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Connector November 13, 2013

Connector November 13, 2013
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Minister’s Column by Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty

image014Is it me or is time flying by really fast? It seems just like yesterday that I moved into Stow and started officially ministering to First Parish, and here we are in November speeding towards Thanksgiving. I find it important when dwelling, at times, within a whirlwind to reflect and take stock of where I have been and where I am going; it helps me to place my current moment in context. I began in September sharing with you my thoughts about Speaking Our Truth in Love, in October I entered into a discussion about the “Interdependent Web” of which we are all a part, and this month I am entering into the territory of “Relationships.” I do not plan to focus on romantic relationships per se, but instead on how we decide to enter into mutual relationship with one another and how we cultivate and maintain these ever-evolving connections. What helped me to decide on this specific theme is that it is a natural progression from whence we came. We endeavor to be mindful of the words we use with one another and the importance of love. We acknowledge our interconnectedness, and now we make conscious choices to enter into covenantal relationship with one another. Why is a covenantal relationship different than any other? Because it is a formal agreement to be with one another in a manner that is beyond the every day of an acquaintance or passerby. We enter into an agreement to walk this walk or roll this roll together and to do so based on the golden rule, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. It is easy to fall out of right relationship with one another as the least miscommunication can cause hurt feelings and a rift. First Parish can be the one community beyond home and work that we can challenge and support one another to stretch beyond where we have felt comfortable before. Stretch not to breaking but to a place of transformative growth. How can we grow together?

As I start to contemplate the eighth sermon that I will share with you this Sunday I reflected on the seven sermons that I have shared with you thus far. History has been kind to church goers of contemporary times.  Topics that once took hours to unpack and deliver now stretch our patience at twenty minutes, even though they are filled with engaging stories, metaphor, and antidotes about how to live a good life and do the right thing. I vowed as I began this church year to expand the range of my style from heart-centered to funny to intellectual. I have delivered a varied cadre of speaking styles on a wide range of topics including my most recent invitation to contemplate difficult truths about life and death. What I have realized over these two months is pretty much what I expected… some topics and styles will resonate with some of us while others will not. Here is a perplexing and challenging truth for a minister: what some of you like to hear me speak about others in the community do not. My choice is to endeavor to make some of you happy all of the time or try to make different people happy each week. So as your minister I have decided to continue to vary my style and content to reach as many people as possible from week to week with differing topics. What does this mean? If you do not like a sermon that I preach on any given Sunday…be patient. That sermon that will touch you deeply and that resonates with your soul is not that far away. If you really want to hear me preach on a specific topic just let me know what you are longing to have me read, research and write about because I do endeavor to include your interests into my repertoire. As I said to you during my candidating week and not so long ago: my job is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable, and if you feel challenged from the pulpit on any given Sunday revel in the fact that clearly you are stretching and growing in new ways. I am forever thrilled to be on this journey of hope, love and discovery with you!

Peace and light to you during this season of introspection.

Rev. Marjorie

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R.E.flections by a chaliceD.R.E.amer

by Roberta Altamari, Director of Lifespan Religious Education

The theme of this month seems to be “work” – not the kind where I have to do manual labor, but more the “philosophy of work.”  It all started about a month ago when I went camping with our Youth Group.  As the teens navigated their way through setting up tents, preparing meals, and cleaning-up after themselves, some needed guidance about how much effort to chip in.  As seems natural in groups, some people put forth more work than others.  While it seems like it is a minor part of a group camping experience, it actually proved to offer our teens many life lessons.  What do I do if I am doing more work than others?  What do I do if someone asks me to do something I don’t know how to do?  These basic experiences mirror what they will later be experiencing in the workforce as adults.  I gave them my general philosophy, “Contribute a little more than your fair share.”  Be helpful and give a little extra without enabling others to not do their share.

