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Secret Santa gifts–please return to FPS by Sunday Dec. 10

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News

Secret Santa’s sleigh will leave First Parish on December 10 at 11 AM.  Please bring all gifts back to the Parish Hall on Sunday December 10 before 11 AM.  All gifts must be new and wrapped.  Please attach the label with the child’s and Social Worker’s name prominently on the outside of the bag.  Please do not leave gifts unattended in the Parish Hall.  If you must return you gifts earlier, please make arrangements with Fran in the office to securely store the gifts.  Thank you to all who participated in this annual tradition.

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Women’s Alliance Holiday Open House Dec 10

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News

Greetings Women of 1st Parish.

You Are Invited!

What: The Women’s Alliance Annual Holiday Open House — a long standing party tradition that’s strictly social. This is a wonderful time to get to know other women of the parish, catch up with people you haven’t seen in an age,  and meet new people. We all have a great time with no business meeting, just fun.  Newcomers are particularly invited!

 When:  Sunday, December 10 from 5:00 to 8 pm — come for some or all — your choice.  

 Where:  The home of Carole McNamee, contact the office for directions ( or 978/443-2043 x3)

 What to Bring:  Hors d’ oeuvres or desserts – finger food, beverages of all types.  We always have too much, so if you can’t bring something, just come anyway.  No guilt!

 An RSVP, while not mandatory, would be much appreciated and useful for planning purposes. It’s fine to decide and come at the last minute!  Reply to Carole for RSVP.

If you need a ride, or can give one, you may contact Peg Espinola

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Notes from the Board of Trustee meeting Nov. 1

Posted by on Dec 5, 2017 in General News

At its November meeting, the Trustees heard updates from Rev. Matty, Buildings&Grounds, the Kitchen Committee and began consideration of revised CORI Policy, Safe Congregation Policy & Rental Policy. Replacement of the fence bordering the playground was discussed, acknowledging the need to coordinate with Landscape Committee and the Historic Commission. Jan Hardenbergh was authorized to send out year-end pledge letters as Acting Assistant Treasurer, and the Finance Committee was requested to review and update the Asst.Treasurer’s job description. Plans for the 2018 Canvass were discussed, and a call for a Canvass chair is made. The Trustees are considering an overhaul of how keys to the building are issued and possible upgrades to the locks. The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 6

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Coming Up in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Dec 4, 2017 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

Coming Up in Religious Exploration for December 2017 –

This month our groups will be continuing on with their lessons on faith, patience, and trust, leading into a discussion about the idea of hope because after all, the only time we truly see the stars is in the dark. Aside from new themes and continuing to build our “Free to Be Me” wall in our First Parish Commons, we will be gearing up for our Christmas Eve Nativity Play and family service. Any families who have children wishing to participate in the Nativity play should contact Michele Barkhauer at to register. We still have plenty of space for those wishing to participate! Please note that main rehearsal for the play will take place during RE class time on Sunday December 17th to give the children a chance to become comfortable with their parts as well as fit costumes. If your children are planning to be in the Nativity play please don’t miss Sunday 12/7’s rehearsal!


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Revels Service with singing, dancing, and waking up the sun!

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Worship Services

Join the congregation of First Parish of Sudbury Unitarian Universalist for their annual Revels service, featuring Morris Dancing, music and a traditional Mummer’s Play. This Revels service is similar to the Christmas Revels service that takes place in Cambridge. This year marks the 28th annual Revels service at First Parish of Sudbury!

Revels is a Winter Solstice celebration intended to “wake up the sun” after the shortest day of the year. The Revels service will feature the Hop Brook Morris Dance group and a Sword Dance group Pocket Flyers, both led by Tom Kruskal. The congregation will sing songs and carols and enjoy readings and short traditional plays based on Celtic legend and song.

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Emergency Closing Info–First Parish of Sudbury 2017-18

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in General News

Winter landscape with frosty trees and bushesDuring the winter months, here is how to know if our Sunday service has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

First and foremost, please use your own judgment. If it is snowy and icy, even if you have volunteered to usher or help on Sunday morning in another way, only come if you feel it is safe. Individual circumstances vary.

To find out if worship at First Parish is cancelled:


First Parish website—Go to The front page will show any emergency closing of our worship services and other meetings (as long as there is electricity to change the website).

By television—Tune in to WBZ-TV and watch the scrolling message at the bottom of the screen for cancellation of Sunday worship service only. (Other events cancellations cannot be listed.) If you think a meeting or event might be cancelled, please contact the coordinator/leader.


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Dec. 3 Bake Sale to Benefit Family Promise MetroWest

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in General News

CALLING ALL families, kids, bakers, or sweet teeth! There will be a bake sale THIS SUNDAY, December 3rd, during social hour. We invite you to stop by for sweets and treats. All proceeds will be used to fund a New Year’s event for the families involved in the local nonprofit Family Promise MetroWest. This program works to help local families that have fallen into homelessness get back on their feet by providing them with meals, shelter, transportation, and a support network. The event on New Year’s will be a way for them to unwind as a family and enjoy the end of the holiday season while allowing them to escape from the stresses and trials of parenthood and homelessness. Donations of baked goods are welcome this Sunday from any bakers to help support the cause! If you want to learn more about the program or the event, or if you have interest in volunteering, please contact Lucy Manlick at for more information, or visit the Family Promise website at I hope to see you all on Sunday!

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