RETURN TO IN PERSON WORSHIP!
Worship has returned to our sanctuary at our new time:
We will be following the guidelines put in place by the Reopening Task Force at WVC, and the good wisdom of our Deacons. This includes the following precautions:
- Masks are required during indoor worship
- Food will not be served or consumed indoors
- We ask that folks maintain and respect distance as space allows
For those who are for any reason uncomfortable gathering in person, the service can be joined via Zoom. The link is available in our E-News, or you can email email@example.com to request the link. Don’t get our E-news but want to? Contact us here!
City Mission’s Green Book Tour of Boston
Saturday, September 11th
City Mission invited congregants to join them for the Annual Green Book Tour of Boston. The Green Book was considered to be the AAA guide for Black motorists who took to American roads. First published in 1936, during the period of Jim Crow segregation, it identified establishments that would accept the business of African Americans. This included information about hotels, restaurants, gas stations, barber shops, drug stores, and more. To stay safe, Black people never left home without a plan and a copy of the Green Book. The tour was led by Rev. June Cooper.
Sunday Worship at Wellesley
Last summer worship was held jointly, in person, at the Wellesley Village Church with a livestream for those who who either couldn’t make it or preferred to worship at home. The sermons were then posted on YouTube for congregants to view at their leisure.
WOW! Worship on Wednesday!
July 14, July 21, & July 28, 2021
Each Wednesday we gathered outside the sanctuary (just off the sliding glass doors) together for a simple liturgy of song, prayer, and reflection. These informal, simple services were a perfect chance to reconnect with one another and imagine what new thing God is doing among us!
CCW Congregational Hearing
June 16, 2021 – 7:30pm
About 15 months ago, a tiny sized virus created a “new normal” for the world, but before that CCW was envisioning a “new normal” of our own. Through several congregational working sessions, we decided that the only way forward for us as a worshipping community was for us to choose a new path. Your Moderator, your Deacons and the CCW Council invite you to a Congregational Hearing to be held on Wednesday evening, June 16 from 7:30 to 8:30PM via Zoom. Your church leaders would like to share exciting news about a proposed vision for the new “Center” to be developed at CCW, and the plans for reopening in-person worship in September, including a change in time for the service.
Please save the date and watch for the Zoom link closer to the evening.
Zen’s Farewell Parking Lot Fellowship
Sunday, June 6, 2021 – 11:30am
As most of you know, our Choir Director, Zen Kuriyama, will be leaving us this June in preparation for joining the novitiate for the USA East Province of the Jesuits in Syracuse this August. Zen has been with us for 2 years and in that time has become a beloved member of our community. He has directed our choir with sensitivity and with careful adherence to the themes of the worship services. He has also been faced with the difficulties of keeping this all going during a pandemic! His patience with us as we navigated the a cappella app and his untiringly positive attitude have enabled CCW to maintain its musical standards, even from our own little screen boxes! We will be celebrating with Zen in person on June 6th. at 11:30 am. at the church with coffee, juice and goodies. Please join us in giving him a good CCW send-off.
PFAS and Drinking Water
On June 3 at 7 p.m., MetroWest Climate Solutions will host a discussion on PFAS, the “forever chemicals,” – a class of toxic chemicals found in everyday products such as non-stick pans and stain-repellant fabrics and clothing. Because these synthetic compounds do not break down in the environment (easily), these chemicals are showing up as contaminants in drinking water systems around the country. What can be done about this growing problem and how much should we worry? To register for the webinar, click on PFAS Program. Speakers will include Dr. Laurel Schaider, Senior Scientist, Silent Spring Institute, and Laura Spark, Senior Policy Advocate for Clean Water Action. The program will be moderated by Elizabeth Saunders, Massachusetts State Director at Clean Water. Clean Water Action is a leading environmental advocacy organization on toxics in Massachusetts and spearheaded the coalition that successfully fought for the Children and Firefighters Protection Act, banning toxic flame retardants, enacted early this year.
Silent Spring Institute is the leading scientific research organization dedicated to uncovering the links between chemicals in our everyday environment and women’s health, with a focus on breast cancer prevention. MetroWest Climate Solutions is a growing partnership between First Parish in Wayland, First Parish Church in Weston, First Parish in Lincoln, the Congregational Church of Weston, and other communities and individuals. Our mission is to share strategies for moving towards a low- and no-carbon-based society and economy and to suggest activities that enable individuals to help bring about solutions.