Weekly Updates                                                                                   April 3,  2015







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 EASTER    SUNDAY


No Bible Study or Mindfulness Group this Sunday 


Choir Rehearsal at 9:00 a.m. 


Children's Choir Rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. 

Children's Choir should be at church by 9:30 a.m. to rehearse their anthem. 


Easter Sunday Worship Service 10:00 a.m.  

Our Easter Service will be filled with great joy and lots of special music including "Largo from Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor"   by J.S. Bach with Lisa Crockett and James Cooke. 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. 


Easter Offering: When it comes to hunger, women are hit hard. One-third of women-headed households faces hunger - that's more than any other households. Family Access (formerly Newton Community Service Center) serves the lowest income families with young children in Newton. Their Social Workers serve 110 families, 250 in their parent-child literacy training program and 25 in Child Care.  Because they often visit clients' homes they are familiar with which families are food insecure. This is an under the radar organization in our community. Our Easter offering will allow Family Access to fill their small food pantry as well as get fresh fruits and vegetables and dairy products to the neediest families. Please consider giving to this local initiative that helps feed women and children in need for our Easter offering.  To contribute to the offering, please use the special envelopes you will find in the pew pockets or write "Easter Offering" on the memo line of your check.  Thank you and Happy Easter - from the UCW Hunger Group


Easter Blooms.  Thank you helping to make our Sanctuary so beautiful this Easter with your Easter Bloom order.  Please take your flower(s) with you at the close of the service.  

 Eggs Hunt after Church for Children of All Ages!


Egg hunters should gather downstairs in the Vestry where they will be grouped according to age and sent to designated areas indoors and outside. Parent participation would be most welcome!




Christian Education


The children will join us in worship for our Easter celebration. Nursery care for infants to three years old will be in the Rainbow Room with Lisa Woloski-Barry.


The Vestry is open to elementary school aged children at their parent's discretion. 


Easter Egg Hunt follows worship for children of all ages. See details above. 



Multi Culture Open House at     

Russell School

On March 26th Multi Culture Open House at Russell school brought together parents, staff and partners like the Union Church to celebrate song, dance, classroom projects and ethnic food for all!




 and other 

Upcoming Opportunities 



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...






Tuesday 7th at 6:00 p.m. 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.


Teaching Parish Team,

Wednesday 8th, 6:30 p.m.  


Bible Study,

Thursday 9th at 10:00 a.m.


Worship Team,

Thursday 9th at 6:30 p.m.


Choir Rehearsal,

Thursday 9th at 7:30 p.m.


Confirmation Retreat,

Saturday 11th at 9:00 a.m. (offsite)





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