Union Church updates for Friday, November 11


There will be a brief Council meeting at 11:30 on Sunday to discuss the snow cancellation policy.


Bible study continues each Sunday from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. in Stacy’s study.  We are currently reading through the Gospel of Luke. All are welcome. No previous theological study or Biblical literacy is needed.  Just come with an open heart and curious mind. 

Coffee and tea are provided.


Last week the kids received coin boxes to collect money to support our church's partnership in Nicaragua. Coin boxes left behind last week, as well as extra coin boxes for those who did not get one, are available in the Crocker Chapel on your way out of worship.


Saint puppets processed by the Noah's Ark class are lined up in the
Crocker Chapel. Be sure to take your child's home.


Living Waters Prayer Group continues on Monday, November 14 from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. in the Nativity Chapel.  All are welcome.


New Young Adults Small Group is starting. If you are between the ages of 18 and 35 and would like to join in food, fun, and fellowship with other young adults at Union Church, then join Stacy and Heidi for our first meeting on November 27th at 11:30 a.m.


A Membership Exploration Gathering is planned for December 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Reception Room, and December 11th at 11:30 a.m. in Stacy’s office.

We will share faith journeys, learn the history of the church and where we are now,

 discuss what membership means in this faith community, and hear your needs, hopes, and dreams for church life. You need only attend one session.


Our Holiday Greens Sale is here!

Our Holiday Greens Sale supports all Nicaraguan initiatives, including our trip project in February, scholarships, and other efforts in Newton’s sister city

of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua.

Beautiful wreaths, greens, and Christmas trees will be sold on

 Saturdays in December from 10 to 2, Sundays from 11 to 1,

and Tuesdays from noon to 1:30. Donate some greens to decorate the church!

Order forms are available at the church.


Announcements from the Mission Committee


Cradles to Crayons Coat Drive


Cradles to Crayons (C2C) strives to provide children up to age 12 living in homeless and low-income situations with the essentials they need to feel safe, warm, ready to learn, and valued. A surprise snowstorm in October should generate excitement for kids in Massachusetts, but many local families struggling in the midst of an unforgiving economy find buying a winter coat for their child to be a  challenge. There is no joy in a snow day for a child who faces the cold without the essentials.

Cradles to Crayons expects to receive requests for 15,000 winter coats, and the Union Church in Waban would like to help them get there. Starting in November, the Mission Committee is organizing a Winter Coat Drive for children sizes 0-12. Look in your closets and basements! Pick up one at a garage sale or Costco! The coats must be stain-free and have working zippers.


Newton Food Pantry


Last year, the Union Church in Waban deepened its relationship with the Newton Food Pantry, and we want to continue that connection this year. Located in the basement of the Waban Library, the NFP provides a three day supply of food, one time a month, for eligible Newton residents. The apples picked by UCW kids were donated there a couple of weeks ago. In the month of November, we would like to help the NFP in two ways — with the Thanksgiving Collection and a non-perishable food drive. Please give generously so that we can deliver a big, fat check and multiple mini-vans of food! Meals in a can and peanut butter are usually high on the request list. 


Community Thanksgiving Dinner, Saturday, November 19, 2011


For the third year in a row, UCW will be hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for local families. In the spirit of “Widening our Welcome,” we encourage members of the congregation to invite anyone they know that could use a delicious Thanksgiving meal and some lively conversation to join us from 2:00 to 4:00 on November 19th. There are hard-copy invitations in the office as well. It’s a unique experience because volunteers and guests sit down together to enjoy the meal and the company. If anyone is interested in helping organize the event with Alicia Collins, please let her know. We will need a lot of UCW volunteers this year, so if you are willing to help with anything from shopping, to setting up, to transporting the guests, to organizing kids’ activities, to carving the turkeys, then we’ve got a job for you! We want to make sure we have enough food on hand, so if you could also help us keep track of who is planning on coming, that would be great! Questions, contact Alicia at 617.965.1696 or [email protected]. Thanks!