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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Group, as we settle into springtime, we'll be soon wrapping up the year with exciting projects, celebrations of our community, and preparations for the upcoming year.

Here are some important dates coming up:

Saturday, May 20, evening: Family Trivia Night – Community members of all ages are invited to come to this fun trivia night.

Sunday, May 21, 6:45 pm ​8:45pm: Youth Group Evening Program – Our program features games and a presentation from someone at Youth on Fire.

Sunday, May 28, 4:00 pm – Monday, May 29, 10:00 am: End-of-the-Year Lock-in – Hosted by the seniors!

Friday, June 2, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm: Dinner for Coming of Age – We'll be hosting the Coming of Age class for a dinner, starting at 6pm. come early to prep!

Sunday, June 4, 10:00 am: Youth Group Goes to Church – It's the annual Coming of Age Credo service! Join us to support the newest Youth Groupers!

Sunday, June 4, 6:45 pm – 8:45 pm: Youth Group Evening Program

As always, if you have any questions about youth group, don't hesitate to contact, Steve Carmody, Youth Programs Coordinator, at youthadvisor @ firstparish.info or 781-648-3799 x204.

Sunday WorshipSunday Worship Service

Rev. Leaf Seligman Guest preaching

Sunday, May 28 ♦ 10:00 am 



First Parish's 2017 Annual Report Available

Click here to download your copy of the 2017 Annual Report.

You will need First Parish's usual username and password. For assistance, contact the church office at churchoffice @ firstparish.info

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Update: Safer Congregation Task Force

Wondering what ever happened with the Safe Congregation policy concerning sexual predators?

The Parish committee received the draft  from the safe congregations task force at the April Parcom meeting, about 5 weeks ago.

Before we adopt it, we on parcom need to work out a…

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Blood Drive June 3 -- Donors and Volunteers Needed!

Saturday, June 3 ♦ 8:00 am to 2:00 pm

Please spread the news! Donors and volunteers are needed for our next regularly scheduled blood drive on the first Saturday of June. Donors can sign up on the ARC Blood Donor App, or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. Volunteers can…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, June 1, 7:15 pm in Damon

"Tenth of December: Stories"

by George Saunders

Email Jean Nagle at womensbookgroup @ firstparish.info with questions.

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Water One Week to Make a Difference!

Water one week and make a difference! We are looking for people who are willing to water and weed our flower gardens for one week during the summer. Our wonderful gardens with lots of flowers need care during the summer. We are looking for people, young and old who are willing to…

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AIDS Walk & Run

Sunday, June 4

Please join our First Parish AIDS Walk team for our second year, or make a donation. Our Team goal is $10,000 – we have raised $3,677! Click here for the Team link. Info and flyers will be available at our table in the vestry after Sunday services. Please take a flyer and post it in…

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Congregational Art Show!

Check out the wonderful art in the Parlor created by our fellow parishioners. Over twenty First Parish artists are presenting works in a variety of media! 

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A Perennial Favorite! 8th Annual First Parish Plant Swap

Sunday June 4 ♦ 9:00 am - 10:00 am, rain or shine

Start potting now for the First Parish Plant Swap!

This is becoming a much-anticipated annual event for many gardeners in our congregation. Come join us in the church courtyard at 9:00 am!  Bring pots to…

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Go to UU General Assembly in New Orleans, June 21-25

You could be a First Parish delegate!

Every year, thousands of Unitarian Universalists gather for General Assembly (GA), the UU annual convention. The days are packed with worship, music, workshops on every aspect of congregational life, and business sessions…

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Black Lives Matter to Us

For Adam Jones and everyone else who has been subjected to bigotry, here or elsewhere.

For Alton Sterling, Jordan Edwards, Walter Scott, and so many more people who have died violently.

For the 63 percent of black children who live in low-income families that have difficulties covering…

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Black Lives Matter and our Restorative Justice Process

Last winter First Parish entered into a restorative justice process with a man who had vandalized our Black Lives Matter banner.  We are especially grateful for the Arlington Police and the Center for Restorative Justice for making this possible. In November…

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Join Our Handbell Choir!

Thursdays, 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary

Come ring chimes with us! Our bell choir rehearses in the Sanctuary on Thursdays at 7:00 pm for just under an hour before choir starts at 8:00 pm. You are welcome to join us! We have plenty of chimes (3 octaves) but we could use a few more people to ring…

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Participate in Music at First Parish

The Music Committee and Music Director welcomes anyone interested in participating in music this year. There are a multitude of opportunities including the Adult Choir, Children’s Choir, Bell Choir, as well as instrumental groups such as the C-Winds and other ad hoc groups. For…

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Sign Up to Bring Sunday Flowers!

Follow this link to use our online flowers signup form

The flowers that grace our Sanctuary on Sunday mornings are donated by parishioners, often with a special dedication that is printed in the order of service. The Flower Coordinator can assist in ordering an arrangement from…

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Get Connected/Stay Connected with First Parish

We invite newcomers to First Parish to fill out a Connection Card to receive our weekly email bulletin, give us your contact information, and (if you wish) indicate your interest in various aspects of life in our community. You can find the Connection Cards every…

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How to Request a Spoken Announcement or Submit a News Item

Send requests for Sunday morning spoken announcements to announce @ firstparish.info. Requests will be forwarded to the Worship Associates every Friday. Please note that Spoken Announcements must be relevant to the whole congregation, and will likely…

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Enjoy this video about First Parish and our efforts to live up to our mission with our Meetinghouse Campaign. Many thanks to Joel Olicker of Powderhouse for creating this!




First Parish Celebration, Save the Date!

