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Let’s Welcome Spring!

Spring (4)It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.

-Charles Dickens
A promise of things to come!

Let’s Welcome Spring!
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First Parish Moves Into Strategic Action!

MattyAfter a year of Strategic thinking and planning Rev. Marjorie helps the revived Council Team to celebrate the transition to Strategic Action!
On Saturday, March 14th Rev. Marjorie and Della Hughes led the Council Team to share their plans for the 2015-2016 year. “We are ready to take it to the next level!” explains Rev. Marjorie as she shares the plan and budget for the Communications Task Team with the Council Team and members of the congregation. As part of her presentation, she expanded on her thoughts with the following statement and the question: “What sets First Parish apart from other communities religious and secular?”
We are an engaged congregation of individuals who want to change the world. We believe that in order to change the world that change begins in our own hearts and minds. We hold and affirm values that are welcoming of all people and we do our utmost to walk the talk and do this best in a diverse community of thought and practice. We are inspired to share our values in the world to help frame a possible solution to the challenges that humankind faces. We do not believe that we hold the truth but we have a commitment to working in community with all people to uncover our collective wisdom and expansive truth. We are Unitarian Universalists…

The meeting turned into a celebration when lunch replete with a strategic action cake was served!

On other news from the Communications Task Team a mailing went out to new residents in Sudbury and Maynard last week which converted into three new visitors this week. We welcome those newcomers to spend some time and to get involved with our community through ushering, greeting or many of our social action events!

Photo by Tom Arnold
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Share the Plate


This Sunday, March 22, we share the plate with UUMass Action. 

Founded in 2005, UU Mass Action has been mobilizing the 140 Unitarian Universalist congregations in our Commonwealth on issues of social justice.  Many congregations live their values through social justice work, but it is through organizing our efforts and working in coalition with our community partners that we amplify our voice and create significant change.

During this 2014-2016 issue cycle, our four core issues are: Ending Mass Incarceration, Immigrant Rights, Economic Justice and Environment/Climate Change.  To learn more about the history of the organization and current campaigns, go to: We are a 501(c)3 organization and we rely on financial support from individual donations, support from congregations and grants.

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First Parish Helps Buddy Dog

dog and catHelp Buddy Dog 
Humane Society
There’s still time! Thanks to everyone who has already brought in donations for Buddy Dog Humane Society! This is a great no-kill shelter that helps homeless dogs and cats find new relationships with families in our community. Buddy Dog asks for donations of new or gently used collars, leashes, blankets, dog beds and old newspapers. Science Diet Brand dog and cat food, cat litter, treats and all cleaning supplies are greatly appreciated. Gift cards to Home Depot, Petco, BJ’s, Walmart and cash/check donations are accepted on Sunday mornings during coffee hour when organizers are present. The drive ends on March 29th.  Camille Slattery, a member of First Parish Coming of Age Group and leader of this effort, and Buddy Dog thank you for your generosity.
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Committee on Ministry – Survey

Committee on Ministry

Your Committee On Ministry (COM) has been diligently working on developing and refining a Survey which will help us better understand our collective ministry at FPS . The results of the last COM Survey, done in 2010 and the Ministerial Search Surveys done in 2011, 1997 and 1986 are available at in the Village under References documents for anyone who might be interested. The new 2015 Survey will be up and running by April 1 st, available to take online or in paper form. We will send out a separate email with the survey link and the link will be available in the village. Please take time to do the Survey. The more input we receive, the more valuable the information. Cilla Reising will be out in force gently reminding you.
The Committee on Ministry:  Liz Rust, Jan Hardenbergh, Tom Kruskal, Cilla Reising

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