GBIO Housing Justice In-District Meeting – January 29

The big GBIO event on housing justice this Monday evening, with State Sen. Cynthia Creem (representing Brookline, Newton, Wellesley) and the four reps in her district is happening this Monday evening!   We have nearly 250 people registered, with 31 of them from United Parish! You can still register by clicking on this link — it takes about 45 seconds: Here are the details: Location:  Union Church Waban, 14 Collins Road in Newton (right at the Waban stop on the MBTA Green Line, D branch) Time:  Monday, January 29 — 6:30 to 8pm. We will be asking these elected officials to support… Read More

Summer Camp Scholarships Available

Many of us have fond memories of going to sleep-away church camp when we were young. The United Parish Baptists are offering full scholarships (up to $790) to Grotonwood, a Baptist camp where we have had retreats in the past. Children between the ages of 7 – 16 are eligible for a 5 night overnight camp in July or August. For more information, go to this link: Get with a friend and register for a fun week at camp! We hope that lifelong friendships will be made this summer.  Registration deadline for the Scholarship is March 6 Fliers were… Read More

Baptist Annual Meeting

The United Parish Baptists will be having their annual meeting this Sunday, January 21 at 12:45pm in the Parlor. There are a number of items on the agenda. We hope many of our Baptists will be able to attend. See Donna T. for any questions…. Read More

Souper Bowl 2024

After a multi-year hiatus, the Souper Bowl Chili Sale is returning. On Saturday, February 10, the Hearts and Hands Ministry Team will gather in the kitchen off Willett Hall to cook the chili, make cornbread and bake desserts. Come join us anytime between 9am-2pm to cook and socialize with others. After church on Sunday, February 11, we will sell the food and the proceeds will go towards the matching funds for United Parish’s grant award from the National Fund for Sacred Places. Contact…. Read More

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Intergenerational Morning of Service

When:  Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 9:45 am Where:  In United Parish’s Willett Hall What: We hope you will join us for a time of fellowship, song and service to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s vision of peace. Please invite your family, friends and neighbors to experience the warm and mighty spirit of United Parish. Our worship service will be directly following at 11:00 am, also in Willett Hall. Folks of every age are invited to gather to hear Ben and Ramiro read Be a King by Carole Boston Weatherford, to sing with Merle, and then to participate in one, some… Read More

Growing Grandparents

The next meeting of the Growing Grandparents group will be Wednesday, February 14 at 10am on Zoom. (There is no meeting in January). In the current moment of intense polarization in our country, school districts are facing an unprecedented number of book bans. You may find that a number of them are books you read in school or have enjoyed as an adult! The American Library Office for Intellectual Freedom has tracked 1,269 challenges to school, library, and university materials and services. Most of these challenges relate to books written about topics on LGBTQIA+ and people of color. We are… Read More

20s/30s “Christmas Isn’t Over” Party

The 20s/30s group is once again extending the holidays into January for a “Christmas Isn’t Over” party on Saturday, January 27. We’ll have cookie decorating at 5pm, and a potluck dinner at 6:30pm. You’re welcome to come for either or both! We’ll also do a Yankee Swap of $10 or less. Contact…. Read More

Thrifty Threads Children’s Book Drive

Thrifty Threads is opening the New Year by opening minds. We hope to give children’s books with the kids clothing we donate to immigrants and families in need. Please share your gently used picture books, board books, and activity books. Thanks for supporting our efforts. Contact  … Read More

Thrifty Threads 2023 Community Impact

Thrifty Threads’ volunteers made a tremendous impact in the community over the past year. Thousands of pounds of clothing were diverted from the landfill and donated to local organizations, including foster homes, social work agencies, domestic violence shelters and community assistance organizations. Also, the store’s 2023 year-end total amounts to an incredible $99,758.67! Adele P., a Thrifty Threads volunteer, has been diligently tracking the recent donation numbers. Here is a snapshot of the donation numbers from the past few months: For December 2023, we donated 214 bags of clothing (2,247 pounds or 1.12 TONS) to our charity partners. Over the last… Read More