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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Securely pledge online by visiting http://uuneedham.org, clicking “Sign In”, clicking on the “Giving” tab, and selecting the 2017-2018 year from the dropdown
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.
Needham Lyceum with Martin Venay Sunday, March 5, 2017 9:15am in the Parlor
Marvin Venay, Director of Congregational and Volunteer Engagement for the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, will address ways for our congregation to engage with the Urban MInistry’s programs in Roxbury.
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 https://www.gofundme.com/rice-family 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.
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.
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.