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Sunday Worship Service

Sunday, August 2 ♦ 10:00 am

Lynne Jacoby: “On Religion, Trucks, and Hope”


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Act in Solidarity with African American Congregations

First Parish members are encouraged to support predominantly black congregations affected by the recent rash of hate crimes and help build solidarity with the African American community.

Carlton Elliott Smith, First Parish’s former assistant minister, and other…

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Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

The Arlington Food Pantry and Arlington EATS are looking for volunteers to help with preaparing/serving summer lunches to kids, helping with food distribution, and working in a local tomato patch. Please click here for a flyer containing details. Thanks!
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Feed Pies to Arlington on Town Day and Support Social Justice Work at First Parish!

Click here to see our Pie Palace video!

Click here to fill out our online Pie Palace Volunteer Form!

For the second year in a row, Arlington Town Day (September 12) happens before Ingathering (September 13). Your Social Justice…

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Mark Your Calendars for Ferry Beach Registration!

Registration begins September 1 ♦ Ferry Beach Weekend October 2-4

The planning for this year's Ferry Beach retreat on the weekend of Oct 2-4 has begun. The retreat is a chance to relax and connect with FP members and families in a wonderful UU retreat center in…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, September 10, 7:15 pm in Pierce

"The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration"
by Isabel Wilkerson 

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ with questions.

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Come Join Our Handbell Choir in the Fall!

Contact ringers @ for more details or watch the E-Bulletin for announcements about rehearsals.

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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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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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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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Summer Services

► Follow this link for a PDF of First Parish's Summer Services

Each of our summer services will be lead by an individual of our congregation. The schedule is now available -- follow the above link to check out our 2015 lineup!

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2015-2016 High School Youth Advisor Applications

Do you like high school students? Do you like music, laughter, UU values, hanging out, soft squishy pillows, waffles, and candles? Then you are the perfect person to be one of our next High School Youth Advisors. Take a minute to read the Youth Group Advisor Job…

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Our Garden and Grounds need TLC!

We have made great progress with adding plants, shrubs and a tree around the renovated vestibule area. As the weather continues to be dry, we are seeking volunteers to stop by First Parish to water these plantings. Thanks to all who continue to help. If you are able to join us, please…

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Summer Office Hours

Church office hours:
  • Full schedule continues through Friday, June 26:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10 am to 4:00 pm, Tuesday 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
  • Summer schedule (6 weeks):  Wednesdays, July 1 through August 5,  10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • Full schedule resumes Monday, August 10
  • The office…
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annual meeting infoAnnual Report and 2015-2016 Budget

► Click here to read the Annual Report
► Click here to see the 2015-2016 budget

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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 for other members, friends and groups at First Parish
  • check on your pledge…
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Religious Education Announcements

Happy Summer!

We do not have religious education classes during the summer months, but children who attend worship services with their families will have lots of fun and make new friends. Every week we have two youth to supervise the children, offer creative art projects and engaging ways to make new connections. Please check in with Kiki Carey or one of the teens, who can be found in the Vestry (coffee hour room).

Service Trip to Washington, D.C.

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Youth Group Announcements

2015-2016 Advisor Applications
Do you like high school students? Do you like music, laughter, UU values, hanging out, soft squishy pillows, waffles, and candles? Then you are the perfect person to be one of our next High School Youth Advisors. Take a minute to read the Youth Group Advisor Job Description carefully to review the requirements and responsibilities of being an advisor. If you are interested in this awesome opportunity, please fill out the Advisor…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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Contemplating Poetry

First Monday of Each Month
Next up: August 3 ♦ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
in 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

We start up again in September!

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 more…

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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 insights…

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Giving First Recipient for June, July and August: MissionSAFE

MissionSAFE works with high-risk young people from challenged communities and situations who experience economic poverty, unstable housing, violence and numerous ongoing stressors. Their families are most often single…

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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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men's groupFirst Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, July 12 ♦ 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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Green Sanctuary Reading Group: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm in the Vestry ♦ next meeting July 21

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

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Stitch and Sew Workshops

Thursdays, 10:30 am in the Parlor

Note: Starting June 11 we will meet on Thursdays from 10:30 am to 1:00 pm or so. Please join us for any amount of time and bring your lunch. We have drinks.

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

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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 join…

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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…

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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 Arlington Street…

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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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