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Save the Date Annual Meeting will be held June 19th, 12:15 in the sanctuary.  This is a change of date, please make a note of it. Join us as we exercise our 5th Principle, each person needs to vote. We will be voting on FY 2011/12 budget, electing officers for 2011/2012 church year and reaffirming our financial commitment to repair our steeple.

July 4th Breakfast It's summer and the annual July 4th Breakfast is fast approaching.  We need help with set-up on Sunday, July 3rd; during the breakfast, Monday, July 4th in all positions, inclusing cooking, greeting, coffee pourers, and people to reset tables; and finally, clean-up after the breakfast.  If you are interesting in volunteering, please contact Caroline McMullin

From the Collector As the canvass campaign continues and the end of the fiscal year draws nigh, I want to remind you of the rules regarding how your donations will be recorded.  Mark your donations!  Unless noted otherwise on the check or envelope, any check or cash contribution received before July 1st will be recorded as a FY11 (2010-2011) donation.    Unless noted otherwise on the check or envelope, any check or cash contribution received after June 30th will be recorded as a FY12 (2011-2012) donation.  
All families/pledgers who have a recorded e-mail address should have received an e-mail pledge update as of early May.  Another one will be mailed in early June.  Non-email statements for those with no email address will also be mailed the first week of June.  If you did not receive the update or do not receive one the first week of June, then please contact me.   Thank you, Glenn King, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Say goodbye to the Shuberts: Jack and Linda are retiring and moving to VT in July to be closer to family -- but not without a send-off from their First Parish family. Join us at a pot luck dinner in the Vestry on Friday, June 17th from 6 - 8 pm. Bring your favorite appetizer, main dish, or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided. Please contact Kathy Deschenes if you have any questions.

Interested in doing local outreach?  Please consider joining the First Parish Table of Plenty Team, we will be serving Tuesday, June 7th. We need servers and dishwashers. We have been serving an average of 60 guest per week. Please contact Bonnie Rankin  if you are interested in helping out or need more information.

The 8th grade Book Drive has been a whopping success.  We are no longer collecting books.  If you had books you wanted to deliver for this drive, please give them to the library or other book drop location.  We will do this again next Spring.Thanks again and congratulations 8th Graders (who can now identify grade level reading materials with ease having spend the last 6 Sundays sorting books!)--Maura Snow


Voices of Light Spreads Joy to Seniors in the Area!  Voices of Light Community Outreach Chorale, was founded in 2009 and is directed by Will Reiter of First Parish of Chelmsford.  Since then, the group has been performing at many nursing homes and assisted living communities in the Chelmsford and Billerica area. With dynamic performances including Broadway standards, Spirituals, Patriotic Songs, and Hymns, audiences are often roused to join in singing or, on one occasion, saluting!  Members sing in all four registers and we are always looking for new members who can read music and sing parts.  Rehearsals are Mondays from 7:30 to 8:45pm, Sept. into June. For more information, please contact Will Reiter

Summer Services for 2011  Do you have a sermon buried deep inside of you just waiting to come out?  The Worship Committee is offering an opportunity for you to share your stories, your favorite poems, your music, or your spiritual awakenings in a reflective and meditative setting at 9:00 on Sunday mornings, in the Chapel from June 26th through September 4th.  If you would like to lead a summer service, please be sure to sign up now before you miss this wonderful opportunity to worship in community with your fellow parishioners.  You will find the sign-up sheet in the vestry, so please select your Sunday and sign your name next to the date.  
To our musicians; if you would like to perform at our Summer Services, please let me know and I will include your name on a list to offer to those folks who will be leading a service.  If you have any questions about what is involved in leading a service, please contact Lynne Cole.  Thank you.

Summer Work list I will be putting together our list of church members/friends/kids who wish to offer or request services this coming summer over the next month.  Yardwork, babysitting, mothers helper, music/art/dance lessons, painting, house/pet sitting – whatever.  You do not have to be a kid to be on this list.  A few sentences with your area of expertise, your name and preferred contact information are all I need. Always appreciated is mention of experience, available transportation, and an offer to supply referral names. Please email this information to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or write it down and leave it in the church office (mail slot on door). I will print this in the last Sunday Announcements and the last newsletter (June 19) and send it out on our email list as long as parents of minors say I can do so.

Keep in shape! Have some fun! Be in Nature! Join the Grounds Committee!
Lawn mowers, gardeners, hedge trimmers and summer waterers are just some of the many openings we have. Flexible hours, rotating schedule, an opportunity to learn new skills! All are welcome! Come sign up during Social hour starting in May. We need you, we want you, we are glad to have you! Any questions or pre-sign up: contact Martha Orr Sherburne, Chair

ANNUAL REPORTS –annual reports for committees (non-financial) or any other Groups - are due June 19 (Annual Meeting Date).

SMALL GROUP MINISTRY:  There are currently openings in each of the Men’s evening Small Group Ministry Groups.  As was evident in the service and coffee hour each hosted by one of the Men’s Groups; both groups provide a chance for men to get together on a monthly basis, discuss a range of topics, be of support to each other, and to have fun.  If you are a woman and are interested in a co-ed or all women’s group, openings occur periodically and also when there are enough people, a new group forms. If you are interested in joining or have questions regarding Small Group Ministry Groups, contact Ann Marie Sigdestad, Small Group Ministry coordinator

Clara Barton District Tornado Relief

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As you have probably heard, a series of storms and devastating tornadoes ripped through western and central Massachusetts yesterday.

A tornado sheered off the steeple of the Unitarian Universalist Parish of Monson. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the damage comes at the very end of a major building restoration project. At least one family in each of our congregations in Brookfield and Sturbridge suffered catastrophic damage to their homes, and a staff member of our Springfield congregation also experienced serious property damage. 

The Clara Barton District has advanced emergency relief funds to several of our affected congregations, and the UU Trauma Response Ministry Team has been deployed.

We invite you to support affected congregations and families by making a generous donation to the Clara Barton District's Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund. Proceeds from the Fund will be used to provide immediate relief to congregation members and staff, for cleanup efforts in at the UU Parish of Monson, and for longer-term needs as they arise.

For more information and to donate, please go to the Clara Barton-Mass Bay District website at

Funds will be used first toward direct and long term relief for UU congregations, members and staff directly impacted by the storms and then toward wider needs in those communities. Contributions toward this fund can be made by accessing this link: If you would prefer to send a check, please make your check payable to the UUA and write in the memo line “Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund”. Gifts can be mailed to:
Unitarian Universalist Association
Stewardship and Development
Attn: Gift Processing
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

The ministers of our affected congregations send heartfelt appreciation for the outpouring of love and care that they and their people have already received, and they are grateful for possible financial support to help see their congregants and communities through this hard time.

All of us in the Clara Barton District are grateful for the support of our brothers and sisters in the wider Unitarian Universalist community!
In faith,

Rev. Sue Phillips

Contact Info

First Parish Church
2 Westford St
Chelmsford MA 01824