First Parish Potluck Saturday, September 7th, 6 - 8pm Welcome! The Membership Committee & “RE” Faith Formation Council … and friends ask you, your family and friends to please join us! Just come on over and bring your favorite foods to share! We will be providing dishes, utensils, cups and drinks.
Guide Dog Retirement - After more than seven years of loyal and loving service, my guide Dog Fave is nearing retirement. That means I am actively searching for Fave’s perfect forever home. If you would like to talk to me about the possibility of welcoming Fave into your life, please feel free to give me a call. Thank you.- Suzanne Wilson
Small Group Ministries – a great way to start the church year: .A Small Group consists of 6-10 people that meet once a month either during the day or in the evening for about 2 hours to discuss a variety of topics related to living our lives within the context of a Unitarian Universalist community. An experienced facilitator leads the group through a structured discussion. It’s a great way to connect to others. If you’re interested, please contact Carlene Merrill.
Calling for Community Table Volunteers - Community Table needs your help! To continue, we need additional volunteers to form a larger pool of participants from which to draw each month. For the past several months, we've been struggling to ensure that there were enough volunteers lined up to complete the necessary tasks. The rewards for joining us? Camaraderie, fulfilling work, gratitude of the people served, and community service hours!
What is Community Table? First Parish prepares and serves a meal on the 3rd Saturday of each month. For 25+ years, we have been one of 8 churches and organizations who take turns to feed 50-75 people each Saturday and Sunday throughout the year. This is a separate group from Table of Plenty, which First Parish also supports. A monthly commitment is not required. The time needed from each month's volunteers depends on the task, as follows:
• shopping - Friday - (1 person) (2-3 hours)
• preparing at First Parish- Sat 9 to 11 am (8 people) (1-2 hours each, partial shifts available)
• pick up desserts at Stop & Shop - Sat morning (1 person) (1 hour)
• serving/cleanup at Salvation Army - Sat noon to 2:15 pm (7 people) (2 1/4 hours each; partial shifts available)
• bring leftovers to Lowell transition center - (1 person) (half hour)
Remaining serving dates for 2019: 9/21, 10/19, 11/16, 12/14
For some time now, the meals have been served at the Salvation Army in Lowell. Not the ideal location, given the organization's history of intolerance with regard to some people. In fact, when Community Table's location was moved because the YMCA could no longer accommodate the meals, people met with the Salvation Army and expressed concern about both proselytizing at meals and the group's history of intolerance. We were assured that our concerns were understood and there have been no problems along those lines. Those who continued to serve with Community Table made the decision that feeding hungry people is the priority and that using the venue that facilitates that does not mean we endorse the views of the organization. We also expected it would provide some necessary interaction between groups with differing views that might do some good. If the opportunity to feed hungry people calls to you, we hope you will join us.
If you would like more information, have thoughts to share, or would like to be added to our volunteer distribution list, please contact Michelle Hillman.
Signups for 2019 dates are here:
WELCOMING WEEK – SOLIDARITY LOWELL - Cultural Exchange Potluck Picnic, South Common, September 15, 2-5pm. Please bring a dish to share from your home country. Rain Location: Eliot Presbyterian Church, 273 Summer Street, Lowell * FREE FOOD * Activities for children * Entertainment from many different cultures. For more information: http://facebook.com/solidaritylowell
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
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.
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.
Director of Lifespan Faith Formation / Dolores~ on behalf of UU YA’s and Lifespan Faith Formation