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April 2018
Sun 1 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Finding Each Other on the Road to Emmaus" by Rev. Colin Bossen

On Easter Sunday, we'll focus on a Unitarian Universalist interpretation of one the famous Easter passages in the Christian New Testament, Luke 24:13-25.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

reader: John McKendry

hospitality: Liz Strong

Sat 7
Last Day of Passover

Passover ends at sundown.

Sun 8 3:00 PM
Visiting the Worcester Islamic Center – Open Minds, Open Hearts

On this "visit another church" Sunday, we're making an afternoon visit to the Worcester Islamic Center in place of our normal morning worship service.

21 Mosques across the Commonwealth are having an Open Mosque Day, including a mosque tour, presentations on Islam, open Q&A, Arabic calligraphy henna design & face painting, and free cultural food.

Car pools leave Ashby Common at 2:15 pm.

Sun 15 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "In Search of Rational Discourse" by Rev. Inanna Arthen, UU Church of Winchendon

Both in and out of Congress, the United States is a nation of tireless talkers. In recent years, our arguments seem to be "full of sound and fury, signifying nothing." We're addicted to logical fallacies and rationalizations, and we speak and act from our emotions, rather than our heads. Is this part of our national DNA? Can we ever move past polarized debate toward a meeting of minds?

musician: Stephan Arsenault

reader: Tiffany Call

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 22
Earth Day 2018 – End Plastic Pollution

Plastic pollution is poisoning our oceans and land, injuring marine life, and affecting our health! Help End Plastic Pollution by finding out how many plastic items you consume every year and make a PLEDGE to reduce the amount.

Earth Day 2018 is dedicated to providing the information and inspiration needed to fundamentally change human attitude and behavior about plastics: Get Started!

10:00 AM
Service Service

Instead of a regular worship service, there will be a service service in which people will gather to mark Earth Day by leading a town-wide cleanup.

If you're interested in participating, just meet at our church at 10:00 am like you would on a regular Sunday

There will be refreshments, and live music by Lizards in the Hayloft..

Sun 29 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "A Place to Grow Our Souls: Bring a Friend Sunday" by Rev. Colin Bossen

Unitarian Universalist congregations are some of the best places to grow our souls and learn the practices of wisdom. In this service, for bring a friend Sunday, we'll consider how.

reader: Catherine Dart

12:00 PM
Annual Meeting
May 2018
Sun 6 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Zhuangzi and the Butterfly" by Rev. Colin Bossen

In the middle of spring, we'll pause for a service on the transitory and illusory nature of life. Zhuangzi could never quite tell if he was a butterfly dreaming he was a man or a man dreaming he was a butterfly. What about you?

Sun 13
Mother's Day (USA)
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Making It Better" by Rev. Tracey Robinson-Harris, First Parish Church of Stow & Acton UU

A look at the story behind the story of Mother's Day holiday and one woman's efforts to make things better for women and children, for families divided by war, and for communities struggling to reunite after the fighting has stopped.

Rev. Robinson-Harris is currently serving as the Interim Minister with The First Parish Church of Stow and Acton in Stow, MA.

Sun 20 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Most Notorious Liar in the Country" by Rev. Colin Bossen

That's what the head of the FBI called the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. King was assassinated 50 years ago. He preached a message of radical love that is as challenging to the worldly powers and principalities today as it was in when he was killed.

What would it mean for us as Unitarian Universalists to engage fully with the radical King rather than the whitewashed version so often celebrated by conservatives and liberals alike?

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 27 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Memorial Day Observance by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Strong, Minister Emerita, Ashby First Parish UU and Pastor Ken Johnson, Ashby Congregational Church

First Parish Church and the Ashby Congregational Church join for this community worship service.

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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