of Scituate, Massachusetts
First Parish
Unitarian Universalist Church
"What's Happening:" February 3, 2012 Edition
Posted on February 4th, 2012

What’s Happening
This Week
at First Parish Church
February 3, 2012

Sunday, February 5
10:30 AM
"Negro Spirituals: Songs of Hope and Survival"
Guest Minister Reverend Shuma Chakravarty

February being Black History month, we will recognize it with wonderful
African American spiritual music on Sunday, February 5.

Thanks to the efforts of our own Howard Mathews, his trio will join Beth
and the choir with well-known and well-loved gospel songs played on guitar,
autoharp, banjo, mandolin and piano.

U-U minister and writer Rev. Shuma Chakravarty will be with us as well.
Her sermon title is "Negro Spirituals: Songs of Hope and Survival".

Shuma Chakravarty is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister
who has been in Final Fellowship since 1997. She has graduate degrees
in English Literature (from Simmons College) and theology (from B.U.
and Harvard University). Her poetry and prose have been published in
several anthologies, including the “Meditation Manual“ of the UUA
which will be available this spring. She has served several U.U. and
U.C.C. churches and traveled widely. Currently she does pulpit supply
and is the Director of The Resource Center for Ecology, Compassion
and Culture, which she founded in 1991.

With your help, we will raise the sanctuary rafters (including the solar panels)!

Be there! Bring a music-loving friend.

- your Religious Services Committee

What's Happening in Religious Education

2/5 Normally the first Sunday of every month is a Children's
Chapel upstairs at 10:30 AM. It is cancelled this Sunday so the
children can take part in the first part of this Sunday's
special musical service.

K-3 Moral Tales
Janice Evans and Sarah Murdock; Upstairs
4-6 Toolbox of Faith
Christine Bulman, Jean Shildneck; Sloop Room
7-8 OWL Cancelled


Saturday, February 4
9:30 AM Steel Magnolias

Sunday, February 5
10:30 AM Worship Service

Monday, February 6
7 PM Prayer Shawl Meeting
All are invited to join us knitters, crocheters and fringers.

Tuesday, February 7
7PM Parish Committee Meeting
The major part of the meeting will be a continuation of the discussion of
Memorial Garden policies and review of the by-law changes recommended
by the Governance Task Force. All are welcome to attend,

Wednesday, February 8
10:30 AM – 1 PM Fididdlers
Come join us this week. We have a project and we need workers.
All materials and instructions will be provided,


************** PRAYER SHAWLS *************

The First Parish Piecemakers will re-gather on Monday, February 6, 2012
at 7 PM in the Old Sloop Room to work on Prayer Shawls.

If you knit, crochet or quilt, or would just like to learn more about this
spiritual practice and the gifts of compassion and concern that we produce,
please join us!
For more information, please contact Pam Molinari at (781) 545-9363 or
email her at molinaripamela@hotmail.com

Coffee Hour on February 12

If you've never hosted coffee hour before and would like to do so with
a more experienced member on February 12, contact Ellen Isley
at munsonfamily@verizon.net
or call 781-545-6388.

Mark Your Calendars and Check Your Availability
It’s Dump Duty Time Again –
FPUU is Signed Up for March

Calling all hardy souls, it is that time of year again to dig out those
old ratty clothes, put on those gloves that you don’t mind getting
grimy and heading to the dump for your annual volunteer experience
at the Scituate Transfer station. For those newer to the church, you
may not have had this fulfilling experience before. Try it, you’ll find it
rewarding. The town allows nonprofits to collect all redeemable bottles
and cans and retain the redemption value as a donation.

In all seriousness, we realize that this isn’t everyone’s idea of a rockin’
good time. Yet, it is the Church’s 2nd highest revenue producing
fundraising event and very important to raising the revenue necessary
to operate the church. For our month of work, we typically bring in
over $3500.
This year, Mark McGinnis will be continuing in his leadership position
of managing this event and provided the greatly appreciated assistance
to ensure smooth onsite operations. Assisting him will be
Howard Mathews, new to this activity last year, but now an old pro.
Chris Berkley has agreed to assist with the administrative duties of
tracking sign up for volunteers and ensuring that all our slots are filled
which is a big task as we have to have a volunteer on site every day
the transfer station is open (Friday through Tuesday).

So that gets us to the big request…..please, please, please everyone
look at your calendars and consider when you might be able to devote
3 hours of your time to working. We will be posting a sign-up sheet in
the Sloop Room and Chris will be sending out emails to solicit sign ups.
We really appreciate you making this process run smoothly and
minimizing the work involved for those running the event. Signing
up early will make the job so much easier.

If you haven’t volunteered at the transfer station before, please don’t
let that stop you from signing up. Chris, Mark, Howard or I can provide
you with all you need to know and we’ll pair you up with a seasoned
professional for onsite training. You’ll be a pro in no time.

Thank you all for considering this and sign up early and often!

- Sarah Murdock

Book Group Selection –Feb ‘12

Noah's Compass
By Anne Tyler

Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up
teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down
private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he
is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first
night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on
the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the
next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged.
His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been
stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he
needs is someone
who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . .
well, something quite different.

DATE: Wednesday, February 29

TIME: 7:30 pm

LOCATION: Sloop Room

Date and place subject to last minute
changes. If you are not on the book group
email list and would like to attend, please
contact Chris Berkeley @545-6901.
We’d love to have you!

Unity Club

Thank you to the following wonderful people who prepared and
delivered dessert to the senior luncheon for the month of January:

Kate Glennon, Joanne Fraser, Kay Shaw, Michelle Figueiredo,
Roxanne Greim, Barbara Leavitt, Alma Morrison, Anne Weaver,
and Liz Luiz

Many Thanks! Your efforts were greatly appreciated!

Save the Date
Saturday, March 3
Getting to know ‘U’ Event for Families … Fun for All
More details to come!

News About The Newsletter

In order to avoid duplication of efforts, and to use our modern
communication tools to the fullest, we will be shifting from a
bi-weekly to a monthly publication schedule for the Sloop’s Log.
The deadline for submissions will be the last Friday of the month.
In the meantime, this weekly “What’s Happening”, e-mailed on
Friday, will be your best source for the latest on First Parish doings,
as well as the church website.

Those who would prefer a paper copy of the Sloop’s Log or
“What’s Happening” should let Parish Administrator Maggy Evans
know and we can get that out to you. If you have comments or
concerns about this change, please speak to Parish Committee
Co-Chairs Joanne Fraser and Jane Culbert, or to Mr. Cook.
We are interested in your opinion.

Please email newsletter submissions to firstparishscituate@verizon.net

or contact Maggy at the church office (781) 545-3324. Also, be sure to visit

our website and online calendar at http://www.firstparishscituate.org

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