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Harvest Fair Volunteers & Contributions Needed!

Posted by on Oct 5, 2019 in General News, Newsletter

Many volunteers are needed to set-up and run the Harvest Fair!  Please make a time commitment to help, either on Friday, October 18, between 2pm and 7pm, but especially on Saturday, October 19th, between 8:30am and 4pm.  There are tasks for everyone – even sitting for an hour collecting baked goods money would be a help!

Start cooking! Go shopping! If you are looking for other ways to contribute, some things you can do to help now include:

  • The Harvest is here and it is time for making jams, jellies and pickles. Put a few jars aside to sell for FPS.  Some baked goods freeze very well, like pumpkin bread or coffee cake, so baking ahead is a big help! Please plan to bake the week before the event, and sign up with our Bake Sale Coordinator, Toni Trone.
  • All the items purchased and collected by us will be organized into baskets for the Silent Auction.  Last year this was a successful fundraiser. So enjoy shopping for items that can be included in Autumn, Halloween, and Thanksgiving themed baskets.  For more a more specific shopping list, please see below for donation suggestions.
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Jenna Kyes Appointed Director of Religious Exploration

Posted by on Sep 10, 2019 in General News, Newsletter, Religious Exploration

First Parish is pleased to announce that Jenna Kyes has been appointed to the position of Director of Religious Exploration for the congregation.

Jenna received a Masters in Early Education from Lesley University and a Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, from Brandeis University. She has an extensive teaching background that includes experience working with children and youth in Unitarian Universalism religious education programs, schools, and academic enrichment programs, and she is a trained Spirit Play teacher.  Most recently, she served as Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregational Society of Westborough and was responsible for the development and implementation of religious education programming for students of all ages. Jenna also led a Coming of Age program for eighth grade students, as well as a high school youth group, and coordinated a team of volunteer teachers. She is experienced with Tapestry of Faith curricula, as well as Spirit Play, Coming of Age and OWL.

“I love helping children learn, and I am committed to the Unitarian Universalist mission,” says Jenna. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to support the faith development of the children and youth in First Parish’s Religious Exploration!”

First Parish has chosen the title Religious Exploration for this program because it is our goal to encourage students to explore their faith and their world, so that they may each have the freedom to form their own Unitarian Universalist identity. Religious Exploration at First Parish nurtures the spiritual growth of children and youth from infancy through high school, supporting them as they build a loving community, explore world religions and faith traditions, seek truth and meaning, and work together to make positive change in the world.

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Living Our Values with Ms. Laura Wagner (for newsletter)

Posted by on Jan 9, 2019 in Newsletter

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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Insights: The Anatomy of Gratitude

Posted by on Nov 7, 2018 in General News, Newsletter

by David Steindl-Rast

The reason I use the words “gratitude,” “gratefulness,” and “thanksgiving” in the way I use them is because we really need different terms for our experience. Moments of gratitude well up in our hearts , first, filling up within us, filling us with joy. And then comes a point where the heart overflows, and we sing, and we thank somebody; and for that, I like a different term. I call that “thanksgiving.” And the two of them are two aspects of the process that is gratitude .

This idea of a vessel that is still inarticulate until it overflows is also very helpful in another way. It’s like the bowl of a fountain when it fills up. It’s very quiet and still. When it overflows, it starts to make noise, it sparkles, and it ripples down. And that is when the joy  is articulate.

For many people in our culture, the heart fills up with joy, with gratefulness, and just at the moment when it wants to overflow, and really, when the joy comes [marketing] comes in and says, “No, no, there’s a better model, and there’s a newer model, and your neighbor has a bigger one.” And so instead of overflowing, we work to make the bowl bigger and bigger and bigger, and it never overflows. It never gives us this joy.

People ask, “Well, how shall we practice this gratefulness?” And there is a very simple kind of methodology: Stop, look, go.

