• Photos of the Week for January 25, 2022

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    As a silent Auction prize David Miller taught Claire Breyton, Cristina and Charlie Heffernan, Maya Desai and Sean Divoll along with Vernon and Lois how to create sparks and make a warm fire on a cold day! The workshop was titled “How to Start a Fire Using Sparks (No Matches).” (selfie by Charlie)

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    Fidelma, left, and Vickie Cox-Lanyon sort material at the Social Threads gathering on January 23, 2022. Brand-new to sewing and quilting, Fidelma has jumped right in and plans to make a baby quilt as a gift. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Garden-On Team member Leo DaSilva places native plant seeds in trays during an afternoon work party on January 22, 2022. The trays will then be placed outdoors for a period of cold stratification to overwinter the seeds. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to church year 2010-2011 when the play “The Universe and Other Stuff” was performed for the second time by the children and youth in the Religious Education Program. Deb Selkow produced the play, Rachel Wagner directed, and Deb Bonneau was Music Director and Accompanist. (photos by Bart Hill)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Child Dedication of Declan. From left are Samantha McDonald, Karen Tobin, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Cathy McDonagh and Declan. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 18, 2022

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    Brian Keyo, left, and Evans Waldron stand behind the UHaul truck at the Worcester County Food Bank after it was loaded with 4,090 pounds of food to bring down to the Food Pantry on January 14, 2022.  Kudos to Brian, Evans, Beth Posner-Waldron and Denise Darrigrand for the great work!    (photo by Denise Darrigrand)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to 2005 and Claire Breyton, left, and Linda Holbrook at the Women’s Runaway Weekend in Lee, MA. 

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Oct. 28, 2000 and the Rev. Aaron Payson, left, and Stan Selkow at the Harry Potter Quiz Bowl.
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  • Photos of the Week for January 11, 2022

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    Nature has a different beauty in winter. This is a cutleaf coneflower, one of the native plants in our gardens. Children in the Religious Exploration program have adopted a native plant. They will be keeping an eye on it and seeing the changes it makes. This is Cooper and Flora’s flower. (macro photography by Betty Jenewin)

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    Nicole M. Bell, founder and CEO of Living in Freedom Together (LIFT), spoke during the online service on January 9, 2022. LIFT is a nonprofit organization in Worcester, MA committed to ending the sex trade.

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    Joe Jenks was the special musical guest for the online service on January 9, 2022. He is shown here performing the Musical Meditation “What Kind of Brother.”

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2012 and Alanna’s and Justin’s face painting. Fun fact: Alanna remains a Red Sox fan to this day! (photos by Ruth Silver)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to January 27, 2000 when, from left, the Rev. Aaron Payson looks on as Diane Lamontagne signs the Membership Book. Carol Greene, Frank Shea, Peggy Veal and Don Guyton also signed on that day. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 4, 2022

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson, left, and the Rev. Cheryl Leshay process up the center aisle while all sing “Silent Night” during the Candlelighting Ceremony of the Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Stanley Wilson, tenor, sings “A Lute Carol” by Mary Caldwell during the Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to 2011 when, from left, Director of Religious Education Deb Selkow was presented a handmade quilt by Denise Darrigrand and Samantha McDonald. The service included a tribute to Deb, who was retiring as DRE. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2012 when Mike and Robin Mitzcavitch posed outside the Dining Hall. (photo by Ruth Silver)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the opening words of a Religious Education session in the fall of 2007. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to this undated photo of Brenda Thompson directing the choir. Who do you recognize? (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for December 21, 2021

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    Fidelma performs the Indonesian dance “Ratoeh Jaroe” during the Annual Holiday Vespers service on Dec. 19, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson shares his candle’s light during the Candlelighting Ceremony at the Annual Holiday Vespers Service on Dec. 19, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Joe Ruivo, baritone, sings Deborah Henson-Conant’s “The Nightingale” during the Offertory on Dec. 19, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Here’s a sneak peek at the ongoing construction of our new 12’x12′ shed behind the church. Kudos to the students and faculty in the Construction Department at Worcester Technical High School! (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    People take from the potluck buffet table at the Christmas Lunch With The Minister on Dec. 15, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson, right, gives the traditional gift to the hostess of the Christmas Lunch With The Minister, Nancy Hancock. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from our archives, from left, Lynn Ritchie, Ruth Silver and Carole Carmichael show off their face painting at Ferry Beach in 2012.

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    From left, Loree Burns, Janet Cutman and Peg Gifford are seen in this undated photo from our archives at the Women’s Runaway Weekend.
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  • Photos of the Week for December 14, 2021

