• Photos of the Week for March 1, 2022

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    Wendy O’Leary, educator and author of “The Monster Parade,” leads a Zoom session on Feb. 27, 2022 to discuss tools to help children with their big feelings.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the fall of 2009 when the Youth Group painted the house of neighbor Holly Shreck as part of their service to the larger community. (photo by Pete Lanyon)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Chow Line at Ferry Beach. From left are Jane Dutton, Tom and Rita Pierce and Michael and Linda Holbrook. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for February 22, 2022

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    It was Food Pantry weekend when, from left, Andy and Cheryl Labrecque took a pause from arranging all of the food that they had just helped pick up at the Worcester County Food Bank on February 18, 2022. They are original volunteers with the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry before it came to us at UUCW. They also help pack the bags on Friday evenings. Their help is invaluable! (photo by Denise Darrigrand)

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    This photo, courtesy of Carole Howe, was taken on March 2, 1969, when Carole gave a talk at church on Kentucky. Standing to Carole’s left are Shirley, Walter and Deb Irvine. There are corn shuck dolls arrayed on the table, as well as a dulcimer, fossils, books and rattlesnake rattlers (which are out of the frame). Carole worked for the Frontier Nursing Service in Kentucky.

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives shows Maia, Stan Selkow and Isaac lighting the chalice at the beginning of a service. (photo by Judy Savage).
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  • Photos of the Week for February 15, 2022

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    The UUCW Women’s Social Circle met on the morning of Feb. 12, 2022, over Zoom, and decided to send virtual hugs out to the universe.

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    Mara Pentlarge, a member of the 8th Principle Taskforce, presented an 8th Principle moment during the online service on Feb. 13, 2022.

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    Wendy O’Leary’s second book has just been published – “The Monster Parade.” UUCW is hosting a Parent Discussion with Wendy on February 27, 2022 at 1 PM. There will be an opportunity to purchase or order a signed copy of Wendy’s book. (photo by Betty Jenewin, who apologizes to Wendy for picking up the window reflection on her beautiful book cover)

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    With visions of springtime dancing in their heads, the Garden-On team and a worker bee planted trays with native plant seeds on Feb. 12, 2022. From left, they are Jan Cutman, Carole Howe, Ruth Silver, Melissa McKeon, Linda Morse and Leo DaSilva. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to October 14, 2012 when the Food Pantry hosted Coffee Hour. From left, they are Sue Neaz, Kris Billiar, Cori Henry, Carole Carmichael, Beth Posner-Waldron, Dianne Mann, Mary Plummer, Susan Crossley, Denise Darrigrand and Kathleen Paracer. Bonus points if you can spot Simone in the front row! (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to a church party in 2011, with, clockwise from left, Mary Plummer, unidentified woman, Mara Pentlarge, Sam Ganesan and Matt Johnsen. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for February 8, 2022

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    From left, Ruth Silver, Linda Morse, Leo DaSilva and Beth Posner-Waldron separate planting trays on Feb. 6, 2022. They will be planting native seeds in them and then placing them outdoors for winter stratification. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Worcester’s Youth Poet Laureate Adael Mejia delivers the Reflection during the online service on Feb. 6, 2022. Adael also read his poetry.

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    This year the books “Maid” by Stephanie Land and “The Benefits of Being An Octupus” by Ann Braden were selected for our annual All-Church Read service. Claire Breyton, Maryan Ryan, Jenny DelGizzi and Debbie Merrill spoke during “Book Moments” at the service.

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    Feb. 5, 2022, marked the 22nd anniversary of this article appearing in the newspaper. Thank you, Rev. Payson, for your ministry to this congregation.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to this undated photo of Sandy Mayes and Susan at Ferry Beach. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for February 1, 2022

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    Director of Religious Exploration Robin Mitzcavitch presents the Religious Exploration Moment during the online service on January 30, 2022, with companionship from her granddaughter Jaycee.

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    Jenny DelGizzi, Claire Breyton, Jan Cutman, Beckley Schowalter and Maya Desai participate in the Zoom All Church Read discussion of the book “Maid” on January 29, 2022.

