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May 2017
Sun 7 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "No Words" by Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris

"Post-truth" was chosen as the 2016 word of the year by editors of the Oxford English Dictionary. Post-truth. Fake news. Alternative facts. In the context of politics in the United States these days, words often fail to mean the way they used to and often challenge our sense of what is truth and who is trustworthy. Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris's sermon explores what happens when words fail us.

Rev. Dr. Tracey Robinson-Harris serves as Interim Minister with the First Church in Jamaica Plain Unitarian Universalist. She has served in three previous Interim positions, as well as serving our larger family of faith as a UUA consultant for Ethics in Congregational Life and for JUUST Change Consultancy and on the UUA staff as Director for Congregational Services. She came to the UUA from ministry with the Community Church of New York in Manhattan.

Raised a Southern Baptist, Tracey discovered Unitarian Universalism during high school with the help of a friend and a class in World Religions. When her grandmother died on Easter Sunday in 1971 she had to decide whether the Southern Baptist Church could minister to her or whether this newfound faith of Unitarian Universalism was where she should turn. She chose the UU church and found the saving message she was searching for.

Tracey's husband, the Rev. George Robinson, served this congregation in the mid 1980's. After moving to New York City, George and Tracey bought the First Parish parsonage. She returned to Ashby in late 1995 when she joined the UUA staff and moved in while George remained in New York serving the UU congregation in Flushing, Queens. He died quite unexpectedly in September 2002.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Nancy Haines

2:00 PM -
3:30 PM
FPC Outing: Vintage Vocal Quartet in Concert

The Vintage Vocal Quartet brings to life the sweet harmonies of the big band era, with each member singing harmony and playing an instrument (piano, bass, guitar and trumpet). Their repertoire is drawn from vocal harmony hits of the big band era, like Glenn Miller's Modernaires, the Nat 'King' Cole trio, Tommy Dorsey's Pied Pipers, The Delta Rhythm Boys, and the Andrews Sisters.

See the Quartet perform "Undecided", "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning" and "Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring" on YouTube.

The concert is open to the public, free of charge, and presented in memory of former library trustee Gilbert 'Gil' Tremblay.

Carpools leave Ashby Common at 1:15 pm for the free concert starting at 2:00 pm.

at: Leominster Public Library in Leominster, MA

Sun 14 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Practices of Presence" by Rev. Bruce Taylor

What makes us human is the quality of our encounters. Many of us live with divided attention: multi-tasking, running on auto-pilot, living in the past or future. What would it be like to be fully present to ourselves, to one another, to beauty, to the richness of the everyday world? Today's sermon explores some effective ways of bringing our whole being into the present moment, and the consequences of doing this.

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

hospitality: Catherine Dart

Sun 21 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: "Looking Forward"

A "Casual Sunday" is a quiet morning of fellowship and reflection, with no formal church service. We gather in the Parish Hall to share stories, readings, poetry, music and videos on the theme of the service.

Video note: Since we have no Internet connection at the church, send a link to YouTube or other videos to Ward several days before the service.

hospitality: Martha Morgan

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 28 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Memorial Day Observance by Rev. Bruce Taylor, First Parish Church and Ken Johnson, Ashby Congregational Church

First Parish Church and the Ashby Congregational Church join for this community worship service, to be held outdoors on the Common (if the weather is good) or indoors at the Congregational Church (if it rains).

On Memorial Day, we honor the memory of men and women who died in military service, and our loved ones from past generations who continue to live on in blessed memory. In today's service, the ministers of our two congregations will reflect on the importance of memory in shaping our lives, giving meaning to our past and to our future.

at: Ashby Common in Ashby, MA

June 2017
Sun 4 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: "Summertime!"

A "Casual Sunday" is a quiet morning of fellowship and reflection, with no formal church service. We gather in the Parish Hall to share stories, readings, poetry, music and videos on the theme of the service.

Video note: Since we have no Internet connection at the church, send a link to YouTube or other videos to Ward several days before the service.

hospitality: Gloria Foster

Sun 11 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Healing Moments" by Rev. John Pastor, UU Society of Gardner

When I was a Chaplain Intern in a hospital I was told, "You can heal but you cannot cure." During my time in the hospital I learned what this meant. Many of the world's spiritual traditions have stories of healing. How can we be healed today? I will be offering Reiki during this service.

hospitality: Katherine & Bill Stanwood

Sun 18 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Meditations on Time" by Rev. Bruce Taylor

A hymnist wrote, "Time, like an ever-flowing stream, bears all its sons away". Yet there is an eternal aspect to time, a fullness we can experience, which counters this sense of finitude.

Today's sermon is a meditation on time and its meanings in a life fully lived.

Wed 21 12:24 AM
Summer Solstice
Contacts
Parish Committee Martha Morgan
Property Mark Haines
Collector Cedwyn Morgan
Treasurer Bill Arnold
Clerk Stephan Arsenault
Trustees Nancy Haines
Music Stephan Arsenault
Pastoral Care Martha Morgan
Social Justice Kathy Becker
Communication Liz Strong
Community Council Nancy Haines
Membership Ward & Barnabas
Minister Rev. Bruce C. Taylor
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