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Sunday, November 17 – Education Forum

Posted by on Nov 5, 2019 in Community, General News

Education funding is an important social justice issue. Currently, how Massachusetts funds education and the impact on student outcomes is a hot topic as the state legislature takes up major reforms.

The Faith In Action Committee and the League of Women Voters of Sudbury and are co-sponsoring a public forum titled “State Education Funding: Does It Make the Grade?” on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. at First Parish. The forum is free and open to the public.

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Saturday, November 2 – Women’s Alliance One-Day Retreat

Posted by on Oct 15, 2019 in Community, General News

Please plan now to attend the annual one-day Retreat of the Women’s Alliance Saturday November, Nov. 2 in the beautiful community building of the Harvard, MA Unitarian-Universalist Church. We will start with coffee and tea, provided by the Alliance, and snacks to which all will contribute, at 9:30 a.m. The program will run from 10 to 12 with a break for lunch at 12, and resume from 1 to 3.

Our facilitator for this retreat is Lane Williamson. Here are her words to describe her program:

“This all-day retreat will focus on art as a spiritual path – not a religious path – but rather as a space or sanctuary providing for exploration, solace, witness, and growth. We will talk about intention in art making and witness in art making – and we will explore the transformative power of making art together as an act of profound community building. What this is: an exploration of art as a sacred activity and also its potential as communal activity. What this is not: an exploration of art as therapy. Also: you are at an advantage if you know nothing about making art! 🙂 Over the course of the day we will: Work in graphite exploring intention; make mono prints that connect our deep roots to graphic image; work in paint exploring mark making as a language; and work as an image community creating a huge collage that mirrors our belief that art making is a profound glue!”

The cost of the program is $25, which includes materials. We will each bring our own lunch, or you may wish to purchase a salad or sandwich at the deli across the street. Bring cash or preferably a check (payable to Women’s Alliance of First Parish Sudbury) to the retreat — you need not pay in advance, but we need to know if you are coming by October 25th, for planning purposes. We do usually have room for last minute signups.

AnnMarie Lanza has volunteered to be the registrar for this event. Please RSVP to her at . It would be helpful if you would also indicate if you need a ride, or could provide one to someone else. Once you have signed up we will send you directions to the Community Center (which is next to the church, but has a different address).

If you have any other questions, please contact Peg Espinola at .

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Featured Events

Posted by on Sep 28, 2019 in Coffeehouse, Community, General News

October 19 – Harvest Fair


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October 19 – Harvest Fair

Posted by on Sep 18, 2019 in Community, General News

First Parish of Sudbury invites the community to its 118th annual Harvest Fair on Saturday, October 19, from 10 am-3 pm. Featuring activities to entertain the entire family! General admission is free.

While Harvest Fair was traditionally a craft fair, it’s now a diverse event for the young and not so young! Join in on a collaborative art project with birds and bird houses; bid on autumn-themed baskets, filled with fall decorations, Halloween treats, Thanksgiving items, and more at the Silent Auction; visit environmental and agricultural organizations offering information and opportunities; and enjoy home baked goodies and locally made jams, fresh soups, and bread all while listening to live music by Sally Sweitzer and Friends, as well as children’s musician Mister Vic at 1:30 pm.

Children are welcome to visit the Enchanted Garden and build a fairy house between 10:30 and 1pm. For a $4.00 admission, three special costumed characters will encourage children to create fairy houses out of natural materials, paint pumpkins to take home, and sing songs at the wishing tree! The Fairy Queen, Pumpkin Troll, and the Green Man welcome all!

We can always use more volunteers and contributions – click here to see what is needed.

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First Parish Women’s Alliance kicks off new season with guest speaker – Join us September 10th at 6:30 in the Commons

Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 in Community

Our get-togethers are open to all women with a connection to First Parish of Sudbury, regardless of membership status. Newcomers are especially welcome. Join us for this opening event.

Rebecca Parkhill, First Parish member and co-founder of the Metrowest Women’s Fund will talk to us about the Fund’s mission and projects. First Parish has supported this new group with a Share the Plate in the Spring and the collection of project art materials for the “Mom & Me” camp at MCI-Framingham this summer.  Come hear what’s next and how we can continue to be involved and support this group. The Fund has already supported a “dreamer” student at Framingham State and hosted an educational event with Betsy Soule, the director of the Metrowest Legal Services, who presented about the legal needs of women and girls living on low income in our community.

As usual, we have a “bring whatever” potluck starting at 6:30 and our program around 7pm.   In addition to our speaker, we will have a brief discussion of upcoming programs. Please come, with or without a donation of home-made or store-bought food or beverage. There’s always plenty to go around.

For this church season the Women’s Alliance gatherings will be on the 10th of the month in September, October, January, February, and March. The other months have special events, which we will discuss at this opening gathering. All our events, like our periodic potluck gatherings, are open to all women with a connection to First Parish of Sudbury, regardless of membership status. Again, newcomers are especially welcome.

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Posted by on Aug 28, 2019 in Community, General News

Sunday, September 8, First Parish of Sudbury UU marks the beginning of another church year with a celebratory gathering of friends, members and people who are exploring what this congregation offers for individuals and families.

SERVICE at 10:00 a.m.  The service begins with everyone – adults and children – gathered in the Sanctuary.  As part of the service, everyone is invited to bring a small amount of water from a place or places that have been meaningful to you during the summer.  (The water can be from the actual place or tap water used to represent the place). During the service, this water is collected in a large bowl and, later, after lots of boiling to sterilize it, used throughout the year to dedicate children, comfort those who are ill, and other appropriate uses.  Remember to bring your water!

POTLUCK at 11:30 a.m.  After the service, everyone is invited to greet each other and enjoy a potluck lunch in the

Parish Hall and on the terrace. We will provide cold cuts, etc. for sandwiches with add-ons , and cold drinks.   You are encouraged to Bring something ready-to-eat to share for the potluck lunch; salads, side dishes, fruit and desserts are welcome.  Please label anything containing nuts. Due to the kitchen renovation, the stove will not be available for heating food, but the refrigerator is available, if needed.


Plan to join the celebration of gathering together in loving community.

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