Join FPUC for an Evening on the Lawn from 6-10 p.m. on two Fridays this summer: August 17 and September 14.
Bring your dinner or purchase one from a nearby business, enjoy some music, and play some lawn games with the wider Stoughton community -- all right on the church lawn.
Head out to your garden...it's time for our annual Flower Ceremony!!
On June 17, our final worship service of the church year, we will be sharing this annual ritual to honor the blessing of community. Every person is invited to bring one or two flowers to church, whether purchased or picked from your own garden.
During the service, we will bring forward the flowers we have brought to celebrate the "bouquet" of our community, then each person will choose one NEW flower from the vase to bring home.
In this way, we are both giving and receiving a gift and reminding one another that though we will be separated for the summer, we are still connected. So mark your calendar and bring a flower!
Saturday, June 2, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wow, it's almost May already and June is just around the corner.
This also means our Annual Spring Fair is around the corner.
This is a Rain or Shine event. We are looking for Baked Items, Plants, Books and White Elephant items to fill the front lawn.
If it happens to rain, we do this event inside in Fellowship Hall.
We also need many, many hands on the morning of (7:30 a.m.), throughout the day (9-2) and at the end of the day (1:30ish) to make this event a success.
Please see Brenda Martin with questions.
Please see Ed DiCastro to sign up for set-up and breakdown
Please see Carol Russell for donations to the Baked Items
Please see Mary Lynch for donations to the Book area
Please see Sue Ferguson for Jewelry donations
Please bring your White Elephant items, PRICED, beginning on May 6, to be stored under the stairs in the church.
Our next Five Points Cluster collective worship service will be held on May 27 at Unity Church of North Easton. The service will be outdoors to honor the Memorial Day holiday. After the service, everyone is invited to stay for a picnic lunch on the lawn. It is BYOL - bring your own lunch, but drinks and desserts will be provided. Everyone is welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and outdoor games & toys (kites, bubbles, frisbee). If there is inclement weather, the service and "picnic" will be moved indoors.
FPUC Stoughton will be closed and we will NOT be holding services on May 27. Instead, we encourage everyone from Stoughton to attend worship with our Five Points Cluster neighbors and to meet friends, new and old. Worship will be at 10:30 a.m. at 13 Main Street in North Easton, MA 02356. If you are interested in attending and would like to carpool, contact the office and we will try to arrange a ride.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Location: First Parish Unitarian Universalist Canton
1508 Washington Street, Canton, MA 02021
As Unitarian Universalists, we commit to living our deepest values every day wherever we are. When the world around us does not reflect our values, this can be especially challenging.
We are each called to live our values in particular ways. Some raise money or consciousness, some advocate, some take direct action, some provide service, and some do it all. Some of us work together on congregational or cluster teams, some work independently. We choose different levels of risk and focus in different spheres: extended family, church, service organizations, the public square.
However we are called to live our values, we need community to support us. At their best, congregations provide inspiration, encouragement, and insight that allow us to grow our souls, conscience and courage as we act on the commitments of our faith.
In this interactive workshop, we will explore together some concrete ways our congregations and the cluster might do that more creatively, intentionally and joyfully.
Our facilitator is Meck Groot, Congregational Consultant/Justice Ministries Lead for the New England Region UUA. has worked for many years at the intersection of faith and social change. As Justice Ministries Lead for the region, she inspires and supports congregational leaders for vital, faith-centered justice ministry within and beyond the congregation through spiritual leadership practice.
Please register online (http://whoozin.com/KXN-KDV-P3JQ) to let us know which congregation you are part of, whether you can join us for lunch, and if you need childcare. We are asking for $5 to cover the cost of materials and lunch; please bring or send your donation to the First Parish office (preferably cash, but we'll take checks), clearly marked for the Cluster Workshop.
The Five Points Cluster Community Closet was hosted in March by the Foxborough Universalist Church. Volunteers saw a heavy turnout in the morning, then a more relaxing afternoon spent sorting donations in the storeroom. Since then, lightweight items have replaced winter apparel. Whether or not warmer weather occurs in April, WE ARE NEXT.
Saturday, April 14, is Stoughton's day to volunteer. There is a sign-up sheet above the donation bin downstairs, across from Fellowship Hall. We need volunteers to help from 9:15-noon, and from noon-2:15. Our church's core team representative, Debbie Allen, will be there on April 14 to show you how the Closet is organized. Several other members of the core team will be there, too, in case you need extra information as the day moves along.
There are several jobs available:
If you need more information, or have questions, please contact Debbie Allen at 508-574-2220.
"All Muslims aren't terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslim." - "The Quran is inherently violent." - "Sharia law is coming to take over our country." - "We need to keep out Muslims to stop terrorism." Too many of us have heard these and similar statements not just in the media, but from friends, co-workers, or even family members.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR, www.cair.com) is hosting this workshop, which will examine some of the most common misconceptions about Islam and Muslims, and work with participants to develop concrete strategies for responding to them using research-based messaging. The goal is to be able to counter this negative messaging on the local and human level, and to change hearts and minds about Islam. This workshop is open to both Muslims and allies, with people of all backgrounds extremely welcome!
WHEN: Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 2-4 p.m.
WHERE: Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center (100 Malcolm X Blvd, Roxbury, MA 02120)
View the Facebook event, and please RSVP at email@example.com.
The 2018 BOLA will be held on Saturday, April 7 at 6:30 p.m. The dinner menu will include roast pork with oven-roasted vegetables and a vegetarian option of eggplant parmesan.
The BOLA dinner tickets are $12 per adult and $6 per child aged 12 and under. Please see Brenda Martin to sign up after church beginning on March 4. You can also call the church office at 781-344-6800 and leave a message, or email the church at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to sign up for the BOLA dinner is Tuesday, April 3.
For the BOLA raffle, we are seeking donations of gifts. Your donation should have a minimum value of $10. ANY donation is welcome - cash, gift cards, gift baskets, you name it - we would love it! Please see Linda Stephansky after church beginning on March 4 to let her know what you will donate to the BOLA raffle. All donations/gifts need to be at the church no later than Sunday, April 1.
We are also looking for donations to the BOLA dinner to help keep the cost down. Items we are looking for are:
Thank you in advance for your contributions and donations to this year's BOLA. We hope to see you all on April 7!
The Board of Trustees and Finance Committee
Wednesday, April 4 - 6:30 p.m. - First Parish Lawn
April 4, 2018 marks 50 years since the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Stoughton Clergy Association will host a gathering and vigil on the First Parish lawn to remember his life and his ministry and to speak out against gun violence.
The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn., has invited congregations around the world to toll their bells 39 times to honor King's age at his death and to pay homage to his work and his legacy.
Join us in front of First Parish at 6:30 p.m. for a few words of reflection and prayer before we toll our bells at 7:05 p.m., marking the time when the nation learned the news of his assassination. Invite your friends and neighbors! Come together with your community to remember the prophetic vision of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and to remind us all that we will not Know Justice until we all Know Peace, and with No Justice, there is No Peace.
WHEN: Sunday, March 18, 2018
TIME: 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: Fellowship Hall
COST: $25.00 per person
Join us as an experienced artist guides us step-by-step through creating a beautiful Hot Air Balloon painting! Open to high school age and up. Registration is limited to 15.
If you are interested, please contact the church office at 781-344-6800 or email email@example.com for a registration form to be emailed or sent by US Mail.
The deadline to sign up is Sunday, March 11. Please make checks payable to FPUC, note "Paint Night" in the memo line, and mail to P.O. Box 284, Stoughton, MA 02072. Payment is due on or before March 14.
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