Pages Navigation Menu

Connector November 11, 2014

The Connector
Newsletter of the First Parish of Sudbury
Unitarian Universalist
327 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

WEEKLY CONNECTOR                                         November 11, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

“Grate-full”wheat field

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty

This coming Sunday honors the bounty of the harvest. We will celebrate by engaging in a cornbread community communion. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty shares her thoughts about what it will take to sustain and flourish on our planet. Rev. Marjorie considers: “In the face of climate change and the level of uncertainty it feels like we are facing on this planet, what do we need to know in order to make informed decisions about how we can make an environmental difference now… As many of us wonder about the health of our planet the inevitable question arises: Is it already too late to make a positive environmental change?

Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 AM and will be followed by a fellowship hour in the parish hall. Religious education and Childcare are available. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming congregation, encouraging and celebrating the participation of all people regardless of theological belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Things you might want to know!
Come take a tour of The Village, our internal website:

The Village was designed for collaboration on worship, within and between committees, and any other group within First Parish. It also has a member directory, Trustee Minutes, discussion forums for improving the website, discussing Town Center and the secret to happiness. YON and Rev. Marjorie will lead the tour this Sunday, in classroom 1 at 11:45. Bring your laptop if you tend to meander on your own. Contact Jan Hardenbergh   for more info or if you cannot make it this Sunday, but would like to take the tour at some other time.
All We Had written by Annie Weatherwax is Rev. Marjorie’s book choice for the month of November. Author, Annie Weatherwax, will discuss her book during the Book Discussion on Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Enjoy your reading!!
The Board of Trustees recently voted to invite the chairs and leaders of all First Parish committees and groups to gather twice each year to collaboratively plan the church calendar and to talk about budget priorities.

The first meeting will be Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 PM in the Commons (snow date is Sunday, January 11 at 11:45 AM in Parish Hall). We will spend a brief amount of time discussing the calendar for the second half of the church year, but the main focus will be discussing budget priorities for next year.


In-Home Dinners are a great way to get more
acquainted with other First Parish folk, the new
and the longstanding members. Informal and fun,
they take place in members’ homes.  Do think
about choosing one of the above dates.  You will
be hearing more details later!
Click here to find out what’s new in Religious Education!!

Coming up in November/December:

November 16 – Celebration of the Harvest –   Cornbread Communion
November 22 – Fall Outdoor Clean-Up Day (Rain Date – November 23)
November 23 – Music Sunday
November 23 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Day  Celebration (evening)
December 2 – Book Group – All We Had
December 6 – Seekers Potluck
December 7 – Revels
December 14 – Womens Alliance Holiday Party   (Sheila Murphy’s Home)
December 21 – Yule – Winter Solstice
December 28 – Collaborative Sunday   (Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury – at Sudbury)
The Parish Office is staffed week days
from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

If you need to contact the office outside of regular office hours, please send an e-mail to
or leave a voice mail at 978-443-2043. E-mail and voice mail will be checked regularly on week days.

Please remember to have your Connector articles/news to the office by Friday, November 14, at noon, for the next Connector on Tuesday, November 18!


“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays


Eating Local Fact From Living Our Faith

Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer.-Food Research and Action Center, Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012

An Opportunity
To Help Clean-Up First Parish!

The Landscape Committee welcomes everyone to help with our outdoor clean-up on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a great time to get some fresh air, help FPS in a small way, and get to know each other better.  Please dress warmly, bring gloves and rakes, and plan to work up an appetite for pizza at lunchtime! Please contact Valerie Tratnyek, or any Landscape Committee member, with questions. In the event of unpleasant weather, the rain date is Sunday, November 23, noon to 4:00 pm.



On December 7, during coffee hour, Living Our Faith   will be sponsoring a fundraising coffee hour to continue on our work from last year to help transform the lives of poor Cambodians by creating sustainable communities where they have access to safe water by raising money for a pump well.

In preparation for this coffee hour, please donate used CDs and DVDs in the grey bin under the Living Our Faith bulletin board (by the Library) or contact Liz Rust () for donations.

Thank you!
November 11:  Quilters Group (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Commons)
November 12:  Sustainable Sudbury (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Library)
November 13:  Insight Meditation (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Commons)
November 13:  Conscious Eating (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Commons)
November 13: Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Sanctuary)
November 14: Peg’s Service Auction (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Peg’s Home)
November 16:  Choir Rehearsal (9:00 am – 10:00 am – Sanctuary)
November 16:  Worship:  “Harvest” (10:00 – 11:00 am – Sanctuary)
November 16: Hop Brook Morris Dancing (11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Commons)
November 16:  Great Meadows Morris & Sword (4:45 pm – 6:45 pm – Parish Hall)
November 16:  Womens Alliance (Tentative – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Commons)
November 16:  Village Tour (11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Classroom 1)
November 16:  The Salon (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Library)
November 18:  Gentle Kripalu Yoga (7:45 am – 8:45 am – Commons)
November 18:  Communications Task Force (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Workroom)
November 18:  Quilters Group (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Commons)
As the Holidays approach (Thanksgiving is only two weeks away) please remember First Parish when you do your Holiday shopping!

We have entered an agreement with so that, for every purchase we make through the amazon link on our website home page, FPS will get a percentage (4% or more) of the purchase. In order for this to work you need to go to amazon through the portal, find what you want to buy, and put the item(s) in your shopping cart. If you’re done, proceed to checkout to complete the order. Once you complete an order if you decide to buy more stuff you need to go back to the amazon link before adding the item(s) to your cart and completing the new order.

Thank you for your support!

Sunday Helpers for October

November 16:
Ushers:  Val and Marion Tratnyek
Greeters:  Bridget Hanson and Jan Hardenbergh
Hospitality:  Leslie Lowe and Tom Yelton
Flowers:  Marge Langmuir

November 23`:
Ushers:   Jan and Gail Hardenbergh
Greeters: Sherri Cline and Betty White
Hospitality:  George Duval
Flowers: Nancy Moore

Thank you for helping!  Please remember that there are many ways that you can help out at First Parish. Please check out the sign-up board in the Parish Hall for blank spaces, or contact Fran Sharp to see how you can get more involved!


Events Calendar Link

Click here to see the block calendar.