In November 2015, our congregation voted to accept the “Commit2Respond” pledge: Respond to the climate crisis by working to limit carbon emissions, and advocating for climate justice as we support communities hardest hit by climate change. Continue reading…
It’s all over the media and in the public discourse – this year’s election is causing many people great anxiety. According to a Harris Poll survey, more than half of all Americans experience significant stress around the 2016 election. This is true across all ages groups although it seems to impact the “Matures” (71+) and the “Millennials” (19-37) most. Continue reading…
Baby Basics is an all-volunteer, 501c3 organization, that gives free diapers to working, low-income families who live in Needham, Dedham and South Boston. For a family to be eligible, at least one parent/guardian must be working; the child must be under the age of three; and the family cannot be receiving any federal or state cash assistance and must meet the financial guidelines for WIC – goo.gl/4MnAC0. If you are interested in the service or know someone who might be, check out the attached poster. You can apply online at www.babybasicsinc.org. You can also sign up to volunteer or make a donation at www.babybasicsinc.org.
The purpose of the Committee on Ministry (CoM) is to provide counsel and support to the minister, and attend to and strengthen the overall shared ministry of First Parish of Needham.
In this context, the CoM would like to raise the concern that many First Parish employees are significantly underpaid according to UUA guidelines.
The Music Committee and the Towns South Neighborhood Group invite all members and friends to the First Parish Contradance in Parish Hall, Saturday, January 30th at 7pm. Contradance is a traditional dance with easy walking steps set to energetic live music. Come dance! No experience is necessary, and no partner is required. All dances are taught and prompted by a caller. This evening will feature a fiddler and piano player; feel free to stop by just to enjoy the music and camaraderie. We’ll also offer refreshments including beer and wine. $5 suggested donation at the door.
This event will feature:
Linda Leslie, caller
Amy Larkin, fiddle
Debby Knight, piano
Please join us for a “Rock and Roll” Auction in support of First Parish
Silent and live auctions
Fabulous food and drink
Music and dancing
Fun and fellowship
When: Saturday, November 14th, 6:00 pm
Where: Parish Hall
Tickets on sale at Social Hour, starting October 4th
Over the coming weeks, we will be gathering the items that will be up for bid at the auction. Although we solicit donations from local and regional businesses, most of the items are donated by our own parishioners, so we are counting on you to provide the goods and services that make the auction a success. Past auctions have included a wide variety of items, from monthly deliveries of delicious foods to professional services and vacation homes. As you consider what you can donate, please think about connections you may have through work or businesses you frequent. And, talk to others about donating as a group. You can join with your Small Group Ministry, RE class parents, or other group, to host a dinner, sponsor an event, or donate a themed basket.
PROVIDE AN EXPERIENCE: Tickets to a college or professional sporting event, theater, or other performance; a day of golf, hiking, sailing, fishing, or kayaking; local historical tours or museum trips
HOST AN EVENT: Specialty dinners and theme parties – murder mystery, clambake, barbeque, ice cream social, girls’ night out, poker night, brunch/afternoon tea
SHARE YOUR SKILLS: Offer your time and expertise with lessons — golf, tennis, skating, cooking, gardening, bridge, computer, languages, or music
OFFER YOUR SERVICES: Cooking/baking, errands, sewing, holiday gift wrapping, computer support, babysitting, legal/tax, pet care, massage/acupuncture, handyman/repair services
CONTRIBUTE AN ITEM: Jewelry, artwork, baked goods, autographed memorabilia, pottery, wine, themed gift baskets, new household goods. Note only new household items can be accepted, and ‘soft’ goods (i.e. bedding, pillows, and stuffed animals) cannot be auctioned.
To make a donation, please complete the attached form and either email email@example.com, return it to the church office or come visit us at the auction table at social hour. Please note that the firm deadline for donations is OCTOBER 11, 2015.
Also, please consider volunteering to help with auction planning or on the night of the event. It’s fun and a great way to meet people! Contact us for more details or just come talk to us at church.
Remember, we need YOU to make the auction a success. Thank you for your support of First Parish!
The UUA proposal on spirituality in social action is very compelling, not only for social action but helpful for the rest of life, as well.
This spring Reverend Catie and Janet Klein visited Sandy Robinson at the Needham Community Council. In talking with Sandy, they found that there is a need which we at First Parish can help to fill by collecting canned food and small basic necessities at our Summer Services. Continue reading…
Read the Annual Report!
The Annual Meeting of First Parish in Needham took place at 7pm on Sunday evening, May 17, in the Meetinghouse. Items on the warrant included:
- Electing a new slate of officers including Gail Hedges as President and Eliot Jekowsky, Susan Smart, and Mary Ellen Menken as Parish Committee numbers.
- Approving the revised Mission and Vision statements
- Reviewing and approving the budget
For more information see the Warrant.