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Summer Service: Eleanor Roosevelt — Susan Curnan

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Worship Services



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September 11, 2016–a new year begins

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in General News

Steel, ChurchDanceOur regular worship and program year will begin on Sunday, September 11 at 10:00am for people of all ages.

We will gather for our Ingathering which will feature our Water Ritual and after the service, we will continue with our community potluck.


What to bring on September 11?

  1. Yourselves, whole families, friends and neighbors
  2. A tiny bit of water (actual or virtual) from your summer experiences. These can be collected waters from your travels, from your backyard kiddy pool, tears of joy or tears of sadness. They will be blended together with our waters from last year (which contain waters from all the years going back since we began this tradition decades ago!) Our water is used for baby dedications, blessings of marriages, visiting the sick, and many other sacred purposes.
  3. A salad, side dish or dessert (homemade or store bought) for the community potluck. Our Community and Hospitality Committee will provide us with grilled items and drinks.
  4. Your renewed selves back to our community for a new year of worship, fun, celebration, fun, learning, fun, social action, and fun! We are looking forward to seeing you.

Any questions, contact Fran Sharp, congregational administrator, in the office 978/443-2043 or

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Summer Service: Mandalas – Carol McNamee

Posted by on Aug 14, 2016 in Worship Services

mandalaMandala is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or center. Ritual mandalas are used by Buddhist monks in Tibet as a focus of meditation and the journey toward enlightenment.  In contrast to these formal ritual mandalas, Carl Jung introduced our western culture to a more organic form — the personal mandala. These mandalas are spontaneously drawn providing windows into our own internal experience.

Individually, a mandala provides a reflection of one’s internal state.   Viewed in sequence, they provide visual records of our journeys.   They are all visual reflections of the experience of being human.  I will share some of my own experiences with mandala-making and provide an opportunity for others to have their own experience.


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Save the Date–Harvest Craft Fair on Oct 15

Posted by on Aug 10, 2016 in General News

Harvest Craft (1)The 115th Annual Harvest Craft Fair is Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 to 4:00.  This is First Parish’s second largest fundraiser so we appreciate the support from volunteers to make this a successful and fun event for all.   We have 60 crafters coming with a variety of items for sale including jewelry, knitted items, wood carvings, scarves, handmade soaps, and more.   Please plan to bring your family and friends.

We are seeking volunteers for Sunday, October 9, Friday, October 14 and, of course, the day of the Fair.  Please contact Heather Merrill for more details on how you can help.  We are looking for a two hour commitment for a variety of tasks.  There will be sign up sheets in the Parish Hall, or you can sign up on line – in the near future.

We also sell baked goods and jellies and jams made by our members and friends.  If you can bake ANYTHING, please bring it in Friday evening or Saturday before 9:30.  Cakes, cookies, breads, muffins, brownies are all welcome additions to our bake table.  And jellies and jams and other preserved yummies would be gratefully accepted.  Please label foods with nuts and indicate whether gluten free.

If you have any questions, please contact Liz Rust, Heather Merrill, or Sherri Cline

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Summer Service: Shame – The hot potato – Gail Hardenbergh

Posted by on Aug 7, 2016 in Worship Services

hotpotatoWe all know the feeling of shame, don’t we? But what is it?
And what happens to us when we feel it? How does it affect us?
What can we do when we feel it?
Come and contemplate this very human experience.


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FPS building closed August 3-6

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in General News

Please remembfpssteepleer that no one will be allowed in the building from August 3-6.

Our floors and carpets are having their annual cleaning. Wax and carpets will be drying, so no admittance, please.

Sorry for any inconvenience. Wait til you see how great they look afterward!

Please plan to come on Sunday, August 7. We should be back in operation then (most areas).


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Living Our Faith backpack drive–support HOPEsudbury

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in General News

backpackGinny Doxsey of FPS’s Living Our Faith Team writes–

Thanks for supporting our backpack collections for 13 years!  Since 2003, as partners with HOPEsudbury, we helped collect more than 1300 backpacks and loads of school supplies for children living in homeless shelters.


This year, we’ve decided to do a different collection later in the fall and so First Parish will not be doing an active collection of backpacks.  However, HOPEsudbury is continuing to collect backpacks and supplies from August 5th through August 19th, and will have collection bins in the Goodnow Library and the Performance Arts Connection on Union Ave, both in Sudbury.

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