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Mark Your Calendars for Debra’s ordination

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in General News

On Sunday, November 4 at 3:00pm we will be ordaining Debra Morris-Bennett as our Minister of Music. Hooray for Debra, now in her 30th year leading our music program!

The ordination will take place at 3:00pm and will include wonderful music, of course, including a choir with present and past choir members. The service will be followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.

You won’t want to miss this very special event for Debra and for our congregation. More details will be coming soon, but be sure to mark your calendars.

 

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Many ways to help the folks in Merrimack Valley

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in General News

Please see the many ways you can take action to help those affected by last week’s gas explosions and fires.

This list of connections is from UU Mass Action. Please give as generously as you can.

Ways to donate

 

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The First Parish “Open Table” Volunteer Team Welcomes New Members

Posted by on Sep 19, 2018 in General News

You, too, can help fight hunger in Metrowest.

The First Parish Open Table Volunteer Team Welcomes New Members.

For nearly ten years now, on the fourth Monday of the month, volunteers from First Parish have donned aprons at the Open Table food pantry in Maynard to help people from nearby communities have fresh food. The Open Table food pantry gives away fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy products, non-perishable groceries and other staples, in a grocery-store-like setting. Open Table provides other help as well, partnering with other organizations to provide guests with support services such as legal and medical advice, information about housing or fuel assistance, and other services. And on Tuesdays Open Table hosts a community dinner, open to all.

“Open Table is such a well-run, friendly place. It’s so gratifying to be able to help. And I just love giving away food!”

Susan Stocker, Open Table volunteer from First Parish.

As a pantry volunteer you’ll help guests shop, check out, and bag their groceries. For “our Monday”, First Parish pantry volunteers sign up for a 2½ hour shift, starting either at 2:30 pm or at 5 pm in downtown Maynard. Open Table also has other volunteer opportunities besides helping in the pantry, and other shifts on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

It’s just a once a month commitment, for a couple hours, and it makes a big difference to hungry families and elders.

For more information, talk to Susan Stocker, or visit the Open Table website at http://www.opentable.org/.  To sign up as a volunteer, see Susan or sign up online at http://www.opentable.org/volunteer/

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Musicians of the Old Post Rd 30th season

Posted by on Sep 18, 2018 in General News

The Musicians of the Old Post Road are celebrating their 30th anniversary this season, and have several concerts, including one at First Parish of Sudbury on Saturday, November 3 at 7:30pm.

In addition they are offering a FREE concert on Sunday, September 23 at 3:00pm at Gore Place in Waltham. But, tickets must be reserved and the sooner the better!

Here is the MOPR website for more information:  http://www.oldpostroad.org/

 

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Heaven on Earth

Posted by on Sep 16, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

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How do diverse communities of people find a sense of Unity? Maybe we can “create a heaven here on earth where love and truth and justice reign. Let us welcome all at our Pearly Gates, our Freedom Table, amid singing and great rejoicing, black, white, yellow, red, and all our lovely colors, straight, gay, transgendered, bisexual, and all the ways of that exist to loving. Blind, deaf, mute, healthy, sick, variously-abled, young, old, fat, thin, gentle, cranky, joyous, sorrowing. Let no one feel excluded, let no one feel alone.”

Join us this Sunday as, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty wonders what Heaven on Earth might look like and how we can work together to imagine and build the beloved community that honors diversity.

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Gifts of Hope seeking donations of items

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in General News

Gifts of Hope is an organization that supports people affected by relationship violence.

There is a Sudbury group including organizations such as Our Lady of Fatima in Sudbury and also Sudbury Baptist Church.

They are seeking donations of furniture, household items, and clothing. To see the list of what Gifts of Hope is seeking, please see the FPS Parish Hall bulletin board, or contact the office.

Thank you for your help.

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