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3/18 Bohm Dialogue — Free Will

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

Fate vs free will – Thomas Hawkins

Is our path laid out before us,
or is it something that we choose?
Are we guaranteed a victory,
is success just ours to lose?

How much free will do we have,
if any after all,
it seems when things are on the up,

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Southern Rail bluegrass music worship service at First Parish of Sudbury March 4 10am

Posted by on Mar 2, 2018 in General News, Sunday Service Copies


— First Parish of Sudbury is welcoming back the well known and well loved bluegrass group, Southern Rail to provide music for their service on the theme of “Transformations” on Sunday, March 4th at 10:00 am.

A well-known and well-loved bluegrass group, Southern Rail’s performances are high-energy exuberant fun, with riveting harmonies, irrepressible humor and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar solo work. In addition to their instrumental music, they will blend their voices in tight harmony to offer a set of bluegrass and gospel songs that were carefully chosen to weave throughout the service.  Each song offers a unique perspective about transformation.  There will be tunes by Hank Williams, Albert Brumley,  Barker Aaron Gayle and Randall Hilton as well as traditional tunes including “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “The Darkest Hour”.  Rounding out this special music service are several tunes written by band member Jim Muller including “My Old Friends” and “Walk Your Way to Heaven”.

Come and hear this special musical service coordinated with Music Director, Debra Morris-Bennett.  Band members are Jim Muller (guitar), Sharon Horovitch (acoustic bass), Rich Stillman (banjo) and John Tibert  (mandolin).   Their playing and singing promises to be “transformational”!

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Domestic Violence Roundtable program Tues March 13

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in General News

“The Role of Men in the Time of #MeToo”

Tuesday, March 13 from 3:00-4:30pm

Wayland Public Safety Building, 38 Cochituate Rd.

sponsored by the Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable.

All are welcome!

see flyer here


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Women’s Alliance potluck and meeting March 8, 6:30pm

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in General News

The next potluck meeting of the Women’s Alliance is Thursday, March 8, starting at 6:30 in the Brackett Room. We are almost certain to be able to announce a facilitator for our May 4-6 retreat Saturday program, but there are other aspects of the weekend which we need to plan for. Additionally we’ll talk about the rummage sale (April 21), for which we hope you are all preparing by setting aside your clothing, books, CDs, household goods etc. in good repair that you no longer need/want. We’ll have more information on both the retreat and the sale later. Meantime come join us for food and conversation! New faces are always welcome.

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Religious Exploration March 4th

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Please Note: Due to the interest voiced by some of the children and parents of RE, this week at First Parish we will be having an intergenerational service so that our families with children are able to stay in the sanctuary and enjoy the music of our guests, Southern Rail! Any children who wish to take part in another activity outside of sanctuary may be dropped off in the first floor SED classroom before the service starts. Everyone have a wonderful week and we’ll see you Sunday!

Nursery care: Our littlest UUs will have their class as usual in the SED room on the first floor.


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Paying Dues to the Unitarian Universalist Association (and district)

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in General News

The UUA is changing the formula for the Annual Program Fund (APF).
Every year First Parish supports the UUA and the New England District. This money is used to provide the infrastructure that supports all congregations. We benefitted tremendously from that support during our ministerial search. We also take advantage of training programs. This year they are changing the Annual Program Fund formula and combining the UUA & region/district request. Here is information about the APF and the change
This will affect our FPS budget for the upcoming year, so please familiarize yourself with this before the Budget Question and Answer sessions, and before voting on our budget at the Annual Congregational Meeting on June 3.
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Spring Auction (April 7) Update

Posted by on Feb 27, 2018 in General News

Are You Ready for the Auction?

Wondering how to participate? Here’s a checklist to help make sure you won’t miss any part of the fun!

What Shall I Donate To The Auction?

Some of the best items are those donated by First Parish members and friends! Wondering what to donate this year? The possibilities are endless: pool parties, cookouts, and dinners are always a hit and they keep the fun going throughout the year. Maybe you’d like to host a brunch or perhaps a Super Bowl party next February. And don’t forget to ask some of your favorite merchants to donate a gift certificate. Submit your donation online Auction Donation Form.

Do you have some things you can’t seem to get done? Consider a “reverse auction item”. You describe the service (leaf raking, computer support, organizing) and how much you are willing to “pay”. Someone willing and able to do the work will volunteer and you “buy” the item for the amount you specified. Start crossing items off your to-do list with a reverse auction item. Reverse Auction Form

What About Volunteering?

Getting ready for the Auction and helping out the night-of are also fun and a great way to get to know folks and support First Parish. The Auction Team needs help with setting up during the day on April 7th, helping serve food, and bringing the Parish Hall back to normal after the Auction ends. Sign up online Auction Volunteer

What Else Is Important To Know?

The evening will begin at 6:00 with appetizers, wine, beer, and soft drinks while we peruse and bid on silent auction items. A buffet supper will be served and then we’ll move into the lively verbal auction!

There will be childcare with pizza and a program for the kids.

Auction tickets are $15 and may be purchased at the door.

Any questions, please contact the Service Auction Committee: Sherene Aram, Sherri Cline, Gail Hardenbergh, Jan Hardenbergh, Sara Hartman,  Anna Lee, and Sheila Murphy.

Or email us at

See you at the Auction!

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