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Coming of Age Sunday Service

Sunday, May 31 ♦ 10:00 am

Join us for this special annual worship service and celebration in which the Coming of Age students share their personal credos.


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Youth Group Service Trip Supply Drive!

Youth Group Service Trip Supply Drive!
The Youth Group is collecting supplies for three different communities we will be working with this summer on our biannual service trip. We need:

  • old, unwanted jewelry & craft supplies
  • new or gently used sheets (XL twin), pillows &…
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yogi and exit signFirst Parish Potluck Picnic and Practice Evacuation June 14

Sunday, June 14 ♦ following the service

Please help us celebrate our community at First Parish with a potluck picnic and a practice evacuation at the end of the service on Sunday, June 14. Bring whatever food you like to share for the potluck.

What is a…

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Would you like to Represent First Parish at the UU General Assembly in June?

First Parish needs a representative for the UUA General Assembly, June 24-28, in Portland, OR. The representative can attend in person or virtually (online). The June 9 deadline for nominations is fast approaching. Please let Denominational…

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Have you Lost Something? It May be Found!

It’s time to clean out the Lost & Found at First Parish…have you misplaced something? Please be sure to take a look our table in the Vestry THIS Sunday, May 31, and NEXT Sunday, June 7, to see if your misplaced item(s) may be there. After June 7 we will be donating or tossing…

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Start Thinking About Ferry Beach!

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 coastal Saco, Maine,…

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Creating and Leading Dynamic Lay-Led Worship with Rev. Sue Phillips

Saturday, May 30 ♦ registration closed
Saturday, May 31 ♦ 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Littleton

Join Rev. Sue Phillips, UUA New England Regional Lead, in exploring the worship theory and theology that lie behind your congregation's Order of Service. This…

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Please Support the Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort

The UUSC and UUA have launched a joint fundraising effort for earthquake relief in Nepal. Here is the link to UUSC’s page: There is a donation link included on that page.
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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, June 11, 7:15 pm in Pierce

"The Invention of Wings"
by Sue Monk Kidd

Email Jean Nagle at jsn0708 @ with questions.

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Chime Ringing Rehearsals Continue!

If you are interested in ringing chime bells please join us on Thursdays at 7:00 pm in the Sanctuary. Ability to read music is suggested, but not required -- no advance notice required. For more information contact Jennifer Kobayashi at jhkob @ and Jonathan Brennand at

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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 Musicians Needed

Are you interested in contributing to worship over the summer term with your music? First Parish is in need of musicians to play at summer services. Working with the worship associates and lay speakers, the summer musicians are responsible for providing various worship music selections as well as providing hymn accompaniment. Please email summermusic @ with questions or if you’d like to play.  

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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 contact us at capitalcampaign @ Also, Watch for an additional June gardening volunteer day!

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Fulfill Your Pledge by June 30!

Our fiscal year ends on June 30 -- if you still owe money on this year's pledge, please try to get it in before then. A quick and easy way to do this is to transfer money directly from your checking account to First Parish's account. Just follow this link to and follow the instructions. Thank you!

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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 will be closed on Labor Day.
  • Weekdays when the office is closed I will be checking and responding to voicemail and email messages.
Publications for the summer:
  • The weekly E-Bulletin will continue through the summer. Deadline is noon each Wednesday.
  • The printed Sunday…

annual meeting infoAnnual Report and 2015-2016 Budget

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

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Brief Briefing: Meditation Group

Sunday, May 31 ♦ 11:30 am in Stanton Parlor

The Meditation Group hosts the next Brief Briefing. Contact communicationscommittee @ with questions.

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Job Opening: Youth Group Program Coordinator

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington, Mass., seeks a Youth Group Program Coordinator to support the mission of First Parish in the area of youth programming during the regular church year, September through June.

Follow this link for a more detailed job description.

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Job Opening: Weekday Sexton

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


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 and contributions (and nobody else's)
  • securely pay your pledge or make a new pledge
  • make online payments for various activities

If you already created an account, click here to sign in.

If you don't yet have an account, check your email -- we may have already sent…

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Religious Education Announcements

Sign-up NOW to teach this fall! It's fun! It's a great way to think about your spirituality! It's a fantastic way to meet new people! Please help the RE Committee so they can leave for the summer with a full slate of teachers for the fall (September - December) teaching term.

We are looking for teachers in the following grades:
Prek - 1 teacher needed to join veteran Barbara McCauley
K - 2 teachers needed
1- 2 teachers needed
4- 2 teachers needed

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Youth Group Announcements

THIS WEEKEND: Spring Lock-In May 30-31!
This lock-in is the FINAL one of the year, and the last lock-in for seniors!!! The big senior class will be our deans/planning team, and are working very hard to plan a fun filled night! Also, senior bridging will be taking place during the lock-in. In addition, we will be decorating the basement Harrison Room (old youth group room) with our handprints again!!! You won't want to miss this lock-in, please come!

If you are…

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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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Contemplating Poetry

First Monday of Each Month
Next up: June 1 ♦ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
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"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

Next up: June 25 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 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 May: EPOCA

Our Giving First recipient in May is EPOCA, Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement. EPOCA is a Worcester-based organization that helps former prisoners rebuild their lives; find work, housing and community; and advocate for an end…

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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, May 31 ♦ 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 June 16

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

Tuesdays, 10:30 am, meet offsite

Note: Please contact Jean Nagle at 781-646-5352 or jsn0708 @ for the location each week.

Calling all sewers, knitters and crafters: please join a group that prepares for the Harvest Moon Fair Stich and Sew Table (the Fair is…

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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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