Rain or shine, all are invited to walk, bike, scooter, or car pool to church on May 21. Again this year, neighborhood groups will organize within their groups to gather, and Roll and Stroll together. On May 21 there will be no children’s or adult choir rehearsals and no Needham Lyceum, so all of the church staff and congregation are free to participate. (But no doggie day care this year!) Bicycles can be locked to the playground fence at the end of the church driveway. We will meet on the church lawn at 10:15 a.m. for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo. The more the merrier, and the less the carbon footprint!
Announcing an all-ages party to mark the end of a successful pledge season:
Saturday, May 13
Our budget drive raised over $340,000! Let’s take some time for fellowship and to celebrate our generous community. All First Parish members and friends are welcome. Dinner will be served and we hope to see you there!
Contact Joyce McGovern with any questions and to RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org & 617-233-1884).
June 18, 2017, marks my Dad’s last Sunday at UUSF — and with it, the end to this official last chapter of his parish ministry. It also happens to coincide with his 70th birthday, his & Gwen’s 45th wedding anniversary, and Father’s Day! Continue reading…
Join Reverend Catie and Mark LaPointe, our Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration, as we examine what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist in the 21st Century. We’ll take a look at who we are, what we believe, and how we take action in the world, all in light of our rich Unitarian Universalist tradition and heritage. This afternoon course is designed specifically for those new to Unitarian Universalism, but offers some great refreshers for long time UUs as well. Registration is requested and childcare is available upon request for those who need it. Please contact Mark LaPointe for more information or to register.
It is time to sign up to teach Religious Exploration classes for the 2017-2018 year. As many of you know, the RE program is run on a co-op model. The expectation is that all families with a child in the RE program will have at least one adult volunteering as an RE teacher during the year. Of course, you don’t need to be a parent to be teacher in the RE program – others in the congregation are also encouraged to volunteer. Our RE program provides a very valuable experience for our children, and it is the reason many new people join our congregation. Yet, without enough volunteers, it is impossible to provide the strong RE program that meets the needs of our church. Once they get started, most RE teachers find that they really enjoy the experience – they learn as much as the kids do and they have fun doing it. It’s also a great way to meet more people in the congregation. To sign up to teach the class of your choice, go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0A4FA4AF2DA46-teacher1
The Religious Exploration Committee invites you to join us at the annual RE potluck and karaoke night! The potluck will kick off at 4:00 and karaoke will run from 5:00 – 8:00 on Sunday, May 7 in Parish Hall. Bring your favorite dish and show off your inner rock star (or just enjoy the song stylings of your fellow First Parish families). Let Jim Long know if you have any special requests for songs you’d like to see included. We hope to see you there!
We are lucky to have in our church an antiques expert, Jamie Turbayne, who will be our guest at our May 8 Positively Aging meeting. Jamie will talk a little about how he got into antiques and what he does now, and then he’ll talk with us about the “antiques” that we bring in.So, it’s up to YOU! Have you wondered about the value of that vase at the back of your china closet? Do you have a painting, a small chair, a lamp, a wall hanging, etc., etc., that you have inherited from your family? Do you have a “what’s it?” that is in a drawer or in the garage?
Please bring one or several things that you’d like to get Jamie’s opinion on. This is our own version of Antiques Roadshow. Come to have fun and learn about antiques either at your house or someone else’s house. Most of all, come to enjoy being with friends.
The meeting will start at 4:00, with refreshments and lots of good conversation. We hope you’ll be there.
Wondering how to make Mothers Day special this year? Join the First Parish team walking in the family-friendly Mothers Day Walk for Peace on May 14. We’ll be walking to support the important work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in responding to the tragedy of gun violence in Boston neighborhoods. As founder and CEO Tina Chery noted at her Lyceum in March, every killing affects many – family, friends, the whole community – of both the victim and the perpetrator. (Read more from Tina Chery.) Peace Institute’s innovative approach is a compassionate expression of the values of Beloved Community, walking together toward peace. What more could a mother hope for?
You can walk that morning, sponsor a walker, or give to our team, all at our team page, https://goo.gl/VgaoOV or find our page at www.mothersdaywalk4peace.orgunder “get involved” and select List of Teams to find ours. We’ll carpool and be back for church! Distance: 3 miles. See Deborah Niles at social hour or email Becky Siebens with interest or questions. (Sponsored by Racial Justice Task Force and Social Action Committee)