The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, October 27, 2017
This Sunday
8:00 a.m.  Bible Study

9:00 a.m.  Choir Rehearsal

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 

11:15 a.m.  Bell Choir Rehearsal

6:00 p.m. Nica Travelers Meeting in the Vestry
Mission Matters
San Juan Emergency Appeal
Update: October 24

As your individual donations pour into Union Church Hurricane Relief Fund, the life-saving work of cleaning contaminated wells in Nicaragua continues.

Within days of the devastation and disaster that hurricane Nate caused, the pump we purchased has been transported to the hardest hit barrios and has reached approximately 20 wells as of this posting.

We have received dozens of photos and reports as the work continues. See below for one photo that showcases the pump at work.

Well Cleaning .
The Austin Drill team,
 Yelmer and Jixson at work.

What an amazing process. They pumped out muddy water for about an hour and then without any warning one of the men tied a rope to his waist and leaped over the edge of the well. He stood at the bottom in water up to his chest digging out mud and debris for a long time, maybe 45 minutes. Finally the water ran clean.

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:

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Thank you!

Children, Youth & Families
Next Sunday  -- 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 was sent this week. 

6-8:00 p.m. - Exploring Our Faith (Confirmation/Baptism) Monthly Gathering 

Our 9th and 10th- graders in the Exploring our Faith group gather for dinner and discussion.  This month we will explore 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!     

Fellowship and Faith Formation
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.
The  All - Church Retreat was Fabulous!

Forty of us traveled to Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover last weekend for a glorious weekend of fun, fellowship and growing together for good.   Check out some of the pictures from the retreat that are posted on the bulletin board outside the reception room, and stay tuned for the dates for next year's retreat!  
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.  
The Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., Oct. 29
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
6:00 p.m.
Nica Travelers Meeting
Mon., Oct. 30
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters-A Time of Quiet and Prayer
10:30 a.m.
Seekers Group
Tue., Oct. 31
7:30 p.m.
Book Group
Wed.,  Nov. 1
9:00 a.m.
Open Coffee with Stacy (Starbucks)
6:30 p.m.
Leadership Circle
Sun., Nov. 5
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
12:00 p.m.
Youth Group Fall Clean-up
6:00 p.m.
Exploring Our Faith/Confirmation

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events,  please 
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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!