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Friday, April 21, 2017
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This Sunday - 
Bible Discussion resumes this Sunday, April 23rd at 8:00 a.m. 

Choir Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m.  
Sunday Worship at 10:00 a.m.
Nica Trip Planning Team at 11:30 a.m. 

A n Evening at Haley House 
This Thursday!, April 27

Only 6 more days to reserve 
a place at our
Haley House table!

  • Serves over 24,000 meals a year in their soup kitchen
  • Builds community and school-based garden partnerships to support thecommunity and contribute to healthy and local food access
  • Distributes over 65,000 meals a year through their food pantry
  • Offers 100 units through their housing program of permanent, affordable homes
  • Serves over 300 youth in their after-school program known as "Take Back the Kitchen"
Join us for "Lyricists" Lounge! Haley House offers good food and great entertainment on Thursday evenings! We can show our support for their efforts to break the cycle of incarceration through their Transitional Employment Program, supporting people's return to their community.
Contact:  Beth Sears,


Thank you  for your generous contributions to the Easter Sunday Special 
collection.   We are pleased to be able to send a $1,818 check to Sr. Joyce at 
Project Care and Concern.  Union Church is a loving and generous Congregation. Amen.

Bread for the World Offering of Letters
Every spring Bread for the World ( ), a ministry we support, has a letter-writing campaign urging Congress to support legislation to end hunger and poverty in America and abroad. This year's focus is on the nutritional needs of mothers and children. Our church family will be participating in this effort between now and June. Two years ago, we collected over 70 letters. Let's double that this year! We will provide a sample letter for you to sign, starting on May 14th (Mother's Day).   
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) News
Union Church hosted a GBIO liaison meeting on Tuesday. In attendance were Mark Smith and Kathleen Hobson, and colleagues from Church of the Covenant; First Church Cambridge UCC; Temple Shir Tikvah; Fourth Presbyterian Church, South Boston; Temple Hillel B'nai Torah; Moishe Kavod Social Justice House; Hyde Park Presbyterian; Bethel AME Church; and Temple Shalom, Newton. Highlights from the agenda: 
  • Safe Communities Act ("An Act to protect the civil rights and safety of all Massachusetts residents"). For more information, see the MIRA issue page and this 4/6/17 Boston Globe article: On Immigrants' Day, advocates urge legislators to pass 'sanctuary state' bill.
  • Out of Many, One: A Teach-In & Solidarity with the Boston Muslim Community, Sun., April 30th, 3-5:00 p.m., First Church Cambridge. Click here to access the Facebook event page and here to RSVP.
  • Criminal justice reform (CJR). GBIO is supporting a raft of bills that together would repeal mandatory minimums for drug offenses, begin pretrial and bail reform, reduce or eliminate fees and fines related to probation and parole, and shorten the allowed time in solitary confinement. For an explanation of the bills and their expected outcomes, go here.
    • On Tues., April 25th, 12:00 p.m., there will be a CJR action outside the House Chamber, 3rd floor, sponsored by the Black and Latino Caucus, the Harm Reduction Caucus, the Progressive Caucus, and the Women's Caucus. GBIO'ers will be assembling there at 11:30 a.m. If you're interested, please contact Mark or Kathleen ASAP, so they can procure a special blue GBIO t-shirt for you to wear.
    • On Tues., May 2nd, 7:00 p.m., at Temple Sinai (Brookline), there will be a CJR in-district legislator meeting with Sen. Cynthia Creem, for GBIO members. Please tell Mark or Kathleen if you're interested.
  • Large GBIO action on May 18th at Temple Israel. This action will be similar to the Feb. 2nd action at Bethel AME-close to 900 people are expected-and we hope at least 15 Union Church members will participate. Please tell Mark or Kathleen if you're interested.
 Contact:  Mark Smith   or  Kathleen Hobson  
 C hildren,Youth, and



UCW Kids and Mini-Missions

Donation Boxes in the Crocker Chapel  

Developed by the Christian Education and Teacher Teams, Mini-Missions is an initiative to involve our children in simple, tangible service projects that encourage them to see service as an integral part of their faith and lives. The kids have placed their Collection boxes, as well as wish-lists, for the three organizations - MSPCA, Newton Food Pantry and Birthday Wishes -in the Crocker Chapel and we are grateful for your donations!  The wish-lists can also be found under the Youth & Children tab of or by going  HERE. With questions, and please contact Amy ( Thank you!   

