THE AUCTION IS COMING!! April 8th – Full 2017 Auction Description
The online form is at: http://fpsudbury.org/auction-donation-form/. Any questions, please contact the Service Auction Committee: Sherene Aram, Leslie Bryant, Sherri Cline, Gail Hardenbergh, Jan Hardenbergh, Anna Lee, and Sheila Murphy. See you at the Auction!
The first of the Committee on Ministry’s directed surveys for 2017 is now live here. The COM is starting a series of small, directed surveys this year to assess some of the individual ministries within First Parish. This first survey focuses on the Community and Hospitality Committee (CHC). Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief questionnaire to assist COM and the CHC in evaluating some of what the CHC does at First Parish of Sudbury. Take the Survey Now
First Parish of Sudbury Annual Stewardship Canvass, 2017-18
Greetings from your Board of Trustees, this year’s Stewardship Team.
As you know we rely on the generous contributions of members and friends to fund our ministry at First Parish of Sudbury. This year, we ask you to try to increase your last year’s pledge by 9% or more, to support the ministry, grow our Religious Education program, pay the staff fair compensation, fund our varied and enriching programs, and more.
There are three ways for you to complete and return the enclosed pledge card:
1) plan to bring it forward during this Sunday’s service, March 26. Be part of this community event supporting FPS.
2) mail or bring your card to the FPS office.
3) wait for one of the canvassers to call you at home to discuss your pledge.
Thank you one and all! Let’s make our canvass a huge success to fund the dreams and goals of our congregation.
Documents for you:
Pledge Card 2017-18 Pledge Card 2017-18
Fair Share Contribution Guide Stewardship p2
Program at Goodnow Library: Wednesday, April 26 6:30-8:30pm
Join other adults for an overview presentation on ‘green’ burials. Co-hosted by:
Candace Currie, Director, Green Burial Council& Mount Auburn Cemetery
Ruth Faas, owner, Mourning Dove Studio of Arlington, MA
Richard Davis, hospice volunteer and Death Café facilitator
From the Civil War through today, American funeral practices have evolved into a highly formalized, cost intensive and environmentally challenging industry. Green burials can provide a meaningful, economical, and aesthetic means for honoring the dead and providing families and friends with a new (yet traditional) framework for funeral customs and practices.
Please attend in you are interested in learning about this low impact, environmentally friendly, and very much legal means of caring for the deceased.
Refreshments will be served from 6:30 to 7 PM followed by the presentation. It promises to be an interesting and informative evening. If you would like to attend, please register at:
Hope to see you at the Goodnow on April 26th.
First Parish of Sudbury Women’s Alliance Rummage Sale, Saturday April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm
Saturday, April 22 is the date of the annual RUMMAGE SALE at First Parish of Sudbury. The sale, which runs from 10 am to 2 pm, is organized by the Women’s Alliance of First Parish and features gently-used goods of all kinds: clothing, household goods, books, CDs, toys, games and puzzles, sporting goods, stationery and office supplies, and more.
Proceeds are used to support the activities of the Alliance and fund special projects at the church, as well as to make donations to worthwhile community projects.
“Our sale is different from most,” explained the coordinator, Peg Espinola. “For the most part there are no price tags on individual items. Instead there is a $5.00 entrance fee which buys you a standard, specially-marked grocery bag (doubled for strength) into which you can place as many items as you can fit. Once that bag is full, you may buy additional bags, each for $5.00. And if you cannot find ANYTHING you want, you may return your bag and get your $5.00 back.”
In addition there is a separate ‘Out of the Bag’ sale of selected items, priced individually, that are either too big to fit in a grocery bags, or have some other distinctive quality worthy of a separate price — for instance, jewelry, or designer clothes.
Concludes Peg, “Our rummage sale is like a treasure hunt where everyone’s a winner.”
FPS folks–please bring your donations to the vestibule (Hudson Rd. lobby) between Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 21.
Seekers Gatherings—monthly film, discussion and potluck
Join us 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 next Seekers Gathering will be on Saturday, April 1 (truly) at 5:30pm in the Commons. We will begin with our potluck, then watch the episode “The Chosen One” which runs for about 50 minutes. We will follow with dessert and discussion. * Childcare can be provided if you let Fran Sharp know by 5pm on Thursday, March 30.
The Chosen One is described:
“Almost every faith has a figure its followers think was chosen by God. Muslims have Muhammad. Christians have Jesus. Jews have Abraham and Moses. Why do we rally around these chosen ones and how do they guide our faith? Morgan Freeman goes in search of the chosen people walking the earth today, including an American boy from the suburbs who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama who has been returning in different bodies for almost five hundred years.”
All are welcome for this stimulating topic and discussion.
For information, please contact Fran Sharp in the office.
Judy Deutsch, who has been visiting Nate (Ernest N. Benjamin) monthly for about 10 years, will be moving to New Mexico around May 25.
She has found someone who is pleased to visit Nate in her place, but who can’t drive to Bridgewater where he currently is incarcerated.
Judy has found her long relationship with Nate to be very satisfying, and she suspects that you would, too. She suspects, also, that you will find your rides with the woman who wants to visit Nate very satisfying, too. She is a former professor of Greek, has a wealth of knowledge, and a delightful personality, but is not a member of First Parish. Perhaps you could convince her to become one on your rides together!
This Sunday we will honor all of the ways that our friends and members have shown up over and over for First Parish. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will talk about the importance of give and take with regard to reciprocity also known as interdependence. During the worship service we will welcome your annual financial pledge of commitment as we close the First Parish canvass. See you there for all of the festivities!
By Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons
Spirit Play heard the story of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark last Sunday. It is a story that ends with a Covenant. As the rains ended God spoke a blessing, and a beautiful rainbow appeared in the sky. “This rainbow,” God said, “is a sign that never again will the world be destroyed by flood; and in times to come when I cloud the sky with rain, afterward you will see a rainbow, and you will remember my promise, a promise made to you and to every living creature in the world.”
UU Explorers will continue to explore tools and objects as metaphors for “tools” of our faith. This Sunday we’ll use a mirror as a symbol to teach about reflection as a tool we find in our Unitarian Universalist faith. We’ll talk about using reflection when we have difficult questions and need to think about the answers. And, we’ll talk about when, where, and how we take the time to listen inside ourselves for a still, small voice.
The children will learn that we often think of our own “still, small voice” as our conscience and that some people think of it as the voice of God. The group will hear the story, adapted from Hebrew scripture (I Kings 19:11-12), of the prophet Elijah and his experience hearing a “still, small voice.”
Breakfast Club will meet in the library.
Nursery Care will be provided.