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Memorial Celebration of the Life of Betty Byers

By , September 29, 2016
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October 23rd, 4:30 pm, Meetinghouse
First Parish will host a memorial celebration of our dearly beloved member, Betty Byers, who died on September 19th. Betty had not predicted the overwhelming desire of those who knew her for a public memorial service, and so her closest friends (and her minister) have decided to open up her memorial service to her many friends and admirers. Rev. Catie will officiate, and a small reception will follow in the Parish Hall.

Support the Rice Family

By , September 25, 2016
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Don and Agnes Leathe’s older daughter, Carrie Rice, and her family have just experienced a major tragedy: their home in Arlington, Virginia, caught on fire and is considered a near-total loss. Fortunately, Carrie, her husband James, and their three daughters (all of whom have been dedicated at First Parish) were on vacation with Agnes and Don at the time, and no one was hurt. However, they lost everything in the fire and smoke. If you’d like to financially support them as they rebuild their life together, one of their friends has set up a GoFundMe fundraising site at https://www.gofundme.com/rice-family and gift cards to their favorite stores (Amazon, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, and GAP) can be sent to Don and Agnes to be delivered to the Rice family. Thank you for keeping the Rice family in your heart and prayers at this difficult time.

 

Workshop on Our Shared Legacy: Planned Giving for Unitarian Universalists

Sunday, October 16, 12 noon in the Parlor
Rev. Laura Randall, leading

Fresh off of preaching on “Legacies of Love“, Rev. Laura Randall, who is the Legacy Gifts Manager at the UUA, will present the planned giving basics and best practices for building a healthy planned giving program in our congregation. Come learn how simple planned giving really can be and the power it has to transform your congregation and Unitarian Universalism for generations to come.

If you have questions about these special programs, reach out to Nancy Simpson-Banker (Trustee of Invested Funds) at nsbanker@comcast.net.

 

Poetry Reading by UU Adam Dyer

By , September 22, 2016
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Sunday, September 25, 12pm in the Parlor

adam_dyer_287x205With our friends at the Needham Congregational Church, we are delighted to host poet and UU ministerial candidate Adam Dyer for a poetry reading at First Parish. The UUA publishing house, Skinner House books, recently put out a collection of Adam’s poetry, “Love Beyond God,” which explores faith, race, love, identity, and our place and role in contemporary society. 

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