• Photos of the Week for September 27, 2022

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    Choir members, from left, Ken Basye, Dave Bonneau, Kim McCoy, Linda Orcutt and Moira Rouse lead the congregation in singing “May Nothing Evil Cross This Door,” the Opening Hymn on September 25, 2022. The Rev. Aaron Payson sings from the pulpit. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Multi-instrumentalist Deb Bonneau plays the Postlude “Ashokan Farewell” during the service on September 25, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Bill Derr, left, passes the Offertory Plate during the service on September 25, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Garden-On Team member Ruth Silver readies native plants on Sept. 23, 2022 for the following day’s sale. (photo by Leo DaSilva)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 10, 2007 and Religious Education Sunday. From left are RE Director Deb Selkow, Lydia, Kelsey, Justine, Abby, Youth Group Director Rachel Wagner and the Rev. Aaron Payson. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to September 24, 2017 when, from left, Lilly, Chris and Polly Snyder-Murillo lit the chalice at the beginning of the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for September 20, 2022

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    Chloe Hannan delivers the Welcome at the beginning of the service on September 18, 2022. Last Sunday was Chloe’s first time attending UUCW; she volunteered to be a Worship Associate for this, her second time here. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    If it’s Ferry Beach weekend, which it is, that means there will be a Polar Dip, which there was! In the top photo people line up on the beach, then, bottom photo, race towards the ocean on Saturday, September 17, 2022. (photos by Sean Divoll)

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    The fun of the struggle! From left, Sean Divoll, Samantha Nemeth, Carrie West, Lexi Haley, Maya Desai and Kim McCoy participate in a Tug of War, which was part of the Sunday service on September 18, 2022 at Ferry Beach. The service was conducted by the Rev. Sarah Stewart of First Unitarian and their Director of Faith Development, Samantha Nemeth. (photo by Seth Popinchalk)

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    This undated photo from our UUCW archives is of the Parish Service Committee. Front row from left are Susan Crossley, Barbara Wahlstrom and Ruth Silver. Middle row from left are Doris Horgan and Lynn Ritchie. Back row is Carole Carmichael.

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    This undated photo courtesy of Tom Pierce is of, from left, Jonathan Lilja, Laurie Jasperson, Rob Singleton, Jen Innis and Emiko Seo. Emiko was an exchange student hosted by the Pierce family. (photo by Tom Pierce)
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  • Photos of the Week for September 13, 2022

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    From left, Board President Sheri Linn and the Rev. Aaron Payson look on as Sue Neaz participates in the Ingathering Water Ceremony after the service on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Mara Pentarge speaks about an 8th Principle Moment during the service on Sept. 11, 2022. (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    Guest Musician Jim Scott performs the Prelude, “Let the Magic Start,” during the service on Sept. 11, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to May 14, 2017 when, from left, Althea read her belief statement while Conrad, Alanna and Rhane listened during the Coming of Age Service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to the noted date “during Rev. Rismiller’s ministry’” with, from left, Brenda Thompson, Gail Howe, Ansley Siter and Sally Schenck.
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  • Photos of the Week for September 6, 2022

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    From left, Michele Hernandez looks on as Scott Davidson eases a kayak into the water at Regatta Point. Linda Rich sits in the front position. This is the Church Picnic on August 14, 2022. (photo by Vickie Cox-Lanyon)

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    From left, Lynn Gostyla, Beth Posner-Waldron and Mara Pentlarge sing the Opening music “Morning Has Broken” on August 21, 2022 during the summer service “Putting Faith and Values into Action.” The trio planned and presented the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Garden-on Team members were busy on August 31, 2022, finishing up the planting of trees as well as setting in some perennials. Here, Carole Howe moves a wheelbarrow of perennials. (photo by Leo DaSilva)

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    During the Church Spruce Up Day on August 27, 2022, Moira Rouse, left, and David Fields switch a couple of pews. (photo by Vickie Cox-Lanyon)

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    Jessie Trowbridge vacuums a rug from the Nursery during the annual Church Spruce Up Day on August 27, 2022. Approximately fifteen adults and five children participated. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Garden-On Team led the Summer Service on August 28, 2022. Chairs were set up in the parking lot, adjacent to a bed where trees were planted after the service. Here, co-chair Melissa McKeon leads the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for August 3, 2022

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    In this photo from our UUCW archives, Sharon Templeman, left, now of blessed memory, describes her artwork as her daughter Kim Napoleone displays it for those in attendance. This was August 24, 2014, “A Summer Art Service.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left are Kate Bejune, Matt Bejune (with Mabel), Mara Pentlarge, Karen Stephenson holding Cieanna, Bryan Sweeney (with Echo), Theodore Bejune (holding the great sign), George Bejune, Kim McCoy (with Coco), David Barry, Marieça Davieau (with Lola), Ajayi Harris (with Ozzy) and Brian Keyo (with Auggie). This Doggie Play Date was the Summer Service on July 31, 2022, at Beaver Brook Dog Park. (photo by Rachel Keyo)

