AtholUU E-Newsletter- January 13, 2016


No worship services during our Winter Vacation from January 3 - March 13th.

You will receive one newsletter per month and special announcements as needed.

EVENTS upcoming

Board of Management Meeting, February 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Sue’s House.

Our own UU Coffee Stand at the River Rat Parade on Saturday, April 9, 2016
selling Donna’s Donuts which are baked, not fried.
All helpers welcome! The Coffee Stand will be on the front lawn.


March 20th – INGATHERING -- On Palm Sunday & Passover with gentle spring breezes.

Think Spring!!

March 27th -- EASTER --
Easter Basket Blessing Potluck Breakfast
with scrumptious baskets of food.

In our UU Hungarian tradition, Easter baskets are not simply for candy. They are intended
to give life after a long hard winter and are filled with a full meal including salt and pepper.
For our service, please bring a dish that reminds you of Easter.
What does/did did your family serve?
Cover the dish or basket, in something decorative, like a pretty towel or with ribbons.
For example, I brought a cooked chicken in a bowl that I place in a basket. Along
with the chicken, I had a box of serrated knives, dill dipping sauce, salt and pepper,
and anything else needed to serve it.
Covered the basket (which had to be held on the bottom) with a fancy tea towel, and tied
ribbons on basket’s handle.
We uncover the dishes during the service.

April 3rd -- TED & Response by Steve Wills

April 10th -- Rev. Richards preaching


For a New Beginning
by John O’ Donohue

In out of the way places of the heart
Where your thoughts never think to wander
This beginning has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to emerge.

For a long time it has watched your desire
Feeling the emptiness grow inside you
Noticing how you willed yourself on
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.

It watched you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that sameness whispered
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and relent
Wondered would you always live like this.

Then the delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new ground,
Your eyes young again with energy and dream
A path of plenitude opening before you.

Though your destination is not clear
You can trust the promise of this opening;
Unfurl yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s desire.

Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.


Rev. Marilyn Richards
First Church Unitarian of Athol
478 Main St
Athol, MA 01331
Minister's cell 978-249-5951