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Let’s All Join In to Clean Up the Church Grounds

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News

The Landscape Committee has scheduled the annual fall cleanup of the First Parish grounds for this Sunday, Nov. 19, from noon until 3:00pm, beginning with pizza.

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.

See you at noon this Sunday. Thanks!

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Bereavement Workshop / Coping with Loss

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News

Saturday, Dec. 2  10am-noon at First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist.

Workshop to be led by Susan Cooper, LICSW, of CareGroup Parmenter.

Ms. Cooper writes: When life ends, the living are left to grieve. Though this is a highly personalized journey, there are common feelings and experiences held by us all. In the workshop we will discuss:


  • The Task of Mourning
  • The Mourner’s Bill of Rights
  • Holding our Grief
  • Secondary Losses
  • Stages of Healing/Techniques to Comfort Ourselves
  • Ways to Self Care
  • Reconnecting with our Loved Ones

All are welcome to this workshop sponsored by the First Parish of Sudbury Pastoral Associates.

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Thanksgiving (copy)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Join us for our Thanksgiving worship service Sunday, Nov. 19 at 10:00am.

Thanksgiving is a historically joyous occasion to celebrate that has become a challenging holiday based on our history in New England. White Europeans are like those loud and annoying distant cousins who showed up for dinner and then refused to behave or go home. How do we atone for our ancestors entitled bad behavior? Yet, giving thanks is an important practice and a way to acknowledge where we come from and the work that we have left to do. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be sharing her thoughts about the reality of giving thanks in a nation, built on the backs of immigrants, indentured servants and slaves, that now fears immigration. We will break bread together at social hour with a wonderfully diverse basket of breads.

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League of Women Voters and FPS present forum on Opioid Addiction

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in General News

Sunday, Nov. 12, 2:30-4:30pm at First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist

“Opioid Addition: Bringing it Home–How Can We Help?”

with panelists:

  • Dr. Brian O’Connor, MD – addiction specialist, Middlesex Recovery, P.C.
  • Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty – minister, First Parish of Sudbury UU
  • Chief Scott Nix – Sudbury Police Department
  • Alia Toran-Burrell – Jail Diversion Program Coordinator, Eliot Center

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury

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Faithful Fool (newsletter version)

Posted by on Nov 8, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

How can we cultivate trust and faith in a way that is genuine to who we are? Is it foolish to be faithful and what does it look like to embrace a sense of uncertainty and still engage in a practice of faith? There are so many questions for us to engage in with regard to trust, faith and our call to be agents of change that the conversation is vast. Join us on Sunday to imagine how being faithful might work for us as Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will dig deep and wonder if it is foolish to be faithful in a society that is so challenged by a lack of trust.

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