For 11 years, First Parish of Sudbury has sponsored a team to participate in the Walk for Hunger. This is the 46th annual fundraiser by Project Bread. Funds raised through the Walk support more than 400 emergency food programs in 135 communities in Massachusetts, including the Sudbury Food Pantry.
For the second year, First Parish is making an all out effort to participate in the Walk for Hunger. Rev. Marjorie is going to lead the walking team while there will be a simplified worship experience in our Sudbury Meetinghouse. We hope many (most!) of our First Parish adults and children will join us by walking in or volunteering at the Walk for Hunger.
We are putting such a strong focus on the Walk for Hunger because hunger and the food insecurity associated with poverty continues to be a major health issue and a social justice concern in Massachusetts. For most of us, hunger is a fleeting need we can satisfy quickly. But hunger isn’t fleeting for 11.4% of Massachusetts’s households-the 700,000 children and adults who don’t know where their next meal will come from.
We will watch Wednesday’s weather and provide you with an update on the status of tomorrow’s events at First Parish sometime tomorrow morning. E-Mail and voice mail will be checked regularly throughout the day tomorrow.
Things are quiet on the site, so, I thought this would be a good time to share why I, YON, am a Unitarian Universalist. Gail and I got to First Parish by an invitation to the Service Auction, but, why we came back has to do with the old joke:
What do you call an atheist with children? answer: A Unitarian. We heard very early on. For us, it was the truth. What got us to First Parish the first time was the feeling that we wanted our kids to have some religious background. We certainly struck the jackpot. The UU Religious Education program is rich. It covers Unitarian Universalism of course, but also the Bible, Judaism, various Christian denominations, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and others. In 6th or 7th grade, there is a program that was called “Faith Across the Street” when I went thru it with my kids. In 8/9th grades there is a Coming Of Age program. As a result, I believe my kids are very well grounded in their own beliefs – neither is particularly devout, but, comfortable with their own beliefs.
Newsletter of the First Parish of Sudbury
327 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776
WEEKLY CONNECTOR November 11, 2014
Sunday, November 16, 2014
Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty
This coming Sunday honors the bounty of the harvest. We will celebrate by engaging in a cornbread community communion. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty shares her thoughts about what it will take to sustain and flourish on our planet. Rev. Marjorie considers: “In the face of climate change and the level of uncertainty it feels like we are facing on this planet, what do we need to know in order to make informed decisions about how we can make an environmental difference now… As many of us wonder about the health of our planet the inevitable question arises: Is it already too late to make a positive environmental change?
Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 AM and will be followed by a fellowship hour in the parish hall. Religious education and Childcare are available. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming congregation, encouraging and celebrating the participation of all people regardless of theological belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Things you might want to know!
Come take a tour of The Village, our internal website: fpsudbury.org/village.
The Village was designed for collaboration on worship, within and between committees, and any other group within First Parish. It also has a member directory, Trustee Minutes, discussion forums for improving the website, discussing Town Center and the secret to happiness. YON and Rev. Marjorie will lead the tour this Sunday, in classroom 1 at 11:45. Bring your laptop if you tend to meander on your own. Contact Jan Hardenbergh for more info or if you cannot make it this Sunday, but would like to take the tour at some other time.
BOOK OF THE MONTH:
All We Had written by Annie Weatherwax is Rev. Marjorie’s book choice for the month of November. Author, Annie Weatherwax, will discuss her book during the Book Discussion on Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Enjoy your reading!!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
The Board of Trustees recently voted to invite the chairs and leaders of all First Parish committees and groups to gather twice each year to collaboratively plan the church calendar and to talk about budget priorities.
The first meeting will be Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 PM in the Commons (snow date is Sunday, January 11 at 11:45 AM in Parish Hall). We will spend a brief amount of time discussing the calendar for the second half of the church year, but the main focus will be discussing budget priorities for next year.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23; SATURDAY, JANUARY 24; & SATURDAY. JANUARY31.
In-Home Dinners are a great way to get more
acquainted with other First Parish folk, the new
and the longstanding members. Informal and fun,
they take place in members’ homes. Do think
about choosing one of the above dates. You will
be hearing more details later!