When you are in practice, a split second is enough — “stop.” And then you look: What is the unique opportunity this moment gives? And that is where this beholding comes in. And if we really see what the opportunity is, we must, not stop there, but we must do something with it: Go. Avail yourself of that opportunity.


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FPS buildings shutdown for annual floor and rug cleaning Tuesday July 25 at 3pm

Posted by on Jul 19, 2017 in General News, Newsletter


Our annual floor waxing and rug shampooing will take place from Tuesday, July 25 at 3pm until Saturday morning July 29.

All meetings have been cancelled. This applies to every space in the buildings, so please don’t try to squeeze in. 😉

Thanks for your help! We are sorry for the inconvenience.

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Connector November 11, 2014

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Newsletter

The Connector
Newsletter of the First Parish of Sudbury
Unitarian Universalist
327 Concord Road, Sudbury, MA 01776

WEEKLY CONNECTOR                                         November 11, 2014

Sunday, November 16, 2014

“Grate-full”wheat field

Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty

This coming Sunday honors the bounty of the harvest. We will celebrate by engaging in a cornbread community communion. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty shares her thoughts about what it will take to sustain and flourish on our planet. Rev. Marjorie considers: “In the face of climate change and the level of uncertainty it feels like we are facing on this planet, what do we need to know in order to make informed decisions about how we can make an environmental difference now… As many of us wonder about the health of our planet the inevitable question arises: Is it already too late to make a positive environmental change?

Sunday Worship begins at 10:00 AM and will be followed by a fellowship hour in the parish hall. Religious education and Childcare are available. First Parish of Sudbury is a Unitarian Universalist welcoming congregation, encouraging and celebrating the participation of all people regardless of theological belief, sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Things you might want to know!
Come take a tour of The Village, our internal website:

The Village was designed for collaboration on worship, within and between committees, and any other group within First Parish. It also has a member directory, Trustee Minutes, discussion forums for improving the website, discussing Town Center and the secret to happiness. YON and Rev. Marjorie will lead the tour this Sunday, in classroom 1 at 11:45. Bring your laptop if you tend to meander on your own. Contact Jan Hardenbergh   for more info or if you cannot make it this Sunday, but would like to take the tour at some other time.
All We Had written by Annie Weatherwax is Rev. Marjorie’s book choice for the month of November. Author, Annie Weatherwax, will discuss her book during the Book Discussion on Tuesday, December 2, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Enjoy your reading!!
The Board of Trustees recently voted to invite the chairs and leaders of all First Parish committees and groups to gather twice each year to collaboratively plan the church calendar and to talk about budget priorities.

The first meeting will be Wednesday, January 11 at 7:00 PM in the Commons (snow date is Sunday, January 11 at 11:45 AM in Parish Hall). We will spend a brief amount of time discussing the calendar for the second half of the church year, but the main focus will be discussing budget priorities for next year.


In-Home Dinners are a great way to get more
acquainted with other First Parish folk, the new
and the longstanding members. Informal and fun,
they take place in members’ homes.  Do think
about choosing one of the above dates.  You will
be hearing more details later!
Click here to find out what’s new in Religious Education!!

Coming up in November/December:

November 16 – Celebration of the Harvest –   Cornbread Communion
November 22 – Fall Outdoor Clean-Up Day (Rain Date – November 23)
November 23 – Music Sunday
November 23 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Day  Celebration (evening)
December 2 – Book Group – All We Had
December 6 – Seekers Potluck
December 7 – Revels
December 14 – Womens Alliance Holiday Party   (Sheila Murphy’s Home)
December 21 – Yule – Winter Solstice
December 28 – Collaborative Sunday   (Framingham, Wayland, Sudbury – at Sudbury)
The Parish Office is staffed week days
from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.

If you need to contact the office outside of regular office hours, please send an e-mail to
or leave a voice mail at 978-443-2043. E-mail and voice mail will be checked regularly on week days.

