The Union Church in Waban   
Friday, December 30, 2016
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This Sunday - New Year's Day
No Bible Discussion at 8:00 a.m.   Bible discussion will resume on January 8th in Pastor Stacy's study.  We will be reading the Letter of James from the New Testament.  All are welcome! 

No Choir Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m.  
Worship at 10:00 a.m.  

Mission Matters
"Let us love not in word or deed, but in truth and action" (1 John 3:18)
UCW Mission is Getting Ready to Ring In the New Year!

2017 will bring  promise to many!
NuDay Syria is a  local effort in New England that "advocates for girls and women who now find themselves with no male breadwinners."
Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) will ask for our support concerning 2017 Massachusetts  legislation regarding criminal justice changes.
Bread for the World will need UCW to participate in the Spring letter writing campaign.
Stop by the Mission board in the Crocker Chapel to simply see or learn about some of the opportunities at Union Church!

As Pastor Stacy always reminds us, church can always be simply a place where the spirit washes over you, and where you and your family have the option of participating in any mission offering provided here. 
Please Note
Pastor Stacy will be away Dec 26-30th and 
Pastor Amy will be away Dec. 25 - Jan. 2nd.  
In the case of an urgent pastoral need during the time when Pastor Stacy is away please call Deacon, Deb McGovern at 857-540-0168.  She and the deacons (with back up from Pastor Karen Fritz of the Allston Brighton Congregational Church/UCC) will be sure you receive the care you need.  Pastor  Stacy will be back in town and available as of Saturday, 
Dec. 31 at 617-759-9016.  

Adult Education, Fellowship, and Spiritual Formation 
Wednesday Morning 
Bible Study will  continue on  January 4th.

Our Wednesday morning Bible study was such a success this fall that we decided we don't want to stop!  We have decided to continue and on January 4th at 10:30 we will begin the second course in the three part Exploring the Bible series developed by the Massachusetts Bible Society.  The second course is an introduction to the Old Testament.  We will meet every other week for 1.5 for a total of six sessions.  If you are interested in joining this lively time of learning and fun, please be in touch with Pastor Stacy by December 20th so that she can order materials. 
January Book Group
Book group will not be meeting in December, but all are invited to 
begin reading our January selection which is  Hillbilly Elegy  by 
J.D. Vance.  We look forward to our discussion of this timely book 
on Tuesday, January 31st which will be led by Anya Bassett.  
All are welcome.  We meet in the reception room at the church.     
To read a review of Hillbilly Elegy go HERE
Help lay the table during fellowship hour
One of the many ministries of UCW is hosting a fellowship hour after worship on Sunday morning.  This table, laid with love and a simple spread is (as Adam Hearlson said in his mission moment a few weeks ago) very much a communion table.  It not only nourishes our bodies, but it also nourishes the relationships that make us one Body, one with each other and with God. If you would like to share in this ministry and host this time of communion, please go here.
The Week Ahead
  Tue.,   Jan. 3
6:00 p.m.
  Wed.,   Jan. 4
7:30 a.m.
Prayer Group
9:00 a.m.
Coffee w/Stacy at Starbucks
10:30 a.m.
Wednesday Morning Bible Study
Sun.,  Jan. 8
8:00 a.m.
Bible Study
9:00 a.m.
Choir Rehearsal
10:00 a.m.
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal

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

Union Church in Waban 
Inclement  Weather Advisory

It is the hope of the Union Church to always have our sanctuary open on Sunday mornings for worship and fellowship.  We also realize that conditions may be such that the safest option for staff and congregants is not to travel.  We ask that all use their best judgment.  As such, in inclement conditions, the church will remain open - however we cannot assure that there will be childcare, Sunday School, professional music or pulpit coverage.  

Every effort will be made to keep walkways and stairs clear, although this cannot be guaranteed.  Congregants will find an open door, a worship service and sanctuary together with others.  

I n the extreme situation in which the church is unable to open, notification will be on the church website (, a message will be on the church phone, and media announcements can be found on WBZ-TV.    
From the Wider Community 


Saturday, January 14, 2017,  9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
United Parish in Brookline 
210 Harvard Street, Brookline
drama activities and fellowship.
Lunch will be served as well.
Adults: $25.00
Children (Ages 7-18): $10.00

Seeking Kidney Donor

Looking for life saving kidney donor for a young woman in our community. She graduated from University and recently got married. She received news of her kidney failure and is on dialysis. She is on the national kidney donor list and the waiting period is lengthy due to limited donors. Therefore, we seek your help for a kidney donation. 

All costs will be paid for and the transplant will be conducted at 
Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
Please consider getting tested for a chance to save someone's life. 
A prospective kidney donor is humbly requested to email:  or call 774-208-4546


About the The National Kidney Foundation 

The foundation is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families, and tens of millions of Americans at risk. The National Kidney Foundation helps navigate the challenges of kidney disease, organ donation and transplantation. 26 million American adults have CKD and millions of others are at increased risk. The National Kidney Foundation Serving New England is the office that services the Greater Boston Area.

To learn more please visit their website  HERE