Weekly Update

Subscribe to the Weekly Update
The email newsletter of First Parish in Lexington is published on Wednesdays at 4 pm. Submissions are due on Mondays at 10 am. Email submissions or inquiries to the church office.
  • Sunday Service


    Rev. Anne Mason will ask the question, “Is It Possible?” when exploring our Unitarian Universalist faith that calls us to hold out hope in this violent world. Hope that our hearts will be tuned to the music of peace. Hope that our communities will dwell together in love. Let us join together to rekindle that spark of hope so that we can share it with this flawed and beloved world of ours.

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

    The Sanctuary Choir will sing John Rutter’s beautiful “Distant Land” and Molly James profound “Prayer for Healing.” Julia Jaffe, Toni Tasker, and Elizabeth Walsh will sing Linda Hirschhorn’s lyrical setting of “Circle ‘Round for Freedom.” For the centering music and postlude, Rip Jackson will play Paul Sullivan’s hauntingly beautiful piano piece “Rising Moon” and Alfred V. Fedak’s festive organ work “Kingsfold Trumpet.”


  • This Week at First Parish
    Wednesday, September 21
    Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
    Thursday, September 22
    Creative Callings 2:00 p.m. Parlor
    Meditation 4:00 p.m. Parlor
    Friday, September 23
    Saturday, September 24
    Family Fun Pizza Party 5:00 p.m. Parker Hall
    Munroe Saturday Night 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary
    Sunday, September 25
    Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary
    Children’s Choir Rehearsal 11:45 a.m. Sanctuary & Parlor
    Communities Without Borders Presentation 12:00 p.m. Parker Hall
    Coming of Age Orientation 5:30 p.m. Parker Hall
    Monday, September 26
    Staff Meeting 12:00 p.m. Office
    Tuesday, September 27
    Insight Meditation 7:30 p.m. Parker Hall
  • A Note from the Board

    Tom-RichYour Parish Board held its annual fall retreat the day before our Ingathering service. We covered a lot of ground. We started by offering suggestions to Rev. Anne on what her priorities should be this year, other than worship and pastoral care. We then had a two-part training segment, starting with a review of a document that the Board is drafting entitled, “How Decisions are Made at First Parish.” This document is a work in progress; we hope to share it with the congregation for comment in a few weeks.

    Former Finance Committee Chair David Bovet led a “Finance 101” segment that reviewed the church finances for the Board, and members of the Annual Pledge Drive planning team then joined in for a discussion of how this year’s pledge drive could be run. The retreat concluded with a segment on identifying priority goals for the Board this year.

    At the top of the list are addressing the findings of the Historic Structures Report on our church building and creating initiatives to increase our visibility in the community and attract new members. We will report on both of these goals at the Semi-Annual Meeting after the Sunday service on October 30th.

    In the spirit of community,

    Tom Rich

    Board Chair

  • A Note from Lifespan Religious Education

    sadie-kahn-greeneHello! I’m Sadie Kahn-Greene, and I’m covering for Lisa Maria for this last week of her maternity leave. Her first Sunday back will be Oct. 2nd. I’ll be there to welcome her back and hope you will be, too! In the meantime, our program is up and running!

    We had our first Sunday of religious education for Pre-K to 8th grade while our high school group finished their kick-off retreat in NH. Our youngest class for pre-K to1st grades started with their new curriculum, Spirit Play. As my 5 year old explained, “There were a lot of new things in class, but they were really cool!” I’m delighted that he welcomed the change. I also had a great time working with the 2nd to 8th graders for their Chapel time in Parker Hall. Together we created their group covenant, learned about each other, and played a game that got everyone moving and eager to come back and play again. I’ll be there again next week. I plan to light the chalice with any 2nd-8th graders that would like to help me share their covenant. Their words and commitment to being a cooperative group is inspiring. 

    I look forward to welcoming our returning families and newcomers again this Sunday!

    Our first Family Fun Games Night and Pizza Party will be on Saturday September 24th from 5-7 pm in Parker Hall. Rev. Anne and I will be there with some group games, board and card games. If you have a favorite game to share, please bring it along! I’m hoping we can make this a regular event. It’s certainly not just for families, so if you like to play games, join us! Please RSVP here or email me at skahngreene@yahoo.com if you have questions.

  • Baton Rouge Flood Recovery Donation Information

    tbrThe Social Action Committee will be collecting monetary donations for the victims of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Rev. Nathan Ryan of the Baton Rouge UU church has recommended checks be directed to Together Baton Rouge, where 100% of funds go to recovery and rebuilding at the local level. Your check can be given directly to Elaine Hylek on Sunday, September 25th OR placed in the designated envelope in the Social Action mailbox outside of the church office. Alternatively, you could also mail the check to Elaine at 4 Ryder Lane, Lexington. All checks will be collected and sent to Together Baton Rouge on October 1. Thank you for your generosity.

    For more information, email Elaine Hylek at elaine.hylek@bmc.org or visit the Together Baton Rouge website.

  • Creative Callings, a/k/a Fiber Arts – Sept 22nd

    yarnAll are welcome to participate in an informal group of members and friends who enjoy fiber arts. We gather in the church parlor each second and fourth Thursday from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm for a low-key time of fellowship, creativity, and sharing of ideas.

