As of March 19, our ‘pledge plant’ is looking great with 100 leaves to represent 100 pledges. Thank you to all who have their financial commitments to First Parish for the coming year!
Our campaign progress is great, BUT THERE IS MORE ROOM FOR THE PLANT TO GROW. For those who have not pledged, we ask that you please respond to let us know your plans ASAP. You can pledge in the following ways:
Securely pledge online by visiting http://uuneedham.org, clicking “Sign In”, clicking on the “Giving” tab, and selecting the 2017-2018 year from the dropdown
Email or call any member of the budget drive committee
The Budget Drive Committee will begin follow up this week, and your timely reply helps keep our email and call lists shorter. More importantly, information about next year’s financial projections allows Parish Committee to set a realistic budget for the year to come.
Come one, come all, COME HUNGRY!! Please join the Youth Group for their Annual Pancake Breakfast before service on the 12th. This is an important fundraiser for the Youth as they get ready for their Annual Service Trip over Spring Break — a truly formative experience for many of our youth. $5 per person.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and James Reeb
Icons of the Civil Rights Movement, an exhibit developed by artist Pamela Chatterton-Purdy and her husband retired minister Rev. Dr. David Purdy, will be on display Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, at First Parish in Needham, Unitarian Universalist. Continue reading…
First Parish of Needham, Unitarian Universalist is looking for a creative and committed individual to act as our part-time Youth Program Coordinator. This person works under the supervision of the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration and is responsible for planning and implementing weekly meetings (most Sundays) of our senior and junior high school youth groups, as well as our annual service trip during the April or February school break, and other service-oriented opportunities. The successful candidate will have some experience working with youth and will bring an open mind and generous spirit to our program.
Interested parties should submit a cover letter and resume electronically to email@example.com. Please note “Youth Program Coordinator” in the subject line. The position is open until filled with the successful candidate expected to begin work in mid-August 2017.
For each pledge, we’re adding a leaf to our plant.
Check out the progress of our budget drive campaign
week to week, and watch us grow!
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Our Values. Our Growth. Together!
Thank you to all who have made your financial commitments to First Parish for FY17-18. So far, we have over $100,000 committed from 41 households. With a successful budget drive, we will be able to support our worship and programs, provide fair compensation to our dedicated staff, explore new ways (like Worship Café) to be more welcoming, and further extend our social action beyond our church walls.
We ask that you please respond with your pledge by March 19. Our pledges of financial support represent our connections to this important community. While we cannot all give the same dollar amount, each of us can make a contribution that will support the mission and ministry that we all value. All contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated.
If you have any questions or did not receive a letter, please contact Rev. Catie or any member of the budget drive committee.
~Katie Barnett,Erik Bailey, David Mackey,Joyce McGovern
Needham Lyceum with Martin Venay Sunday, March 5, 2017 9:15am in the Parlor
Marvin Venay, Director of Congregational and Volunteer Engagement for the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry, will address ways for our congregation to engage with the Urban MInistry’s programs in Roxbury.
The Budget Drive for FY2017-18 is underway. Members and friends of First Parish will be receiving a letter asking each household to consider a significant increase in financial commitment to the church. With a successful budget drive, we will be able to support our worship and programs, provide fair compensation to our dedicated staff, explore new ways (like Worship Café) to be more welcoming, and further extend our social action beyond our church walls.
We know that not all households will be able to increase, but we hope that all will make a pledge, and that those who are able will give as generously as they can. Our pledges of financial support represent our connections to this important community. While we cannot all give the same dollar amount, each of us can make a contribution that will support the mission and ministry that we all value. All contributions in any amount are greatly appreciated.
The Making Room Task Force wants to thank all the attendees at the Congregation Meeting on Sunday, February 12. There was a lively discussion about possible options to increase the seating capacity of the sanctuary. In the end, the Task Force recommended: 1) refurbishing the balcony, and 2) simulcast the video of the Sunday service to a “Worship Cafe” in Parish Hall. The Worship Cafe would be a pilot program to create an alternative, more informal worship space, serving coffee and allowing parishioners to stretch or move around more freely during the service. Both of these recommendations will require investments in technology, furniture, or personnel. These recommendations have now been passed to the Parish Committee, which will seek to incorporate these ideas within our operating budget. With the Annual Budget Drive about to kick into high gear, please consider upping your pledge for these items to create more room and build a more welcoming space to our neighbors in these stressful times.
In these dark days for environmental protection, can we make progress on our Commit2Respond pledge to reduce carbon emissions and work for eco justice? Yes, we can — and at this time it is more crucial than ever to do so. The 90-minute film by Oscar-winning documentary director Charles Ferguson is a hard-hitting yet hopeful film. With footage from five continents, Time to Choose explores the scope of the climate change crisis and the power of solutions already available. It will be followed by a discussion of concrete steps to address climate change as well as informational tables from local groups. Attendees can also enjoy refreshments in Parish Hall and a chance to browse informational tables from local groups. This free event is sponsored by the Green Congregation Committee, Green Needham Collaborative, as well as 9 Metro West environmental groups, local League of Women Voters groups, and houses of worship. Please join us!