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Sudbury Station Project–discussion with Board Chair Craig

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in General News

Chat with Craig Parkhill (FPS Board Chair) this Sunday, Oct. 23 at 11:45am in the Brackett Room.

Topic: whether FPS should take a stand on the Sudbury Station Project.

Let’s discuss the pros and cons of whether FPS, a religious organization, might take a stand on this political issue in Sudbury. Craig would like to know congregants’ views on this.

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Announcing FPS Monthly “Connector” and Weekly “News U Can Use”

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in General News

newsChanges are coming … to our internal publications. Beginning the last week of October (10/26), we will be sending a Monthly Connector on the last Wednesday of each month.

On the other Wednesdays of the month, we will publish a weekly News U Can Use.


In the Monthly Connectors, you will find:

  • a column written by Rev. Marjorie or Chris Scheller or both introducing the theme of the next month
  • an expanded version of People We Care About–send news of the joys and concerns of people we care about (with their permission, of course). Offspring getting married? Are you moving? Just elected to a new position? Career move? Send these notes in for inclusion.
  • Board of Trustee report (highlights from their last meeting)
  • Upcoming events in depth (fundraisers, community events, Women’s Alliance, congregational initiatives)
  • Living Our Faith highlights
  • Other group reports occasionally
  • Seekers Gathering plans for the upcoming week
  • UUA and district news and highlights, when available
  • Updates on projects at FPS

The deadline for each Monthly Connector is the Friday before it is published. For the Oct. 26 issue, the deadline is Friday, Oct. 21.

In the weekly News U Can Use, you will find a shorter, more concise list of upcoming events, worship titles and calendar listings. For those who wish to know more, there will be links to follow for more information.

The deadlines for each News U Can Use are Tuesdays at 10am for the next day’s publication. (see below)

You asked for two things, we heard you and are responding.

You wanted to be able to scroll through the weekly publication more quickly, AND you wanted some in-depth articles which you will now find in the Monthly Connector.

Both are printed on paper weekly and available on Sundays in the lobby under the monitor.

Please send Fran feedback! She and the Communications Task Team are always striving to make communications easy and accessible for you all.


deadline: Fri, Oct. 21 for Monthly Connector on Wed Oct. 26

deadline: Tues Nov. 1 for News U Can Use on Wed Nov 2

deadline: Tues Nov 8 for News U Can Use on Wed Nov 9

deadline: Tues Nov 15 for News U Can Use on Wed Nov 16

deadline: Tues Nov 22 for News U Can Use on Wed Nov 23

deadline: Fri, Nov 25 for Monthly Connector on Wed Nov 30

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First Parish Office closed Friday, Oct. 21

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in General News

Fran Sharsorry-were-closed-signp, administrator, will be taking a day of this Friday. She will return on Monday.

In an emergency, contact Rev. Marjorie at 617/838-2202.

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Religious Education October 23rd

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

soup-kitchenThis Sunday Spirit Play will hear the Green Promise Story, which is based on the fourth UU principle about growing from exploring what is true and right in life. The story is about a boy named Ping who loved flowers, who lived a long time ago in China. He told the truth to the Emperor when it was hard to do so, though no one else would.

Our UU Explorers will be learning about Unitarian Universalism’s long commitment of service to those in need through the story of Joseph Tuckerman (1778-1840), Unitarian Universalism’s first community minister and widely considered to be the founder of social work in the United States.

Breakfast Club will meet in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

Spiritual warrior’s pledge: Not for myself alone, but that all the people may live. — Brooke Medicine Eagle, Buffalo Woman Comes Singing

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Simple Gift Swap 2016

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in General News

xmas gifts 2Mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 11 when first the kids, and then the adults, will choose previously owned gifts which have been donated. Why are we writing so soon?

  1. Please set up a box at your home and start filling it will gently used (or new items you received that weren’t quite right for you) gifts-to-be, for adults and kids. No clothing please (scarves and accessories okay) but books, housewares, toys, games, etc.
  2. Please plan to do your shopping HERE, first! It was never the purpose for these items to simply be frosting on the cake. We feel certain that you will find a few gifts that be just right for your loved ones. The purpose of the Simple Gift Swap is to Re-use, keep stuff out of the landfill, and to cut down on the stress of shopping for gifts. Spend your time here with us, your villagers, rather than in an icky mall!

Any questions, contact Chris Scheller or Fran Sharp.

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This Sunday’s service: sharing Quaker meeting style (Oct. 23)

Posted by on Oct 18, 2016 in General News

Why do we choose the path that we do in our lives? What are the experiences that provide our life with meaning? How do we lean into the important places and what risks are we willing to take to live to the fullest? Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will create a time and space where we can all share, Quaker meeting style, about our most important moments and learnings. This week take some time out of your busy schedule to think about the seminal experiences that you have had in your life where you put it on the line. To use a sports adage where you left it all on the field and how doing so created more meaning and inspired you in a new direction. Sunday’s sermon will be short and the gathered will be welcomed to share snippets of your important moments. Sharing in worship is a sacred act that requires a modicum of willingness to risk for the greater good, hold the magic of the moment and be open without judgment to what may come. If the process of exchange is honored amazing moments of grace abound.

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From the Inside Out

Posted by on Oct 16, 2016 in General News, Worship Services

Spirituality, peace and love - colorful icon

This month’s theme focuses on healing and forgiveness–two important practices that help one to find the love within. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be investigating the process of healing and forgiving from the inside out. Why do many of us hold grudges and resentment against ourselves and others? Taking steps to forgive oneself and then others is an important way to clear our perspective of the world and our place within it. Clearing our way can help us to create the life and world that we most want.

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