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First Parish Launches Meetinghouse of Sudbury & Online Apparel Store!

Posted by on Dec 12, 2019 in Community, General News, Stewardship

In order to protect the historic legacy of our Sudbury Town Center, the members of the First Parish of Sudbury are pleased to invite you to become a Friend of the Meetinghouse on the Sudbury Common! Our hope is that those who have had an opportunity to be sheltered in the prodigious arms of this historic Meetinghouse, and find its presence comforting and an important part of the Historic Sudbury Town Center, will be inspired to join us on the journey of its care. The members of First Parish have been the consistent caretakers of the Meetinghouse’s for over 375 years. After embarking over the last several years on greening the Meetinghouse with solar panels, a new state-of-the-art kitchen, and several landscape additions, we would like to invite all who benefit from our Meetinghouse to feel inspired to contribute to its further upkeep by contributing to a Meetinghouse Preservation Fund and becoming a Friend of the Meetinghouse of Sudbury.

Support the Meetinghouse today with the purchase of Historic Sudbury gear for the entire family! Proceeds from apparel sales will support the painting, restoration of the bell tower, and ongoing maintenance of the Meetinghouse.

The online store is open through Sunday, December 22, and all orders will be shipped directly to the address of your choice early in the new year.

Enjoy shopping for the Meetinghouse, and THANK YOU for your support!

Shop The Meetinghouse Online Apparel Store!

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First Parish Secret Santa

Posted by on Nov 13, 2019 in Community, General News

The Annual First Parish Secret Santa is about to get underway! Here’s how it works: the Department of Children and Family Services in Framingham gives First Parish the names of 60 children who need a little help from us to make their holiday season more joyful. In addition to their names, there is information such as their favorite colors, sports, hobbies, their sizes, their needs, and their hopes. You can use this information to buy the child an appropriate gift.

All gifts must be new and may be brought to the church on Sundays, up to and including December 15th. Santa’s helpers arrange to have the gifts delivered. A full set of instructions will be available in the Parish Hall starting November 24th.

A few things to remember:

  • You are not expected to buy all of the things listed. You don’t have to buy any of the things listed. You may buy any age appropriate gift that you think the child would like.

  • All gifts must be newly bought items.

  • Wrap all gifts in seasonal wrapping. Securely, bundle together multiple packages for the same child. Attach the card with the social worker’s name to the outside of the package where it can easily be seen.

  • Never leave a gift unattended in the parish hall, except during Sunday morning services.

  • All gifts must be brought to the Parish Hall no later than Sunday, December 15th at noon.

Please contact Sherri Cline with any questions.

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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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