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Last Call for First Parish T-Shirts!

Do you want to represent First Parish at the next big march or just while you’re out and about? Order your First Parish t-shirt by noon on Saturday, May 27th, at this link. T-shirts will be delivered in time for Boston Pride on June 10th! 

On the site you can choose from several different styles:  unisex T, women’s T, or a tank top (pictured:  Unisex T-shirt).  All are 100% ring-spun cotton, so they’re extra-soft.


Summer Services at First Parish

FBP-LyceumOur summer services commence June 25 and take place at 10:30am in air-conditioned Parish Hall. Click here for a listing of upcoming services. Services are a simpler version of our regular services and are often lay led. There are no Lyceums or Religious Exploration classes, but childcare is available for children 5 and under, and light refreshments are served afterwards. Additional details on individual services may be available on, in the weekly Bell Notes email, or by calling the office at 781-444-0823.


First Parish Picture Directory

The Membership Committee will be publishing the First Parish picture directory this summer.  Most of FP’s members and friends have already posted their pictures to the Realm.  But, there are still a number of recalcitrants out there.  If you would like to have your picture in the directory, please let the Membership Committee know.  You can provide a family picture or an individual picture or both.  It is best to provide a family picture if you wish everyone to show up in the directory.  We need these pictures within the next couple of weeks.  The deadline is Sunday, June 11.

The pictures need to be in digital format.  Send them to Tony Cicala of the Membership Committee.  If you do not know if you have a picture in the Realm, send Tony an email and he will check for you.

 COA Mentors Needed for 2017-2018 Church School Year

Help us launch our first full year Coming of Age program by mentoring a 9th grader through an exciting process of exploration and discovery. Mentors must be good listeners and should have a caring spirit and a decent sense of humor. We are especially interested in Baby Boomers and others in their post-parenting years, although all interested individuals are considered for a match.  The program begins in September and requires approximately one Sunday per month with occasional opportunities to accompany youth on outings and activities.  Please contact Mark LaPointe to express interest.

The Guatemala Parntership: Can We Be Part of It?

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Sunday, June 4, 12-1pm in the Parlor

Leaders of the Guatemala Partnership, which First Parish members Kay and Clark Taylor started in 1987, will make a presentation at First Parish. This partnership has continued for the past 30 years with the village of Santa Maria Tzeja in northern Guatemala. The young people, who are now the leaders of the village, are asking us to help shape a vision for the next 30 years.  Come on Sunday to listen, to learn about a vibrant international partnership, and to think about how First Parish might become involved.  For more information see this blogpost.


Keynote Lecture by Jose Antonio Vargas

June 10, 6-8 pm at the Congregational Church of Needham (1154 Great Plain Avenue)

Our neighbors at the Congregational Church of Needham warmly invite us to meet activist and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas on June 10th. Vargas arrived in the United States from the Philippines at age 12, and in 2008 he won Pulitzer Prize as part of Washington Post team for coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting. In 2011, he revealed in a New York Times Magazine story that he was undocumented. TIME magazine featured him on the cover in 2012. Vargas has traveled the US advocating for Immigrant Rights, founded the non-profit Define American, and released Documented, a film chronicling his life’s journey. Please RSVP to Progressive Needham.


Solar 101: An Info Session on Residential Solar

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 7:30 –9pm
Christ Episcopal Church (across from the Library)

Thinking about going solar?  It may be easier than you think.  Come learn the benefits of solar and how it just might work for your home!!

  • Come learn about the benefits of installing solar on your roof! The Needham community has completed more than 350 installations to date. Green Needham will share information about the process to have solar installed on your home.
  • Learn about available Federal and State Tax Credits which lower the cost of solar. Information will be presented on the benefits of installing a system in 2017 with upcoming changes to the Solar Renewable Energy Credits (SREC’s).
  • “Solar ambassadors,” who already are benefiting from having solar panels on their roofs, will be there to share their experience.
  • Solar vendors will be on hand to answer your questions and evaluate your particular property.

For more information, contact Green Needham Collaborative at: Hope to see you all there!


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