The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, October 20, 2017
This Sunday
10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 

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.

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.  Please contact Amy at if you can help. Thank you!    
Fellowship and Faith Formation
Performance at Union Church in Waban with Linda Goetz
"God of Carnage" by Yesmina Reza: Oct. 27th & Oct. 28th, at 7:30 p.m.

The Tony award-winning "God of Carnage" by Yesmina Reza begins when a playground altercation between eleven-year-old boys brings together two sets of Newton parents for a meeting to resolve the matter. At first, diplomatic niceties are observed, but as the meeting progresses the four fraught parents begin spinning wildly out of control.

Ticket Information: HERE   
or contact  Linda Goetz at  
to reserve tickets for either night.

Refreshments will be provided.

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.
Mission Matters

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!

The Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., Oct. 22
10:00 a.m.
Mon., Oct. 23
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters-A Time of Quiet and Prayer
7:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
Wed.,  Oct. 25
No Open Coffee with Stacy (Starbucks)
6:00 p.m.
Nica Planning Team meeting
Sat.,  Oct. 28
7:00 p.m.
Nica Travelers Cluster Dinner
Sun., Oct. 29
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
6:00 p.m.
Nica Travelers Cluster Dinner

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 
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

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.