Updates for June 21, 2013

Russell School News


Dear Union Church folks,
Happy Summer!
And it will be a happy summer for some campers at Camp Hale this year; three of whom will be able to attend because of our relationship with the Russell School in Dorchester!
Remember your sleep away camp? Have you also invested in your own child’s camp experiences? We are investing in the experience for Sean, Davien and William.
Russell receives a drastic reduction in tuition, yet many families still cannot afford to send their children. Carmen has identified students who could most benefit from this program (described briefly below), has organized a candy sale to support some of the tuition costs, and has suggested three students for our support: Davien, Sean, and William.
If you would like to write to any of them at camp, or receive letters from them please let us know very soon.
If you would like to help fund their tuition for camp, please also let us know. Simply send a check to Luisa to made out to The Union Church in Waban with the memo line of the check marked “for Russell campers.”
Thanks and as we said: Happy Summer!
Mark, Frank, Nancy and Brita

C.E. News


Youth Group BBQ

Our rising sixth graders and current Youth Group are invited to a BBQ hosted by the Weisgerber-Browns on Monday evening, June 24, 6-8 pm. RSVP by TODAY to [email protected], 617-365-496. (But if on Monday you find your child can come and you haven’t replied, please do come anyway.)

Celebrate with S’Mores
Wednesday, June 26 7-8pm. Come for a campfire at church this Wednesday, the official last day of school. We’ll have the fire pit hot and ready as we roasts’mores, hang out by the fire and talk about summer plans. Weather permitting. If you’re not sure if the weather is permitting, call Kathy before you come:
Pictures of Children’s Sunday Needed
Did you take pictures on Children’s Sunday? I need some. You can email me at [email protected]. Thanks!
Sunday School Registration
Time to register for Sunday School. Registration forms are available here or on the CE bulletin board in the Crocker Chapel.

Cradles to Crayons donations being accepted

As part of our two-day summer camp this week, the Sunday School kids
will volunteer at Cradles to Crayons Friday morning. If you have
donations of new or lightly used children’s clothes or toys, drop them
by the church office or contact Kathy for pick up before Friday.

See more detailed guidelines about donations here:
http://www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/donate-goods/items-we-accept .


Mark your calendars for…

Worship at Common Cathedral, August 25
We will join in worship with the congregation of Common Cathedral on
Sunday, August 25. We will gather on Boston Common at noon and be
finished by 2:30 pm. Our service starts with a meal, provided by and
served by us. So we will begin at church by making sandwiches at 11:00
am. If you would like to attend, and/or if you would like to donate
sandwich making supplies, rsvp to Kathy.

Looking further ahead …..

Cradles to Crayons

Thursday, September 5 is a school holiday for Rosh Hashanah. So we will be volunteering at Cradles to Crayons from 10 am to noon. RSVP to Kathy.


Youth Group Retreat

Sunday November 10 through Monday, November 11(Veteran’s DayWeekend) Global Gateway program at Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA. Cost is $50 plus a transportation fee TBD. RSVP by July 12 to Kathy.





“These Days – Daily Devotions for Living by Faith” is a devotional guide published by the Presbyterian Church. Our own Stacy Swain has written the devotions for August 4 to August 10 in this summer’s issue. Copies are available at church, or subscriptions may be ordered at:


These Days Subscriptions

100 Witherspoon Street

Louisville, KY 40202

or call 800-624-2412

Supplies for Zambia

Our delegation traveling with Communities Without Borders to our partner community in Zambia leaves at the end of June.

Until then, we are collecting the
following supplies for the school we support: pencils, pencil sharpeners,crayons, Legos (new or used).

Note that the Sunday School kids have been asked to bring a scoopful or more of their Lego collections to contribute. Think how thrilled our kids will be to make such a tangible difference in the lives of children who have no toys or manipulatives, and very little color in their lives.

Bring your supplies to the church office or Annie Gatewood’s house.



Benefit Concert


A concert will be held to benefit the A. Jean Brugger Education Foundation and to honor the memory of D. Stuart Laughlin at the home of Diane Tillotson & Karen Harvey
Sunday, June 23rd a t 5:00 pm
Don’t miss this memorable evening. More details here.


Christian Century Article

The June 12, 2013 issue of “Christian Century” features an excellent article entitled “Embrace and Abandonment”
in which Pastor Matt Fitzgerald and poet Christian Wiman
discuss their views on God.
Copies of the article are available on the side table in the chapel.