Updates for June 28, 2013

No service on Sunday, but come to church anyway!

Join us at 9:00 a.m. this Sunday morning (June 30) to spruce up the garden. Come for a short while or stay as long as you can — every bit helps!




Zambia Blog

Wondering how our Union Church travelers are doing? Follow along here on their blog.

Coming up:


Prayer Group continues to meet on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 in the side chapel. Perhaps your lightened summer schedule will allow to be a part of Living Waters Prayer Group.


On Tuesday June 16, Lunch Bunch will travel to the Museum of Science to view the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit. Everyone is welcome! If you have never been a part of Lunch Bunch before, this is a great opportunity to join us. Please let Stacy know if you can come so she can arrange a group rate and transportation.



Wellspring, the Union Church’s Women’s Group, will meet on Wednesday evening, July 17 at 6:30. Join us for a light supper and time of discussion.



Sunday School News

Sunday School Registration
Time to register for Sunday School. Registration forms are available here or on the CE bulletin board in the Crocker Chapel.


Mark your calendars for…

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 programat at Overlook Farm in Rutland, MA. Cost is $50 plus a transportation fee TBD. RSVP by July 12 to Kathy.




An invitation from June R. Cooper, Executive Director, City Mission Society of Boston

“What to the Slave is the 4th of July?”

Reading Frederick Douglass 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation


This reading, in celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, will be held at the Boston Common, behind the 54th Regiment Memorial at noon on July 2nd.


More information is available here.


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.

Russell School: Pen Pals for campers and an invitation

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
Established in 1900, Camp Hale operates on the belief that all youth, particularly those from urban environments, will benefit from challenging opportunities for physical, mental, and social growth and development. The goal of Camp Hale is for each camper to leave camp with an enhanced sense of well-being, improved social skills, and awareness of personal potential. Traditionally an all-boys camp, Camp Hale established an all-girls session in 2012 to provide inner-city girls with the chance to experience the beauty and unique opportunities that Camp Hale has to offer. Each summer, 180 young men and women ages 6 to 14 years old trade the Boston streets for lakeside cabins in the heart of the White Mountains, located on Squam Lake in New Hampshire.Residential camping allows the campers to engage in a long list of activities including canoeing, swimming, archery and hiking, fishing, ecology, camping skills, and just enjoying the mountain air. Ultimately, we seek to ensure that these skills stay with them well into the future and benefit them in other endeavors such as school, work, sports, conflict resolution, and interpersonal relationships.


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.

Daily Devotionals

“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