Your Weekly Link – News and Updates 2/21/2013

News & Updates 2-21-2013


In the event of a snow storm or other severe weather, we will post news of cancellation of worship or other events on by 8am.

This Week in Worship & Religious Education

Sunday, February 24
Leslie MacPherson Artinian preaching

All month, we have been discussing various aspects of healing at First Parish but what does being “healed” actually mean to us? How do we know when we – or the world – is “healed”? Come to the service for some ruminations on the question.

Young Adult Brunch THIS SUNDAY!

Young adults (18-35) are invited to join an informal brunch gathering on February 24th. Join us after church at Sweet Life (2243 Dorchester Ave.) for good food, good conversation, and community building. Cost of brunch will be covered by the Membership Committee.

Religious Education

Spirit Play I and II (ages 3-6) will meet in their classrooms downstairs for the Finger Labyrinth Lesson (I) and “God Is Like a Compassionate Deer” (II).

Passages (2nd grade) will meet in the third classroom downstairs to explore the second UU principle: justice, equity and compassion in human relations.

Small Group Ministries (grades 3-6) will meet in their classrooms to explore the theme of Healing.

Neighboring Faiths (7th grade) will meet in the parlor.

RE Teacher Needed!

We are in need of one more adult volunteer to work with our fabulous 5th and 6th graders this term. The commitment is for 2 Sundays per month, now through May. Please contact

Are you interested in becoming a member of First Parish?

We will be welcoming and celebrating new members during a service in March, and we hope that all who attend services, social events, and spiritual development programs will consider making their membership official at this time. If you are interested, please contact and save the dates for the two New Member Orientation sessions on March 3 and March 13.

Events and News

Raffle Date Change: Don’t miss this!

Make your financial commitment to First Parish by SUNDAY and you’ll have a chance to win great prizes!

Because of the blizzard of 2013, we’ve rescheduled the annual budget drive raffle for THIS MORNING during coffee hour. If you forgot your pledge card, have no fear! We’ll have them available at coffee hour.

You could WIN:

  • Theatre: Season tickets for two to Speak Easy Stage Company’s 2013-2014 season.
  • Baseball: Four dugout seats to a Red Sox game.
  • Weekend getaway: A private home in Maine.
  • Bestselling Books: A collection of New York Times bestsellers from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, including Francona and Life of Pi.
  • Music: Subscription for two for Boston Baroque for next season.

Peace First workshop series

Fridays, February 15, March 8, March 15, 7-8:30 pm
Interested in strengthening your communication, conflict resolution, and cooperation skills? Looking to connect with others at First Parish through games, role-playing, and the arts? Wondering what Rev. Eric Dawson’s peace ministry is all about? Eric will be leading 3 inter-generational workshops (truly for ALL ages) on peacemaking. Building on 20 years of teaching Peace First, these sessions will focus on the critical skills of peacemaking, community-building, and having fun. Please come and feel free to invite friends and family beyond First Parish. Questions? Contact Eric


If you borrowed folding chairs from the Parish Hall in the last week, please kindly return them immediately. They belong to Christ the Rock church.


Makin’ Magic – First Parish Goes to the Movies will be held on Saturday, March 2nd at 7pm in the Parish Hall.

The farewell party for Bill Macmillan has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 10th @ 5pm at the Najarians’ home. See the updated Evite for further details.

The Chocolate Auction will be held on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday, March 17th immediately following worship in the Parish Hall.

***Don’t forget to join us over on our brand new Facebook Page!***

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.