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Sharing the Plate with Open Table

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in General News

On November 18 we will again be sharing our offering, this time with Open Table, whose mission is to provide healthy food, friendship and support to those in need while respecting their privacy and dignity.

Open Table offers weekly community dinner programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard to more than 300 guests. They provide a welcoming community of support and assistance to families and individuals, including many seniors and children – they are open to all who come.

Beyond providing food resources, Open Table strives to build a community of support for guests who face many challenges. Some needs are small – a notebook for a school project, a winter jacket or boots or transportation. Many of their guests face crises in housing, fuel assistance, summer child care and critical health situations. For these issues, the Open Table guest support team determines if they can help.

For several years, First Parish of Sudbury has provided not only financial gifts, but many volunteers who help in OT’s downtown Maynard location with a variety of jobs including cooking, helping with guest check-in, and staffing the pantry during open hours. Susan Stocker coordinates some of our volunteer efforts with Open Table. Please contact her if you are interested in giving it a try. It is helpful, fun, and a real “feel-good” volunteer opportunity–assisting to feed those in need of help!

On Nov. 18 we will welcome Ms. Jeanine Calabria, Executive Director.

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Thanks and Giving… (for newsletter)

Posted by on Nov 14, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

‘Tis the season for giving thanks for all of the bounty of the year, for family and friends and for the official start to the holiday feasting! Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she extols the virtues and blessings of New England Thanksgiving traditions.

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Styrofoam collection Sat Nov 17 9-noon at DPW Sudbury

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in General News

Sustainable Sudbury is holding a styrofoam collection  on Sat Nov 17 from 9am-12pm at the Department of Public Works at 275 Old
Lancaster Rd. The collection happens twice a year.

See attached poster.

Styro Nov 17

 

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New on the Bulletin Board (Parish Hall) Nov. 13

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in General News

Check out these new postings about upcoming community events other other items of interest, on the Parish Hall bulletin board:

  • Card-writing to incarcerated UUs: with other UUs in Boston Dec. 11 and Dec. 13. See posting.
  • “In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging” a book by Bruce T. Marshall. Available at UU Book and Gift Shop.

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Saturday Nov. 17 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Annual Outdoor Cleanup

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in General News

Grab your work gloves and a jacket….It may be brisk, but we will enjoy fresh air and exercise while we clean-up the property at FPS and put the gardens “to bed”.  Children are welcome and we will enjoy pizza and hot soup for lunch.  This is a fun and family friendly event, and the more hands we have the easier it is to finish our work! Contact any Landscape Committee member if you have questions or suggestions!
Thanks, everyone!
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Secret Santa Coming Soon

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in General News

The Annual First Parish Secret Santa project is about to get underway!

Here’s how it works.  The Department of Children and Family Services in Framingham gives First Parish the names of 60 children who need a little help from us to make their holiday season more joyful.  In addition to their names, there is information such as their favorite colors, sports, hobbies, their sizes, their needs, and their hopes.  You can use this information to buy the child an appropriate gift.  All gifts must be new and may be brought to the church on Sundays, the last Sunday being December 16th.   Santa’s helpers arrange to have the gifts delivered.  A full set of instructions will be available in the Parish Hall starting November 18th.

A few things to remember:

  • You are not expected to buy all of the things listed. You don’t have to buy any of the things listed.  You may buy any age appropriate gift that you think the child would like.
  • All gifts must be newly bought items.
  • Wrap all gifts in seasonal wrapping. Securely, bundle together multiple packages for the same child.  Attach the card with the social worker’s name to the outside of the package where it can easily be seen.
  • Never leave a gift unattended in the parish hall, except during Sunday morning services.
  • All gifts must be brought to the parish hall no later than Sunday, December 16th, at noontime.

Also, you may call me with any questions.  Sherri Cline

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