Showing posts with label First Universalist Society in Franklin. Show all posts
Showing posts with label First Universalist Society in Franklin. Show all posts

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Are you going to the family "barn dance"?

Put on your dancing shoes and come on down to the First Universalist Society in Franklin on March 2 for a festive evening! New England Country Dance is a fun, accessible "barn dance" that is suitable for people of all ages, from 4 to 88. Families, college students, teens, and the young at heart are most welcome!

The dancing does not require any previous experience. The dance caller walks everyone on the floor through simple steps, helps the group put them together, and then the music starts. Perfection is not expected -- cooperation and laughter among the dancers make sure that everyone stays mostly on track and has a wonderful time together. 
New England Country Dance
New England Country Dance

Doors open at 7:00 pm. There will be two sets with a brief intermission in between. Water and comfortable seating will be available should you want to sit out a specific dance. Treats will be available for purchase.

It is highly recommended that tickets be bought in advance since this is anticipated to be a popular evening and only a certain number of dancers can be accommodated. Tickets can be purchased at FUSF.org/Upcoming Events. Admission is $5 for students 13-18, $10 for individuals. Children under 12 are free. Checks or cash will be accepted at the door in addition to electronic payment.        

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin MA. If you have questions about this event or FUSF please email info@fusf.org or call 508- 528-5348. FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation. 

Monday, February 12, 2024

New England Country Dance scheduled for March 2, 2024 7:00 PM

Put on your dancing shoes and come on down to the First Universalist Society in Franklin for a festive evening! New England Country Dance is a fun, accessible "barn dance" that is suitable for people of all ages, from 4 to 88. Families, college students, teens, and the young at heart are most welcome!

The dancing does not require any previous experience. The dance caller walks everyone on the floor through simple steps, helps the group put them together, and then the music starts. Perfection is not expected -- cooperation and laughter among the dancers make sure that everyone stays mostly on track and has a wonderful time together. 

Doors open at 7:00 pm. There will be two sets with a brief intermission in between. Water and comfortable seating will be available should you want to sit out a specific dance. Treats will be available for purchase.

It is highly recommended that tickets be bought in advance since this is anticipated to be a popular evening and only a certain number of dancers can be accommodated. Tickets can be purchased at FUSF.org/Upcoming Events. Admission is $5 for students 13-18, $10 for individuals. Children under 12 are free. Checks or cash will be accepted at the door in addition to electronic payment.        

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin MA. If you have questions about this event or FUSF please email info@fusf.org or call 508- 528-5348. FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation. 


Saturday, January 20, 2024

What We Say Matters: A Timely Conversation Exploring the Power of Words to Shape Others and a Person’s Own Behavior - Jan 28

What We Say Matters: A Timely Conversation 
Exploring the Power of Words to Shape Others 
and a Person’s Own Behavior 


Dr. Drew Bogner, President Emeritus of Molloy University, and a lay member of the First Universalist Society in Franklin, will speak about the power of words and phrases to shape the behavior of others and ourselves.   He will incorporate the research of Dr. Masuru Emoto on the impact of negative and positive words, and share conversations he has had on this topic with individuals ranging from Buddhist monks to Paul Rusesabagina of Hotel Rwanda. In the second part of the service, Drew will focus on how what we say to ourselves can influence how we experience the world. This includes how we can respond to caustic, hateful, and demeaning language that others use.  

What We Say Matters: A Timely Conversation
What We Say Matters: A Timely Conversation

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. For more information, please contact us at info@fusf.org or call 508-528-5348.   

Sunday January 28, 2024 - 10:00 AM 
First Universalist Society in Franklin 
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin MA 

Friday, January 12, 2024

Live Music and CD Release by Second Son Band - Jan 27 at 7 PM

Brian Cousins, guitarist and singer for the Upton, MA-based group, Second Son,  is releasing  his third album, “Dissonance”.  A CD release party will be held on January 27, 2024 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin, MA. “With this Dissonance album”, Cousins said, “I really tried to bring my many musical influences together into a coherent musical cycle which explores the challenges of this moment in time. And of course, I had to have a couple of love songs, just because”, he added.

Tickets are $10 per person/$25 max per family. Treats will be available for sale. Cash, checks or electronic payment accepted.  

