In Memory and In Hope
On this Memorial Day Weekend, Reverend Frado will be honoring those who have served to protect and defend our country. How do we take those lessons learned and move forward toward justice and peace for all? How do terrorist attacks influence, change, inspire us in this process? An important day to be in church.
No RE Programming today.
Our church is having a yard sale from 9am-1pm on Sunday morning, June 1st. Come find some treasures! Thanks to the Youth Group and leaders for running this event.
We had a fantastic auction this year–according to Tanya’s record-keeping, this was the most successful auction ever. While we had budgeted $12K, our total for the past few years, and in 2004 and 2005 cleared $14K, this year we raised a RECORD $17,000! Even better, our chapel and sanctuary was buzzing with families, kids, adults and friends bidding on silent auction items, answering trivia questions as teams, and eating pizza, salad and cupcakes. The youth group was essential in helping with setting up refreshments, tallying trivia rounds, and entertaining kids downstairs. People seemed to love the new format and everyone agreed that it was fun to have this event at our own church. Thanks to all who helped, but especially our auctioneer extraordinaire Scott Hirsch, Juliana for preparing all the trivia rounds, the Youth Group, everyone who contributed cupcakes and beverages, checked people in, and helped clean up, Lisa Shumway for recording every item and purchase on her computer, and Tanya for organizing the entire auction from start to finish. Most of all, thanks to all who bought tickets, came, played and purchased–this evening was stellar because of YOU.
Every time there is a Children’s Worship Circle there is an offertory collection taken. Towards the end of the year, the children suggest charitable organizations to whom they would like the money to go. This past Sunday the children voted to send the offertory money for the year to the Michael Lisnow Respite Center in Hopkinton. The Respite Center provides emotional and physical support for individuals with disabilities and their families. To learn more, check out the Respite Center website: http://www.hopkintonrespite.com/. If you would like to add to the donation please see Janet Davis.
If church needs to be cancelled due to bad weather, you can find out a few ways:
a. WBZ –TV or CBSBoston.com will list us as closed (they no longer read them on the radio)
b. There will be a message on our Facebook site. (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Unitarian-Universalist-Westborough/126170144106772?fref=ts). Be sure to “like” our page so you can get this information!
c. The outgoing phone message at church will be changed to reflect our closing.
What if there’s no power? If you hear of significant power outages in Westborough or conditions are unsafe for you to drive, it is probably best to stay home. We will do our best to keep you notified, but power outages certainly prove most challenging!
NEW FUNDING PROGRAM: Beginning Sunday, 2/3/13, we will are implementing a new way to raise money for our church. We will be selling Stop & Shop gift cards, which can be used whenever you do your grocery shopping. This will cost you nothing, but the church will receive 5% of every card sold! The cards will come in $20, $50 and $100 increments. Cards will be sold in the Chapel after services.
Many people support endowments because they want to make a difference in a lasting way, to leave a legacy for the future. They expect their contributions to be invested wisely, to grow in value, and to produce a reliable revenue stream in perpetuity. Donating to the UUCSW’s 21st Century Fund is an easy way to do that for our church.
Anyone can make a gift to the UUCSW’s 21st Century Endowment Fund at any time. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation before the end of this year, simply write a check to the church and note that your gift is for our endowment. It’s that simple.
If you would like further information about this fund or have interest in donating stock, in setting up a charitable annuity or in other ways of supporting our endowment, please contact any member of the endowment committee: Kathie Metzger, Ken Young, or John Metzger.