www.fpsudbury.org                                                                                                January 21, 2015


Unlikely Inspiration: How I Became a UU Sikh


Ilene Gillispie


Ilene will be preaching on the inspiration she found in the Sikh religion and her journey as a Sikh UU. "Six years ago, a chance encounter changed my life and inspired me to travel four times to India, to learn a new language, and to reshape my whole lifestyle. The sermon will talk about my own story as well as the theological and historical connections between UUism and Sikhism (which are actually quite numerous)." (Ilene Gillispie) 


Ilene Gillispie is a third-year seminarian at Boston University School of Theology. She currently serves as student minister at First Parish in Malden Universalist. In her undergraduate work, Ilene studied world religions with a focus on India, where she has traveled four times for language-learning and research. After her graduation this spring, Ilene will begin work as intern minister at First Parish of Stow and Acton.  


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. If you are a seeker of scientific, technological, or spiritual meaning in life you will be warmly welcomed.


The First Parish of Sudbury Meeting House is located at 327 Concord Road, across from Town Hall. For more information about upcoming events, visit fpsudbury.org or call 978-443-2043.

Journey of Discovery

Rev. Marjorie will be leading a series of five discussions beginning on February 15 that will include teachings, life experiences, thoughts, and insights on a particular topic. Several members of First Parish have been invited to share their thoughts about the topic and their practices. As you can see from the list below, the topics might be considered challenging but provide an opportunity to share your own thoughts and questions. We think this process will create an atmosphere of sharing. 

February 15 - Is God Really Dead?
March 15 - Why Soul? (discussion of spiritual versus religious and what is soul?)
March 29 - Holy Week - A Guide to Contemporary Life
April 26 - Civility As A Spiritual Practice
May 31 - Sowing the Seeds of Transformation

Please mark your calendars for these dates and plan to join the discussion. 

 First Parish Strategic Planning
Strategic Planning:  Excerpts from an Article in the January 14 Connector:


In 2015, The Trustees are working on two tracks.


.......The first is to pilot the development of concrete action plans with two committees: Religious Education and Community and Hospitality. The aim of this step is to have the committees select one or two strategies from the overarching plan and use them as a guide for planning out several concrete activities that will help us achieve the results we collectively want. This stage of the work is happening now through the Spring of 2015. With what we learn from these pilots, we will then implement action planning with all of the committees. We also plan to step out annual benchmarks or short-term outcomes that will provide more specific direction for achieving the long-term outcomes. Finally, we will revisit the strategic framework as a whole in late spring and make adjustments as needed.


.......The second track of our work is to build on the work of Trustees who came before us and make sure that we stay focused on the future of FPS.  This means that we are disciplining ourselves to delegate responsibilities for activity-related decisions to the staff, committees, or other individuals as may be appropriate, and working at the strategy level. We know this must be done in a deliberate manner, and are taking care to do this thoughtfully. 
Click here to view "First Parish of Sudbury Strategic Plan Framework."

Fourth Tuesday Lunch

Please join us on January 27 at 12:00 noon in the Commons for the Fourth Tuesday Lunch. This month the topic will be, "Life in 2015 as a Trustee at First Parish". Sheila Murphy, Chair of the Board of Trustees will share her experiences as a member and Chair of the Trustees. Sheila promises a mixture of humor and seriousness in looking at the complete joy in being part of a great board, as well as the challenges of doing board work in a time when change is the major work of the Board. 

Bring your lunch and join in a lively conversation. Plus, find out a little more about what the Trustees are up to these days.
Gather with the men of First Parish on Saturday, January 31 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm in the Library. Coffee and donuts will be provided. Please don't miss this meeting as we will be hosting RevMatty and deciding the topic of a sermon that she will give later this spring. Everyone welcome


The Service Auction date has been changed to May 9.  We apologize for any confusion this change may cause and thank all those who reminded us of school vacation! 


Every year First Parish holds a gala auction in the Parish Hall raise money for our operating budget.  There will be food, music, a silent auction and a live auction - and always a lot of fun.  Please be sure to attend. Child care will be provided.


The Service Auction Committee will be contacting you to see what delightful items you can donate for the auction. Be creative!


Service Auction Committee Members:

Gail and Jan Hardenbergh, Liz and Erin Llewellyn, Sherene Aram, and Sherri Cline.



Rev. Marjorie is currently on retreat and will be back in the office on January 27. If you need pastoral care or assistance please contact a member of the Pastoral Associates Group.

Pastoral Associates Group (PAG):

PAG acts as the eyes and ears of our minister.  We are trained to provide support for church members in need--offering a hand, a shoulder, or just someone to listen.  We reach out to our interconnected web of church members and can coordinate such services as meals, companionship, and rides to those who need them.  We are here for you!  Fred Pryor, Paul Reising, Heather Merrill, Mary Ellen French, Lois Schiappa, and Julia Eddy
People We Care About

Deepest sympathies to Helen Russell on the unexpected death of her sister, Carol Byrne, who lived in Florida.  We also are saddened to hear of the death of Jean Pendleton Madden, who passed away resting comfortably after an extended illness. Sympathy to Jean's husband, Mark Madden, her sister and brother-in-law, Jan Pendleton and Steve Kahn, and her extended family.


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.  

Living Our Faith Water Fact

There are 900 million people worldwide without a readily available supply of
drinking water and 3.5 million people die annually because of diseases resulting from the consumption of unsanitary water. Despite the fact that over two-thirds of the Earth's surface is covered with water, only 1% of it is potable. Source: World Health Organization

Religious Education
Volunteers Needed!