When: January 27, 2024 = 7 PM to 9 PM
Where: First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin MA
About Second Son
Formed in mid-2023, Second Son’s songs range from folk and folk-rock to more Americana and singer/songwriter styles. Second Son consists of Brian Cousins (guitar, vocals), Stirling Noel Cousins (bass, vocals), Brian J. Podesta (piano, keyboards) and Carl Roberts (percussion, harmonica, vocals). Second Son’s live performances are energetic, interactive, funny and personal. Since their founding, Second Son has been playing throughout eastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire.
Find the Second Son Band web page -> https://secondsonma.com/ 

 

Live Music and CD Release by Second Son Band  -  Jan 27 at 7 PM
Live Music and CD Release by Second Son Band  -  Jan 27 at 7 PM

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament and Sale - Jan 19 or Jan 20

Team Tournament: Enter your team to puzzle against other teams in a friendly and fun competition on either Friday night or Saturday morning. Each team receives the same 500 piece puzzle and races to finish first. Prizes given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place.  It’s only $10/person for teams of up to four people and your team goes home with the completed puzzle. Team registration and puzzle tournament rules can be found at FUSF.org. For questions call Vicki @ 508-654-6740.  Cash, check or electronic payment accepted.  

Puzzle Sale:   Hundreds of jigsaw puzzles of all sizes will be for sale both Friday and Saturday. Choose from children’s puzzles, 100-, 300-, 500-, 1000- and even a few 2000-piece puzzles! You do not need to enter a tournament to shop. Most puzzles are priced between $3 and $5 - Some are brand new! Be sure to stock up for all those puzzlers in your life (or yourself). Cash, check or electronic payment accepted.  

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. For more information, please contact us at info@fusf.org or call 508-528-5348.  

Friday, January 19, 2024 6 PM to 8 PM OR 
Saturday, January 20, 2024 10 AM to Noon 

First Universalist Society in Franklin 
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin MA 

Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament and Sale -  Jan 19 or Jan 20
Jigsaw Puzzle Tournament and Sale -  Jan 19 or Jan 20

Monday, January 8, 2024

Joe Jencks Leads First Universalist Society MLK Service - Jan 14

Joe Jencks, international touring musician, award-winning songwriter and celebrated vocalist will lead the service on January 14 at FUSF as we celebrate the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All are invited to join us this morning. 
Joe Jencks Leads First Universalist Society MLK Service - Jan 14
Joe Jencks Leads First Universalist Society MLK Service - Jan 14

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. For more information, please contact us at info@fusf.org or call 508-528-5348.

First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF)
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin MA 
January 14, 2024 @ 10:00 AM

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Meeting, Thursday, January 4, 2024

The 350 Mass Greater Franklin Node will hold our first meeting of the new year, Thursday, January 4, 2024, 7:00-9:00 PM. 

This will be a HYBRID meeting: you can attend in person, or join on Zoom.  


Those of us who have been meeting in Franklin have enjoyed the chance to come together. We hope others will do the same. 

 

·    Location of the in-person meetingFirst Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin

 

·    OPTION:  Join on Zoom   

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81930304274?pwd=Tm9VdGxYcDFaVTVDUkwyT3YvUnlFdz09             

Meeting ID: 819 3030 4274

Passcode: 350ma

Dial-in +1 646 876 9923

 

350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Meeting, Thursday, January 4, 2024
350 Mass Greater Franklin Node: Meeting, Thursday, January 4, 2024

With the start of the new year, 350 Mass and all the regional nodes are making plans to continue the work on the two major 350 Mass' campaigns: Make Polluters Pay and Emissions Free Buildings. Read about them here.  Then join our meeting to discuss options for activities across and within the communities that comprise the Greater Franklin region. This is your chance to make a difference in 2024 and take on the challenges that we face in climate and energy.


350 Mass invites everyone to two January events, listed here

  • First, on this coming Sunday, January 7, the Make Polluters Pay Campaign will have an afternoon of strategizing and socializing to go over our accomplishments from 2023 and plan out our campaign strategy for 2024 over tea and cookies.
  • Second, on January 17 join Climate Cafe. a supportive place to talk over your reactions to climate change, possible solutions, or climate activism.

If you haven't already done so, please sign up for the Climate Weekly email. Also, check out upcoming events on our website


Please try to join us for Thursday's meeting. We will maintain our schedule of meetings on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month. If you have questions or items for the agenda, you can contact the Node coordinators,   carolyncbarthel@gmail.com    and/or       ralph.halpern@comcast.net. We will send a reminder on Thursday.  


Thank you.

