The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, October 13, 2017
This Sunday

8:00 a.m.   Bible Discussion in Stacy's Study.
 We will begin the year with reading the Gospel of John.  Come every Sunday or once and a while.  No biblical expertise or experience is needed.  Just bring your questions and curiosity. 

9:00 a.m. Choir Rehearsal  -- Women's Choir

The Lord's My Shepard (Psalm 23)
The Lord's My Shepard (Psalm 23)
This Sunday,  Oct.15, the women of the church are invited to sing a beautiful setting of the 23rd   psalm by Stuart Townend. The lovely melody has a folk song quality and is easy to learn.

Here is a recording of the version of 
Psalm 23 that we will be singing 
this Sunday.

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 

11:15 a.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal

11:30 a.m. Christian Education Meeting (CE PACCS)

 5:00 p.m.  Moderators Team/Council -  meeting with Feasibility Study Consultants

Children, Youth & Families
Save the Date -- November 5 th 
9:00 a.m.       Family and All-Ages Choir Rehearsal! 
Come one, come all!  All are invited to come a bit early to rehearse a fun All-Saints song to share in worship. We extend a special invitation to kids and families that may want to try singing together.  Please contact Amy ( or Bill ( ) if you can join us or just stop by!  
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!    

Afternoon -- Helping Hands Youth Group Clean-up Afternoon 
Youth, and any others who would like to join this effort, are invited to share lunch and 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!    If you would like some help with your home/yard; or would like to offer your help, please contact Amy (  Youth families can also respond via an Evite that will be sent soon.

Gathering of the Christian Ed. and Formation Team - Today Following Worship
Our Christian Education and Formation team (CE PACCS) will gather in Amy's office following worship today.  We'll pray together, share what we see as needs, dreams and priorities for our ministries with kids and families, and plan for the coming months.  If you would like to join this group and discussion, please stop by! 
Sunday Volunteers -- Can you share a morning with our kids?  Next Sunday? 
From holding one of our infants, to helping little hands make a craft, reading a Bible story, or listening to our youth share about their weeks, there are so many ways to nurture, and share our faith and care with our children and youth.  We are in special need of a few extra volunteers at the church next Sunday, October 22nd when Pastors Stacy and Amy, and other members of the congregation, will be away at our All-Church Retreat.  Please contact Amy at if you can help next week, or share a few others Sundays with our children and youth! Thank you!    
Mission Matters
1K Church has become a reality for Union Church!
Two years ago, a group of congregants met to consider becoming a 1K church. After a Bible study and reflection, the decision was made that Union Church would join the ecumenical efforts to help transform our local economy by offering loans to microbusinesses.

Please join us this Sunday for a mission moment to learn about the 1k church initiative and hear about our first recipient, Sandra Okiror-Njoroge, owner of Wham's Café in Lowell, Massachusetts!

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
Lunch Bunch 
Weds.., Oct. 18, from 12:00 -1:30 p.m. 

You are invited!  Please join us.
Lunch will be provided .   All are welcome.  If you are able to join us, please RSVP by calling the church office at 617-527-6221.  P lease come with a story of something sweet.  It could be an experience you had or something you read or heard about.  It could be something you saw or something you have eaten!  Transportation is available .  Let us know if you need a ride. 

Wellspring Women 's Group: 
Weds., Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m. 
WELLSPRING for women is meeting on Oct. 18  (Wednesday),  6:30 p.m. at the reception room.    We will start with a simple meal and continue our conversation on the theme of Friendship.  
Living Waters 
A Time of Quiet and Prayer:  
Mondays at 7:30 a.m. in  Memorial Chapel 
Living Waters -A Time of Quiet and Prayer:  Mondays at 7:30 a.m. in Memorial Chapel
On Monday mornings, from 7:30 - 8:15 a.m., we gather in the small chapel off the sanctuary for quiet and prayer. This time is called "Living Water" and is based on the passage in John's Gospel where Jesus encounters the Samaritan women at the well (John 4:14). This is a time to drink in the stillness of the peace and presence of God so that we will be filled and will not thirst as we go into the busyness of our week. We begin with 20 minutes of centering/meditative silence.  Afterwards we light candles of prayers for celebrations and/or concerns we may have.  Please join us. 
NOTE:   We are also exploring the possibility of a mid-week, noontime - Time of Quiet and Prayer.  If that is something that you think would be a blessing to you, please be in touch with
pastor Stacy.
Book Group -- Multicultural Authors Series
October 31
st (last Tuesday of the month), at 7:00 p.m

As we approach a new season of literary exploration, we are offering a thoughtful collection of multicultural writing by authors representing the varied voices and perspectives of people who view the American experience from the standpoint of displacement and assimilation.
The partial list includes the following: 2016 Pulitzer Prizewinner, The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen (Vietnamese-American), Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Indian-American), 2000 Pulitzer Prize winner, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (Nigerian), Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat (Haitian -American), books by Amy Tan (Chinese-American), Amara Lakhous (Algerian), Katherine Boo (American), and other suggestions from the group.
Our first meeting is on October 31st (last Tuesday of the month), at 7:00 p.m.  Our first book will be The Sympathizer by Viet Than Nguyen, in tandem with the PBS series on the Vietnam War.  For a copy of the book, please get in touch with Stacy ( 

Some suggested questions we can ask as we read these books are:  What appeals to me in these multicultural writings? With what do I disagree? How does the book relate to the current climate of divergent views on immigration and a multicultural society? By reading stories different from my own, what universal themes do I see and identify with regarding love, family, loss, spirituality, and resilience in the human journey? 