Thank you to the six people who have volunteered to teach the Religious Education to children, but there are many other aspects of RE. There are openings for Sunday programs, special events, Story for all Ages, the RE committee and the tempDRE search group. There are curriculum to guide the Sunday lessons, and training is provided for everyone. Please tell your friends and neighbors that we are running an RE program. We want the RE program to grow here at First Parish and ask that If you have any ideas, or have any questions about volunteering, contact Rev. Marjorie or Leslie Lowe


Jan.22: Insight Meditation (1pm - 2:30pm) 

Jan.22: Conscious Eating (6:30 - 8:30pm)

Jan.22: Choir Rehearsal (7:30-9pm)  

Jan.24: In-Home Dinner    

Jan.25: Choir (9:00am-10am - Sanctuary)

Jan.25: Worship: "Unlikely Inspiration..." 

Jan.25: Landscape Mtg. (11:30am - Library) 

Jan.25: Hop Brook (11:45am-1pm Commons)

Jan.25: COA Wkshp (3-4:30pm- Commons)

Jan.25: GMMS (4:45 - 6:45pm-Parish Hall)

Jan.25: In-Home Dinner 

Jan.27: Yoga (7:45-8:45 am - Commons)) 

Jan.27: Comm. Task Force (8:45 - 9:45am)

Jan.27: 4th Tues. Lunch (12-2pm Commons)

Jan.27: Quilters (7-9pm - Commons)   

Jan 27: Consc. Eating (6:30-8:30pm - in-home) 

Jan.28: S.T.O.P. (6:30-8pm - Commons)

Jan.29: Insight Meditation (1-2:30pm-Commons)

Jan.29: Choir (7:30 - 9pm - Commons) 

Jan.31: Gath. of Men (11am-1pm-Library)

Jan.31: In-Home Dinner 

Feb.1: Choir (9:00 - 10am - Sanctuary)
Feb.1: Worship - Youth Sunday
Feb.1: Hop Brook (11:45-1pm - Commons)
Feb.1: COA Wkshp. (3-4:30pm (Brackett)
Feb.1: Women's Allian. Potluck (5pm-Commons)
Feb.1: GMMS (4:45-6:45pm - Parish Hall)
Feb.2: Bd. of Trustees (7-9pm - Commons)
Feb.3: Yoga (7:45-8:45am - Commons)
Feb 3: Quilters (7-9pm - Commons)
Feb.3: WAG Meeting (7-9pm - Brackett Room)
Feb.4: REC Meeting (7-9pm - Brackett Room

Coming Up in February:
Feb.6: Seekers Potluck - "Connect"  (5:00pm-8:00pm - Commons)
Feb.8:  MCC and FPS end hunger event
Feb.15: Journey of Discovery  (2-4pm - Brackett Room)

To view the full Meeting House Calendar Click here.

Women's Alliance Potluck date has changed to Sunday, February 1.

All women are invited to join in an informal potluck on starting at 5:00pm in the Commons. Bring a book, or your memories of it, that you have read recently and been touched by.  Serious to fluff -- all our reading helps to shape who we are.  Let's gather and share that as we maybe have more time to read during this winter season. We'll also begin discussing plans for the Retreat the weekend of April 10-12.

Let's join together to end hunger!


Many hands make light (and fun!) work


On Sunday, February 8, at 12:00, First Parish Sudbury (FPS) and Memorial Congregational Church (MCC) will join forces with EndHunger NE/Outreach to fight hunger in Metrowest. Middlesex County is the hungriest county in Massachusetts. Help us to package nutritious, shelf-stable meals for area families. Our goal is to raise $2500 to pack 10,000 meals. Help our two congregations celebrate our joint 375-year history and our commitment to social justice outreach.


It's easy to help! We can go to Ames Hall at MCC (across from the Sudbury library) right after social hour. Outreach will setup and supervise four assembly lines for us to do the packaging. No prior skill needed! Children are welcome! Youth are great workers! Together with MCC, we are trying to fill 96 volunteer slots. An average person can package 160 meals in an hour. Since we're all above average, imagine what we can accomplish!  Sign up during social hour by contacting Ginny Doxsey or go online  to www.mccsudbury.org, click on the February 8 Food Packaging Event and you will see the link for online sign up.


Sign up for a one or two-hour shift to help pack nutritious shelf-stable meals that will be delivered to local food pantries. If you aren't available that day, please consider making a financial donation.


It's easy to donate! 25 cents feeds 1 kid. $1.00 pays for a family of 4. Adults and children can easily afford to support this cause. A donation of $37.50 honors our celebration and feeds 150 kids. You can give cash or a check to Ginny Doxsey during social hour (made out to "Outreach" with "2/8 Sudbury" on the memo) or go to www.mccsudbury.org, click on the February 8 Food Packaging Event and you will see the link for online sign up. Be sure to note "Feb 8 MCC Sudbury" as the purpose of the donation.

October 17, 2015



2015 marks the 114th Annual Harvest Craft Fair. We need co-chairs to lead the effort.


We have all the templates and information needed to take over these positions. Plus free training is available!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask the retiring co-chairs -  Sherri Cline, Liz Rust, and Carolyn Lee.


This is a very gratifying event.   Please consider carrying on this great tradition.


Sunday Helpers for January/February, 2015

January 25
Ushers:   Daphna Cox and Ginny Doxsey 
Greeters:  Rebecca Parkhill and Kristy Gish 
Hospitality:  Heather Merrill and Mikayla Boisvert
FlowersNancy Moore

February 1:
Ushers: Alex Andrews and Dave Andrews 
Greeters:   Peg Espinola 

We need Sunday helpers for February 1. If  you are able to help please contact Fran Sharp or Leslie Silva. 
Weekly Connector:  The next issue of the Weekly Connector will be published on January 28.  The deadline for articles is January 23.  Thanks.
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