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Finance Committee Question and Answer Sessions 2018

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in General News

Dollar sign with finance terms or lingo info-text graphics and arrangement word clouds illustration conceptA preliminary budget has been proposed to the trustees, and we are getting ready for our Annual Congregational Meeting on June 3. Maybe you have questions about the budget and how decisions are made about what is included?

The Finance Committee offers the second of two information sessions for you to come, learn about the specifics of this year’s proposed budget, and ask any questions you have. The goal is to be able to answer these questions prior to the Annual Meeting.

Tonight’s session will take place in the Commons at 7pm.

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Change and Transformation: The Dump

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 in Worship Services

Well, Rev. Scovel’s service this Sunday has Changed and Transformed!

He will now be preaching a sermon titled “The Dump”.

Of this sermon, he writes “Recent newspaper articles have lamented the culture of hoarding that afflicts our society. The sermon is deliberately counter-cultural since it points toward what must sometimes be saved.”

Carl Scovel, the son of medical missionaries, was born and grew up in war torn China before attending college and seminary in this country. After three years working at McLean Hospital as a conscientious objector he served The First Parish from 1957 to 1967 and King’s Chapel in Boston until he retired in 1999. As a Christian he was an anomaly in his own denomination but enjoyed his affiliations and his colleagues, some of whom he still sees in bi-monthly Bible classes. He and his wife of 59 years live in Jamaica Plain near two of their three offspring and their families.

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Report on Family Promise Walk to End Homelessness

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in General News

It was a very chilly Saturday morning , but 4 hardy children, 1 youth, 6 adults and 1 dog represented First Parish of Sudbury at the 9th annual Family Promise Metrowest (FPM) Walk to End Homelessness in Natick. We were happy to help FPM raise funds to support their programs.  FPM made their goal of $160,000 with the donations from you, our families and friends.  We raised $2640, making First Parish of Sudbury UU the 11th ranked team out of 68 teams! Thank you for your support and donations.

FPM is a community response to family homelessness providing shelter, transitional resources and employment support to families committed to bringing themselves out of poverty. Their unique model uses 19 host congregations who provide shelter and meals to the families with support from an additional network of community volunteers.
see http://www.familypromisemetrowest.org for more information

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Spirituality and Personal Development Book Group, June 9, 10:30am

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in General News

Spiritual Book Group News April 11, 2018

The Spiritual Book Group is reading Deep Work- Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. “A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, Deep Work takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories - from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air - and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored."  Go to http://theshawnstevensonmodel.com/deep-work/ which is a podcast of The Model Health Show featuring an interview with Cal Newport.

Our next meeting on Saturday June 9 10:30 am-12 noon. Please come if you're interested in this topic even if you haven't had time to finish the book.  We will be ranking potential books to read for next year after we discuss Deep Work.  At our last meeting we decided to add fictional books as well.
These are the new additions which we might choose from:
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Red Tent - Anita Diamant
Prodigal Summer - Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior - Dan Millman
The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Don Miguel Ruiz
Breakfast with the Buddha - Roland Merullo
Siddhartha - Herman Hesse

We meet about every 2-3 months on the second Saturday of the month from 10:30- noon in the Brackett Room.

Contact Melissa Stein or Leslie Lowe for more information on the Spiritual Book Group.

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“The Dump”

Posted by on Apr 11, 2018 in Sunday Service Copies

Well, Rev. Scovel’s service this Sunday, April 15 at 10am, has Changed and Transformed!

He will now be preaching a sermon titled “The Dump”.

Of this sermon, he writes “Recent newspaper articles have lamented the culture of hoarding that afflicts our society. The sermon is deliberately counter-cultural since it points toward what must sometimes be saved.”

Carl Scovel, the son of medical missionaries, was born and grew up in war torn China before attending college and seminary in this country. After three years working at McLean Hospital as a conscientious objector he served The First Parish from 1957 to 1967 and King’s Chapel in Boston until he retired in 1999. As a Christian he was an anomaly in his own denomination but enjoyed his affiliations and his colleagues, some of whom he still sees in bi-monthly Bible classes. He and his wife of 59 years live in Jamaica Plain near two of their three offspring and their families.

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