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June 2018
Sun 3 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Feed More Sheep" by Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Several years ago, I heard a Christian minister describe how he grew his congregation from a group of a few dozen to several hundred by adopting the phrase "Feed More Sheep" as the congregation's mission statement. Despite an adverse reaction to it on my part, the phrase has stuck with me as a catchy summary of that congregation's theology.

In this service we will welcome new members to First Parish Church and consider the question: What is our mission as Unitarian Universalists in the twenty-first century? It certainly isn't to feed sheep. But, is it possible for us to distill it into a simple phrase?

musician: Stephan Arsenault

reader: Christine Anderson

hospitality: Katherine Stanwood

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 10 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Times They Are A-Changin" by Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh

Some of us are old enough to have lived through turbulent times in the past and feel the similarities. How do we draw upon the lessons of the past that often are not taught in our schools to prepare for these times?

Rev. Dr. Michelle Walsh, LICSW is a Unitarian Universalist community minister and shares a private justice consulting and spiritual coaching practice with her husband, Rev. Clyde Grubbs known as Tuckerman Creative Ministries for Justice & Healing. She also has worked as a scholar activist for many years in urban contexts, teaches as a lecturer at Boston University, and is the author of Violent Trauma, Culture and Power: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Lived Religion.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

reader: Martha Morgan

hospitality: Tiffany Call

Sun 17
Father's Day (USA)
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Love the Hell Out of the World" by Rev. Dr. Colin Bossen

Our annual flower communion comes at the start of summer and the end of the program year. We will celebrate the arrival of the brighest months by sharing some of the earth's bounty and embracing the beauty of the earth.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

12:00 PM
Church Picnic following the service

Join us for our annual end-of-church-year, almost-Summer potluck picnic. Bring lawn chairs, musical instruments, lawn games, and something to share for the picnic meal.

at: Ashby Common in Ashby, MA

Thu 21 6:07 AM
Summer Solstice
July 2018
Wed 11 7:30 PM
Ashby Band Concert & First Parish Summer Sales

Listen to the Ashby Town Band on the Common and shop for treasures at the First Parish Church Summer Sales. The Band Concerts and Summer Sales will continue through July and August, weather permitting.

Contact Liz Strong to offer a helping hand on Wednesday evenings.

Mon 16 7:30 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome

Our evening meeting will be at Chez Morgan.

Wed 18 7:30 PM
Ashby Band Concert & Chuck Wagon

Just prior to and during this band concert, First Parish Church operates the Chuck Wagon, selling hot dogs & hamburgers (perhaps Tofu pups and even soy burgers). This requires several workers and is a very important fundraiser for us.

September 2018
Sun 9 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Water Communion

Bring water collected from places near and far during the Summer to the first service of our new church year.

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. Colin N. Bossen
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