Posts By Becky Siebens

CANCELLED Five Wishes Workshop Series: Two Saturdays, April 22 and May 6, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, in the Parlor

By , Published on April 7, 2017
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Would you like your loved ones to have the security of knowing your end-of-life wishes if you can’t speak for yourself – whether life’s end comes in many years or unexpectedly soon?  Can your Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy or Living Will use a review – or do you keep meaning to think about them “one of these days”?

“Five Wishes” offers a way to open those conversations using a thoughtful method that many find makes the process easier.  Developed by the non-profit Aging with Dignity, Five Wishes has been described as a “living will with a heart and soul.”  The process welcomes each of us to act now, freeing us to live out our days fully, in accordance with what matters most to us.  It provides a surprisingly straightforward yet very personal format.  Being part of a workshop reminds us that no one is alone in this, and yet we are each unique.  You can emerge with written guidelines to help your loving caregivers, in a document that can also designate your Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy.  The completed document can stand as a legal advance directive in our Commonwealth.  

Previous workshop participants have found these conversations worthwhile, and found relief in knowing they’ve clarified their wishes.  Join us to make fruitful use of our longings, our experience, our questions on this topic that rests at the core of our lives – our own mortality.   We’ll have two sessions, allowing time for reflection in between.  M.D. Eliot Jekowski will join us to answer questions on the medical side.

To register please contact Helen Lane or Becky Siebens.  They will lead the conversation, having used Five Wishes in the context of Small Group Ministry.  

Playing with Music

By , Published on February 26, 2016
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Two tweaks on worship service music have been happening lately – have you noticed?  First, on some Sundays, “gathering music” is being played before the Revere bell rings to start the worship service.  The idea is to create a space for gathering and collecting ourselves while preparing for the worship service.  Second, a designated Song Leader for each Sunday is standing at the front of the church to help guide us in raising our voices in song (and maybe demystify how to follow some of the songs in the teal hymnal!).  The Music Committee is curious to hear from you about how/whether these experiments make a difference in your experience of the service.  So don’t be surprised if a member of the Committee asks for your thoughts.  We hope if you have more thoughts to share about our music, you’ll add those too.  And you can always send feedback to, anytime.

Playing musical chairs with 4 grand pianos

By , Published on December 3, 2015
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In keeping with December’s theme of generosity, we are enormously grateful for the generosity of two families at First Parish who have enhanced our music for years to come!  The Boni family has donated a concert grand piano for the Meetinghouse, and the Lorimier family has made possible the acquisition of a 6” piano for the Parish Hall. Continue reading…