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Positively Aging: Where will you live in 5 years?

Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 14, at 4pm in the Parlor

FBP-Two menAre you beginning to think about your changing housing needs? Is your house too big, too expensive, too far away from the people and things you need? Are you finding it harder to make it up and down the stairs, do the weekly cleaning and washing, take care of the yard, rake the leave, shovel the snow? Are you wishing you could find a way to simplify your living arrangements to free up your time and energy for the things you want to do?

Join us Tuesday, October 14 when our guests will be representatives from four different retirement communities in the Needham area. We’ve asked them to talk about cost, amenities and activities they offer, food plans, and choices of apartments. They will each introduce the facility they represent, and then we’ll have a chance to ask questions. A follow-up program is planned for January when we’ll have a resource person to help us think about other alternatives for living, when we can no longer live in our own homes. Come with your thoughts and lots of questions and plan to stay for a simple supper and more conversation.

The Positively Aging Planning Team: Fred Kresse, Helen Lane Phyllis Beck, and Kay Taylor

Friendly Feasts

The Fellowship, Fun, and Frolic Committee is pleased to kick off its activities for this year with an informal series of dinners. This is an opportunity to build community and get to know your fellow parishioners — to get together to enjoy one another’s company, without any greater agenda or purpose to the gathering.

The Friendly Feasts will work as follows: over the next nine months, each household will host one dinner and attend two dinners, on dates to be agreed upon by the hosts and guests. The dinners will not be pot-luck style, although the hosts can make them as informal or as fancy as they want. The more people who sign up, the more people we each have a chance to get to know; groupings will be randomly assigned, except that the Committee hopes to make sure you do not dine with the same people twice.

qrcode.24806391The Friendly Feasts are intended primarily for the adults in the congregation, but it is up to the hosts whether to invite the children of guests. To sign up, you may go here, tinyurl.com/l4w6vfd, or scan this QR code with your smartphone’s barcode reader.

A sign up sheet will also be available at Social Hour in early October. If you have any questions, please email fellowship@uuneedham.org.

Get involved in music at First Parish

By , September 11, 2014
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The Adult Choir
The First Parish Adult Choir invites new members for an exciting choral year filled with music of different eras, genres, and styles. Weekly rehearsals are on Thursday nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm, plus Sunday mornings at 9:15am when the choir is singing. Are you a soprano, alto, tenor, bass or somewhere in between? Come and join us – all are welcome! Please e-mail Irina Georgieva, our new Music Director, at music@uuneedham.org for more information.

Children’s Programming
The First Parish Children’s Choir is ready for your children to sing their HEARTS OUT! We welcome all levels of musicianship, grades 1-5. The choir rehearses at 9:30 am before church, and sings in family services approximately once a month. It’s a great opportunity to have you children explore their musical interests while parents have a chance to prepare for RE, go to lyceum, or have a cup of coffee! Email Kate Campe at kidsmusic@uuneedham.org to talk about getting your child involved.

New Musical Opportunity for Middle Schoolers! Twice a month the UURingers will learn how to play chimes together! Reading music, working together and having fun, Kate is hoping to build a new group to perform during services and accompany different musical groups at First Parish! Email Kate at kidsmusic@uuneedham.org for more information.

First Parish Singers gather anew!
The First Parish Singers are getting set for a new season of music at First Parish. If you have ever wanted to sing with a group, but either didn’t have the time to commit to a choir, or didn’t feel you read music well enough, or don’t think you sing well enough, this is the group for you. The Singers have been happily working with musicians of all ability levels for twenty-five years now. We sing gospel, folk, pop, Broadway – you name it. We usually rehearse on the Friday before a Sunday performance. Rehearsals are relaxed, fun, and have been known to include wine and non-alcoholic alternatives. If you want to give group singing a try, email me at jimsargent@verizon.net, and I will add you to our email group.

Positively Aging: Reflections and New Beginnings

By , August 29, 2014
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The Positively Aging group will start the year with a gathering entitled “Reflections & New Beginnings.”  We are all a combination of our past experiences, thoughts, hopes, setbacks, frustrations, and joys. We want to share the happenings in each other’s lives over the summer, while at the at the same time turning the corner into Fall with all of its possibilities. It’s tempting to think of “aging” in terms of loss. Denying those losses doesn’t work very well. But the other side of getting older is that there are new possibilities that we haven’t had before. This group wants to support each other as we share both our losses and our new possibilities. Please come for the program, followed by a simple supper of soup, salad, and bread. The program will be in the Parlor at 4:00 on Tuesday, September 9.

The Homegrown Coffeehouse (always) needs volunteers!

 The Homegrown Coffeehouse’s 32nd season launches on Saturday, October 4. As one of the premier folk venues in the country, we draw top touring folk, blues, and jazz performers, and present them in a warm and friendly club setting. The Homegrown is also a significant fundraiser for First Parish. To make it work, we need volunteers to set up the room on Saturday afternoon, to work the show on Saturday evening, and to help with baking.  Saturday afternoon is about a 90-minute commitment; the evening is about a three-hour commitment; baking takes as much time as you need to make a batch of brownies or cookies, and we can supply the recipes. Volunteers get to see world-class music for free, AND you help First Parish with our fundraising.

If you would like to be in the volunteer pool, email Jim Sargent at jimsargent@verizon.net. Your name will go on a Meeting Wizard distribution. A week before the show, you will get an email asking you to say yes or no to an afternoon shift, evening shift, or both. There is no commitment expected to do every show. Some shows — the 3 or 4 we do in the Meeting Hall — are limited to people who have volunteered for another show, so that we have time to train you before throwing you into a large production.

Beth Sargent keeps a separate email list for bakers. If baking is your skill, email her at bethsargent@verizon.net and Beth will put you on the bakers list. 

You can sing! (Yes, you can)

The First Parish Singers are getting set for a new season of music at First Parish.  If you have ever wanted to sing with a group, but either didn’t have the time to commit to a choir, or didn’t feel you read music well enough, or don’t think you sing well enough, this is the group for you. The Singers have been happily working with musicians of all ability levels for twenty-five years now. We sing gospel, folk, pop, Broadway — you name it. We usually rehearse on the Friday before a Sunday performance. Rehearsals are relaxed, fun, and have been known to include wine and non-alcoholic alternatives. If you want to give group singing a try, email me at jimsargent@verizon.net, and I will add you to our email group. Our first rehearsal will be Friday, September 5, 8PM, at 43 Webster Street, as we get ready for the opening of the regular church season. 

Join the People’s Climate March

Support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution…
UU Mass Action has chartered a bus to go to the People’s Climate March in NYC on Sept 21st. The PMC team has subsidized the bus to make it even easier for us to take part in this historic event. There are only 54 seats available, so don’t delay!

Details:
Join us for The People’s Climate March in NYC on Sunday, Sept 21st! In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. This march has been called by 350.org to demonstrate the people’s demands for action.

  • There is room for 54 people on this bus, so reserve your seat now to make sure you are included. 
  • If you are able to contribute additional funds beyond the $25 fee, these funds will be used to subsidize the cost for participants who request assistance. Your generosity is appreciated! 
  • The bus will leave from the Dept of Transit parking lot by the Sheraton Tara in Framingham on Sunday, Sept 21st at 6:00 AM (Arrival time,5:30 AM). We will return from NYC by 10 or 11 PM.
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