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  • Summer Worship
    sanctuary Join Joanna Lubkin this Sunday morning at 10:30 for her sermon, “Forget Your Perfect Offering.” Ever have something you cared about so much and wanted to get so perfect that you never do it? Together, we’ll look at those moments when perfectionism paralyzes us and how we move past it to give our gifts to the world.
    trebleclef Music this week will be provided by Yukiko Sekino. A soloist noted for her performances of Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, and Scriabin, Yuki frequently collaborates in chamber music and performs some of the most challenging twentieth and twenty-first century works. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Juilliard School, and currently teaches piano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the New England Conservatory Prep School.
  • About Our Summer Worship Leader

    Rev. Joanna Lubkin is the Unitarian Universalist Chaplain at Wellesley College, a part of an eight-person team of interfaith chaplains. She received a Masters of Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School and studied at Hebrew College Rabbinical School. Joanna is an affiliated minister at Arlington Street Church in Boston and is a member of the choir. She is an active leader and musician at The Sanctuary Boston and lives in Jamaica Plain.


  • August Office Hours for Rev. Anne

    rev-anne-mason Rev. Anne Mason begins her ministry with First Parish on August 1st, and she will be holding office hours throughout the month for parishioners who wish to meet with her.

    Hours will be Monday through Thursday from 9am to 1pm in her office and Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm at Panera on Mass Ave.

    Please sign up for a designated time slot by clicking on this link to Signup Genius. If you have trouble opening the link, please contact Jane Foley.

    Rev. Anne looks forward to meeting with you!

  • Water Communion Ingathering Sunday

    Water Communion Whether you are spending the summer months in your backyard or travelling abroad, please gather and save a small amount of water for the Water Communion ritual during the Ingathering service on Sunday, September 11th.

    The water communion is a UU ritual, a time of sharing where you’ve been and reconnecting with one another. The water is poured into a common bowl and symbolizes the UU belief that many are one. Some of the water is often saved, sterilized, and then used for ceremonial purposes, such as child dedications, at other times of the year.

  • Memorial Garden Remembrance Bricks and Annual Fall Service

    memorial-garden The First Parish Memorial Garden remains lush and green this summer, thanks to our Memorial Garden watering volunteers. Parishioners and visitors may sit quietly there and enjoy the healing beauty of nature. The garden’s green plantings and granite bricks engraved with names of loved ones convey the message that those who are gone from our physical presence are still with us in memory.

    We will hold the annual Memorial Garden service in late September to dedicate new bricks and remember our loved ones. First Parishioners or their survivors may request a memorial brick to honor the life of a loved one by contacting the committee chairs (Sarah Matthews or Nancy Earsy) and making a special donation for the brick’s engraving and the ongoing maintenance of the Garden.

    Nancy Earsy,
    for the Memorial Garden Committee

  • Monthly Plate Donation for 2016/17

    collection-plate The monthly collection plate donation has become a strong program at First Parish. Over the past few years congregants have generously put more money in the plate following a presentation by a representative of a local charity. Follow up thank you notes attest to the warmth of our church members during the coffee hour.

    Now is the time to start thinking about putting together a new list of recipients for September through June. We hope that everyone will feel welcome to suggest places that they feel are appropriate and consistent with our UU values of service, inclusiveness and commitment to our community.

    Please feel free to email me. I will be away for parts of August but will be happy to field questions and take suggestions.

    For the Social Action Ministry,
    Carolyn Fleiss

  • Lexington Food Pantry

    Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry Please help our neighbors who rely on the Lexington Food Pantry to feed their families. There are two baskets by the front doors for donations of non-perishable food items, as well as in the bin outside of the church office. You can also make a cash donation by leaving it with the office or forwarding a check to the Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry, P.O. Box 635, Lexington, MA 02420.

    Questions? Contact Lynne Yansen.

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