Weekly Updates                                                                                   March 27,  2015



Holy Week at

The Union Church

in Waban

Palm Sunday, March 29th, 10:00 a.m. worship. With palms and song, we will mark Jesus' entry into Jerusalem. Special music will include an anthem by the children's choir.


Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. in the Vestry. The service begins with a simple meal of bread, soup and salad, and communion, as we remember Jesus' last meal with his disciples on the night that he was betrayed. After supper, the service then moves into Tenebrae worship, which is Latin for "shadows" or "darkening." As scripture and song leads us through the unfolding of events from that last supper through Jesus' death on the cross, the light will grow dimmer and dimmer, until we depart at the end of the service in darkness and silence. Child care will be available. Suggested donation to help cover the cost of the meal is $5/person with no more than $20/family. Sign up for this service is in the Crocker Chapel or please rsvp to the office so that we can plan for sufficient food and child care coverage.


Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 4th, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Traditionally, on the Saturday before Easter, newly-baptized Christians would keep an all-night vigil waiting with great expectation for the dawning of Easter's joy. Our service, however, is only an hour long, but we embrace this same journey from darkness into light. We start the service in darkness. Then the Christ candle that was walked out of our Maundy Thursday service is brought into the sanctuary. Through communion and the reaffirmation of our baptism, the light rises and so do our hearts as we give thanks for the joy of Easter morn that is coming. Child care will be provided.


Easter Worship, Sunday, April 5th, 10:00 a.m. Our Easter Service will include communion, a bell introit by the children's bell ringers, and as our offertory anthem, a piece entitled "Easter Rejoicing" by Jonathan Willcocks for the choir and trumpet. Children are invited to remain in the service for the entire service to share in this joyful worship. If, however, parents do need to step out with their children, the vestry will be set up with some activities/crafts. The nursery will be available for infants and toddlers. After worship, all children are invited to participate in an Easter egg hunt. After the service, please be sure to pick up your Easter blooms so that you can enjoy them at home.    



The Council is the governing body of the church and is elected at the annual meeting which is the first Sunday in June.  Council will meet for a half day retreat on Saturday, March 28th.  We will hear reports from the various ministries of the church in terms of their visiion for the next 3-5 years and what specific resources are needed for the coming year.  If you have any comments, feedback or suggestions regarding the life of the church and our future, please do not hestitate to speak with  Pastor Stacy or to our moderators, Alicia Collins and Annie Gatewood.  


NEWS from the PEWS







Contact the Union Church in Waban


Rev. Stacy Swain, Pastor

Church Website


Aidan Cunningham, Office Manager  


Karen Salides, Director of Childrens and Youth Ministries.


Amy Feldman

Ministerial Intern



No Bible Study this week.     


Choir Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. 


Mindfulness Group meets at 9:00 in the Muse Room (the last classroom on the left at the very end of the hall.)  


Palm Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m.  With the children leading us, we will wave our palms and sing Loud Hosanna as we follow Jesus into Jerusalem at the beginning of this Holy Week. 


The last day to order Easter Blooms is this Sunday.   


Children's Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m. 


Hunger Interest Group meets at 11:30 a.m. For details please see the mission/outreach section below. Child care provided. 


NICA trip prep meeting at 11:30 a.m.  

 Eggs Needed


Easter Eggs are needed for the annual 

Easter Egg Hunt following worship on Easter Sunday, April 5. We need to collect eggs by March 29.  Your donation of plastic eggs, pre-filled with candy or trinkets, is appreciated.  




Christian Education


Sunday school classes on March 29th: Children will begin in worship and leave after the Children's Time. All children are welcome.


 Nursery care for infants to three year olds will be in the Rainbow

 Room with Lisa Woloski-Barry.  

Sunday School teachers and assistants are needed. Please see Karen or a CE Committee Member if you are able to help in Sunday School.  


Sunday School Schedule:  PreK-3rd Grade 

March 29th: -Holy Week (Mark 11:1-11; 14:1-15:47) 

      Palm Sunday 


Sunday School Schedule 4th grade & up:

March 29th:-Lesson: Jesus the Savior: Death 




 and other 

Upcoming Opportunities 


Dear Folks interested in Hunger Issues,


Want to help us decide, plan and schedule Union Church hunger outreach this spring?


* Shall we help fill a pantry at Newton Community Service Center that parents use when they come for child care or mental health services?

* Shall we collect grocery cards for The Second Step women moving away from violence in their home?

* Shall we cook and serve at Bristol Lodge in June?

* Shall we make plans to become a Local Initiative mission project that includes funding our outreach efforts?

