First Parish Church of Ashby, Massachusetts
Unitarian Universalist

978-386-5660 • www.ashbyuu.org
Calendar of Events
November 2017
Sun 5 2:00 AM
Fall Back or you'll arrive at church an hour early
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Through All the Tumult and the Strife" by Rev. Colin Bossen

2017 marks the tenth anniversary of Rev. Colin Bossen's ordination as a Unitarian Universalist minister. In this sermon, he'll reflect on the lessons for religious life he's learned as a clergyman thus far.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: John McKendry

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 12 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Rest in Peace" by Rev. Jeanne Nieuwejaar, UU Congregation in Milford

Our memories are powerful things, often flawed or incomplete, sometimes painful, often sweet and nourishing. On this Sunday we'll reflect on how we hold the stories of our lives, particularly the memories and stories of loved ones now gone.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

hospitality: Norm Pierce

Sun 19 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Thanksgiving Service by Rev. Colin Bossen, Ashby First Parish Church UU and Pastor Ken Johnson, Ashby Congregational Church

Every year, we join with the Ashby Congregational Church in a worship service on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

Rev. Colin Bossen and Pastor Ken Johnson will lead the service together.

at: Ashby Congregational Church in Ashby, MA

Sun 26 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: "What Does Being a UU Mean to You?"

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.

December 2017
Sun 3 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Into the Dark of the Night" by Rev. Colin Bossen

On the first Sunday of Advent, we approach the darkest night of the year. In this service, we'll explore what happens to our religious practice when we embrace the difficult moments in our lives.

hospitality: Noël McGonigle

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
4:00 PM
Tree Lighting on Ashby Common followed by a free Beef Stew Dinner

Following the annual tree lighting ceremony, there's a free community dinner, with both beef and vegetarian stew.

Ashby First Parish Church members and friends are encouraged to contribute stew or cookies for this event.

Sun 10 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "We Need a Temple" by Rev. John Pastor, UU Society of Gardner

Hanukkah begins on Tuesday, December 12 this year. The story of Hanukkah is about is about the restoration of the temple as the central place of worship in Ancient Israel. This sermon speaks to the need for a temple, a spiritual home, for all in today's world.

hospitality: Catherine Dart

Tue 12
Hanukkah starts
Sun 17 10:00 AM
Visiting a Nearby UU Church (to be announced)

Once a month during snow season, we attend a worship service at a nearby UU church.

Carpools leave Ashby Common at 9:15 am for the service beginning at 10:00 am.

Wed 20
Hanukkah ends
Thu 21 11:28 AM
Winter Solstice
Sun 24 7:00 PM
Christmas: Christmas Eve Service by Rev. Colin Bossen

Our annual Christmas Eve service, featuring a variety of holiday music. A candlelight circle closes our time together.

Mon 25
Christmas
Sun 31 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: "Stepping 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.

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. Colin N. Bossen