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Positively Aging – Seasonal Spirit: Generosity and Giving

By , November 26, 2014
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Tuesday Dec 9, 4-6pm in the Parlor

The Positively Aging Group will gather in the parlor at 4:00 on Tuesday, December 9. Our traditional Holiday Celebration will begin with the giving of gifts and end with our potluck supper.  We can share the story of our favorite children’s book and explore the experience of generosity. Bring a new unwrapped children’s book and your favorite potluck dish to share. Wine and drinks will be served.  We will give books to the Home for Little Wanderers as we did last year. Books should be for children from 3 -12 yrs, unwrapped with a notation of appropriate age and perhaps a note telling why you liked this book.  All are welcome.

Go Into Boston with Generic Ministry

By , November 25, 2014
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Are you curious about the work of Generic Ministry? Would you like to experience an evening helping us help homeless people in Boston?

Generic Ministry invites you to volunteer to accompany a van driver and distribute food and supplies to our friends. On Tuesday nights we park on Tremont Street in front of the Common. On Wednesday nights we drive through downtown, stopping at various spots where street people tend to bed down for the night. We usually meet at the van’s garage in Needham at 7pm and return by about 9:30. By signing up, you are not committing to volunteer other than for that night. Note that you must be at least 18 years old to go on the van.

If you are interested, please register in advance. For more information, contact Don Leathe at or Mick Provencher at

The Mitten Tree returns

The Social Action Committee is sponsoring the Mitten Tree again this year to buy gifts for the children and adults living in the Pathways Family Shelter in Framingham. The shelter houses 14 low income families that have come from abusive relationships. The tree will be up on Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. The gifts will need to be returned to the church on Sunday Dec. 14 or left in the copy room on or before the 14th. If you have questions, please contact Amy Gilmore at 781-492-4416.

Kids Night Out (for parents, too!!)

By , November 20, 2014
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The Youth Group would love to host your children on Friday, December 5th, for an evening of fun (arts & crafts, movie, snack and games) while you have a chance to get some holiday shopping done, watch a movie, go on a date night, or just relax at home in quiet.  There will be adults onsite as well.

  • What?  A sleep-under (wear pajamas, bring sleeping bags and pillows), kids’ night out with arts & crafts, snack, movie, and games.
  • When?  12/5, 6pm to 9pm
  • Where?  Parish Hall
  • Who?  Put on by the First Parish Youth group for the children of members and friends of First Parish
  • Why?  For the fun of it! (also to raise money for the Youth Group service trip)
  • How Much?  $20 for the first child, $10 each additional child per family.

Holiday Mini-Auction

Thank you to all the very generous donors! Now it’s your turn to bid! Our auction includes an array of items to help you get through the holiday season (and beyond!) with a smile.  Stop by the auction tables this week at Social Hour to ohhh and ahhh over our exciting offerings — and then bid! Bidding will take place on three Sundays, ending December 7, when you should bring your checkbook and plan to take your winning items home.

If you are unable to attend Social Hour and wish to make a bid, please email Katie Edwards with your top bid.  Whether you bid by email or in person, the first step is to check out the list of auction items

See you on Sunday.  Bid high and bid often.  All proceeds benefit our First Parish programs.

Opportunities for Involvement at First Parish

For anyone wondering how they can get involved in the work of First Parish, the committees and groups noted below are looking for additional members.  See the following list and contact the appropriate person(s) for the area(s) which piqué your interest;

The Archives Committee manages the church’s historical artifacts, documents, etc., and coordinates the periodic presentation of them to the congregation. They also often help the staff and committees answer questions about past events. Contact: Jeanette Anderson at or 781-444-6166. Continue reading…

Announcing the Holiday Helper Mini-Auction

By , November 10, 2014
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Announcing the…

Holiday Helper Mini Auction 2014

Need a ride to the airport? Wish someone else would cook for your holiday party or wrap your gifts?  First Parish will be holding a silent auction during Social Hour on November 23, 30 and December 7 offering goods and services that will help during the busy holiday season. Proceeds from the mini auction will support First Parish programs.

  • October 29 – November 16 First Parish members and friends donate goods and services
  • Sundays November 23, 30 and December 7: Silent auction during social hour
  • Sunday December 7 at 12:15 pm: Bid sheets will be collected and winners will be announced. Emails will go out to all donors/winners so they can connect during the month of December.

Several items have already been donated including gift baskets, flower arrangements, and baked goods. We are looking for more items to be donated and auctioned at a value of at least $50 each. (Note we are not planning to solicit outside business donations or have a live auction.) Here are some ideas:

  • Baking/food items (cookies, pies, soups, hors d’ouevres)
  • Centerpieces/flowers, wreaths
  • Items that can be given as holiday gifts: gift baskets, restaurant gift cards, wine
  • Gift wrapping
  • Gift assembly
  • Babysitting/Mother’s Helper
  • Transportation to/from airport/train
  • Music for holiday party
  • Help with holiday errands; stamp, address, mail holiday cards; go to post office to mail packages; string lights/trim tree; set up/take down Christmas tree

If you would like to donate an item or service, please download the donation form and email to Or print out the form and leave it at the church office or coffee hour. The deadline for donations is Sunday, November 16.


G.R.A.C.E. Learning Community

By , November 6, 2014
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Several people from First Parish attended and were inspired by the Needham Diversity Summit on October 18th.  Because of our interest, Rev. Catie suggested that some of us might want to attend a gathering of the G.R.A.C.E. (Growing Cultural and Racial Equity) Learning Community which will be held at First Parish in Brookline (382 Walnut Street) on November 9 from 3 to 6pm.

 GRACE Summits are held a couple of times a year (next one is December 7 in Manchester, CT) for teams and individuals working on antiracism and multiculturalism in their congregations.  They give  participants opportunities to learn basics, grow connections, share stories, hone strategies, ask questions, and learn from each other.  
If you would like to join us, please call, Kathi Cotte at 781 559 8425.or Carolyn Lynes at 781 559 3667.  There is no fee, but we are asked to register by emailing Mack Groot (

Massachusetts’ new domestic worker rights law: What does it mean for you?

By , October 27, 2014
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Lydia Edwards
Thurs., November 13, at 7pm at Needham Public Library

On July 2, 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed into a law a bill of rights for domestic workers, making Massachusetts the fourth state in the US to provide protections for nannies, housecleaners, and adult care assistants. Domestic workers now have many of the protections afforded to other employees, and employers of domestic workers have new responsibilities to comply with the law. 

 Lydia Edwards is the attorney who presented the case for the law before the state legislature.  Come make sure you understand how to comply with the law. 7pm – Meet and Greet with refreshments; 7:30 forum begins. Sponsored by the Needham Area Immigration Justice Task Force, the Needham Human Rights Commission, the League of Women Voters, and Needham Faith Communities.

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