This theme continued for the rest of the month.  I heard about a study that recently came out suggesting that parents who put their kids’ wants ahead of their own are happier than parents who are seeking their own happiness.  While the author recognizes that the survey sample wasn’t big enough to make the research statistically significant, I felt that the report was missing something.  Then I was sent a blog that details a conversation as a father guides his son to understanding that the main goal of marriage should not be finding your own happiness, but making your spouse happy.  While I am the first one to promote the importance of “giving” in our lives, I also believe that it needs to be in balance.  A few weeks ago, I told the children’s story about the “Giving Tree” and noted that I don’t like the story because the boy/man takes everything the tree has to offer until there’s almost nothing left.  I worry that this study and this blog (like this children’s story), offer a one dimensional focus on giving — Give blindly without considering the need for a balance of giving and receiving.  Not only does giving too much deplete the giver, but it isn’t as beneficial for the receiver as it seems.

A balanced exchange of giving and receiving is a wonderful aspect of healthy relationships.  Sure, some people need a little more at certain times in their lives, and others are free to give a little more at other times in their lives.  Balance and spreading the work among the group is the key.  The beauty of being in relationships, families, and religious communities (such as ours) is that we are surrounded by people who are willing to work together to help one another.  When we each “contribute a little more than our fair share,” amazing things happen around here.

Blessed be. Roberta

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Religious Exploration NEWS

 Be sure to LIKE our two NEW Facebook pages and stay connected:

 1. Multigenerational fun & connection at First Parish of Sudbury — Since connection is the most important part of community … Post activities that you are hosting that you would welcome First Parish folks to join you for.  Please be clear about date, time, age restrictions, and costs.  And most important, have FUN!!  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Multigen-fun-connection-at-First-Parish-of-Sudbury/539545412789906

2. Living Our Faith at First Parish of Sudbury — This is a group specifically looking at Social Justice – Our Work in the World. Feel free to post ideas, hopes, dreams, and projects/initiatives you are working on that you would like others to know about.  https://www.facebook.com/livingourfaithatFPS

Join us for a special breakfast

bagel and coffeeThe R.E. committee will continue our tradition of offering breakfast opportunities for sharing feedback about Religious Exploration at First Parish and for connecting with other parents and volunteers who care about all of our children and teens. Join us for our next one on Sunday, November 17th from 9 to 9:45am. Please RSVP to Roberta if you can (to help with planning), but still come if you realize last minute that you can make it. [break-wrap]?

The “No Stress – High Talent” FPS Theater … SIGN UP TODAY!

theaterThis year’s theatrical performance will feature the theme of “becoming a person”. We have several participation options to match your interests and time availability. Adults and children alike are welcome to sign-up for any part. Please check out the parts below and let us know what parts you would like to join us for (here on the sign-up genius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050D45A9AD23A46-multigenerational  or by contacting Roberta).

1. The (approx. 15 minute) scripted play “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” directed by Alorie P.  Walter Mitty is a man who never really grows up. He lives in a world of fantasy in which he becomes the hero. The characters and language he creates are absurdly funny. The rehearsals will be on December 8, January 5, February 2, February 23, and March 9 from 11:30am to 1pm … Plus the dress rehearsal at 9am on March 15 and the performance during the service in March 16.

2. The (approx. 10 minute) skit called “Who Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up” directed by Roberta Altamari. This is a great for kids and adults of ages who want to get wild and creative as we explore “who” we aspire to be with a focus on adjectives and character instead of occupations. We will conclude with a group singing of “If I Had A Hammer”. The rehearsals for this will be on January 5, February 2, and March 9 from 11:30am to 1pm … Plus the dress rehearsal at 9am on March 15 and the performance during the service in March 16.

* We know both of these parts conflict with Hop Brook Morris Dancing and so there will be a special feature in the “’Who Do I Want To Be When I Grow Up” Skit especially for Hop Brook Morris Dancers that will rehearse at 1pm on the same three days listed above.

3. Monologues. A few teens and adults are invited to write and deliver their original vision of what it means to become a person. This involves one or two rehearsals with Alorie (at a mutually convenient time) … Plus the dress rehearsal at 9am on March 15 and the performance during the service in March 16.

