Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 5/23/2013

Weekly Link 5-16-13

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, May 26
“Breaking the Jar”
Rev. Jamez Terry with music from Judy Cobble

Why do you come to church? In this service, Rev. Jamez will offer his answer to this question, exploring ideas of grace, commitment, and what it means for us to be church together.

Religious Education

Nursery care will be available for children under the age of 5.
Children ages 5-12 may choose to attend worship in the meetinghouse or a craft workshop in the Parish Hall.

Do you enjoy spending time with kids? Are you interested in exploring your own faith in a new context? Do you want to engage with young people at First Parish as they ask big questions, think deeply, and grow spiritually?

Please consider leading a Religious Education class next year. You don’t have to be a parent, and you don’t have to have taught before – everyone has something to offer to our young people! We provide all curriculum materials, training and support for teachers, and we have a list of willing substitutes for days when you are unavailable. Leaders are needed for all age groups, in a variety of different formats with different time commitments. We’ll do our best to find the place where program needs meet your gifts and passions. Please contact today!

There will be no choir rehearsal on Sunday

Events and News

Register Now for Religious Education!

As we move toward the end of this church year, we are already beginning preparations for fall and another great year of Religious Education for First Parish children and youth.  Please register all children who will be participating in RE next year by completing this simple form:   It helps us so much to have registrations completed early!  If you have any questions please contact

Annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast

Sunday June 2nd  from 9-10:15 a.m.

Teacher Appreciation BreakfastThe RE committee is hosting the annual Teacher Appreciation Breakfast to honor everyone who has been involved with Religious Education at First Parish this year.  Breakfast will be served to the teachers, substitute teachers and their families and all teachers will receive a gift of appreciation from First Parish.  If you would like to thank a teacher by contributing a breakfast item, please sign up on the doodle poll by using this link:, or contacting Beth Greenawalt at

Earth Centered Spirituality Group

The Earth Centered Spirituality Group held their annual Beltane celebration.  The event included jumping the balefire and dancing around the Maypole in the Courtyard.  Mother Nature cooperated with a grand day for celebrating the coming season of growth.

You have been CHOSEN!

In the interest of efficiency, the Worship Committee has designated a “Chosen Few” to assist during Worship Services as ushers for the remainder of the Church year.  Please check the list below to see if you are one of the “Chosen Few”.

The Worship Committee is grateful for your participation as an usher.  If, for some reason, you are unable to fulfill your usher duties on your  “Chosen” Sunday, please either trade with someone else, or find a replacement.

Thank you, in advance, for your help!

If you do not see your name on the list and you would like to usher, please let Miriam, our new office assistant, know and she will try to fit you in.

Happy spring!

The Worship Committee

Usher Assignments for May, and June

May 26          Dianna Wilson and Alyson Allen
June 2          Ruth  and Clara Heiden
June 9          Beth Gray Nix and Lisa Beck

Worship, 10:30am in the Meetinghouse
Meetinghouse Choir Rehearsal, 8:45am in the Parish Hall
Silent Prayer & Meditation, 9:00am in the Children’s Church

Please consider volunteering for important Sunday worship positions like ushering, hosting social hour, providing flowers for worship, and lighting the chalice.