How can we best involve our youth?

What other ways do you want to do hunger work through church?

Lets meet on Sunday, March 29th after church at 11:30.  Child care will be provided. Hope to see you there! For more information please see Jane Purser,



This is a brief and joyful update on the Union Church work at Russell School.

*    A new mentoring program has been jointly developed by the Russell Principal, staff and Union Church folks. You can participate with certain commitments.  See Mark to learn more! We look forward to hearing more soon about the progress of this important initiative, and about this opportunity for us to build relationships with some young children at our partner school. (For more information, see below.)

*  The terrific Computer Coding Club will begin again ! Thursdays after school beginning April 30th.  See Rob for more information on this great opportunity to volunteer in this after-school program. No expertise required. (For more information see below.)

* The fabulous  Multi-cultural night on March 26th, 5-7 pm should be great fun, and a chance to meet parents and staff over ethnic food. The energized Parent Council has invited elected officials, city leaders, others to attend in order for decision makers to learn more about Russell and how they can support the school. Want to car pool? (For more information see below.)

* The revived Music Program has permeated the school. The first concert was amazing and the program is now fully funded by Union Church, Hancock Church, Russell School and Community Music Center Boston. Stay tuned for next concert date.

* Other connections have been in play including Liz Caronna working with staff re: behavior challenged students; Kathy Malone as student teacher, church folks supporting Literacy Night.

* The Russell School Parent Leaders are hoping to join us at church one Sunday this Spring!


Help kids learn to program! -- 

Russell School Computer Club,  

Thursdays April 30th to May 28th from 2:45 to 4:30PM -- Come for just one day, or all 5!

We're working with the Russell School in Dorchester to introduce 4th and 5th graders to programming.  Volunteer to join us on one or more Thursday afternoons. As a volunteer, you'll work with a few 4th and 5th graders as they explore this new skill creating projects in the Scratch Programming Language.  No programming skills are required -- help the kids to focus on the goals of their projects and encourage them!


Contact Rob Purser ( for more information.  


Consider Becoming a Mentor

at the Russell School!

By Mark Smith
For some time now, several UCW members have beenkicking around the idea of becoming mentors to young boys at UCW's partner school in Dorchester, the Russell School.  With many questions and details about the kind of project UCW members could commit to, Jaap and I went to the school last week to meet with the school's principal Tamara Blake.  Ms Blake spoke of the needs for her kindergarten-age boys to have positive adult interaction to help them develop the social skills they'll need to do well in school this year -- and the years to come.  Together, we brainstormed how a mentoring project could work for her students.  Jaap and I left the school inspired to get something off the ground this year - and the two of us have committed to begin to work one-on-one with young boys at Russell and see where the project (and the spirit!) leads.  So, beginning on Monday March 16, we are launching a new effort and we invite other to consider joining us. To start, we are committing to a weekly one-on-one time with students at the beginning of the school day (8:15am) for 15-20 minutes.  We will begin by developing friendship and trust with the boys, reading and drawing with them, playing games and other activities.   After two or three weeks, we will share our experience with others at UCW and answer questions about what is required to get involved with kids at the Russell. In the mean time, please see me or Jaap for more information. And, like all things of the spirit, stay tuned...




Planning and preparation for our next trip to Nicaragua in the Spring of 2016 is under way.   

If you think the you may be interested in joining the UCW group on our next trip, or would simply like to learn more about the program, Sue Hadley and Judy MacDonald will be available in the Crocker Chapel after service this Sunday to answer any questions you may have.  Also please take a moment to answer this survey.  Results will help in the planning of the trip.  Paper copies are available in the Crocker Chapel as well.  Thanks you!


NICA Trip Planning Meeting: 

Our next NICA trip planning meeting is today after worship on March 29th in Stacy's study. 




Book Group

Tuesday the 31st at 7:00.  Priscilla will lead us in a discussion of Barbara Brown Taylor's book "Learning to Walk in the Dark." All welcome! Group

Wednesday Mornings 

at 7:30 a.m.

Prayer Group meets every Wednesday.  Throughout the season of Lent, please consider walking the labyrinth that is laid out in Memorial Chapel. with Stacy

Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. 

Starbucks in Waban.

This is a drop in time to share a cup of coffee and conversation.  Please also feel welcome to set up a time with Stacy by emailing her here.


Maundy Thursday Service

6:15 p.m.  Suggested donation $5/person; family cap $20 to help cover cost of the food.  Please RSVP.  Child care will be provided.  


Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil Service

Saturday 7:00 p.m., child care available





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