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Come to the Cabaret–Halalisa Singers Dec. 1

Posted by on Nov 13, 2018 in General News

Sat, Dec 1, 7:30 p.m.  Come to the Cabaret!  Soloists from the Halalisa Singers perform jazz, classical, & musical theater hits including songs from the Wailin’ Jennys, Into the Woods, Hamilton, Wicked, Songs for a New World, and The Marriage of Figaro. 7:30 p.m. recital followed by cabaret and silent auction.  Beer & wine, hors d’ouevres, and desserts will be available. Proceeds to the #HalalisaGoesToIreland Scholarship Fund, enabling singers in need to join the Halalisa Singers May 2019 tour of Ireland! Suggested donation: $20.00

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Gratitude – Our Spiritual Currency…

Posted by on Nov 11, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Why is it so important that we, as a people, give with a generous heart? Why is it important that we lift up one another instead of put one another down? How we give of ourselves marks how our experience of life will unfold. Rev. Marjorie calls this premise and the resultant exchange of energy spiritual currency or compassionate currency. During a month all about gratitude join us to imagine what our effort in the world could create.

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Reiki Center at FPS

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in General News

Rev. Marjorie offers a drop-in Reiki Center for those who already practice Reiki, and those curious about it. Feel free to stop in to practice and learn. It’s a great way to begin your weekend!

These will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17 and December 15, both from 9-10am in the Commons. During sabbatical (Jan-June), the Reiki Center will probably not be open, but watch for more information in the newsletters.

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Reiki is a completely safe and powerful hands-on technique to improve your health and those of your friends and family.   This healing system is guided by divine love and wisdom. You will discover deeper connections, have a more positive outlook, become more healthy and grow more intuitive.  You will be less inhibited and find it easier to do the things you really want to do and become more of the person you were meant to be.

Rev. Marjorie has been a Usui Reiki Master/Teacher for 19 years recertifying in 2017 to include both Usui and Holy Fire Reiki symbols and practices. After taking Reiki II in Glastonbury England in 1999 she had a major healing experience that changed her life and led to her call to Unitarian Universalist Ministry. “Reiki has changed my life in incredible ways and I encourage anyone who is on a path of self discovery to add this practice to their life.”

There are no special skills or abilities required to practice Reiki, just a willingness. open heart and mind.

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Gratitude – Our Spiritual Currency… (for newsletter)

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Why is it so important that we, as a people, give with a generous heart? Why is it important that we lift up one another instead of put one another down? How we give of ourselves marks how our experience of life will unfold. Rev. Marjorie calls this premise and the resultant exchange of energy spiritual currency or compassionate currency. During a month all about gratitude join us to imagine what our effort in the world could create.

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First Parish Sudbury In-Home Dinners in January 2019

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in General News

First Parish Sudbury In-Home Dinners in January 2019

What are In-Home Dinners? Every year everyone in First Parish has the opportunity to have dinner with 8-12 people held in the private homes of members and friends. The dinners are Pot Luck, with the host/hostess arranging what people will bring to ensure there is a balanced meal. Every effort is made to accommodate special needs, such as dietary restrictions, accessibility to the house, and allergies.

Dates:  Saturday, January 19, Sunday, January 20, and Saturday, January 26

The Community & Hospitality Committee (CHC) organizes In-Home Dinners.

  • Members and friends volunteer to host a dinner, indicating the dates(s) to host and the number of people (including those already in the household) that can be accommodated at the dinner table.
  • Anyone who wants to attend a dinner chooses a date and backup date to attend.
  • The CHC matches hosts/hostesses and attendees.
  • The CHC provides each host with a list of attendees for that event.
  • The host/hostess contacts the attendees for that dinner and coordinates what each person will bring. (Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert, wine, etc.)
  • Last year 74 adults and children enjoyed themselves at the In-Home events. Come hang out with your old friends and make some new friends.

There are multiple dinners for adults on each date.  However, to encourage as many people as possible to attend an In-Home Event, the CHC has planned some special events:

  • A family brunch or dinner for parents of younger children who prefer a total family experience rather than attending an adults-only dinner.  Date to be determined
  • A mid-day brunch on Sunday, January 20

 

Please contact Leslie Lowe with the following information:

  1. Do you want to host? Select your date, indicate the number of people you can accommodate; are there pets in your house; are there steps to access your house?
  2. Do you want to attend as a guest? If yes, choose a first and backup date. Do you have pet allergies, difficulty with steps, dietary restrictions or strong dietary preferences?
  3. Do you need a ride? Let us know and it can be arranged.

The deadline for signing up is Monday, January 7.  Email  , telephone 978.443.5138 or text 978.201.0538

 

 

 

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Join us to hear the Scenarios Task Force report 11/18

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in General News

Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 18th, at 11: 30 AM. Immediately following social hour, we will gather in the Commons to hear a report from the Four Scenarios Task Force. We’ll be serving delicious soup during social hour, so plan to eat lunch and then head to the Commons.

Most folks know that, as part of the discussion to pass a deficit budget at the Annual Congregation Meeting (ACM) in June, 2018, the members passed a motion to form a task force that would develop four scenarios for the financial future of FPS, to be presented to the congregation.

With deficits in three of the past five years and a deficit budget this year, we know our current financial model is not sustainable. As evidenced by discussion at the ACM, the congregation wanted a comprehensive and thoughtful analysis of what drives FPS finances.

In September, the Task Force presented an interim report that showed historical data and trends. On the 18th, we will look at financial scenarios for the next five years, incorporating those trends and data, as well as changes that the congregation might make to our financial model.

The next step will be led by the Board of Trustees, who will establish a Strategic Planning Task Force that will develop a strategic plan.  While the scenarios will show likely financial outcomes of various choices FPS might make, strategic planning will determine which actions we will take and how those decisions will be implemented.

Be sure also to check out the materials we have posted on the Village website: Scenarios Task Force Group. If you do not have a user name and password, please contact Jan Hardenbergh or Tom Yelton.

We would love to hear your thoughts and questions prior to November 18th. Please email us at .

Scenarios Task Force

Jan Hardenbergh (Chair), Alex Andrews, Sheila Davison, Sara Hartman, Susan Iuliano, Mark McNamee, Sheila Murphy

 

 

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