• Photos of the Week for December 1, 2020

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    The Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence hosted UUCW on November 29, 2020 for a joint worship service over Zoom. This composite photo shows, top, a welcome extended to UUCW. At bottom, the Rev. Janet Bush, minister of the Unitarian Society of Northampton and Florence, delivers her Reflection, “Inner Resources.”

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    This photo taken on November 25, 2020 shows seeds of native plants harvested from Garden-On Committee member Leo DaSilva’s garden. Many of them will be distributed to fellow committee members on November 29, 2020. (photo by Leo DaSilva)

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    Six members of the Garden-On Committee each picked up a 50-cell tray of potting soil and two packets of native seeds from fellow member Leo DaSilva on November 29, 2020. The members will plant them and set them out in their backyards to overwinter. Come spring the committee will have lots of native plants to put in UUCW’s garden. Here, Jan Cutman, left, gets instructions on planting her seeds – Smooth Blue Aster (Symphyotrichum laeve) and Butterfly Weed (Asclepias tuberosa) – from Leo. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, from left, Rachel Peckar, Mary Plummer and Libby Westie sort books for our church library on April 7, 2010. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Barbara Wahlstrom prices items for the Yard Sale on June 11, 2016. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for November 24, 2020

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    Members of UUCW’s Pie Baking Team, from left, Kristen and Sue Neaz and Project Leader, the Rev. Cheryl Leshay (aka The Pie Goddess), sort pies before putting them into the freezer in Fellowship Hall on November 22, 2020. The trio baked all the pies, with a guest appearance by turkey pot pie baker Bruce Leshay. Additional assistance came from Dianne and Kim Mann, and Collette and Nick D’Errico of the Greater Worcester Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Pie Baking Team member Bruce Leshay takes pies out of a cooler on November 22, 2020. Forty-eight 5” or 9” pies were baked – traditional, vegan, sugar-free and Weight Watchers – for this Fall Fundraiser. Sue Neaz and the Rev. Cheryl Leshay picked some of the fruit themselves, which they donated, along with Dianne Mann. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Baking Team member Sue Neaz puts pies into the freezer in Fellowship Hall on November 22, 2020. Sue’s daughter, Kristen, and Dianne Mann, both trained in ‘Safe Serve’ food safety, consulted on the fundraiser, and Dianne facilitated space in the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry freezer. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Nancy Baffa’s class at the Touchstone Community School held a Thanksgiving Food Drive for UUCW’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry. The children, ages 3-6, sorted and bagged the donations. Here, Nancy and Neway pose with the 12 bags of groceries they delivered to church on November 17, 2020. Loaves and Fishes fed 83 families this Thanksgiving, about 4,000 pounds of food. (photo by Dianne Mann)

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    From left, Andy Labrecque and Paul Wood unload items for the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry on November 19 2020. This is a monthly donation from the parishoners of St. George Catholic Church on Brattle Street. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Robin Mitzcavitch, Director of Religious Exploration and Education, holds up a stuffed animal she made during the Family Religious Education Zoom on November 22, 2020. Patterns were distributed to RE families, then Robin demonstrated how to make the bear during the Zoom. While Robin read the book “Ruth and the Green Book,” children made their own bears. The protagonist in the book, Ruth, had as her backseat companion ‘Brown Bear,’ her stuffed animal friend. Ruth gave Brown Bear away; the children in RE will also be giving their bears away. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, we go back to November of 2011 when the church hosted a celebration of Judy Savage’s 70th birthday. From left are Julia Scheier, Kate Davenport, Judy, Jo-An Bott and Elise Kreiger. Judy’s volunteer service for the church has included several terms as Moderator or Vice Moderator on the Board of Directors. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, we go back to March 30, 2008 and the ordination of the Rev. Lara Hoke. Rev. Hoke, left, looks on as her wife Emily Ferrara delivers a reading during the ceremony. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, we go back to April of 2009 when Russ Kay conducted a lay led service. Russ contributed his graphic design talents to the church, donated technology equipment and shared his appreciation of recorded music in a variety of contexts. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for November 17, 2020

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    UUCW’s Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry held a drive-through food donation event on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Shown here waiting for donors to arrive with gift cards and/or Thanksgiving food items are two of the Food Pantry Directors, Betsy Wood, left, and Dianne Mann. Loaves and Fishes’ clients will receive a special Thanksgiving food bag on November 21st. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Krista Patton helps her mentee Morgaine light a candle during the Coming of Age ceremony in April of 2011. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo courtesy of Carole Howe, a group of girls poses outside the church in 1960. They are, front row, from left, Tara Lindquist, Gail Howe, Marsha Hinckley and Jill Patterson. Back row, from left, they are Cheryl (last name unknown), Nancy Patterson, Marcia Caranchini and Kris Irvine.

