Posts By Mark LaPointe, DLRE

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.

Festival of Lights

By , Published on December 14, 2014
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Celebrating its 19th 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.

In-gathering Picnic September 7

By , Published on August 21, 2014
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The RE Committee and the DLRE are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the annual ingathering picnic/potluck on Sunday, September 7th immediately after worship. You may recall that the event was cancelled last year due to the front lawn construction, so we are excited to resume this wonderful tradition this year. Continue reading…

Love reaches out from GA 2014

By , Published on June 29, 2014
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catie bannerAs we move toward the final day of General Assembly, the meeting’s overarching theme of “Love Reaches Out” remains a palpable presence, emanating from nearly every worship opportunity and workshop, and resonating through each interaction with another, whether an old friend, new companion or stranger. Continue reading…

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