431
Featured - UCW in Nicaragua - 2018

UCW Nicaragua Trip 2018.
Fifity-two travelers from the Union Church in Waban are currently on their Nic araguan journey. 

Over the past week they have posted upward of 50 pictures documenting their trip and experiences. 

To view more of these pictures go to  
the UCW Facebook page  here

See them connect and work side by side with old and new friends. See them work with and celebrate with former and current students that have the love and support of the UCW. 

The travelers return home on Feb 25th.

UCW Nicaragua Trip 2018

Mission Matters
Conversation on Gun Violence: 
This Sunday, Feb. 25, Following Church & Reception

Everyone is welcome to join a first conversation on gun violence in support of our children and youth. The meeting will take place on the stage.
This Weekend!
Field Trips to Wham's Cafe

Join UCW friends on a "field trip" to Wham's CafĂ© in Lowell.  Owner Sandra Okikor  will welcome our groups of 4 - 8 people so we can enjoy authentic Kenyan food and fellowship.  

Click Here to sign up for lunch on Feb. 23, dinner on Feb. 24 or breakfast on March 3.  Meal prices are very reasonable.  Enjoy!
GBIO Listening Campaign-Let's participate!
GBIO's spring "listening campaign" is about to launch. Participating congregations will host a series of "house meetings," small-group conversations in which 8 -10 people share their defining stories and concerns.
Like the one-to-one "relational meetings" we did in the fall (and will do again), house meetings are an opportunity for self-reflection, for deepening connections with others, and for discerning the needs and hopes of the broader church community. They will also help GBIO discover 1) how much appetite and energy there is across the organization for building more power and getting more done, and 2) whether there are any issues ripe for collective action beyond the current agenda (criminal justice reform, affordable housing, health care).
UCW has pledged to host at least five house meetings . 
If you think you might want to host or co-host one, please consider attending one of these trainings:
  • Mon., Feb. 26th, 7-9:00 p.m.-Grant AME Church, 1906 Washington St., Boston. Street parking available; 15-minute walk from Ruggles or Mass. Ave. T-stop (Orange Line).
  • Thurs., Mar. 1st, 7-9:00 p.m.-First Church Cambridge, 11 Garden St., Cambridge. Five-minute walk from Harvard T (Red Line), some street parking.
If you can attend a training or you have questions, please contact Kathleen Hobson ( or 617-417-0537). If there's interest, we can organize carpools.
Next Mission Meeting:
Monday, March 5 th at 7:00 p.m.
Lent at UCW 

Cairns are piles of rocks laid down over the years by passersby on mountainous trails or paths, and used as way-finders when weather is bad or darkness falls, or on trails above tree line.  Often years in the making, hikers leave stones on the piles left by others;insome areas of the world they are also known as  prayer towers, as the stones and rocks left by hikers and pilgrims represent a prayer or petition.  Cairns help us find our way in difficult conditions and difficult times; they also remind us that we are not lost as we navigate through darkness or barren landscapes. 
This Lenten season, stone by stone together, we will build a cairn in Memorial Chapel. We will build a cairn to help us find our way as we journey through Lent, seeking to walk in the way of Jesus. Stone by stone, prayer by prayer it will grow throughout the six weeks of Lent. We will have stones available in Memorial Chapel but you are also invited to bring stones from your travel whether that be in your own back yard or as far away as Nicaragua.
We are building a cairn during Lent to help us find our way, but also because a cairn is what we hope this church is and will continue to be into the future for people out in the community and in the world. Build stone upon prayer-filled stone, we hope that this church on the corner of Collins Road and Beacon Street will be a signpost for all who are trying to find their way. A signpost leading to a welcoming community of healing, servant-hood, truth telling, witness, trust and new life.

Photo by Mark Smith
Faith Formation and Education 
This Tuesday!  Book group:

Our next book for our multicultural theme is  "Interpreter of Maladies"  by Jhumpa Lahiri (Indian/American)  -- a collection of short stories that won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2000.   Based on the lives of  Indian-American immigrants  in  America.  Lahiri  "speaks with universal eloquence to everyone who has ever felt like a foreigner,"   Her prose is both powerful and gentle in her gift of story-telling.  Jhumpa Lahiri  received  her graduate degrees  from  Boston University.  
There are several copies of the book at the Newton Free Library.
Looking forward to seeing you on FEB. 27  (last Tuesday),  7 PM at the reception room.      Priscilla, Alan, and Stacy
This Wednesday! Wellspring Women's Group:

Wellspring for women will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 28th (4th Wednesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the reception room.  We will start our gathering with a simple supper.
As we move into Lent with our Friendship theme, we will consider these words of Christ-
"Greater love has no one than this, that one should lay down one's life for one's friends," 
(John 15:  12 -14)
Children, Youth and Families
Sunday, Feb. 25th: PJs and Pancakes!   
On Sunday, Feb. 25 children and youth are invited to come to worship and Sunday School in pajamas!  They'll make and enjoy a pancake breakfast together, and learn about the season and traditions of Lent.  We look forward to seeing you there!  
The Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., Feb. 25
8:00 a.m.
Bible Study
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:45 p.m.
Mission Meeting
Mon., Feb. 26
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters Prayer in Memorial Chapel
6:00 p.m.
Stewardship Call
7:00 p.m.
GBIO Listening Campaign (offsite)
Tue., Feb. 27
7:00 p.m.
Book Group
Wed., Feb. 28
12:00 p.m.
Lunch Bunch
6:30 p.m.
Thur., March 1
7:00 p.m.
GBIO Listening Campaign (offsite)
Fri., March 2
6:00 p.m.
Kick-off Celebration/Capital Campaign
Sat., March 3
10:00 a.m.
Visitor Training
Sun., March. 4
8:00 a.m.
Bible Study
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:30 a.m.
Congregational Conversations/
Faith in the World
6:00 p.m.
Exploring Our Faith/Confirmation
For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events,  please 
visit our website, 
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