First Parish News, July 2019

Rev Ellen Summer Contact Information - During the summer, I have four weeks of study leave to prepare for next year’s preaching and faith formation courses that I hope to lead (that is the theory anyway). I will also be on vacation July 21 through August 12. While I am not leading worship during the summer, I am around for pastoral care, committee and group meetings, and general minister things, except during my vacation time. While I don’t keep regular office hours, I do try to check my office voice mail: 978 256-5555, so you can leave me a message or, if you need to reach me urgently, my cell phone number is on the message, as well as emergency contact information for when I am away. You can also email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We will resume our regular worship schedule on Sunday, September 8 at 10 am in the sanctuary for our water communion. More to come on that in August! --Rev. Ellen


 Summer Church Office Hours July 1 – August 23 - I am on reduced (10 hrs/wk) work hours during this time. Please call (978 256-5133) or email the office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you wish to see me at a specific time, about church business.  I will consistently be in on Mondays and Thursdays 6 am to 8 am unless I’m on vacation. Other days I may work around Ellen’s schedule, other appointments - or be here very early to simply deal with phone messages and physical mail. I live nearby and have no problem with meeting you here at your convenience Monday through Friday before noontime. Wherever I am, I will check email off and on during that time frame. - Cindy Gist


First Parish will be selling our famous donuts at the 4th of July Pre-Celebration on the town Common from 5-9 PM on Wednesday, July 3rd and 7 AM to 11:30 on July 4th. Please come by and buy a donut or 2 or 1/2 dozen to help support this important fundraiser.  Thank you.


 Community Table needs your help! We prepare and serve a meal on the 3rd Saturday of each month, including summer months. Come have some fun for a few short hours while providing a worthwhile service that is very appreciated by the community. No experience necessary! If you'd like to know more, or want be added to our mailing list, please contact Michelle Hillman. Signups for 2019 dates are here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0b49a4a62ca2f94-community


Fall Potluck - Save the date - Saturday, September 7th.  See you in September FPC Fall Potluck, hosted by Lifespan “RE” Faith Formation and Membership.  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Director of Lifespan Faith Formation - Dolores


Lifespan Faith Formation - Looking forward… We are so excited about offering two great courses in 2019-2020 as part of Lifespan Faith Formation.  A favorite is returning, Geography of Grace and a new course, The Soul of Aging.  Rev. Ellen is very enthusiastic about offering these courses. The Geography of Grace uses imagery from the natural world to explore our own experiences of spirituality and meaning. The Soul of Aging offers an opportunity to examine the spiritual learnings of one’s life and of one’s aging. Both courses, from the Center for Courage and Renewal, use the Circle of Trust model, developed by Parker Palmer and based on Quaker practices, to build supportive community around deep soul work.  During the month of September we will have Informative Orientations for both courses on a Sunday (exact date tbd)

From October to June -

Geography of Grace, will be the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month from 2:30 to 5 pm (with the exception of holidays)

Soul of Aging, will be the First Sunday of the month from 12 to 2:30 pm (with the exception of holidays). For the Soul of Aging course there will be an extra optional gathering for participants the first Saturday of the month 10 to 12.

These courses are part of FPC Lifespan Faith Formation; For more information or to let us know you are interested please contact Dolores~ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Young Adults Group - All Stages…Ages 18-35; Connect, renew and network…
Meetings Every First Sunday of Every month - begin Upstairs in HS Room: Summer too! July 7and August 4th
Connect, renew and network.

For more info, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Director of Lifespan Faith Formation / Dolores~ on behalf of UU YA’s and Lifespan Faith Formation


Opening for Building and Events Coordinator, First Parish UU Church, Chelmsford, MA The Building and Events Coordinator (BEC) is responsible for the basic functions of the church physical plant. Responsibilities include maintaining the church calendar of events and facilitating the setup and cleanup before and after as well as hospitality during events. The BEC will be responsible for general building maintenance including thermostat settings, trash, and providing access to renters and repair services. The BEC works closely with the Church Administrator and Building Maintenance Committee Chair. The BEC will be supervised by the minister, and will attend staff meetings as needed. The maximum amount of time per week is set at 4 hours. Please respond to jThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

First Parish News, June 2019

Calling All Prayer Shawls!  - We are nearing the end of the church year and are doing one more prayer shawl blessing at our last service in June. If you have any, please give them to Rev. Ellen or Kathy Deschenes. ALSO: Kathy has a ton of donated yarn for your summer prayer shawl creations. Come and see her at the Pastoral Care table at social hour OR email her. Thank you for all your do for you fellow parishioners.


