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Positively Aging: Antiques Road Show — Needham Style

Tuesday, May 9, at 4pm in the Parlor

We are lucky to have in our church an antiques expert, Jamie Turbayne, who will be our guest at our May 8 Positively Aging meeting. Jamie will talk a little about how he got into antiques and what he does now, and then he’ll talk with us about the “antiques” that we bring in.So, it’s up to YOU! Have you wondered about the value of that vase at the back of your china closet? Do you have a painting, a small chair, a lamp, a wall hanging, etc., etc., that you have inherited from your family? Do you have a “what’s it?” that is in a drawer or in the garage?

Please bring one or several things that you’d like to get Jamie’s opinion on. This is our own version of Antiques Roadshow. Come to have fun and learn about antiques either at your house or someone else’s house. Most of all, come to enjoy being with friends.

The meeting will start at 4:00, with refreshments and lots of good conversation. We hope you’ll be there.

Mothers Day Walk for Peace

Wondering how to make Mothers Day special this year? Join the First Parish team walking in the family-friendly Mothers Day Walk for Peace on May 14. We’ll be walking to support the important work of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute in responding to the tragedy of gun violence in Boston neighborhoods. As founder and CEO Tina Chery noted at her Lyceum in March, every killing affects many – family, friends, the whole community – of both the victim and the perpetrator. (Read more from Tina Chery.) Peace Institute’s innovative approach is a compassionate  expression of the values of Beloved Community, walking together toward peace.  What more could a mother hope for?

You can walk that morning, sponsor a walker, or give to our team, all at our team page, or find our page at under “get involved” and select List of Teams to find ours.  We’ll carpool and be back for church!  Distance:  3 miles.  See Deborah Niles at social hour or email Becky Siebens with interest or questions. (Sponsored by Racial Justice Task Force and Social Action Committee)

Interfaith, Intergenerational Common Read: March, by Rep. John Lewis

Book Three, April 25th at 7 pm (Congregational Church of Needham)

Is the rumor true that Congressman John Lewis is “all talk, talk, talk – no action or results”? Find out for yourself through reading the National Book Award-winning graphic novel he co-wrote, March. March is the story of the Civil Rights Movement in three parts, and each Book is being discussed at a different congregation: Book One at First Baptist, Book Two at First Parish, and Book Three at the Congregational Church. Even if you missed Books One and Two, you are welcome to join for conversation about Book Three. Youth and adults are welcome to attend all or any of the discussions. All three parts of March can be ordered separately or together through or our local bookstore, New England Mobile Book Fair.

CANCELLED Five Wishes Workshop Series: Two Saturdays, April 22 and May 6, 9:30 – 11:30 AM, in the Parlor

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Would you like your loved ones to have the security of knowing your end-of-life wishes if you can’t speak for yourself – whether life’s end comes in many years or unexpectedly soon?  Can your Power of Attorney, Health Care Proxy or Living Will use a review – or do you keep meaning to think about them “one of these days”?

“Five Wishes” offers a way to open those conversations using a thoughtful method that many find makes the process easier.  Developed by the non-profit Aging with Dignity, Five Wishes has been described as a “living will with a heart and soul.”  The process welcomes each of us to act now, freeing us to live out our days fully, in accordance with what matters most to us.  It provides a surprisingly straightforward yet very personal format.  Being part of a workshop reminds us that no one is alone in this, and yet we are each unique.  You can emerge with written guidelines to help your loving caregivers, in a document that can also designate your Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy.  The completed document can stand as a legal advance directive in our Commonwealth.  

Previous workshop participants have found these conversations worthwhile, and found relief in knowing they’ve clarified their wishes.  Join us to make fruitful use of our longings, our experience, our questions on this topic that rests at the core of our lives – our own mortality.   We’ll have two sessions, allowing time for reflection in between.  M.D. Eliot Jekowski will join us to answer questions on the medical side.

To register please contact Helen Lane or Becky Siebens.  They will lead the conversation, having used Five Wishes in the context of Small Group Ministry.  

Citizens Uniting to Restore the Republic

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The UU Mass Action Economic Equity in Politics Certified Working Group is hosting Citizens Uniting to Restore the Republic, a meeting about local initiatives to combat the corrupting influence of money in politics and advance the ideal of “one person, one vote.” The meeting is Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 7-9pm at Theodore Parker Church at 1859 Centre Street in West Roxbury. For more details see the attached flier.

Ecunemical Holy Week Services

Palm Sunday (4/9) at 9:30 am on the Needham Town Common
Good Friday (4/14) at 7:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Needham
Our Christian neighbors invite us to join in ecumenical Holy Week services. First, there will be a brief blessing and procession of palms on Sunday April 9th at 9:30 am on the Town Common. Then, on Friday, April 14th, First Baptist is hosting a Good Friday service at 7 pm, featuring a renowned storyteller to share the Passion narrative and the traditional stripping of the altar. Rev. Catie has been invited to participate in the services and plans to attend. Please contact Rev. Catie with any questions.

CANCELLED – First Parish Seder April 11

By , March 23, 2017
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First Parish LRE is sponsoring a potluck seder again this year. It will take place in the parlor on Tuesday, April 11 from 7-pm. Seating is very limited so sign up early. To sign up please email how many seats you need to reserve to Tabby Rappolt ( 

We are asking each family to help provide an element of the meal. When you send in your reservation request you will receive an items need list from which you can chose what to bring. We also need people starting at 5:30 to help set up and people who are able to stay after to help clean up. Please indicate when making reservations if you can help out.

Represent First Parish at the UUA General Assembly!

Wednesday, June 21st – Sunday, June 25th
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana

Join Rev. Catie, DLRE Mark LaPointe, and thousands of other Unitarian Universalists in “The Big Easy” for the annual national Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. The theme this year is “Resist & Rejoice!” There will be worship, workshops, a major lecture from lawyer and prison reform activist Bryan Stevenson, an exhibit hall featuring dozens of UU organizations, and opportunities for service and public witness. If you act as a delegate from First Parish in Needham, you will also have the opportunity to vote on important denominational issues, including who will be our next denominational president. Scholarships are available from the UUA and from First Parish, and you can participate virtually via your home computer through the off-site registration program. Visit the UUA’s website for more information, or speak with Rev. Catie and Mark.

Budget Drive Update

By , March 22, 2017
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Our Values. Our Growth. Together!

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:

  1. Securely pledge online by visiting, clicking “Sign In”, clicking on the “Giving” tab, and selecting the 2017-2018 year from the dropdown
  2. Contact Susanna in the office (either in person or via email at
  3. 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.

Katie Barnett, Erik Bailey, David Mackey, Joyce McGovern 

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