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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.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

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.

Thu 7 7:30 PM
"Allegiance" film screening

A one-time showing of the film, Allegiance, by George Takei will take place on Thursday, December 7 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day). During World War II, the United States forced the internment of Japanese Americans, of which George was one.

Several of us are planning to attend this screening. If you would like to join us, please let Liz know (estrong110@comcast.net or 978-386-7141) so that she can purchase tickets.

Carpools will leave Ashby Common at 6:15 pm.

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.

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

hospitality: Catherine Dart

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
3:00 PM
Performance: "Festive Flutes!" Concert by the New England Flute Choir

Join us for a musical outing to the New England Flute Choir's "Festive Flutes!" holiday concert of seasonal classics, holiday favorites, and new music for flutes.

We'll also see Loretta CR Hubley's "Spiritually Speaking" art exhibit.

Rev. Bruce Taylor is a member of the Flute Choir.

Carpools will leave Ashby Common at 2:00 pm.

at: Indian Hill Music in Littleton, MA

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.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

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.

hospitality: potluck

January 2018
Sat 6 5:00 PM
Pizza & Board Games
Sun 7 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "You and I" by Rev. Colin Bossen

During the month of January Rev. Bossen will be leading two services on how we come to know the self through the other. The first service examines how salvation, whatever it might be, is a social, rather than individual, proposition.

hospitality: Noël McGonigle

Sun 14 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.

Sun 21 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Two Hearts, One Body" by Rev. Colin Bossen

In the second of two services on coming to know the self through the other we will explore the religious dimensions of friendship.

hospitality: Liz Strong

Sun 28 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. John Pastor, UU Society of Gardner

hospitality: Martha Morgan

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
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