The Joy of Holiday Giving 2017

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As the Holiday Season approaches, we are mindful that we have a history of offering a variety of ways to give and to gift here at UUCW. In an effort to invite participation in these efforts, without overwhelming each other, we are offering this list to you in hopes that you will participate in any of the ways that feel best to you and assist you in celebrating the holidays in ways that are most meaningful.  This list will grow over the next few weeks so watch for your favorite ways to give and gift!

Holiday Poinsettia Project

Once again this year, the Sanctuary Aesthetics Team is sponsoring the Annual Holiday Poinsettia Project to decorate our Sanctuary in December.  Members & Friends of the congregation are invited to order poinsettias or contribute to the flower fund to help provide flowers throughout the church year.  Contributions provide an opportunity to also honor or memorialize loved ones in the Holiday Orders of Service.  This year, Bloomer’s Florist here in Worcester will be providing our holiday flowers.  Cost is $25.00 for a regular sized pot, or $35.00 for a large size.  Flowers come in Red, White or Pink.  To order poinsettias, CLICK HERE.  Deadline for orders is Nov. 26.

Holiday Shoe Boxes

It’s holiday shoe-box time.  Each year around the holidays, UUCW participates in gift giving to the ACE (African Community Education) children of Worcester.  ACE assists these refugee and immigrant children of poor circumstances through academic support, one of many outreach programs available to them.  If you’d like to participate, come to the ACE table in Fellowship Hall after the service on Nov 19 and 26.  From my list choose a boy or girl to buy age-appropriate gifts for; the ages range from 10 to 21.  I will immediately give you a card of info on the child of your choice;you then sign your name next to your choice.  I will also give you a sheet of suggestions for what to buy.  Fill your shoe box (I have about 4 to give out).  Wrap the box in holiday paper and write the name and gender of the child on the box.  This is important because if you just write this on a taped piece of paper, it could fall off.  Please no candy or “violent” toys.  Drop off is in Fellowship Hall after the Sunday services of Dec 3, 10 and 17 (for a short while).  Thank you for your good will.  Pauline Courchesne, ; 508 756-1899