The Union Church in Waban                
Friday, October 6, 2017
              Register Online for our ALL CHURCH RETREAT
                                          (Registration are now due) 
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  
On this coming Sunday Oct.8, we will have a men's choir. The anthem, "Go and Shine God's Light" is in a lively Calypso style and expresses the joy of giving to the world the love we have received from God.

10:00 a.m. Sunday Worship 

11:15 a.m. Bell Choir Rehearsal

11:30 a.m. Nica Team Meeting


                     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!

On this coming Sunday Oct.8, we will have a men's choir. The anthem, "Go and Shine God's Light" is in a lively Calypso style and expresses the joy of giving to the world the love we have received from God.

On 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                                                                                              
Children, Youth & Families


Youth Ministry:  Hike and Fall Fun Day Coming Up! 

Our next Youth Ministry event will be our Hike and Fall Fun Day on Saturday, October 14th! We'll gather at 8:00 a.m. at the church, head out for a hike and visit to a local farm, arriving back in Waban by 4:30 p.m. Youth and their families should have received an Evite to this event earlier this week. With questions, or to RSVP, please contact Amy ( or Mark Smith.   We hope to see you there! 


n  Save the Date -- November 5th:   Please plan to join us the afternoon of November 5th after worship as we work in teams to help neighbors who could use an extra hand with fall yard work and getting ready for winter.  There will be cider and donuts!   



Sunday Volunteers -- Can you share a morning with our kids? 

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 share a few Sundays with our children!


n  A special request for Sunday October 22nd :   We are in special need of a few extra volunteers at the church on October 22nd when Pastors Stacy and Amy, and other members of the congregation, will be away at our All-Church Retreat.  If you are planning to stay in the area, and can lend a hand with our little ones that morning, please let Amy ( know.  Many thanks!   


Gathering of the Christian Ed. And Formation Team - Following worship on October 15th  

Our Christian Education and Formation team (CE PACCS) will gather in Amy's office following worship next Sunday.  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 contact Amy (, or come by the meeting next week.  We're grateful for your faithfulness and care for our children and families!   


Fellowship and Faith Formation
JAVA GENTS Evening Oktoberfest:
Thurs., Oct. 12, from 6 - 8:00 p.m. 
Java Gents (UCW men's group) is holding an evening Oktoberfest for the men of the UCW and fraternal community instead of our usual breakfast this month.  It will take place on Thursday
October 12, from 6 - 8:00 p.m., and will be hosted by Jay O'Beirne and Buz Bedford at 189 Langley Road, Newton Center. German Fare, Beer, and Beverages will be provided.  Please let Buz know if you will be able to attend for planning purposes (
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.
Registrations are now due

Blessed are those who trust in the  Lord whose trust is the Lord.

They shall be like a tree planted by water, sending out its roots by the stream.

It shall not fear when heat comes, and its leaves shall stay green; in the year of drought it is not anxious,  and it does not cease to bear fruit. 
(Jeremiah 17: 7-8)

When is the retreat?    
Friday, October 20 starting at 6:30 p.m. - Sunday, October 22, 
finishing up before noon.

Where is it? 
Rolling Ridge Retreat Center in North Andover, 660 Great Pond Rd,
North Andover, MA 01845

Why are we doing this?
To celebrate and nourish the rootedness that we have with each other and with our God that enables us to thrive in the midst of the challenges of our time and to also bring forth goodness into the world.  It is a time to have fun.  To enjoy each other and to grow. 

Who is it for?   
All of us!  We are an inter-generational community where all are beloved and all are invited.   There is a cost associated with the retreat but we do not want that to be a barrier to anyone or any family.  What is most important is that you come so that we can all be together and be nourished by each other's presence.  So make whatever contribution you can, whether that be less than or more than the actual cost.

Register online HERE
Download and fill out the registration form  HERE and forward it to Pastor Stacy. 
Simply email Pastor Stacy to tell her you are coming.
Registration is due Now!!  

?'s or want to help out?
If you have questions or would like to help out in the planning or leadership of the retreat, please be in touch with    Pastor Stacy     We need and welcome your ideas and help. 

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 Week Ahead at UCW
Sun., Oct. 8
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
11:30 a.m.
Nica Team Meeting
Mon., Oct. 9
7:30 a.m.
Living Waters-A Time of Quiet and Prayer
7:30 p.m.
Choir Practice
Wed.,  Oct. 11
9:00 a.m.
Coffee with Stacy (Starbucks)
6:30 p.m.
Nimbus Moderator's Mtg.
Thur., Oct. 12
6:00 p.m.
JAVA GENTS Evening Oktoberfest
Sat.,  Oct. 14
8:00 p.m.
Youth Group Hiking Trip
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

11:30 a.m. CE PACCS 
5:00 p.m.
Nimbus/Council Mtg.
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 
Newton Crop Walk
Saturday, October 7
, 7:00 p.m (See Flyer below )
Eliot Church 474 Centre St. Newton
The Eliot Church of Newton has sponsored an annual Newton CROP Walk through Church World Service for many years. This year 25% will be divided among: The Newton Sanctuary and Solidarity Collaborative (7 1/2%); the Brighton Alston Food 
Pantry (7 1/2%); and CAN-DO (10%) Will you join us in this much needed effort? Or, to lead the Union Church effort contact Mission Committee.
CROP Hunger Walks form the foundation of CWS's work and afford them the flexibility to respond as needed when disasters strike - whether in the near term or for future rebuilding. They have already shipped 450 blankets, 1,272 emergency clean up kits, 57,346 hygiene kits to Houston and an additional 30,000 hygiene kits to Florida. They assure us they will remain in storm- impacted areas helping those most vulnerable for years to come.
The Newton CROP Walk will provide Newton residents an opportunity to make a community-wide statement to our neighbors in the south who have been impacted by Harvey, Irma and other storms that we care for and love them. We encourage churches, synagogues and agencies to form teams of walkers and / or make donations to walkers.
If you have further questions, please call Pastor Susan at the Eliot Church
at 617-244-3639.  
Also - Join Us for a Festive Informational Kick-Off Saturday, October 7th, 7:00 p.m.   Eliot Church 474 Centre St. Newton. Entertainment - Way Back Home, a five member Blue Grass Band, Refreshments, Speakers from CWS and our three local recipients Learn how to signup: form a team, and donate We will have flyers, posters, maps of route, and envelopes for walkers 

FORJ Candidates Forum: 
Monday 10/9 3:30-5 PM 
at the 
Church in Waban 
14 Collins Road in Waban
FORJ -- Families Organizing for Racial Justice -- is delighted to host a panel of three people of color who are candidates in the November election. Anping Shen, Bridget Ray-Canada, and Nicole Castillo will join us to discuss why they decided to run and how to achieve more racial equity in Newton. In order to foster children's involvement, we will prioritize questions from our kids. (This event will be appropriate for children roughly Grade 3 and up).
**Note that FORJ is not partisan and will not endorse candidates, but in a town that has 23 white councilors and only 1 person of color, part of fighting for racial justice is fighting for more representation, and giving more visibility to candidates of color who often have fewer funds and networks than white candidates.
For more information on this event or to get involved in future racial justice activities in Newton, please contact Erica at or 617-875-6530.

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