Come to FPS this Saturday, Feb. 18 for the MetroWest SURJ meeting focused on Black History Month.
The planned program is:
2.00 – 2.15: Introduction by Dhruba Sen
2.15 – 2.30: Opening Remarks
2.30 – 4.00: Readings from Frederick Douglas
3.00 – 4.00 Bystander Intervention by MetroWest Showing Up for Racial Justice [SURJ]
4.00 – 5.00 Coffee / Poster Exhibition on Black History
5.00 – 5.30 Collection of Video Clips or Movie
5.30 – 6.00 Discussion / Wrap Up / Next Actions
Tom Kruskal, a third-year veteran of the Committee on Ministry, did some digging into exactly what CHC is and does:
He writes: I sat down with Leslie Lowe, the chair of the Community and Hospitality Committee, known affectionately as CHC, a few weeks ago to find out more about CHC’s work and how the Committee On Ministry might be useful to support and celebrate their ministry. The CHC supports the social fabric of our church community in large and small ways.
Membership: CHC takes a major role in welcoming and nurturing visitors and potential new members to First Parish by introducing them to us. They maintain visitor packets, pew literature, name tags, and make calls and home visits. They monitor the pulse of the entire community and are our front line for communication with Marjorie, Fran, the canvass and other committees.
Sunday Worship: CHC manages greeters, ushers, flower providers, and Social Hour hosts. They set up a Welcome Table with pamphlets about FPS and UUism and instituted the yellow visitor’s mugs. Their introduction of tables and chairs to Social Hour to foster conversations and supplying of organic, fair-traded coffee demonstrate their continuous attention to our social needs.
Social events: CHC organizes or supports many events during the year including In-Home dinners, picnics for the start and end of our church season, the Un-birthday party, and the monthly Seekers Gatherings. And they try to organize rides and childcare when asked.
WOW! And they enjoy doing it! And you might notice they can always use help. The members of the CHC are Leslie Lowe (chair), Sheila Davison, Carolyn Lee, Nina Piazza, Amy Prince, and Cilla Reising. Fran Sharp as Office Administrator helps CHC recruit volunteers for Sunday Worship and maintains the schedule on the FPS website.
And don’t forget: This Sunday Feb 19th, the Committee on Ministry is rolling out our first “mini survey” during Social Hour, focusing on Community and Hospitality.
Join our congregation and Rev. Dr. Marjorie J. Matty on Sunday, Feb. 19 for the service “Science—Our Guiding Star”. During a time when science is challenged, we affirm our belief that it will not only save us but lead us boldly into the future. One of the six sources our living tradition of wisdom and spirituality draws from includes: teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science. All are welcome.
Be sure to join us for the best flippin’ pancakes around! Compliments of Rev. Marjorie and her handy helpers, we will get to enjoy pancakes, scrambled eggs, fruit and more. What a great way to celebrate our new members, and our friends and visitors. Come one and all on Sunday, February 26 after worship service. (Of course, come for the service, too!)