    This Thursday, September 22nd, we will begin our special project of simple knitting (e.g., shawls) for the hospital- or home-bound among us.

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

  • Art Show & Munroe Saturday Nights – Sept 24th

    andrewchildcubaHave you noticed the art display in First Parish?  It’s part of the art and culture of Cuba which will be highlighted on the walls of the First Parish gallery this month, and is part of the upcoming Munroe Saturday Nights presentation, “Cuba: Memory, Art and Action – An Evening to Benefit Friends of Caritas Cubana” will open the 2016-2017 season of the Munroe Saturday Nights performing arts series on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at First Parish in Lexington, 7 Harrington Road at 7:30 PM.

    The evening’s program, which will benefit the work of the Friends of Caritas Cubana, will feature readings and musical selections from the Cuban and Cuban/American experience, as well as a presentation from local Cuban Americans sharing their observations from recent trips to Cuba. Participating in the performance are award-winning playwright/actor/director Melinda Lopez, writer Ana Hebra Flaster, and musicians Zahili Gonzalez Zamora and Zayra Pola Ocasio. The photographs of Andrew Child and art by Cuban artists, on display in First Parish’s art gallery, are available for sale by silent auction. There are also photographs by First Parishioner Lew Counts, who visited Cuba in 2001.

    Lexington playwright Merrill Meadow will moderate a panel discussion of Cuban and Cuban-Americans, who will reflect on recent changes in the US’s relationship with the island nation and life in Cuba today. Allene M. Diaz, from the Board of Friends of Caritas Cubana will share stories and images of their almost twenty-year-old mission of enhancing the capacity of Caritas Cuba.

    To further help those still struggling in Cuba, Friends of Caritas Cubana also invites donations of the following medical and health items:  small sized, unopened, unexpired Tylenol; Benadryl; aspirin; Advil; and Prilosec, or the generic equivalents, as well as Band-Aids, Neosporin and Toothbrushes. A collection bin will be in place at First Parish on the night of the performance to accept these contributions.

    The suggested donation for Munroe Saturday Nights events is $10/person. A portion of the donations for the September 24 production will be donated to Friends of Caritas Cubana to further their mission of enhancing the capacity of Caritas Cuba. Reservations are strongly encouraged.  Visit http://www.munroecenter.org/reserve-your-seat.html to reserve your seat.

  • Communities Without Borders Presentation – Sept 25th

    cwbCome hear Amy Archibald speak at First Parish Lexington on Sunday, September 25, 2016, at noon in Parker Hall. Amy,  COO and veteran travel leader for Communities Without Borders, will share her experiences in Zambia helping orphaned and vulnerable children.

    CWB travels annually to Zambia for a two-week service trip; plans are underway for the summer of 2017. Are you interested in finding out more? This may be of particular interest to First Parish Members and Friends with high school and college-aged students.

    Highlights from previous trips:

    • Experience a multi-dimensional itinerary that encompasses active participation
    • Build cross-cultural relationships
    • Contribute and distribute school supplies to local communities
    • Visit community schools and secondary schools
    • Immerse yourself with local Zambians in the compounds
    • Assist with health screenings, teaching, and interacting with children
    • Create memories that will last a lifetime.

    We are announcing the establishment and details of the Al Jacobson / Communities Without Borders Traveling Fellowship at this meeting. You won’t want to miss it!

    For more information, please email Margie Gibbons at gibbons5@rcn.com.

  • Nonfiction Book Group – Sept 29th

    sapiensOn Thursday, September 29th at 7:30 pm in the Parlor, please join in discussing Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harar.

    Sebastian Junger blurbed about Sapiens: “Thank God someone finally wrote [this] book.”

    “Sapiens tackles the biggest questions of history and of the modern world, and it is written in unforgettably vivid language.” (Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, The World Until Yesterday, and Collapse)

    All are welcome, whether you have read all, part of, or just want to learn more about the book. Contact John Oberteuffer for more information.

  • Coming of Age Orientation – Sept 25th

    coming-of-ageThe Coming of Age program is a rite of passage for 9th and 10th graders to engage in a process to articulate the understanding of their personal beliefs. A valuable Unitarian Universalist tradition, the Coming of Age process and culminating worship service is cherished as a way to celebrate our youth’s independent minds and their growing understanding of spirituality and faith.

    An orientation for the program will take place on Sunday, September 25th from 5:45 – 7:00 p.m. in Parker Hall and is open to all youth in 9th and 10th grades and their parents/guardians. Meet the leaders, find out more about the schedule and expectations, and get your questions answered.

    Please RSVP to Katie Camire, Youth Coordinator, at youth@fplex.org.

  • Rev. Anne’s Office Hours

    clockRev. Anne now has regular office hours. You can call her in the office during these times at 781-862-8200 x2.

    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
    Monday and Thursday evenings by appointment.
    Tuesday will be a study and writing day.
    Friday will be a day off.

    To schedule an appointment, please email minister@fplex.org.

  • 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.

  • Click this button to benefit First Parish when you shop at Amazon.