Almost time for Summer Services! Our 2017 Summer Services begin on Sunday, June 25th in the chapel. At the end of these announcements there is a list of dates available to lead a summer service. The list is also posted in the vestry. The dates fill up fast, so sign up soon!! There are as many unique topics as we are unique members and friends of First Parish, and we'd love to hear yours!
THERE WILL BE A BUS FOR ANYONE WISHING TO ATTEND JUSTINE’S ORDINATION ON JUNE 11. Cornelia Kirkpatrick is organizing this effort. We are trying to be ecologically minded and considerate of the small Northborough church parking lot. Please let Cornelia know if you want to hop on the bus, by June 4. Either talk to her in person or email her.
Women's Discussion Group June 6 : Dear Friends, The next meeting of the Women's Discussion Group will be at Katherine Canada's home on Tuesday, June 6th at 7 pm. For discussion starters, we'll use a deck of TableTopics, which are designed to promote conversations. Perhaps the first card pulled will generate all the discussion we need for the evening. Or, maybe each person will want to pull a different Table Topic card. There won't be definite rules, but there will be plenty of discussion with a group of great women. Want to know more about TableTopics? It's not necessary, but for the curious, check out www.TableTopics.com .
All are welcome. Please email or call Katherine to RSVP. If you need directions or instructions on where to park, please contact Katherine. Look forward to seeing you in June, Katherine
Our split-the -plate for June 18th is the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). Civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. founded the SPLC in 1971 to ensure that the promise of the civil rights movement became a reality for all. Since then, the SPLC has won numerous landmark legal victories on behalf of the exploited, the powerless and the forgotten. The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality
Sunday 6/18 - A little bit of GA right here in Chelmsford – On June 18th at 11:30, CFAM will be sponsoring lunch and a mock GA discussion on the topics that candidates that will be voting on at GA. Let your delegates know what you think of the proposed topics.
This year we will be discussing:
What is a Statement of Conscience? Remember that Congregational Study/Action Issue (CSAI) that we voted on last year (It was the Corruption of our Democracy in case you don’t remember)? Well, in 2014,
the CSAI that was chosen was Escalating Inequality. After 3 years of congregation study it is time to vote on what the UUA's official position on Escalating Inequality should be. The rest of the items on the agenda are not social justice related, but as a member congregation of the UUA, we should exercise our right to
vote on these issues.
Only 4 members of First Parish can vote at GA, but your delegates want to know what you think about these issues. We will try to run this like Plenary at GA, so join us to see how well we can execute Robert's Rules of Order. Who knows, spontaneous dancing could even break out. It's happened at GA, so why not here?
Join us for food, fun and social justice! And there will be lunch.
For more information, contact Joan Coyne.
SIGN UP FOR BOSTON PRIDE PARADE The Welcomi ng Congregation Committee will be tabling through June for people to sign up to march in our contingent at the Pride Parade. The Parade will be held on Saturday June 10. Our two marshals are Warren Flewellen and Cheryl Wilson. We plan to carpool from the church to the T.
6/16 - Songs of Strength & Solace (location change) ~ We sang all winter and spring for the return of light and we have it (along with quite a bit of rain, but that's OK). We are happy to be able to offer our next sing-along on Friday, June 16th ! As usual, we will be singing folk songs and hymns, spirituals and camp songs, songs of the people in good times and bad. Since July 4th will be coming up right around then, we may include some uplifting favorites, as well as some laments. We will meet in the chapel , from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Bring instruments if you’d like, and get ready to let music brighten your heart …! For more information, contact Virginia Adams ~Virginia Adams & Diane Johns
WELCOMING CONGREGATION COMMITTEE IS LOOKING FOR A FEW GOOD PEOPLE....
This year marks the 10th anniversary of our recognition as a Welcoming Congregation. The UUA recommends that churches who have been Welcoming for more than five years apply for renewal of the Welcoming Congregation designation. This recommendation is made because there are constant changes in both the LGBTQ+ community and in congregations. In fact, since this church went through the process to become Welcoming the acronym has changed and people have joined us who may not have heard about what our commitment to being Welcoming means.
The Standing Committee has empowered the Welcoming Congregation Committee to form a Team to review how we have lived out our commitment so far and what we could do to be more Welcoming. The Team should be composed of a cross-section representing young, old, new, and long-time, gay, and heterosexual congregational members. It is expected to take 6 to 8 meetings to complete the work of the Team, which will probably begin in the fall. If you would be interested in serving on the Team, please talk to Warren Flewellen or Dee Halzack.
Looking for Housing - Two young classical musicians/student-teachers looking for a place to live in the Chelmsford vicinity beginning in August. Non-smokers. No pets. Please contact Erika Taylor if you have a spare in-law apartment to rent.
We invite you to sign up on the sheet posted in the vestry to light the chalice at the beginning of a morning service. Before lighting the chalice, the chalice lighter shares a 2-3 minute reflection such as a poem, a reading or a personal meditation or story that bears witness to his or her individual Unitarian Universalist values and/or faith. A chalice lighting should offer an invitation to worship and a way to draw everyone together with a common focal point, with words of hope, welcome, and inspiration, or, if addressing a difficult topic, with truth spoken in love. If you need inspiration or help, Rev. Ellen has many resources for readings and chalice lightings. We on the Worship Committee thank you for participating in this important ritual in our congregation!