4. Dominique A is going to choreograph and lead a contemporary style dance (to a song called Bruises performed by Train) that Buren and Edj A will play. Rehearsals for the dance will be January 5, February 2, and March 2 at 6pm … Plus the dress rehearsal at 9am on March 15 and the performance during the service in March 16.

There will be a finale involving everyone with Buren and Edj leading us in Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. There will be an extremely simple plan (with minimal rehearsal) that is festive and celebratory! Details to follow …

These are the basic plans. Please sign up today so our leaders can plan their parts!

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Living Our Faith

FOOD and WATER are the Living Our Faith priorities for this year at First Parish. Within a week after members and friends voted to adopt these issues, our first program had begun. On October 28, a group of eight First Parish volunteers worked at Open Table in Maynard. For those not familiar with Open Table, their mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity. Founded in 1989, the organization offers weekly community supper programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard to more than 300 guests, including many seniors and children – no questions asked. Open Table strives to provide a community of support and First Parish Sudbury is now a part of that community.

open tableAt our first volunteer evening, some of us worked to help nearly 100 people shop for staples and fresh dairy, meat and produce in the food pantry while others helped prepare and serve dinner to families in need. It was an easy-going, light-hearted social evening with the guests and other volunteers that gave us all a sense of fulfillment.   If you’d like to hear about our experience, check with Marjorie, Sherri, Ginny, Tom, Jim and Kristy, Audrey, or Marion!

We have committed to assist in the food pantry and supper program on the fourth Monday of each month. Our next date to assist will be Monday, November 25. There are several ways to sign up:  send an email to , put your name on the signup sheet in the Parish Hall, or contact Ginny D. We hope you’ll join us!

When we were voting to select our priority issues, there was also a strong desire to address issues from several perspectives – direct service, education, and advocacy – and to adopt ways for everyone in the congregation to participate – adults, youth, children. Beginning in January, an Ethical Eating Group will meet once a month to share information, recipes, and ideas for how we, as individuals, can make food choices that are healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and aligned with our values. More information to come on date, time and place.

Watch the Connector for more information on the Living Our Faith Action plan that we developed on November 3. Highlights are: a local chapter of 350.org, a global project the youth are discussing to fund wells for clean water in Cambodia, special collections for Sudbury Food pantry, a community garden, a watering system for First Parish grounds that the Landscape Committee will be discussing, and a big First Parish turnout at the Walk for Hunger in May. There is a place for everyone to be involved and we invite 100% of the congregation to join us! Sign up sheets will be in the Parish Hall – add your name to one or all of them – choose ongoing participation or one-time, occasional involvement.  Find the way that works for you as we take our UU values out into the world.

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From Your Faith In Action Team

  •  Join the Candlelight Vigil and Panel Discussion  Nov. 14 , 2013.  Candlelight Vigil : 6.00 pm – Steps of Framingham Town Hall.  Panel Discussion: 7.00 pm – Blumer Room, Framingham Town Hall.  “What We Can Do To Prevent Gun Violence and What Challenges We May Face”  Rep. Chris Walsh (Moderator), John Hill (Founder – Move to Amend, Boston Chapter), Sen. Karen Spilka, Ken Ferguson – Framingham Police Chief, Laura Hyer (Stop Hand Gun Violence), Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and Sheila Loayza (Gun Owner). Sponsored by Citizens for Sensible Gun Policy – A Member of MA Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence.
  • A New Jim Crow Workshop -Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness – Saturday, Nov. 16 from 10 to 2 -Unitarian Church of Sharon -An opportunity to engage with heart and mind in this social justice work. Read more at  http://www.uumassaction.org/uuma/a-new-jim-crow-workshop-nov-16/
  •  We are still seeking a liaison to the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and another mentor for Ernest N. Benjamin (Nate) in the Norfolk Correctional Institution. Please speak to Judy D if you think you might be interested in filling one or both of these positions.
  • The Saturday Noon to One group of people who vigil for aspects of peace and justice on the Sudbury Common will heartily welcome more participants.

