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Women’s Alliance retreat May 4-6; sign up now

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in General News

The Women’s Alliance executive committee is pleased to report that we have selected a retreat leader for this year’s weekend retreat.  Cora McCold comes to us highly recommended by Rev. Katie Lee and others.  She is eager to do the topic many Alliance members requested more than once for the past several years: “How we do major life transitions”.  We will shortly have a complete bio and her description of the program.

NOW — it is time to

1) let Carolyn L know if you plan to attend – yes, no maybe — VERY much appreciated now, even if you can’t yet register.  We need to plan how many rooms at Wisdom House.  We will again have the entire farmhouse and some rooms in the main building.  Most rooms are single with shared bath.  There are a few double rooms and a very limited number w/ private bath.

2) Fill in and get back to Carolyn, the registrar, your registration form as soon as possible.  Rooms are generally assigned based on physical needs (not stairs, allergies, etc) and first-registered gets preference.  Registration must include a check for your full amount.  Scholarships, as always, are available.

Most of the other information is in the brochure which is attached.  You can also access the file on the Members & Friends website here:

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UU Mass Action Advocacy Day April 10, Boston

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in General News

UU Mass Action Advocacy Day

When: Tue April 10, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Arlington St. Church, 351 Boylston St., Boston (We leave for the State House at 1:00 PM)

Tickets are now on sale Early bird rate $25 through March 23rd

This year’s keynote speaker is Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Senior Strategist – Side with Love.  Our shared singing will be led by the multi-talented, Matt Meyer. We will also enjoy the art of spoken word poet, Anthony Thomas.  You can find more details here or on our webpage, under events.  Our legislative focus will be several very important climate bills, Paid Family and Medical Leave and $15 Minimum Wage. Learn more on the UU Mass Action event page.

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Auction Update on March 14

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in General News

There is still time to donate items and services to the Auction! You can submit your Auction Donation Form on line at through March 17th , or fill out a manual form (available in the church lobby).

Don’t forget the reverse auction! If you have something you would like to purchase, simply fill out the Reverse Auction Form. Tell us what you would be willing to “pay” First Parish for the service. We’ll include your desired item as part of the silent auction. Anyone willing to provide the service will sign the bid sheet, you’ll pay the church, and you and your new helper will arrange for the work to be done.

The Auction Team needs a few folks on the day of the Auction to help set up, serve food, and bring the Parish Hall back to normal after the Auction ends. If you’re able to help, just sign up at Auction Volunteer.

If you aren’t able to attend the auction (or if you just want an early start for your bidding strategy), check out the Auction Preview Page, which will be updated every few days through the Auction. If you would like to bid but can’t attend, just let us know at .

Any questions, please contact the Auction Team: Sherene Aram, Sherri Cline, Gail Hardenbergh, Jan Hardenbergh, Sara Hartman,  Anna Lee, and Sheila Murphy. Or email us at

See you at the Auction!

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Are We There Yet? (newsletter)

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in General News, Worship Services

What does it take to transform oneself? Siddhartha Gautama was a prince who was brought up in total wealth. Even with everything within his grasp he still felt unfulfilled and began a journey seeking the end of suffering. He wandered a path that led to austerity as a way to better understand the meaning of life, he realized that it is neither wealth nor poverty that held the answers for him. Enlightenment, he learned, can be found upon the middle way thus he became the founder of Buddhism. The Buddha found struggle through transformation until he learned to let go to embrace enlightenment. Rev. Dr. Marjorie Matty will look at the many sages that yearned for something more our of life and how their experience of transformation and enlightenment brought them to a whole new level of change.

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Canvass Potluck Dinner this Saturday at 6

Posted by on Mar 14, 2018 in General News

Dear Members and Friends of First Parish.

Come to eat, socialize and learn! Our Community Canvass Dinner is this Saturday–March 17 at 6pm in the Parish Hall. This year’s stewardship drive “March Forward into 2019” is underway, and you should have already received your mailing. Come get all the information and have a fun evening at the same time. Wondering what to bring to the potluck? See this flyer, or call Fran in the office 978/443-2043.

Canvass Dinner Flyer

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Auction Coming – April 8 !!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2018 in General News

Mad Hatter’s Ball and Auction

Auction Donation Form Click HERE for Auction Details


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