Saturday, October 21

Mark your calendars! Saturday evening, October 21 at First Parish. Please join your fellow parishioners for MARTAPALOOZA! We are celebrating Marta’s 30 years in ministry and our beloved First Parish community. If you’d like to join the fun in planning this party, please contact Tina Silberman or Lisa Davis at martapalooza @ firstparish.info. We’d love help with…

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Religious Education Announcements

Teacher Recruiting for next year has begun! We are reserving a few teaching slots for newcomers who would like to be partnered with an easy going veteran teacher. There are currently openings in PreK, K and grade 6 for the fall teaching term. Slots are filling up quickly, so please stop by the RE table to sign up for your first choice of grade and teaching term or contact tina @ firstparish.info to learn how you can help.

Trivia Night, Saturday May 20: …

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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Group, as we settle into springtime, we'll be soon wrapping up the year with exciting projects, celebrations of our community, and preparations for the upcoming year.

Here are some important dates coming up:

Saturday, May 20, evening: Family Trivia Night – Community members of all ages are invited to come to this fun trivia night.

Sunday, May 21, 6:45 pm ​8:45pm: Youth Group Evening Program – Our program features games and a presentation from…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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Contemplating Poetry

Third Monday of Each Month
Monday, June 19  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm in Damon

"People turn to poems for some kind of illumination, for revelations that help them to survive, to survive in spirit not only in body."
~ Denise Levertov

This gathering uses a "listening to,…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Thursday, May 25 ♦ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm in the Parlor 

Aging Well in Our Community is an open women's group for women over 50 that meets monthly on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am - noon. If you would like more information or will be attending Aging Well for…

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in the Parlor
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in the Parlor

Lectio Divina is a method of reading and listening, lingering with, and sharing personal responses to selected biblical or other texts. Diverse responses to the text provide new…

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Sacred Circle Dance: Spring Schedule

Monthly April - June ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm in Bailey

Simple steps are set to folk music, classical and contemporary music. All steps are taught – no experience or partner needed. Wear soft shoes or none. Come to connect with yourself, each other and have…

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Giving First Recipient for May: Transition House

For over 40 years, Transition House has been Cambridge's ONLY domestic violence agency. Transition House works throughout this diverse city to create a community where breaking the cycle of violence is an ongoing priority.

The emergency…

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Refugee Concerns Working Group

There are currently more refugees around the world than at any time since World War II. The Refugee Concerns working group enables First Parish members to become active in a variety of efforts addressing the global refugee crisis.

Our current focus is working…

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Living Our Faith: Organizations Supported by First Parish Members

In January 2013, the Social Justice Committee held a service entitled "Living Our Faith." A list of organizations that congregants meaningfully support was started that morning as people who attended the service were…

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UU Urban Ministry Volunteer Positions

The UU Urban Ministry is looking to fill a number of volunteer positions. Could one be a match for you?

Tutor English as a Learning Language (ELL)
When: Monday or Wednesday mornings (10:00 am - 12:00 pm) at the UU Urban Ministry.
What: Join our team…

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Arlington Food Pantry

Collection baskets are located at the front and office doors.

Monetary donations can be sent to:

The Arlington Food Pantry
Health and Human Services
27 Maple Street
Arlington, MA 02476

The Food Pantry can always use juice, jelly, cereal, things from baked goods aisle…

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First Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, May 28 ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

The First Parish Men's group provides a forum in which we help each other with spiritual, emotional, and personal questions and concerns. Discussion themes often interweave questions of security, identity, authenticity,…

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Jacob's Mother

First and Third Sundays ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm at First Parish

Are you having more challenges with your child's behavior than most parents? Do you feel like your family and friends do not get what you go through? Join us for a change to get support from other parents and…

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Join the Climate Change/Climate Action Vigil After Coffee Hour!

Sundays, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Please come join us for the weekly Climate Action Vigil on Sunday after coffee hour! And please stop by our table at coffee hour for information, sharing ideas, and discussion! If you'd like to…

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Stitch & Sew Returns

Thursdays, 10:30 am in Pierce

Join us for a weekly gathering of people to knit, sew, talk, eat lunch and  prepare items for the November Harvest Fair. Everyone invited to come or let us know if you can prepare items at home that would be appropriate for the Stitch and…

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Prayer Shawl Ministry

Do you like to knit or crochet?  Would you like to provide support to members of the congregation? Our supply of prayer shawls is running low and we could use your help. Participants in the First Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry knit or crochet prayer shawls for Marta or…

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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

Please join us! We hold drop-in meditations on Mondays (gather at 6:00 pm and start at 6:15 pm at First Parish in the Damon Room) and on Sunday mornings (gather at 9:00 am, start at 9:10 am at the West Medford Community Center, 111…

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Calling Older Men

First Thursday of each month ♦ 12:00 pm in the Parlor

First Parish is organizing a monthly fellowship gathering for older First Parish men, aimed at reinforcing camaraderie and providing a forum for discussing topics of general interest. We meet on the first Thursday of…

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First Parish Music Programs

Click here for more information on First Parish music programs for youth and adults.

Concerts by First Parish Musicians

The Musical Connections page on the First Parish website provides information on concerts and events with First Parish musicians…

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Diversity/Inclusion Group

All interested First Parish folks are invited to meetings of the Diversity/Inclusion Group (D/IG). Our mission: to work together to make First Parish as welcome and inclusive as we can be and to assist outside efforts with a similar goal. We define diversity to…

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Green Sanctuary Practices

The Green Sanctuary Group recognizes that we all have a responsibility to be mindful of the environmental consequences of our choices for the sake of the human community now on earth, future generations, and endangered species.

All are welcome to join us in working…

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