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March Tasting of the Month: Beer tasting and pi(e) celebration

glasses with beerThe Fun and Frolic Beer Tasting is now scheduled for 7pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015 (3/14/15) which is International Pi Day.  We don’t want this important holiday to go uncelebrated, so we are pairing the beer tasting with pi. We encourage you to bring your favorite savory or sweet pie, but if you don’t feel like baking, come anyway. Once again you need to sign up for this event – either at social hour or by emailing Tony Cicala. Cost is $10 per person. If you are already signed up, we will be in contact with you.

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March Positively Aging: It’s a Jungle

Tuesday, March 10, at 4 pm in the Parlor 

It’s a jungle out there of health care programs, plans, facilities, options, living situations, copays etc. Our speaker, Carol Westheimer, has been brave enough to penetrate that jungle, to come back alive, and help us find strength and direction. President of CRW Care Management, she is an expert at helping people find  their best possible track through the senior health care bush. 

As usual, we will end our meting with conversation over a light dinner of soup and bread.

March Parenting Your Children

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 jimpmlong@gmail.com. A family favorite, the karaoke party will wind down by 8pm.

Green Electricity Initiative

Earth Month at First Parish (March 22 to April 19) will be a special time, with opportunities for reflection and action to address climate change. The Green Congregation Committee will launch a “Green Electricity Initiative,” encouraging households to make a specific commitment to choosing “green electricity.” There are a number of options in addition to getting solar panels — any electric customer can choose a way to help bring more renewable energy into the grid. Information about these options will be provided. First Parish members who already have solar panels and other forms of green electricity will be recognized, and the Green Congregation Committee has a goal of getting at least 30 new households to opt for green energy. Watch for more information at the March 22 service.

 

The First Parish Talent Show

First Parish Shines-tickets-4First Parish Shines is shaping up to be a fantastic show.  Our MC Christine Harrington will guide you through a dazzling display of skills including  dancing, singing, skits, comedy and even a cooking demo.  Our cast ranges from elementary school students to grandparents, and will include a special performance from Rev. Catie and the staff. 

The whole cast should come to our dress rehearsal on Wednesday, February 25 at 7pm in the Parish Hall. 

And everyone is invited to come watch on Saturday, February 28 at 7pm.  Tickets are $8 per person with a family max of $15, with $5 tickets for students and seniors. Childcare will be available and refreshments will be for sale. Come to laugh, enjoy, support your friends and help raise money for our community.

All activities cancelled Saturday night to Monday morning

By , February 14, 2015
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After much deliberation, we are cancelling service tomorrow. We do not believe it is safe and responsible to encourage people to drive or walk tomorrow morning. In addition, Rev. Catie Scudera and Mark LaPointe are both away and our guest minister and other staff members would have to travel on Route 128. We believe that it is better to make the decision today when people can be reached, than wait until tomorrow and possibly encounter a situation in which people could not be notified. If the weather turns out to be less terrible than expected, we hope everyone understands the importance of erring on the side of caution in this situation.

The Beer Tasting and Chili Contest scheduled for tonight has also been postponed.

Note also that the office will be closed on Monday for President’s Day.

The National Weather Service’s warning for Needham states: “TRAVEL WILL BECOME NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE AND POTENTIALLY LIFE THREATENING DUE TO WHITEOUT CONDITIONS AND BITTERLY COLD WIND CHILLS….ESPECIALLY ALONG AND INSIDE ROUTE 128. CONDITIONS WILL REMAIN DANGEROUS FOR TRAVEL WELL INTO SUNDAY DUE TO BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW…REDUCED VISIBILITY AND DANGEROUSLY LOW WIND CHILLS.”

If you experience trouble at your home due to the snow (or anything else) and are in need of assistance, please be in touch with the church through your Neighborhood Captain or someone else from your Neighborhood Group. We are here to help one another as a church community! 

Please stay warm and safe, and check on neighbors who may need help.

First Parish Closed Mon., 2/9

By , February 8, 2015
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Due to the incoming snowstorm and the closure of Needham Public Schools, First Parish will be closed on Monday, February 9

 If you experience trouble at your home due to the snow (or anything else) and are in need of assistance, please be in touch with the church through your Neighborhood Captain or someone else from your Neighborhood Group. We are here to help one another as a church community! 

Please stay warm and safe, and check on neighbors who may need help.

Church On, but most RE and activities canceled

Please read on for important information about cancellations and changes to today’s First Parish schedule.

Religious Exploration Classes and after church programs (Strategic Planning Meeting, Racial Justice Task Force, Parenting Your Children, Karaoke, Junior and Senior Youth Group) are all cancelled today.  

This morning’s Lyceum and the 7/8 OWL class will meet as scheduled. 

We will still gather for Sunday worship and child care for toddlers and infants will be available as usual. Choir members and musicians are still asked to participate. (If you have any problems or worries about getting to church, please contact Irina or Kate Campe.)

While the weather is relatively mild this morning, we want everyone to make the right choice for their own safety and comfort. Hope to see you at church if you’re willing and able! Keep safe, warm and dry today!

February Positively Aging with Lyn Clancy

Positively Aging meets Tuesday, February 10, at 4 pm in the Parlor. We will be talking about preventing falls with physical therapist Lyn Clancy. Lyn finds it most rewarding to be working with older people. We will be focusing on our homes, various pieces of equipment to aid our exercise programs, techniques to keep in mind, and hands-on demonstrations of exercises to keep us upright and moving. A program for the very fit and the not so fit or to help a friend or family member who is having problems with falling. As usual, we will end our meting with conversation over a light dinner of soup and bread.

 

Workshop on Spiritual Resilience

Becoming a Seasoned Soul: How to Build Spiritual Resilience
with Rev. Eliza Blanchard
Mondays, February 23 and March 2 (snow date March 9)
7:15–9pm in the Parlor

Feeling on the verge of burn-out? Worry how you’ll survive and thrive in care-taking, working, aging or other stressful life events? This two-session workshop offers practices, ideas, and meditations designed to help you strengthen those invisible muscles that keep your spirit buoyed and flexible. Led by Rev. Eliza Blanchard, spiritual director and chaplain for New England Pet Hospice and Home Care and affiliate minister with First Parish Brookline UU.

Please reserve a space by emailing Janet Klein or pastoral-care@uuneedham.org; first come, first served. Enrollment limited to 20. Brought to you be the Pastoral Care and Continuing Education Committees.

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