News and Announcements
- Calling all musicians, songwriters, and composers!
Would you be interested in sharing your talents in a church service at some point? We are putting together a list of musical folks in the congregation for reference. If you’d like to participate, [click here] to fill out a short survey.
We’ll be singing on the following 6 Sundays: 11/6, 11/27, 12/11, and on Christmas Eve, 12/24.
Rehearsals are on the following Thursdays at 7:45PM-9:15PM in the church: 11/3, 11/17, 12/1, 12/8 and 12/22. If you can’t make all of them, we’ll be happy to have you when you’re available.
There is nothing more joyful than helping create wonderful musical memory moments. If you’ve been thinking of trying out the choir — this is a great opportunity to serve our deserving community and also to have a wonderful time with music appreciating friends.
We are a “WELCOMING CHOIR”
- Stewardship Celebration Begins
Thank you for everything you do for our community!
This year’s Stewardship kick off will during worship Sunday, November 6th.
The theme for this year is “Strong Roots. Flourishing Leaves.”
I invite you to reflect on the theme this year, and join together in celebrating our community.
The following Sunday, November 13th, we will have a potluck to come together in community.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the potluck, which will take place in the fellowship building.
Volunteers are welcome-look for a sign up genius in next week’s newsletter.
Danielle Kehoe, co-Chair, Stewardship Committee
- Save the Date: A Fond Farewell for Laura Vilain
Our long-time friend and former Director of Religious Education, Laura Vilain, has recently begun her new journey with the Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading. We want to express our appreciation for her work with our community and wish her all the best in her new role! Join us after the service on Sunday, October 9th in the Fellowship Building for a send-off celebration. We will accept contributions of snacks and baked goods, and there will be a basket to collect cards for Laura.
- Women’s Alliance
The Alliance has been invited to join the League of Women Voters in a discussion on gun violence. Please note the date and time change below .
Event Date: Monday October 3 at 7:00 pm
Program: What is happening regarding gun violence in Massachusetts? Join the League of Women Voters of Westwood Walpole & Dedham to discuss this issue with Executive Director, Ruth Zacharin, of the MA Coalition against Gun Violence on Monday, 10/3 at 7 PM on Zoom.
Ruth spent over 20 years working with youth and adults impacted by domestic and sexual violence before becoming the inaugural Executive Director of the Coalition in May of 2019. Ruth has her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania and is also trained as a community organizer. She is particularly interested in creating models of trauma informed advocacy and policy making.
Nearly 250 people die from gun violence each year in MA, and many more are injured. Suicide is the leading cause of gun death in our country.
- Auction 2022 – Roaring The 20s! Finally!
The arrival of spring means it’s time for the HUUC Auction, which is on Saturday, May 14th at 5 PM in the Fellowship Building. Our theme this year is Roaring in the Twenties—so put this fun event on your calendar. We will have a live auction event in the Fellowship Hall as well as a silent auction (online). Those who prefer to attend the live event virtually will have an opportunity to do so. Right now, the Auction Committee encourages you to donate an item for the auction. Wondering what to donate? Consider a gift basket, tickets to a live performance or a sporting event, a cord of wood, a gift certificate to a local restaurant, an antique item, or collectibles. If you do something well (flower arranging, garden design, woodworking, cooking, or baking)—offer your expertise to the highest bidder. Team up with friends and throw a dinner party. To sign-up for the event, donate or obtain more information on donations/registration go to the auction website below.
- Easter Flower Orders
Please make checks payable to HUUC with “Easter Flowers” in the memo
There are 8 different plants in various colors to choose from.
Click on the SignUp Genius link below to order –
- Pastoral Care Team
Why? The Pastoral Care Team has been created to provide
confidential and compassionate emotional support to parishioners who are having a difficult time in life, such as a major life change, the death of a loved one, health concerns, and family or relationship challenges.
What? We can meet with you either by phone or in person for sessions lasting up to an hour. We also provide referrals to professional help if needed. Confidentiality will be kept absolutely within the PC team.
Who? Pastoral Care Team/Associates are congregation members with gifts for caregiving who were carefully selected to serve in this role. We are supported by the minister and have received 50 hours of UUA training in providing emotional, spiritual, compassionate and confidential one-to-one care to fellow members.
How? Contact a member of the team firstname.lastname@example.org and one of the team will follow up with you.
Meet the Team
- Virtual Joint Summer Service
Please join us on Sunday, August 1st, 2021 at 10AM for the 18th annual Joint Summer Service of neighboring Unitarian Universalist churches. The virtual services will be hosted by the Harvard church with Rev. Jill Cowie of Harvard leading the service and Ted Johnson, Music Director of Harvard, directing the pick-up choir in a pre-recorded choral introit and anthem.
The offering will be donated to the UUSC.
This year the participating churches include: Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Stow/Acton, Fitchburg, Marlborough/Hudson, Bolton, and Leominster.
- Thank You For Supporting the UUSC
Thanks to all who contributed to the Guest At Your Table (GAYT) program to support the UUSC’s efforts towards social justice around the world. Not counting whatever comes in over this weekend we raised $1,730, and with the match, a total of $3,460. AND, with the Shelter Rock match the total for the UUSC will be $6,920.
Be assured that with the UUSC’s model of working on the ground with local partners, this funding will make a huge difference to people struggling to survive under enormously difficult circumstances.
Here’s to Social Justice for all,
Pam and Glen
To donate, checks can be made out to HUUC or through Vanco GIVEPLUS+ on the church website, in both cases referencing the UUSC/GAYT. In addition, we will match all of the congregation’s donations and any donation of $150 or more will also be matched by the Shelter Rock Church on Long Island, effectively quadrupling your donation. Of course donations in any amount are welcome and will be matched.
- A Message From Our Partner Church
Dear Mary and Congregation,
We are well in the pandemic time, healthy, and a little bit afraid what will bring the future for all the world. The restrictions in the pandemic is changed a lot. Now we have to wear mask all the time. The church is open, and Sunday the members, who are coming in the church have to wear mask. The schools were opened Monday, before all the schools were closed, and the education was online.
In the congregation, we had few death people buy Covid, and there are strict laws about the sermons. The vaccination it is started, but many people with me too are afraid, more confuse with the vaccine, still we are waiting. Economically we are already feeling the COVIDs problems. Many people are losing there jobs, the prices are high up almost 1.5. The most important can be, to stop in some way the problems, and we wish a lot to get back our life free.
We hope that the problems will be resolved in the whole world, and we wish you and for our partners in faith all the best you wish.
God bless you all, God bless the world.
In love, faith and peace
Rev. Berei Istvan