 

Node Co-coordinators,
Carolyn Barthel
Ralph Halpern


Ralph Halpern
ralph.halpern@comcast.net
781-784-3839 (h)

339-203-5017   

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk at First Universalist Society in Franklin - Dec 31, 2023 from 5 to 7 PM

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) — 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA — will host a New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk on Sunday, December 31, from 5 to 7 PM. 

This annual, free, event offers an opportunity to experience a candlelit labyrinth in our sanctuary. Finger labyrinths will be available for people who want to experience the labyrinth but have mobility issues. 

Labyrinths are found throughout the world with the oldest dating back thousands of years. In contemporary use, labyrinths provide an opportunity for personal reflection, spiritual practice, or the reduction of stress. Labyrinths are located in both public and private settings and vary in style. The FUSF indoor labyrinth is a Chartres Labyrinth. 
 
Please allow at least 30 minutes to walk the indoor labyrinth. Socks are required for the indoor walk.  Booties that cover footwear will be provided for those who need shoes to walk. 

Call Judy at 508-769-6664 for more information about the New Year’s Labyrinth event. In the event of a storm, or unsafe driving conditions, the walk will be canceled, and a notice will be posted to the FUSF Facebook page.  For more information about the First Universalist Society in Franklin please visit FUSF.org or call 508-528-5348.

New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk at First Universalist Society in Franklin - Dec 31, 2023 from 5 to 7 PM
New Year’s Eve Labyrinth Walk at First Universalist Society in Franklin - Dec 31, 2023 from 5 to 7 PM


The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin. For more information about either event or FUSF, please contact us at info@fusf.org or call 508-528-5348.  FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist Welcoming Congregation.

Monday, November 6, 2023

"The Chestnut Street Review Variety Show" returns - Nov 11 at 7 PM

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is pleased to announce The Chestnut Street Review is back after a two-year hiatus.  

The FUSF Community prides itself on its musical and artistic talent. Don’t miss this jam packed evening of music, singing, story-telling and more! Something for all families and the young at heart to enjoy.  All while sampling delicious treats from the Bake Sale Table made by our expert bakers. 

We look forward to seeing you!
November 11. 2023, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM

The First Universalist Society in Franklin 
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin

$10/person and $25/family 
Bake Sale at Intermission
For more information, please email the First Universalist Society’s Music  Director, Michele Kelly, at musicdirector@fusf.org

"The Chestnut Street Review Variety Show" returns - Nov 11 at 7 PM
"The Chestnut Street Review Variety Show" returns - Nov 11 at 7 PM

Saturday, October 21, 2023

The Chestnut Street Revue Variety Show - Nov 11

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is pleased to announce The Chestnut Street Revue is back after a two-year hiatus. The FUSF Community prides itself on its musical and artistic talent. Don’t miss this jam-packed evening of music, singing, storytelling and more! Something for all families and the young at heart to enjoy.
$10/person and $25/family

Bake Sale at Intermission Sample delicious treats from the Bake Sale Table made by our expert bakers.
We look forward to seeing you on November 11, 2023.

November 11. 2023, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin

The Chestnut Street Revue Variety Show - Nov 11
The Chestnut Street Revue Variety Show - Nov 11





Tuesday, October 10, 2023

LGBTQ History Month recognized Oct 22 at First Universalist Society in Franklin

In recognition of October as LGBTQ history month, First Universalist Society in Franklin is pleased to invite all to two opportunities on Sunday October 22, 2023 to honor LGBTQ individuals and allies alike.  

At 10:00 AM, our worship service will focus on the contributions of LGBTQ folk to our religious tradition and society at large. Then from 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM we will view a movie described as a teen romance/comedy. This sweet movie explores teen relationships, connections and the nature of love. Following the 1 hour and 44 minute movie there will be an opportunity for discussion and conversation.

First Universalist Society in Franklin is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin.

For more information, please contact our interim minister, Rev. Bev Waring at Minister@FUSF.org or 508-528-5348.

The FUSF Welcoming Congregation Team with Interim Minister Rev. Bev Waring
The FUSF Welcoming Congregation Team with Interim Minister Rev. Bev Waring

Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Dean College and The Universalists: Is that a new band? No, some interesting history

Dean College has always shared a strong connection with the Universalist Church. It’s founder, Oliver Dean was instrumental in the growth of Universalism in Franklin.

Rob Lawson
Rob Lawson
Our next Second Sunday Speaker will be Dean History Professor, Rob Lawson, who will explore that connection and the relationship the Universalists had with the school. Historic documents will be on display from the First Universalist Society Franklin. 

