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Saving Our Common Ground

Posted by on Sep 25, 2016 in General News, Worship Services

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Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty writes of this week’s service, “Humankind, we are one, we are conscious beings. How can we change our way of thinking in order to literally secure common ground for all? Each decision that we make, each action that we put out into the world affects the larger whole. We have the ability and power to create or destroy. Which will we choose? At a time when our Mother Earth and her non human inhabitants are being exploited for the needs of humankind and profit, what can we do to stop ourselves? Can we live within our means?”

This Sunday we will “Share the Plate” with the Rowe Camp and Conference Center in Rowe, MA which provides a welcoming, empowering summer camp experience for kids and youth, and stimulating and renewing conferences throughout the year for adults.

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Seekers Gatherings begin Sat. Oct 1 at 5:30pm

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in General News

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Seekers Gatherings—monthly film, discussion and potluck

Join us again this year for our thought-provoking monthly get-togethers on Saturdays. This year we offer a new format. Rev. Marjorie will show an episode of the popular National Geographic series hosted by Morgan Freeman “The Story of God”.

Our first Seekers Gathering will be on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 5:30pm in the Commons. We will begin with our potluck, then watch the episode “Who is God?” which runs for about 50 minutes. We will follow with dessert and discussion. Childcare is provided.

Upcoming episodes: “Creation”, “Beyond Death”, “Why Does Evil Exist?”, “The Power of Miracles”, and more.

All are welcome for this stimulating topic and discussion.

For information, please contact Fran Sharp in the office.

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The Harvest Craft Fair is Coming! Save the date – October 15, 2016

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in General News

harvest-craft-fair-collageThe Harvest Fair Committee is gearing up with preparations for the 115th First Parish Harvest Craft Fair, one of our biggest annual fundraisers. The Craft Fair is a fun and festive event enjoyed by FPS folks and many in our surrounding communities.

Over 60 juried crafters sell their handmade goods at our Craft Fair. There are hand-knitted sweaters, beautiful jewelry, ceramics, paintings, hand blown glass items, photography, original art, and many one-of-a-kind items.

We also sell jams and jellies and baked goods from the kitchens of our parishioners.  These are always popular items and sell out.  This is a great way for you to contribute to First Parish.  If you can bake ANYTHING – cookies, brownies, pies, cakes, bread – we can sell it.  There is no need to sign up.  Just bring your baked goods and preserves to the church on Friday Oct. 14 between 3 and 8 PM or Saturday morning before 9:30 AM.

Then there is our famous soup luncheon with a great selection of delicious soups and breads.  If you can make a big pot of soup, we would love to sell that as well.  Please contact Sheila Davison with any questions regarding soup and helping in the kitchen.

And, of course, we need volunteers for set-up, help during the Fair, and clean-up. Please contact Heather Merrill.  Watch for the Sign Up Genie from Heather and sign-up sheets in the Parish Hall during coffee hour. We need you to help make the fair fun and successful.

Be sure the date is marked on your calendar. Bring family and friends for lunch, to enjoy the fun, and to get a start on your holiday shopping!

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Religious Education September 25th

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

By Alejandro Forero Cuervo via Wikimedia Commons

By Alejandro Forero Cuervo via Wikimedia Commons

This Sunday, our Religious Education program will begin in the church service, as always, and then leave to meet in their separate classes for the first time. Our 4 to 6 year-olds will gather together for Spirit Play, and our 7 to 13 year-olds will gather together to begin the “Love Connects Us” curriculum (they will decide whether to call themselves “UU Explorers” or choose a different name for the class this year). The Breakfast Club is invited to join the UU Explorers this week for a discussion of Covenant together, and will then meet in future weeks in the Library. Nursery care will be provided downstairs.

Spirit Play this year will be wondering about stories that speak to the six sources of our faith tradition: The experience of wonder and awe in life; the words of great prophets that teach us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love; wisdom from the world’s religions; Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God’s love by loving our neighbors as ourselves; the guidance of science and reason; and the spiritual teachings of Earth-centered traditions. This is our tenth year offering Spirit Play at First Parish Sudbury, and we have a rich offering of lessons developed over the years thanks to all the efforts of our previous RE teachers, or as we call them, Guides in the religious exploration for our children.

Our “UU Explorers” will be exploring a dynamic curriculum called “Love Connects Us”, which celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. The sessions explore our legacy, from both Universalism and Unitarianism, of living our connections in loving service, inquiry, and action for social justice. At the same time, the program builds active participants in our faith. Children learn how our actions create a new heritage of connecting in love which will shape the faith of future generations.

More information about each program can be found here.

 

 

 

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Walkway and Terrace completed–thanks to all!

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in General News

walkway-photo-1A message from the Landscape Committee-  THANK YOU ALL, and CELEBRATE with us! It just seems unbelievable that after more than 20 years of planning, our dream of having a stone terrace and walkway has become reality this year!  We received very generous support from many in the congregation in order to complete the project, and we are so very grateful that we were able to deliver this improvement to the landscape at First Parish.  THANK YOU for each and every donation.  Please take some time to walk the stone pathway to the front of the church and enjoy this moment.  Some loyal members, even some who have left us, should be remembered for their vision and persistence; thank you to those who have served on the landscape committee in the past!  Special thanks, too, to Deborah Kruskal who led us as “project manager”, and for our contractor, Rob Nixon, for doing an excellent job.  Feel the love, and enjoy!
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Are We One?

Posted by on Sep 18, 2016 in General News, Worship Services

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This year our theme is, “Where is the Love?” Thus we begin at the beginning and wonder about who and how we are in relationship with one another. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will take time to look at how we maneuver in the world, the care that we take and the judgments that we make. She will ask the simple question. “Do we look into the soul of another or just at the wrapper?” If we want to sow the seeds of love we need to shock our hardened heart, turn over the dirt and root out the perceptions that divide us one from another. Are we awake? Are we ready to welcome all to our community? Let us prepare the way.

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Preparing to Vote

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in General News

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We know you are “good UUs” and exercise your 5th UU principle by supporting the democratic process and voting in elections. But, going into this November’s election, perhaps you aren’t quite up to speed on how you will vote on the Massachusetts ballot questions that will face us.

One option for learning more is to tune in to Boston’s National Public Radio station, WBUR on the next three Tuesdays at 3:00pm to hear a moderated debate on one ballot question per week. Today’s focused on question #2 regarding charter schools.
You can listen to upcoming debates by tuning your radio to FM 90.9 or go to their website wbur.org and listen live via the little Play button on the lower left of the screen.
Today’s debate on question #2 can be heard on the WBUR show from today: Radio Boston. http://www.wbur.org/radioboston
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