• 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)

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    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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  • Photos of the Week for May 24, 2022

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson leads the interactive Reading “Speaking a History” by Gail Forsyth-Vail on May 22, 2022. Seventeen people came forward and represented the generations of African Americans in the British colonies and in the United States, from 1619 to present day. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Last Tuesday was the 18th anniversary of the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts. To commemorate that, baritone David Bonneau sang “Everything Possible” by Fred Small, the Musical Meditation during the May 22, 2022 service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Yes, the big tent is going up again. At left, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Evan Ronn (on ladder) and Bruce Leshay assemble the framework on May 20, 2022. Not visible in photo is Sexton Steve McNally. (photo by the Rev. Cheryl Leshay)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 10, 2007 and an Intergenerational choir. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to this undated photo of a church dance. From left are Ellen Laverdure, David and Linda Miller, Stuart Howe, Elise Kreiger and Betty Hoskins. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for May 17, 2022

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    Members of UUCW and First Unitarian pose for a group shot on May 14, 2022, just prior to the Women’s Abortion Rights Rally in downtown Worcester. There were several other UUCW women who attended but who didn’t make the photo. (photo by James Nash)

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    Neighborhood Support Team volunteers from UUCW, Immanuel Lutheran Church in Holden and Temple Beth Israel pose on May 15, 2022 at Dianne Mann’s cookout. The group works together to assist the Noori family, Afghan refugees who have resettled in Worcester. (photo by Kim Mann)

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    Mara Pentlarge presents the monthly 8th Principle Moment during the service on May 15, 2022. These moments demonstrate how structural and personal racism are embedded in our society. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Linda Rich, left, and Cathy McDonagh participate in the UUCW Vote Forward Letter Writing Event in Fellowship Hall on May 15, 2022, during coffee hour. Assisting them are Ann Hollander and Lynn Gostyla. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to when Rhane, left, and Zoe shared a moment in Fellowship Hall. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach and Cathy McDonagh, left, and Sandy Paracer. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for May 10, 2022

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    Coming of Age graduates, from left, George, Halo, Vernon, Baylen, Simon, Sarah, Ayre, Vieve, Amaya and Rebecca sit on the chancel at the beginning of the service on May 8, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Director of Religious Exploration Robin Mitzcavitch, left, hands a rose to Coming of Age graduate Simon Murphy during the Candle Lighting Ceremony part of the service on May 8, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Samantha Wagner sings the Prelude “The Girl I Mean To Be” and Shah Salmi sings “My Wish” during the service on May 8, 2022. (photos by Betty Jenewin)

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    Janet Cutman has a conversation with the Rev. Aaron Payson during Lunch With The Minister on May 4, 2022. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    On May 3, 2022 a rally was held outside the Worcester Courthouse to protest the leaked ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. UUCWers who attended were: Front row from left: Lynn Gostyla, Beth Posner-Waldron, Lois, Maya Desai Back row from left: Kate and Frank Sweetser (photo by Evans Waldron)

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    Come satisfy your bargain hunting desires at our June 11, 2022 Yard Sale! Get this never-used NESCO Gardenmaster Pro Dehydrator for half price – $80 – at the Yard Sale.

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    This undated photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to the early stages of the Refugee Ministry. This group enjoyed working together with families from the Congo. From left, they are June Davenport, Linda Morse, Christine Lynch, Denise Darrigrand, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Marilyn Martin and Ruth Silver.

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    Youth Group Service March 21, 2009 David Spanagel and the Children’s and Teen Choir
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  • Photos of the Week for May 3, 2022

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    People dance around the Maypole, the Postlude on May 1, 2022. (photo by Vickie Cox-Lanyon)

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    In keeping with a years-long tradition, the women of our church had their annual Runaway Weekend April 29-May 1, 2022 in Rockport, Mass. Shown on the front lawn of their lodgings, the Emerson Inn, are, front row from left, Linda Rich, Susan Chase, Michelle Hernandez and Ruth Silver. Back row is, from left, Melissa McKeon, Cristina Heffernan, Rachel Keyo, Sheri Linn, Betty Jenewin and Claire Breyton. (photo by a kind and helpful passer-by)

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    Members of the UUCW Refugee Ministry Team and Worcester Area Neighborhood Support Teams gather for an Iftar meal in celebration of Ramadan at the Worcester Islamic Center on April 26, 2022. (photo by Obianuju Opara)

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    From left, Evan Wilson, Sue Neaz, Claire Breyton and David Miller pose at Bigelow State Forest in Union, CT on April 23, 2022. The trio won a hike with David at UUCW’s holiday auction.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Fall of 2007 and our first 9 AM and 11 AM services. Choir members singing during the 11 AM service are, from left, Karen Tobin, Carlton Davenport, June Davenport, Peggy Veal, Russ Kay, Moira Rouse and Ginny Brink. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Coming of Age Retreat at the Bement Center on May 15, 2009. From left are Mara, Katie, Ethan and Ryan; they are holding cutouts of people for a project called “Pieces of Me.” The youth were guided in thinking about what beliefs and values and life experiences go together to make them who they are. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for April 26, 2022

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    Welcome to dinner at Dismas House. For over 20 years our church has provided a dinner meal for the men and women of Dismas House, a home in which recently incarcerated individuals make the transition back into society. It’s a small but vital Social Justice action anyone can do to support the success of these individuals who deserve a second chance at life. Contact Peg Gifford, Ken Basye, Susan Crossley or Linda Rich – we need more volunteers. It’s the 1st Monday of the month. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Music Director Rachel Wagner directs the choir in the Choral Meditation “Hymn to the Russian Earth” during the service on April 24, 2022. Rachel wrote the drone, “мир,” to go with the Hymn. It is the Russian word for peace and is pronounced “meer.” (Photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Music Director Rachel Wagner wears a dress apropos to her calling on Sunday, April 17, 2022. The dress was a Christmas gift. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    These photos from our UUCW archives take us back to circa 2006 when this group of youngsters posed with Kris Johnson, Staff Nursery Teacher. They are, from left, Josh, Conrad, Alanna and Charlie. Then, circa 2017-2018, out of sentimentality, the same young people reenacted the original photo. (2006 photo by Betty Jenewin; later photo by Rachel Keyo)

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    This photo from our UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2012 and, from left, Dave Schowalter, Rob Yauckoes (First U), and Beckley Schowalter. (photo courtesy of Ruth Silver)

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    There are some unique items to be had at our June 11, 2022 Yard Sale, like this beautiful Rocking Horse! It takes only 1 minute to change from a rocking horse to a rolling horse. Soft fur, and you can push each ear for the sound of trotting or a horse’s neigh. Barely used; mainly for photos. No smoking or pets in home. Almost new condition; there are some easily covered, minor scratches on the wheels. New: $199-$379 / Yard Sale price: $100. See you on June 11th!
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