• April 26, 2017
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      We often dream of creating a community where people across race and faith and neighborhood can build relationships and work together for a better world. But that is easier said than done. For white communities, the first step is reckoning with the reality of racism.

      Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, Worship Leader

      There will be Sunday school classes for Pre-K through Grade 8. The nursery will be open for babies and toddlers.


      This Sunday the First Parish children’s choir, with soloists Adelle Cowen-Therieau and Lindsay Korn, will sing “It’s a Hard Knock Life” from the hit Broadway show “Annie.” The sanctuary choir will sing the poignant spiritual, “Turn Me Round,” with soloists Austin Burns and Julia Jaffee. The choir will also sing the powerful “Finale” from the Broadway show “Rent.” For the centering music, Rip Jackson will play Claude Debussy’s ethereal piano piece “Claire de Lune.” He will also play J. S. Bach’s energetic organ work “Prelude and Fugue in c minor, BWV 549” for the postlude.


      Click here to listen to last week’s sermon by Rev. Anne Mason, “What on Earth Were We Thinking?”


      The Rev. Mary Margaret Earl began serving as Executive Director and Senior Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry in 2014. During her time, she has worked to strengthen bonds between UUs and the Roxbury neighborhood where the UUUM operates. She is on the leadership team of the Moral Revival Massachusetts, working with a coalition reclaiming what it means to be religious in the public square.

      Prior to her arrival at the UU Urban Ministry, she spent 10 years at McAuley Ministries, a faith-based nonprofit in Providence, RI that provides food, shelter, and clothing to those who were homeless or at risk of becoming so. She is past president of the Board of the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless and was recipient of the 2014 Heroes of Faith Award from the Rhode Island State Council of Churches for her interfaith work.

    • From Your Minister

      I will be at a conference this weekend, but I know that you will be in excellent hands with Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, who is head of the UU Urban Ministry.

      The conference I’m attending is called “Revolutionary Love:  Disruptive Ethics to Dismantle Racism.” It will be held at Middle Collegiate Church in New York City, and I’m looking forward to listening to some of the great voices in religious anti-oppression work like Van Jones, Jacqui Lewis, William Barber, and Brian McLaren. In these days when our own UUA is facing the systemic racism in their own hiring practices, I am excited to be moving beyond the UU world into the progressive intersection of multi-racial and multi-religious voices being offered in this conference. Hopefully, I will bring back some great insights to share with you all!

      In faith,
      Rev. Anne

    • Special Plate Collection

      This Sunday is the special plate collection. The recipient for April will be the Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry.

      On Sunday, April 30th, Rev. Mary Margaret Earl, Executive Director and Senior Minister of the UUUM, will join us in the pulpit where she will preach on, “Making Beloved Community Real.”

      “Headquartered at the First Church in Roxbury campus, the UU Urban Ministry operates programs that provide education and enrichment programming for children and youth, emergency shelter for individuals and families fleeing from domestic violence, affordable housing and intentional community for young women, and volunteer-based capacity-building services for Roxbury-serving nonprofits. We make use of an extensive pool of volunteers from Boston-area UU congregations, colleges/universities, and the Roxbury community to offer a greater level of programming than our staff alone could provide. An important part of our mission is bringing together people from different walks of life to work together toward justice and equality.” For more information, visit their website.

    • Among Our Own

      The family of Dorothy Smith has informed us that Dorothy passed away while she was visiting her daughter in Minnesota. The family is having a private time of remembrance instead of a public memorial, but appreciate the kind thoughts of the congregation. It has been a tough few months for all of them.If you would like to send a card, please feel free to do so: Debbie Smith – 1403 Chelmsford St., St. Paul MN 55108 and Karen Drew – 13 Winthrop St/Winchester, MA, 01890.

    • UU Urban Ministry Luncheon and Meeting

      All are invited to come tomorrow to First Parish for an information meeting about Jericho Road Roxbury, an exciting UU Urban Ministry program matching your professional skills, experiences, and UU values with the needs of non-profit organizations in the Roxbury/Dorchester community.

      What: information meeting to learn more about opportunities to work with non-profits and help them grow their business. No commitments, just come and hear.

      Where: First Parish Lexington, 7 Harrington Road

      When: Thursday, April 27, 1:00 pm, lunch will be served

      Who: women and men, young and older adults, active and retirees who are members and friends of Follen Community Church, UU Bedford Church, and First Parish Lexington.

      Flexibility & Support
      • Project-based
      • Finite-time commitments
      • Remote and on-site consulting
      • Follen Church, First Parish in Bedford, and First Parish in Lexington support group

      Utilize Your Skill Sets & Professional Experiences
      • Marketing
      • Web-development
      • Accounting and Finance
      • Business Strategy
      • Governance
      • Risk Management
      • Fund Raising
      • Sourcing

      Contact/RSVP: Al Jacobson, First Parish Lexington, aljacobson@comcast.net; Marci Butman, Follen Church, mbutman@gmail.com; Robert Schmalz, First Parish in Bedford, schmalzrobert@comcast.net

    • Creative Callings

      yarnThis Thursday, all are welcome to participate in an informal group of members and friends who enjoy fiber arts. Bring your knitting, crocheting, beading or other fiber work and meet in the church parlor from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm for a low-key time of fellowship, creativity, and sharing of ideas.

