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November 2019
Sun 3 2:00 AM
Fall Back or you'll arrive at church an hour early
10:00 AM
Worship Service: "I Forgive You, but I was Right" by Rev. Ian White Maher

So often, as we stand in the face of an accusation, we have a hard time weighing the merits of whether we are or are not responsible because we interpret the words coming at us, not as something we did, but something we are, and we are ashamed, or we are being shamed.

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

11:30 AM
Potluck Lunch after the service
Sun 10 9:30 AM
Visiting the Peterborough UU Church

Once a month during cold weather, we attend a worship service at a nearby UU church.

"Ways of Worshiping"

Rev. Diana McLean will lead an experiential service with multiple modes of worship.

Carpools leave Ashby Common at 9:30 am for the service beginning at 10:15 am.

Sun 17 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Home From the Wars" by Rev. Inanna Arthen

We call Americans who serve in the military "heroes" and thank them for their service. But the challenges faced by our veterans are often downplayed. Many veterans struggle with homelessness, injuries, permanent disabilities and PTSD, and they suffer from higher rates of suicide, substance abuse and domestic violence. How can we civilians understand their experience, and what can we all be doing to effectively help our veterans?

musicians: Lizards in the Hayloft

hospitality: Sharon & John Rosenfelder

Sun 24 10:00 AM
Worship Service: Community Thanksgiving Service

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 28
Thanksgiving Day
December 2019
Sun 1 10:00 AM
Worship Service: "Awe" – a lay-led 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.

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 by Rev. Ian White Maher
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
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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