The Packet  
The Monthly Newsletter of
First Parish Universalist Church
of Stoughton


Save the Dates!

Sunday, September 13 - Church reopens with Ingathering Service

Sunday, September 27 - Service led by Toby Ropeik, our Ministerial Settlement Representative, followed by information session with Toby
about the ministerial search process

Sunday, October 4 - Important Congregational Meeting after worship service
led by the Ministerial Search Committee (details to follow)
Calendar of Events - August 2015
Saturday, August 1 -  Stoughton Farmers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Monday, August 3 -    AlAnon meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 5 -  AA meeting, 7:00 p.m.


Saturday, August 8 -  Stoughton Farmers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 


Monday, August 10 -   AlAnon meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, August 11 - Board of Trustees meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, August 12 -   AA meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 13 - Wellness with Wanda meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 15 -   Five Points Cluster , 10:00 a.m., Foxboro UU church
  Stoughton Farmers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Monday, August 17 -   AlAnon meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 19 -   AA meeting, 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 22 -  Stoughton Farmers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  
Monday, August 24 -  AlAnon meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, August 26 -  AA meeting, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 29 -  Stoughton Farmers Market, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 31 -  AlAnon meeting, 10:00 a.m.

Coming of Age 2015

On Sunday, May 31, three young people of the church completed the 2014-2015 Roots and Wings program with a wonderful Coming of Age service.   TJ Clifford, Carley Hudson, and Emerson  Sprague presented their Belief Statements to the congregation.  Prior to their speeches, the teens were introduced by their mentors: Tim McElaney , Tricia Whiffen , and Julia Dubovy . The program was co-coordinated by  Julia Dubovy and  Sandra Farnham who did an excellent job once again .

The Coming of Age candidates planned all aspects of the May 31 service including choosing the readings and hymns. During the service, Carley and Emme explained the group's service project and TJ sang "The Rainbow Song" a cappella as the offertory. The service was followed by a celebratory Coffee Hour hosted by Julia and Sandra. We're so proud of all these great kids!
From the Finance Committee

Although regular Sunday services and church school are not in session, the church continues to pay staff and other obligations. We appreciate all efforts to maintain pledge payments through the summer.

Pledge payments should be sent to
     First Parish Universalist Church
     P.O. Box 284
     Stoughton, MA  02072

Please remember to help us out with the annual Summer fundraiser. Drop your loose change in the plastic boxes which were distributed in June. Return the box with your name inside when services resume in September. If you didn't pick up a box, you can still help by using any container you have at home. All contributions are gratefully appreciated.

Sincere thanks for your ongoing support!
Stoughton Farmers Market
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church Lawn, now until late October

If you have already visited the Stoughton Farmers Market this summer, you know what a treasure it is! The Farmers Market provides a venue on our own church lawn that draws folks from Stoughton and the surrounding area. You can purchase fresh produce, decadent baked goods, beautiful creations by local artisans, and much, much more. Each week there is live music as well as fun activities for the kids. If you have not visited yet, you are missing out on a truly great community resource!

For more information and details about the vendors, visit their website  Stoughton Farmers Market.
Summer Birthdays and



Happy Anniversary to:

Patricia and Richard Hess on July 10

Ed Geiger and Barbara Ford-Geiger on July 30


 These folks have birthdays in July:

7/03 - Katie Daley
7/06 - Jennifer Walsh

7/09 - Sarah Symynkywicz

7/16 - Anne Reardon

7/17 - Carley Hudson

7/21 - Ruby McKay Nadeau

7/24 - Courtland Priest

7/26 - Kurt Biederwolf

7/27 - Kate Mooney



Happy Anniversary to:

Alan Delgadillo and Marguerite Morrissey on August 2

Bruce and Susan Ferguson on August 14


 These folks will celebrate birthdays in August:

8/03  - Eileen Russell

8/05 - John Whiffen

8/07 - Allen Graber, Gretchen Colson

8/10 -  Stephen Piche

8/19 - Robert Stephansky

8/28 - Brenda Martin, Sandra Leonard


We want to list the birthdays and anniversaries of everyone in our church family.  
If you're not sure that we have yours, please send the information to the church secretary at

What's Going On?

"The Packet" Deadline - The deadline for the September issue of  The Packet is Friday, August 21, at noon. Please email your submission to
Committee Annual Reports - A reminder to all committee chairs that your committee's 2014-2015 annual report should be submitted to the church office in early September. Please email your report to or drop it in the Secretary's folder outside the Church Office. Thank you in advance for your timely attention to this matter. 
Get Well Wishes

Arlene Graber has passed along the following about her husband David Graber: 
"Dave is making a good recovery from a heart transplant on June 9 at the Newark, N.J., Beth Israel Hospital.  David and I will be living in New Jersey during the summer so he can be followed closely. We look forward to returning to Stoughton ASAP."

We at First Parish wish Dave all the best as he recovers from this major surgery.
Graduation Notice

Shelby Sprague graduated from Stoughton High School on June 4, 2015. Shelby is the daughter of Scott and Sandra Sprague and sister  to Hunter and Emerson .
Volunteer Opportunity - Horizons for Homeless Children

Volunteer to play with homeless children in one of more than 100 family shelters statewide. The commitment is just 2 hours a week, but it will make a real difference in their lives. Daytime and evening shifts available Monday-Thursday. Locations include Brockton, Attleboro,  Stoughton , Taunton, and many other towns.
Upcoming training sessions will be held:
Wednesday August 5, 6-9:30pm, Lakeville Area
September 12, 9:30 am-1:00 pm, West Bridgewater
For more information visit  or call (508) 510-3250.