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November 2018
Sun 4 2:00 AM
Fall Back or you'll arrive at church an hour early
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "How Would Jesus Vote?" by Rev. Inanna Arthen, UU Church of Winchendon

Unitarian Universalism recognizes many sources of wisdom from world and historical traditions, but first on the list of these is the Bible. We see Jesus as a great and wise teacher and take inspiration from his words as recorded in the Gospels.

As another ferocious and contentious election approaches, let's take a look at some of the hottest "hot button" issues dividing our nation and compare them to Jesus' teachings. What advice might Jesus have for conflicted voters in 2018?

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

hospitality: Livvy Tarleton

Sun 11 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Call From Beauty" by Rev. Ian White Maher

The call to create beauty, to bring more beauty into the world is often disparaged as frivolous. Some people reproach the call as not industrious, or irrational, or superficial. The capitalist and the philosopher and the activist who rebuke the call to create beauty in the name of higher things like money or reason or justice, I believe, have cut themselves off from the sacred.

musician: Cindy Schilling

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
12:30 PM
Parish Committee meeting – all are welcome
4:00 PM -
6:00 PM
Singing in Solidarity With Our Immigrant Neighbors

UU Mass Action is hosting a concert of music from many faiths and cultures. The event features local musicians and performers who are joining together for a celebration of community and solidarity with our neighbors.

The event is free, but all are encouraged to give generously to a free-will offering to benefit the Metrowest Immigrant Solidarity network fund. This fund supports immigrants who need legal or bail assistance and families who are in crisis.

Event on Facebook

Carpools leave Ashby Common at 2:30 pm.

at: Greater Framingham Community Church in Framingham, MA

Sun 18 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Thanksgiving Service by Pastor Ken Johnson, Ashby Congregational Church and Rev. Ian White Maher, First Parish Church UU (tentative)

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

Rev. Ian White Maher and Pastor Ken Johnson lead the service together.

at: Ashby Congregational Church in Ashby, MA

Thu 22
Thanksgiving Day
Sun 25 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: "Giving & Receiving Thanks"

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 2018
Sun 2 10:00 AM
Worship Service: The Womb (The Sacred Dark) by Rev. Ian White Maher

hospitality: Tiffany Call

4:00 PM
Tree Lighting on Ashby Common followed by a free Community Dinner

Following the tree lighting ceremony, a free community dinner, with both beef and vegetarian stew, is hosted by First Parish Church.

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

Sun 9 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Mary Trainor-Brigham

musician: Cindy Schilling

hospitality: Martha Morgan

Sun 16 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Fri 21 5:23 PM
Winter Solstice
Sun 23 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.

Mon 24 7:00 PM
Christmas: Christmas Eve Service by Rev. Ian White Maher

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

Tue 25
Christmas Day
Sun 30 10:00 AM
Casual Sunday theme: (to be announced)

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 Cedwyn Morgan
Pastoral Care Martha Morgan
Social Justice Kathy Becker
Hospitality Liz Strong
Community Council Nancy Haines
Membership Ward & Barnabas
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