The Union Church in Waban   
Friday, January 6, 2017
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This Sunday - 
Bible Discussion at 8:00 a.m.    Bible discussion will resume this Sunday, January 8th in Pastor Stacy's study.  We will be reading the Letter of James from the New Testament.  All are welcome! 

Choir Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m.  
Worship at 10:00 a.m.
This Sunday is Baptism of our Lord Sunday.  We gather with the others on the banks of the Jordan and witness the one with whom God is pleased.  This is also communion Sunday.  The children will have a one room time of learning and fellowship before returning to the sanctuary so that our entire community can partake of communion together. 

Bell Choir Practice 11:15 a.m.  

Adult Education, Fellowship, and Spiritual Formation 
Youth Game Night 
January 21 st at 6:00 p.m.

Youth are invited to start the new year together at the Hunt-Steven's home with an evening of hot cocoa, board games, and charades-type games. To let us know you can come, or with questions, please contact Amy at


Congregational Conversations
Regarding Worship

January 22, 29 & Feb. 26, 
after church at 11:30 
on the Stage

T hrough facilitated congregational conversations 
we hope: to hear how the congregation is currently experiencing worship; to identify any changes that might be appropriate or desired with respect to the various components of our worship service (music, children's time, prayer, sermon, communion and how it is celebrated); and to learn of any experiences in worship people may be looking for that we are not currently providing.  We also hope that these conversations may help our congregation think more broadly about worship as an experience we share.  Worship is best experienced not as a performance by a few, but for the participation of all who are gathered.  While some may have specific roles to play, worship is something experiential that we share..  

If you have any questions please see facilitators Alan Cody and/or Diane Tillotson or Pastor Stacy. 

Mission Matters
"Let us love not in word or deed, but in truth and action" (1 John 3:18)
Our thanks to all for your generosity!

Our gath ering  in October with SAMS (Syrian American Medical Society) increased our understanding of the trials of the people of Syria and those trying to offer assistance in the region.
The hearts of many at UCW were moved to designate SAMS as the recipient of the 2016 Christmas off ering.  We wanted to share the generous total of $3,892 that we will lovingly send to support the good works needed to lift up those effected by the Syrian crisis.

Adult Education, Fellowship, and Spiritual Formation 

Using curriculum from the United Church of Christ, we will have a chance to talk in a safe and honest way about how we experience and have experienced race in our lives.  We will have a chance to critically examine the structures of race and how they effect  how so many aspects of our society function. And we will do all of this with a heart of faith, exploring what impact the faith claims of being made in the image of God and one with Christ have on the way we see one another and live in the world.  We have a small group forming and would welcome 3-4 others to take this journey with us.  If you are interested, please speak with Pastor Stacy as soon as you can.   We would like to start walking this path of exploration and discovery within the next couple of weeks.  

Wednesday Morning 
Bible Study will  continue on  January 11th.

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.  
There is still space  If you are interested in joining this lively time of learning and fun, please be in touch with  Pastor Stacy . 
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
Sun.,  Jan. 8
11:15 a.m.
Bell Choir Rehearsal
  Mon.,   Jan. 9
7:00 p.m.
Choir Practice
   Wed.,   Jan. 11
7:30 a.m.
Prayer Group
9:00 a.m.
Coffee w/Stacy at Starbucks
10:30 a.m.
Exploring the Bible Study
Sun.,  Jan. 15
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