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Vacation with a Purpose


Where do you vacation in the summer? How about your kids? The time has come to plan!

Do you know that there are 11 Unitarian camp and conference centers where you can “Vacation with a Purpose”? These camp and retreat venues offer a variety of programs for adults and children and families.

There are folks at FPS who are devotees of Ferry Beach (in Saco, Maine on the coast), Star Island on the Isle of Shoals in New Hampshire, and Rowe Camp and Conference Center in western Massachusetts.

These experiences have a profound impact on children and youth and are very formative of UU faith. Editors note: I’ve seen it happen! Ask me about it–Fran. 🙂

These brochures are available in the FPS Parish Hall, or call the office for a copy.


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going to Goodnow Library?

Could you please help with a short-term project?

Nancy Moore left a large number of books, which her caretaker partner, Meghan, has boxed up. Nancy asked that they be given to the Goodnow Library, which is glad to have 2 boxes per donation.

Could you help by:

  1. calling Nancy’s number (contact Fran in the office or consult the directory)
  2. making contact with Megan about picking up 2 boxes
  3. taking them to the front desk at Goodnow?

Thanks for your help.


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Say Her Name documentary March 9, 1-4 in Concord

We’re inviting you to join us in a rare local screening of the Sandra Bland documentary SAY HER NAME on Saturday March 9, 1-4 pm. Come for the film and a panel discussion with filmmakers and the lawyer for the Bland family. Refreshments, too, all sponsored by the Robbins House, Concord’s African-American History Museum, in partnership with Racial Justice Action Group and the Social Action Board at First Parish in Concord.
Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland
Saturday March 9 – 1:00-4:00 pm   
First Parish in Concord
20 Lexington Road
Concord, MA  01742
Suggested contribution – $20; please give what you can.
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Food and Friends potluck lunch March 3 at 11:15

Food and Friends–lunch potluck on Sunday, March 3 at 11:15am

This is for all FPS-ers–time to socialize and have fun! Bring some food to share (homemade or store-bought) and enjoy a good ol’ potluck with friends…and friends in the making. Community and Hospitality Committee will provide beverages.

You are encouraged to bring plates, cups and flatware…but we will have some as backups.

For more information, contact Leslie Lowe.

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Meeting: Middlesex Senior Cohousing Feb. 24 at 2pm, W. Acton

What:   Senior Cohousing: A Community Approach to Aging in Place – an Introductory Meeting

When: Sunday, February 24, from 2 pm – 4:30 pm

Where: New View Cohousing, 25 Half Moon Hill off Central St., West Acton, MA


Middlesex Senior Cohousing, a group of 13 households in Metro Northwest Boston, invites you to come learn about their project to build New England’s first senior cohousing neighborhood!

The group is looking for land in several towns in the Metro Northwest area and is growing its membership.

The program features a slideshow, short video, and Q&A, followed by facilitated break-out groups to talk about the challenges and opportunities of aging in place and in community.

This is a unique opportunity to learn about this innovative model that started in Denmark in the 1960s and operates on the understanding that community is the best insurance for getting the nurturing care we need as we age. And for living a fun and fulfilling 3rd Act!

To learn more, go to the websites of Middlesex Senior Cohousing and the Cohousing Association of the United States.

These events are well-attended, so please RSVP for planning purposes at .


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Conscious Eaters present “Fish on my Plate” film Thursday 2/21 at 7pm

Join the Conscious Eating Group for a film in the Brackett Room at 7pm tomorrow night.

Journalist and author Paul Greenberg (Four Fish; American Catch) spends a year eating only fish. From farmed fish in Norway to the biggest wild fishery in the world off Peru, he travels to investigate the health of the ocean – as well as his own.


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New Information about the Auction-get tickets in advance and $ave

Still Time to Donate to the Spring Auction!

Some of the best items are those donated by First Parish members and friends! Wondering what to donate this year? The possibilities are endless: pool parties, cookouts, and dinners are always a hit and they keep the fun going throughout the year. Maybe you’d like to host a brunch or dinner….or perhaps a Super Bowl party next February (Go Pats!). And don’t forget to ask some of your favorite merchants to donate a gift certificate.  Submit your donation online by March 16. Auction Donation Form.

Do you have some things you can’t seem to get done? Consider a “reverse auction item”. You describe the service (leaf raking, computer support, organizing) and how much you are willing to “pay”. Someone willing and able to do the work will volunteer and you “buy” the item for the amount you specified by donating that amount to First Parish. Start crossing items off your to-do list with a reverse auction item. Submit online by March 16th. Reverse Auction Form

What Else Is Important To Know?

The evening will begin at 6:00 with appetizers, wine, beer, and soft drinks while we peruse and bid on silent auction items. A buffet supper will be served and then we’ll move into the lively verbal auction!

There will be childcare with pizza and a program for the kids. RSVP by April 1st for childcare.

**Pay your admission of $15 in advance of the Spring Auction on Sundays in March during Social Hour.  You’ll receive dinner, drinks, dessert and a bidding number. Admission at the door is $20 so sign up early.  There is no admission charge for children.  What a great deal!**

Any questions, please email us at

See you at the Auction!

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