Upcoming Service Event
Sat., May 6

Many thanks to the youth, parents and members of the Youth Ministry Team who contributed to the beautiful Communion service last Sunday!   As we look toward Holy Week and beyond, we extend a special welcome to our youth for our Maundy Thursday service, this Thursday at
6:15 p.m.  This is a beautiful and engaging time to share a meal and worship together remembering the Last Supper.  The youth are invited to help serve soup, read scripture, and/or simply experience this special service.  Please contact Amy (, if your youth is interested in attending.  

Please also SAVE THE DATE for the afternoon of Saturday, May 6 th , when the youth are invited to an afternoon at Gaining Ground Farm in Concord, MA .  All produce from this farm goes to local food pantries and meal programs, and we'll be helping them plant and harvest. Look for an Evite and more information soon.    
Church Matters

Directory is ready!

Stop by the table in Crocker Chapel this Sunday 
to pick up a hard copy of the church directory.  

If you would like a PDF of the directory sent to you, please be in touch with Office Manager, Aidan Cunningham.   

  2017/2018 Stewardship Campaign
There may still be snow on the ground, but we've turned our clocks ahead, Red Sox Opening Day is right around the corner, and the vernal equinox is in the rear view mirror.  Spring is here!  So many great things happen in the spring, and right after flowers, birds and green grass comes....The UCW Stewardship Campaign!

During our stewardship Season we remember that Church in not so much something we partake of, but instead it is something we participate in.  The church is all of us contributing our time, talents and treasures and creating a thriving community of faith where all can grow together. 

Through out the month of April we will be hearing from different members of the church about what UCW means to them and why they give to the church. We hope you too will take a moment reflect on what the church means to you and to consider making a pledge. 

You will be receiving pledging  information in the mail in the next couple of days.  Information is also be available in the Crocker Chapel, off the sanctuary.  If you have any questions,  please do not hesitate to reach out to Grant Gund, chair of our
Stewardship Team. 

Adult Education, Fellowship, and Spiritual Formation 
"Would you like to join the church?" 
We will be receiving new members into the church this spring.  If you are interested in learning more about the church and/or are interested in becoming a member, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy ( 

The Week Ahead
Sun., Apr.  23
11:30 a.m.
Nica Planning Meeting Team
  Mon., Apr. 24
10:30 a.m.
Exploring the Bible
  Tue., Apr. 25
7:00 p.m.
Book Group
  Wed., Apr. 26
7:30 a.m.
Prayer Group
9:00 a.m.
Coffee w/Stacy at Starbucks
  Thur., Apr. 27
7:00 p.m.
"Lyricists" Lounge at Haley House
Fri., Apr. 28
7:00 p.m.
"Coming to Our Senses" retreat begins
Sun., Apr. 30
8:00 a.m.
Sunday Morning Bible Study
10:00 a.m.

For a complete listing, and details of all upcoming events, 
please visit our website calendar HERE

March for Science in Washington DC 
Earth Day Network

This Earth Day, April 22, Earth Day Network and the March for Science are co-organizing a rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The day's program will include speeches and trainings with scientists and civic organizers, musical performances, and a march through the streets of Washington, D.C. The crowd will gather at 8:00am, and the teach-in will begin at 10:00am.
This Earth Day, join the effort to defend the vital public service role science plays in our communities and our world.

Science serves all of us. It protects our air and water, preserves our planet, saves lives with medical treatments, creates new industries, puts food on our tables, educates the next generation, and safeguards our future.
Science isn't Democratic or Republican, liberal or conservative. Indeed, threats to science are pervasive throughout governments around the world.

Using the teach-in concept deployed for the very first Earth Day in 1970, the rally and teach-in on the National Mall will focus on the need to hold our leaders - both in science and in politics - accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity. The vital role science plays in our democracy must be preserved.

The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970 activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. Growing out of the first Earth Day, Earth Day Network works year-round with tens of thousands of partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and the many ways science serves our communities and our world. The March for Science is an unprecedented global gathering of scientists and science enthusiasts joining together to acknowledge the vital role science plays in our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

May 11, 2017