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Stand Down and Sacrifice: Guest Worship Leader, Ellie del Valle

Sunday, May 26th at 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary

This Memorial Day weekend, join Ellie del Valle as she wrestles with the idea of sacrifice.  Speaking from her experience working with homeless veterans, Ellie will invite us to consider how we and society view sacrifice, while considering our tumultuous moment in time.

Bio: Ellie del Valle is a lifelong, Queer UU who is First Parish Needham’s sponsored ministerial aspirant.  Ellie is a licensed social worker who works with Boston’s homeless veteran population. She just graduated with her MDiv from Boston University last week, and will be doing Clinical Pastoral Education at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center later this year. Ellie loves poutine, storytelling, and really digs nuance.

We need donations of the following items for putting together the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute Reentry Kits:

  1.   New socks for men and women
  2.   Masks
  3.   Hand sanitizer
  4.   Personal care items: tooth brush, tooth paste, soap, shampoo

Please bring items to church with you on Sunday and leave them in Parish Hall for our Spiritual Practices during the service

Previous Posts

Carol Singing & Treats at First Parish This Sunday!

Carol Singing & Treats Sunday, December 4th, 4:00-5:00pm Parish Hall   This Sunday, December 4th, First Parish will be holding our annual carol sing! This all ages event is a time to gather together, sing favorite holiday songs, and welcome in a bit of joy!...

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Pie in the Sky: Support Community Servings!

First Parish Youth Group Supports Community Serving's Fundraiser "Pie in the Sky!" This November, the First Parish Youth Group will be helping to sell pies to benefit the incredible community organization, Community Servings. Community Servings believes in the...

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Grief Support and Memorial Services

  During this hard time of compounded and collective grief, the First Parish staff team invites the congregation to come together in mourning to give and receive love and support. First, the UU Trauma Response Ministry is sending trained ministers to offer grief...

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Re-Opening Task Force

UPDATE FROM PARISH COMMITTEE ON RE-OPENING As we approach our September ingathering, we note that Covid 19 infections are still in the community, although the current variant generally causes mild disease, and there are now treatments that greatly reduce the risk of...

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Pastoral Message on Roe v. Wade

The news is in: the Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health Organization ruling is final, which, as many of us suspected it would, has officially overturned the historic Roe v Wade decision. From your ministers, Rev Catie and Rev Jenna, there is shock; there is grief; there...

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Pride Sunday 2022

We rallied! We marched! We partied! 🌈 It was a great honor and joy to co-host, co-organize, and co-sponsor today’s Needham Has Pride: Family Sized gathering. We deeply appreciate every person (and puppy) who "came out" to show their Pride as members of the queer...

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Youth Led Sunday Worship

Our Youth-Led Sunday worship was absolutely wonderful, and so special to have in-person for the first time since 2019! The youth offered thoughtful reflections and words, skillful music, and surprised their service trip guides with a lovely gift. The whole community...

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