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Day of the Dead Service
with Rev. Lilia Cuervo

Sunday, October 30, at 10:00 am

Sooner or later, we all have to exit this life. How we prepare for  our departure will determine in great part whether we live in fear or in peace and love. You are warmly invited to participate in our first Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos service with Rev. Lilia Curevo. This ancient Aztec celebration has…

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Getting Answers to Your Questions

How do I get the address of someone at First Parish?

What if I only remember their first name?

How do I check how much I contributed to my pledge this year?

How do I make a payment?

What’s a “Realm” account and how do I get one?

How do I get a loved one’s name added to the…

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Songs for Syria Concert

Sunday, November 13 ♦ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at Old South Church in Copley Square

This interfaith benefit concert for the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS) will support life-saving medical aid to victims of the war in Syria, both inside Syria itself and in neighboring countries.  Concert…

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All Church Dinner (Near Day of the Dead!)

Friday, October 28 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm in the Vestry

Honoring folks newish to our fellowship (2 years or less) and also those who were ever new (2 years or more!). Free if you are newish. 2 years or more suggested donation $5. Feeling flush? Make it $10.

Come break bread…

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Arlington Police Department Open House

Saturday, October 29 ♦ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Arlington Police Department (APD) is inviting the public to come tour their newly renovated building. The Parish Committee encourages you to go, introduce yourself as a First Parish member, thank the officers for their work, and…

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What’s a Covenant Group? Is it for Me?

Sunday, November 6 ♦ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in the Parlor

Covenant groups are gatherings of up to ten people who meet once a month for two hours. In a covenant group, we speak from the heart and we listen deeply to others as they speak. Each group follows a structured process that…

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Clothing Drive

Winter Clothing Drive for Syrian Refugees: Help Now!

Winter is coming in Syria and people displaced by war need warm clothing and bedding. First Parish is collecting children’s and adults’ clothing and footwear (new or lightly used), winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves, and warm blankets and sleeping bags.…

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Race, Gender, Social Class in the Presidential Election: What Happens Next? Where Do We Go from Here?

Sunday, November 13 ♦ 12:00 pm at First Parish

The ongoing election campaign has evoked anger, sadness, polarized discussions, and enormous frustration among many of us at First Parish. Let’s share thoughts and…

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Talking with Kids about Tough Subjects

Thursday, October 27 ♦ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in Grady ♦ RSVP deadline Sunday, October 23

Please join Tina Schultz, Director of Religious Education, and Sarah Trilling, Member of the RE and Lay Ministry Committees, for an upcoming parenting forum: how to talk with our kids about…

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Day of the Dead Altar Creation and Workshop

Saturday, October 29 ♦ 9:00 am - noon ♦ RSVP by October 24

Is your family interested in learning more about the holiday and helping us to create some decorations for the "Ofreda" (altar) and Sanctuary? Join us for this workshop in advance of First Parish's Day of the Dead…

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Day of the Dead Service with Rev. Lilia Cuervo: Facing Death -- How Should We Live?

Sunday, October 30 ♦ 10:00 am

Sooner or later, we all have to exit this life. How we prepare for  our departure will determine in great part whether we live in fear or in peace and love. You are warmly invited to participate in our…

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music therapy

How Music Affects Alzheimer's Patients: A Therapist's View

Thursday, November 3 ♦ potluck at 6:30 pm, program at 7:00 pm in the Parlor

Dianne Wegiel, a professional music therapist who has worked with Alzheimer's patients, will talk about her experience. Please bring something to share for a light potluck at 6:30…

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childrens choir

Children's Choir rehearsals begin Sunday, October 16

Music Director Jonathan Brennand will lead our young choristers in singing and drumming. We list the dates below. Rehearsals will be held in the Music Room just off the Sanctuary, beginning at 11:30 immediately after RE classes and ending at noon. Send questions…

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Game Night at First Parish

Friday, November 11 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Vestry

At Ferry Beach, many of us enjoyed sitting around the table, chatting while playing games. Join us on November 11 to play games such as Boggle, SET, Splendor, Clue, Fluxx, as well as more advanced games such as Scrabble. No previous…

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mimi kirchner

Alliance Meeting: Living in Art and Craft with Mimi Kirchner, Arlington Artist and Internet Micro-celebrity

Friday, November 4 ♦ potluck at 6:30 pm, program at 7:30 pm in the Parlor

All are Welcome! Fiber artist Mimi Kirchner has been making original cloth dolls since 2000. Working at home in Arlington, she…

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Murder, Policing, and Race: A Discussion of Two Perspectives

Monday, November 21 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parlor

Order your copy of Jill Leovy’s Ghettoside from the library now!

Ta-Nehisi Coates believes O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown, yet he also believes that the jury made the right decision when it acquited…

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Small Group Singing Opportunity with the Grace Notes

Wednesday, October 26 ♦ 7:30 pm

The Grace Notes singers started at First Parish about a year ago, and we are looking for new members. We work with Lay Ministry and offer our gift of song to parishioners who can no longer attend services regularly. We sing a…

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Volunteers Needed for Sanctuary Captain Team!

