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Sunday Worship Service

Poetry for the New Year
Sunday, December 28 ♦ Worship at 10:00 am    

You are invited to bring a favorite poem to share that provides wisdom and perspective at the ending of the old year and the beginning of the new.


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First Parish Vigil Makes the News

On Sunday, December 14, members of First Parish and other Arlington residents held a peaceful vigil on the corner of Mass Ave and Pleasant Street to protest recent shootings of unarmed black men by police. Hundreds turned out to stand on the side of justice! See the links below for…

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clip art of handing out orders of serviceChristmas Eve Ushers Needed!

The ushers could use some extra help doing things like setting up and handing out candles for both the 4 pm and 6 pm services on Christmas Eve. If you can assist please contact Ricky Carter or one of the other ushers, or email ushers @

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Alliance Program: Winter Chill Chaser for the New Year

Friday, January 96:30 pm

Our January Alliance meeting will be a traditional chowder supper. Come for great hot chowder and good company.
We'll gather at 6:30 pm in the First Parish vestry for an array of chowders -- corn, fish and clam chowder with salad and…

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paintbrush in paintCall for Artists! Congregational Art Show

Our first Congregational Art Show in the new Parlor will open in the beginning of February! What have you been doing for art lately? Please join our exhibit of paintings, photos, collages, fabric, pottery, jewelry, whatever! We welcome two pieces per artist. 3D art items will be…

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Women's Book Group 

Thursday, January 8 ♦ 7:15 offsite

"Fahrenheit 451" by Ray Bradbury

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

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UUlations CD Available this Month!

Throughout December you can buy a copy of the first CD from First Parish's own UUlations, "When Music Sounds." All proceeds, after costs, go to benefit First Parish. Selections include a piece written just for the group by our music director emeritus Ken Seitz, and arrangements and…

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men's groupFirst Parish Men's Group

Next up: Sunday, January 11 ♦ 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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Green Sanctuary Reading Group: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate

Third Tuesdays, 7:30 pm in the Vestry ♦ next meeting December 16

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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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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Parish Committee Meetings at 366 Mass Ave., Suite 203

Sunday, January 4, 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

The Parish Committee will meet in the Data Collaborative conference room at 366 Massachusetts Ave., Suite 203, until the First Parish renovations are complete.

The following meetings will also occur at this…

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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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December Worship at First Parish

Candlelight Ceremony for Christmas Eve
Wednesday, December 24 ♦ 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm
The two services feature all the same elements but for a few differences in musical selections.

Poetry Service

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First Parish Holiday Hours

Changes from regular schedule are in bold:

Monday, December 22: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday, December 23: 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wednesday, December 24: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Thursday , December 25: Closed


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You Are Cordially Invited to a Gatsby Party!

January 107:00 pm - 10:30 pm

The theme for this year's UU Prom is 1920s/Gatsby Party! Come dressed to impress in 20s-themed clothing if you choose, or just semi-formal attire. There will be a DJ…

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Ask Me About...

The Membership Committee has created "Ask Me About" tags that can be worn if there is some First Parish related topic, such as social justice, the choir, or RE, which you would like people to ask you about. The tags are located…

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Thank You for the Names!

The Parish Committee unanimously accepted the recommendations of the Bring Many Room Names work group at Tuesday's regular business meeting for December. Deb Botos, John Hodges, Gwen Hooper, Sandy King, and Carol…

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Feel Part by Taking Part

The rewards of getting involved in the life of First Parish are numerous! To discuss the variety of volunteer opportunities available, contact the Leadership Development Committee at leadership @ Also,…

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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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Job Opening: Sunday 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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Brief Briefing with the Music Committee

Sunday, December 21 ♦ 11:30 am in the Choir Room

The Music Committee hosts this week's 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


Happy Holidays from the RE Staff and Committee!

We hope you find some time during these hectic weeks to share time with those you love. We hope you discover and celebrate moments of peace,  and opportunities to find joy and cheer.

Sunday, December 21: All Ages Worship to celebrate the holidays. Children in grades K and up will stay in the Sanctuary with their families for the worship service -- to share in rituals, to listen to a story of…

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Youth Group Announcements

REMINDER: Service Trip Parent Meeting RESCHEDULED to January 4

Our Service Trip Parent meeting and orientation has been RESCHEDULED to January 4 (location TBD, stay tuned). Thank you for your patience.

Save the date! This January we will be hosting an AWESOME Roaring Twenties themed party with dancing, munchies, mocktails, a photobooth, and all the trimmings! Tell your friends and family!



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STAR: spirit, transormation, adventure, reflection

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The Democratic Process as a Spiritual Practice

Next Up: Tuesday, January 13 -- “Democracy and Radical Inclusion: Different or the Same?” with Esther Kingston-Mann and Ricky Carter ♦ Date TBD ♦ Community Room, Arlington Public Library, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Of the spiritual values in our UU…

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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 December: The Children's Literacy Foundation

The Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to inspire a love of reading and writing among children up to age 12 throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Since 1998, CLiF has served…

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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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