Please remember to pick up the name of a child or children in the Parish Hall during coffee hour. For over fifteen years, our parish has solicited the names of MetroWest and Sudbury children whose parents need our help in making Christmas a joyous day for their kids.
All presents must be newly purchased, wrapped, and delivered by December 14 to First Parish in a paper bag. The slip with the child’s name should be firmly attached to the bag. Please do not leave a present unattended in the parish hall (except on the morning BEFORE a Sunday service). All gifts should be given anonymously and give no indication of who purchased the present. Clear take-home directions will be made available at the time of name choosing.
Please deliver your gifts to Alison Kaplan. Alison will be available to field any questions during coffee hours.
Don’t forget to bring your used CDs to the youth sponsored coffee hour on December 7. All donations help transform the lives of poor Cambodians by creating sustainable communities where they have access to safe water by raising money for a pump well. For more information contact Liz Rust.
What’s happening this coming Sunday in our Religious Education Program for Children and Youth (through grade 8):
This week in class, Karen and Leslie will be telling you a story about the UU Service Committee. Sometimes we call it “The UUSC Truck story”. You’ll learn about the symbol of the Flaming Chalice. Sonia, Oliver and Abby will be here to help you with a project, which will be something that your family can use at the dinner table for special occasions. Besides that, we do need your help with one thing. What is your favorite healthy snack? Popcorn? pretzels? Cheerios? raisins? chocolate chips? sunflower seeds? Nuts? If each of you brings in a cup of your favorite snack, we can combine them all to make one grand snack. It will be a Stone Soup Snack and that brings us to another old tale that some of you may know already. We’ll taste our unique concoction at the end of class and will bring some down to the adults at Social Hour.
We’re looking forward to seeing you Sunday at 10 am.
All the best from your RE guides,
Leslie, Karen, Sonia, Oliver, and Abby
This coming Sunday honors the bounty of the harvest and we celebrate it by engaging in a cornbread community communion. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty shares her thoughts about what it will take to sustain and flourish on our planet. Rev. Marjorie considers, “In the face of climate change and the level of uncertainty that is feels like we are facing on this planet what do we need to know in order to make informed decisions about how we can make a environmental difference now… As many of us wonder about the health of our planet the inevitable question arises, Is it already too late to make a positive environmental change?”
Seekers Potluck on December 6th at 5:00 pm – Join us to do some pre-holiday celebration and to think about the importance of light and love only possible during the darkest part of the year. “Seeker Potlucks” which are an evening of multi-media, live music, and musings about the monthly worship theme. These incredible events will be held the first Saturday of every month so please plan on attending, bring some food to share as we gather in community, think about the worship theme of the month (this month: Going Within,) and be serenaded by the tones and tunes of featured artists. The question of what a seeker is has been asked. Here is one possible definition: someone who is on a life journey who is interested in better understanding self and the possibility of participating in transformational learning. All are welcome to attend and participate.
All We Had written by Annie Weatherwax is Rev. Marjorie’s book choice for the month of November. Described by Oprah, who selected it as one of her books: “Fat River, a small town with a ‘thinnish stream”, a gas station and a Walmart, has plenty of eccentric characters, such as a transgender waitress and a disabled Russian gymnast, to name a few. When 13-year-old Ruthie and her mother, Rita, pull off the highway for a quick stop, their only plan is to refuel, steal doughnuts from the local gas station, and keep driving. Instead, they stay and try to go straight for the first time – no men, no cons – which means buying a broken-down house with the help of a less-than-reputable mortgage broker. Part commentary on the sub-prime crisis past, comic novel All We Had keeps you reading. Its small observations, such as why mothers apply lipstick when upset (“There was something about the act of moving the stock of color across her lips that soothed”), as well as its larger, scarier questions about the path to adulthood after a childhood spent simply trying to survive” holds your interest. Plan to read the book in November as we welcome the author to be with us on December 2nd at 7:00 pm at the First Parish of Sudbury to discuss the state of the world, single parenting, and the real life worry of homelessness and survival.
The Landscape Committee welcomes everyone to help with our outdoor clean-up on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a great time to get some fresh air, help FPS in a small way, and get to know each other better. Please dress warmly, bring gloves and rakes, and plan to work up an appetite for pizza at lunchtime! Please contact Valerie Tratnyek, or any Landscape Committee member, with questions. In the event of unpleasant weather, the rain date is Sunday, November 23, noon to 4:00 pm.