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Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in General News, Stewardship

First Parish of Sudbury Annual Stewardship Canvass, 2017-18

Greetings from your Board of Trustees, this year’s Stewardship Team.

As you know we rely on the generous contributions of members and friends to fund our ministry at First Parish of Sudbury. This year, we ask you to try to increase your last year’s pledge by 9% or more, to support the ministry, grow our Religious Education program, pay the staff fair compensation, fund our varied and enriching programs, and more.

There are three ways for you to complete and return the enclosed pledge card:

1) plan to bring it forward during this Sunday’s service, March 26. Be part of this community event supporting FPS.

2) mail or bring your card to the FPS office.

3) wait for one of the canvassers to call you at home to discuss your pledge.

Thank you one and all! Let’s make our canvass a huge success to fund the dreams and goals of our congregation.

Documents for you:

Pledge Card 2017-18  Pledge Card 2017-18

Fair Share Contribution Guide  Stewardship p2

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What in Earth is a Green Burial? Find out at Goodnow Library on April 26

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in General News

Program at Goodnow Library: Wednesday, April 26 6:30-8:30pm

Join other adults for an overview presentation on ‘green’ burials. Co-hosted by:

Candace Currie, Director, Green Burial Council& Mount Auburn Cemetery

Ruth Faas, owner, Mourning Dove Studio of Arlington, MA

Richard Davis, hospice volunteer and Death Café facilitator

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From the Civil War through today, American funeral practices have evolved into a highly formalized, cost intensive and environmentally challenging industry. Green burials can provide a meaningful, economical, and aesthetic means for honoring the dead and providing families and friends with a new (yet traditional) framework for funeral customs and practices.

Please attend in you are interested in learning about this low impact, environmentally friendly, and very much legal means of caring for the deceased.

Refreshments will be served from 6:30 to 7 PM followed by the presentation.  It promises to be an interesting and informative evening.  If you would like to attend, please register at:

Calendar

Hope to see you at the Goodnow on April 26th.

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Rummage Sale: Saturday April 22, 10am-2pm

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in General News

First Parish of Sudbury Women’s Alliance Rummage Sale, Saturday April 22 from 10 am to 2 pm

Saturday, April 22 is the date of the annual RUMMAGE SALE at First Parish of Sudbury.  The sale, which runs from 10 am to 2 pm,  is organized by the Women’s Alliance of First Parish and features gently-used goods of all kinds: clothing, household goods, books, CDs, toys, games and puzzles, sporting goods, stationery and office supplies, and more.

Proceeds are used to support the activities of the Alliance and fund special projects at the church, as well as to make donations to worthwhile community projects.

“Our sale is different from most,” explained the coordinator, Peg Espinola. “For the most part there are no price tags on individual items. Instead there is a $5.00 entrance fee which buys you a standard, specially-marked grocery bag (doubled for strength) into which you can place as many items as you can fit.  Once that bag is full, you may buy additional bags, each for $5.00. And if you cannot find ANYTHING you want, you may return your bag and get your $5.00 back.”

In addition there is a separate ‘Out of the Bag’ sale of selected items, priced individually, that are either too big to fit in a grocery bags, or have some other distinctive quality worthy of a separate price — for instance,  jewelry, or designer clothes.

Concludes Peg, “Our rummage sale is like a treasure hunt where everyone’s a winner.”


FPS folks–please bring your donations to the vestibule (Hudson Rd. lobby) between Monday, April 17 and Friday, April 21.

 

 

 

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Seekers Gathering Sat. April 1 5:30pm

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in General News

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Seekers Gatherings—monthly film, discussion and potluck

Join us for our thought-provoking monthly get-togethers on Saturdays. This year we offer a new format. Rev. Marjorie will show an episode of the popular National Geographic series hosted by Morgan Freeman “The Story of God”.

Our next   Seekers Gathering will be on Saturday, April 1 (truly) at 5:30pm in the Commons. We will begin with our potluck, then watch the episode “The Chosen One” which runs for about 50 minutes. We will follow with dessert and discussion. * Childcare can be provided if you let Fran Sharp know by 5pm on Thursday, March 30.

The Chosen One is described:

“Almost every faith has a figure its followers think was chosen by God. Muslims have Muhammad. Christians have Jesus. Jews have Abraham and Moses. Why do we rally around these chosen ones and how do they guide our faith? Morgan Freeman goes in search of the chosen people walking the earth today, including an American boy from the suburbs who is believed to be the reincarnation of a Buddhist lama who has been returning in different bodies for almost five hundred years.”

All are welcome for this stimulating topic and discussion.

For information, please contact Fran Sharp in the office.

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Will You Visit Our Prisoner?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in General News

Judy Deutsch, who has been visiting Nate (Ernest N. Benjamin) monthly for about 10 years, will be moving to New Mexico around May 25.
She has found someone who is pleased to visit Nate in her place, but who can’t drive to Bridgewater where he currently is incarcerated.
Judy has found her long relationship with Nate to be very satisfying, and she suspects that you would, too. She suspects, also, that you will find your rides with the woman who wants to visit Nate very satisfying, too. She is a former professor of Greek, has a wealth of knowledge, and a delightful personality, but is not a member of First Parish. Perhaps you could convince her to become one on your rides together!

 

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We Need You – Appreciation Sunday (NUCU version)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

This Sunday we will honor all of the ways that our friends and members have shown up over and over for First Parish. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will talk about the importance of give and take with regard to reciprocity also known as interdependence. During the worship service we will welcome your annual financial pledge of commitment as we close the First Parish canvass. See you there for all of the festivities!

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