The Five Points Cluster Community Closet saw a record number of clients at its December 9 opening -- 84 adults and numerous children. The Closet, hosted at the UU Church of Brockton (324 Elm Street, Brockton MA), will be open the second Saturday of each month, from 10:00-2:00. It occupies two rooms there, with a third for storing and sorting donations.
Winter being upon us, heavy clothing is still needed, as almost everything we had is gone. Your generosity has been wonderful, but if you can find anything more in your own closet, everyone would be grateful. The donation box has been moved downstairs at FPUC Stoughton, beneath the sign-up sheets.
Please Save the Date for April 14!! All the Five Points Cluster churches are taking turns to help out -- First Parish will be running the closet on the second Saturday in April and we will need volunteers to help with organizing, managing, and cleaning up.
If your need information, or have questions, please contact our Closet representative Debbie Allen at 508-574-2220.
Do you have a favorite Girl Scout cookie? Good, because you'll be able to buy a box during social hour on Sunday, March 4th!! First Parish is proud to host Brownie Troop #82679 twice per month; this newly-formed troop is comprised of second graders who attend different elementary schools across Stoughton. This year the troop will learn about money management, the community around them, the Girl Scout ways and traditions, how to be a friend, healthy snacks, pets and their care, and how to run their own (cookie) business. They will also put their learning to good use while performing various service projects (including ones for First Parish!).
The cookies are $5.00 a box. At the end of the cookie selling season, the girls will also receive prizes for their cookie sales. Bring your checkbook or cash on March 4 to stock up on Thin Mints, Shortbread, and Caramel deLites!
You can find a full list of cookie flavors here:
Everyone is invited to Save the Date for the next Five Points Cluster social event! We are having an intergenerational Game Night on Saturday, February 24, organized by the Foxborough Universalist Church and hosted here at First Parish in Stoughton! Bring a dish to share and games to play.
Our Thirsty Theology gatherings have been a wonderful way for us to get to know one another, talk about interesting topics and church programs, and get out into the wider community.
Save the date for the third Tuesday of every month, starting at 6:00 pm at the House of Brews. We encourage discussions about the different Soul Matters themes to deepen our conversations and connect it to our church experiences; or February we'll be talking about the theme of "Perseverance." This month's gathering will be February 20 at 6 p.m. ALL are welcome. See you there!
Our next Five Points Cluster collective worship service will be held on February 18 at the Unitarian Church of Sharon. First Parish Stoughton will be closed and we will NOT be holding services. 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 4 North Main Street, Sharon, MA 02067. If you are interested in attending and would like to carpool, contact the office and we will try to arrange a ride.
Come one, come all to our Annual Chocolate Auction on Sunday, February 11 following morning worship.
Please bring your favorite chocolate treats and we will auction them off to the highest bidder.
This is a fun, laughter-filled event that has been happening at our church for over 20 years. Please show your support and help us with this fundraising effort.
If you have any questions about this event, please see a member of the Finance Committee. We look forward to seeing you there!
The Finance Committee
Brenda Martin, Carol Russell, David Hudson and Ed DiCastro
The Welcoming Congregation committee and the Old Colony YMCA are co-hosting a SpeakOUT panel of LGBTQ+ speakers. The event is open to the public; invite your friends and neighbors for this educational and interesting panel!
Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 4:30 PM
The Old Colony YMCA
445 Central Street, Stoughton, MA 02072
In the Event Room (near the front door)
Open to the public; light snacks will be available.
SpeakOUT is a Boston based volunteer speakers bureau on sexuality and gender concerns. They provide gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and even straight speakers to any audience.
It is a community of speakers working to create a world free of LGBTQ-phobia and other forms of prejudice by telling the truths of their lives. They engage audiences in honest dialogue and invite any questions that attendees may have.
Every LGBTQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning, intersex, and asexual) person is an individual, so no two speakers will say quite the same things. SpeakOUT celebrates the unique perspectives of all of the varied speakers and works to present a cross-section of views, experiences, and identities in each of their community engagements.
Morning Worship - Sunday, December 24, 10:30 a.m.
We WILL be holding our usual Sunday morning worship on Christmas Eve! Come to church in pajamas and jeans for a very low-key and contemplative morning to enjoy the blessings of shared community.
Christmas Eve Service - Sunday, December 24, 9:00 p.m.
Join us for a celebration to welcome Christmas with poetry, Bible lessons, carols, and a message about peace, hope, and love. This traditional service will culminate in our annual candle lighting ritual and a Christmas blessing.
After the worship service on Sunday, December 17, please join us for a Congregation Holiday Luncheon. This celebration lunch will give us an opportunity to relax and enjoy a meal with church friends during this busy time of the year. We will continue the tradition of oranges and candy canes for all, and there might even be a visit from a jolly man dressed in red!
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Join us for a service of quiet and gratitude during this busy holiday season on Tuesday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Congregational Church (76 Pierce Street, Stoughton, MA). This annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service is sponsored and led by members of the Stoughton Clergy Association including Rev. Sarah.
All are welcome!! Light refreshments will be served following the service.
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