Posts By David Mecsas

Good Trouble

By , Published on October 24, 2017
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“Good Trouble” PDF

Worship Service
Sunday, October 29, 2017
10:30am  in the Sanctuary
Rev. Catie Scudera, preaching

For our multigenerational Halloween/All Souls worship service, we will remember our Unitarian/Universalist ancestors who made a difference by making “good trouble” in our churches and out in the world. We will also have time during our service to remember our loved ones of blessed memory; all are encouraged to bring in a photograph or small memento representing a loved one who has died recently for our altar table. Halloween costumes are always welcome on this Sunday.

Children will join the congregation for the entire service.

Junior Youth Group meets at 5:00pm in the Parlor.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7:00pm in the Parlor.


Food and Its Consistent Supply in the Context of Climate Disruption

By , Published on September 11, 2017
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A Needham Lyceum Presented by Jan Galkowski
Sunday, September 24
9:15 am in the Parlor

Maintaining a consistent food supply in the context of global warming has been identified by the Commonwealth as well as Mayor Marty Walsh as a problem of local relevance. The presentation will address:

  • (briefly) the effects of climate disruption in New England
  • Food, where it comes from today, where it came from in the past, and its supply chain
  • Food supply chain vulnerabilities
  • Thoughts on what might be done

A PDF of the talk slides rich with links to resource on the Web is now available.

This is a project of the UU Needham Green Congregation committee which is emphasizing resiliency to effects of climate disruption this year, with a particular focus upon food.

Note that there will be a vegetarian potluck dinner at First Parish at 5:30pm on the 24th.

No More Bellman

By , Published on August 17, 2017
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For 53 years, First Parishioners have turned to the Bellman to find out what’s going on in our community. But the times are a-changing, and consequently the Summer 2017 issue will be the last Bellman.

This is a decision we’ve been approaching for several years, one based on declining readership, the duplication of content on the web, Facebook, and in Bell Notes, the volunteer time and effort that goes into producing the Bellman, and the overall move toward electronic media in our culture. At its April 12 meeting, the Parish Committee endorsed the recommendation of the Communications Committee to drop the Bellman.

Both committees recognize that some congregants will be disappointed with this decision, but ask those congregants to do their best to adapt to the Bell Notes, the website and Facebook as their information sources for First Parish — and to let us know when their communication needs are not being met. The Communications Committee and the Pastoral Care Associates will work together to see that those with no electronic access stay connected with the First Parish community. As always, we invite your feedback at

Budget Drive Update

By , Published on March 22, 2017
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Our Values. Our Growth. Together!

As of March 19, our ‘pledge plant’ is looking great with 100 leaves to represent 100 pledges.  Thank you to all who have their financial commitments to First Parish for the coming year!

Our campaign progress is great, BUT THERE IS MORE ROOM FOR THE PLANT TO GROW.  For those who have not pledged, we ask that you please respond to let us know your plans ASAP. You can pledge in the following ways:

  1. Securely pledge online by visiting, clicking “Sign In”, clicking on the “Giving” tab, and selecting the 2017-2018 year from the dropdown
  2. Contact Susanna in the office (either in person or via email at
  3. Email or call any member of the budget drive committee

The Budget Drive Committee will begin follow up this week, and your timely reply helps keep our email and call lists shorter.  More importantly, information about next year’s financial projections allows Parish Committee to set a realistic budget for the year to come.

Katie Barnett, Erik Bailey, David Mackey, Joyce McGovern 

Support the Rice Family

By , Published on September 25, 2016
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Don and Agnes Leathe’s older daughter, Carrie Rice, and her family have just experienced a major tragedy: their home in Arlington, Virginia, caught on fire and is considered a near-total loss. Fortunately, Carrie, her husband James, and their three daughters (all of whom have been dedicated at First Parish) were on vacation with Agnes and Don at the time, and no one was hurt. However, they lost everything in the fire and smoke. If you’d like to financially support them as they rebuild their life together, one of their friends has set up a GoFundMe fundraising site at and gift cards to their favorite stores (Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, and GAP) can be sent to Don and Agnes to be delivered to the Rice family. Thank you for keeping the Rice family in your heart and prayers at this difficult time.


Legacies of Love

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Worship Service
Sunday, October 16, 2016
10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Rev. Laura Randall, preaching

We are each the inheritors and the creators of legacies, for good and ill. What legacies do you aspire to? Struggle with? What legacies are you creating with your own life? What legacies are we, as Unitarian Universalists, creating together? The Rev. Victoria Safford says that transformation comes from “thinking of yourself already as an ancestor, a leaver of legacies for descendants you will never meet, but whose lives are already intertwined with yours.” Join us as we explore the legacies that shape and inspire our shared ministry with the Rev. Laura Randall from the Unitarian Universalist Association.

Rev. Randall will present a related workshop on “Planned Giving for Unitarian Universalists” at noon in the Parlor.

Children attend first 15 minutes, followed by Religious Exploration classes.  Infant and toddler care available downstairs.

Senior Youth Group meets at 7pm in the Parlor.

About Rev. Randall:  As the UUA Legacy Gifts Manager, Reverend Randall helps individuals and congregations nurture the faith we love through planned giving. She is the Affiliate Community Minister at the Unitarian Universalist Area Church in Sherborn, Massachusetts, serving the broader community through ministries of stewardship and chaplaincy. Laura is a chaplain with AseraCare Hospice and serves on the board of Healing Moments Alzheimer’s Ministry. Laura lives in Medford, Massachusetts with her husband, Luke, and their dogs.


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