Please remember to have your Connector articles/news to the office by Friday, November 14, at noon, for the next Connector on Tuesday, November 18!


“Odd as I am sure it will appear to some, I can think of no better form of personal involvement in the cure of the environment than that of gardening. A person who is growing a garden, if he is growing it organically, is improving a piece of the world. He is producing something to eat, which makes him somewhat independent of the grocery business, but he is also enlarging, for himself, the meaning of food and the pleasure of eating.”

Wendell Berry, The Art of the Commonplace: The Agrarian Essays


Eating Local Fact From Living Our Faith

Six out of seven low-income kids who eat a free or reduced-price school lunch during the academic year do not get a free meal during the summer.-Food Research and Action Center, Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012

An Opportunity
To Help Clean-Up First Parish!

The Landscape Committee welcomes everyone to help with our outdoor clean-up on Saturday, November 22, 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. This is a great time to get some fresh air, help FPS in a small way, and get to know each other better.  Please dress warmly, bring gloves and rakes, and plan to work up an appetite for pizza at lunchtime! Please contact Valerie Tratnyek, or any Landscape Committee member, with questions. In the event of unpleasant weather, the rain date is Sunday, November 23, noon to 4:00 pm.



On December 7, during coffee hour, Living Our Faith   will be sponsoring a fundraising coffee hour to continue on our work from last year to help transform the lives of poor Cambodians by creating sustainable communities where they have access to safe water by raising money for a pump well.

In preparation for this coffee hour, please donate used CDs and DVDs in the grey bin under the Living Our Faith bulletin board (by the Library) or contact Liz Rust () for donations.

Thank you!
November 11:  Quilters Group (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Commons)
November 12:  Sustainable Sudbury (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Library)
November 13:  Insight Meditation (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm – Commons)
November 13:  Conscious Eating (6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Commons)
November 13: Choir Rehearsal (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm – Sanctuary)
November 14: Peg’s Service Auction (6:30 pm – 9:30 pm – Peg’s Home)
November 16:  Choir Rehearsal (9:00 am – 10:00 am – Sanctuary)
November 16:  Worship:  “Harvest” (10:00 – 11:00 am – Sanctuary)
November 16: Hop Brook Morris Dancing (11:45 am – 1:00 pm – Commons)
November 16:  Great Meadows Morris & Sword (4:45 pm – 6:45 pm – Parish Hall)
November 16:  Womens Alliance (Tentative – 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm – Commons)
November 16:  Village Tour (11:45 am – 12:45 pm – Classroom 1)
November 16:  The Salon (7:00 pm – 8:30 pm – Library)
November 18:  Gentle Kripalu Yoga (7:45 am – 8:45 am – Commons)
November 18:  Communications Task Force (2:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Workroom)
November 18:  Quilters Group (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Commons)
As the Holidays approach (Thanksgiving is only two weeks away) please remember First Parish when you do your Holiday shopping!

We have entered an agreement with so that, for every purchase we make through the amazon link on our website home page, FPS will get a percentage (4% or more) of the purchase. In order for this to work you need to go to amazon through the portal, find what you want to buy, and put the item(s) in your shopping cart. If you’re done, proceed to checkout to complete the order. Once you complete an order if you decide to buy more stuff you need to go back to the amazon link before adding the item(s) to your cart and completing the new order.

Thank you for your support!

Sunday Helpers for October

November 16:
Ushers:  Val and Marion Tratnyek
Greeters:  Bridget Hanson and Jan Hardenbergh
Hospitality:  Leslie Lowe and Tom Yelton
Flowers:  Marge Langmuir

November 23`:
Ushers:   Jan and Gail Hardenbergh
Greeters: Sherri Cline and Betty White
Hospitality:  George Duval
Flowers: Nancy Moore

Thank you for helping!  Please remember that there are many ways that you can help out at First Parish. Please check out the sign-up board in the Parish Hall for blank spaces, or contact Fran Sharp to see how you can get more involved!


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