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Barry Brigham, center, breaks into a dance for the verse “You got to dance when the spirit says dance “ of the opening hymn on December 10, 2017. Joining Barry is Will Davis. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for November 10, 2020

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    The theme of the November 8, 2020 RE Family Zoom was Food Justice. After reading the book ‘Maddi’s Fridge’ by Lois Brandt, families cooked together over Zoom, making Cheesy Pizza Bombs. Here, from left, Theodore and George show the results of their cooking.

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    Director of Religious Exploration Robin Mitzcavitch, upper left, talks with a group of RE youngsters about making Cheezy Pizza Bombs over Zoom on November 8, 2020. Clockwise, from upper right, are Jaycie, Russell, George and Theodore. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    Demonstrating how to make Cheezy Pizza Bombs are Brianna Caracciolo, left, and Jaycie. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    Moira Rouse rehearses a hymn before being recorded on November 5, 2020, for use in a future Zoom church service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Dianne Mann delivers prepared apples on November 7, 2020 – all covered and socially distanced – to be used to bake pies for a UUCW fall fundraiser. (Photo by Cheryl Leshay)

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    Bruce Leshay, right, delivers frozen pies to Collette and Nick D’Errico on November 7, 2020, for frozen storage until delivery day for UUCW’s Fall Pie Fundraiser. People have the option of purchasing apple, pecan, chocolate pecan, blueberry, pumpkin, peach or turkey pot pie, all of which have been baked using COVID-19 safety protocols. (photo by Cheryl Leshay).

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    Garden-On Committee member Leo DaSilva, left, gave a tour of his home gardens to fellow committee members on November 8, 2020. Leo’s gardens are heavily planted with natives, and include some areas designed as rain gardens, which capture, hold and absorb rainwater. Listening to Leo, from left, are Carole Howe, Melissa McKeon, Kim McCoy and Jan Cutman. The group also toured rain gardens at the Worcester Senior Center and Broad Meadow Brook, all with the intention of getting ideas to bring back to UUCW.(photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Alma, Jessie Trowbridge, Flora and Jaycie pose with chalices on November 7, 2020. Youngsters in the Religious Exploration program created them for the ‘Little Light of Mine’ lesson. Jessie, a potter, fired the chalices in her kiln. (photos by Robin Mitzcavitch.

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    Mara Power, left, poses with Charlie and his chalice on November 7, 2020, as part of the ‘Little Light of Mine’ lesson. (photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)
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  • Photos of the Week for November 3, 2020

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    From left, Flora and Alma pose at the photo booth during the UUCW Halloween event on October 31, 2020. (Photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    Vickie Cox-Lanyon and Drew Lanyon were Spooky Sidekicks at the Halloween event on October 31, 2020. (Photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    Byron Sweeney, his son Ayre and his grandaughter pick up pumpkins and goody bags at the Halloween event on October 31, 2020. (Photo by Robin Mitzcavitch)

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    From left, Music Director Matt Johnsen, Jagan-Nath Khalsa and Alesia Tringale are recorded as they perform a selection of songs on October 31, 2020. The songs will be played at future Zoom church services. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Maya and Tom Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF during the service on October 29, 2006. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Hunter, dressed as “The Joker,” stands outside the church on October 25, 2008, to drum up business for the Halloween Haunted Town event inside. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for October 27, 2020

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    Members of the Youth Group and their adult advisors pose on October 25, 2020 with items they are putting into Goody bags for the October 31st UUCW Halloween Parade. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Youth Group member Josh carries a Goody Bag he has just assembled on October 25, 2020. The bags are for the October 31st UUCW Halloween Parade. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives was taken on a overnight trip to Cardigan Mountain in 1990.
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  • Photos of the Week for October 20, 2020

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Rita Pierce, now of blessed memory, and her husband Tom bring the collection plates to the Rev. Aaron Payson on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

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    This 1992 photo from the UUCW archives, shows, from left, Carol Stanley, Rita Pierce, now of blessed memory, and Nancy Hancock.

