What do the Christian season of Advent and the Jewish season of Hanukkah have in common? They both tell the story of a people living with extraordinary hope and expectation. This morning we will explore just how critical this way of living is for us as individuals, and as a church community. At the 9 AM service, our newly formed FPC Singers, and at the 11 AM service, our Adult Choir, both under the direction of Mike Pfitzer, will perform wonderful music of the season. Organist/pianist Sanghee Kim will add her talents to the mix, and lead us in hymns and carols from both traditions.
Sunday, December 11th, 2011
Sunday, December 4th, 2011
Thirty years have passed since AIDS was first diagnosed. Millions have died and entire communities have been devastated. Both research and treatment have been challenged by racism and homophobia. AIDS has challenged our love and caused many to abandon hope. But this is a time of renewed hope for the treatment and cure of the disease. This Sunday we will share the journey of this disease, beginning with its devastating effect on American gay men in the 1980's and moving to its present impact on other communities. We will look at how it has changed the world and changed all of us as well. We will remember those we lost to the disease, celebrate the lives of those living well with the disease, and pray for ways to continue to bring the treatments and possible cures for the disease to the poor of the world, who still go untreated. This is a service about hope, compassion and hard lessons learned. It will be lead by our minister, Tom Rosiello. Music will include “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, the beautiful Zulu Chant “Senzeni Na” and hymns of hope and compassion.
Sunday, November 27th, 2011
This Morning Worship will be led by a guest minister, the Rev. Nannene Gowdy. Rev. Gowdy has served congregations in MA, NY, and IL. For 8 years she was the UUA Board Trustee for our district. She has authored RE curricula and served on many UUA anti-racism committees. Now in retirement, she volunteers for the UU Trauma Response Ministry.
Sunday, November 20th, 2011
Sunday, November 20 at 9 AM and 11 AM
This Intergenerational Celebration of Thanksgiving will be led by our minister, Tom Rosiello and our Director of Religious Education, Michelle Cote with help from many members of the congregation of all ages. Mike Pfitzer, our music director and Sanghee Kim, our pianist/organist are preparing “a bounty” of music for both services. At 9 AM the Children’s Choir, under the direction of Pat Sorn, and the FPC Singers will be featured, at 11 AM our Youth and Adult Choirs will be singing, and at both services we will all join together in singing traditional Thanksgiving hymns. The morning message will focus on how we give thanks for our many blessings. The services will conclude with the traditional ritual of breaking and sharing bread. The bread will be baked for us by our junior youth group. Please bring nonperishable food items and toiletries, which will be collected during the service for the Stow Food Pantry.
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
What are you thankful for this year? Come and share a thought, or a thanksgivings reading. Our vesper services include the lighting of candles, readings, sharing, music and silence. This 30-45 minute service is the perfect way to end a busy day, and prepare yourself for a more meaningful Thanksgiving.
Sunday, November 13th, 2011
This morning’s sermon by the Rev. Tom Rosiello will explore what is happening in our nation and what we can bring to the discussion from our religious tradition. We will look at the “Occupy Wall Street Movement” spreading across the nation and the growing disparity between the rich and the poor in this country. Can we move beyond the “us against them” attitude, and the inability and unwillingness to compromise in our political system? What is happening in our nation, and how should we respond?
There will be an opportunity during this morning’s service for folks to join the church. If you have been attending FPC for a while, and are ready to become a member or have any questions about membership, please contact Nancy Grimes, our Membership Development Coordinator, at 978 897 8149.
Sunday, November 6th, 2011
It is easy to be grateful for the obvious blessings we enjoy. But there are other aspects of our lives which, at first blush, hardly feel like blessings; but upon deeper examination, actually are. This morning we will focus on how the challenging and difficult times in our lives can also be a blessing to us. In the words of our hymn, “we come with thanks and praise for all that is our life.”
The Rev. Tom Rosiello will lead worship and preach the sermon. We will enter into this topic by sharing the wonderful Hebrew Bible story of Jacob Wrestling with the Angel. At the 9 AM service our youngest singers, the Children’s Choir, will share a song of peace with us and at 11 AM our Adult Choir will sing the beautiful anthem, "Beati Quorum Via” (Blessed are the Righteous) by Charles Villiers Stanford.
Sunday, October 30th, 2011
This morning we will remember all those people who have died but whose memory we hold onto dearly. In the tradition of the Mexican Day of the Dead, you are invited to remember and celebrate the lives of the special people in your life who have passed away by bringing a photograph (framed or unframed) with you to church. There will be a time in the service to place them on a special altar table and light a candle of remembrance. The service will be led by Rev. Tom Rosiello.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2011
We are “pulling out all the stops” for Association Sunday to celebrate the importance of being part of the Association of Unitarian Universalist churches. Our Jazz band, drummers, and choirs will fill the service with exciting music. Worship will be led by the Rev. Tom Rosiello with special guest preacher, the Rev. John Crestwell, a member of the UUA President’s Advisory Council. His sermon is entitled “Why I am a Unitarian Universalist.” He will share an inspiring story of how his faith saved his life. This year all the proceeds raised on Association Sunday will go to support professional education and development for ministers, religious educators and musicians. There will be a special collection taken up for this purpose.
Sunday, October 16th, 2011
October is our Urban Ministry month. Please see page 9 in this newsletter to learn about all the ways you can be part of that ministry. This morning, in a rousing worship service, we will look beyond the confines of FPC and celebrate our connection to the UU Urban Ministry. Our guest preacher will be Sam Williams Chief Operating Officer for the Urban Ministry. Sam will share with us the wonderful work that we as a congregation help to accomplish.