- Sunday Service
On this day we honor the brave men and women who have given their youth, their energy, their strength, and sometimes their very lives for our country. But far too many of our returning soldiers find their hardest battles happen once they are home. Rev. Anne will explore these issues in our Memorial Day worship service with her sermon, “Day is Done.”
Rev. Anne Mason, Worship Leader
There will be no Sunday School today. The nursery will be open for babies and toddlers.This Sunday we welcome guest pianist 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 Julliard School, and currently teaches piano at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the New England Conservatory Prep School. On Sunday, Ms. Sekino will play Scarlatti’s “Sonata in C minor, K. 302,” Shostakovich’s “Prelude in E minor” (from 24 Preludes and Fugues) and Mozart’s “Allegro” (from Sonata in B-flat major, K. 281).
Click here to listen to last week’s sermon by Rev. Anne Mason, “Cast Off Those Chains.”
Click here to read the document White Supremacy Culture that was handed out at last week’s service.
- Creative Callings this Thursday
All are welcome to participate in an informal group of members and friends who enjoy fiber arts. On Thursday, 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
In observation of Memorial Day, the office will be closed on Monday, May 29th. Have a safe holiday weekend!
- A Message from our Director of MusicFor the last week in May and the first week in June, I will be out of the office due to a scheduled surgery. I will be having a 2-year’s long herniated disc in my neck repaired. This surgery will provide me with a great amount of pain relief. I appreciate all of you thinking of me as I have this fairly routine procedure. And I look forward to being back providing music for worship on June 11th!
- A Note from the BoardDid you notice the “VOTE” flyer on the rear entrance door of the church? At this coming June’s Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly, delegates will vote on a new president for the UUA. This is an extremely important election, given the recent resignation of the past UUA president and the controversy over UUA hiring practices. Your Parish Board would like congregants to express their preferences to the First Parish General Assembly voting delegates (Marianne DiBlasi, Ben Soule, Elizabeth Walsh, and Deb Weiner Soule). We will do this by having congregants vote at the June 4th Semi-Annual Meeting and then direct our delegates to vote in accordance with the congregation’s preferences.I encourage everyone to learn about the three candidates and cast an informed vote. Click on the candidate’s name to visit their website.The UUA website also has a page with additional information on the candidates.Thank you for participating in this process and being prepared to cast your vote at the June 4th Semi-Annual Meeting.
In Fellowship,Tom Rich
- 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.”
Annual Day of Service
This Sunday, May 28th, the Social Action Committee will continue signing up volunteers for our June 3 Day of Service. To date, we have the opportunity to participate in the following activities: Lexington Interfaith Garden (8-10), Lexington Food Pantry (6-sorry, no children), Communities Without Borders preparation of graduation gifts for Zambian children (no limit set yet), The Douglas House (improving the quality of life for residents with brain injury-no limit set yet; activities and lunch for residents), Lexington Conservation Stewards project on Wright’s Farm (stone wall clearing and invasive plant removal-no limit set yet). The day will begin at 8 AM with a blessing by Reverend Anne, organization with Team Leader, and BREAKFAST. Most activities will wrap up around 12 or 12:30. Thank you to our individual leaders: Marty Kvaal, Cherie Noe, Lynne Yansen, Al Jacobson, Brenda Prusak, and Ben Soule. Hope to see you there!!
If you will not be in church this Sunday but would like to participate, please email Elaine Hylek with your top two preferences.
Lexington Food Pantry – First Sunday Food Collection
With the aim of increasing the visibility of our commitment to the Lexington Food Pantry, and to highlight hunger in America in general, the Social Action Committee will place the food collection basket in the front of the sanctuary on the first Sunday of every month during the church year. Please make a special point to bring non-perishable items for the basket on that Sunday and deposit them on either your way into the sanctuary or on your way out. Our first first Sunday will be June 4, 2017. Please be generous and thank you.
~Tom Wanderer and Lynn Yansen for the Social Action Committee
Monthly Special Plate Collection
Thanks to your generous contributions during last week’s service, the amount of $966 will be donated to UU Mass Action. Thank you! The final special collection for the fiscal year will take place on Sunday, June 4th, when we will ask for donations for the METCO program. More information on this will be forthcoming.
~ Carolyn Fleiss
- UU Denominational News
Living the Democratic Process and General Assembly
The 2017 General Assembly (GA) will be held June 21-25 in New Orleans. This assembly is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through a democratic process. Each UUA member congregation is allowed one voting delegate for every 50 members. First Parish in Lexington is allowed five voting delegates.
This year, Marianne DiBlasi, Elizabeth Walsh, Ben Soule, and Deb Weiner-Soule have been approved by the board as voting delegates. What does this mean? It means these delegates will be voting on business agenda items — including bylaw amendments, a statement of conscience, and the UUA presidential election. It means that these delegates are representing you — the members of First Parish.
In preparation for voting, the UUA Board of Trustees is hosting a 75-minute webinar which will provide information about the business items that will be voted on at GA. Delegates and all congregational members are invited to attend one of these webinars to learn about the business issues. Let your delegates know your thoughts on these issues so we can better represent First Parish at GA. To see a list of webinar times and how-to-attend information, visit
http://www.uua.org/uuagovernance/board/announcements/board-webinar-what-delegates-can-expect-ga-2017. Please note, this 75-minute webinar is scheduled for 5 separate dates and times. Each webinar covers the same material so you only need to attend one of them.
Thank you in advance for being part of UU democracy in action!
~ Marianne DiBlasi
- Seeking Donations for Zambia Trip
Meg Jackson, Lynn Perry, and Toni Tasker will be traveling to Zambia in June, representing First Parish in Lexington with Communities Without Borders. CWB’s mission is to improve the education and health of AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children, and to nourish hope for a better future. CWB’s approach is to build ongoing community to community relationships at the grassroots level, by working with local school and health educators. To help meet that goal, supplies are critically needed.
First Parish is collecting donations from May 1 until June 3. Many specific items are needed, as requested by our hosts in Zambia. The use of many items commonly used in the US is not sustainable in Africa, so please contribute only the items listed below. Please, no more bedding! Thank you!
New School Supplies
Pencils, pencil sharpeners, mini-erasers, crayons, chalk, colored pencils, pens, markers, chart paper, small notepads, masking tape, coloring books, computer paper, lined paper, construction paper, and stickers.
Legos, blocks, Duplos, Lincoln Logs, Matchbox cars, K’Nex, playdough, small decks of playing cards, as well as soccer balls and pumps, jump ropes, and tennis balls. Lightly used items are gladly accepted!
Children’s outerwear (winter jackets, sweatshirts, and fleeces) and black dress shoes for school-aged children (ages 5+)
For more information or to make a donation go to www.communitieswithoutborders.org.
- This Week at First Parish
Wednesday, May 24 No Choir Rehearsal Thursday, May 25 Creative Callings 2:00 p.m. Parlor Meditation Group 4:00 p.m. Parlor Friday, May 26 Ferry Beach Saturday, May 27 Ferry Beach Sunday, May 28 Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sanctuary Ferry Beach Monday, May 29 Office Closed Tuesday, May 30 Staff Meetings 11:00 a.m. Minister’s Office Insight Meditation 7:30 p.m. Common Room Wednesday, May 31 Choir Rehearsal 7:30 p.m. Sanctuary Members & Friends Committee 7:30 p.m. Common Room