This is your final reminder to collect water for our ingathering worship on September 9! We will have our annual homecoming worship service where we pour out water to intermingle our hopes and dreams for the year ahead. This is the water that is cleaned, filtered, and used for child dedications in our community. We always provide water for this ritual, but everyone is also invited to bring water from their summer adventures... from your kitchen faucet, from the ocean, from summer thunderstorms... wherever you encounter water, feel free to gather some in a bottle, jar, or other container and bring it to worship. Everyone is invited to share in this ritual of gathering and community.
It has now been one year since First Parish began our program to become certified as a Welcoming Congregation. We are not yet finished with our initial program, and we don't know what the future looks like. The Welcoming Congregation committee has invited people from other churches to come to First Parish on September 23 to talk about their "Welcoming Congregation Journey" -- how they felt before the program, what they learned during their program, and what church has been like since they were first certified as a Welcoming Congregation. We will gather after church for lunch, a panel discussion, dessert, and a question & answer session. Mark your calendars now! It's important for us to think about our ongoing Welcoming Journey.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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!
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