Previously on "Hackers of Athol's Liberal Spiritualism" ... AtholUU ENews October 28th, 2015

AtholUU E-Newsletter-  November 4, 2015

The heat is on!   David Farrington is preaching this Sunday.

Worship services are held at 10:00 AM in the Buchanan Chapel at 478 Main St., Athol, MA, unless otherwise noted.   

Nov. 8  --   “Never Again … Remember Me”      Rev. David Farrington

Nov. 15  -- TED & Response by Steve Wills

Saturday, Nov. 21st  -- Thanksgiving Holiday Fair

Nov 22  --   "Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude - Thanksgiving 2015”  --  Rev. Marilyn Richards

Nov 22  --   Athol's Thanksgiving Interfaith Service at 5:00 PM,
                   at the Congregational Church, with Father Edwin Montana preaching.

Nov. 29
 --  "Home Grown Grace or Surviving & Enjoying the Holidays"     -- Rev. Marilyn Richards


The Board of Management Meeting is Sunday, November 15, 2015 after coffee hour.

1st Annual Fall Baked Bean Fundraiser

Featuring Elderess Bertha Lindsay’s famous recipe from the Canterbury Shaker Community -- State of Maine Soldier Beans.  This meatless dish may be frozen for future use,

$5 for a 25 oz reusable container (or your own container of similar size)
Please make check payable to First Church, Unitarian or pay in cash.
Please email Chris Coyle at
Orders to be delivered to the Church on November  8 or November 15.
Please specify if you prefer one date or the other. If enough orders come in further batches will be made.


 ** Thanksgiving Holiday Fair ** right before Thanksgiving, Saturday Nov. 21st
*  APPLE PIES for Thanksgiving
*   Our church's Holiday Cards

*  gifts -- leaf print T-shirts

*  gifts -- warm woolen and fleece lined mittens.

and more


We are baking apple pies on Friday, Nov 20, 2015.  
All help welcome!
For more information contact Donna at

"Season's Greetings" - Christmas Card Fundraiser -- see pictures attached below

Photos of the inside of our Church, all decorated for Christmas/Yule last year, are on sale for $10.00 per box of 15 cards and envelopes.  Or, you can buy half orders of 7 cards for $5.00.   Or mix and match as you would like.

The photos were taken by Krisztina Roder and used with her permission & our citation.   
Inside the card, it reads "Season's Greetings" with a swag of holy.  
There are three designs.

1.  The Chalice with a red background  -- size 4 1/4 wide, X 5 1/2 tall  (small) matte
2.  The Dais all decorated with white lights -- size "half fold"  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 glossy
3.  The Sanctuary -- "Deck The Hall" -- size "half fold"  5 1/2 X 8 1/2 glossy
* If you ordered at the Fall Fair, you do not need to order again.
* If you would like to order cards, please email Rev Marilyn at
* The cards will be available at our Thanksgiving Holiday Fair.   I will call you to make arrangements to distribute them, if you can not make the fair.
You can pay me or make out a check to the church when you pick up your cards.


On this day in 1807

A group of Unitarian ministers in Worcester county (which includes our church) Massachusetts, created an “Evangelical Missionary Society” to counter the ‘fire and brimstone’ diatribes (like today's radio talk shows) of Rev. Jedidiah Morse against their horrible heresies of growing liberalism.    The constitution of the “Evangelical Missionary Society” stated: 

“The great object of the society is to furnish the means of Christian knowledge and moral improvement to those inhabitants of our own county who are destitute and poorly provided.“  

“Sound familiar?”  muses your minister.
Reference:  This Day in UU History by Mark Harris

On this day in 1879

James J. Ritty of Dayton Ohio, patented the firsts cash register.  But, he did not make much money and sold the patent to a Welsh Unitarian immigrant, John H. Patterson.  Under Patterson’s leadership, National Cash Register Company became a large enterprise, with generous employee benefits, as reflected Patterson’s religion.

From the The Unitarian Register, Volume 96,  (Google books)
in the Article titled:  “A Spiritual Pilgrimage: Being a Personal Experience.*

“... the Unitarian church is the only liberal church in city.  ... John H. Patterson, at the head of the National Cash Register Company, happens to be one of the best Unitarians in the city. Mr. Patterson said  “What can we do for the city?”  

During his tenure at The National Cash Register (NCR), Patterson proceeded to positively change the lives of his employees.  NCR employee benefits for the whole family, were the grand new experiment of it’s time and eventually the city.  According The Unitarian Register, Volume 96:

“We believe that the influence of liberalism is creative.  It is not enough to be remembering the altars of our fathers or knocking down the altars of our opponents.  It is far better to build a manhood that can worship without an altar, so that the Son of man can stand upon his feet and God Almighty talk to him face to face,  man to God and Father to son.  ...  that it is a creative forced making for a new social order through the promotion of spiritual vitality. “
“A Spiritual Pilgrimage: Being a Personal Experience.*  

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