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Weekly Update
Friday, May 12, 2023

This Sunday: May 14 at 10:00 a.m. (Hybrid)

Rev. Jim Leavitt preaching.

Rev. Jim Leavitt will preach, as we remember those who have been as mothers to us, and the mothering nature of God.
Zoom Link: HERE
Meeting ID: 826 8730 1128
Passcode: 386028
Dial in only: 1 646 558 8656

The bulletin is available HERE

UCW Tent at the Newton Family FunFEST

Tomorrow, Saturday, May 13

Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Ave.
Newton Centre, MA

UCW Tent at the Newton Family FunFEST on May 13

The Newton Family FunFEST on Saturday, May 13 from 10:00 - 4:00 p.m. is a celebration of art and community for all ages including live musical performances, carnival, arts & crafts workshops, a live public art event, vendor booths and more -- And UCW has a tent! We'll share photos and stories of UCW's offerings for children and youth, as well as our mission and service work. Most of all, we hope to connect with and listen to our neighbors, building relationships and learning about their needs and experiences. We'll also have face painting, crafts and activities for kids, and free baked goods!

We need your help to make the day a success! If you can help with the preparations, providing goodies, setting up, or being a welcoming face at the tent that day, please sign up below. We also love any youth to help with face painting and the kids' activities! With questions, please contact Linda Lynch ([email protected]) or Pastor Amy ([email protected])

Upcoming Sundays

Sunday, May 21- Ascension Sunday & Common Cathedral

Rev. Jim will share the story of Christ's Ascension, as we also prepare and bless the lunch we will bring to the Boston Common for our siblings of the Common Cathedral outdoor congregation.

Sunday, May 28 - Pentecost!

Rev. Amy will preach as we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit - Remember to wear Red!

Sunday, June 4 - Annual Meeting

Rev. Amy will preach as we prepare for our Annual Meeting following worship. We will also celebrate communion on this day.

Sunday, June 11 - Celebration of Graduates, and All-Church Potluck Picnic & Fun Day!

We'll celebrate our graduates on this special day, and then share a fun after-church picnic and field-day-style outdoor games and joy. We look forward to seeing you!

Children Youth and Families

Children, Youth and Families - Spring is here!!

Join in the Eastertide Joy!

Sunday School Helpers Needed

During this interim time, as Pastor Amy will be supporting worship more frequently, we are in special need of some extra adult and/or teen helpers in May and June. If you are able to come hang out with our kiddos, please let Pastor Amy know ([email protected]). No teacher or other experience needed, just an orientation with Pastor Amy and a CORI background check.

Youth Team Calendar - A Great Spring!

We have a great spring ahead for our Youth Groups and church and we hope you'll be part of it. Please find a calendar of High School, Middle School, and combo events coming up (thanks Jane and Abel for the great format!)

View Spring Calendar HERE

  • Newton Fair
    Saturday, May 13.
    Please save the date and help out at the UCW tent at the Newton Fair! We're looking for teens to help with face painting and temporary tattoos! Please SIGN UP HERE or let Pastor Amy know you can help!
  • Common Cathedral
    Sunday, May 21.
    We will gather in the morning to prepare sandwiches and lunches for our unhoused siblings, and then travel to Boston Common to serve lunch and worship with the Common Cathedral community.
  • Youth-Led Church Potluck Picnic and Field Day & Celebration of Grads!
    Sunday, June 11
    Help us get ready for a fun after-church picnic and church field day! Youth will receive an evite or can be in touch with Pastor Amy ([email protected]) to help out! Also, if you or someone you know is graduating this year, please let Pastor Amy know and plan to come so we can share a blessing and celebration of you!

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!

Mission & Justice

Groups in U.S. Exposed to Higher Levels of Air Pollution

Blacks, Asians, Hispanics, Latinos, and low-income populations—are being exposed to higher levels of dangerous fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5) than other groups, according to new research from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
.......continue reading HERE

Good News about Housing🙏🏽🏠

Nine new apartments for chronically homeless people are built and ready for move-in! The new apartments are located close to us and the church, at Golda Meier on Washington St. and Stanton Ave.

Knowing our prayers and our support for these homes has been vigorous, we wanted you to know this breaking news:
Formerly homeless people have a lovely, new home with support. As we say here, Housing is everything!

These homes are the result of the Engine 6 HUD complaint of ten years ago when Newton housing was denied at the former Firehouse on Washington St and Beacon.

We will have many opportunities to welcome these new neighbors of ours. As a part of our initial welcome, please consider providing a few things that every new homeowner needs.

Place any of these new items on the porch at 19 Crofton Rd. Waban this week.
bath towels
dish towels
dishes, utensils, cups
coffee maker

(No furniture please)
With love and hope.
Any questions at all - contact Nancy; Dr. [email protected]

Thank You Church 💞⛪

Church Matters

Rev. Megan Berkowitz Called as Our Senior Pastor

Rev. Megan Berkowitz
The whole weekend has been filled with the Holy Spirit bringing us together first at home of the Abbiati-Collins family for an open meet-and-greet, a Saturday afternoon and evening with various committees and youth and family, and ending again with that worship service.

If you have not been able to attend, we recommend watching the recording of the service on our website: HERE.

If you would like to learn more about our new senior pastor, you can find it on our website: HERE.

We would like to thank the Abbiati-Collins family for their hospitality on Friday, everyone who showed up on Saturday to meet Rev. Megan Berkowitz, and all who attended our worship service on Sunday. But of course we would not have been here if it wasn’t for our Search Committee and Transition Team. Their work over the last 15 months has brought us to this wonderful conclusion.
Jenny Weisz and Jaap van Reijendam (co-Moderators)
Buz Bedford and Carol Bascom-Slack (co-chairs Search Committee)

What's Possible

What’s Possible? Stewardship Invitation

Hopefully you have received an invitation to invest in “What’s Possible?” through the ministry of Union Church in Waban. We hope you will prayerfully consider generously supporting the ministries God is making possible through us. View our campaign Letter HERE.

Make a Pledge Commitment HERE.

Newton Freedge

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

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 Pastor Jim or Pastor Amy for prayer or pastoral support:
Mondays are days off for both pastors. Pastor Amy also serves off-site on Thursdays, and may not be immediately available on that day.

Community & Partners

Riverside Children's Center Wants You to....


Riverside is turning 40! Support this wonderful partner in our church building, and help them celebrate by getting active and raising funds for our playground, so their kids can keep moving all year round!

Log as many miles as possible (Run, Ride, or Walk!) in May while you get sponsors to donate to your progress. Prizes for the top individuals and teams!

Click below to register and learn more:

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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