Don and Agnes Leathe’s older daughter, Carrie Rice, and her family have just experienced a major tragedy: their home in Arlington, Virginia, caught on fire and is considered a near-total loss. Fortunately, Carrie, her husband James, and their three daughters (all of whom have been dedicated at First Parish) were on vacation with Agnes and Don at the time, and no one was hurt. However, they lost everything in the fire and smoke. If you’d like to financially support them as they rebuild their life together, one of their friends has set up a GoFundMe fundraising site at https://www.gofundme.com/rice-family and gift cards to their favorite stores (Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, and GAP) can be sent to Don and Agnes to be delivered to the Rice family. Thank you for keeping the Rice family in your heart and prayers at this difficult time.
Sunday, October 16, 12 noon in the Parlor Rev. Laura Randall, leading
Fresh off of preaching on “Legacies of Love“, Rev. Laura Randall, who is the Legacy Gifts Manager at the UUA, will present the planned giving basics and best practices for building a healthy planned giving program in our congregation. Come learn how simple planned giving really can be and the power it has to transform your congregation and Unitarian Universalism for generations to come.
If you have questions about these special programs, reach out to Nancy Simpson-Banker (Trustee of Invested Funds) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With our friends at the Needham Congregational Church, we are delighted to host poet and UU ministerial candidate Adam Dyer for a poetry reading at First Parish. The UUA publishing house, Skinner House books, recently put out a collection of Adam’s poetry, “Love Beyond God,” which explores faith, race, love, identity, and our place and role in contemporary society.
The Green Congregation Committee has launched its Green Power Now! initiative, one of many different ways for First Parish to honor its vote to “Commit2Respond” to climate change. Not all of us can have solar panels, but every electric customer can support clean energy in New England. First Parish’s Green Power Now! Continue reading…
On Sunday, October 25th outgoing Youth Program Coordinator, Sophie Hadingham will say farewell to the junior and senior youth groups as she leaves her position with First Parish to pursue an exciting new professional opportunity that just didn’t leave her with enough time to keep working here. Continue reading…
As Rev. Catie returns from her study leave and vacation, she is restarting her weekly office hours. Unless attending a collegial meeting or responding to a pastoral emergency, Catie will be in her office at the church on Mondays from 1-3:30 pm and Wednesdays from 4-6 pm. She will also continue her “office hours out” on Thursdays from 8-10 am at Bagel’s Best in Needham Center. Please book your appointment with her in advance by emailing her at email@example.com or leaving her a voicemail at 781-514-5464.
Wednesday, September 28th, 12:30 pm in Parish Hall
Kick off the church year by coming to the Lunch Bunch! Rev. Catie is again hosting members and friends of First Parish for a monthly brown-bag lunch date. In the past, this gathering has been primarily for “elders and friends” of First Parish, but the regular attendees have requested for the lunch to be advertised as open to people of all ages who are able to come! Catie will provide a sweet treat for dessert. RSVP to Catie and Buffy Duhig, particularly if you need assistance with a ride to the church.
Wednesday, September 7th, 10:30-11:30 am
Event Center, 4th Floor of Pines Edge at North Hill
North Hill residents and friends are invited to an intimate worship service led by Rev. Catie. Rev. Catie alternates leadership of monthly worship at North Hill with the minister of the UU Society of Wellesley, for members and friends of First Parish and the Wellesley Hills congregation. All are welcome!