Natalie Tyler, veteran room captain, has kindly stepped forward to captain our sanctuary and coordinate herself and two volunteers to prepare the sanctuary for Sunday service. Twice a month a captain will adjust seats and hymnal holders, to support our Ushers, Worship…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, November 3, 7:15 pm in Pierce

"H is for Hawk"
by Helen Macdonald

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ with questions.

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Ushers Needed!

Are you looking for a way to participate more in the life of First Parish – without a daunting time commitment?  Have you considered being an usher?

Ushers are scheduled to work quarterly, monthly or weekly – each person chooses how often.

Ushers provide a warm welcome to people entering on Sunday…

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Highlights From Our UU General Assembly

First Parish’s 7 delegates share personal stories & news -- click here to read their stories from GA!

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Listen to Recordings of Sunday Services on Your Device

Recordings of our Sunday services are posted online and available for you to listen to on your device.

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Volunteers Needed for 3rd Annual UU Mass Action Story Slam

Saturday, November 5 ♦ 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at First Parish

First Parish is hosting this year's UU Mass Action Story Slam, which will feature an all millennial line-up of story tellers who will be sharing their personal stories about being a millennial and a…

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Nancy Crasco

Art Show: Fabric Art by Nancy Crasco

Longtime First Parish member and internationally known fabric artist Nancy Crasco ( is exhibiting her just-created stitched monoprints in the Parlor. Nancy combines printmaking, quilting and embroidery to create beautiful works of art. This exhibit…

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black lives matter and Arlington Police Dept. support banners

Opening Our Hearts and Minds

We are displaying both a Black Lives Matter banner and a statement of appreciation and support for the Arlington Police Department and its commitment to justice and compassion. 

Can they sit side by side without contradiction?

We ponder and pray about many issues from the safety of our…

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handbell choir

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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Construction on Our Corner

MassDOT's Arlington Center Safe Travel Project is expected to start the first week of April. The Arlington Center Safe Travel Project will provide a safe connection for the Minuteman Bikeway through Arlington Center, improve roadway safety and mobility for all users, plus upgrade…

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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 @ 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!


harvest fair

Looking for a Way to Get Involved with The Harvest Moon Fair?

There’s a great opportunity coming up on Saturday, November 19, to spend some time enjoying working with others and to help create a fun event. The annual Harvest Moon Fair needs people to staff the many different booths selling books, toys, jewelry, art, crafts, and more, to run…

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Are You Crafty? Donate Your Creations to the Artisan Table!

The Artisan Table is looking for donations of new art/craft and specialty creations for the Harvest Moon Fair. , which takes place this year on Saturday, November 19. Please contact Erica Licea-Kane if you have questions, suggestions or would like to make a donation, at

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Musicians Alert! An Opportunity to Contribute to the Harvest Moon Fair

Each year at our annual fair on the Saturday before Thanksgiving (November 19), our vestry is transformed into a lively cafe with great food and live music. Our pianists and small ensembles positioned near the cafe entrance add a great deal to the fun of the day. It's a…

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Religious Education Announcements

Classroom Photographs will take place this Sunday, October 23, during our religious education programming time.

The next Neighboring Faiths (grade 7) Field Trip will be held on Saturday, November 5, to the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland (10:00 am - noon). Please rsvp to tina @ if your child is participating so we can arrange rides and adult chaperones.

Children's Choir rehearsals have begun! Music Director Jonathan Brennand leads…

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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Community! Last weekend, thirty of us traveled to Cedar Hill Camp, and participated in our annual Fall Retreat. From delicious food and a square-dancing workshop, to late-night worship and a "talentless" show — it was a wonderful bonding experience! Many thanks to Katja, Elliot, Jason, Nicole, Will, and Tina for all their work in organizing this retreat! And thank you to the advisors who volunteered their time to be with us that day.

Coming off our…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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Visit the Islamic Center of Boston in Wayland

Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am - noon at the Islamic Center of Boston (ICB), 126 Boston Post Road in Wayland RSVP by November 1

Members of the Islamic Center of Boston will talk about their lives as Muslim Americans, give us a tour of their…

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sacred dance

Sacred Circle Dance

3rd Mondays September - December ♦ 7:15 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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Aging Well Within Our Community

Thursday, October 27 ♦ 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…

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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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Contemplating Poetry

Third Monday of Each Month
Monday, November 21 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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client stories

Giving First Recipients for October: Victim Rights Law Center

The Victim Rights Law Center's (VRLC), based in Boston, provides legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives and to promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape…

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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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Stitch and Sew

Thursdays 10:30 am in Pierce

Come help us get ready for fair with knitting, sewing, embroidery, new ideas... 

We create items for the Harvest Moon Fair Stich and Sew Table (the Fair is in November). Bring a lunch and we provide the coffee and tea. Drop-ins are welcome. We…

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First Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, October 16 ♦ 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,…

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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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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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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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