Updates for May 10, 2013

Tonight! 6:30-8:00 p.m Open Gym Fundraiser

1 HF Brown Way, Natick, MA 01760 (former Gold’s Gym building)

Hey parents, we know you all multi-task, so how about this? Your kids have a blast while you get a break and at the same time help our friends in

Zambia! Energy Fitness and Gymnastics in Natick is graciously opening their beautiful new gym to us free of charge to help us raise money for Communities Without Borders our partners who organize the program in M’tendere. You can drop your kids off and go grab a quick bite to eat or you could work out on their cardio equipment. (Children under five must be accompanied by an adult.) The gym can accommodate up to 100 kids so encourage your children to invite their friends. $10 per child, with a maximum of $25 per family. Please rsvp to Alicia Collins . Go here for more details.

A reminder to the men of Union Church:

please remember you are hosting reception for us this Sunday!

A message from Bill Merrill, Music Director

” You Raise Me Up”
In celebration of Mother’s Day, we will have our traditional Men’s Choir sing for the service this Sunday, May 12th. The Offertory anthem, “You Raise Me Up,” by Graham and Lovland, expresses this thought:

“When I am down and oh, my soul’s so weary,
When troubles come and my heart burdened be,

You raise me up so I can stand on mountains,

You raise me up to more than I can be.”

Although the text of this song is about the power of the Holy Spirit to lift us up, it could also be about the connection between music and our spiritual lives. How many times, when troubles have overwhelmed us, has music lifted us into a better world?Music making together can enhance our worship in ways that words sometimes cannot. This is because it touches the very essence of our beings and brings us closer to the mysteries of life and our God.
So, please join us in song and worship on this special Sunday. Rehearsal is at 9:00 a.m., and music is provided.


Sunday’s special Mother’s Day offering will be for our music ministry. Your contribution will help keep our instruments in tune, our choir in harmony, and our Sunday worship whole with the joy of music.


The Children’s Choir will rehearse in the Sanctuary Sunday morning after worship.


Lunch Bunch will meet Tuesday, May 14, at noon.


Mission will meet Tuesday evening, May 14, at 7:00 p.m.


Living Waters Prayer Group will meet Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. in the side chapel.


Wellspring, the Union Church’s women’s group, will meet Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP to the church office if you will be attending.


This month’s visit to Waban Health will be on Thursday morning, May 16,

at 10:30 a.m. Contact Stacy if you would like to participate.


Java Gents will meet Friday morning, May 17, at 7:00 a.m. for breakfast and a time of fellowship led by Jay O’Beirne.


Next Friday Fun Night for fourth and fifth graders: May 17, 6:00-8:00 p.m. at church.


The Meditation Group will be meeting on Saturday morning, May 18 at 10:00 a.m.

On Sunday, May 19th, we will celebrate Care of Creation Sunday and have a Blessing of the Bikes. Those who would like to participate are invited to gather at Cold Spring Park at 9:15 a.m. and ride their bikes to church.


Assistant needed in Sunday School this Sunday, May 12, and on June 16. If you can help out, let Kathy ([email protected]) know.


Children’s Sunday is June 9

Our children and youth will lead worship on this day. There are opportunities for every child to participate in this service. We will start assigning parts in Sunday School this week. Please check with your children to make sure they have signed up for parts if they’d like one.


Camp Sing, Serve and Soar is almost full. A few spaces remain for our June 27 field trip to Overlook Farm and for our June 28 afternoon trip to SkyZone. RSVP to Kathy if interested.

Was your photo part of our photo directory last fall? If not, here’s your chance! We will be updating the directory at the end of the summer, so start to think about gathering your pictures. The more photos we have, the better the directory will be!