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Weekly Update
Friday, July 7, 2023

Worship in July

Sundays at 10:00 a.m. on the Stage

Paul’s Letter to American Christians.

In July we will be 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.

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

Service Leaders In July

July 09 - Rev. Jim Leavitt
July 16 - Alan Cody
July 23 - Rev. Amy Clark Feldman
July 30 - Rev. Jim Leavitt

All-Church Gatherings & Adult Formation

May Book Group

July Book Group

Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. (zoom)

"Small Mercies" by Dennis Lehane

The book group will not be meeting in June but please join us again on July 25 at 7:30 p.m. for our next meeting. We will be discussing "Small Mercies" by Dennis Lehane.

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

Ice Cream and Sharing from Puerto Rico!

Weds., July 26, 7:00 p.m. (In-Person and By Zoom)

Ice Cream and Sharing from Puerto Rico!
As many know, Pastor Amy spent the last week of June in Puerto Rico, representing our church and The American Baptist Churches of MA at the ABC Biennial Mission Summit. It was a full week of connecting to and learning about mission work across the US and world. Pastor Amy will share highlights, including video from inspiring and prophetic preachers, calling local churches to action. Join us in-person or online* to share this PR experience and join the discussion,
*Zoom links and connection details to follow as date approaches.

Greater Boston Interfaith Organization (GBIO) Organization (GBIO)

1400 People Attend GBIO's Housing Justice Rally

GBIO's Housing Justice Rally on June 26 was a huge success. In the words of the organizers, it was "through-the-roof"! The organizers hoped to have 1,000 people in attendance; they got 1,400. The attendees came from 59 churches, as well as housing advocacy groups and the Massachusetts Building Trade Unions.

The speakers who shared their personal stories were inspiring as they illustrated the need for GBIO's policy initiatives: housing for citizens reentering the community after incarceration, an enormous and necessary financial investment in maintaining MA's current public housing and in building more public housing, and a real estate transfer fee which would be used to fund affordable housing and home ownership. (For more on the real estate transfer fee, see Tuesday's editorial in the Globe HERE. The stories resonated with the public officials there -- Mayor Michelle Wu, Lieutenant Governor Kim Driscoll, and MA Housing Secretary Ed Augustus, among them -- who pledged their interest, commitment and support.

Thank you to our own UCW church members who showed up and helped make last night's Housing Justice Rally such an enormous success: Nancy Zollers, Frank Laski, Liz Caronna, Kent Wittler, Bart Kelso, Jane Purser, and Dan & Brian Heffernan. To use their words to describe the night, it was -- interfaith, heartening, inspired, empowering, people-power, energizing, busy, and thrilling!

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.
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
Mondays is a day of Sabbath for both pastors, but with a pastoral emergency, please don't hesitate to reach out to Pastor Jim. Pastor Jim will be on-call when Pastor Amy is away until after the July 4th holiday.

Children Youth and Families

Children, Youth and Families

Coming Up - Summer!

Summer Sundays & Activities -- Stay Tuned!

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. Please stay tuned as we are planning a few fun get-togethers over the summer, as well.

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!

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.

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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