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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.

Annual Pledge Drive: Last Chance To Enter Dinner Raffle

A reminder that this Sunday is your last chance to participate in the raffle for dinner with Rev. Catie and her husband Cole. All you have to do is visit our canvassers at the table in the corner of Parish Hall at coffee hour, and make a pledge which is 10% more than your pledge from last year. We have your individualized pledge forms ready for you, as well as literature about First Parish finances and the importance of our pledge drive. If you would like to pledge by February 1, but are not able to attend church or stay for coffee hour, please e-mail David Mackey with your pledge amount.

And don’t worry: if you are not able to make your pledge by this Sunday, we’ll be in touch with you individually during the month of February. Thank you again for your generosity.

If You Like the UU Ringers: A New, Adult Hand Chime Group is Forming

The middle school students in the UU Ringers have charmed the congregation by performing with the church’s new hand chimes.  Now we are forming a new, short-term, adult group to play these hand chimes — just for the February 28 Talent Show.  This is your chance!  No music background is necessary to learn to play – just a willingness to give it a shot. 

The Adult ringers will be rehearsing from 6-7pm on February 8th and 22nd and performing in the Talent Show on February 28. Please contact Kate Campe to sign up.

The Talent Show will be accepting acts of any sort, musical or not, for the show through Sunday, February 8.  Not sure what you want to perform? We have plenty of ideas to talk through with you. Get in touch to be a part of it! Contact Irina at music@uuneedham.org.

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Rev. Catie’s Installation Service will be Saturday, May 2

By , January 21, 2015
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In our Unitarian Universalist tradition, newly-called ministers are installed at their congregation — with great love and fanfare from the congregation itself and supportive ministerial colleagues — within the first year of their ministry. Rev. Catie will be installed almost a year to the day of her call to First Parish, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 2, 2015. More details are to follow, but please, save the date! 

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