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    Susan Crossley, left, and Denise Darrigrand pair up on Dec. 8, 2021 to make wreaths for the Sanctuary. They are attaching fresh greens to metal frames. The duo has been making these wreaths for approximately 8 years. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Pauline Courchesne, Coordinator of the Shoebox Project, stands beside the shoeboxes dropped off in Fellowship Hall on Dec. 12, 2021. Final drop-off is next Sunday morning. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Our new 12’ x 12’ shed is under construction at the back of the church. Students from the Construction Department of Worcester Technical High School, under the supervision of a staff member, are building it. They do it as a service to non-profits, who supply the materials. The students gain work experience in the building of the structure. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Women’s Social Circle gathered at the NU Kitchen on Dec. 11, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Nancy Hancock arranges poinsettias on the altar on Dec. 10, 2021. Susan Crossley led the project, which involved people making donations towards the flowers in memory of loved ones. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Choir members, from left, Dianne Mann, the Rev. Cheryl Leshay and Andrea Cruz sing “Ancient Mother Medley”, the Choral Introit on Dec. 12, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives shows the Payson family at their Child Dedication Ceremony. From left, the Rev. David Miller, Minister Emeritus, conducts the ceremony for Morgaine Payson, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Kristen and Charlie Payson. (photo by Judy Savage)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives brings us back to New Member Sunday on Oct. 21, 2007. From left are Moderator Judy Savage, Vice-Moderator Mary Fitton, the Rev. Aaron Payson, and new members Hannah Caruso and Laura Lenahan. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for December 7, 2021

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    Santa (aka Kim Mann) hands out candy to Anya and others at our Holiday Craft Fair on December 4, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Holiday Craft Fair volunteer Jennie DelGizzi, dressed in seasonal finery, strikes a pose at the fair. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Robin Mitzcavitch makes needle felted animals with wool roving during the Holiday Craft Fair on Dec. 4, 2021.

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    Pauline Courchesne, right, looks over the wares of self-published author Karyn Finneron during the Holiday Craft Fair. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives shows the children and youth singing “De Colores” on June 10, 2007, Religious Education Sunday. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from Judy Savage’s church scrapbook shows Carlton and June Davenport dancing at a church event. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for November 30, 2021

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    Guest speaker Cliff Hakim delivers the Reflection “Walk In My Shoes To Be Kinder” during the service on November 28, 2021. Mr. Hakim is the author of the book “Walk in My Shoes: The Path to Empathy and Compassion.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Officiant Linda Miller reads the Chalice Lighting during the service on November 28, 2021. Linda is the cousin of the guest speaker, author Cliff Hakim. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Sheri Linn, left, and Moira Rouse add hats to our annual Holiday Giving Tree before the service on November 28, 2021. The tree is decorated with donated hats, gloves, mittens and scarves, which will be given to folks in need. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives shows ministerial intern Beau Rivers, left, and Religious Exploration Director Robin Mitzcavitch overseeing the Teacher Dedication portion of the Service on Sept. 21, 2014. Beau was also preaching that day; her Reflection was titled “The Winds of Grace.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach when Gale Eckerson, left, and Janet Stone made salad in the kitchen. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for November 23, 2021

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    Rachel Wagner, Soprano, sings “For the Beauty of the Earth,” the Musical Meditation for the service on November 21, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Andrea Cruz delivers the Pulpit Reflection “On Adoption” during the service on November 21, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Yes, the tent’s coming down. Moira Rouse, a member of The Tent People (along with Sean Divoll and Cheryl and Bruce Leshay) begins the process of taking down the tarp portion of the tent on November 21, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, worker bee Sheri Linn watches as Garden-On Team members Ruth Silver and Carole Howe sow native plant seeds into plug trays to overwinter in the new nursery section at the back of the church ground on November 20, 2021. The Garden-On Team will use this corner to nurse the 2022 generation of native plants. Here, over 14,000 plants will sprout and grow until they are strong enough to be planted in our gardens. Some plants will also be given away and planted in community projects. (photo by Leo DaSilva)

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    From left, the Rev. Aaron Payson and David Fields stand in front of a truck loaded with 1800 lbs. of food on November 19, 2021. It’s from the Worcester Country Food Bank for our Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry distribution the following day. (photo by Beth Posner-Waldron)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to January 8, 2006 and the New Member Ceremony. From left, are Member Services Co-chair Sue Hegedus, President Sue Whitney, Eve Gilmore, Deane Bailey, Beth Stadnicki-Verhyen, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Greg Root, Judy Gallant-Root, Nancy Baffa and John Odell. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to 2005 when Pam Hogan, left, and Krista Patton were at the Women’s Runaway Weekend in Lee, MA.
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  • Photos of the Week for November 9, 2021

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    Coraline plays Minuet #3 by J. S. Bach, the Introit on November 14, 2021. (all photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Beth Posner-Waldron, Susan Leslie (UUA Coalitions and Partnerships Organizer) and Mara Pentlarge participate in a rally in Lincoln Square on November 12, 2021. It was the ‘Freedom to Vote: The Time is Now’ rally to urge the Senate to act swiftly to pass robust national standards for federal elections.

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    From left, Anya collects a Thanksgiving food donation from Peg Gifford at the beginning of the service on November 14, 2021.

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    The 8th Principle Taskforce held a Zoom Summit on Nov. 14, 2021 where they asked a representative from every active UUCW group join to reflect on our commitment to racial justice and make commitments to continue to advance our journey.

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, guest musician Carrick acknowledges the congregation on June 3, 2018 after the Rev. Aaron Payson announced that the teen would be attending Berklee College of Music.

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, we go back to June 19, 2005 and the Walter Irvine Celebration. Walter was presented a gift of a Tibetan Singing Bowl, which was donated to the church in his name. He is shown here striking the bowl for the first time; the congregation rose in a standing ovation when this happened. Choir members, from left, are Karen Tobin, Vickie Cox-Lanyon, Russ Kay, June Davenport Steve Jasperson Ann Jasperson, Carlton Davenport, Claire Breyton, Polly Bluemel and Elise Kreiger.
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