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Sudbury Senior Center Oct. newsletter

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News

Dear Friends, there is plenty going on at the Sudbury Senior Center this month which may be of interest to you.

Have a look:   Sud Sr Center Oct 2018

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Big Pharma, Market Failure showing at FPS Nov. 18 at 2:00pm

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News

The League of Women Voters of Sudbury will show the 50-minute movie, “Big Pharma, Market Failure” at First Parish on Sunday, November 18th. The program, which will run from 2-4 PM, will begin with an introduction by Rev. Marjorie Matty. Following the movie there will be time for discussion, conversation, and refreshments. The League has invited several guests including Selectman Len Simon and Dr. Cindy Ku, both of whom have pharmaceutical backgrounds. We hope to understand more about why drug costs are out of control and what can be done to fix it. Please come and bring a friend.

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Repair Cafe at Senior Center Oct 20

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley in partnership with the Sudbury Senior Center and Sudbury Historical Society is conducting its THIRD semi-annual Repair Café.  This no charge event will be held on Saturday, October 20th from 9 AM to 12 noon at the Sudbury Senior Center located at 40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury.

At the Sudbury Repair Café volunteers repair household and garden items on the spot at no charge unless a specialized part is required in which case the participant is asked, if possible, to bring the repair part with them.  Our volunteers specialize in mendable clothing, lamps, small appliances such as vacuum cleaners, computers, electronics, sewing machines, bikes, toys, outdoor equipment, and sharpening of knives or garden tools.  Participants are invited to enjoy a free drink and snack while watching a volunteer repair a broken possession.


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Women’s Alliance Upcoming Events

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News

From the Women’s Alliance:  Save These Dates!

Our next regular potluck and meeting will take place on Thursday, October 11 starting at 6:30 in the Commons.  The subject of this meeting is books that we have read recently which we have found particularly interesting.  The last time we had this type of meeting it resulted in lively discussion. Newcomers and old-timers alike are very welcome to attend, and any contribution of food or drink, purchased or home-made, is welcome. (Or none, if you are terribly busy) (And if you can’t think of a book you want to discuss, come anyway! Listeners are always appreciated.)

Saturday, November 10 is the new date for our one-day retreat at the Harvard U.U. Church.  Carole McNamee will be facilitating the retreat, which will be on the subject of Compassionate Listening. Information on registration will be forthcoming later.

Our Holiday Party is now scheduled for December 9, time to be announced later. Elaine Jones has graciously agreed to host.  Traditionally delicious party features potluck hors d’oevres and desserts ONLY.

Peg Espinola, Secretary

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Scenarios Task Force report

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News


More than thirty members and friends of First Parish gathered in the sanctuary this past Sunday to hear an initial report from the Scenarios Task Force.

Members of the Task Force began by reminding attendees that the charge of the Task Force is found in the motion passed at last June’s Annual Congregational Meeting to “form a task force that would develop four scenarios for the financial future of First Parish, to be presented to the congregation not later than January 2019”. The meeting continued with a presentation of historical data and trends for membership, pledges, revenue, and expenses. The presentation, which looked deeply at trends for FPS, also included membership trends at area UU churches.

We then had a rich discussion about those trends and what they mean for the future of FPS.  Some of the trends are concerning – at FPS specifically and, more broadly, at faith communities across denominations. But the overwhelming sense of the meeting was that FPS holds deep meaning for our members and that we are committed to finding data driven solutions. The point was made several times that opportunities often arise from challenges!

One of the next steps for the Task Force will be to continue getting input from the congregation. This is perhaps the most important part of our work so, if you were not able to attend on Sunday or you attended but have further thoughts, please email us at . We would love to schedule a time to talk. We need your input!

We also encourage you to review the data and analyses on the Village website Scenarios Task Force Group.

The Task Force will make its final report to the congregation on Sunday, November 18, 2018. Following that, the Board of Trustees will lead a strategic planning process that will incorporate the financial scenarios into a long-range plan.


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Insights: Formation and Sabbatical

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News, Minister's Column

How much of who we are and have become throughout our lives has been carefully cultivated? On the other hand how much of who we are has just happened around us and to us? Life in so many ways can seem serendipitous, opportunities landing in timely or an untimely fashion changing the direction that we may have had in mind. How many times have you caught yourself saying, “the best laid schemes of mice and men oft go awry”? This saying, written by Robert Burns in his poem, “To A Mouse” laments on how, as humans beings, we do not necessarily stay, like the mouse, in this moment but instead struggle with the past as well as the future. Rarely present in the now we wander, backing into the future uncertain of our direction.

Formation is a process of assimilating our experiences in a mindful way where we step into these opportunities daring them to form who we are becoming. The act of forming who we are changes our very identity, specifically the parts of us that one would consider to be primary to one’s Self.

The key to mindful formation is taking the time for reflection. With this in mind I am taking a sabbatical from January returning the first week in June for reflection and formation. It will be a time of travel, research and writing. This is an amazing opportunity for growth and I invite you to carve out time in your life as well to reflect on your journey and the seminal moments that have led you to this place. Take the time to realize the ways that your identity is continuing to evolve and dare to stay present in the moment. Over the next few months let us gather, imagine and prepare for that next unknown chapter in our lives and the life of First Parish.

Peace, Love and Light,

Rev. Marjorie

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Religious Education in October

Posted by on Oct 3, 2018 in General News, Religious Exploration

Happy Fall, Families & Children of Religious Exploration here at First Parish of Sudbury! With the beginning of October comes new themes and lessons for our spookiest month. Carrying our Harry Potter and UU theme forward we will be holding a UU Principles potions class where our explorers will gain a better understanding of the formation of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and how we choose every day to present ourselves to the world and interact with those around us.

We will spend the coming weeks delving into our sense of self, our ideas about what purpose is, and how we can best realize our individual potential. Our lesson stems from the fact that each and every one of us brings something unique to what we create together starting with a brand new Free to be Me wall! As Catherine Bateson says, the undiscovered self is an unexpected and powerful resource and we plan to make the most of it this month!
Also, make sure you keep an eye out for Harvest Fair announcements and sign up to volunteer if you are able and haven’t done so already; it’s going to be an amazing day.
We need your help! Please click the links below to volunteer a Sunday in RE!
Spirit Play:
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