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Needham, MA 02492

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First Parish “Makes a Difference” — And So Can You!

We’re excited to launch the First Parish 2024-2025 Annual Budget Drive as we embark on a year of purposeful growth with the guidance of our 5 Year Strategic Plan Task Force. Your steadfast support has been instrumental in guiding us through dynamic times, and together, we’ve emerged stronger and more connected as a spiritual family. Now, we invite you to partner with us once again as we invest in our future and continue cultivating a thriving sanctuary of faith and fellowship.

In this commitment to one another, we become difference-makers, weaving a tapestry of faith — one thread of generosity at a time — that extends beyond these walls, making a difference not only in our church, but in the wider community around us. In this spirit, we invite you to join, not just in supporting our beloved First Parish, but in Making A Difference that resonates, creating and leaving a legacy of love and action in our world. As difference-makers, we extend “the ripples of giving” far beyond the edges of our own lives in pursuit of our mission “to create a welcoming, diverse, and compassionate religious community that celebrates the sacredness of all living things, nurtures lifelong spiritual and ethical growth, and works for social and environmental justice locally and throughout the world.”

In years past, the resources that you have pledged to our church have helped us Make A Difference:

  • Empowering social justice: Reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, climate action, racial equity, and immigration reform remain central to our mission.
  • Nurturing leadership: Ensuring fair and equitable compensation for our dedicated minister and staff and supporting spiritual growth for First Parishioners of all ages, from toddlers to elders.
  • Inspiring youth: Empowering our Senior Youth Group to participate in service trips (this spring, for environmental justice in Virgin Islands National Park), putting UU values into action.
  • Connecting near and far: Bringing our spirit to life through live-streamed worship and fostering a vibrant online community that transcends physical distance through adult enrichment programs.
  • Open hearts, open doors and growing our membership: Welcoming new voices through meaningful outreach, nurturing faith across all ages, and enriching souls with music.

 

Your pledges make up the backbone of our annual income, about 75%. This year, we’re aiming for a $335,000 Budget Drive goal, and your participation is more crucial than ever as we emerge from the pandemic. You can look at how First Parish budgets income and expenditures by reading through prior Annual Reports on our website. Our national denomination, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Fair Share Giving Guide suggests an annual giving range of 2-10% of household income. As a starting point, we invite each First Parish household to consider giving at a level of 2.5% to 3.0%, or whatever percentage feels right to you. We know and celebrate that many First Parishioners give generously to First Parish and many other worthy non-profits. The average First Parish household gave about $2,400 last year, and pledges ranged from under $100 to over $13,000. As we often say, “give until it feels good!”

It is our goal to collect your pledge plans as quickly and easily as possible with four convenient ways to pledge:

Please pledge as generously as you are able to our 2024-2025 Annual Budget Drive! Thank you for making a difference with your ongoing support of First Parish in Needham!

Previous Posts

All Are Welcome at Final Services of 2023

A YUUlemas Carol Holiday Pageant Sunday December 17th at 10:30 am, livestreamed from the Sanctuary For the second year, our annual holiday pageant is an original production: a YUUlemas parody of Unitarian Charles Dickens’s classic tale, A Christmas Carol. Kids and...

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Memorial Celebration of Life for Helen B. Lane

Saturday June 10th at 3 pm, livestreamed from the sanctuary; reception to follow in the Parish Hall All are welcome to honor and celebrate the life of our longtime member Helen Lane, who died unexpectedly and peacefully on April 20th. The service will be livestreamed...

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A Change in Masking Policy for Sunday Services

We have just passed the 3rd anniversary of the pandemic lock down. We’ve gone through many changes in how we’ve done church, and now we are proposing one more on the journey to the new post-crisis normal. The recent survey regarding people’s attitudes about masking...

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Rev. Catie Featured on “TUUSK”

  Last year, Rev. Catie was interviewed by fellow UU minister Rev. Sarah Skochko for her Things UUs Should Know video series about our congregation's research into our enslavement history. That video has now been edited and is available both on Rev. Sarah's...

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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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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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