Roll and Stroll is a church wide, multigenerational event in which participants walk, bike, scooter, or car pool to church, as a way to demonstrate and live our commitment to taking care of the earth. This year, neighborhood groups are organizing within their groups to gather, and Roll and Stroll together. Feel free to contact your neighborhood group if you have not heard from them. On May 17, there will be no children’s choir, adult choir or lyceum, so all of the church staff and congregation are free to participate. We will meet on the church lawn at 10:15 for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo. This is a rain or shine, hopefully shine, event. The more the merrier, and the less the carbon footprint!
Saturday, May 2, 4:30pm in the Meetinghouse
On Saturday, May 2, 2015, First Parish in Needham will host an installation ceremony to formally welcome the Reverend Catie Scudera as the 32nd called minister of First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist, The ceremony will begin at 4:30pm in the First Parish sanctuary, and is open to the public.
The traditional installation service celebrates the relationship between the minister and the congregation during a new minister’s first year of service. Rev. Scudera was called to First Parish in May 2014 by a unanimous vote of the congregation after an intensive year-long search. She assumed her duties at First Parish on August 15, 2014. According to Wendy Blom, President of First Parish, “Rev. Scudera has brought wonderful excitement and energy to the Church in her first year. The congregation is looking forward to the Installation ceremony to celebrate her achievements and bright future in Needham with the wider UU community.
Rev. Kim Crawford Harvie, Senior Minister of Boston’s Arlington Street Church where Scudera served as an Intern Minister, will deliver the sermon. Rev. John Buehrens, who served as the Minister of First Parish from 2002-2012, will deliver the prayer of installation. Former interim minister Rev. Katie Lee Crane and former intern ministers Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh and Rev. Christian Schmidt are also participating. Many other local Unitarian-Universalist ministers will also attend to give their support to the new ministry.
Childcare will be available for nursery and preschool-age children. Older children will receive an activity booklet to help them follow along with the ceremony.
There will be a reception following the ceremony.
The Racial Justice Task Force and Social Action Committee welcome you to attend Spirit & Action: Moving Forward on Race and Justice — a timely evening series sponsored by our own UU Urban Ministry in Roxbury. Details are below. Continue reading…
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
Friday, April 10 at 6 pm in the Parlor
We are restarting the tradition of a First Parish Seder. Come learn and experience the tradition with your fellow “Jew-nitarians” in this communal, family-friendly event. No previous knowledge needed. Each family will be asked to bring a item to contribute to the dinner and Seder plate. Because we are in a very small space, seating is limited to about 40 people. If you wish to attend, please email Darren Zinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roll and Stroll is a church wide, multigenerational event in which participants walk, bike, scooter, or car pool to church, as a way to demonstrate and live our commitment to taking care of the earth. This year, neighborhood groups are organizing within their groups to gather, and Roll and Stroll together. Feel free to contact your neighborhood group if you have not heard from them. On May 17, there will be no children’s choir, adult choir or forum, so all of the church staff and congregation are free to participate. We will meet on the church lawn at 10:15 for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo. This is a rain or shine, hopefully shine, event. The more the merrier, and the less the carbon footprint!
Sunday, April 19, 7:30—9:30pm in the Parlor
“It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for lack of what is found there.”
~ William Carlos Williams
April is National Poetry Month, and First Parish will host once again a night of poetry. Poet Jane Hart will be reading from her recent work, and you’ll have the chance to share some of your favorites poems.
A lifelong Massachusetts resident, Jane has made her home primarily in the southeast, where she is inspired by the nature outside her windows, as well as human nature, and—when she can get it—travel. Her poetry is inflected with music—she has a degree in Music Composition from Berklee College of Music—and syntax borrowed from studying American Sign Language. Jane was a 2006 and a 2007 winner of the Worcester County Poetry Association contest, a 2010 resident at the Frost Place, a 2012 nominee for Best New Poets, and a 2014 Poetry Fellow at the Writers’ Room of Boston, where she composed new work and contributed to a blog about writing. Her poems have appeared in journals such as Ocean State Review, Southern Poetry Review, and The Worcester Review. Jane holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts (2013), and is currently working on a full-length collection of poems tentatively titled, Heard, Half-Heard.
After brief refreshments, we will have an open mike, at which point all of you will be invited to share a couple of your favorite poems – either from your own work or that of another.
Sunday, March 8, at noon in the Youth Room
Thursday, March 12, at 7pm in the Parlor
Rev. Catie and the Membership Committee are offering introductory sessions for all those who want to learn more about the First Parish community, particularly recent visitors and those interested in becoming members. We’ll share our own paths to First Parish and Unitarian Universalism, answer questions about how and why someone becomes an official member of First Parish, and discuss how each of us has special gifts to contribute to the life of the church. The two sessions are identical, so feel free to attend whichever date is best for you and your family. Please RSVP (and let us know if you need childcare) to Membership Committee chair Kay Taylor at email@example.com.
There will be a training session on how to use groups and other functions in our Realm membership database on Sunday, March 15, at noon in the Parlor. This will be a hands-on workshop, so please bring a laptop if you have one. This will be a useful session for Committee Chairs and Neighborhood Captains, but anyone is welcome and will leave with a better understanding of how to use the Realm.
Please join us for our rollicking good talent show, First Parish Shines, on Saturday, February 28 at 7pm. Doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $8 per person with a family max of $15, with $5 tickets for students and seniors. Refreshments will be for sale. (Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer childcare). This is a fundraiser for our church.
We have an incredible cast of 30 First Parish members, friends and staff who will dazzle and thrill, with talents ranging from singing to comedy to taekwondo to ballroom dance and more. With no further ado, the cast includes:
Artie Perez, Becky Siebens, Beth Sargent, Bob Smart, Buffy Duhig, Carol Alper, Catie Scudera, Chris Smith-Mark, Cristina Perez, Christine Harrington, Cydne Hartman, Dick Anthony, Eleanor Rosselini, Gail Lehman, Irina Georgieva, Janet Klein, Jessie Bowen, John Smith, Jonathan Tholl, Judy Hadrick, Kate Loftus Campe, Margaret Sargent, Mark LaPointe , Mary Sprogell, Nina Saltus, Sophie Guarrera, Susie Smart, Suzanna Whitman, Tyske Anthony Siebens and Veronica Perez.