• 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.

    Photo of the Week #3

    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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  • Photos of the Week for September 22, 2020

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    The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry celebrated its 25th anniversary on September 19, 2020.  
     
    Posing with the commendation they received from Jean McMurrary (Executive Director of the Worcester County Food Bank) are, front row, from left, Jodi Rymer, Linda Morse, Denise Darrigrand, Jean McMurray, Dianne Mann (Co-Director of Loaves and Fishes) and Betsy Wood (Co-Director of Loaves and Fishes).  
     
    Back row, from left, are Kim Mann, Mary Kilburn, Vickie Cox-Lanyon, Melissa McKeon, Erica Krenis-Peck and Pete Lanyon. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Betsy Wood, right, gets emotional as she holds a commendation she has just received on Saturday, September 19, 2020 from Jean McMurray, the Executive Director of the Worcester County Food Bank, for her 22 years of co-directing the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.. Applauding are, from left, volunteers Jodi Rymer and Melissa McKeon. Loaves and Fishes began at St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1995, as a joint venture with the Wachusett Food Pantry. Wood began co-directing with her husband in 1999. In 2009 it moved to UUCW. Wood’s co-director in the UUCW years has been Diane Mann. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Vickie Cox-Lanyon, Jean McMurray, Executive Director of the Worcester County Food Bank and Dianne Mann, Co-Director of the Food Pantry talk in the parking lot during food distribution on Saturday, September 19, 2020. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Native plant expert, Ellen Sousa, second from right, talks to members of the Garden Committee on Sunday, September 13, 2020. The Garden Committee is beginning the process of planting native plants among the existing plants in the UUCW gardens. Sousa is the owner of Turkey Hill Brook Farm in Spencer (www.thbfarm.com) and is working with the committee. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Bart Hill built a video platform at the back of the church, repurposing the wood from two pews that were removed to make room. Photo taken on September 20, 2020. Photo by Betty Jenewin.

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    At bottom is a song for these times, currently posted in the UUCW bathroom.
     
    ‘Come, Sing a Song with Me’ words and music by Carolyn McDade ©1976 Surtsey Publications Co. from ‘Singing the Living Tradition’ 

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    In the photo at eft, Kim McCoy sets in the new peace pole with help from Peter Salmela and Susan Stepp. In the photo at right, Religious Educaiton Director Deb Selkow stands beside the newly installed peace pole. Photos taken in May of 2003. (photos by Judy Savage)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, taken in the spring of 2012, members of the Greater Worcester Humanist Group are shown sponsoring a Responsible Electronics Recycling Event at UUCW. 
     
    Steve and Ann Jasperson are shown holding up the sign at left. Don Guyton is in the orange sweatshirt.
     
    Metech Recycling, a Certified e-Stewards recycler, provided secure shredding of all data-containing devices. Ninety-five percent of all the materials brought in were recycled for remanufacture. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for September 15, 2020

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    Food pantry volunteers, from left, Jenny Delgizzi and Vickie Cox-Lanyon pack bags with back-to-school supplies on August 13, 2020. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Bart Hill is shown constructing a new platform for video in the back of the sanctuary in this August 2020 photo. Two back pews have been removed to make room. (photo by Bart Hill)

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    UUCW peeps gathered virtually via Zoom to play online trivia via the Kahoot platform on Friday evening, August 21, 2020. Matt and George Bejune created, edited and posted questions, with assistance from Dianne Mann. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    The second Virtual dinner fundraiser was held on September 2, 2020. Shown here is the third of four courses, sweet way glazed pork belly with baby boy choy salad. (photo courtesy of Rachel Keyo)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives is circa 1994-1995. Choir members are, front row, from left, June Davenport, Karen Tobin, Laurie Lundgren, Kim Kepler-Gennert, Leena Osteraas and Shirley Irvine. Back row, from left, are Bob Thompson, Joge Tsang, Russ Kay, Carlton Davenport and Art Henshaw. Choir Director was Brenda Thompson.

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    It is thanks to Birgit Patterson that we have nine scrapbooks containing the archival photos you often see posted in Photos of the Week, and on our church’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. The scrapbooks also contain newspaper clippings and church memorabilia. Thank you, Birgit, for the many hours you spent putting these scrapbooks together! They are an invaluable resource and historical record. This June 2, 2019 photo from Legacy Sunday shows Birgit, center, accepting a token of appreciation from Church President John Odell. At left is Birgit’s daughter, Nancy Hancock. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photo of the Week for September 8, 2020

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    This week’s Photo of the Week takes us back to November 3, 1991 and the church’s Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th anniversary). The Rev. Elizabeth Espenshade presided at a special 3 PM service. She was joined by the Rev. Barbara Merritt, the Rev. Michael Bafaro and the Rev. David Miller. Master of Ceremonies was Wendy Innis.

