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January 2020
Wed 1
New Year's Day
Sun 5 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Integrity" – a service from Soul Matters by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Strong and Livvy Tarleton

Our monthly lay-led worship service comes from the Soul Matters Sharing Circle – a network of Unitarian Universalist congregations who follow the same monthly themes so we can more easily share small group material, as well as worship, sermon, music and children's religious education resources. We are a web of support and connection. Companions traveling a new journey together each month.

at: Parish Hall

Sun 12 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Nervous Laughter of Vulnerability" by Rev. Ian White Maher

Finding intimacy, experiencing intimacy with God seems difficult, but it is just a matter of practice and willingness to create the safe spaces where we can reveal ourselves. More often than not we don't feel safe, or safe enough; so we talk about intimacy with God and intimacy with other humans from the high perch of the intellectual. All we want is to feel a little less alone, a little less helpless, a little less afraid, but if I trust you with my heart, do you promise not to turn me away with nervous laughter?

hospitality: Alice Ward

12:00 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
Sun 19 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Now That He is Safely Dead" by Rev. Ian White Maher

This weekend, Democrats and Republicans alike will fawn over the man. Dead men make such convenient heroes. But we have a whole generation of young people graduating from high school who have never known America not to be at war in the Middle East, have never known a time without human beings detained at Guantanamo.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 26 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Patricia Hatch

hospitality: Martha Morgan

11:30 AM
Liz Strong's Pink Party

An invitation from Liz:

You are all invited to share in my relief and joy at having beaten breast cancer. I have completed my five years on Tamoxifen and am ready to celebrate.

Following the coffee hour, I will host a Pink Party with a special cake, maple walnut and strawberry ice creams, cheese and crackers, coffee, tea and pink lemonade.

I hope you can join me in this celebration.

February 2020
Sun 2 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Sun 9 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Sat 15 7:30 AM
The Roadworn Ramblers in Concert

The Roadworn Ramblers are playing a free concert at the Ashby Congregational Church, sponsored by the Ashby and Mass Cultural Councils. The Roadworn Ramblers play primarily alt country and roots rock, but they also veer into classic rock, classic country, and bluegrass.

They're a vocal-oriented band (Kat Brooks and Pete Johnson) with an acoustic front line (Pete Johnson, guitar and Cedwyn Morgan, mandolin family & banjo), and a rock rhythm section (Aaron Perna, bass, and Tom Symancyk, bass) that doesn't overpower the songs.

The band's motto is "Songs that Last." They cover bands such as Steve Earle, I'm With Her, Old Crow Medicine Show, Son Volt, the Decemberists, Lucinda Williams, Susan Tedeschi, Lyle Lovett, Los Lobos, the Stray Birds, Little Feat, Mandolin Orange, the Stones, and many more. Some of the tunes you'll probably know and some you probably won't, but they're all good songs that will stick with you.

at: Ashby Congregational Church in Ashby, MA

Sun 16 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Ian White Maher
Sun 23 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Parish Committee Martha Morgan
Property Mark Haines
Collector Cedwyn Morgan
Treasurer Bill Arnold
Clerk Stephan Arsenault
Trustees Nancy Haines
Music Cedwyn Morgan
Pastoral Care Martha Morgan
Social Justice Kathy Becker
Hospitality Liz Strong
Community Council Nancy Haines
Membership Ward & Barnabas
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