www.fpsudbury.org                                                                                                           February 11, 2015  


SUNDAY, February 15, 2015

"The Heart Wants What It Wants"

This Sunday, February 15, we are pleased to welcome the Rev. Tom O'Brien as he explores the past and present. Rev. Marjorie Matty (First Parish UU) and Rev. Tom O'Brien from Memorial Congregational Church (UCC) swap pulpits this week as the two congregations continue to celebrate their joint 375th anniversary.  We celebrate our past but also acknowledge that our combined history also includes shared conflict. 


Pastor Tom will use Christian scripture to explore how human emotions can cause conflict and get in the way of civility.  More often than not, our emotions can get in the way of our conversations.  When we don't have time to process someone else's difficult words, we can lash out in anger and are in danger of continuing a cycle of negative words and violent emotions.  These words can destroy a friendship and last a lifetime or even over many generations.  However, when we put in the work of healing and take the time to listen and understand to each other wounds may be healed and relationship can be reborn.  How can these ancient stories guide us towards healing and reconciliation in our own relationships?


Religious Exploration for children and teens takes place concurrently with the adult worship service. Children and teens begin in the worship service, and then go off to their own fun and interesting program of religious exploration.  


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.


This Sunday, February 15, we will share the plate with the Hudson Food Pantry.

The Hudson Food Pantry is open twice a week plus one evening a month for clients, providing much needed groceries to needy families in Hudson. They are an all-volunteer organization that struggles to adequately serve the over 200 individuals and families totaling over 3000 visits by those who need their help. Their service group is about 20% seniors, 45% adults and 35% children who receive collectively over 9000 bags of food per year.


Thanks to the generosity of First Parish and other supporters, they were able to purchase new refrigerators last spring and are now able to offer more produce and milk that is donated by the local stores. When they have fresh food that will not keep until their next opening, it is given to the Willis House in Hudson, which provides food and shelter to typically 25 - 35 young single women and children. They also support the free suppers provided by Hudson area churches and a summer lunch program in Marlborough.


They are VERY grateful for the past support from First Parish Sudbury and note that they still find Hudson residents in difficult economic times. This food pantry actually has in the past run out of food during times of the year when donations fall, that is from May on through the summer. They gratefully accept donations of fresh produce in the summer from individual gardeners as well as local farms


Hudson Food Pantry depends heavily on the USPS and Boy Scouts donation drives and some smaller school group programs. Hudson is one of the many communities from which First Parish draws members and friends. Your donation will allow the volunteers to go to Boston and purchase fresh vegetables to augment the donated items and improve the diets of their clients and to maintain their small facility. Please give generously to this most deserving and thoughtfully run organization serving our area.


(All ages welcome)
Join Rev. Marjorie the 1st Saturday of each month in the Commons at the Meeting House at First Parish.  Come and enjoy good music, thoughtful discussion, and fellowship.

March 7 - Stewardship: We pledge to support our community and yet there is a deeper level of participation when we engage in stewardship. Are we good stewards of our lives, our planet and the communities that we participate in? What does it take to be a good steward and what are the individual rewards and benefits? Do the benefits outweigh the commitment? Our worship theme for March is "Stewardship" and this Saturday Seekers Potluck will focus on the concept of stewardship and the "feel good" afterglow of being a good steward. Each Seekers Session will start with the sharing of a meal, please bring food to share, readings, music and a multi-media presentation.

Journey of Discovery


Sunday, February 15, at 2:00 pm, in the Brackett Room, here at First Parish,

Rev. Marjorie will be leading the first in a series of five discussions that will include teachings, life experiences, thoughts, and insights on a particular topic. The title of this Sunday's discussion will center around the question: "Is God Really Dead? In1882 German Philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche proclaimed that God is dead. What did he mean and do we need God to maintain a value system that honors our neighbors and builds upon the premise of the Golden Rule. Join Rev. Marjorie and Jan Hardenbergh to share thoughts and ideas about this topic. We hope to see you there. 



Thanks to those who helped with the Food Packaging on February 8!


Thanks to:

  • Those who purchased goodies from the youth bake sale-you helped to raise $182.00, which funded over 700 meals!
  • The youth for making so many yummy treats!
  • Those who donated to the project, you helped to fund over 1000 meals!
  • Those who showed up to work in the snow!
    • Despite the snafu from the supplier in not sending enough bags to start, by the end of the day, our groups packed 11,760 meals!
    • We're sorry for any disappointment caused by the delivery mix up but you're willingness to help speaks volumes about our commitment to help our neighbors in need.
The Village on the Website: Need help with fpsudbury.org/village? Ask Jan (jch@jch.com)

Weekly Connector:  The next issue of the Weekly Connector will be published on February 18.  The deadline for articles is February 13.  Thanks.


The Parish Office is staffed week days 
 from 10:00 am to 2:00 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.  

Will it ever end??
Mother Nature is clearly in charge but, with Spring on the way, she will also bring the warmth of the sun and sweet relief from Winter's bitter cold.

