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Sermons for November
November 4 Holding Hope
Guest Minister, Rev. Michael Leduc
During a period of increasing hopelessness, meanness and selfishness, we will be looking at how to hang onto and nurture hope in our lives and implement it in the society around us. Hope is not a fluttery, flighty thing of fancy. It is hard, angry, enduring and life-affirming, demanding that we act intentionally and decisively in confronting the powers that would have us surrender into passivity and control.
November 11 The Bells of Peace
This Sunday we will participate in a national day of remembering the end of World War I one hundred years ago, by ringing our church bell 21 times at precisely 11:00 AM. Bells should be ringing across Hingham (as well as the rest of the country) and as we ring ours, we hope to hear other bells in town. The sermon will focus on honoring the sacrifices made in World War I and the challenge of navigating relief when a terrible burden, in this case war, is lifted.
November 18 Gratitude and Giving
We approach Thanksgiving mindful that there are many things for which we should be thankful and aware of our responsibilities to give out of our abundance. Today we will explore the relationship between receiving and sharing.
November 25 Lighting a Light
The Hindu festival of Diwali is celebrated in early November. The Jewish celebration of Hanukah occurs in early December. The Christian celebration of Christmas takes place in late December. The celebrations of each of these holidays acknowledge the tremendous power and good of light. What does it mean when we light a candle? Who or what benefits when we shine a light?
Men's Breakfast, Saturday, November 3
The next Men's Breakfast will be on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 in Cushing Hall. All men of the parish are cordially invited to attend. We will continue our tradition of hearty breakfasts with some healthy foods included. Please email Lou Belknap at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 781-749-5519 if you can attend. There is no agenda, but come prepared to discuss whatever is on your mind.
Adult Religious Education
Starting November 4th, from 4:00 - 5:00 PM
A new course called Spiritual Leaders
No preparatory reading is required and each session stands independently, so as we move through the next few months you should feel free to attend as interest moves you. The format involves a brief biography of the spiritual leader (presented by me) followed by our discussion of a page of quotations from the spiritual leader that will be provided at the session.
On November 4th, we will take a look at Rev. Forrest Church, a preacher, historian, and theologian from our Unitarian Universalist tradition who has written at length about religion in the United States and issues of love and death. One of his thoughts, that “religion is the human response to being alive and having to die,” reveals his thoughtful and broad perspective on life. All are welcome; bring a friend!
Monthly Program for Young Children
On November 4, we will also be starting a monthly program for children in grades K through 4 called "Good People". It will focus on teaching values through the biographies of respected individuals. This program is open to all children, especially those who do not attend church regularly. It will run at the same time as Rev. Stephanie's adult religious education classes noted above, 4 to 5 pm.
Women's Coffee, Tuesdays at 9:30
We will be meeting every other week (the week that the Hingham Food Pantry is not using Cushing Hall) at 9:30. It's a chance for women to talk, drink coffee or tea, sew, knit, color, relax… All are welcome, including children who may accompany their mothers and hang out with the group.
In November, we will meet on the 13th and possibly the 27th.
Produce Packing for Hingham Food Pantry's
Sunday, November 18, 11:30 am
Join us as we organize fresh produce for the Hingham Food Pantry's Thanksgiving distribution. This fun service project is enjoyed by all as we fill our pews with bags containing fresh potatoes, squash, onions, broccoli, carrots, apples and bananas to help clients of the food pantry celebrate Thanksgiving.
Hingham Chess Club at Second Parish
The Hingham Chess Club meets on Thursday afternoons and evenings in Cushing Hall starting on September 20. Lessons are taught by Chess Master, Farzad Abdi, and operate in a 12-week cycle. There will be three levels of instruction, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Visit the Hingham Chess Club Facebook page for more information on registration and fees.
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