Click here to find out what’s new in Religious Education!!
Coming up in November/December:
November 16 – Celebration of the Harvest – Cornbread Communion
November 22 – Fall Outdoor Clean-Up Day (Rain Date – November 23)
November 23 – Music Sunday
November 23 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Day Celebration (evening)
December 2 – Book Group – All We Had
December 6 – Seekers Potluck
December 7 – Revels
December 14 – Womens Alliance Holiday Party (Sheila Murphy’s Home)
December 21 – Yule – Winter Solstice
December 28 – Collaborative Sunday (Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury – at Sudbury)
The Parish Office is staffed week days
from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
If you need to contact the office outside of regular office hours, please send an e-mail to
or leave a voice mail at 978-443-2043. E-mail and voice mail will be checked regularly on week days.
Please remember to have your Connector articles/news to the office by Friday, November 14, at noon, for the next Connector on Tuesday, November 18!
NOTE: IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE PRINTING THE CONNECTOR, TRY CHANGING YOUR PRINT MENU, TO “LANDSCAPE.”
“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”
Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays
Eating Local Fact From Living Our Faith
Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer.-Food Research and Action Center, Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012
To Help Clean-Up First Parish!
The Landscape Committee welcomes everyone to help with our outdoor clean-up on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a great time to get some fresh air, help FPS in a small way, and get to know each other better. Please dress warmly, bring gloves and rakes, and plan to work up an appetite for pizza at lunchtime! Please contact Valerie Tratnyek, or any Landscape Committee member, with questions. In the event of unpleasant weather, the rain date is Sunday, November 23, noon to 4:00 pm.
LET’S MAKE A DIFFERENCE
On December 7, during coffee hour, Living Our Faith will be sponsoring a fundraising coffee hour to continue on our work from last year to help transform the lives of poor Cambodians by creating sustainable communities where they have access to safe water by raising money for a pump well.
In preparation for this coffee hour, please donate used CDs and DVDs in the grey bin under the Living Our Faith bulletin board (by the Library) or contact Liz Rust () for donations.
November 11: Quilters Group (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Commons)
November 12: Sustainable Sudbury (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Library)
November 13: Insight Meditation (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Commons)
November 13: Conscious Eating (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Commons)
November 13: Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Sanctuary)
November 14: Peg’s Service Auction (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Peg’s Home)
November 16: Choir Rehearsal (9:00 am – 10:00 am – Sanctuary)
November 16: Worship: “Harvest” (10:00 – 11:00 am – Sanctuary)
November 16: Hop Brook Morris Dancing (11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Commons)
November 16: Great Meadows Morris & Sword (4:45 pm – 6:45 pm – Parish Hall)
November 16: Womens Alliance (Tentative – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Commons)
November 16: Village Tour (11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Classroom 1)
November 16: The Salon (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Library)
November 18: Gentle Kripalu Yoga (7:45 am – 8:45 am – Commons)
November 18: Communications Task Force (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Workroom)
November 18: Quilters Group (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Commons)
As the Holidays approach (Thanksgiving is only two weeks away) please remember First Parish when you do your Holiday shopping!
We have entered an agreement with Amazon.com so that, for every purchase we make through the amazon link on our website home page, FPS will get a percentage (4% or more) of the purchase. In order for this to work you need to go to amazon through the portal, find what you want to buy, and put the item(s) in your shopping cart. If you’re done, proceed to checkout to complete the order. Once you complete an order if you decide to buy more stuff you need to go back to the amazon link before adding the item(s) to your cart and completing the new order.
Thank you for your support!
Sunday Helpers for October
Ushers: Val and Marion Tratnyek
Greeters: Bridget Hanson and Jan Hardenbergh
Hospitality: Leslie Lowe and Tom Yelton
Flowers: Marge Langmuir
Ushers: Jan and Gail Hardenbergh
Greeters: Sherri Cline and Betty White
Hospitality: George Duval
Flowers: Nancy Moore
Thank you for helping! Please remember that there are many ways that you can help out at First Parish. Please check out the sign-up board in the Parish Hall for blank spaces, or contact Fran Sharp to see how you can get more involved!
We are First Parish of Sudbury, 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.