News from Nica: We are please to welcome our long time friend Jane Mirandettewho, a decade ago, created the first stationary public lending library in all of Nicaragua. She followed this amazing milestone by creating a mobile book library which serves an even wider geographic reach then the local San Juan Del Sur Branch. Many of these kids in rural communities may never have the opportunity to read a book for pleasure, if not for the vision and great work of Jane and others. Many Union Church travelers have had the terrific pleasure of volunteering with the mobile book library. (An experience you should not miss when you travel to San Juan Del Sur)
Jane will be giving a mission moment for us on Sunday during the servicefollowed by a short 10-15 minute presentation on the stage with questions and answers during coffee hour. Jane’s inspiring story is not one you will want to miss.
Youth Group meets Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. We’re going bowling. Be sure to RSVP to Kathy if your child is going. Permission slips are on the bulletin board in the Crocker Chapel.
Prayer Group will meet at its new time of Wednesday mornings at 7:30 a.m.
Throughout October, the Mission Committee will be sponsoring a pumpkin sale here at Union Church on our front lawn. All proceeds benefit our efforts with Communities Without Borders to support educational opportunities for orphans and other vulnerable children in Zambia. The pumpkin patch will be open on Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1:30, and Sundays after worship from 11:30 to 12:30. Spread the word to friends and neighbors!
Wellspring, the Union Church Women’s Group, will meet Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. All the women are invited to join us for a light supper and time for discussion and fellowship.
Our visit to Waban Health has been re-scheduled to Thursday morning, October 18 at 10:30 a.m.
Java Gents, Union Church’s men’s group will meet Friday morning, October 19 at 7:00 a.m. for a cooked breakfast and time of discussion.
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 October 21st.
The Children’s Choir will meet for rehearsal after every Sunday service following their classes. We will meet in the Sanctuary for a 20 minute rehearsal, in order to prepare for singing in the Thanksgiving and Christmas services. The children will be offering a joyful anthem for Thanksgiving, “Song of Gladness,” and will sing an important part in the Christmas cantata by Mark Hayes, “Come to the Manger.”
Looking Ahead: The first Friday Fun night for 4th and 5th graders is next Friday, October 19 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church.
The Mission Committee invites you to join us in worship at Common Cathedral on Sunday afternoon, October 21 on the Boston Common. You are also invited to donate items for the lunch we will provide. We will be making sandwiches, cookies, and servings of chips to serve 150 people. To RSVP and to sign up to donate items, please follow this link: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090A44ACA92A1-common Ecclesia Ministries, an organization which ministers to those who make their homes on the streets of Boston. For more information on Ecclesia, visit http://www.ecclesia-ministries.org