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UU Animal Ministry

animalministryThe First Principle Project has gone live on the web!  We have a Facebook page, Google Group (email list serve), and documents for you to read and give out to your congregations.

Vision: Unitarian Universalist congregations offer to their members, congregations, and communities healing, wholeness, belonging, justice, and flourishing by promoting and affirming the inherent worth and dignity of every being.

Mission: To deepen our religious understanding of the human species place in a multispecies world and what is our response to this understanding by addressing how Unitarian Universalists can affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every being.

Join (“like”) the First Principle Project Face book page where you can communicate with others and keep up on the latest announcements and news. (https://www.facebook.com/groups/648805055153160/),

Join the Google group where you can communicate with others, receive information, and be advised of recent developments. You can do this by contacting Rev. LoraKim Joyner. () or going here ( https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/first-principle-project)

UU Animal Ministry is a group of concerned Unitarian Universalists and UU friends who desire to grow and express their faith as compassion towards all beings. For more information go to www.uuam.org.

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From Your Welcoming Congregation Committee

Honor Transgender Day of Remembrance-Event Nov 17

Transgender Day of Remembrance is November 20. All are invited to join the third annual virtual Transgender Day of Remembrance service hosted by Church of the Larger Fellowship in collaboration with Standing on the Side of Love and Multicultural Ministries, and for the first time in partnership with the transgender-led coalition TDOR Unite!  Held on Sunday, November 17th at 9:00pm ET, the theme for this powerful service is “Our Lives Are Valuable.” Click here for more information and for additional resources on this important day.

Congregations have an opportunity to stand against the oppression of LGBT people in Uganda. A new documentary film, God Loves Uganda, follows prominent conservative American and Ugandan religious leaders who are actively attempting to create an African culture based on religious bigotry and Biblical intolerance.  The Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Kampala, Uganda and who runs a housing program for HIV orphans, homeless LGBT youth and others, is asking UU congregations in North America to raise their voices against this tide of intolerance.   In a video posted on www.standingonthesideoflove.org Kiyimba said there are religious leaders and others in Uganda who do support LGBT people, but without backing from North American allies, they are afraid to speak out.

New Jersey, Illinois and now Hawaii  became the 14th, 15th and 16th states to recognize equal marriage!  Only 34 more US states to go and then we can be as progressive as Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Iceland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay and in 2014 England and Wales.

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This Saturday, Nov. 16 Let’s All Join in to Clean Up the Church Grounds

outdoor clean upThe Landscape Committee has scheduled the annual fall cleanup of the First Parish ground on November 16, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.—with a break for pizza and home-made soup.

There’s lots to do and we’re asking all able-bodied parishioners, family members and significant others to come and pitch in. We know that everyone has their own yard, leaves, gutters, shrubs and gardens to take care of before winter but this is a big job and it needs more hands than the committee can provide on our own. There’s work for people of all sizes and abilities.

What Needs Doing — Five major jobs need to get done before winter rolls in:

  1. Raking/blowing leaves around the church yard and behind the carriage shed. Dumping leaves in the compost bins. BYO blower. We have lots of tarps for hauling.
  2. Turning over and moving the existing compost. We have a hay fork.
  3. Cut down small trees (designated for felling) and chip the branches. We have two chain saws and a small chipper for this work.
  4. Cleaning up and preparing the Memorial Garden for winter. This includes deer-proofing the memorial plants.
  5. Pain wood preservative on garden benches if it is warm enough. (Usually about 50 degrees.)

Also, if you have a memorial plant in the garden, please come and prepare it for the winter depending on the needs of the particular tree or shrub. If you’re not sure how to do that, we can help.

Who needs to do it  —  Everyone. Really. Many hands make light work.

The members of the Landscape Commitee are all women and mostly getting on in years. We no longer have the energy—or the strong backs—to turn over compost or haul tarps full of heavy leaves all by ourselves. We need a few good men and strong women—more than a few, actually—to do some of the heavy work. Remember, you get to play with chainsaws. Likewise, the parish needs some young people to jump in for few hours of community service that can be fun. Besides, you get free pizza!

