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Rev. Marta Flanagan Preaching

Sunday, May 8, at 10:00 am


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Is Coffee Hour Not Your Thing? Try "Afterthoughts"

Sundays May 1 and 8 11:45 -12:15 pm meet in the foyer

Is Coffee Hour Not Your Thing? Try "Afterthoughts"

We are continuing a pilot we're naming "Afterthoughts." For the first two Sundays in May, following worship services, side-step coffee hour and join brief…

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Safety Notice: Storage Closet

When returning tables and chairs to the utility closet in between the vestry and the parlor, nothing is allowed within the yellow and black taped areas. Please make sure the large tables are stacked neatly on the large table rack and that the chair racks are stored out of the traffic…

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"Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People" -- A Book Discussion

Thursday, June 2 ♦ 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm in Stanton Parlor

Join us for an extended conversation about Unconscious Bias and how to overcome it, based on the book "Blindspot: The Hidden Biases of Good People" co-authored by leading psychologists Mahzarin…

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Say Cheese!

Need a photo for your Realm profile? Your face isn’t on the Vestry photo wall? During the month of May, there will be a pop-up portrait studio in the Narthex during coffee hour. Portraits will be taken by Larry Osgood, Leah Stark, and Paul Howard. Stop by! Questions? Contact Kate Tranquada at…

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Alliance Annual Meeting: "Law Changing, Life Changing, Celebration!"

Alliance Reflects upon the Supreme Court support of Gay Marriage

Friday, May 6 ♦ 8:00 pm in the Vestry

All are welcome to the program following the Alliance annual meeting! We celebrate this decision and will share some of the profound difference…

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Green Sanctuary Potluck

Friday May 13 ♦ 6:30 pm in the Parlor

Please join us for another delicious, rousing vegetarian potluck dinner. Afterwards let’s discuss our ideas for future projects to Green Up  our parish, town and beyond...Charlotte Milan, Arlington’s DPW Recycling Coordinator, will talk about…

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Eat at Not Your Average Joes and Support our AIDS Walk Team!

PLUS: Macy's is matching gifts up to $100.00!

A delicious way to support our cause! Eat at Not Your Average Joe's on Tuesday, May 3, or Thursday, May 5, and they'll donate 15% of your meal to our First Parish Social Action AIDS Walk Team! You simply need…

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Lost & Found Spring Clean-Out

It’s time for our spring Lost & Found clean-out at First Parish. Have you misplaced anything? Room captains and staff have been collecting items all year long. Please be sure to take a look our table in the Vestry THIS Sunday, April 24, and NEXT Sunday, May 1, to see if we have your…

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End the Stigma of Addiction

First Parish joins with the Arlington Police Department in a call to save lives by ending the stigma of addiction.

Do you or someone you love need help? Call the #StateWithoutStigMA Hotline at 1-800-327-5050 or contact the Arlington Police Department  at 781-643-1212 or 112 Mystic Street…

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Draft Privacy Guidelines Available for Comment

The Safety Committee invites you to comment on the draft Privacy Guidelines for First Parish. Unnecessary, useful, too vague, too restrictive, well written, or obvious?
Please submit your comments to safety @ Thank you.

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, May 5, 7:15 pm in Pierce

by John Williams

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ with questions.

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See the Congregational Art Show!

You’re invited to view the wonderful and varied works of art at this year's Congregational Art Show. The show is in the Parlor, with three-dimensional creations displayed in the showcase in the narthex.

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Construction Begins 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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Join Our Handbell Choir!

Join our chime ringers on most Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary, or contact ringers @ for more details.

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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!



Stewardship Update

First Parish is a financially self-supporting congregation. We depend on the annual pledges of our members and friends in setting the budget, which this year will be drafted by the Parish Committee at the end of April and considered at the annual meeting of the congregation on May 15.

The Parish…

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Worship Associates Program Seeks Additional Members

Application deadline: Sunday, May 1

The Shared Ministry Committee is seeking a few members of the congregation to join the existing compliment of Worship Associates serving our community.

Those interested in becoming Worship Associates should have a deep interest…

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Have YOU Thought of Becoming a Lay Minister?

Application deadline: Sunday, May 1

While listening to spoken candles, do you experience a calling for a role of deeper service to the congregation? Perhaps you would like to consider becoming a Lay Minister.

Those interested in becoming Lay Ministers should demonstrate…

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First Parish Needs UUA General Assembly Delegates!

We have 9 delegate votes. Delegates can participate in person at GA in Columbus, OH, or online June 22-26. Financial assistance is available. If interested, ask Quin Christensen for more info. General Assembly 2016 will assemble leaders and communities of many…

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Religious Education Announcements

May in the Parish House (the RE Wing at First Parish):

Teacher Recruiting for 2016-2017 has begun! Slots are filling up quickly.  Please take a look at your calendars NOW to find a great time for you to help out! Our hope is to fill all the teaching slots before we leave for the summer.

If you are new we have a few great opportunities for you to pair up with a veteran teacher, including grades 3 with David Desjardins (Holidays and Holy Days), 5 with…

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Youth Group Announcements

Dear Youth Community, thank you all for those working so hard to make the benefit a success! The music and artwork looks amazing! On May 1, we turn our attention to May Day, and a worship together. During this month, we will be discerning our leadership for next year, and a group of individuals will be figuring out what service trip options we have for next year. As our gaze turns towards the future, may we also celebrate and deepen our connections together as…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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A History of the World Through Muslim Eyes

A STAR Adult Education Program

Thursdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26 ♦ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm in the Parlor

Would you like to know more about the history of Muslim people and their relations with the rest of the world? Please join Lori Kenschaft for a…

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Sacred Circle Dance

4th Tuesdays March - May ♦ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm in the May Room

Inez Folsom leads us in simple steps 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…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Thursday, April 28 ♦ 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. The meeting room info will be sent to all on the Aging Well mailing…

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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 -- New Meeting Time!

Third Monday of Each Month
Monday, May 16 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…

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Giving First Recipient for May: Boston Workers Alliance

Rev Paul Robeson Ford, our 2016 Shinn speaker, writes to us about our May Giving First recipient, Boston Workers Alliance:

The Boston Workers Alliance was formed more than ten years ago at the intersection of the crisis of joblessness…

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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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Knitting, Crocheting, Sewing Group

First Sundays ♦ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Please join us in the Damon Room from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm on the first Sunday of the month. Whether you are experienced or would like to learn, bring your knitting, crochet, embroidery, or sewing. Our first meeting…

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First Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, May 1 ♦ 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, and…

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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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