Join us for the First Parish Poetry Jam on Sunday, August 30th. Each year we conclude the summer with this creative service. Sharing poetry that has meaning for us is a way to connect with each other, explore art and spirituality, and have fun as summer draws to a close!
This year the service will have a new twist as we focus on poems written by women – international poets, poems by indigenous women, historical poets, and contemporary women. Did you know that the one of the first woman poet whose name is still known was Enheduanna, who wrote poetry in Sumeria around 2300 BCE. If you’re not quite up to speed on 3rd millennium BCE poets, not to worry – there are many other choices. Have some fun thinking about women poets though history and bring one or two poems to share during the service.
Join us at 9:30 for nibbles in the air-conditioned Commons; the service will begin at 10:00.
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Summer worship service explores a new way of discussing important topics
Lay-led summer services at First Parish of Sudbury continue Sunday, August 23, when Paul Reising and Tom Yelton host a demonstration of a “Salon” meeting that has evolved at First Parish over the past few years. Nominally an exchange of ideas and opinions focused on a topic from the realm of spirituality, science or a related field, it rests on the precepts of Bohmian dialogue, “a freely-flowing group conversation in which participants attempt to reach a common understanding, experiencing everyone’s point of view fully, equally and nonjudgementally.” (Wikipedia) The Salon emphasizes the values of inclusiveness, active listening and mutual respect. Those attending the service will comprise the salon and experience it for themselves. The service begins at 10:00 AM, preceded by a continental breakfast at 9:30. Both are held upstairs in the air-conditioned Commons. All are welcome.
Women’s Alliance Kick Off Meeting is Tuesday, September 8 @ 7pm in the Brackett Room
Our first Alliance meeting this fall is Tuesday, Sept 8; that’s the day after Labor Day. If YOU come, that will help assure we have a quorum; then we can vote on grant proposals, ratify the elections from last May, and conduct other business.
We expect to vote on a grant proposal from Debra M-B for music folders for the choir.
If YOU need a ride, reach out to Carolyn or Sara and we’ll help you find one. If you know of someone that may need a ride, please reach out to them or suggest that to us.
We will meet with the business meeting starting at 7pm in the Brackett Room. Those who can make it by 6:30 will have an earlier start on the potluck.
At this meeting we expect to plan programs for the year. We’re striving to have more programmatic content this year. So far Lulu C and Alorie P have indicated they will do a program, dates not settled. Other suggestions are always welcome, especially with volunteers to put the program together.
We are looking for leaders, volunteers or suggestions, for both the November 1-day retreat (Sat., Nov. 7) and the April weekend (Fri-Sun, April 8-10, 2016) retreat.
This year we are conducting an experiment. ALL Alliance meetings will be on the 8th of the month, no matter what day of the week. That way no one will always have a conflict!
To keep up with program plans, etc., all women are encourage to join the Women’s Alliance Group on the Village website. http://fpsudbury.org/members/groups/womens-alliance/
Alliance Executive Committee (Peg E, Sara H, AnnMarie L and Carolyn L)
Back to School Backpack Collection.
It’s that time of year again, lazy summer afternoons will turn into crisp autumn mornings. Everyone’s pace of life changes with Labor Day. As the summer winds down, please keep our annual backpack collection in mind. For 12 years, we’ve collected backpacks and back-to-school supplies for children who live with their families in an emergency homeless shelter. These purchases that are routine for us are truly gifts for the kids; helping them to feel like all other children as they return to school in the fall. They depend on our help for this, so please continue with the generous support you’ve shown over the last ten years.
Once again, First Parish is partnering with HOPEsudbury to support the work of the Middlesex Human Services Agency. There are over 120 children receiving support from MHSA programs right now. Please help us help them to have a good back-to-school experience.
There will be a gray collection bin in the lobby at First Parish for your backpacks and supplies starting August 28th. If you’re able to make your donation earlier, you can find collection bins at the Goodnow Library and the Flynn Building during the month of August.
Please join us in putting our Faith into Action by helping some great kids while you do your own shopping.
If you have any questions, contact Ginny Doxsey of the Living Our Faith Team (LOFT)
A new opportunity to help our Metrowest neighbors on Tuesdays:
Open Table in Maynard needs volunteers on Tuesdays through October to help with their dinner program while it is temporarily housed in the Sudbury United Methodist Church on Old Sudbury Road (Rte 27).
Open Table has run a dinner program and food pantry on Monday nights in Maynard for many years. Recently, the dinner program has had to shut down as the restaurant changed hands and the new owners are not able to support the program. Open Table is looking for a new site to permanently house both the pantry and the dinner program. In the meantime, the pantry will continue in Maynard on Monday nights (contact Ginny Doxsey, if you’d like to join this volunteer team) and the Methodist Church has generously offered their space for the dinner program.
There are many ways to help out the dinner program on Tuesdays: shop for food and deliver to the cooks at 3:00, help prepare the dinner from 3:00-5:30 (much chopping is always involved!), help serve the dinner from 5:30-7:30, help the clean up crew from 6:30-7:30. If you are interested in helping out this great service once or more often, go to Open Table information You will sign up online to express your interest in helping out with the Tuesday dinners. The Open Table Volunteer Coordinator will contact you to make arrangements.
This program relies totally on volunteers. It’s a satisfying evening for both the guests and the volunteers, so please consider helping, even if it’s only for one week.