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Needham Food Pantry Collection at Summer Services

On Sunday, June 25th, our First Parish Summer Services will start in Parish Hall at 10:30am and continue each Sunday through September 3rd. Before each service, we will collect food and miscellaneous items to give to the Needham Food Pantry as we have done for the past three years. We hope you will participate in being a “Summer Sustainer” for the Needham Food Pantry this year! The “WISH LIST” for each Sunday’s donation includes the following foods: canned fruit, cereal, 100% juice (plastic bottles & juice boxes appreciated), canned seafood (tuna, salmon, crabmeat, clams, etc.) canned meat (chili, beef stew, small canned ham, etc.), honey, jam/jelly, fresh fruits, veggies/potatoes, oil (olive, vegetable, canola), salt & pepper, brown rice & rice mixes. Miscellaneous items are: toilet paper, aluminum foil, tissues, paper towels, bar soap, dishwashing liquid, dishwasher detergent, liquid laundry soap, coffee, peanut butter, shampoo, and toothpaste. Note: We have volunteers signed up to collect and deliver items in late June, all July, and early August. If you want to help collect and deliver items in mid-to-late August or Labor Day Weekend, please contact Marguerite Robbins. Happy Summer to all!!

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.

Coming of Age Parent Meeting

There is a parent meeting scheduled for June 11th at 12:30 (location to be announced) to learn about the new Coming of Age program and to have an opportunity to share thoughts and questions. Especially pertinent for parents of 6th, 7th and 8th grade youth.

 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.


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