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    Eight-year old Flora makes a chalice during the July 17, 2022 Summer Service titled “The Creative Process.” The service was led by her mother, Jessie Trowbridge. Flora has been working with clay since she was 3 years old. (photo by Jessie Trowbridge)

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    From left, Vickie Cox-Lanyon and Sean Reynolds make chalices during the July 17, 2022 Summer Service, “The Creative Process.” (photos by Jessie Trowbridge and Vickie Cox-Lanyon)

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    The Four Suzannes pose together at the Mobile Farmer’s Market at UUCW on June 30, 2022. From left they are Linda Morse (who was designated an Honorary Suzanne for purposes of this photo 😉), Susanne Graves, Suzanne Moody and Suzzanne Gorman. The Suzannes are regular weekly customers; Linda is the Market Facilitator. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, David Fields, Sheri Linn, Mara Pentlarge and Service Leader Dianne Mann sing “We Shall Overcome” during the first Summer Service on July 10, 2022. The service was a Hymn Sing. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Several UUCWers attended the July 11, 2022 Central Mass Eleventh Hour Vigil in front of Worcester City Hall to rally the state legislature to pass several carbon and climate justice bills before the end of July. The rally was coordinated by Worcester Interfaith. (photo by Tali Smookler)

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    This male House Finch was actually perching in the trees that overhang our Bird Sanctuary garden at the side of the parking lot on July 11, 2022. Smart bird! (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for June 28, 2022

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    UUCW folks pose for a photo at the Abortion Rights rally at Worcester City Hall on June 24, 2022. (photo by Rev. Aaron Payson)

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    This fabulous group of women – UUCW’s Women’s Social Circle – met at the NU Kitchen on Saturday morning, June 25, 2022. (photo by Kim Napoleone)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2014 when, from left, Moira Rouse, Claire Breyton, Dianne Mann, Mara Pentlarge and Kim McCoy joined together to sing. What did they sing? Any song that at least 2 or 3 people knew was sung; folk songs, UU songs, 60’s and 70’s rock and roll, it was unlimited, and very fun. (photo by Maya Desai). There’s information in The Message on how to register for this September’s Ferry Beach trip for your own very fun time!

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Women’s Runaway Weekend in Rockport in 2012. As is tradition, some attended Sunday services at the UU church in Rockport. From left are Joan McGinn, Jan Cutman, Carole Carmichael, Betty Jenewin, Christy Barnes, Judy Savage, Nancy Hancock, Sue Neaz and Maddy Spadola. (photo by Ruth Silver)
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  • Photos of the Week for June 21, 2022

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    Beth Posner Waldron, a member of UUCW’s Get Out The Vote team, gestures with a ‘V’ for vote as she holds up the award she just received on June 18, 2022. It was presented jointly from Worcester Interfaith (part of Massachusetts Communities Action Network), for which she’s done door knocking and phone banking, and Mass Voter Table, for which she’s done phone banking. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Nine-year old Sammi plays the frame drum as accompaniment to the Choral Introit “We Are Entering Into a Sacred Circle” during the June 19, 2022 service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Pianist Deb Bonneau tells the congregation she is dedicating the Postlude, “To A Wild Rose” to her father, Walter Irvine, during the service on June 19, 2022, Father’s Day. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Rev. Cheryl Leshay tells the story of Juneteenth as an 8th Principle Moment during the service on June 19, 2022. This was the last regular service of the 2021-2022 church season. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Nancy Hancock, Lynn Gostyla, Ann Hollander and Kim Napoleone discuss “Georgia” by Dawn Tripp, historical fiction about artist Georgia O’Keeffe during Book Group on June 15, 2022. After taking a break over the summer, the group will next meet on September 14th at 7 PM and discuss the book “Mercy Street” by Jennifer Haigh. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2014, with Conrad buried in the sand. He is surrounded by, from left, Emerson and Hazel, who are from First Unitarian, Neway, Lois, Josh and Sarah. But wait! There’s someone else buried in the sand! Check out Vernon at far left. (photo by Maya Desai) There’s information in The Message on how to register for this September’s Ferry Beach trip for your own fun in the sun and good company!