Join us Sunday September 10 for this revealing discussion on Franklin’s history. Doors open at 1:00 PM and the presentation starts at 1:15. 

The gift shop is open during regular museum hours, Saturday mornings 10 AM - 1 PM and Sunday afternoons 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Come in and find your history.

The museum is located at 80 West Central Street, we are wheel chair accessible and always FREE. The Second Sunday Speaker Series are sponsored by The Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.

Dean College and The Universalists Featured in September Presentation
Dean College and The Universalists Featured in September Presentation

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Sunday's service at FUSF: "Everyday Spiritual Practices" – Aug 27

The description for this coming Sunday's service "Everyday Spiritual Practices"  at the First Universalist Society of Franklin (FUSF). The service will be led by Rev. Bev Waring.
Plato said, “The life which is unexamined is not worth living.”  An extreme position that Rev. Scott Alexander addresses in the introduction to a book he edited, “Everyday Spiritual Practices; Simple Pathways For Enriching Your Life.” He writes: “many people get caught in a rut, meandering through their days, doing only what comes easily…” 

Join us for this last summer service as Rev. Bev Waring offers some options for how you can spiritually examine and shape your life; options that engage the mind, the body, the heart, the will and the soul will be discussed in this quick review of everyday spiritual practices.
 
NOTE: This service is in-person only and is open to people of all ages.  We will begin the service with a blessing of the backpacks for children and youth. Following the blessing, children and youth will leave the sanctuary with our Director of Religious Education for some fun activities in the grove. 

The service is set for 10:00 AM on Sunday, Aug 20 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF), at 262 Chestnut Street. 

FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ Welcoming Congregation. 

For more information about the FUSF, please visit our website: www.FUSF.org or call the Office at 508-528-5348. 

Monday, August 21, 2023

Dean College and The Universalists Featured in September Presentation

Dean College has always shared a strong connection with the Universalist Church. It’s founder, Oliver Dean was instrumental in the growth of Universalism in Franklin.
Rob Lawson
Rob Lawson

Our next Second Sunday Speaker will be Dean History Professor, Rob Lawson, who will explore that connection and the relationship the Universalists had with the school. Historic documents will be on display from the First Universalist Society Franklin. 

Join us Sunday September 10 for this revealing discussion on Franklin’s history. Doors open at 1:00PM and the presentation starts at 1:15. 

The gift shop is open during regular museum hours, Saturday mornings 10 AM - 1 PM and Sunday afternoons 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Come in and find your history.

The museum is located at 80 West Central Street, we are wheel chair accessible and always FREE. The Second Sunday Speaker Series are sponsored by The Friends of the Franklin Historical Museum.

Dean College and The Universalists Featured in September Presentation
Dean College and The Universalists Featured in September Presentation

Thursday, August 17, 2023

Sunday's service at FUSF: Trees: Bridges to Spirit - Aug 20

The description for this coming Sunday's lay-led summer service "Trees: Bridges to Spirit" at the First Universalist Society of Franklin (FUSF).

Trees: Bridges to Spirit - Barbara Aspland-Wolf
Let us see the forest AND the trees as we explore how they can aid us in our spiritual practice with a mind, body, and soul connection.
Sunday's service at FUSF: Trees: Bridges to Spirit - Aug 20
Sunday's service at FUSF: Trees: Bridges to Spirit - Aug 20


We will be serving lunch after the service.

The service is set for 10:00 AM on Sunday, Aug 20 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF), at 262 Chestnut Street. 

FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ Welcoming Congregation. 

For more information about the FUSF, please visit our website: www.FUSF.org or call the Office at 508-528-5348. 

August 27: Everyday Spiritual Practices  

Thursday, August 3, 2023

Sunday's service at FUSF: Nurturing the Fruits of Mindfulness - Aug 6

The description for this coming Sunday's lay-led summer service "Nurturing the Fruits of Mindfulness" at the First Universalist Society of Franklin (FUSF).

Sue Savoy and Ann Willever
Experience mindfulness practices based on the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen Master.  Come into the present moment and share in the joys of being together as a sangha, a community of friends growing in awareness.  All are welcome to share in walking, sitting, and singing, regardless of experience with meditation.
Sunday's service at FUSF: Nurturing the Fruits of Mindfulness - Aug 6
Sunday's service at FUSF: Nurturing the Fruits of Mindfulness - Aug 6

The service is set for 10:00 AM on Sunday, August 6 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF), at 262 Chestnut Street. 

FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ Welcoming Congregation. 

