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What organization do you think we should Share the Plate with next year?

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

If you would like us to have a Share-the-Plate for an organization with 501.3C status (or a foreign equivalent)  next church year please fill out the form you will find on the upper right hand corner of the Faith In Action bulletin board and put it in the Living Our Faith file in the office or give it to AnnMarle Lanza.Please do this by June 11.

 

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Results of the Women’s Alliance 2017 Rummage Sale

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

Thanks to all who donated to, and worked on, the 2017 Women’s Alliance Rummage Sale and helped to make it successful once again. The final tally is not quite in (we have some items we brought to a consignment store, including a fabulous antique rocking horse) but it looks like we will exceed last year’s take.

This year 20 women and 7 men actually did the work to make it happen, from extracting the sign from the shed, changing the date, placing stories in newspapers, distributing fliers, sorting,  setting up and taking down tables, sorting, SORTING all the stuff that came in, marking bags, working the floor and the admissions table during the sale itself, delivering pizza, cleaning up for the Salvation Army pickup, and putting the sign BACK in the shed. With the proceeds we will make our 3-day Alliance retreat more affordable for participants and fulfill grant requests for special church projects that might otherwise not get done. We also helped you say goodbye to favorite possessions that had outrun their usefulness to you and give them a new life with grateful people from the MetroWest community.

Peg Espinola, Rummage Sale chairperson

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Criminal Justice Reform discussion April 30

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

On Sunday, April 30 the Sudbury League of Women Voters and First Parish of Sudbury co-sponsored a forum focused on criminal justice reform. In the words of organizer Judy Deutsch, it was a fabulous success!

The event was covered by the MetroWest Daily News, linked below, including photos of FPS-ers in action!

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/20170430/lawmakers-talk-criminal-justice-reform-in-sudbury

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Memorial Plants for Spring Planting

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News

Now is the time to consider whether you wish to plant a shrub, tree, or ground cover to remember a family member who has passed away.  The deadline for making arrangements for Spring planting in the Memorial Garden is May 31.  If you miss that deadline, you can arrange for Fall planting (deadline October 1).  If you need further information about Memorial plants or the Memorial Garden, call Marge Langmuir or Steve Smith

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5/21 Bohm Dialogue — Your Ultimate Question — and Answer?

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in General News, Religious Exploration, Salon - Bohm Dialogue

What is your ultimate concern, your ultimate question and answer, the center of your being? Some version of God has been central through human history — what takes the place of God in a secular society? If not God then what?

Join us to listen to what others think and to share what you think.  The Religious Exploration Salon is a group that meets 3rd Sundays to discuss various topics in the format called Bohm Dialogue which emphasizes respectful listening and balanced, synergistic sharing. For more details about how Dialogue works, please see this intro.

Everyone is welcome. You are welcome to think about the topic beforehand but no preparation is required or expected — come as you are with whatever thoughts/intuitions you have, ready to listen, learn and contribute.  We next meet Sunday May 21st at 7pm in the Brackett Room.

Contact Paul Reising, Tom Yelton or Jan Hardenbergh for more information.

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Music Sunday April 30th “Sun, Moon and Stars”

Posted by on Apr 30, 2017 in Worship Services

The First Parish Choir presents our spring Music Sunday service

Who hasn’t looked up at the night sky with wonder and awe? And who hasn’t experienced a breathtaking sunrise or sunset?  On April 30th, the First Parish Choir will present its spring Music Sunday on the theme of “Sun, Moon and Stars”.  We hope you will join us as explore through music and readings our thoughts and inspirations of these celestial orbs.  Throughout centuries, we have been inspired by and often sought solace in their presence.  Included in the musical offerings will be Randall Thompson’s beloved choral setting of Robert Frost’s poem “Choose Something Like a Star”.

Music Director, Debra Morris-Bennett was inspired to craft this service after learning Daniel Elder’s piece titled “Ballade to the Moon” in which he takes us through a nighttime walk through the woods and we experience, in his words, “Love for the surrounding dusky beauty that causes the narrator to weep with joy, with only the moon as witness.” Closing the service, the choir will sing ‘We Are Stars” by Kenley Kristofferson, which is based on the words of Carl Sagan.  An avid Carl Sagan fan, Kenley describes this powerful work with these words, “This choral anthem is wrapped in warmth, thick harmonies and lyrical melodies as it manifests the connectedness of life, the Earth and the stars through a united chemistry.”

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Annual Reports due Monday, May 8

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in General News

FPS Annual Reports are due in to the office at 10am on Monday, May 8, 2017.

If you need to have the guidelines re-sent to you, contact Fran in the office soon. She can send style guidelines as well as last year’s report to help you.

Thanks!

 

 

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