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Annual Meeting and Annual Report

By , May 15, 2014
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Please join us for the Annual Meeting which will be held THIS Sunday, May 18, at 7:30pm in the Meetinghouse; note this is a change from the original starting time of 7pm. The Warrant and the 2013-14 Annual Report are now available for your reading pleasure.  A limited number of printed copies will be available at the Annual Meeting. The Auditor’s report will also be available at the Annual Meeting and will be amended to the final draft of the Annual Report.

Roll and Stroll on Sunday, May 18

By , May 1, 2014
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Reduce Carbon Emissions on Roll and Stroll Sunday, May 18.  This is a rain or shine, hopefully shine,  event. 

What is Roll and Stroll?   Walking, biking, scootering, or carpooling to church.

Roll and Stroll will be your first fun opportunity to join neighbors from your neighborhood group, and Roll and Stroll to church together.  And, anyone can join a “walking church bus” if you like!   This is how the “walking church buses” will work:There are four start spots for the “buses.”  Feel free to walk to, or drive and park at the start spot. 

The Cotte/ Eastman group: gather at  11 Pond Street( about a block away from the intersection of Central Ave. and Great Plain Ave.) by 9:40 a.m.,  leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Great Plain Ave. to church.    Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Marked Tree and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.

The Edwards/ Lemon group: gather at 101 Manning Street (near the intersection with Hoover) by 9:40 a.m., leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Manning St. and Great Plain Ave. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Manning and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.    

The Harris/ Menken group:  gather at 534 Great Plain Ave. (near the intersection with Birds Hill) by 9:40 a.m., leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Great Plain Ave. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Manning and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.

Lisa Bond’s group, gather at 54 Pleasant St. (near the intersection with Kimball St.), by 10a.m.  Leave at 10:05 a.m. and walk along Lincoln St. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route. 

 If biking to church, you can lock your bikes on the playground fence at the end of the church driveway. 

All participants will gather on the church lawn at 10:15 a.m. for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo.  For each two people who participate, we will save an estimated 1 pound of carbon dioxide emissions!

A Hard Choice: Downsize or Drown in “Stuff”

By , April 24, 2014
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Positively Aging will meet Tuesday, May 13 at 4:00 with a presentation and discussion of the dreaded “downsizing.”  Hilary Adams Case, Bob and Bobby Jorgensen’s granddaughter, will present the topic from her perspective as a professional organizer working for Living Peace in Beverly, MA.  We will follow her presentation with discussion in small groups.

Are you thinking about moving to a smaller home?  Do you have mountains of stuff that your children are not likely to want?  What do you do with the boxes of photos, greeting cards, and letters from people you no longer remember and that your children never knew?  What about the hundreds of books, magazines, clippings, recipes, out-dated clothes, garden tools, excess furniture, etc., etc., etc.  How can we start to downsize before a health crisis prevents our doing it?  How can we help each other?

Some of you have gone through the downsizing and can help the rest of us.  Come to share your thoughts and ideas, and stay for supper and more conversation.  

Roll and Stroll May 18

Reduce Carbon Emissions on Roll and Stroll Sunday, May 18.  This is a rain or shine, hopefully shine,  event. 

What is Roll and Stroll?   Walking, biking, scootering, or carpooling to church.

Roll and Stroll will be your first fun opportunity to join neighbors from your neighborhood group, and Roll and Stroll to church together.  And, anyone can join a “walking church bus” if you like!   This is how the “walking church buses” will work:

There are four start spots for the “buses.”  Feel free to walk to, or drive and park at the start spot. 

 The Cotte/ Eastman group: gather at  11 Pond Street( about a block away from the intersection of Central Ave. and Great Plain Ave.) by 9:40 a.m.,  leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Great Plain Ave. to church.    Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Marked Tree and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.

The Edwards/ Lemon group: gather at 101 Manning Street (near the intersection with Hoover) by 9:40 a.m., leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Manning St. and Great Plain Ave. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Manning and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.    

The Harris/ Menken group:  gather at 534 Great Plain Ave. (near the intersection with Birds Hill) by 9:40 a.m., leave at 9:45 a.m., walk along Great Plain Ave. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.  They plan to be at the intersection of Manning and Great Plain at 9:55 a.m.

Lisa Bond’s group, gather at 54 Pleasant St. (near the intersection with Kimball St.), by 10a.m.  Leave at 10:05 a.m. and walk along Lincoln St. to church.  Anyone can join the group en route.

 If biking to church, you can lock your bikes on the playground fence at the end of the church driveway. 

All participants will gather on the church lawn at 10:15 a.m. for lemonade and a group Roll and Stroll photo.  For each two people who participate, we will save an estimated 1 pound of carbon dioxide emissions!

Annual Laurie Ann Gerber Vegetarian Potluck

By , April 10, 2014
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The annual Vegetarian Pot Luck in memory of Laurie Ann Gerber will be held on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at First Parish Unitarian on 23 Dedham Ave., Needham.
Laurie died of cancer at age 18 in 1995.  This Pot Luck is an annual rememberance of her life and is dedicated to educating people about the influence of nutrition on health issues.
The free event includes a pot luck at 6 PM followed by the showing of the movie The Blood Sugar Solution.  This video features Dr. Mark Hyman, a proponent of functional medicine who  discusses his program for weight loss, ways to prevent disease, ideas for reversing diabetes and how to restore vibrant health.  The movie will be shown at 7 PM.
For more information or to make reservations call Jeanne and Joe Gerber at 781 444-8461.

Take Action!

UU MassAction Rally on Boston Common, Saturday April 26 from 1 to 4.  Join the rally for an End to Mass Incarceration and to Create Jobs!  Massachusetts has one of the highest rates of incarceration in the World and so many barriers to successful re-entry that many of these prisoners are back within 3 years!  UU MassAction is seeking to implement practices proven successful in New York, Texas and Washington that reduce the prison population and save billions in tax payers money.  For more information, visit www.uumassaction.org.  Let’s form a group from First Parish!  Email Leslie Nelken at  leslie@btuchaser.com if interested.

UU Advocacy Day at the State House: May 13th
Join other UUs for Advocacy Day at the State House on May 13th to promote raising the Minimum Wage, Immigration Reform, and Jobs Not Jails.  For more information and to register for the event, visit the UU Mass Action web page.

Annual Plant Sale at FP

Save the Date!  On Sunday, April 27th the Green Congregation Committee will once again sponsor the annual Plant Sale at First Parish.  The Neighborhood Farm will offer healthy cool season vegetable plants for sale in time for spring plantings (lettuce, broccoli, leafy greens, herbs and lots more.)  They will also have sign ups to reserve warm season plants like tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant for pickup at the Needham Farmers’ Market, beginning on Memorial Day Weekend. Look for the sale on the Lincoln Street side of the church from 11- 1 PM.

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