For more information about the FUSF, please visit our website: www.FUSF.org or call the Office at 508-528-5348. 

August 13: Respect for all living things
August 20: Trees: Bridges to Spirit  
August 27: Everyday Spiritual Practices

Friday, July 28, 2023

Sunday's service at FUSF: Prayer as a Portal - July 30

The description for this coming Sunday's lay-led summer service "Prayer as a Portal" at the First Universalist Society of Franklin (FUSF).

Prayer as a Portal - July 30
Prayer as a Portal - July 30
Duncan Sings-Alone and Cilla Cogan
"What is prayer if not a question to the universe? What is a portal if not a doorway to an answer?

Duncan and Cilla take a different and brief look at the experience of prayer and how it impacts the individual and the sense of community. A portal entails a direction both inner and outer."

The service is set for 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 30 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF), at 262 Chestnut Street. 

FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ Welcoming Congregation. 

For more information about the FUSF, please visit our website: www.FUSF.org or call the Office at 508-528-5348. 

August 6: Sangha and Mindfulness 
August 13: Respect for all living things
August 20: Trees: Bridges to Spirit  
August 27: Everyday Spiritual Practices

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Sunday's service at FUSF: The Spirituality of the Labyrinth

The description for this coming Sunday's lay-led summer service "The Spirituality of the Labyrinth" at the First Universalist Society of Franklin (FUSF).
Bobbi Gerlits has two spiritual practices that involve the labyrinth – walking the labyrinth herself, and facilitating labyrinth walks for others. She feels most nourished when her life includes opportunities to engage in both spiritual practices. During this service Bobbi will facilitate a walk on her indoor canvas labyrinth. She will invite those present to find their inner stillness and silence and be open to what the labyrinth has to offer. 
Sunday's service at FUSF: The Spirituality of the Labyrinth
Sunday's service at FUSF: The Spirituality of the Labyrinth

The service is set for 10:00 AM on Sunday, July 23 at the First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF), at 262 Chestnut Street. 

FUSF is a Unitarian Universalist LGBTQIA+ Welcoming Congregation. 

For more information about the FUSF, please visit our website: www.FUSF.org or call the Office at 508-528-5348. 

July 30: Prayer as a Portal
August 6: Sangha and Mindfulness 
August 13: Respect for all living things
August 20: Trees: Bridges to Spirit
August 27: Everyday Spiritual Practices 

Sunday, July 16, 2023

Get rid of gently used, CLEAN clothing for a worthy FUSF Savers FUNDrive

The First Universalist Society in Franklin (FUSF) is holding a Savers FUNDrive

Please drop off your gently used, CLEAN clothing, accessories, shoes, books, and SMALL household items to the First Universalist Society in Franklin, 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin on 
Wednesday, August 9, 
Thursday, August 10 or 
Friday, August 11 between 9 AM and NOON. 

  • Please BAG clothing and other soft goods 
  • BOX books, small household items, and media 

DO NOT INCLUDE: ENCYCLOPEDIAS, ELECTRONICS, FLAMMABLE PRODUCTS, FURNITURE, MAKE UP OR TOILETRIES. 

Questions? Contact klhulin@gmail.com. Thanks! 


Get rid of gently used, CLEAN clothing for a worthy FUSF Savers FUNDrive
Get rid of gently used, CLEAN clothing for a worthy FUSF Savers FUNDrive 


Wednesday, July 5, 2023

"Spirituality of Fishing" at FUSF Sunday, July 9, 2023

The description for this coming Sunday's lay-led summer service "Spirituality of Fishing" at the First Universalist Society of Franklin (FUSF).
"Spirituality of Fishing"
"Spirituality of Fishing"
As FUSF launches their summer theme of individual spiritual practices, Laura will explain how she first got “hooked” on the art of fishing and why she finds it deeply spiritual and peaceful—both on a warm summer day as well as on a bone-chilling day in the depths of winter—all the while trying not to get frustrated when the fish refuse to bite.

July 9: The Spirituality of Fishing
July 16: Writing Poetry
July 23: Walking the Labyrinth
July 30: Prayer as a Portal
August 6: Mindfulness 
August 13: Veganism
August 20: Trees: Bridges to Spirit
August 27: Everyday Spiritual Practices
FUSF is located at 262 Chestnut Street, Franklin and is a Unitarian Universalist  LGBTQIA+ Welcoming Congregation. For more information about the First Universalist Society in Franklin, please visit our website: www.FUSF.org or call the Office at 508-528-5348.