Alleviating Our Election Anxiety

By , Published on November 2, 2016
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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 Offers Diapers for Low-income Families

By , Published on October 27, 2016
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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.


Fair Compensation for Church Staff

By , Published on March 4, 2016
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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.

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Contra Dance on January 30

By , Published on December 30, 2015

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

The Auction Cometh!! November 14

By , Published on September 9, 2015
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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. 

Possibilities include:

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 tojcrobins25@gmail.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!

Jen Robins                                                     Katie Edwards
781 400-5442                                                  781 449-0342
        email us at Auction2015@uuneedham.org

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