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Positively Aging Annual Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 13, at 4pm in the parlor

Positively Aging will have its annual Holiday Party Tuesday December 13 at 4:00 in the parlor. We’ll have our usual unplanned potluck, and drinks will be provided.
In the past, we have brought childrens’ books to give to the Home for Little Wanderers. This year, we have a special opportunity to contribute books. Continue reading…

End-of-year Giving Basics

By , November 15, 2016
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What was that pledge letter I got in October all about?

In February each year the Stewardship Committee opens the pledge campaign to fund next year’s First Parish budget.

Each household that is active within First Parish is asked to commit—or pledge—an amount that is generous to give in the coming year. Pledging is the commitment to give. For example, in February 2017 we will be committing to give money for the church year July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. Continue reading…

Vigil of Healing and Hope Tonight!

By , November 9, 2016
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Tonight, the First Parish staff invites you to join us for a post-election vigil of healing and hope, when we will sing, pray, and light candles together. The sanctuary will be open from 6:30-8:30 pm, and the service itself will only last 20-30 minutes; we will go “on rotation” three times within the two hours, and you can drop in (and head out) at any time. Continue reading…

The Sanctuaries Workshop: Art and Soul

By , November 1, 2016
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sanctuariesThe Sanctuaries/Washington DC will conduct a workshop entitled “Art & Soul” from 2 to 5pm on Saturday, November 12, at First Parish in Needham. The workshop will use different art forms (poetry, music, visual) to help participants deepen their creative and spiritual life.

The Sanctuaries are a racially and spiritually diverse community of over 120 artists working on the front lines of social change in Washington, DC. Their goal is to empower creative people to claim their own spiritual voice and collaborate on artistic projects that promote social change. In particular, they seek to use the power of the creative arts to transform two of the most divisive issues of our time — race and religion — into forces for personal growth and social change.

All experience levels welcome, however, this workshop is suitable for ages 12+. Participants should RSVP. There is a suggested donation of $20 to support the artists.

The Sanctuaries will also be performing a “Soul Slam” on Saturday, November 12, at 7pm at First Parish in Brookline. 

Death Cafe

November 20, 3:30-5:30, First Parish Parlor
Join Helen Lane and the Rev. Sarah Lammert for a Death Café!
Sponsored by the Pastoral Care Committee

This is an open opportunity to talk in a safe and caring space about any topic related to death that you would like to explore. This is not a classroom, or a grieving support group, but rather a shared conversation about a topic that is normally taboo at the dinner table – death. Cake will be served! Please sign up by contacting Helen Lane This session is limited to 24 people (we will split into two groups if we have more than 12 people).

Baby Basics Offers Diapers for Low-income Families

By , October 27, 2016
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Baby Basics is an all-volunteer, 501c3 organization, that gives free diapers to working, low-income families who live in Needham, Dedham and South Boston. For a family to be eligible, at least one parent/guardian must be working; the child must be under the age of three; and the family cannot be receiving any federal or state cash assistance and must meet the financial guidelines for WIC – If you are interested in the service or know someone who might be, check out the attached poster. You can apply online at You can also sign up to volunteer or make a donation at


Positively Aging:  Eye Health and Issues as We Age

Tuesday, November 8, 4-6pm in the Parlor

Our speaker and resource person will be Dr. Tom Hedges, an internationally recognized specialist in eye diseases.

You may know Tom as Gail Hedges’ husband, but you may not known about his professional qualifications.  Tom is Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology at Tufts University and Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at New England Eye Center.  In those roles, Tom has travelled all over the world giving talks and symposia on eye health and eye diseases.  He has travelled many times to Cuba and Guatemala, working with eye doctors in those countries as they face a myriad of eye diseases unique to tropical countries.

We have asked Tom to talk some about his work in other countries and to focus also on issues of eye health for older people including macular degeneration and glaucoma.

Plan to stay for soup, salad and bread, and the wonderful chance to socialize and support each other.

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