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Sunday Service Mr. Jan Hardenbergh

Image result for jan hardenberghMr. Jan Hardenbergh speaking on “How First Parish Became Unitarian”.

In 1959, our minister Carl Scovel wrote a very well researched sermon about how and why First Parish became Unitarian, including the story of locking our minister out of the service in 1837. This look back at a pivotal moment in our congregation’s history can help us understand who we are today.

Jan Hardenbergh and his wife Gail have been a member of the congregation for 32 years. His day job is medical imaging and his hobbies are studying history and consciousness.

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Important Upcoming Dates

Upcoming Dates Spring 2019 as of April 11


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Annual Congregational Meeting Sunday, June 9 at 11:30am

June 9, 2019 (new date)

On Sunday, June 9 at 11:30am, we will begin our Annual Congregational Meeting in the sanctuary. There will be a brief social hour in the Parish Hall to fortify us beforehand, children will get connected with the childcare providers, and then up to the sanctuary we go!

All members and friends of First Parish are welcome to attend and participate in discussions; Official Members of First Parish are encouraged to vote on the business of the congregation including passing a budget for Fiscal Year 2019-20 beginning July 1, 2019.

What does it mean to be an Official Member? It means you have signed the Official Membership Book in the presence of a staffer or member of the Community and Hospitality Committee. This must be done by May 10, 2019 according to our by-laws (30 days before the meeting).

If you are interested in becoming a member, signing the Official Membership Book (or checking to be sure you are an Official Member), contact Leslie Lowe, or Fran in the office.

In preparation for the meeting, watch for the following:

  • warrant to come out by email (~May 30)
  • annual reports to read including the slate of nominees
  • financial reports and the proposed budget (avail late May)
  • and, plan to come to the budget information meetings to be held on Sun. April 28 at 11:45am; and _____________.

See you at the Annual Congregational Meeting!


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It Might Have Been Otherwise: Spiritual Gratitude

Rev. Edwin Lynn

Rev. Lynn will reflect in his sermon on a personal near death experience, after which he asks “what did I learn?”

Edwin Lynn is the Minister Emeritus of the Northshore Unitarian Universalist Church in Danvers MA , where he served for 33 years.  Rev. Lynn also was a visiting Lecturer at the Harvard Divinity School for 22 years. He is an architect and author of the book TIRED DRAGONS: Adapting Church Architecture to Changing Needs. His most recent book is SHORE LINES: LIFE Lessons From the Sea.

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Easter Sunday

Rev. Katie Lee Crane. What better way to celebrate Easter than to celebrate life! Our worship service will begin with the dedication of Audrey Orcheski, daughter of Ben Orcheski and Mary McLaughlin and granddaughter of longtime FPS member, Leslie Bryant. Noting the coincidence of timing, Rev. Katie Lee Crane, our Minister Emerita, will explore the ancient rites of spring that evolved into the festival we call “Easter,” and conclude with a meditation on how the prophet Jesus might respond to the complexities of our world today.

Rev. Katie Lee is Minister Emerita at First Parish of Sudbury, having served from 1998 to 2010. Now retired from active ministry — she says she really likes being a person in the pews! — she is thrilled to be with you again to celebrate this joyous day.
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