We hope to see a big group in the parking lot on the morning of November 16. We have a sign-up sheet (mostly to make sure everyone gets pizza) and a list of chores that need to be done. It’s only for a few hours. Please come and put in a few hours of work for the greater good of the First Parish.

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New Website Goes Live!  Visit fpsudbury.org

word press logoOn November 6, parishioners got their first look at the new First Parish of Sudbury website, at fpsudbury.org. The FPS website available now is Phase 1 of a multi-stage rollout. It includes all the features and the important content of the public areas of our old website on a new WordPress platform, but does not necessarily reflect the final appearance of the website. The redesigned website includes a new, easy-to-read Google calendar which can be merged with your own private Google calendars. Filters on the calendar let you view only those events of interest to you. The new website also provides easier searching, and the Connector in an online format.

Bridget H, Chair of the Web Committee, said “We chose WordPress as our new platform because it’s easy for non-experts to update, and it gives us the features we need.” One of those features, which will be available soon, is the separate, password-protected area for Members and Friends. There you will find information about the internal workings of our congregation, including our financial documents, committee details, and volunteer signups. When the private area is ready, those members and friends listed in our Church Directory will receive their login ID and initial password in an email.

A Work in Progress

In a future phase of our website development, with the help of a professional website designer, the Web Committee will focus on the graphic design, organization, and navigation of the website. We will get some expert advice as we fine-tune the appearance and usability of our new site.

The Web Committee also wants to incorporate suggestions from the congregation, so feel free to email us at

Get Involved

After the redesign of new website is finished, the ongoing maintenance and content-updates will be done by volunteers from the congregation. The Web Committee plans to offer training to interested individuals.

~ Web Committee (Bridget H – Chair, Tom Y – Webmaster, Jan H, Aline K and Susan S)

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Secret Santa Begins November 24

christmas giftAlthough Thanksgiving has not yet come and gone, it’s not too early to begin planning for our annual “Secret Santa” project. For over 15 years, our parish has solicited the names of MetroWest and Sudbury children whose parents need our help in making Christmas a joyous day for their kids. We solicit names of children from the Framingham Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Sudbury social workers with suggestions for what each child would like or need. The names will made available at coffee hours beginning on November 24. We encourage you to pick the name of a child or children, buy and wrap a gift for them, and bring the gift back to First Parish. All presents must be brought to the parish hall no later than December 15. However, we would appreciate receiving the gifts a week earlier – on December 8.

All presents must be newly purchased, wrapped, and delivered to First Parish in a paper bag. The slip with the child’s name should be firmly attached to the bag. Please do not leave a present unattended in the parish hall (except on the morning BEFORE a Sunday service). To ensure that you are credited with the gift, it is best that you deliver the gifts to Amanda B who is organizing this effort. If you would like to participate in this holiday service project but don’t like to shop, Amanda will be accepting monetary donations to buy gift certificates for some of the older teens.  Questions? Contact Amanda or the office. Thank you!

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Stewardship @ FPS

LOF Logo2November is off to a great start at First Parish! On Saturday, November 2nd, approximately 26 women attended the Women’s Alliance one-day retreat at the Harvard Unitarian Universalist church. Rev Marjorie led the program, Finding Balance in an Unbalanced World. Later the same day, the Bracket Room was filled with drumming and candlelight as the Samhain observance took place. Samhain is the time of the year when earth-based, pagan traditions honor departed loved ones. Following the Samhain ritual, we celebrated in the Parish Hall with a delicious pot luck feast.

The next day we gathered for Sunday worship and observed the moving tradition of Presente, calling out the names of those dear to us who have passed on, while the congregation responded, “Presente.”  A beautiful altar was in the front of the church with photographs of those we loved and objects that remind us of those who have gone before us. Finally, in keeping with the circle of life, a lively group met following the service to decide on a Living Our Faith action plan.

Why are we telling you all of this in the stewardship column? Because this is what stewardship means. It is relational, it is community, it is us honoring diverse traditions, it is us remembering together our individual family and friends who have passed and us remembering those who once were part of our community. It is First Parish at its best and most hopeful.

