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Sunday Worship Service

Rededication Ceremony

Sunday, Februrary 1 ♦ Worship at 10:00 am

This Sunday First Parish will celebrate the opening of its reconstructed Parish House! Please be sure to join us for an all ages worship service, followed by a ribbon-cutting ceremony and food and festivities. We will have the opportunity to walk through the new space and see what we, as a congregation, have created together. This is the first renovation of the building since it was constructed more than 30 years ago - don't miss this historic moment in our congregation's history!


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Social Justice 3rd Annual Potluck

Friday, January 306:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Social Justice Committee for our annual Social Justice Potluck on January 30, 6:30 pm - 8:30 at First Parish. Bring food to share. Each Working Group will have a few minutes to share current goings-on; we'll also have some activities to…

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Moving In Calls for Lots of Help!

Help needed January 24 (and possibly 31 -- stay tuned)

Happy New Year! January brings many changes, among them setting our sights on moving back into our beloved Parlor and Parish House. Enthusiastic preparations are underway to retrieve our furnishings and reclaim our space. Plans…

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paintbrush in paintArtists! Are You Ready?

Due to the moving-back-in schedule, the opening of the First Parish Congregational Art Show will be on February 8, a week later than planned. Please join us! All are welcome to submit 2 pieces in any medium. We can accept small 3-D items which will be displayed in the glass case in foyer. Bring…

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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, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm!

Or, if you'd like to join us another week, we'll have a sign-up sheet at our table at coffee hour. If you can make it…

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Green Sanctuary Reading Group: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm in the Vestry ♦ next meeting January 20

The Green Sanctuary and Climate Vigil groups invite everyone to share in reading and discussing Naomi Klein's "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate," which…

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Genderqueer Dandy Day: On Fluidity -- An Evening with Jade Sylvan

Friday, February 6 ♦ dessert at 7:00 pm, program at 7:30 pm in the Sanctuary

Join us for an Alliance program we hope will be special for all of First Parish -- an evening with Jade Sylvan, award-winning author, poet, screenwriter, producer, and…

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First Parish Blood Drive

Follow this link to the volunteer signup form.

Saturday, February 7 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at First Parish

Our next community blood drive is the first Saturday in February, the 7th, with the American Red Cross. Sign up to donate at or call 1-800­-RED CROSS…

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"spoken memorials" engraved on stoneSpoken Memorials

Sunday, February 8 ♦ during service

Many of us at First Parish have experienced the loss of loved ones at some point in our lives. Some of us find comfort in periodically acknowledging these deaths aloud during church services. If you would like to have the death of a family member or especially dear…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, February 5 ♦ 7:15 offsite

"The Rules of Engagement"
by Anita Brookner 

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ if you need the offsite address.

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men's groupFirst Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, January 25 ♦ 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 purpose. We provide a…

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Sign Up to Bring Sunday Flowers!

Follow this link to use our online flowers signup form

Once again, the Alliance is coordinating Sunday flowers! Individuals in the congregation can provide an arrangement for the Sanctuary to remember loved ones or acknowledge a milestone. We can assist in ordering an arrangement…

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Expect the Unexpected -- Building Update for the New Church Year

Check out the Building Design Blog

First Parish is under construction! This summer Delphi Construction (our builder) completed the demolition and abatement work, excavated for the elevator on the RE wing and is now installing the forms for the elevator…

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Stitch and Sew Workshops

Thursdays, 10:30 am, meet offsite

Note: Over the summer, we will be meeting at various offsite locations. Please contact Jean Nagle at 781-646-5352 or jsnagle @ for the location each week.

Calling all sewers, knitters and crafters: please join a group that prepares for the…

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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 Sunday…

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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 be…

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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 the Lay Ministers to give to…

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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!




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Nominate Your Favorite Org to be a Giving First Recipient!

Deadline for nominations: Saturday, January 31

Social Justice is now accepting nominations for Giving First recipients for April 2015 - January 2016. We hope to get all nominations via…

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Big Snow!

When snow comes, you may wonder if First Parish is open. In case of a storm on a Sunday, a notice is posted on the website at by 7:30 am if worship and/or religious education classes are cancelled. An…

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Get a Taste of Volunteering

There are so many opportunities for involvement at First Parish, it may seem overwhelming at times. To learn about some one-shot ways to get involved, help the church, and meet other congregants without committing…

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Job Opening: Weekday Sexton/Coffee Hour Assistant

We seek an experienced, resourceful, and reliable Sunday Sexton to manage the facilities required for Sunday service and post-service coffee hour. Please click here for the Sunday Sexton job…

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Get Connected with Our New Online Photo Directory and Database!

First Parish is excited to announce our new online Photo Directory and Database! Joining this online directory will allow you to:

  • match names and faces
  • get contact information…
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Brief Briefing with the Parish Committee

Sunday, January 25 ♦ 11:30 am in the Choir Room

The Stewardship Committee hosts the next Brief Briefing. Contact communicationscommittee @ with questions.

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Emergency Evacuation Plans for Construction Period

Please read the emergency evacuation plans for the construction period posted at each of the three doors. In case of emergency, exit the building in an orderly fashion and proceed to the…

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Religious Education Announcements


Coming of Age begins this week, January 25, at noon in the Parlor. Eighth grade youth are encouraged to join mentors Paul Franzosa, Sara Galantowicz, Dave Deakin and David Whitford in the Parlor for pizza and games.

Neighboring Faiths Field Trip: Sunday, February 1, to the Islamic Center of Wayland. Depart First Parish at 11:45 am. Drivers may be needed, please contact Tina Schultz at tina @ if you can help.

Mark your…

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Youth Group Announcements

Check out these upcoming Youth Programs!

Movie Night THIS SATURDAY at 6:00 pm
Come on down for a double feature with the youth group! We're setting up the projector, spreading out some cushions, and hanging out! The cost of attendance is food and drinks to share!

Newcomer’s Orientation — January 25 at 6:00 pm
Do you have friends who are interested in joining the youth group? Anyone who is new to youth group, this is the opportunity to get involved! Youth leaders…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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The Democratic Process as a Spiritual Practice

Next Up: Tuesday, January 27 -- “Democracy and Radical Inclusion: Whose Voices Matter?” with Esther Kingston-Mann and Ricky Carter 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm at First Parish

Of the spiritual values in our UU principles, one that stands out in contrast…

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Aging Well Within Our Community

Next up: January 22 at First parish

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 list. If you would like…

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Lectio Divina

Lectio Divina

Tuesdays ♦ 7:00 am - 8:00 am in Tobey Lounge
and Thursdays ♦ 8:00 am - 9:00 am in Tobey Lounge

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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Giving First Recipient for January: Boston Minstrel Company

A vibrant troupe of volunteer singers and musicians who have seen how music heals, the Boston Minstrel Company has produced musical programs for the homeless, elderly and imprisoned throughout the greater Boston metro area for over…

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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 invited to…
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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 of…

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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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The First Parish Meditation Group Welcomes You

Please join us! We hold a drop-in meditation at the church on Mondays (gather at 6:00 pm and start at 6:15 pm in the Sanctuary). We also have a new location for our Sunday morning drop-in (gather at 9:00 am, start at 9:10 am at the West Medford…

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Compassionate Communication

Check back soon for new meeting location and time

Please note: Currently, there is only one Compassionate Communication group at First Parish.

This group, nicknamed the "Giraffes," consists of some experienced participants and some people who are new (or feel they…

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First Parish Music Programs

Click here for 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 participating. Click

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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 include…
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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 for a…

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