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December 2019
Sun 1 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Awe" – a service from Soul Matters by Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Strong, Minister Emerita, Ashby First Parish UU

Think about the times you have experienced awe, and let them renew your spirit this hectic holiday season. Thanksgiving will be over, and the Christmas rush will come around us in a hurry. An Awe Break may be just the thing we need to keep us on an even keel, and maybe with a deeper appreciation of all that the fall and winter holidays mean to us.

Thanksgiving leftover breads and desserts will be welcomed for coffee hour.

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.

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

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

Reverend Liz and Pastor Ken will deliver prayers as part of the festivities.

Following the tree lighting ceremony, we are all invited to the Hobo Stew dinner at the Congregational Church. For all the stew makers, please bring a pot of beef or vegetarian stew to add to the menu. Those of us who are not stew makers, please bring a plate of cookies, brownies or cupcakes, etc.

Sun 8 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "The Illusion That God is Distant" by Rev. Ian White Maher

Because of the chattering mind, God becomes something we must seek because God is something we lack. The alienation we feel from humanity causes us to believe not only that the world spins around us as an axis but also that God is very, very distant existing somewhere in the outer reaches of the universe. The chattering mind keeps us ignorant to the realization that God is our being, that we exist within a great and loving communion of subjects, the great source of being.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

Sun 15 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Ian White Maher

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

Sun 22 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Hymn & Carol Sing by Alex Cleaves
Tue 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.

musician: Stephan Arsenault

Wed 25
Christmas Day
Sun 29 10:00 AM
Worship Service
January 2020
Sun 5 10:00 AM
Worship Service
Sun 12 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Ian White Maher
Sun 19 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Ian White Maher

hospitality: Liz Strong

Sun 26 10:00 AM
Worship Service by Rev. Patricia Hatch
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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