Daylight Savings Time - March 8
First Day of Spring  - March 20


Feb.11: Board of Trustees (7:00-9:00pm - Commons)
Feb.11: Sustainable Sudbury (7:30-9:30pm - Library)

Feb.12: Insight Meditation (1:00-2:30pm - Commons)

Feb.12: Choir Rehearsal (7:30-9:00pm - Commons)

Feb.15: Pulpit Swap with Memorial Congregational Church ("MCC") - Rev. Tom O'Brien to preach on "The Heart Wants What It Wants." Rev. Marjorie to preach at MCC.
Feb.15: Journey of Discovery  (2:00-4:00pm - Brackett)  

Feb 15: Hop Brook Dancing (11:45am-1:00pm (Commons)

Feb.15: GMMS (4:45-6:45 pm - Parish Hall)  

Feb.17: Yoga (7:45-8:45 am - Commons)

Feb.17: Quilters (7:00-9:00pm - Commons)

Feb.18: Pastoral Assoc. Meeting (7:30-9:00pm - Commons)

Feb.19: Insight Meditation (1:00-2:30pm - Commons)

Feb.19: Choir Rehearsal (7:30-9:00pm - Commons)
Feb.22: Worship - "Soul Connection" Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty

Feb.22 Landscape Meeting (11:30am-12:30pm -Library)

Feb 22: Hop Brook Dancing (11:45am-1:00pm (Commons)

Feb.22: GMMS (4:45-6:45pm - Parish Hall)   

Feb 22: Salon-Bohm Dialogue-Denial (7:00-8:30pm-Brackett)  


Coming up in March:

March 1:    Worship - Guest Speaker

March 2:    Board of Trustees (7:00-9:00 pm - Commons) 

March 7:    Seekers Potluck-Stewardship (5:00-8:00 pm - Commons) 

March 8:    Worship - Legacy and Our Commitment - Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty  


March 15:  Journey of Discovery - Why Soul (2:00-4:00pm - Brackett) 

March 15:  Salon-Bohm Dialogue-(7:00-8:30pm-Brackett)  

March 20:  First Day of Spring!

March 21:  Stewardship Kickoff (6:00-9:00 pm - Parish Hall)  

March 29:  Journey of Discovery - Holy Week (2:00-4:00pm-Brackett) 


To view the full Meeting House Calendar Click here.

Weekly Adult Programs
at the Meeting House

Gentle Kripalu Yoga:  Every Tuesday morning from 7:45 to 8:45 am in the Commons.

Quilters:  Every Tuesday evening from 7:00 to 9:00 pm in the Commons.

Insight Meditation:  Every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 to 2:30 pm in the Commons.

If you would like any information about any of the adult programs offered at The Meeting House at First Parish of Sudbury please contact the Parish Office by e-mail at office@fpsudbury.org or by phone at 978-443-2043.
Living Our Faith Food Fact 
Eat Local

Farmers Market in Sudbury??
Jan Hardenbergh tells us that Bartlett Farm and Market on Route 20 is gauging interest in possibly hosting a Sudbury Farmers Market within the next few months. They are seeking Local Bakers, Honey Makers, Homemade Jams, Jellies, Pickles, Cookie Companies, Bagel Businesses, Local Crafters, Fish Distributors, Wine and more to join the event. Contact  Info@getlocalma.com for details. Please send us them feedback on what YOU would like to see at the NEW Sudbury Farmers Market!


Volunteers needed


The Religious Education Committee ("REC") is asking everyone in the FPS community to pitch in to help on Sundays and other times in keeping a simple program going until we hire a temporary DRE. First and foremost, we need adult and youth RE guides for the UU Explorers (ages 4-12) and Breakfast Club (ages 12-14) and people to serve as substitutes. There are other tasks including

  1. RE Committee member
  2. RE Greeter-stand with regular greeters to help families and introduce visitors to our program
  3. Dance, drama or active movement leaders
  4. Establishing a nursery for our youngest visitors and members

The REC will run training workshops on teaching, safety policies, discipline policies to every new volunteer who will be in the classroom. Please talk to Marjorie or Leslie L on the REC about how easy it is to guide the children and how much you can learn about UUism with the children.

It truly takes a village to raise our children. Show them your love.

SERVICE AUCTION - May 9, 2015.


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 to 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.


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.


Click here to view "First Parish of Sudbury Strategic Plan Framework."

Sunday Helpers for February, 2015

February 15:
Ushers: Marion Tratnyek and Val Tratnyek
Greeters: Bridget Hanson and Kristy Gish
Fellowship: Alorie and Craig Parkhill
Flowers:  Alorie and Craig Parkhill

February 22: 
Ushers:  Gene Piazza and Ginny Doxsey
Greeters: Sherri Cline and Fran Sharp
Fellowship:  Val Tratnyek
First Parish of Sudbury | | office@fpsudbury.org | http://www.fpsudbury.org
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Sudbury, MA 01776-1820