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Weekly Update
Friday, May 26, 2023

Pentecost Sunday, May 28 at 10:00 a.m. (Hybrid)

Image by Quin Stevens

Rev. Amy Clark Feldman Preaching

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

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

The bulletin is available HERE

Upcoming Sundays

Sunday, June 4: Annual Meeting

Rev. Amy will preach and lead worship on this day, as we consider who we are called to be as Church and share Communion. Please join us following worship for our Annual Meeting (See Details Below).

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!

Please click for the Evite below to let us know you can come and if you are able to bring a snack, drinks, or other picnic food to share. Thanks!!

Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting

Sunday, June 4

Following Service at 11:15


On Sunday, June 4, we will have our annual meeting following worship. This meeting will be hybrid. If you will join us on Zoom, you can stay in the Zoom room after worship as we transition to the Vestry. If you just want to join the annual meeting, you can use the Worship link on our website and (re-)join anytime. The meeting will probably start around 11:15 a.m. We will take attendance of those on Zoom, and you will also be able to ask questions and vote through the chat. For those who will be joining in person, lunch will be served as we gather around the table in the Vestry.

We will reflect on the year past, with reviewing and approving the minutes from last year's annual meeting as well as the annual report. And we will also get ready for the new year, by reviewing and voting on the Nominating Slate (based on our new by-laws!), and our budget for the coming year.

Lastly, we hope to give you a sense of the pieces we hope to be working on in the coming year. And of course we want to hear any questions or issues you would like to raise. So please join us!

Annual Report and Proposed Budget Previews
2022-23 Annual Report (including minutes from last year) : HERE
Budget Proposal 2023-24 and P&L 2022-23: HERE

All-Church Gatherings & Adult Formation

May Book Group

May Book Group

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

"Poverty, by America" by Matthew Desmond (continued)

Please join us on May 30 at 7:30 p.m. for our next book group meeting. This month we will continue our discussion of "Poverty, by America" by Matthew Desmond

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 Update: Call for turnout at GBIO’s late June Housing Justice Rally

Thank you, church family, for the emails and phone calls you made to our state senators imploring them to vote for the budget necessary to fix and maintain public housing in Massachusetts. The 5/17 Globe article about public housing in Brookline describes and illustrates the public housing crisis so well.
“Decades ago, Massachusetts went above and beyond when it came to housing its poorest residents, building tens of thousands of smaller public housing apartments own its own dime as a supplement to the larger complexes that were funded by the federal government,” but now these units are in a deplorable state of disrepair. Massachusetts has an obligation to maintain the public housing units it built.
GBIO was saddened to learn that the State Senate rejected Amendment #195, meaning that it is unlikely that the state budget for public housing will be anywhere near the $184 million that GBIO and other housing experts have deemed necessary. Clearly, state legislators have not made public housing a priority. Therefore, there is more work for us to do. In late June (exact date TBD), GBIO plans to have a huge in-person rally to continue advocating for a public housing budget that honors the dignity of diverse communities that make up our Commonwealth. We see this as a long game -- justice happens in steps -- and we are committed to fighting for our vision of a Massachusetts where everyone has access to a safe, decent place to call home. Let’s talk and plan, mark the date on our calendars, and arrange carpools.

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 are days off for both pastors. Pastor Amy also serves off-site on Thursdays, and may not be immediately available on that day.

Children Youth and Families

Children, Youth and Families

Pentecost This Weekend - Catch the Spirit!

Coming Up

This Sunday, Pentecost

We'll celebrate the story of Pentecost and the Birthday of the Church!

We are looking for one more teacher for this Sunday as we make Pentecost pinwheels and windsocks, and celebrate the Spirit. Please let Pastor Amy know if you can help. Thanks!

Sunday, June 11

Youth-Led Church Potluck Picnic and Field Day & Celebration of Grads! (See Evite Link)
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!
Children's Mindfulness Summer Program
Join our partners at Agape for this wonderful program this summer! Click below to learn more:

    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.

    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.

    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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