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    This photo from the UUCW archives #flashbackfriday takes us back to the service on March 6, 2016 when Charlie, Laura Secor and Ruth held posters of vegetables, representing the two industrial refrigerators our church had just purchased through a $3,000 grant from the Worcester Rotary Club. This increased our ability to distribute fresh, nutritious refrigerated foods at our monthly Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for June 14, 2022

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    Religious Exploration program graduates, from left, Cheyanne, KC, Conrad, Charlie, Lois, Eva and Jack, along with RE Director Robin Mitzcavitch, participate in the RE Sunday service on June 12, 2022. The teens were taking turns at the microphone telling what lies ahead for them. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Today, June 12, 2022, was Religious Exploration Sunday and all those who helped the RE program in any way were called up to the chancel during the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Raendi and Rachel Wagner perform the song “These Are The Days,” the Offertory Song during the Religious Exploration Service on June 12, 2022. Looking on are Cheyanne, KC, Conrad and Charlie. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Leadership past and present. Yard Sale leader Denise Darrigrand, right, pauses for a moment during the Yard Sale on June 11, 2022 to chat with Melissa Misiewicz, who came to shop. Melissa co-led the yard sale for three years in the 2000’s; it is estimated that Denise has led the Yard Sale for approximately 15 years. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This just in! Here’s the group photo of our cheery and stalwart Yard Sale volunteers, taken just before the doors opened yesterday, June 11, 2022. Go team! (photo by Kim Napoleone)

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    From left, Dan Dougherty and Marilyn Martin Raymond staff the cashiers’ table in Fellowship Hall during the Yard Sale on June 11, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    And now, a Yard Sale loose end to clean up (seriously). We received a donation of one each of these shoes. If this was your donation, would you kindly call the church office to arrange to drop off the other shoe of these pairs? Thanks!

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    #flashbackfriday takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2012 and the Rev. Aaron Payson with his coffee, with Carole Carmichael smiling alongside. (photo by Ruth Silver)
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  • Photos of the Week for June 7, 2022

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    From left, Michelle Hernandez, Sherri Linn, Kate Bejune, Melissa McKeon, Sue Neaz and the Rev. Aaron Payson recite the Litany of Installation with the congregation at the end of the Annual Meeting on June 5, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    UUCW President Sheri Linn and members of the congregation applaud during the Annual Meeting on June 5, 2022 as Denise Darrigrand is recognized in absentia for her service as Collector. Denise is stepping down; Vickie Cox-Lanyon will be her successor. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Gary Phillips, left, a fellow UU and member of First Parish Northboro, gave us his time, talent and treasure (the use of his rototiller) on June 5, 2022 to help us expand our garden beds. He is shown here working with Garden-On Team member Leo DaSilva. Thank you, Gary! (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Lynn Gostyla, Peg Daley, Beth Posner-Waldron and Ann Hollander stand outside the DCU Center in Worcester on June 3, 2022, as they attend a rally protesting gun violence. The event was part of the Wear Orange campaign of Moms Demand Action. Several other UUCW folks were there, including the Sweetzers, Sheri Linn, Sean Reynolds, Maya Desai, Evan Wilson and Linda Morse. (photo by Linda T. of First Unitarian Church)

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    Are you a sprout lover? We’re selling a Freshlife 3000 Automatic Sprouter from Sproutman at our June 11th Yard Sale. https://sproutman.com/collections/growers/products/freshlife-3000-automatic-sprouter?variant=31726419411075 Make lotsa sprouts with this nifty machine. It’s priced to sell – could YOU be its’ future owner? Come to our June 11th Yard Sale (8 AM – 2 PM) for this and other treasures.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 10, 2017 when the Yard Sale volunteers posed for a photo before the doors opened. Why not be part of the Volunteer Crew for the 2022 Yard Sale on June 11th, from 8 AM – 2 PM! (photo by Betty Jenewin)

    Photo of the Week #7

    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the October 9, 2016 service when Marina and Livi participated in the Children’s Collection and took a donation from Wes Shepeluk. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for May 31, 2022

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson delivers the Reflection “The Other Side of Sadness” during the service on May 29, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Garden-On Team members Carole Howe, left, and Betty Jenewin prepare heavy duty metal plant labels to be set out in the church gardens on May 24, 2022. (photo by Leo DaSilva)

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    Garden-On Team member Carole Howe, left, helps as sexton Steve McNally dumps a load of wood chips to refresh the mulch in the gardens on May 27, 2022. (photo by Leo DaSilva)

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    May 29, 2022 is National Learn About Composting Day and in honor of that we flashback to then 8-year old Alma, with the help of Sherri Linn, dumping the first ever bucket of food waste into our brand new church composting bin. Alma and her mother Jessie Trowbridge started UUCW’s compost program in November of 2019.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to December 3, 2017, when the Rev. Cheryl Leshay shared a hug at the conclusion of the service which celebrated the 20th Anniversary of her ordination. Rev. Leshay serves as our Affiliated Community Minister; she has retired from her job as hospital chaplain. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to March 29, 2009 and a lesson on Prayer and Meditation. Here, Jenny DelGizzi helps Charlie make a set of prayer beads. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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