The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, November 24, 2017
This Sunday
8:00 a.m.:    Bible Discussion ( in Stacy's Study)  
We are reading through the Gospel of John, traveling together and with the disciples of so long ago as we listen, wonder and try to understand Jesus' word for us today. 

9:00 a.m.:    Choir Rehearsal 
10:00 a.m.: Worship

11:15 a.m.: 
Bell Choir Rehearsal

11:30 a.m.: 
GBIO 1:1 Campaign
Last chance to order is this Sunday!



On December 3rd, 2017, we will welcome the Advent season by decorating the sanctuary with greens, wreaths and poinsettias.  The joy of the season continues as we decorate our homes in anticipation of joyous celebrations with families and friends.
The Union Church's Christmas Greens Sale will once again support mission outreach efforts; such as, the Russell School Initiative,  1K Church offering loans to community businesses, the Common Cathedral lunch for the homeless, Community Thanksgiving Dinner, and more.
Please help us continue our good works by purchasing poinsettias for the sanctuary or trees and greens to decorate your home!  Do not forget to offer an order form to family, friends, coworkers and neighbors to help 2016 be our most successful sale yet!


This Sunday,  November 26 th
Is the Last Day to Submit an Order

Download an Order Form HERE
Pick up an Order Form at the Church

Contributions due this Sunday!
Would you like to contribute to our Advent devotional booklet this year? 

The booklet is organized around the four weeks of Advent and their themes of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.  Would you like to contribute a poem, reflection, story, picture or artistic rendering to help us more fully enter into this season?  If so, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy.  

Deadline for submission of contributions is:  This Sunday November 26th .  
Last chance to donate is this Sunday!
Our 1K Loan Program recipient 
( Wham's Cafe
also has a mission of her own .

Y ou will find the collection box in Crocker Chapel.

This Sunday, Nov. 26th is  
The Last Day For Donations


Thanksgiving Community Dinner 2017

Last Saturday, 41 guests were greeted with warm smiles from our youth and adult volunteers at our Community Thanksgiving Dinner. There was an abundance of food with enough to, not only send them with a "goody bag", but also to drop by Pine Street Inn with gifts for their residents. "Please thank the church for their generosity." Was the message that we were asked to convey to everyone! Thank you!

Thanksgiving Community Dinner 2017 at the Union Church
Children, Youth & Families

Intergenerational Advent Wreath-Making, December 3
Following our Hanging of the Greens worship service on the first day of Advent, December 3rd, each household will be invited to make an Advent wreath for their home. The hope is to welcome our families of all shapes, sizes and ages to share in the peace of Advent with this simple home practice - a weekly moment of breath and light in the busyness of the season.  We'll provide beautiful candles, wire frames, greens and ribbons. You come share in the creativity, love and joy. 
Pageant will be held on December 10
(with rehearsal on Saturday, Dec. 9th, at 9:00 a.m.) this year, so please mark your calendars!  If your child or youth would like to participate, but wasn't with us for our first rehearsal on the 19th, please let Pastor Amy know and we'll make sure they are included.     

Exploring Our Faith/Confirmation: 

For the next few weeks, I will be holding a drive 
to collect clothes for Cra dles to Crayons, an  organization that collects clothing and other essentials for children in need in the greater Boston area. There are going to be two bins located in the church by the Reception Room and in the wing of the sanctuary (Crocker Chapel) that say Cradles to Crayons on them. If anybody has any new or gently used clothing that their kids have outgrown, C2C would greatly appreciate all donations. It is almost winter and the organization always needs winter coat donations, but any and all donations are appreciated.
Thank you,
Justin Pond

Mission Matters

Out of Many, One .
Save the Date, Thurs. Dec. 14th, 7 - 9:30 p.m.: Out of Many, One
You're cordially invited to a teach-in with the Boston Muslim community, on Thurs., Dec. 14,
7-9:00 p.m., at Temple Israel (477 Longwood Ave., Boston). You'll hear personal stories about specific threats to Muslims locally, and participate in interfaith relational meetings with members of sister congregations. This event is open to everyone, but you must RSVP.    Please click here
Fellowship and Faith Formation
November Book Group
Nov. 28
th (last Tuesday of the month), at 7:00 p.m
in the reception room
The book for November's multicultural theme is Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue,  a current portrayal of immigration in America by a writer from Cameroon,  West  Africa.  She juxtaposes the lives of a newly-arrived young family struggling to find a life in a new country with a wealthy family they work for, representing the 1% of American wealth and privilege.  It is a poignant, lively narrative touching on the themes of immigration, family, marriage, class, race and the trapdoors in the American Dream.

Lunch Bunch: 
This Wednesday,  Nov. 29 th , 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
You are invited to partake of a hot meal and good conversation as we reflect on what we are grateful for in our lives and how we give espression to it. If you would lie a ride, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy.
WELLSPRING Women's Group 
Wednesday, Nov. 29
at 6:30 p.m.
WELLSPRING for women will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 29th at 6:30 p.m. in the reception room.   Starting with a simple meal, we will continue our conversation on Friendship and Kinship, using the story of Mary's visit with Elizabeth in Luke 1:  39 - 45.  There will also be a time of reflection,  prayer,  and personal sharing.  

Open prayer space in Memorial Chapel. 

Our lovely Memorial Chapel (to the right of the sanctuary when facing the altar) has been transformed into an open prayer space.  We have heard from many of you that you would welcome a quiet place to pray either before or after the service and as such have created a warm and welcome space.  Light a prayer candle, sit in silence, share your joys or concerns quietly with a friend. 

Beginning this Sunday, Jay O'Beirne will be available in the chapel before the service for those who would like someone to pray with them or for them.  As letter from James in the New Testament instructs " Are any among you sick? They should call for the elders of the church and have them pray over them, anointing them with oil in the name of the Lord" ( James 5:14 (NRSV)), Jay will be happy to be present to anyone who would like.  

Please note that the prayer book that in the past has resided at the back of the sanctuary has been moved to Memorial Chapel.  You are invited to enter that quiet space before the service to write down in the book any prayers that you would like lifted up during our time of prayer in the worship service.
The Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., Nov. 26
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:30 p.m.
GBIO 1:1 Campaign
Mon.,   Nov. 27
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters-A Time of Quiet and Prayer
10:30 a.m.
Seekers Group
7:00 p.m.
Book Group
Wed.,    Nov. 29
9:00 a.m.
Open Coffee with Stacy (Starbucks)
12:00 p.m.
Lunch Bunch.
6:30 p.m.
Wellspring Women's Group
Sat., Dec. 2
11:00 a.m.
Memorial Service for Libby Dell
Sun., Dec. 3
8:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
Worship - Hanging of the Greens
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:30 p.m.
GBIO 1:1 Campaign and
Advent Wreath Making

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