Posts By Mark LaPointe, DLRE

Support the service of First Parish Youth

Although they have worked hard all year on fundraising for their annual service trip with leaf-raking, Soup Sundays and the upcoming pancake breakfast on January 31st, the Senior Youth Group could still use a few more donations to cover airfare and other expenses.  This year’s trip will be a return to New Orleans over the February school vacation.  Past trips to New Orleans have given our youth the chance to make a real difference in a city that continues to struggle in many areas with the now decade-long recovery from hurricane Katrina.  Those same experiences have often proven to be transformative for some of the youth and inevitably bring the entire group closer together and closer to their UU principles. So if you can, please chip in.

Festival of Lights

By , Published on November 29, 2015
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Celebrating its 20th year at First Parish, the annual Festival of Lights service takes a journey around the world, exploring fall and winter traditions centered on the theme of light and its power in a sometimes dark world.  Narrated by the 7th and 8th grade classes and presented by the nursery through 6th grade students, this year’s FOL features Diwali, Los Posados, Loi Krathong, Santa Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanzaa with many updated costumes, some joyful singing by the Children’s Choir and others, and a shared sense of a singular world full of love and promise.  Participants are asked to arrive no later than 9:30. Worship begins at 10:30.  Childcare is available for infants and toddlers.

Ingathering Picnic/Potluck

By , Published on September 4, 2015
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The RE Committee and the DLRE invite you to the annual ingathering picnic/potluck on Sunday, September 13th immediately after worship. This is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends and fellow parishioners and we hope to see all of you there!

The hosts will provide those famous giant sandwiches along with beverages and tableware. Members of the congregation are invited to bring a dish from the category that corresponds with your last name (see below). Items can be dropped off in Parish Hall before worship begins. 

The picnic will take place on the front lawn unless it rains, in which case we’ll gather in Parish Hall. While we will provide some seating for those with the greatest need, we encourage you to bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets from home.

Please note that we will also be taking our annual all-church picture in front of the Meetinghouse doors immediately after the worship service (and before some of us have a chance to spill sandwich all over themselves).

Potluck requests…

If your last name begins with:

  • A-G please bring DESSERT or FRUIT
  • H-M, please bring a SALAD or APPETIZER
  • L-Z, please bring a SIDE DISH

For those among us with various allergies and food limitations, we encourage some of you to consider bringing a vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free or vegetarian item (at your discretion). Please include a small note with your dish describing its contents to aid us in setting up.

Any questions should be sent to Mark LaPointe, DLRE at

Coming of Age

By , Published on June 14, 2015
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Today is the culmination of a year of work for 8 eighth grade students, exploring individually and together and culminating with the milestone Coming of Age ceremony where each young person shares his or her own personal statement of belief and belonging, a personal credo. Join the youth, their mentors, and parents to celebrate this meaning-filled rite of passage in our Unitarian Universalist tradition. Please show your support by being there with them and for them on this milestone day.

Children in preschool through 4th grade attend Children’s Worship in Parish Hall.  5th-7th graders attend the regular worship service. Nursery care available downstairs.

Junior Youth Group meets from 5 to 6:30pm.

Senior Youth Group meets from 7 to 8:30pm.

May PYC: If I Knew Then…

By , Published on April 29, 2015
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Sunday, May 10, 4:30-6:30pm in Parish Hall
This month, we’ll be joined by parent(s) of older children and a teenager who will share some thoughts and stories as well as answer questions about life with young children from their own experiences. We begin with a family potluck at 4:30, followed by the adult program and separate, structured play for children at 5:30.  Parenting Your Children is a monthly at will gathering of those raising young children within a Unitarian Universalist community who seek connection and exploration with other families.  Contact Mark LaPointe for more information.

Sarah Gibb Millspaugh on the importance of church web sites

By , Published on March 24, 2015
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Once upon a time, Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh was a much-loved intern minister here at First Parish. Now she is the UUA’s Outreach Associate for Digital Ministries. It is in that current role that Sarah recently published a blogpost on the importance of church websites. Not only does Sarah give a nice nod to our own website, she also gives a good overview of what we – and many other churches – are trying to accomplish online.

Our Neighboring Faith – Judaism @ First Parish

By , Published on March 17, 2015
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judaism As the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, I am offered many great ideas for programs and have often been asked to offer some kind of program for the broader community that gives folks an opportunity to explore other faiths, spiritual paths and religious traditions.  In fact, the most persistent request I get is for “something like Neighboring Faiths for adults.” Continue reading…

March Parenting Your Children

By , Published on February 25, 2015
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PYC meets next on Sunday, March  8, at 4:30pm  in Parish Hall with a program entitled “The Love Languages of Children” presented by LDRE Mark LaPointe. Children will go right to their supervised activities. At 5:30, parents and children of all ages are invited to join a potluck dinner — please bring a dinner item, side dish, salad or desert. Then at 6pm. . .

 . . . First Parish Karaoke Night

The First Parish’s annual Karaoke Night—snowed out on February 8— will happen on Sunday, March 8, at 6pm in Parish Hall. Please join children and their friends and families in karaoke, hosted by Jim Long. If you have special advance requests, email Jim at A family favorite, the karaoke party will wind down by 8pm.

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