      Just drop by or email Karolyn Eisenstein to join the email list.

    • Office Closed on Friday

      The church office will be closed on Friday, April 28th. If there is a pastoral emergency, please contact Rev. Anne at 781-862-8200 x2 or email her at minister@fplex.org. All phone calls and emails to the office will be returned on Monday, May 1st.



    • This Week in Social Action Ministry

      The Social Action Ministry (SAM) at First Parish comes from our Unitarian Universalist faith based on the values of love, justice, community and responsibility. We do this within the supportive environment of our broader church community and the mission of First Parish “…to act on our values to serve the larger community and create a more just and loving world.”


      People’s Climate March

      Saturday, April 29, 2017  2:00 – 4:00 pm
      Washington, DC

      Or, Boston Sister March:

      Boston Common, 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

      The Climate March in Washington DC is promising to be huge!  A “sister” march in Boston is now planned on the Boston Common. For those that would like to march in Washington, there are buses available leaving from Alewife and other stops, leaving late Friday night April 28, going straight to the march, and then returning Saturday night to arrive back in the Boston area early Sunday Morning. Bus tickets are $110+ fee, sponsor tickets are $130. 

      Click here for more information about the march. For Bus Information click here.  

      Unitarian Universalist People’s Climate Events in Washington D.C.

      Unitarian Universalists will be traveling to Washington, D.C. from all over the country and marching together in the Faith contingent of the People’s Climate Movement: March for Climate, Jobs, and Justice. Here are the opportunities to connect and take action together with other UUs.  http://www.commit2respond.org/pcm_come_to_dc?recruiter_id=6723  Register at this sight and get updates on events and meeting plans.


      Political Activism

      Even after a successful Tax Rally in Lexington last Tuesday, April 18th, the president’s tax returns are still on our minds—especially as he gets ready to announce his big tax cut program this Wednesday. Aside from wondering what he is hiding, the lack of his tax returns makes it very hard to understand how his proposed tax cut program will directly enrich the holdings of him and his family.
      Heard enough? We have about a dozen pre-addressed “Tax Demand” postcards on which you can share your own concerns with the president about his the refusal to release his tax returns. If you are interested in writing a card, send your request to info@minutemanindivisible.org. Want to make your voice heard on a statewide or national scale, visit our website [minutemanindivisible.org] for lots of good, timely suggestions for action. Click on the JOIN button on the website to sign up for one of seven teams of Lexington activists.
    • A Broadway Cabaret


      Sunday, May 7, 2017, at 3:30 PM

      First Parish in Lexington
      7 Harrington Rd. Lexington, MA

      Suggested Donation: $20/adults; $10/Students and Seniors

      (More if you can and less if you can’t – all are welcome!)

      First Parish in Lexington will present a Broadway Cabaret on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 3:30 PM. The concert will feature the First Parish sanctuary and children’s choirs and soloists, guest singers, and a pit band (piano, drums, electric guitar, electric bass, trumpets, horns, flute, saxophone and clarinet) performing solo and choral music from Broadway including selections from RentJesus Christ SuperstarAnnie, West Side Story and Show Boat. Suggested donation: $20/adults; $10/students and seniors (more if you can and less if you can’t – all are welcome!). For more information call the church at 781-862-8200 or visit www.fplex.org.

    • Seeking Food Donations for Reception

      Wondering how you can help with the Broadway Cabaret?

      There will be a reception following the concert, and donations of finger food such as brownies, fruit, cupcakes, veggies, and other small, healthy items are needed. Please contact Hazel Graham if you can bring something and what it will be.

      Email Hazel here if you can contribute.

    • Mayfair – Books, Plants, and Jewelry (Oh, My!)

      Do you have a house full of books that need thinning, a garden full of plants that need splitting, or jewelry, purses, and scarves that no longer compliment your wardrobe? Donate them to Mayfair! Here’s how:



      Book Sale

      Please drop off books on Friday, May 12th in the Common Room.

      WANTED ONLY: Books in good condition (all types except textbooks), including

      Current fiction & nonfiction

      Art books

      Children’s Books


      Gardening and Field Guides

      Recent travel guides

      Books on CD

      Contact Mary Knuth for more information or with questions.

      Jewelry Table

      This year the jewelry table will offer an ‘All NEW’ selection — nothing left over from prior years! BUT it is up to us to dig into that collection of forgotten and unloved gems and accessories (purses, silk and silk-like scarves) to make this work. We will treat your valuables with respect making sure they are carefully valued to bring the best price. You can drop off your items each Sunday. Jane will also receive things at the office when she is there. We encourage early drop offs to lessen the build up of donations at the last minute. Ask your sisters, mothers, friends, and neighbors for their long neglected jewels and invite them to refresh their own collections by coming to the sale. The following are team members this year: Lynne Yansen, Deb Lapides, Carolyn Fleiss, Lee Brami, Trelawney Goodell, Linda Coyne, Meg Newhouse, and Edie Ruquist.

