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First Committee on Ministry Directed Survey Is Now Live

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in General News

The first of the Committee on Ministry’s directed surveys for 2017 is now live here. The COM is starting a series of small, directed surveys this year to assess some of the individual ministries within First Parish. This first survey focuses on the Community and Hospitality Committee (CHC). Please take a few minutes to fill out this brief questionnaire to assist COM and the CHC in evaluating some of what the CHC does at First Parish of Sudbury.   Take CHC Survey

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3rd Saturday Peaceful Protests at FPS

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in General News

See this link for information about the 3rd Saturday Protests at FPS.

UU Sudbury Sat. Protest groups Flyer FINAL

 

 

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SURJ: Standing Up for Racial Justice at FPS Feb. 18 2-6pm

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in General News

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

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Committee on Ministry shines a spotlight on Community and Hospitality Committee

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in General News

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.

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Religious Education February 19th

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, General News, Religious Exploration

This Sunday we will gather the Spirit Play and UU Explorers classes together for a special look at homelessness as we think about our call to help one another. We’ll learn about what the experience is like from someone who works with the homeless, and hear about a girl who participates with Unitarian Universalists from across the Central Midwest District in No More Turning Away, a program to raise awareness about homelessness and assist homeless people in their local communities. We’ll brainstorm about things we can do to help and discuss participating in the Walk to End Homelessness through Family Promise on April 8th . Will you join us in this family friendly event?

We’ll also do several experiential, cooperative activities that explore what it means to help one another, and embody the “tied together” theme as we navigate a course while all tied to one another.

Breakfast Club will still be available in the library.

Nursery Care will be provided.

We are all dependent on one another, every soul of us on earth. — George Bernard Shaw

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Journey To Find Out

Posted by on Feb 12, 2017 in General News, Worship Services

Why and how did some religiously “liberal” Congregationalists (now know as the United Church of Christ) find their way out of the faith and into Transcendentalism? Why would Ralph Waldo Emerson decide to leave ministry while others such as Henry David Thoreau chose to live in a cabin on Walden Pond? Unsatisfied with the status quo of their religion, seekers have been searching for answers to an age old question, “where can I find authenticity and meaning in my life?” This Sunday, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will be wondering/speculating about why Congregationalists chose to migrate from their faith and how this evolution of belief ultimately evolved into the openness of Unitarian Universalism.

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