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Weekly Update
Friday, November 4, 2022

This Sunday

All Saint's Sunday - Fall Back for Daylight Savings!
November 6 at 10:00 a.m. (in Person & Online)

Sunday, November 6 Worship (Hybrid)
On this All Saints Sunday we will celebrate communion and honor the saints among us, past and present, and their impact in our lives. Pastor Amy will be preaching with a focus on the story of Rizpah from 2 Samuel.

To join Sunday Worship on Zoom:

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

The bulletin is available HERE
More service details HERE

Upcoming Sundays

Sunday, November 13 (In Person and on Zoom)

Our sharing and learning from the All Church retreat will seep into worship this day as we go deeper into the story of Peter walking on the water moving toward Jesus.

Church Matters

New Member Amy McMahon

Amy became a new member this past Sunday.

Amy McMahon
Amy was born in Ohio and moved to Boston to go to graduate school in education. After graduate school, Amy worked in a variety of capacities in the field of reading and literacy, including adult and family literacy at WGBH, at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, at MGH and finally to returned to teaching at Newton North high school.

Amy has one daughter, Rachel Hargreaves, who lives in Washington DC with her partner Alex Frail. Amy also lives with her dog, Cooper, and hosts international students who are here to study English. Amy is formerly a member of the Eliot Church of Newton.

At Union Church, Amy leads Wellspring for Women, is on our Retreat Planning Team and teaches in the Sunday School. We are so grateful for her presence among us.

November Council Meeting Report

Church Matters - Council Report
The full church council met on Wednesday evening (November 2). We got an update on our finances and Riverside. We discussed our communication and outreach strategy with Jane Purser (chair of Communications). We approved, and a generous donation made possible, sending out postcards to families within our area to invite them to our church for Advent and Christmas. We also welcomed back Rev. Amy Clark Feldman and got caught up on where we are with our Children and Youth programming.

All-Church Gatherings & Adult Formation

Fall Clean-Up

Fall Clean-Up

Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8:30 a.m. - noon

It’s Time for another outdoor church clean-up! So, if you regret missing the last one, or you just need to be together again, please come and help. It won’t take too long as we did so much at the last clean-up. The weeds always win, so we need to keep on top of …

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Community Thanksgiving Dinner

November 19 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Community Thanksgiving Dinner
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Due to renovations inside the building, the Union Church in Waban will once again hand out "Thanksgiving Dinners To Go," instead of hosting an in-person event. Dinners may be picked up on Saturday, November 19 between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. at 14 Collins Road, Waban, MA 02468. If you know of anyone who would appreciate a meal, please have them contact Alicia Collins at 617.784.4825 or [email protected].

We need volunteers to help package the meals between 10 :00 a.m. and noon in the church kitchen, and then others to hand out the meals between 12:00 and 1:00 p.m. You can hop between volunteering at the clean-up and the dinner! We may also need a couple of drivers to deliver meals. If you would like a job that you can do at home on your own, that can be arranged too! Please reach out to Alicia to volunteer. Thanks so much.

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UCW Book Group (Zoom)

Next Meeting - November 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McClaren

Please join us on Tuesday, November 29 at 7:30 p.m. for our next book group meeting. We will be reading The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McClaren. You will find a zoom link and sign-in information below. If you have any questions, please reach out to Alan Cody ([email protected])

Zoom Link: HERE
Meeting ID: 832 4667 4155
Passcode: 431699
Dial in: 1 646 558 8656

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO)

GBIO Delegate Assembly Nov. 10

Children Youth and Families

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Coming Up For Kids and Families!

Below are some exciting upcoming events this fall to put on your calendar

  • Nov. 6 -- All Saints Celebration We will celebrate the saints among us, and remember and honor those who have passed into the eternal arms of God. Kids will share in a special interactive prayer station and communion.
  • Nov. 12 – All-Church Day Retreat with special offerings for our kids and youth. Kids will be invited to intergenerational activities and special art and music offerings during the day. After dinner and the bonfire in the evening, high school youth are invited to stay with Pastor Amy, Jim MacDonald, and Soo Laski for a special overnight at Edwards House. Youth will return to the church on Sunday morning between 11:30-noon.
  • Nov. 19 Community Helping Hands Clean-up/Thanksgiving Dinner. Lend a hand to friends in need of extra help with fall clean-up, and spruce up the church grounds, while we share a Thanksgiving meal with neighbors

Find Our Fall Calendar at the Link Below!

Please Note - Pastor Amy has a new email address!

As we continue to do the good work of organizing our technology and other systems (i.e. getting our ducks in a row), we're updating our email addresses. Pastor Amy can now be reached at [email protected]. Emails to [email protected] should forward to that new address, but please feel free to text or call at 617-938-8112 if you have any trouble reaching her via email.

Nicaragua - Twentieth Anniversary of Our First Trip

Sharing God’s Love and Light in The Ministry of Nicaragua at the Union Church

2023 will mark an important milestone for our work in Nicaragua. We will be celebrating the twentieth anniversary of our first trip. More than 100 people have participated in our service trips and more than 100 people have participated back home in so many important ways. The intergenerational and wide reaching congregational support has been truly amazing and it is a perfect time for a celebration.

Keep on the lookout for details to follow on our twentieth anniversary event !

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Advocates For Racial Justice (ARJ)

Housing is Everything

Housing in Newton has been nearly impossible for families and individuals earning less than 60% AMI. It is difficult to live in Newton at much higher incomes as well. There are some options for a few lower income families when developers meet the Newton inclusionary requirements. However, the lowest income families cannot find deeply affordable opportunities here.

Now, the Newton Armory - purchased for $1 from the state - will be developed to create 42 units for people with incomes under 60% and some under 30 % AMI. Metro West Collaborative Development and Civico Development have partnered to work with the City to develop this new affordable housing at the former West Newton Armory site.

The new units will include 15 one-bedroom, 21 two-bedroom, and 7 three-bedroom units creating the opportunity to diversify our housing and welcome new residents to Newton.
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If you would like to learn more about ARJ activities at the
Union Church please reach out to Nancy Zollers ([email protected] ) or Kathleen Hobson ([email protected]).



Newton Freege: Union Church Serves Once a Month

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. And our team of volunteers helps keep it running every other Saturday. Email [email protected] to learn more and to join our team, and join the @newtonfreedge Facebook group for updates!

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To learn more, contact Vinita at vinita.leslie@gmail.com, or sign up below.

Sunday Sign-Up


Sunday Reception Sign-Up

Every Sunday after worship we gather on the stage for a time of fellowship. This reception is hosted each Sunday by different members of the congregation.

Reception Sign-up: HERE Thank you!
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Scripture Reader Sign-Up

If you are joining our Sunday worship, please consider signing up as a Scripture Reader for any of our upcoming services.

Scripture Reader Sign-up: HERE Thank you!

Pastoral Care

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 Pastors Wendy or Amy for prayer or pastoral support:

Mondays are days off for both pastors. If you have a pastoral need, please reach out to Pastor Wendy this week.

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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