Sunday Morning Bible Study
During the church year (September to June) we gather every Sunday from 8 – 9:00 am to study scripture and reflect on how God’s word informs our living today. While we will certainly learn a lot about how people of long ago understood God to be moving in their lives, we will also create a safe and sacred space in which we as people of faith in this time and place, we can hear what it is God may be calling us to in our own life. We are holding Bible study at this time so as to not conflict with choir rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. Please consider making a morning of it – Bible Study, Choir and then worship! This fall, we will study the Book of Exodus, and will begin our weekly meetings on Sunday, September 15. Please see Stacy with your questions/comments.
Living Water Prayer Service
On Wednesday mornings from 7:30 – 8:15 am we gather in the small chapel off the sanctuary for prayer. This time of prayer called “Living Water” is based on the passage in John’s Gospel where Jesus encounters the Samaritan women at the well (John 4:14). It gives us an opportunity 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 weeks. We begin with 20 minutes of centering/meditative silence. Afterwards we engage lectio divina, listening with our whole hearts to a passage from scripture and sharing the invitation we may have heard for ourselves. In closing we light candles of prayers for celebrations and/or concerns we may have.
The second Tuesday of very month, the Lunch Bunch gathers from 12:00 – 1:30 for a time of conversation and fellowship. Most months we meet at church in the reception room but several times a year we will head out to explore some place new, like our excursion to the Mary Wakefield Estate in Milton pictured here. Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the dessert that is provided.
On July 16, we will have visit the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit at the Museum of Science. If you have never been part of Lunch Bunch, this is a great opportunity to join in. Please let Stacy know if you can come, so she can plan transportation and reserve a group rate.
The book group meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:30pm in the parlor for conversation and sharing. Our next meeting will be on August 27th and we will be discussing “In the Beauty of the Lilies” by John Updike. Visit here for more information.
Java Gents is an informal monthly breakfast hour for the men of the UCW congregation. It provides friendly fellowship and mutual support to the men. Java gents meet the third Friday of each month in the church reception room at 7am. Buz Bedford cooks up a full, hot breakfast of sausage, eggs, bagels, fresh fruit salad, and hot coffee. Jay O’Beirne usually hosts the lively discussion of timely topics, and personal goings on among the m en. Stay tuned for our next meeting date in September.
Wellspring Women’s Group
This group meets the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm – 8pm in the Reception Room. We begin with a simple meal of soup and bread, then enter a time of reflection, sharing and prayer. We will meet this summer on July 17th and August 21st.
“Conversations along the Way”
On the first Wednesday of every month, grab your coffee and curiosity and enter the conversation that was begun over two thousand years ago on that road to Emmaus (Luke 21:13). We will join those two disciples in frank and honest conversation as we engage our questions, our doubts and skepticism about what exactly this Christian faith is all about. We will talk candidly about how and if the ancient story of scripture has relevance for our living today and how we are to understand what it means to walk in the Way of Jesus in this time and place. The agenda for this time is not to try to get each other to believe in a certain way or to try to rid us of our questions. Quite the opposite is true! The agenda for this time which is consistent with the spirit of the Union Church community is to simply welcome all wherever we may be on our spiritual journeys and to engage our questions honestly and openly, without judgment and with love. Drop in to Starbucks in Waban Square between 9 and 10:00 a.m. Stacy will be there enjoying a cup and ready to engage our continued conversations.
Whether you have had a meditation practice for years or are only just beginning, you are welcome to partake of this time of silence together. Stay tuned for dates/times. If you would like more information please contact the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult Education Classes/Workshops
This series of three gatherings is for those who are looking to learn about the basic teachings of the Christian faith and to explore those teachings in light of the questions we have. Whether you grew up in the church or whether you are new to faith, whether you are rethinking what you may have been taught or engaging questions for the first time, this will be a rich time of exploration, examination and sharing. We will be using the book “To Begin at the Beginning” by Martin B. Copenhaver to help guide our conversations. The series will meet after church on Sunday, October 6th, 13th, and 20th from 11:30 – 1:00 p.m. If you are interested please RSVP at email@example.com. Since we plan on each gathering to build upon what came before, it is requested that every effort be made to attend all three gatherings.
Finding the Sacred in Our Own Life Experiences: A Course on Writing our Spiritual Autobiographies
Beginning in January 2014, Tom Vawter and Rev. Stacy Swain will offer a six week session on our spiritual autobiography. Spiritual autobiography is the practice of looking for the sacred in our life experiences and writing about them. It is our intent to help provide a safe place to explore our own life stories, to provide context for the possibility of the sacred stirring in them, and to set aside a time and a place for us to actually sit down and write about all that may wish to be written down. If you are interested in participating in this course, please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org. This course was offered for the first time in January of 2013 and was well appreciated by those who participated. So much so that the initial class has decided to continue to meet as an ongoing writers group throughout the year. Since each gathering builds upon what came before, it is requested that every effort be made to attend all six classes. Stay tuned for the dates/time of this offering.
Contours of Belief in the Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Robert Frost
This will be a two session series in the spring of 2014. Stay tuned for dates/times of this offering.
Key Dates and Special Offerings
Bible Study. Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in Pastor Stacy’s office. Drop-in.
Book Group. Last Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. in reception room. Drop-in.
Conversations along the way. First Wednesday of the month at 9:00a.m. at Starbucks. Drop-in
Meditation group. Stay tuned for dates/times. Drop-in.
Seekers Series. Sunday Oct. 6th, 13th, 20th at 11:30 a.m. RSVP at email@example.com
Spiritual Autobiography Course. Six weeks beginning January 2014. Stay tuned for dates/times. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contours of Belief. Spring 2014. Stay tuned for dates/times. RSVP at email@example.com.
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