      Plants Plants Plants

      Take advantage of the upcoming spring weather to get out in your garden and thin those innocent-looking shoots that have multiplied beyond their limits. Pot them up for Mayfair! We need plants! Any questions, check with Lydia D’Andrea or Jim Jones.

    • Mayfair – General Information

      Mayfair will be on Saturday, May 13th, less than TWO WEEKS away! This is our big spring fundraiser (and also a source for many a Mother’s Day treasure!).

      1.  Post a yard sign in your front yard beginning Sunday, May 7th. Signs will be available at church beginning Sunday, March 7th.  Please sign up at the piano on Sundays, or using our link to Sign up Genius (see below).

      2.  Donate some time!  How about:

      ~ baking some delicious goodies or other comestibles?

      ~ planting seedlings or re-potting plants?

      ~ making espresso at the coffee bar or serving delicious lunch to our shoppers?

      ~ selling on Saturday or sorting and pricing on Friday day and evening?

      ~ setting up before or cleaning up after?

      3.  Donate a much-loved but no-longer-needed treasure to sell!  We eagerly await your:

      ~ Treasures and collectibles

      ~ Books, CDs, DVDs

      ~ White elephants

      ~ Plants

      ~ Your plastic and paper bags for folks to carry home their purchases.

      Drop-off for donations at the church will be on Thursday, the 11th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm and on Friday, the 12th,  beginning at 9:00 am.

      Sign up sheets will be at the piano on Sunday or you can be in touch with Amy Breiting or Marty Kvaal.

      Click here to go to the Signup Genius online account for Mayfair.

    • Ferry Beach Registration is Open

      It’s Ferry Beach time! The First Parish Churches of Lexington and Concord join together in celebrating our UU communities and the Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 – 29, with a wonderful, family-friendly weekend at the Ferry Beach Camp and Conference Center in Saco, Maine.  For those of you who have never been to this weekend – we warmly encourage you to register and enjoy yourself, accommodated in either the Ferry Beach housing facilities or at the lovely Grove campground.

      Members of the Lexington Ferry Beach committee can help fill you in on details – see Elisabeth Jas, Erik Svenson, Jim Slack, Dave Cannon, Jill French, Cheryl Keenan or some of the many other Beachers who are regulars:  Chris Hess, Bill and Janet McKenney, Elizabeth Walsh and Bill Scott, among others.  Registration for the Ferry Beach weekend (May 26th – May 29th), is ongoing until April 30th.

      There are two methods to register for Ferry Beach; online is preferred

      (1) USE the our new FPLEX webpage (Members Section) to get all the information and all the needed forms for  REGISTRATION and an ONLINE PAYMENT option too!

      (2) Printed copies of the forms are available at the PIANO or in the CHURH OFFICE.  These after filling out these forms, send SCANNED copies to Elisabeth Jas (elisjas@outlook.com).

      Rain or Shine, the beach, the croquet courses, the talent show, board games, puzzles, marsh mellow campfire and MORE are waiting for you at Ferry Beach.

      Hope to see you there,

      Ferry Beach Registration Team – Elisabeth Jas and Deb Weiner Soule

    • In Other News…
      A new feature in the Weekly Update, In Other News… will be a space designated for news items and announcements that do not fit under the umbrella of a standing committee or program of the church but may be of interest to readers.

       Would you like to partner with First Parish UU in Bedford to offer Sanctuary to a non-documented family? Here is an invitation:

      On Wednesday evening, May 10 at 7:00 p.m., Attorney and President of the American Immigration Lawyers’ Association, Susan Church, will give a presentation at First Parish in Bedford. The presentation is designed to inform immigrants and their allies of their rights and to empower them in the era of significant ICE enforcement. In addition, Ms. Church will also be prepared to answer our questions about offering physical sanctuary and its legal implications. Don’t miss this opportunity to become informed and, importantly, to prepare for the support of a person(s) in sanctuary at First Parish. AND, please do invite any immigrants you may know who would benefit from this presentation.

      We’d like to get a sense of how many people will attend; so, please let Vito (vito@deblam.net) or Christine (chdudleymarling@gmail.com) know if you think you’ll be able to join us. Thanks!


    • This Week at First Parish
      Wednesday, April 26
      Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
      Thursday, April 27
      UU Urban Ministry Luncheon 1:00 p.m. Common Room
      Creative Callings 2:00 p.m. Parlor
      Meditation Group 4:00 p.m. Parlor
      Sunday, April 30
      Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:45 a.m. Parlor & Sanctuary
      Congregational Conversation 12:00 p.m. Parker Hall
      JHYG 3:00 p.m. Parker Hall
      Coming of Age 5:45 p.m. Parker Hall
      SHYG 7:00 p.m. Common Room & Parish Hall
      Monday, May 1
      Staff Meetings 11:00 a.m. Minister’s Office
      Tuesday, May 2
      Music Committee 3:00 p.m. Common Room
      Finance Committee 7:30 p.m. Common Room
      Insight Meditation 7:30 p.m. Parker Hall
      Wednesday, May 3
      Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
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