• 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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  • Photos of the Week for November 9, 2021

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    From left, Birgit Patterson, her daughter Nancy Hancock and David Fields chat before Lunch With The Minister begins on Nov. 3, 2021. Next month’s LWTM will be held on Dec. 15, 2021 at 12 noon, a different date than the regular schedule. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    What’s a Sunday service without a spontaneous dance to ‘Time Warp’ from the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the Postlude of the service on Nov. 7, 2021? From left, are Sheri Linn, Kate Sweetser, the Rev. Cheryl Leshay, Mikaila Turner-Clarke and Kim Napoleone, dancing on the chancel. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Children in the Religious Exploration program process through the sanctuary during the service on Nov. 7, 2021. Their lesson was on nonviolence and protesting peacefully; they carry signs they made showing “what they stand for.” (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Members of the Garden-On Team have begun harvesting seeds; here, Carole Howe holds some Showy Goldenrod on Nov. 7, 2021. The seeds will either be put in the Little Free Library for anyone to take, or planted in flats to overwinter before being planted in our gardens next year. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 10, 2007 when Jane Dutton, left, and others joined hands and sang during Religious Education Sunday. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to some 1999 Board of Management members – Libby Westie and Carlton Davenport.
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  • Photos of the Week for November 2, 2021

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    Our Little Free Library was dedicated on Oct. 31, 2021 in memory of Rita Pierce, an avid reader and volunteer teacher in the Religious Exploration program. Posing at the Grand Opening are, from left, the Rev. Aaron Payson, David and Ann Pierce, Bart Hill, Tom Pierce and Religious Exploration Director Robin Mitzcavitch. Tom’s relatives, Ann and David, came from Ballston Lake, NY to participate in the ceremony. Bart designed and built the structure, which the COA youth painted. The library was funded by a donation from Tom in memory of his wife Rita. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Bart Hill affixes a name plate honoring Rita Pierce while her husband Tom looks on at the Oct. 31, 2021 dedication of the Little Free Library. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    errrr….heads up! Coraline “carries her head in her hands” as she participates in the Halloween parade during the service on Oct. 31, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    When the Spirit Says Dance, witches dance, of course! Right, Sue Neaz? (who is busting a move with her broom during the service on Oct. 31, 2021) (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Yep, this is what you get when the Sunday service falls on Halloween. From left, Maya Desai and Vickie Cox-Lanyon walk up the aisle to take up the Offertory in costume on October 31, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Yep, and this is what you ALSO get when the Minister’s birthday falls on a Sunday – offertory plates with a Happy Birthday balloon attached. Happy Birthday, Rev. Payson! (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Yes, you can indeed turn the office of the Greater Worcester Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministries into a photo studio and use a tablecloth draped over an embroidery frame as a photo backdrop. Here, the Rev. Cheryl Leshay puts an item in place on Oct. 29, 2021 during a photo shoot for the auction catalog. This online auction will run Nov. 27 – Dec. 4. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    From left, Evan Wilson and Beth Posner-Waldron joined Worcester Interfaith for Get Out The Vote door knocking on Saturday, October 30, 2021 despite the rain! They knocked on 40 doors to speak with registered voters or leave information. Municipal elections are Tuesday, November 2nd and the election will shape local schools and how COVID recovery funds are spent. Make a plan to get to the polls and exercise your civic duty! (photo by Evan Wilson)

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    Remember the Asian Longhorned Beetle? Well this photo from the UUCW archives takes us to October 25, 2008 when Annie dressed as the ALB for the Halloween Haunted House. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to February 26, 2017 when Music Director Matt Johnsen made a thank you gesture to the choir at the end of the Music Sunday service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for October 26, 2021

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    An intergenerational choir sings “Quiet Holy Place,” the Choral Introit for the service on Oct. 24, 2021. From left, they are Linda Orcutt, Rachel Wagner, Samantha (holding “Batman,” a wolf stuffed animal), Ken Bayse, Moira Rouse and Kim McCoy. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Bart Hill, left, and Mike Mitzcavitch pose after constructing the Little Free Library at the front of the church on Oct. 21, 2021. (photo by Linda Morse)

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson, left, addresses the attendees at the Special Congregational meeting on Oct. 24, 320231. Board President Sheri Linn looks on from the pulpit. Votes were taken on the gift of land across the street as well as the change of address. Both items passed. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    #uucwreads highlights the ways that books are part of our members’ lives. Here, Religious Exploration Director Robin Mitzcavitch holds a favorite book, “Stitchin’ and Pullin’ : A Gee’s Bend Quilt“ by Patricia C. McKissack. Robin did a whole year on racial justice in 2020-21 and incorporated this book. It used quilting to tell the history of the people and the town of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This newspaper clipping from the UUCW archives takes us back to Sept. 22, 1973 and an ad for the church.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to March 15, 1992 when John Patterson, left, and Andy Hegedus chatted at the installation of Rev. Elizabeth Espenshade as pastor of UUCW.
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  • Photos of the Week for October 19, 2021

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    Maya Desai and Dianne Mann, not shown, passed the plate for the collection during the Sunday service on October 17, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Bart Hill poses on posts he’s just set on Oct. 15, 2021. They are the foundation for our Little Free Library, which he also built. Mike Mitzcavitch helped Bart set the posts, which are at the front of the church property on Shore Drive. The library will be dedicated on October 31, 2021. (photo by Mike Mitzcavitch)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to February 2, 2018 when from left, Matt Bejune and George made an announcement for an upcoming Game Night. The Rev. Aaron Payson looks on. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach circa 2001-2003, with Connor, left, and Drew playing in the sand. (photo by Judy Savage)
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