Updates for February 1, 2013


You Are Invited!!

Come and enjoy conversation and fellowship with other senior citizens from Newton as we celebrate our seniors.


For over 10 years our church has sent a delegation to the small community of San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua where many of us have learned how Nicaragua honors their seniors with a party called Ancianos.


Date: Sunday, March 3rd, 2013


Time: 12:00-2:00 p.m.


Food, Music, Games, Prizes, and optional Dancing


Place: 14 Collins Road, Waban, MA 02468


Lunch will be provided!


Please R.S.V.P. by February 24th at 617-527-6221 or at [email protected]


We hope you will join us for the fun at our 1st Ancianos event!!!!



There will be short meeting of Java Gents at Reception on Sunday. Please join us on the stage to discuss how we can help Waban Health’s male residents who need male visitors.

The Nica Committee will meet Sunday from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. to discuss the Ancianos luncheon.

Spiritual Autobiography course continues Monday evening. We will meet in the Reception Room from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The Deacons will meet Tuesday evening at 6:00 p.m.

Prayer Group meets each Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m.

Bible Study meets on Sunday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in Stacy’s office. We are currently studying the book of Revelation. Join in at any time, all are welcome.

Join Stacy for Conversations Along the Way Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Waban Starbucks.

This Wednesday, February 6: Early release day service project. After early dismissal from school, come over to church with your friends and a bag lunch. We’ll make Valentine candies for the Newton Food Pantry. Contact Kathy with questions.

February’s Council meeting will be on Wednesday evening, February 6, at 6:30 p.m.

Bake Sale Goods Needed: The Youth Group will raise money for Zambia during a bake sale outside Starbucks on Sunday, February 10. Can you bake something for us to sell? Contact Kathy. We hope to have all donations by Saturday evening, February 9 so that we can package and label them. Pick up service is available.

4th-5th Graders Friday Fun Nights: February 8 at 6:00 p.m. at Cosmic Bowling at the Needham Bowl Away. Stay tuned for more details.

Youth Group Lock-In: Saturday, February 9 starting with dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Union Church will mark the start of Lent with an Ash Wednesday service at 7:00 p.m. on February 13.


“Who Do You Say I Am?”

Lenten Study and Reflection Group

Who was Jesus, really? Was he a teacher, or a revolutionary? Perhaps a philosopher, or the Jewish Messiah? Kathryn Henderson invites you to explore these questions during Lent as part of a discussion group on the historical Jesus. Studying this fascinating topic is a way to deepen our understandings of who Jesus is, both in history and in our faith lives.

The group will read excerpts of The Shadow of the Galilean as a basis for discussion and personal reflection. This is a classic novel, told from the perspective of Andreas, a man coerced by the Romans to spy on Jesus and his followers. Through the adventures and encounters of Andreas we discover what it was like to be a Jew in first-century Palestine, and learn the various perspectives on who Jesus was in his own time, and his impact on those around him. To read more about this engaging and thought-provoking book, you can read here.

The discussions will be held at 11:30 a.m. for about 90 minutes on February 17 and 24; and March 10, 17, and 24. It’s fine to drop in, and come to as many meetings as you’re able. It is not essential to read the book, but it is entertaining if you have the time. If you have any questions please email Kathryn at [email protected], or catch her after a Sunday worship service.


Meditation Drop Ins

Would you like to learn more about meditation or practice with a group? We’ll be meeting in the Reception Room on February 9 and 23, March 16 and 30, and April 13, and you can take part as frequently as you’d like. From 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. an introductory group will meet, with time for questions and discovering different meditation styles. Folks with more experience will meet from 10:15 to 11:15. If you’d like to know more or have any questions, please talk with Kathryn Henderson after church or email her at [email protected].