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to June 8, 2008 and, from left, Kristen, Julia, Rachel Wagner, Lyle, Bill and Paul participating in the service. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to this undated photo of, from left, Brenda Thompson, Nancy Hancock and Sue Hegedus playing frame drums at a church event.
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  • Photos of the Week for January 25, 2022

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    As a silent Auction prize David Miller taught Claire Breyton, Cristina and Charlie Heffernan, Maya Desai and Sean Divoll along with Vernon and Lois how to create sparks and make a warm fire on a cold day! The workshop was titled “How to Start a Fire Using Sparks (No Matches).” (selfie by Charlie)

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    Fidelma, left, and Vickie Cox-Lanyon sort material at the Social Threads gathering on January 23, 2022. Brand-new to sewing and quilting, Fidelma has jumped right in and plans to make a baby quilt as a gift. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Garden-On Team member Leo DaSilva places native plant seeds in trays during an afternoon work party on January 22, 2022. The trays will then be placed outdoors for a period of cold stratification to overwinter the seeds. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to church year 2010-2011 when the play “The Universe and Other Stuff” was performed for the second time by the children and youth in the Religious Education Program. Deb Selkow produced the play, Rachel Wagner directed, and Deb Bonneau was Music Director and Accompanist. (photos by Bart Hill)

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    This undated photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the Child Dedication of Declan. From left are Samantha McDonald, Karen Tobin, the Rev. Aaron Payson, Cathy McDonagh and Declan. (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 18, 2022

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    Brian Keyo, left, and Evans Waldron stand behind the UHaul truck at the Worcester County Food Bank after it was loaded with 4,090 pounds of food to bring down to the Food Pantry on January 14, 2022.  Kudos to Brian, Evans, Beth Posner-Waldron and Denise Darrigrand for the great work!    (photo by Denise Darrigrand)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to 2005 and Claire Breyton, left, and Linda Holbrook at the Women’s Runaway Weekend in Lee, MA. 

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Oct. 28, 2000 and the Rev. Aaron Payson, left, and Stan Selkow at the Harry Potter Quiz Bowl.
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  • Photos of the Week for January 11, 2022

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    Nature has a different beauty in winter. This is a cutleaf coneflower, one of the native plants in our gardens. Children in the Religious Exploration program have adopted a native plant. They will be keeping an eye on it and seeing the changes it makes. This is Cooper and Flora’s flower. (macro photography by Betty Jenewin)

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    Nicole M. Bell, founder and CEO of Living in Freedom Together (LIFT), spoke during the online service on January 9, 2022. LIFT is a nonprofit organization in Worcester, MA committed to ending the sex trade.

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    Joe Jenks was the special musical guest for the online service on January 9, 2022. He is shown here performing the Musical Meditation “What Kind of Brother.”

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2012 and Alanna’s and Justin’s face painting. Fun fact: Alanna remains a Red Sox fan to this day! (photos by Ruth Silver)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to January 27, 2000 when, from left, the Rev. Aaron Payson looks on as Diane Lamontagne signs the Membership Book. Carol Greene, Frank Shea, Peggy Veal and Don Guyton also signed on that day. (photo by Betty Jenewin)
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  • Photos of the Week for January 4, 2022

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    The Rev. Aaron Payson, left, and the Rev. Cheryl Leshay process up the center aisle while all sing “Silent Night” during the Candlelighting Ceremony of the Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    Stanley Wilson, tenor, sings “A Lute Carol” by Mary Caldwell during the Christmas Eve Service on Dec. 24, 2021. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to 2011 when, from left, Director of Religious Education Deb Selkow was presented a handmade quilt by Denise Darrigrand and Samantha McDonald. The service included a tribute to Deb, who was retiring as DRE. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to Ferry Beach in 2012 when Mike and Robin Mitzcavitch posed outside the Dining Hall. (photo by Ruth Silver)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to the opening words of a Religious Education session in the fall of 2007. (photo by Betty Jenewin)

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    This photo from the UUCW archives takes us back to this undated photo of Brenda Thompson directing the choir. Who do you recognize? (photo by Judy Savage)
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  • 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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