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Religious Exploration Family Party June 9

The RE Committee at First Parish in Sudbury would like to invite you to an end of the year celebration for families and volunteers that participate in RE.

Pat Burkhardt, a longtime teacher and RE volunteer is moving away so please stop by to say goodbye and to wish her well on her new journey.


Bring your swimsuit and relax in the pool.  • We will have games and activities for the kids, including a zipline and trampoline. • Refreshments will be served.


Sunday, June 9, from 3:30-5:30 PM

Amy Prince’s Home

45 Cudworth Lane

Sudbury, MA 01776

Please RSVP and let us know if you can celebrate with us.

Diahanne Lucas, RE Committee Member:

Text/Call: (978) 831-7281

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Board of Trustee Notes from May 1 meeting

The Board of Trustees meeting was held on May 1, 2019. As a means of increasing revenue, the Board discussed selling or leasing property not in use by the church to the town of Sudbury. In addition the suggestion was made that the church establish a Go Fund Me page for the maintenance and endowment for the church. It will be considered as part of the Revenue planning. The Board discussed visiting other UU churches that have been successful in using their facilities for other activities such as community centers and coffee houses.


The Administrator position will likely be split into two positions, one administrative and the other focused on marketing. Sudbury Extended Day could be moving out of our facilities in the next few years to Sudbury school facilities. This move would result in a large loss of revenue. There will be a walk-through of the facilities with the Sudbury superintendent of schools who is looking for office space. The planning for the kitchen remodeling continues. The Board was presented a chart of utilities usage. Kilowatt hours are increasing. The Board discussed ways to reduce utility costs. It was suggested that a building management system be used to control all utilities via computer.


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Insights: “Pausing” by Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty

This last Sunday I shared my experiences of being on sabbatical with those who gathered at First Parish. I shared how my writing required that I unpack my life, which caused me to feel a gamut of emotion and hooked me in a chain of reaction and self doubt. It was the wisdom offered by the Buddhist nun and author, Pema Chodron that helped me to pause long enough to break out of old patterns. Chodron encouraged, in her book ‘Taking The Leap’, “to get comfortable with, begin to relax with, lean in to, whatever the experience may be.” She was speaking specifically about those reactions that hook us and lead us down a path that is not necessarily where we want to go. Chodron calls us to, “drop the storyline and simply pause, look out, and breathe. Simply be present to a few seconds, a few minutes, a few hours, a whole lifetime, with our own shifting energies and with the unpredictability of life as it unfolds, wholly partaking in all experiences just exactly as they are.” I believed that this was far easier said than done and yet I realized that it can be easy to pause when we realize that we are hooked. When we feel anxious or frustrated or any emotion that hooks us, just take a few moments to let go and allow our natural intelligence, that part of us that knows what the logical “right” next move might be, take control. When we are hooked or caught in the chain of reaction it can be difficult to think clearly, pausing brings us home to a sense of calm and frontal lobe sanity. This practice of pausing helped me to find my way and I am thrilled to be back at First Parish and look forward to finding a place of calm and creating home with you.

This journey that we are on begins with our individual work with recognizing, “an opportunity for transformation, an open doorway. When we realize that we are triggered, think of it as a neutral moment, a moment in time, a moment of truth that can go either way.” Which way will we choose to go? Which wolf will we choose to feed: the wolf of vengeance and violence or the wolf of patience, love and compassion and how will this choice inspire us to respond?

May the honesty held in this one precious life be yours.

Happy summer!

Rev. Marjorie

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Religious Exploration June 2nd

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Religious Exploration-A Lamp in Every Corner- As we approach the end of our 2018-2019 RE year, the children will take this time to reflect on what we have learned. We will also be telling the story of Zora and her family lamp or chalice, taking time to look at our own chalice lighting and delving into what the light of truth and the flame of love really encompass. The miracle of social change will be our penultimate focus this exploration year.
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July 4th at FPS–the Grill fundraiser


Save the date! Thursday, July 4.

July 4 at FPS to help put on the Grill fundraiser. Let me know if you can help, lend us your ice chest or donate some food.  There’s always the option of coming to picnic and view the fabulous Sudbury Independence Day parade with your family and friends. Join us on the Terrace and front lawn.

Contact Leslie Lowe


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Harvest Fair 2019:  Saturday October 19

Please put this date on your calendar now!  As this event has transitioned from a Crafts fair to community outreach, we have aimed to put the “fun” back into fundraising.  Many FPS members participate in October, or show up to fill the volunteer positions “as needed”.  However, to make the event most successful, both as our public face and as a fundraiser, we need to plan well!  For instance, if the event will include invitations to any vendors for the outdoors, we must act on this right away! Last year’s event included our soup kitchen, a fall-themed silent auction, live music and dance, children’s crafts and activities, baked goods and jellies, and a community art project.  Please contact me on or before June 9th so we can discuss any new ideas you may have!   Valerie Tratnyek , 978-369-3552 or

REVENUE TEAM (TEAM ONE): If you have been uncertain about what you can do towards reaching our goals to make First Parish financially stable and sustainable, this is the Team where many roles can be broken out and made more manageable for those individuals who prefer a concrete task.  Our income depends on many efforts, and each is vitally important to our future.  “Revenue” includes income from fundraisers (including our three regular events), building and event rentals, investment income, membership pledges and other gifts and offerings.  There is room to make all of these categories more advantageous.  What is your specific interest?  Please contact me, and join “Team One”!

Valerie Tratnyek, 978-369-3552,

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