Upcoming Community Events
7:15 pm - 8:30 pm
Sacred Poetry of the Muslim tradition:
Rumi, Hafiz, and Mohammed Iqbal
Lead by Amber Iqbal and Rev. Anne Mason
Are you looking for respite from your harried schedule? Would you like to deepen your connection to the Holy? How about building interfaith relationships over chai and poetry?
Come to First Parish once a month to explore sacred poetry of the Muslim tradition. Together with members of the Lexington Muslim community, we will use study techniques of both the western monastics and Middle Eastern scholars. We will hear the poems in their original language and in translation, then have time for quiet reflection using lectio divina, or “sacred reading,” and share with each other what we may have discovered in this time of spiritual reflection.
Thursday evenings, 7:15–8:30, at First Parish in Parish Hall
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
You do not need to attend all six sessions, but you may find that you want to!
Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan 23, Feb 27, Mar 26, Apr 30
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
The second annual First Parish Bake Off is coming! Savory and sweet items of all kinds. Whip up your favorite delight and enter it into the contest. Or, come to admire and taste the contestants creations without baking anything yourself. There will be judges and prizes for best in show for each category. Bake Off entrants can be individuals or teams of two.
In addition to beautiful and delicious baked goods, there will be aprons, beverages, and raffle tickets for sale.
You can purchase tickets at the door, during Sunday social hour, or from the church office — $20/adult, $10/child, $60/family pack. Tickets include entry into the bake-off and tasting the delectable entries. Each baker’s ticket is discounted by $5.
Will I be able to taste what the bakers make?
What else will be for sale at the event?
Custom aprons, raffle tickets, craft beer, and wine.
With there be food and drink at the event?
How much does it cost to attend?
$10 per child, $20 per adult, $60 max per family
How much does it cost to enter the bake-off?
Contestants must buy a ticket to the event. Baker tickets are discounted by $5 each – $5 per child baker, $15 per adult baker ($55 max per family with a baking contestant). Multiple members of each family may enter.
Can I bake anything I want?
Almost! This year we have a savory category and a sweet category. No nuts and nothing that requires refrigeration or heating.
How much should I bake?
Please bake something that can serve about 60 (5 dozen tastes). We are not requiring everything to be pre-cut this year. So, if you want to make a multi-tiered cake or an ornate giant bread loaf, you can! Just make sure that when cut up, it will make for about 60 small slices.
Can children sign up to be bakers?
Yes! Children can bake on their own or in teams of two.
Can I bake with someone?
Yes, you can enter in the team division as a team of two.
Can adults help children who enter?
For children who enter as individuals, the child should do the baking on his/her/their own with a grown-up assisting only for safety if needed. For teams of two children, there can be an adult helping in the background. For teams of one adult and one child, the adult and child work together with the adult doing as much or as little as desired in the team.
What will the display space be like?
Each baker will have one-third of a long table that is used at social hour (approx. 30 in x 6 ft). Tables will be covered in a paper table cloth. Please bring whatever display dish ware you need with you and be sure to label it with your full name. Please also bring a knife and serving implement if you are preparing a large item that will need to be sliced for small tastes after the judges see it.
When do I have to be there?
Please plan to arrive between 10:30am and 11:15am on the day of the event to find your space and set up your display. Judging starts at 11:15am sharp. Doors open for public tasting at noon. *This year, in between set up and the doors opening, we will be showing an episode of the Great British Bake-off on the big screen in Robinson Hall to keep the entrants entertained while the judges admire the presentation of each item.
Will there be judges and prizes?
Yes! Prize to the top contestant in each category. Volunteer judges will choose a winner based on presentation (please remember this important aspect of the contest), flavor, and baking technique.
How can I get more information?
See you there!
Your First Parish Bake-Off Committee: Joanne Poage, Debbie Armstrong, Jennifer Koch, Marty Kvaal, Lisa Maria Steinberg, Jon Trementozzi, and Raphael Savir.
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
On Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 3:30 PM, First Parish in Lexington will present a Peace concert of music from the gospel, world, jazz and mystical traditions celebrating Peace in the world and in our hearts. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children’s choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a 10-piece Jazz band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, saxophones, woodwinds and brass). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.