    Pictured at the reception following the service, are, back row from left, Karen Hancock, Tom Pierce and Jean Bolz. Seated is Nancy Hancock.

    UUCW was founded on June 3, 1841 when 31 men signed the constitution creating the First Universalist Society of Worcester. In 1968 the name was changed to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester.
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  • Photos of the Week for August 4, 2020

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    Sheri Linn, UUCW Summer Service Co-ordinator, leads the first session on Sunday, July 5, 2020. The sessions are centered around the theme of Ethics and Unitarian Universalism; the topic that day was “Moral Authority.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Beth Posner-Waldron makes phone calls for the Reclaim Our Vote Campaign of the Center for Common Ground and Arizona NAACP on July 9, 2020. Beth is calling people of color in Arizona who are being notified that their registration status may no longer be active and telling them how to check their status. In the background is Beth’s favorite affirmation, #457, from the gray hymnal. It is by Edward Everett Hale and reads as follows “I am only one but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” (photo by Evans Waldron)

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    The women attending the July 11, 2020 Women’s Social Circle via Zoom raise their glasses together. (photo by Kim Napoleone)

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    Attendees at the July 29, 2020 Virtual Greek Dinner are shown on the computer monitor in the Keyo household. Dining together, abeit virtually, were Maya Desai and Sean Divoll, Cristina and Neil Heffernan, June Davenport, Catherine Roberts, Cheryl and Bruce Leshay, Sue and Kristen Neaz, the Rev. Aaron Payson and Kristen Payson, Rachel and Brian Keyo, Vickie Cox-Lanyon and Pete Lanyon, Moira Rouse and Dianne Mann. They enjoyed a Greek dinner featuring Avgolemono Soup, Lahandolmathes, Lemon and Oregano Roasted Chicken and Loukoumades. (photo courtesy of Rachel Keyo)

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    In this photo from the UUCW archives, estimated to have been taken in 2002, Claire Breyton plays with, from left, Taeva, Clare and Mariah at Ferry Beach. (photo by Judy Savage)

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    Time Machine Tuesday! This news clipping from the UUCW archives illustrated a story about a project directed by Rita Pierce, to inform more people of the opportunities for liberal religious fellowship at UUCW. A dozen church volunteers stapled together 3500 brochures describing the church’s activities. They were mailed to the Holden area. The cover of the eight-page brochure was drawn by eleven-year old Kristen Bluemel, daughter of Van and Polly Bluemel. The brochure staplers were Rita Pierce, Polly Bluemel, James and Sally Demetry, Birgit Patterson, Nancy Hancock, Norene Tews, Nancy Paul, Justine Honeyman, Lea Hench, Frances Baumgartner and Russ Kay.
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  • Photos of the Week for June 23, 2020

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    Archive photo of Joan Webster

    In this December 11, 2005 photo from the UUCW archives, Joan Webster, now of blessed memory, talks to children in the Religious Education program about her family’s holiday traditions. (Photo by Betty Jenewin)


    Photo of the Week #2:

    Joan Webster at a table with children

    In this December 11, 2005 photo from the UUCW archives, Joan Webster, now of blessed memory, makes crafts with children in the Religious Education program. In the foreground is a drawing one of the youngsters made of Joan. (Photo by Betty Jenewin)


    Photo of the Week #3:

    Sheri Linn and photographer Betty Jenewin discuss filming, while in sanctuary

    Sheri Linn, left, discusses what she will say for a video promo for the Summer Services, filmed by videographer Betty Jenewin. Sheri, the Summer Services co-ordinator, will oversee a Tapestry of Faith Curriculum from the UUA exploring Ethics and UUism. Betty is working with Vickie-Cox Lanyon as the Video Team; both are among those currently taking the online course “Video Ministry.” (Photo by Vickie Cox-Lanyon)


    Photo of the Week #4:

    newspaper article  from Worcester Sunday Telegram dated feb. 16, 1969 - caption reads Peace is the warmth that a letter from a family overseas can bring. Charles D. Wolfson and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Irving Wolfson peruse letters and admire doilies from Greece

    This newspaper photo from the UUCW scrapbooks ran with a story detailing the Wolfson family’s participation in a “Save the Children Foundation” project. The family began in 1956 by contributing to the welfare of a child living in Greece. Their sponsorship expanded to that of the child’s whole family. According to the story, the aim of the project was to convince people that they can do something about their poverty. In addition to exchanging letters three to four times a year, the Wolfsons sent clothing and medical supplies. The article also mentions that son Charles was a member of the Liberal Religious Youth of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

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