These committees share with our Ministers, Rev. Marta Flanagan and Rev. Erica Richmond, the ministries of pastoral care, worship, and discernment.
(Meets the 1st Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.)
Purpose: To offer care and pastoral support to those in our congregation in a timely and effective manner, working closely with our Minister.
Membership: Lay Ministers are interviewed and selected by the Committee on Shared Ministry (see above). Any First Parish member who has regularly attended services for at least two years and will commit to a two-year term may apply. If you might be interested in becoming a Lay Minister, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Lay Ministers may serve three consecutive two-year terms and must then take at least two years off before reapplying.
Co-Chairs: Rainer Dressler (second term ends 2024) and Carolyn Carlson (second term ends 2025)
Christa Kelleher (first term ends 2024)
Steve McMullin (first term ends 2024)
Greg Ruccio (first term ends 2024)
Prayer Shawl Ministry
Purpose: To knit or crochet simple, warm shawls that are distributed by the Lay Ministers as needed.
Membership: New participants welcome.
Contact: Barbara Tosti, email@example.com
Wider Network of Care
Purpose: To offer support to individuals and families in times of need, including food, rides to medical appointments, and other small gifts and services.
Membership: Coordinated by the Lay Ministers. All are welcome to join the network and will be contacted if/when help is needed.
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up on the First Parish website at firstparish.info/lay-ministry/wider-network-of-care/
(Meets on the 2nd Wednesday each month, September–June)
Purpose: Worship Associates help shape worship services that serve the spiritual needs of the congregation and run smoothly on a practical level, both during the program year (September–June) and during the summer (when lay people lead services). The Worship Associates work closely with the Minister and coordinate with other church staff and volunteers as needed.
Membership: Worship Associates are interviewed and selected by the Committee on Shared Ministry. Any First Parish member who has regularly attended services for at least two years and will commit to a two-year term may apply. If you might be interested in becoming a Worship Associate, contact email@example.com. Worship Associates may serve three consecutive two-year terms and must then take at least two years off before reapplying.
Chair: Elizabeth Hunter (second term ends 2024)
Loren Gomez (first term ends 2024)
Ruben Hopwood (first term ends 2024)
Bill Licea-Kane (first term ends 2024)
David Whitford (first term ends 2026)
Committee on Shared Ministry
Purpose: To oversee and support the work of the Lay Ministry and Worship Associates (see below) and to conduct the application process for those wishing to become Lay Ministers or Worship Associates.
Membership: Members are invited and appointed by the Parish Committee. They may serve for a maximum of three two-year terms.
Cathy Modica (first term ends 2024)
Committee on Ministry
(Meets the third Wednesday of each month, September–June)
Purpose: To help interpret the scope of the ministry to the congregation and interpret the scope of the congregation to the Minister, and to conduct an annual evaluation of the ministry with the Parish Committee and make recommendations regarding the ministry.
Membership: Members are invited and appointed by the Parish Committee for a three-year term. They may serve for no more than two consecutive terms.
Chair: Tina Silberman (first term ends 2024)
Ebonié Smith-Cooper (first term ends 2024)
Marc Jacobson (first term ends 2025)
Julius Pereli (second term ends 2025)
Andrea Winslow (first term ends 2025)
Jim Ptacek (first term ends 2026)
Welcoming Congregations Committee
Purpose: To reinvigorate and maintain our Welcoming Congregation designation with the UUA, in collaboration with our lay and ordained leadership, with a focus on education, congregational life, and community outreach.
Membership: Appointed by the Parish Committee: Lisa Davis, Ruben Hopwood, Michaela Kirby, Mary Beth Landy, Wendy Page, Zoe Stewart.
VIP-C (Very Important Program Council)
Purpose: To support program committee chairs/co-chairs in church knowledge, and creation of opportunities to be with one another.
Membership: First Parish committee chairs/co-chairs