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Moderator’s Musings for April 9, 2024

April 9, 2024

I encourage you to check out two upcoming events this week. This Sunday, April 14, the Outreach Team is hosting another Coffee Hour Chat. We’ve had several inspiring and informative chats after worship this year, and I believe this Sunday’s will be one of our most important.

Lino Covarrubias from Jewish Family Services of Metrowest (JFS) will join us on Sunday to discuss what JFS, in cooperation with community partners from Metrowest,Logo for Jewish Family Service: hands uplifting people. is doing to welcome and support recent refugees to Massachusetts.

JFS provides a variety of social, health, and community services to our neighbors in need including immigrant and resettlement services. In October 2023, JFS rejoined the nationwide HIAS (originally the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society) refugee resettlement network, which works to provide services and integration support for those arriving under the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program of the State Department.

I heard the JFS presentation at the Expanding the Circle event at the Plymouth Church in Framingham in February. Before then, I assumed I understood U.S. refugee/immigration issues. Instead, I discovered how misinformed I was. The presentation on Sunday by Lino will provide a history of JFS’s work and a basic understanding of how the U.S. government manages immigration and refugee status. It is an important topic that benefits all of us.

The second event this week is Vestry Theology. Although the topic is Favorite Movies, I believe the evening will allow those in attendance to explore the last remaining existential question of our era (since “Paper or Plastic?” has already been unceremoniously settled in many communities). Is “Die Hard” a Christmas holiday movie? Wednesday night is your chance to weigh in. You will also hear my argument about why “The Matrix” is the most essential movie to understand our current human condition—heady stuff. Popcorn, of course, will be served.

As always, feel free to contact me at with any thoughts, concerns, or celebrations about FCC’s life. Your voice matters.

See you in church,