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Weekly Update
Friday, July 28, 2023

Worship in July

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on the Stage (and on Zoom!)

Rev. Jim Leavitt's Final Sunday with UCW

This Sunday we will share our final worship service at UCW with Rev. Jim. Please come to celebrate and share our gratitude for his ministry among us with a special time of prayer and fellowship. Rev. Jim's last day at UCW is August 10th.

Paul’s Letter to American Christians.

This is also the final week of our sermon series examining the sermon of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. titled, “Paul’s Letter to American Christians” and some of the
scripture references he uses in it. Rev. Jim will lead us in worship.

Dr. King's full sermon can be found HERE.
Listen to a recording of Dr. King's sermon HERE.
A preview of the July Service Bulletin is available HERE

This Sunday's reading and scripture can be found HERE

Joining Online

Zoom Link: HERE
Meeting: ID: 826 8730 1128
Passcode: 386028
Dial in only: 1 646 558 8656

Sunday Evening

UCW Trip to Boston Gospel Fest
See below for more information about how to join this inspiring intergenerational outing!

Sundays in August

Next Sunday, August 6

Joint All-Newton UCC Worship Service

Next Sunday, Aug. 6 at 9:30am - Joint UCC Worship in Newton Highlands

PLEASE NOTE: There will be no worship service at UCW this Sunday.
Instead, please join the congregations of Eliot Church, Newton Highlands Congregational Church, United Parish of Auburndale, Second Church, and Union Church in Waban for an all UCC Worship Service. Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, the former Senior Pastor of Old South Church will be the preacher of this very special service.

When: August 6 at 9:30am
Where: Newton Highlands Congregational Church, 54 Lincoln Street, Newton Highlands

Intergenerational Summer Gatherings

This Sunday - Boston Gospel Fest

We were excited to see that the NAACP’s National Convention’s GOSPEL FEST is FREE and OPEN to the public THIS SUNDAY in Boston! (See HERE for details)

Susan Hunt Stevens and Pastor Amy will be heading over with our families in time for the 4pm Interfaith Worship Service, and would love for more teens, families, and all others to join us!

PLEASE Click Below to RSVP so we can coordinate carpooling. We’ll be in touch to finalize times – Pls let us know on the form if you need to return to UCW at a specific time.

We hope to see some of you there for this faith-filled, hope-filled, joy-filled event!

Children, Youth and Families - Summer!

Summer Sundays & Activities

Our Sunday School takes a break over the summer, but kids of all ages are invited to our more relaxed summer services. We hope you will join us.

Summer Service Opportunities

Looking for help for a refugee family arriving in September from the Democratic Republic of Congo!

From UCW member: Liz Caronna:
I am a member of a volunteer group called Newton Welcomes that has joined together to sponsor a family, and we have been matched this week with a family of five from the DRC—two parents and three children, ages 14, 11 and 1. We are working under the auspices of Welcome Corps, a new program created by the US State Department to tap into the goodwill and energy of Americans to help legal refugees fleeing war and deprivation in their own countries. Our group is also partnering with IRIS, a well-established resettlement nonprofit to provide technical support and advice.
Our community already has donated more than $28,000 to give this family a start here, and we are working on job placement, schools, language support, legal matters, healthcare and other needs for this family. We have furniture and kitchen supplies already donated.
The most urgent need now is finding a place for them to call home when they arrive. I am reaching out to the UCW community to see if anyone might be able to help us identify an affordable housing option for the family, located in Newton or a surrounding community. We are ideally looking for a one-year option to allow the children to experience a full school year without the risk of moving, but are also interested in short term (e.g. three month) options as well. We had a temporary housing arranged through a house of worship in Newton that just fell through. We are now looking for a 2 bedroom living space with kitchen and bath for approximately $2000 (up to $2500 or so) per month. We have secured two members of the group who will co-sign a lease.

Any leads on potential housing are welcome! Please contact me directly at [email protected] with leads or questions about the program.
Many Thanks,
Liz Caronna

Newton Freedge: Volunteers Needed

Click the sign-up link below for time slots available.

Our team of volunteers helps keep Freedge running one Saturday a month. Please use the the link below, or reach out to Vinita Leslie, Karen O'Beirne or Erika Pond to learn more or to join our team.

You may also find us on our Facebook group - @newtonfreedge Facebook group for updates!
Despite Newton’s image as an affluent suburb, too many of our neighbors struggle to put food on their tables. The Newton Freedge is one way we can help. A free, 24/7 outdoor refrigerator and pantry, the Freedge provides free food and personal supplies to anyone who needs them.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Connections

During this time of transition, please know that your church is here for you. Please don't hesitate to reach out to Bridge Senior Pastor, Rev. Jim Leavitt, or Associate Pastor for Youth & Families , Rev. Amy Clark Feldman for prayer or pastoral support. Mondays are a day of Sabbath for both pastors, but please reach out to either pastor in case of a pastoral emergency.
Pastor Jim's email is
[email protected]
and his phone is 617-965-3893
Pastor Amy's email is [email protected]
and her phone is 617-938-8112
Please note: Phishing Scam
This week some of you may have received a fake scam email pretending to be from one of your pastors asking for help purchasing gift cards. Please know that your pastors and church staff will never write asking for direct online donations of money, online gift cards, or asking that you send personal financial information of this sort via email. If you receive an email like this, or have doubts or questions about an email you receive, please be in touch directly with the pastors or staff. Thank you!!

Our Covenent

We, the members of The Union Church in Waban, true to our founding principle of being an inclusive church, covenant together to nourish and to sustain in our common life and practice a fully welcoming and affirming church for all persons. Welcoming all persons who seek to join with us in a commitment to love God and our neighbors, affirming the inclusive love of Jesus, we are open to all, without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, nationality, ability or economic circumstance. We invite all to full participation in our worship, membership, leadership and life of this church.
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