January 13, 2016
** HAPPY NEW YEAR! **
No worship services
during our Winter Vacation from January 3 - March 13th.
You will receive one
newsletter per month and special announcements as needed.
of Management Meeting, February 21, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Sue’s
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.
20th – INGATHERING -- On Palm Sunday & Passover with
gentle spring breezes.
-- 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
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
Cover the dish or basket, in something
decorative, like a pretty towel or with ribbons.
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
Covered the basket (which had to be held on the
bottom) with a fancy tea towel, and tied
ribbons on basket’s
We uncover the dishes during the service.
3rd -- TED & Response by Steve Wills
April 10th -- Rev. Richards
For a New Beginning
by John O’ Donohue
In out of the way places of the
Where your thoughts never think to wander
has been quietly forming
Waiting until you were ready to
For a long time it has watched your desire
the emptiness grow inside you
Noticing how you willed yourself
Still unable to leave what you had outgrown.
you play with the seduction of safety
And the grey promises that
Heard the waves of turmoil rise and
Wondered would you always live like this.
delight, when your courage kindled,
And out you stepped onto new
Your eyes young again with energy and dream
A path of
plenitude opening before you.
Though your destination is not
You can trust the promise of this opening;
yourself into the grace of beginning
That is one with your life’s
Awaken your spirit to adventure
Hold nothing back,
learn to find ease in risk
Soon you will be home in a new
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.
Rev. Marilyn Richards
First Church Unitarian of Athol
Athol, MA 01331