Welcome new UPA choral staff members (left to right) Marina Khankhalaeva, Xavier Durden, and Kaara McHugh!
Third Sunday of Epiphany
The United Parish of Auburndale Welcomes Reverend Betsy Waters
Reverend Waters led our congregation in a autumn workshop focusing on what is “Central, Distinctive, and Enduring.” She returns to UPA this Sunday for a dialogue with Pastor Doug and reflection on the following:
“Who are we here at UPA? Why do we exist?
We are called to part of a movement for Compassion, Justice, Welcome, Service.
Come celebrate how we live this out NOW and imagine next steps to address what is NOT yet true.”
Workshop participants created “UPA-Brand” cereals last fall, including healthy ingredients such as love, strength, forgiveness, laughter, pumpkins, youthful energy, acceptance, etc. Ten other cereal boxes can be viewed in the youth lounge.
Music this Sunday 9 o’Clock Parish Choir Rehearsing in Sanctuary Youth Rock Band Rehearsing 9am in Bandroom
Prelude: “St. Andrew” – Hurd Anthem: “O God the Creator” – Patterson Meditation: “Fughette in E-flat” – Kolb Postlude: “Voluntary in E-flat” – Handel
Focus Text: Mark 1:12-24
After Jesus is baptized, he is first compelled to enter the wilderness for discernment, then he returns to his hometown, recruiting others to join a Spirit-ed movement. Immediately the movement meets resistance in an unlikely place…the local house of worship.
This week we will return to our Bible lessons in our classes.
Sunday school lesson:
The David is anointed: God anoints David to be king of Israel.
Pre-k to 2nd Grade, Lambs, room LL 7 —downstairs
3rd grade to 5th grade, Doves, room LL 2 —downstairs
Matthew: Problem statement: I don’t know why Matthew refers to the Old Testament all the time.
Middle School: Centenary Room
High School: Downstairs in Dining Room
All-Church Capital Campaign Briefing Sunday Following Worship
This Sunday following worship please join Peter and Susan Heinrichs and the UPA Capital Campaign Feasibility Team as they share results of one-on-one interviews which took place here in December.
What physical improvements at UPA are we most in agreement about?
What services would Newton community leaders most like us to provide?
How much do Peter and Susan believe we could raise in a capital campaign?
Learn the answers to these questions and more from 11:15 to around 12:30. Childcare provided. Stay as long as you can.
Living the Questions
Everyone is welcome as often as you can attend whether or not you were part of the first series offered last spring. If you would like a copy of the reading for this session by email, please contact email@example.com.
Prayer Concerns from Sunday, January 14th
In response to weekend news of anti-immigrant, anti-African and Haitian rhetoric from the Whitehouse, Jim Miller shared a portion of the Ezra Lazarus poem “New Colossus:”
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Natalie Austrian invited prayer for a member of her brother’s church who faced deportation.
Xavier Durden invited prayers for his family as they mourn the passing of his great grandfather.
Charlie Kessler invited prayers for the Steele family following the death of Guy Steele.
Carole Smith invited prayer for Carol Roush and her family following the death husband Ed Roush.
Rebecca Walsh Bradley expressed thanksgiving for her young daughter Sophia’s interest in a Statue of Liberty book this week. It gave her hope.
Doug Robinson-Johnson invited prayer for Lynda McQuillan and her three siblings and their father following the death of her mother Gladys McQuillan.
United Parish of Auburndale
64 Hancock Street, Newton, Massachusetts 02466