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Still Time to Donate to the Spring Auction!

Some of the best items are those donated by First Parish members and friends! Wondering what to donate this year? The possibilities are endless: pool parties, cookouts, and dinners are always a hit and they keep the fun going throughout the year. Maybe you’d like to host a brunch or dinner….or perhaps a Super Bowl party next February (Go Pats!). And don’t forget to ask some of your favorite merchants to donate a gift certificate.  Submit your donation online by March 16. Auction Donation Form.

Do you have some things you can’t seem to get done? Consider a “reverse auction item”. You describe the service (leaf raking, computer support, organizing) and how much you are willing to “pay”. Someone willing and able to do the work will volunteer and you “buy” the item for the amount you specified by donating that amount to First Parish. Start crossing items off your to-do list with a reverse auction item. Submit online by March 16th. Reverse Auction Form

What Else Is Important To Know?

The evening will begin at 6:00 with appetizers, wine, beer, and soft drinks while we peruse and bid on silent auction items. A buffet supper will be served and then we’ll move into the lively verbal auction!

There will be childcare with pizza and a program for the kids. RSVP by April 1st for childcare.

**Pay your admission of $15 in advance of the Spring Auction on Sundays in March during Social Hour.  You’ll receive dinner, drinks, dessert and a bidding number. Admission at the door is $20 so sign up early.  There is no admission charge for children.  What a great deal!**

Any questions, please email us at

See you at the Auction!

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A Change to the “Say Their Names” observances in our February worship services

The past two Sundays, First Parish has participated in the Say Their Names project to honor the memory of those whose lives were taken by horrific hate crimes.  We acknowledge that this is important for First Parish to do, however, we have decided that while our settled minister is on sabbatical, we are going to change the way we present the names and we will no longer include the graphic details of their suffering. This will still allow us to hold those names in memory in our sacred space.

Should you feel that you need to leave the sanctuary while we read the names, we respect that decision and will now allow a few moments for that.  We welcome you to rejoin us afterwards for the remainder of the service.

Rev. Debra Morris-Bennett on behalf of the Worship Associates


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Livable Sudbury Presentation at Goodnow Library

Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 6:30pm

presentation of a report on the Livable Sudbury needs assessment conducted by the Sudbury Council on Aging and others.

Here is the flyer.


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Endings and Beginnings Service Sunday, Jan. 6

Each year on the first Sunday in January, we honor the Endings and Beginnings of the lives of people who touch our lives. During our Sunday service, the names of people who were born and who died in the previous year are read aloud, and we stand as the names are read. It is a very moving ritual. All are welcome to participate.

It is time once again to collect the names of loved ones who died and who were born in 2008. Please send the following information to Rev. Marjorie at

  1. full name (and how to pronounce it if needed)
  2. whether the person was born or died
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Auction Sermon: Nature

In ancient times… during the dark days of winter, at the birth of spring, thru the abundance of summer and the harvest humankind has sought deeper meaning, entities to blame and allies for our journey. The mother, Goddess who gave birth and meaning to life, the father, God who worked the land and the people towards achievement. Throughout history meaning has been imagined and shared through ritual, legend and folklore. The stars and heavens held the truth. The pagan faith, the beliefs of our ancestors before organized religion was a thing, is what our discussion this week is all about. Join the Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty as she meanders through traditional beliefs and and folklore that has endured in the face of persecution and orthodoxy.

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Love Thy Nature…film and discussion January 10 at 6:30pm

Co-sponsored by Sudbury Extended Day and First Parish, you are invited and encouraged to see this award-winning film. Filmmaker Sylvie Rokab examines the beauty and intimacy of humankind’s relationship with the natural world.

Love Thy Nature, narrated by Liam Neeson, shows how deeply we’ve lost touch with nature and takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the beauty and intimacy of our relationship with the natural world. Love Thy Nature shows that a renewed connection with nature is key not only to our well being, but also to solving our environmental and climate crises. 

This will be shown in the Commons at First Parish of Sudbury, but seating is limited. Please sign up with Cate Dill, an environmental educator working with Sierra Club who will lead the discussion. Click on this link to sign up:

The film will be shown at 7:00pm. A discussion will follow the film, and light refreshments will be served at 6:30.

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