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Senior Cohousing meeting at FP Stow and Acton Sat Jan 26

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News

What:     Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Aging in Place – an Introductory Meeting

When:    Saturday, January 26, from 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Where:    First Parish Church of Stow and Acton

                353 Great Road (Rte. 117) Stow MA


Middlesex Senior Cohousing, a group of 12 households in Metro Northwest Boston, will hold an introductory meeting on Saturday, January 26, from 2 – 4:30 pm in Fellowship Hall at FPC Stow/Acton. MSC is seeking to build New England’s first senior cohousing neighborhood in the Maynard/Acton area and is growing its membership.

The program features a slideshow, short video, and Q&A. There will be a refreshment break followed by facilitated small break-out groups to talk about the challenges of aging in place and in community.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about this innovative model that started in Denmark in the 1960s and operates on the understanding that community is the best insurance for getting the nurturing care we need as we age. And for living a fun and fulfilling 3rd Act!

To learn more, go to the websites of Middlesex Senior Cohousing and the Cohousing Association of the United States.

RSVPs are appreciated for planning purposes. Go to .


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350Mass Metrowest Node Meeting at FPS January 10 at 7pm

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News


Gearing up for 2019: The Year of Urgency

How will you participate in our civilization’s need to address climate change? At this meeting, we will be forming and continuing working groups with projects that people can engage in now, aligned with 350Mass’ new campaign priorities.  We’ll also be practicing useful skills and supporting each other aw we instigate local initiatives and participate in statewide policy-making.

Join us as we work together to advocate for our planet on Thursday, January 10 at First Parish of Sudbury, Unitarian Universalist 327 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA at 7:00pm. Help us become better advocates for our planet. Help us chart a path forward to make a difference in Metrowest.


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Women’s Alliance meeting February 11

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News

From the Women’s Alliance:  There will be no meeting in January.  We have a speaker for our February potluck meeting on Monday, February 11.  Devik Wyman from Mango Tree Artisans, a fair trade store in Sudbury, who is a frequent traveler to Central and South America,  will talk about “Textiles and Tortillas.”  Our potluck starts at 6:30 in the Commons with program to follow.
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Living Our Values with Ms. Laura Wagner (for newsletter)

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

Join the congregation at First Parish of Sudbury for the first of our Sunday services during the time our settled minister is on sabbatical. This Sunday, Jan. 13, we welcome back to our pulpit Ms. Laura Wagner, executive director of UU Mass Action, the Unitarian Universalist State Action Network. Their mission is to organize and mobilize UUs to confront injustice.

Ms. Wagner’s sermon is titled “Living Our Values”. Join us to learn more.

This Sunday we will “Share the Plate”–half of the collection will go to UU Mass Action.

Founded in 2006, it is a statewide network of congregations, lay members and ministers whose mission is to mobilize our voice in support of Unitarian Universalist values to achieve a just, equitable and compassionate Commonwealth. We are proud to share our collection with this worthy organization this morning.

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Board of Trustee Notes from Dec. 5 meeting

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in General News

The Board of Trustees met on December 5, 2018. Rev. Matty reported that the Pastoral Associates Group, the Worship Associates Group, and the Board will support one another during her sabbatical. Chad Trexler reported that the kickoff for the strategic planning process is planned for sometime in the next two weeks. The final planning is scheduled for March. Mark Trone provided the Board a draft template for the committee goals as requested by the council members. The Board emphasized that the goals for the Board filter down to the committee goals. Deborah Kruskal reported that the design for a sign near the street with removable panels is in process. She also reported that we are waiting for an update on the bids for the kitchen. Dave Andrews reported that he, Aline, and Jim Gish will be monitoring the solar bills for anomalies. The question is whether we are using more energy or are costs going up. The Board discussed the question of  storage and whether all items being stored are still needed. The next Board meeting will be January 9 instead of January 2.

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Endings and Beginnings…

Posted by on Jan 6, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

The first Sunday of the New Year is an important time at First Parish it is a time when we remember those whom we have lost over the year and the new additions to our families who arrived. Please bring the names of those whom you would like to honor for this service. This will also be the last Sunday before Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty’s sabbatical begins. Rev. Marjorie will be sharing her thoughts about sabbatical, the upcoming themes and how to take care of one another in her absence. The next few months will be filled with many different speakers bringing their wisdom to the First Parish meetinghouse so please check in often to stay ahead of the schedule. Peace to you in the New Year!

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