Grounds Committee needs help on the weekend of June 15. Martha has a variety of projects that require several people. She will list details prior to the weekend. Thank you!!


Church Council - Final meeting until fall is Tuesday, June 4, 7PM in the Parlor.


The Women’s Discussion Group will meet at the home of Dorit Lammers in Chelmsford on June 4th at 7 PM. Our topic : The influence of nature on the human psyche.  Please call Dorit if you plan to attend; if possible, no later than Sunday, June 2nd. All, who are interested in our topic are welcome!


Earth Friendship Day - Sunday, June 2nd from 10:00am to 1:00 pm First Parish UU Church of Chelmsford Earth Friendship Day!  Jollene Dubner Park Spruce-up/Clean up It’s a great fun way to show we care for the Interdependent Web of all Life!  Everyone is invited to the First Parish spruce up/clean-up day at Jollene Dubner Park* in Lowell anytime between 10:00 am & 1:00 pm.

RE Faith Formation coordinating a fieldtrip for FPC youth to be there at 10 am for Earth Friendship Day instead of Friendship Field Day.  We have clean-up tools on hand, but you are welcome to bring your own.  It’s a lovely place for a brown bag lunch for a picnic afterwards, and we provide extra snacks.  No need to sign up. Just show up and take this opportunity to show your love for our earth, our children, our future!

Please come lend a hand in this yearly First Parish UU of Chelmsford tradition, to care for this little jewel on the Concord River, the park is named after a deceased member of First Parish who was also a founding member of the Lowell Parks and Conservation Trust. It is located at the corner of Rogers and Merrill Streets in Lowell on the Concord River.

http://www.lowelllandtrust.org/content/jollene-dubner-park

Address: 36 Merrill Street, Lowell MA At the corner of Rogers Street and Merrill Street

Directions:  Take MA-129 E, Riverneck Rd and Gorham St to Andrews St in Lowell; Turn left onto Andrews St; Turn left onto Lawrence St; Turn right onto Merrill St:

Parking: Parking is located along Merrill Street.

Access: The park is easily accessed from Rogers or Merrill Street. The pathways are accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. No motorized vehicles are allowed; only passive recreational activities are permitted.

Carpooling: If you are interested in carpooling please contact Dolores or meet at church at 9:30am.


Almost time for Summer Services!   Our 2019 Summer Services begin on Sunday, June 23rd and there’s only ONE SPOT LEFT (Sept 1) There are as many unique topics and voices as we are unique members and friends of First Parish, and we'd love to hear yours! The Worship Committee is happy to help you with planning a Summer Service, and can provide you with the welcome and announcements "script" and an order of service to use as a guide. You can use your own music, or we can help point you in the direction of musicians who may be willing to participate in your Summer Service.

If you have been considering doing a Summer Service, this is the year to do it! Please feel free to contact Ami Hughes and/or the Worship Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have about what is involved in leading a Summer Service. To our musicians; if you are available to provide music for a Summer Service (or two!), please let us know. Below are the dates of the Summer Services- dates that have a line through them have already been taken as of May 1, so please make sure you check the sign-up sheet!

June 23 -Dolores (intentional UU) August 4 – Ami Hughes
June 30 - Doug Aker August 11 – Pam & Milo
July 7 - Brenda Rogers August 18- Dianne Wright
July 14 – Jim Curley August 25 – Teri Ralbovski
July 21 – Neil Harmon September 1 - ??
July 28 – Carla Corey

- The Worship Committee: Jayne Boissonneault-Chair, Ellen Ford, Ami Hughes, Colleen Leary, Bonnie Rankin, and Edith Murphy-Usher Liaison.


Annual Reports – Due June 2.


Dedication Video - Just in case you missed it – here is a video presentation of our new building dedication ceremony created by Tom Christiano - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCRW0as7yjc&t=1ss.

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824

978-256-5133