Updates for September 21, 2012

Join the Union Church family Sunday morning at 10:00 am for worship and Sunday School. Rev. Stacy Swain’s sermon is entitled “What Makes for Greatness?” Please join us afterwards for reception downstairs in our Reception Room.

We will continue the practice of having our prayer book at the back of the church for those who have prayer requests but would prefer not to speak them aloud.

Apple Picking after church on Sunday. We’ll travel out to the gorgeous Nagog Hill Orchard in Littleton, MA. Bring a picnic lunch and some cash. The orchard accepts only cash and there are no ATMs. Plan to pick some apples for yourself and some to donate to the Newton Food Pantry.

Prayer Group will meet Monday, September 24, at 7:30 a.m. in the side chapel.

Book Group meets Tuesday, September 25, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Come whether you have read the book or not. We will be planning out our reading for the next few months.
So come with your thoughts about a good read. Tea and dessert provided

Bible Study meets each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. in Stacy’s office. All are welcome, and newcomers are especially encouraged to attend. Our next meeting is September 30.

The Mission and CE Committees are sponsoring a ‘back to school’ and winter clothing drive for Cradles to Crayons, now through September 23. Drop your donations in the box in the Crocker Chapel. The following is a list of especially needed items:
*Winter Clothing (kids’ sizes 0-20 & Adult S,M,L) *Winter Coats
*Socks and underwear (new only) *Hats, gloves, scarves and mittens
*Winter Shoes & Boots (infant child sizes 0-13 & youth/adult sizes 1-10)

Cradles to Crayons Volunteer Day September 26 Join us from 10:00 a.m.- noon on Wednesday, September 26 working at the Giving Factory, C2C’s large, bright, welcoming warehouse in Brighton. We’ll be organizing donated clothes, toys or supplies for needy kids. Anyone aged 5 years or older is eligible to join us. September 26 is Yom Kippur, so it is a school holiday in Newton. We’ll leave Newton by 9:30 a.m. and return by 1:00 p.m. If you’d like to go, need a ride, or can give a ride, let Kathy Malone know. We need to give C2C a volunteer count soon, so if you’re thinking of going, please RSVP.

It’s not too late to order from CloseBuy! Before September 30th go to www.closebuycatalog.com, place an order, designate CWB as the recipient of 30% of the total cost of your order, and enjoy your goodies when they arrive the first week of December. You can pick orders up at Union Church (free) in Waban OR have them sent directly to you (with shipping costs). If you have already ordered, THANK YOU! If you want more information about Communities Without Borders go to www.communitieswithoutborders.org.

The long-awaited yard sale is next Saturday! Spread the word and invite friends and neighbors to our huge yard sale from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on September 29. There will be something for everyone. All proceeds to benefit Union Church.

Conversations Along the Way, Sunday September 30th 11:30 a.m. in Stacy’s office or Wednesday, October 3rd at 9:00 a.m. at Starbucks. This is a low key, relaxed time to talk about our questions of faith or something from the sermon or service that you had thoughts about or questions. Please bring your wonderings, questions, curiosity.

Russell School Initiative Sunday, September 30th 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. If you are interested in thinking about and exploring our newly forming relationship with the Russell Elementary School in Dorchester, and how you could get involved, please come to this meeting. Everyone is welcome to come hear about what has happened to date and to plan for what the year will bring.