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Annual Report, Budget and Warrant coming soon

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in General News

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Watch for your 2016 Annual Report coming by email in the next couple of days. This will contain the warrant, budget and reports to help you prepare for our Annual Congregational Meeting on June 5.

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Religious Education May 29th

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration


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There are 2 religious education Sundays left in the church year, and then an all-church intergenerational service June 12th. If the weather is nice this Sunday, we will have an all-RE gathering and go outside for some final games and activities to celebrate our connections and learning together this year. If it is indoor weather, we will have our final gatherings in each of our classes, to reflect on what we have learned this year, and hope to have our all-RE celebration next week on June 5th.

Nursery care is not available this Sunday as our volunteer teachers will be taking a much earned vacation day! Babies are welcome in the sanctuary, as always.

As it heats up outside, the best Religious Education classroom anyone could wish for is coming alive and more accessible than ever. Let us all pledge to spend time outside with our children/inner children, delighting in the mystery and awe of this beautiful world. Being in nature helps us all to connect and come into the present moment, and replenish our spirits.

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FPS Council to meet Saturday, June 4

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in General News

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The FPS Council of leaders will meet on the morning of June 4 to:

  1. set the calendar for the 2016-17 program year (Sept-June). This will include regular meetings, fundraisers, special events, and social gatherings.
  2. there will be a review of this year’s accomplishments and a discussion of goals for next year.

We look forward to this meeting with each committee/group representative.

For more information, please contact Fran Sharp at or 978/443-2043 x3.


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Auction 2016 Wrap-up

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in General News

Going once…….auction 2016 logoGoing twice……..Gone!

The final results for the Spring Auction are in and we are thrilled to announce that we raised just over $14,000 from fabulous donations made by members and friends, as well as area merchants. That is a $3,000 increase from last year! The bidding was lively – congratulations to everyone who won those dinners, parties, services, and gift certificates.

Thank you to the many people who donated an item or service and to everyone who attended and made it such a fun evening. A very special thank you goes to the folks who volunteered: set up, decorations, kitchen crew, checkout, clean up, and so much more. Last but certainly not least – a huge thanks to our First Parish Auctioneer, Rob Kinslow, for a great job.

Auction Committee: Sherene Aram, Sherri Cline, Gail Hardenbergh, Jan Hardenbergh, Anna Lee, and Sheila Murphy.

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Keeping The Faith – Bridging Ceremony…

Posted by on May 22, 2016 in General News, Worship Services

How do we stay connected to one another and what is most important in a world that pushes us to our limits? How does having faith in something we cannot see help or hinder us? On a Sunday when we celebrate our graduates bridging from youth to a young adult we offer hope and a little guidance. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty invites us all to celebrate with our graduates as we say good luck, goodbye for now and help prepare them for the next phase of the journey.

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Religious Education May 22nd

Posted by on May 18, 2016 in Coming Up in RE, DLRE Column, Religious Exploration

stone heartAs the church year comes to an end, my heart is filled with gratitude to everyone who came together to offer our rich and wonderful Religious Education programming this year. Before the children leave for RE this Sunday we will have an Appreciation Ceremony to honor all of our RE Guides this year. I think about all the ways our Guides have offered of themselves. Each one of them have shared from their own unique gifts to guide and teach in a unique way that only they can do. This will be an opportunity for the whole congregation to say “thank you”.

Then, we will have a Bridging Ceremony for our graduating high school Seniors as we send them off with our congregational blessing.

Spirit Play, Sing to the Power, Breakfast Club, and the Nursery will follow out after the ceremony. The classes are in their final stages, concluding and reviewing their journeys this year with the 3 remaining Sundays before our final multigenerational Flower Communion service on June 12th.

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One Last Push

Posted by on May 16, 2016 in General News


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Our regular worship year is winding down. We just need a few more helpers to get the job done:

If you are able to help with the any of the following, please contact Fran in the office: or 978/443-2043 x3.

Flowers for one of these Sundays: May 29, June 5

Social Hour hosts: May 29, June 5

Worship Host: May 29

1 usher: June 12


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