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Being Grateful…

Posted by on Nov 24, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

As the bounty of Thanksgiving is upon us, a time to give thanks, let’s look at this time as an annual tradition in terms of being present with those whom we love. Imagine what our lives might be like if we were able to be grateful for all that we have, be mindful of all that we take for granted, and be open to what may be yet to arrive. What would life be like if we lived into a daily practice of being grateful monthly, daily, or even in every moment… How might our lives be different? Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in examining the spiritual practice of gratitude.

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Sunday, November 24 – Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Posted by on Nov 21, 2019 in General News

The Sudbury Clergy Association invites the community to an Interfaith Thanksgiving service on Sunday, November 24, 2019, at 4 pm, at First Parish of Sudbury.

Clergy from Congregation Beth El, First Parish of Sudbury, Memorial Congregational Church, Our Lady of Fatima Parish, the Presbyterian Church of Sudbury, St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church, Sudbury United Methodist Church, and Wayland Islamic Center will be co-leading the service, and the service will include prayers for the world, by all participating clergy.

Sudbury’s Chief of Police, Scott Nix, will speak on gratitude, and the offering will be donated to MCC’s food assistance program.

The Sudbury Clergy Association is a community of religious professionals who serve the eleven faith communities in Sudbury and meet monthly to seek ways to serve one another, their congregations,
and the community while striving for the greater good.

Please join us!

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RE Bake Sale Update!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in General News, Religious Exploration

The Religious Exploration Program bake sale this weekend was a huge success!  Thank you so much to our RE students and families for contributing delicious baked goods, and to everyone who stopped by our table at coffee hour to buy treats and support our November RE Social Justice Project!   With the funds we raised, our Junior Youth Group was able to make 24 care packages containing socks, hand and toe warmers, water, snacks, toothbrushes, toothpaste and handmade holiday cards for people in Massachusetts who are suffering from homelessness this holiday season. Thank you all for supporting our students’ social justice work! 

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This Week in Religious Exploration

Posted by on Nov 19, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

  • Nursery care for children ages 0-5:

Nursery care is available during worship this weekend!

  • Religious Exploration for children and youth in grades K-8:

This Sunday, November 24, our students will participate in our second Arts Sunday of the year!  June Hopkins will lead our students in a children’s choir lesson, and this class will be our first opportunity to practice the songs that we will perform during the family worship service at 5pm on Christmas Eve!

Special Announcements:

We still have a number of open RE Volunteer slots for Sundays this fall! If you are interested in signing up to help in our nursery or our RE classes, please visit our Sign-Up Genius page to add your name to some dates!

We are collecting donations for our Simple Gifts class, which will take place on Sunday, December 1.  We would be very grateful for your donation of any of the following items:

  • A small, unwrapped gift item for a recipient of any age. Items should be in good condition, but do not need to be brand new (this is the perfect time to “re-gift” an item you don’t have a use for!)
  • Holiday wrapping paper
  • Paper gift bags
  • Tissue Paper
  • Ribbons/Bows
  • Clear tape

Please feel free to leave donations in the RE office or in our donation box outside the Parish Hall.

 

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Compassion: A Spiritual Practice…

Posted by on Nov 17, 2019 in General News, Worship Services

Kuan Yin (Guanyin) was a Buddhist bodhisattva associated with compassion. (S)he was known as the Goddess of Mercy by Jesuit missionaries in China. (S)he has the supernatural power of assuming any form required to relieve suffering. In many of the world’s religions there are those whom personify compassion such as Jesus in Christianity. The Dalai Lama explained that, “My religion is kindness.” Confucius was the first person to formulate what has become known as the Golden Rule. Join, Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty and the Congregation of First Parish in understanding the importance of compassion and how we can build upon gratitude to extend our practice to contain compassion.

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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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RE Program Bake Sale this Sunday!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2019 in Coming Up in RE, General News, Religious Exploration

The Religious Exploration Program students are holding a Bake Sale this Sunday, November 17, in the Parish Hall at coffee hour!

Please help to support their November Social Justice Project by buying some yummy baked goods!

All proceeds from the bake sale will be used to purchase items for holiday care packages that our youth will put together and distribute to local homeless shelters.

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