Feel free to invite others to our Book Group.
Thank you, Priscilla, Stacy, and Alan.

                                      GROWING OUR CHOIR 
Our small choir of dedicated volunteers raise their voices in songs of praise and worship every Sunday during the Church year. Communal singing is one of the ways we express our deepest feelings about life, God, and Spirit. Joining our voices together brings great joy both to the participants and to the congregation.

This Fall we are offering the congregation of Union Church an opportunity to experience how singing in the choir can enrich their spiritual lives.

On three separate Sundays this month and next we will have a volunteer choir.

The only requirement is to attend our brief rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. on the Sunday when you would like to sing. No previous experience or the ability to read music is required!

Thank you to all the men who sang last Sunday.  The anthem, "Go and Shine God's Light"  in a lively Calypso style and expressed the joy of giving to the world the love we have received from God.

This Sunday,  Oct.15, the women of the church are invited to sing a beautiful setting of the 23 rd   psalm by Stuart Townend. The lovely melody has a folk song quality and is easy to learn.

On Nov.5, All Saint's Sunday, we will have an inter-generational choir. Families of the church are invited to sing together. Children are especially welcome. The two part anthem," Glory Bound", is lots of fun to sing and includes the tune "When the Saints Go Marching In". Children will stay in the sanctuary and the music we sing will be familiar to them.

I hope to see many of you come to sing with us and make a joyful noise unto the Lord!
With gratitude,

Bill Merrill, Music Director                                                                           
The Week Ahead at UCW

Sun., Oct. 15
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
5:00 p.m.
Nimbus/Council Mtg.
Mon., Oct. 16
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters-A Time of Quiet and Prayer
10:30 a.m.
Seekers Group
6:00 p.m.
Synergy Mtg.
7:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
Wed.,  Oct. 18
9:00 a.m.
Coffee with Stacy (Starbucks)
12:00 p.m.
Lunch Bunch
6:30 p.m.
Wellspring Women's Group
Thur.,  Oct. 19
10:30 a.m.
Waban Health Worship
Fri.,  Oct. 20
7:00 p.m.
All Church Retreat begins
Sun., Oct. 22
10:00 a.m.

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 
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP
The Newton Senior Center is offering in partnership for with the Greater Boston Food Bank a supplemental food program for  income eligible residents* 60+ years.  CSFP is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)  in partnerships with communities. CSFP works to improve the health of low income senior residents by supplementing their diets with nutritious USDA foods.
Participants will receive two prepacked full bags of groceries including a variety of foods, such as nonfat dry milk, juice, farina, oats, ready to eat cereal, rice, pasta, peanut butter, dry beans, canned meat, poultry, or fish, and canned fruits and vegetables. On occasion fresh produce will be distributed as well. Participants can receive CSFP support in combination with other food programs.
Food pick-up will be at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street on the 3 rd Friday of the month.  Food distribution will start Friday, October 20 th from 1 - 2:00 p.m. If an individual cannot pick up their own groceries, participants can assign a person as a proxy to pick-up up groceries for them. 

We ask you help in spreading the word to potential participants. For your convenience attached is a flyer for you to post and an overview sheet for you to use as a reference.
To participate, eligible residents must register. 
 For details and eligibility contact: Emily Kuhl: 617-969-1672,
A flier is available here.

Rev. Traci Blackmon, October 28th, United Church in Walpole
Join The Rev.  Traci Blackmon  , Executive Minister of Justice & Witness Ministries of The United Church of Christ for an evening of inspiration and deep learning surrounding social justice issues in our nation.  (Purchase Tickets Here)
Rev. Blackmon is a featured voice with many regional, national, and international media outlets and a frequent contributor to print publications, Rev. Blackmon's communal leadership and work in the aftermath of the killing of Michael Brown, Jr., in Ferguson, MO, has gained her both national and international recognition and audiences from the White House to the Carter Center to the Vatican. She was appointed to the Ferguson Commission by Governor Jay Nixon and to the President's Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships for the White House by President Barack H. Obama.

Rev. Blackmon toured the nation with Rev. Dr. William Barber of Moral Mondays and Repairer of the Breech, Rev. Dr. James Forbes of The Drum Major Institute and Pastor Emeritus of The Riverside Church in New York, and Sister Simone Campbell of Nuns on the Bus, proclaiming the need for a Moral Revival in this nation.

Rev. Blackmon is a graduate of Leadership St. Louis and currently serves on the boards of The Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference, Chicago Theological Seminary, and WomanPreach!

This year, Rev. Blackmon co-authored the newly released White Privilege curriculum through the United Church of Christ and has received several awards and recognitions, inclusive of:
  • The White House President's Volunteer Service Award
  • The St. Louis American Stellar Award
  • 2015 Ebony Magazine Power 100
  • Deluxe Magazine Power 100
  • St. Louis University - Community Leader of the Year
  • 100 Black Men of St. Louis Community Leader of the Year
  • The Coalition of Black Trade Unionist - Drum Major Award
  • NAACP - Rosa Parks Award
  • Rosa Parks Award - United Trade Unionist
  • The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Woman in Leadership Award
  • National Planned Parenthood Faith Leader Award
  • The United Church of Christ - Antoinette Brown Leadership Award
  • Honorary Doctorate, Eden Theological Seminary