And it’s about us being our best and most generous. We invite each of you to set a personal generosity goal. Perhaps it means a cash donation each Sunday that is separate from your pledge, or it might be a donation in honor of an important event or in memory of a loved one. One First Parish member shared recently, “I realized I have so much stuff that I’m starting to give it away. The last thing I need for my birthday or the holidays is more stuff! So I’ve asked my family to make charitable donations in my honor instead. And First Parish is at the top of my list.”

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Gratitudes for FPS Unsung Heroes

Members of the FPS Board of Trustees would like to express their gratitude to the many folks at First Parish who keep this place humming. From table setup, hosting fellowship hour, and cleanup to committee participation, singing in the choir and care of our historic meetinghouse. Often we learn about some star “saving the day” many days, months or even years after the fact! Please let us know of any other unsung heroes (contact Alex A) and once again the leadership thanks you for all that you do each and every day!

Today we are taking the time to thank (in no particular order):

Bridget H, Susan S, Tom Y, Jan H, and Aline K (Website Committee) for the new just-released First Parish Website!

Cate D, Steve G and Bruce L for our new First Parish of Sudbury sign at the intersection.

Lorenzo M for fixing clapboards and Mary Lee M for painting them (this is a correction and apology from the previous newsletter)

Bunny V VM for her dedication to keeping the Memorial Garden plantings alive during a very dry summer.

Carolyn L, Sue C,  Sherri C, Maryellen F and Elaine J for running a yet another successful Harvest Fair.

Deborah K for representing FPS all these many years (and more to come) on the Sudbury Center Task Force.

Cillla R for doing all that button sewing (look at your pew cushion!).

Leslie L & Carolyn B for decades (literally) of launching and running the FPS SpiritPlay RE Program.

Mark K for researching and implementing some new software.

We truly appreciate your contributions of time and energy to First Parish.

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Free Tables

Need any tables?  On November 16th we will be clearing out some of the older heavier banquet tables, some of which may need a little TLC.  They will be in the carriage sheds on Sunday, Nov. 17  if anyone is interested.  Questions?  See Jan H.

 

Gathering of Men Dec. 7, Newcomers Welcome

gathering of men 1Men, if you’re around on Saturday, Dec. 7 between 11:00 am -12:30 pm, drop by the Brackett Room for coffee and donuts and informal conversation with other guys from the parish. Bring your testosterone and find out what other guys are thinking about sports, politics, jobs and life.   Contact Tom A with questions. [break-wrap]?

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Our Pastoral Associates

Julia D E, Mary Ellen F, June H, Heather M, Fred P, Paul R

In the event of a pastoral need,

please call any of our First Parish Pastoral Associates

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From a Grateful Daughter

Ginny P’s daughter, Jeanne K,  wrote “I am so sorry this has taken me so long. I just put Ginny’s house up for sale.  Thank you very much to the following people who contributed food, time and/or money for Mom’s memorial service.  You made it so warm and wonderful for us all.”  Thank you:
Alice L, Alorie & Craig P, Anita B, AnnMarie L & Bruce P, Bettie R, Bobbi F, Bridget H, Deirdre M, Donna S & Bev W, Dorothy & Norm S, Elaine J, Fran S, Helga A & Nancy M, Jackie R, Joan S B, Judy D, Ken and Scott T, Leslie B, Leslie L & Tom Y, Marge L, Maria vB, Marion T, Mary Ellen F, Mary Lee M, Nina P, Pat B, Peg E, Polly M, Sharon K, Sheila D, Sheila M & Sherene A Sherri C, Sue R, Susan McK and anyone I missed who also helped.

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Emergency Closing Information

Find out if worship at First Parish is cancelled:  (NOTE:  For cancellation of other gatherings, contact the committee chair/group leader)

By phone—check the recorded message at the First Parish number, 978-443-2043.

First Parish website—Go to www.fpsudbury.org. The front page will have an update.

