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Race Amity Day in Sudbury June 10

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in General News

Governor Baker has declared June 10, 2018 “Race Amity Day” in Massachusetts…to celebrate friendships – our own and those of historical figures – that bridge the racial divide.

Sudbury Race Amity Day events will be held on Sunday, June 10th from 1PM – 5PM at various locations throughout Sudbury, with a closing “Gathering of Friends” to be held from 4PM – 5PM.   Our web site is live www.SudburyRaceAmity.org and the schedule of events is posted there. Information is also on Facebook at “Sudbury Race Amity Day”.

You may also view a short video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZWeCctClQs

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Celebration Sunday (newsletter)

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies

Bring your children, your cut flowers and your longing for celebration!!! This Sunday is a culmination of a year’s worth of worship, work and commitment. Our annual meeting is behind us and this Sunday will be the time when we appreciate what is laid out in front of us – summer. This Sunday is also the date for our annual picnic, bring your sweet tooth because cake will abound aplenty! We will be crossing the threshold to summer services as this will be Rev. Marjorie’s last Sunday in the First Parish pulpit until September. The summer services begin next week with a plethora of summer speakers on hand.

Flowers–please bring one stem for each person in your family. This will be part of our flower communion during the service.

Food– please bring a side dish if you can. Our Community and Hospitality Committee will be grilling meat and veggie burgers.

Come be part of this community celebration on the last Sunday before our summer services begin.

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“Four Scenarios” Task Force is Forming. Join us!

Posted by on Jun 6, 2018 in Stewardship

Background

There is concern about First Parish’s long-range financial position. To be clear, we are in no immediate danger, but at this year’s Annual Congregational Meeting (ACM), the congregation approved a significant deficit budget that will be covered from funds from the Stability Fund (our savings cushion) and from surpluses from previous years.

Thanks to the care shown by many people who came before us, First Parish is able to continue our current level of expenses, even with reduced revenues. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to look at our financial position in a thoughtful manner and make informed decisions for the future.

Given that we passed a budget that will draw funds from the Stability Fund for this Fiscal Year, there will be a couple of efforts to address the future finances of First Parish. One was sketched out in the Fincom Annual Report:

Please note that FinCom is comfortable with only 1 year with this level of negative cash flow and accumulated surplus usage. The Board has approved our request to provide a policy and plan for use of accumulated surplus by March 1, 2019.
 
Our suggestion would be to create a group from among the membership, BOT, and FinCom empowered to further define cash policy as the cornerstone for an updated Strategic Plan.

In addition, Rev. Marjorie’s Minister’s Report at the ACM suggested undertaking a strategic plan starting in the spring of 2019.

Jan Hardenbergh, the acting Assistance Treasurer, submitted the following motion at the ACM, which was approved, with the understanding that Jan would be Chair:

To form a congregational task force to prepare four scenarios for the financial future of First Parish. Each scenario will consist of different revenue and expenditure assumptions. These scenarios will be presented to the congregation next January.

About the Four Scenarios Task Force

The Four Scenarios Task Force will generate four possible future situations, from optimistic to pessimistic, that First Parish might find itself in, based on a range of assumptions about the driving forces of our finances. We will present our report to the congregation in January 2019. This report will help other groups generate policy for our long range Strategic Plan.

Here is a link to a short presentation about creating scenarios that gives an idea of the process: Scenario-Planning-Slides_MaryCook-LLC.pdf

If you are interested in participating please contact Jan at

More information about the financial situation of First Parish is available on the internal website (the Village). There you will find the 2018 Annual Report, the FY2019 Approved Budget, and the Funds Description. If you have trouble logging into the Village website, contact Jan Hardenbergh or Tom Yelton.

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Wisdom…

Posted by on Jun 3, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

Proverbs 4:5-7Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” Throughout history wisdom was considered a female construct often referred to in Greek as Sophia. What has been our ancestors’ commitment to Wisdom and what is our commitment moving forward in our contemporary society? Join Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty in her quest for a definition and understanding of wisdom. This Sunday is the Annual Meeting at First Parish a time when members are required to attend and vote on the budget, the incoming leadership and the overall work of this community. Please plan on attending.

art: Sophia, goddess of wisdom

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Wayland UU Immigration Series June 5 at 7pm

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in General News

Immigration Justice:  Turning Values into Action, Tuesday, June 5 at 7 p.m., First Parish Wayland.  In a panel discussion format, we will consider the injustices our immigrant neighbors face and ways to mitigate them.  Panelists include Diego Low, Director of the Worker Center/Casa del Trabajador; Juliet Najjumba, CEO of African Cultural Services, Inc; Laura Wagner, Executive Director of UU Mass Action; and Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, Episcopal Priest and Attorney with St. Stephen’s Youth Programs.  Sponsored by the Immigration Justice Committee at First Parish, this program is generously supported by the Lydia Maria Child Fund.  All are welcome.  For more information, contact Rachel Sideman-Kurtz at
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Appreciation Sunday June 10 Cook out and Potluck

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in General News

All ages are welcome to our Church Picnic on Sunday, June 10 with cake, thanks to Rev. Marjorie!

Community and Hospitality Committee is hosting with meat and vegetarian burgers and hot dogs. Bring a side dish to share to serve 10.  We will have a supply of plates, napkins, and utensils but we encourage you to bring your own dishes.  Rain or shine! Contact Leslie L with questions or to help.

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Spiritual Book Group Discussion postponed

Posted by on May 30, 2018 in General News

Join the Spiritual Book Group for a discussion on the book, Deep Work by Cal Newport.  We are a group of seekers who gather every two to three months to talk about our book, and other important spiritual matters.

We had scheduled this for June 9, but need to postpone the get-together. If you would like to be part of the decision about when to hold the book group, contact Leslie Lowe.

We are now opening up our reading list to fiction novels such as the following:

Cloud Atlas – David Mitchell
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
Prodigal Summer – Barbara Kingsolver
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The Sacred Journey of the Peaceful Warrior – Dan Millman
The Four Agreements: a Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) – Don Miguel Ruiz
Breakfast with the Buddha – Roland Merullo
Siddhartha – Herman Hesse

For more information, contact Leslie Lowe or Melissa Stein.

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