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    Food Pantry volunteers, from left, Mary Kilburn (the Happy Halloween Pumpkin), Kim Mann and Dianne Mann break into impromptu song on October 17, 2020, to celebrate a client getting her RN (Registered Nurse) license.  The trio serenaded the client with a rendition of “For You’re a Jolly Good Nurse,” to honor her years of hard work in achieving her goal. (photo by Melissa McKeon)

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    Denise Darrigrand, right, one of the three Directors of the Food Pantry, prepares informational slips to be distributed to the clients on October 17, 2020. At rear are Dianne Mann, left, another of the Directors, and Sue Neaz. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Shore Drive construction project continues; the church parking lot has been extended and newly paved. A second layer of asphalt will be laid and parking lot lines painted. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for October 13, 2020

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    Members of ‘Social Threads,’ the Quilting and Sewing Community that meets bi-monthly at UUCW, look on as Gladys Maldonado, right, explains her Accuquilt machine. on October 12, 2020. She is showing how it speeds up the cutting of the fabric while making masks. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    A member of the Quilting and Sewing Community ‘Social Threads’ that meets bi-monthly at UUCW, irons a piece of material. on October 12, 2020. The quilt hanging at right was made by another member of the group. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Members of the Worcester Congregations for Climate Action, a faith-based climate justice group, meet via Zoom on October 4, 2020. They are, from left, top row, Rebecca Copeland (Wesley Methodist), Mara Pentlarge (UUCW), David Coyne and Margot Barnet (Temple Emanuel Sinai; second row, Lorna Pezanelli (First Unitarian), Mary Flynn (UCC) and Christina Wertz (First Unitarian); third row, Yael Savage (Temple Emanuel Sinai) and Danielle Ferdinand (Wesley Methodist). Their goal is to increase awareness of those that are most at risk by the consequences of climate change. They seek to act as partners in preserving creation, to preserve a healthy and livable planet for our own future and for future generations. (photo courtesy of Mara Pentlarge)

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    From left, Sheri Linn, Sean Reynolds, Carole Howe and Michelle Hernandez pose with tools and the empty pots from the 33 native plants they put into the UUCW gardens on October 4, 2020. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, Andy and Sue Hegedus are pictured in the 1988 church brochure “Batteries Not Included.’
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  • Photos of the Week for October 6, 2020

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    On September 29, 2020, Kim McCoy looks at our 7-year old sloped roof, admiring that it is in perfect condition. Kim also looked at our flat roofs of similar age and saw that they are doing well. For 18 years Kim has helped with maintenance and has done occasional contract review and oversight from 2009-2012. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    KC, left, and Luke set up a tent at the Youth Group Lock-Out on Saturday, October 3, 2020. The Youth Group teens camped out overnight behind the church to raise awareness for homeless. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Worker Bees Sean Reynolds, left, and Sheri Lynn set in native plants during a Planting Party on October 4, 2020. In addition to Sean and Sheri, Committee Members Carole Howe, Melissa McKeon, Jan Cutman, and Betty Jenewin and Worker Bees Kim McCoy, Michele Hernandez, Leo DaSilva and Leo’s friend Paul gave our garden beds a major makeover. Worker bees are not part of the Garden Committee, but lend a much-appreciated hand during Planting Parties. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    In this photo from UUCW archives are, from left, Mike and Linda Holbrook and Wendy Innis. The photo was published in the spring 1989 church report.
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  • Photos of the Week for September 29, 2020

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    UUCW made history on Sunday, September 27, 2020 when the Video Team live streamed parts of the service.  Shown here prepping before the service are the Rev. Aaron Payson, left, and Vickie Cox-Lanyon.  (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The Video Team showed up for a tech run-through on Friday, September 25, 2020. At left, tech guy Paul Marr prepares a camcorder, while the Rev. Aaron Payson sets up the computer software. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The traffic lights have been activated at the intersection of Drummond Ave and Holden Street, and traffic is now flowing on the new section of road, at left. In this photo, taken on September 27, 2020, the barrels block the road that previously ran in front of the church. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    At top, a “Love is Love” banner was installled on the front lawn of the church during the summer of 2020. At bottom, the Rev. Aaron Payson has a supply of UUCW “Love is Love” bumper stickers. Contact him at for one; they are free as long as supplies last. Photos taken on September 24, 2020 by Betty Jenewin.

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, long time member Paul Gustafson passes the plate for the offering on June 10, 2007. In addition to serving as an usher, Paul was also collector, sexton and videographer for the church. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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