CBS Boston website—Go to www.CBSBoston.com, click on “Weather” then “School Closings” for cancellation of Sunday worship service only.

By television—Tune in to WBZ-TV and watch the crawl at the bottom of the screen for cancellation of Sunday worship service only.

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Local, District, Denominational News/Events reflecting UU values

image026Please check the bulletin boards in the Parish Hall for events at other churches, the Clara Barton and Mass Bay Districts of UU Congregations, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations (UUA) and others who share our values.

The loss of life and devastation in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan are truly staggering. UUSC has close ties to the Philippines and has activated emergency response efforts. We are launching a joint special appeal for Philippine relief efforts with the UUA, and will distribute funds where they can do the most good.  We need your immediate support to help our friends in the Philippines and address this humanitarian disaster. Your donation will immediately be directed to our Philippine relief efforts.  https://secure2.convio.net/uusc/site/Donation2?idb=1531327196&df_id=3581&3581.donation=form1&idb=0&s_src=111113Phil#1&AddInterest=1161

All proceeds from shop.uusc.org support UUSC’s human rights work around the world. UUSC offers ethically sourced products for sale that are sweatshop-free, union- or cooperative-made, and environmentally sustainable.  shop.uusc.org has added hundreds of new food products — including delicious treats with no tricks!  Your purchases through UUSC’s online store help you live your commitment to ethical eating — and they support our struggle to advance workers’ rights at the same time.  These delectable offerings were fairly traded or directly traded, meaning workers all along the supply chain are provided a living wage. We support a number of worker-owned, local producers, including many small cooperatives. These companies are in danger of being replaced with multinational corporations that have little respect for workers’ rights.  So what’s new and tasty?  Southern Alternatives pecans…Sweet and savory spreads from the Jam Stand…Fair-trade spices from Fair Seas Spice Company…as always, we’ve got Equal Exchange chocolates and coffee to soothe your sweet tooth and give your morning a buzz and holiday cards. Don’t wait to check out shop.uusc.org – the  new catalog is online!

The UUA office formerly known as the Office of Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, and Transgender Concerns has a new name and new staff members.  The office is now known as LGBT Ministries and is part of the UUA’s Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group. Delfin Bautista is LGBT Ministries program coordinator and Alex Kapitan is Congregational Justice administrator within that office. Bautista said, “We welcome questions about the Welcoming Congregation and Living the Welcoming Congregation programs, including ways congregations can expand these efforts beyond the congregation and into the larger community.”  The office can also respond to questions about how to provide education around LGBT issues and how to engage communities of color and people of all ages with these issues—one topic of focus in particular for the office is ministering to LGBT youth. The office can also help with creating worship services and with ways to be involved with legislative efforts around issues such as marriage equality, transgender civil rights, and “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” Bautista and Kapitan can also offer help in creating lectures, workshops, and other presentations.  or contact staff members directly at (202-393-2255 x15) or (617-948-6461.

Learn about The Fair World Project’s mission to promote organic and fair trade practices and transparent third-party certification of producers, manufacturers and products, both here and abroad. Through consumer education and advocacy, FWP supports dedicated fair trade producers and brands, and insists on integrity in use of the term “fair trade” in certification, labeling and marketing.  Go to www.fairworldproject.org and get on their newsletter list…it’s worth your time!

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We are a diverse and welcoming community of spiritual seekers; we strive to learn together and support one another as we celebrate life’s important moments and serve the larger community. At First Parish of Sudbury we welcome all who wish to explore their own spiritual journeys in the company of others and any who are seeking a religiously liberal community of faith. Our ministry is for people of all ages: we are a religious community that combines spiritual exploration, religious education, music, caring and compassion, service, advocacy, public witness and action. Our community is not confined to Sunday worship, rather we live our faith in service and action both inside and beyond our historic meetinghouse. Please visit or call or check out our website.

Minister: Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty —

Director of Lifespan Religious Education: Roberta Altamari —

Director of Music: Debra Morris-Bennett —

Congregational Administrator: Donna Scalcione —

 

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