The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, November 3, 2017
Don't Forget to Fall Back
Daylight Savings Time  Ends This Weekend
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.  
Family and All-Ages Choir Rehearsal!.
Calling all people of all ages who love to sing!  Come at 9:00 and learn a lively and fun anthem in celebration of All Saints Sunday.  You do not have to be able to read music or to have ever have sung in a choir.  Here is your chance to simply share in the joy of singing together.  We are especially hoping that our children will come and sing and that they will bring their adults with them.   Rumor has it that there may even be some train whistles involved.      

10:00 a.m.
Intergenerational All-Saints Worship and Baptism 
On this special All-Saints Sunday, saints of all ages will worship together in this special intergenerational worship service. We'll share music (see above) and Communion, and celebrate the baptism of one of the youngest 'saints' among us!  

11:15 a.m.  
Bell Choir Rehearsal
Helping Hands Youth Group Clean-up Afternoon
Youth, and any others who would like to join this effort, are invited to then work in teams to help church members and neighbors who could use an extra hand with fall yard work and getting ready for winter.  There will be cider and donuts!  Please meet in the Vestry after the reception, if you would like to participate.  Amy will have permission forms available for youth. 
6 - 8:00 p.m.
Exploring Our Faith (Confirmation/Baptism) Monthly Gathering
This evening our 9th and 10th- graders in the Exploring our Faith group will gather for dinner and discussion.  This month we are exploring the practices of gratitude and themes related to the image of God and Creation.  MENTORS are invited to join us for dinner at 6:00 p.m.  We look forward to seeing you there!  


UCW Relational Meeting Sessions
Growing Together for Good
Sunday, Nov.12th, 26th and Dec. 3rd, after Church
GBIO co-liaisons Mark Smith and Kathleen Hobson invite you to explore the idea of "growing together for good" and becoming a stronger, more connected faith community in a series of "relational meeting" sessions to take place right after church on Nov. 12th, 26th and Dec. 3rd
Relational meetings   are a fundamental practice of GBIO and all community organizing, and offer us a way to get to know one another more deeply than is usually possible during coffee hour or small-group meetings. They are not chit-chat, gossip, therapy, proselytizing, or asking for help with something. They are focused, face-to-face, one-to-one conversations in which two people try to understand one another at the level of values and beliefs. You want to understand not just what she thinks and feels, but why

Please consider participating in one or more (ideally 2 or 3) of these relational meeting sessions, which will last about an hour. This is enough time for two, one-to-one conversations. Anyone is welcome, not just the grown-ups.

Right after church on  Nov. 12, 26th and Dec. 3rd, participants will grab their coffee and snacks and meet in the vestry by 11:15 sharp. Mark or Kathleen will give a brief introduction and instructions. If it seems useful, they'll ask for a volunteer and do a "fishbowl" demonstration. Then they'll pair people up randomly by picking names out of a hat.

Each relational meeting will last about 20 minutes, 10 minutes per person. One person will start out asking the questions and listening-you might be given a specific question as a prompt-and then time will be called and you'll switch roles. At the end of the session, participants will reconvene briefly to evaluate the experience.

To sign up, please click  here, or find the link to the form via the home page of the UCW website ( Alternatively, on the GBIO bulletin board in the Crocker Chapel you'll find a large envelope and some index cards. Write your name on a card and slip it in the envelope. You may also get a phone call from Mark or Kathleen, or a member of their trusty "core team": Carol Bascom-Slack, Kevin Johnson, Jaap Van Reijendam, and Nancy Zollers.
Questions? Contact  Mark   (617-967-4578) or  Kathleen   (617-417-0537).

Mission Matters

Community Thanksgiving 
Dinner 2017
Saturday, November 18 th , at 2:00 p.m.  
We are looking forward to hosting another terrific Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, November 18th at 2:00 p.m. in the vestry. Union Church members gather and serve a delicious Thanksgiving meal to local folks who might not otherwise get to enjoy a holiday meal. We organize cookie decorating and other activities for the kids. We sit down, socialize, and eat with our guests once they have been served. It is a warm and wonderful event, and there are lots of ways you can pitch in. If you know of anyone who might enjoy the dinner, please invite him or her. 

There are no set criteria - if someone could use a good meal and friendly conversation, then invite him or her! Invitations are available in the side chapel.
If you would like to volunteer to help, please sign-up HERE.  The link can also be found on our website homepage at , or talk to Alicia Collins or Beth Sears. Thanks so much for your help and support!



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!

Sunday November 26TH

Download an Order Form HERE

San Juan Emergency Appeal Update
Because of individual generous donations from this Congregation, two communities have been supported after Hurricane Nate - in Puerto Rico and Nicaragua.

Pictured are photos of the Pazmi ñ o's church in Puerto Rico preparing and serving 200 meals every day since the hurricane. We have been able to send funds to support this effort. They also ask for our prayers in order to sustain this effort.

Also pictured is the pump we purchased that has cleaned dozens of wells in rural communities near San Juan del Sur. The wells are cleaned and people again have access to clean water. This week our pump worked in an orphanage near Tola and nine other wells.

Thank you for your donations to the Union Church Emergency Appeal for two San Juans.  

Mission Survey
Let us know your hopes for outreach-mission 
opportunities this year for you or your family.  

I would like to see church outreach-mission opportunities that reach out to the following, or in the following ways:

Optional: Name________________
Respond to the survey on-line: HERE 
Email Nancy Zollers at:
Download hard copy HERE
Thank you!

Fellowship and Faith Formation
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.  
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 Sunday November 26th.  
The Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., Nov. 5
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
12:00 p.m.
Youth Group Fall Clean-up
6:00 p.m.
Exploring Our Faith/Confirmation
Mon.,   Nov. 6
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters-A Time of Quiet and Prayer
7:00 p.m.
Choir rehearsal
Tue.,   Nov. 7
6:00 p.m.
Deacons Meeting
Wed.,    Nov. 8
9:00 a.m.
Open Coffee with Stacy (Starbucks)
6:00 p.m.
NIMBUS/Moderator's Mtg.
Sun., Nov. 12
8:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
11:15 a.m.
UCW relational meeting (see above)

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events,  please 
visit our website, 
Note : Material for inclusion in the Friday e-Blast newsletter or our Sunday Announcements insert should be e-mailed to the office at , by 9:00 a.m. on the previous Wednesday morning.  Please specify whether for e-Blast, Sunday Announcements, or both. Thank you!  
From the Wider Community 
Saturday November 18, at 8:30/9:00.
Sign-up now for the annual Newton Turkey Trot 5 K (or 1 mile kids fun run) to be run on Saturday November 18th at 8:30/9:00.  Starting and ending at the new Zervas Elementary School, the course is lovely and all proceeds benefit the Newton food pantry.  Sign up at:

If you don't want to run but would like to volunteer to help race day, just email Kyle Pond at  See you out there!